2019 Dockside Festival Musical Line-Up

Dockside Festival of the Arts features live music from talented artists. Take a seat and watch them perform or enjoy as the perfect background music while shopping to your heart’s content.

Friday, August 16th, 2019

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10 AM - 12 PM : Jess Sevier

At the age of 17 Jessica Sevier has penned over 50 songs. Her lyrical and melodic approach to her original music has been called mature beyond her years. With influences such as Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks, Jessica blends country, rock and folk while still giving it her own modern twist. Her lyrical style is filled with strong imagery that brings listeners into the heart of her own experiences. Her unique personal style is evident in all she projects. Not one to fit a mold, Jessica is a fresh but still familiar sound in today’s music industry.
Having performed at venues all around the GTA, Jessica has been able to gain quite a following. From Ribfest in Gravenhurst, to The Cadillac Lounge in Toronto to The JW Mariott in Muskoka new fans have even booked her for private events. Jessica is a classically trained vocalist who has received many awards and acclimations for her craft. She plays guitar, piano and harmonica.

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12:30 PM - 2:30 PM : James Gray

James Gray is a singer/songwriter from Muskoka Ontario. James writes songs about the stories and experiences of everyday life. For the past few years Gray has been touring throughout Canada, Western Europe and recently Australia.

While on tour James has been promoting his albums Home To Me & Bigger Things and is currently working on a third release.

Most notably, James was the musical guest at the TED talks held on the west coast of Canada, and most recently his songs have received countless airplay on CBC Canadian Radio programs including CBC’s “Ontario Morning” with Wei Chen.

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3 PM - 5 PM : Sean Cotton

Sean Cotton’s Wooden Spaceship is the singer/songwriter side of the artist. Not satisfied with the standard songwriter presentation, Sean seats himself in the cockpit of his Wooden Spaceship with his hands steering the strings at 10 and 2, his gas foot thumping out the backbeat on his guitar-case-bass-drum, and his clutch foot tapping out the tambourine time. The songs are individual pieces that do not form a picture of a bigger puzzle. They speak for themselves and follow the muse of the moment, taking you to different places and stories. Most songs reflect musical styles from Sean’s childhood in the 1970s. So maybe this spaceship is also used for time travel.

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

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10 AM - 11 PM : Papa John Witterick

 Okay, listen: when I find the time to tell you my musical life story, I'll be happy to share it with you in greater detail. For the time being, however, suffice it to say that I came up the same as many before me...by finding my way to the purest of blues through the releases of contemporary blues purists who helped me work my way backwards. I mean the Ry Cooders, Derek Trucks & Eric Claptons of the world who helped me find Tampa Red, Robert Nighthawk, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter, with whom I had the pleasure to open for in 1992.  I've gone from the leader of an electric blues quartet/trio act, to a long-time solo performer playing mostly in an amplified acoustic format, complete with smoky, electricfied blues harp! Barbeque!!! People, the best way to see my story for your own eyes is to see me play live...we'll take it together from there.

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11:30 AM - 1:30 PM : Angie Nussey

If one could imagine an uncompromising union between Josh Groban, Sarah McLaughlin and The Barenaked Ladies, it would only begin to set the stage for this unique Canadian talent. Award winning recording artist, Angie Nussey grew up in the small town of Lively, Ontario where she learned to play piano at the age of 6. Soon after she was writing and recording her own songs. Although best known for her emotional, philosophical and at times autobiographical ballads, Nussey doesn’t miss an opportunity to poke fun at everyday situations, the human condition, not to mention herself. Her world-class performances never fail to take her audiences on an emotional journey from totally ridiculous to deeply intense, and her songwriting career has been very much the same.

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3 PM - 5 PM : Sawyer Lance

There is nothing ordinary about Sawyer Lance.

“I’m weird,” claims the 17-year-old singer/songwriter. “And I don’t say that to blow smoke." He’s perfectly eccentric. Far from average and Sawyer will tell you that. He embraces being unique. He’s got style and grace and he’s sweet and quirky and downright adorable. Sawyer is an aspiring musician. And for a kid who hasn’t even been around for two decades, it’s safe to say that he is already raising the vibration of the planet. His music is powerful. It’s soulful and his lyrics are raw and honest and captivating.

Sunday August 18th, 2019

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11:30 AM - 1:30 PM : Tobin Spring

"Tobin Spring is a fresh, new blues voice from northern Ontario. A talented and forward moving guitarist, vocalist. songwriter and band leader" Gary Kendall, The Downchild Blues Band

“Tobin Spring is a rising triple threat as singer/songwriter and guitarist – definitely someone to watch.” John Valenteyn, Maple Blues Newsletter

Huntsville, Ontario based bluesman Tobin Spring is making some waves in the Canadian blues scene.

Tobin was born in Huntsville, ON in 1980. He picked up the guitar at age 12 and began studying with Ryan Corrigan (Hawksley Workman). In early high school he formed the band Laganza along with Derek Cochrane and Benji Jordan. Laganza has produced four studio albums including their latest effort entitled “Both Sides”

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2 PM - 4 PM : Jess Sevier

At the age of 17 Jessica Sevier has penned over 50 songs. Her lyrical and melodic approach to her original music has been called mature beyond her years. With influences such as Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks, Jessica blends country, rock and folk while still giving it her own modern twist. Her lyrical style is filled with strong imagery that brings listeners into the heart of her own experiences. Her unique personal style is evident in all she projects. Not one to fit a mold, Jessica is a fresh but still familiar sound in today’s music industry.
Having performed at venues all around the GTA, Jessica has been able to gain quite a following. From Ribfest in Gravenhurst, to The Cadillac Lounge in Toronto to The JW Mariott in Muskoka new fans have even booked her for private events. Jessica is a classically trained vocalist who has received many awards and acclimations for her craft. She plays guitar, piano and harmonica.