THE BANDS of 2022


8:10 – 9:40PM



6:50 to 7:50PM


5:20 – 6:20PM



4:00 – 5:00PM


2:40 to 3:40PM

Nickersons debut album, Detours, was released January 2018 and has received nominations for ECMA Country Album of the Year (2019) and NSMW Country Album of the Year (2018). It was produced by long-time friend and collaborator Blake Johnston (The Stogies) and features gorgeous harmonies by Christine Campbell and fiddle by Calen Kinney. Beginning as an idea Nickerson and Johnston were throwing around 2015, the record combines Nickerson’s love of modern singer-songwriters with the grit and grime of country outlaw heroes like Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard. Sounding neither totally modern, nor like a retro throwback, Nickerson walks a unique musical path that’s strewn with bluegrass, rock and roll, teenage angst, and world-weary contemplation.


1:20 – 2:20PM

Frontman and songwriter Richard MacDonald is backed by his band Somebody’s Kids, a gritty rockin’ blues band from Halifax. The music is influenced with Americana, country, and folk…but you won’t hear crooning love songs from this band. Years of training boxers in Canada and in the states has given Richard a unique insight to human nature that toes the line between an old school fighter and an insightful poet. This duality is evident in the lyrics of the songs. He has been writing songs about life as he sees it since he was a teen. These are songs about everyday people living on the edges and in the shadows. Somebody’s Kids drives the songs with rocky blues and pushes with unconventional keyboard bass and dynamic drumming.

Richard MacDonald (lead singer, rhythm guitar, songwriter), Stephen Matheson (lead guitar), Melissa Martin (keys), and Paul Gallant (drummer)


Noon till 1PM

The Basin Brothers are a country, roots and Americana band from Hants County, NS whose music blends honky tonk with rural maritime inspiration. Brothers Devin, Chase, Tony, and Jesse write about where they live – in the country, in the woods, on the farm, and along the shore. They play songs to bounce and brawl to – with their heads in the clouds and hearts on their sleeves. Their Charles Austin produced debut album Country Paranoid showcases their gritty down-home sound, mixing classic twang and pedal steel with rock ‘n’ roll energy.

The Basin Brothers have charmed audiences at Deep Roots Music Festival, played the part of local talent at Full Circle Festival four years running, kicked things into high gear at the Winter Country Revue in Halifax, and most recently showcased at Nova Scotia Music Week. On top of writing their own brand of country and Americana songs, the boys also curate the annual North Along the Shore Jamboree, an all-day country, Americana, and folk music festival held in their own backyard of Newport Landing, NS.

In the spring of 2020 The Basin Brothers will begin releasing new material, and their live show will celebrate new levels of musical growth and rural maritime charm.


Presented by Surf Restaurant

So our friends, Ross and McCall are going to be back again this year to play for you all while we’re getting things ready.
The guys do a great job of almost any type of music you can play.
So welcome back to Ross and McCall….Havin’ a time between sets.

2019 Bands

Signal Hill
Pretty Archie
Thomas Stajcer Band
Jill Boudreau Band
Jon Cyr Band
Working Class Band
Chelsea Macintosh & Elegantly Wasted

2018 Bands

Signal Hill
Heather Rankin
Cedric, Marty & Dave
Matt Balsor & the Hill top Show Band
The No Name Blues Band
Brooklyn Blackmore Band
The Parsons Brothers & Friends

2017 Bands

Signal Hill
Amanda Jackson Band
Makayla Lynn & Band
The Jen Miller Band
The Curtis Matheson Band
Willie Stratton & Band
No Name Blues Band

2016 Bands

Otis Wack
No Name Blues Band
Kevin Fletcher Band featuring Jessica Purdy
Terry Whalen Band
John Campbelljohn
Matt Minglewood