Born in Havana, Cuba, Fernandez learned his hypnotic skills from his father. He has appeared on stage with such internationally recognized stars such as the late Liberace at the Las Vegas Hilton, Jerry Lewis (and also appeared on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon), the late Bob Hope, the late John Candy, and Dan Ackroyd –just to name a few.
Although his feats of hypnosis appear to defy logic, the only way to believe or disbelieve, is to witness them for yourself. Even the most hardened skeptics will walk away from the show shaking their heads in disbelief.
Maria is a great performer...radiating energy and confidence with songs that are sometimes funny and always heartfelt. Maria's golden vocals deliver the songs with an energy that resonates with all ages.
You don't just hear Maria Hawkins, you experience Maria Hawkins. Her background from early Royal Conservatory training, to now, is a hard fought and life long dream. Highlights of her 30 year professional career include: opening for Colin James and performing with Amanda Marshall and co-creating Blues in the Schools (2002 Keeping the Blues Alive Award).
Jim Cochrane has been performing for over 20 years. He has played the smallest of venues like house parties to the biggest of venues like opening up for big names such as April Wine. He has played the bar circuit in Ottawa and throughout Ontario and Quebec and toured throughout Northern and Western Canada.
Jim moved to Atlantic Canada and has been performing in and around Nova Scotia for the past ten years. Jim has performed over 4000 shows during his career. He has a variety of material from “Rock-A Billy 50’s, 60’s, 70’s right up to current classic rock and country” to “Smokey Blues” as well as many originals.
He always keeps the audience entertained and is never short of their attention. With his quick wit and his confident stage presence he is a “True Entertainer” and not just a mere guitar player. He engages well with any audience and provides a personal “feel” to his show.
A creative musical artist that brings a unique grassroots charm, and southern twist, Canadian artist Fabien Melanson (Titan Rain, Powergoats) creates an alluring combination of pop hooks, slide guitar, chicken pickin’, stomp box beats, and saccharine harmonies. Truly an audio taste of home, no matter where you’re from.
Friday, August 18th
COUNTERFIT are professional musicians, who deliver high energy live shows with up-beat popular Top-40, Rock and Country music keeping crowds on the dance floor all night long.
All members grew up with different musical tastes, including rock, country, classic rock, pop, hip-hop, celtic and more. This allows COUNTERFIT to reach a wide audience with diverse tastes. Most importantly COUNTERFIT has a lot of fun doing what they do best, delivering a positive energy, great fun, and lots of laughs.
Saturday, August 19th
NEXT IN LINE
Next In Line Is a high energy band based out of Ottawa, Ontario capable of various styles ranging from: Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Funk & Classic Rock.
Comprised of Casey-McCann, Tyler-Wood, Stephane-Coulombe & Benjamin-Gravelle. These four guys have done extensive live performances as well as session work, corporate events and numerous radio and television appearances.
They have performed for audiences throughout the Ottawa Valley & Surroundings and have been the backup band for some of the best artist around.
With fantastic harmonies and stage presence, as well as their musical versatility. It all makes for a show you don’t want to miss.
Saturday, August 19th
THREE TIMES LUCKY
Hailing from Canada's capital, popular Ottawa based blues band THREE TIMES LUCKY are at your service, offering up a tantalizing combination of vintage R&B, Rock, Country and Soul classics, along with a very healthy shot of their own phenomenal Roots-Rockin' Blues from their vast arsenal of catchy original material, all influenced and inspired by a myriad variety of classic artist and genres from the 20th and 21st centuries.
People who have seen a Three Times Lucky show comment on the similarities to the musical styling's of ‘The Band’, and with Three Times Lucky's penchant for multi-layered vocals, dynamic keyboard work, bluesy guitar riffs, solid rhythm section and amazing earthy tones, it's no wonder.
