2015 Showcasing Acts

Sunday, May 24, 2015 | Delta Markham Hotel
The ‘New Faces, Going Places’ Showcases
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hosted by: Michelle Wright & Ted Roop
7:00 pm | Elyse Saunders
Originally born in Peterborough, soulful, edgy and inspiring Elyse Saunders is a multi-talented country singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist currently breaking into Toronto’s country music scene. Elyse was selected for a 2014 “Diamonds in the Rough” showcase at CCMA’s Country Music Week in Edmonton, a contender in 2013 & 2014 for CMAO’s Female Artist of the Year, a nominee for a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Country Artist and recently awarded a Juried FACTOR Sound Recording Grant to create a sophomore album.

7:30 pm | James Barker Band
James Barker Band are a very tight knit group of accomplished musicians, who play consistently throughout Ontario at a host of bars, fairs and other reputable events. They provide an energetic and diverse show, playing a wide variety of musical styles, incorporating influences from classic country, new country, rock and pop. The band is currently wrapping up the recording of their first EP, which consists of 5 all original songs, which will be released and promoted in the Spring of 2015.

8:00 pm | Instant Rivalry
Brother and sister duo, Caleb and Megan Hutton started playing together as Instant Rivalry (IR) while attending high school. The Highway – a track off their first album – remained on the independent charts for nine weeks, peaking at number two and received international radio play. Recent 1st place winners of The Next Country Music Star Competition, Instant Rivalry has landed a spot in the Havelock Country Jamboree line up with Big and Rich, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Brett Kissel and more.

8:30 pm | Katia Zuccarelli
Toronto-based Katia Zuccarelli is certainly an artist to watch for. With several of her songs being produced by Rob Wells, known for his work with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and the Backstreet Boys, Zuccarelli is positioning herself in good company. With an admirable online presence and strong followings on social media, Zuccarelli’s star is on the rise.

9:00 pm | Andrew Hyatt
Andrew Hyatt, a small town kid hailing from Sudbury, is often known as the man with “Nickel bones and a Nashville soul”. From working in the Sudbury Nickel mine, to writing songs and touring Canada in country and rock n’ roll bands, Andrew released his debut radio single Love Drunk on July 15, 2014. With his debut album in the works, and the Canadian country music industry already buzzing about his early offerings Love Drunk and follow-up single Livin’ The Dream, Andrew is set to make 2015 a landmark year in his promising music career.

9:30 pm | Jessica Mitchell
Country-folk songstress Jessica Mitchell is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book. After years of experimenting and dabbling in the rock genre, her dream of becoming a rock ‘n’ roll queen quickly shifted towards the country maven she is today. Joining forces with Slaight Music and focusing on writing and crafting her richly unique sound has lead her to become country music’s best kept secret.