THREE TIMES LUCKY are currently recording their third album, slated to be released in late 2017. Who knows? Three Times Lucky might just be that dance-hall, Roots-Rockin' Blues alternative you've been looking for all your life! Just don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Saturday, August 19th
LUCAS HANEMAN EXPRESS
The Lucas Haneman Express is a soulful, fun filled and electrifying musical ride. The group's frontman, Lucas Haneman, has long been widely regarded for his distinctive guitar work. Along with Jeff Asselin (drums), Martin Newman (bass/backing vocals) and Megan Laurence (vocals) he has found his true means of self-expression. The LH Express is a fresh and funky band with a sound drenched in poignant lyrics and blistering band interplay.
On their critically acclaimed sophomore album "Tearing Up The Rails" (releaced December 2016), LHE shows a deep connection to the roots of the blues tradition, with gritty, passionate material, some of which was recorded at legendary Sun Studios in Memphis TN. "Tearing Up The Rails" has been receiving universally positive attention from both fans and music critics from around the globe, and has had numerous appearances on Canada's top 50 rock and roots report throughout 2017.
The Express's music is a combination of blues, funk, reggae and rock, tied together by musical interaction. Though not your grandparents', or even your parents' version of a Blues band, the Lucas Haneman Express has created an addictive new sound, that when given the chance will certainly win you over.
The Lucas Haneman Express has played the RBC's Ottawa Bluesfest for 2 years (back to back), Calabogie Blues and Rib Fest, Kingston Limestone Blues Festival in September 2015, and have performed all over Ontario, Quebec, and even multiple times on world famous Beal Street in Memphis TN. In September 2015 the band won first place in the Ottawa Blues Society's Road To Memphis competition and travelled down to Memphis in January 2016 where they competed and were semifinalists in the "International Blues Challenge" alongside bands from all over the globe. They have opened for or performed with artists such as The Downchild Blues Band, bassist extraordinaire Tal Wilkenfeld, Canadian bluesman Jerome Godboo, blues legend Harrison Kennedy, and the John Butler Trio from Australia.
Sunday, August 20th
It was the summer of 2016. Drummer Cindy Goldberg was itching to form a rock band. She soon found an awesome singer, Wilson Balabas. Together, they searched high and low for talented bandmates. They lucked upon kick-ass guitarists Mike Stefanich and Jaymeson Trudgen, and superb bassist Jorge Reyes. This talented ensemble formed Restless Soul, a hard-hitting rock band with substance, style, and ambition. They love entertaining audiences with a mix of high-energy, foot-stomping rock tunes from the 70s right through to today.
KAREN HARRISON DUO
Karen Harrison is a singer-songwriter that lives in Ottawa, Canada. At a very young age, Karen's parents introduced her to a variety of genres and artists, sitting on the floor examining record albums while the artist played in the background. She would grab the remote control as if it were a mic and sing while her father would blast the music throughout the whole house. As the music played, Karen often held the record cover in her hands, becoming mesmerized by the images, dreaming that one day she would be on the album cover. That is the moment she knew that she wanted to be a musician in some shape or form.
Today, Karen involves herself in many musical projects (from weddings, open mics, and even volunteering her talents in community events) but also enjoys recording and producing her music in her home, collaborating with many local musicians and artists. Karen is always eager to contribute musically no matter what the occasion. On top of being a pianist, guitar player and singer, there is no role more important to her than performing for an audience. Karen has a natural-born ability to bring theatrical passion to a stage, no matter what the song, tempo or rhythm. Her eclectic range of styles and abilities always makes it a pleasure to watch.
Monday, August 21st
STEPH LA ROCHELLE
With a burgeoning online presence, Steph La Rochelle has been entertaining audiences for years. She received national exposure when she was crowned 1st Runner Up in a nation wide singing competition on CBC. Since then she’s attained numerous TV and film credits to her name. Steph appeared as a “Guest Star” on the well-known and beloved Canadian family drama, Heartland (CBC), where she plays a busking runaway and sings one of her original songs. She will appear in the upcoming season of Backstage, which airs on the Family Channel.
Currently, Steph is working on her Factor-funded single with award-winning producer, Jason Barry.
Praised for her vocal purity and ethereal quality, this pop/country songstress will always leave you with a captivating performance.
Tuesday, August 22nd
SEVEN DAYS OF FIRE
Hailing from Ottawa, ON Seven Days Of Fire is comprised of Bailey Alexander Jones, Serena Ferzli, Tyler Green and Alexei Krumshyn. They have an album called "Rock Reborn" and have been together since 2015.
Wednesday, August 23rd
Fluid is an all original, rock/alternative band that started in April 2015. We currently have 4 members and about 15 songs written. We rehearse once a week and have writing night in between. We love what we do, the songs we play and the city that we play them in. Member are: Lorne - Drums, Ryan - Guitar/vocals, Kyle- Bass AND Ceasar - Vocals
Friday, August 25th
FULLY COMPLETELY HIP!
Just a stones throw from the birthplace of Canada’s most iconic band, Fully Completely Hip hail from the small town of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
After leaving his full time band the Trench Town Oddities in late 2016, frontman Sean Harley knew he wanted to do something new and exciting. He’d been toying with the idea of putting together some type of tribute act but was torn as to which one he really wanted to do. Having a few ideas lined up, things did not begin to cyrstalize until after seeing the Tragically Hip on tv for their historical concert from Kingston Ontario Canada on Aug 20th 2016. Being a fan of the Hip since he was a teenager, Sean had short listed the Hip (and a few unmentionables) as possible projects but sitting through that show and remembering all the great songs the band had to offer made the decision easy.
In the early months of 2017, on a cold Canadian winters night, Sean gathered together an unlikely group musicians to jam. Even after the first song, the group of musical misfits knew they were onto something special. Made up of seasoned musicians, Fully Completely Hip consisting of fellow ex-Oddities drummer Randy Lalonde,
multi-musician Ron Piquette (Winston Marley, Beyond the Void) on rythmn Guitar, Eric Andrasi (Trendy Assholes “Offspring Tribute”) on lead guitar, and Matt Leger (Red Flag) on Bass.
Slated to hit the road in the summer of 2017, with club shows and
festival dates being added daily, Fully Completely Hip are the real deal. Not only will audiences be treated to a great selection of songs from the Hip library but the band will be visually please too, bringing to the stage the theatrics and visuals that make the Hip the Hip. It goes without saying that if you are a fan of the Tragically Hip, then you don’t want to miss Fully Completely Hip!
Saturday, August 26th - 7:30pm
Adam Hamelin is an Independent singer songwriter and recording artist from Ottawa Ontario.
He has had his songs played across Canada, Germany, Scotland and France. Adam has opened shows for the likes of Dallas Smith, Tebey, Alan Doyle and Doc Walker, Georgette Jones and Tommy Cash. He Has the ability to keep the crowd involved and entertained.
His second to none backup band “Country Junk” has about 80 Years combined stage experience. Lead guitar player and best friend Stephane Coulombe leads the likes of Louis Lacelle on drums and Gil Charron on bass. You don’t want to miss this show as they will have you wanting more!
Saturday, August 26th - 9:30pm
ERIC MICHAEL HAWKS
Eric Michael Hawks ( and his band ) have been headlining in and around the greater Ottawa, west Quebec and outskirts with their country music, for the past 4 years. He has recorded 2 CDs with renown musicians from here and Nashville.
He recently organized "A Flood of Hope Concert" for the affected flood victims.
Sunday, August 27th
OTTAWA DANCE SCHOOL SHOWCASE
STUDIO X OTTAWA
Studio X offers a variety of Dance and Fitness classes. Latin dance classes (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha) or the sweaty, but fun Insanity, Piyo Live, Pound, Socafit (Caribbean workout), Zumba group fitness classes, or one of the various dance and fitness classes, there is something for everyone! Keep Studio X in mind for your events as the Studio can also be rented as an event venue
OASIS DANCE SCHOOL
The National Capital Region’s Premiere Egyptian Oriental Dance Studio, popularly known as Belly Dance.
Just us and let our dancers entertain you and join in for the workshop.
The Gloucester Agricultural Society
Office : 613-741-3247 Fax: 613-744-2672
HOME OFFICE: 2149 Hubbard Crescent, Ottawa ON K1J 6L3
FAIRGROUNDS: Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre
4837 Albion Road, Ottawa ON K1X 1A3
Program details subject to change without notice
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