Here, you can discover the talented musicians who will be taking the stage at this year’s event. We’re proud to present a diverse lineup of bands that will be performing a combination of rock, country, mashups, and more.
Our carefully curated selection of bands is sure to keep you entertained throughout the festival, with high-energy performances and crowd-pleasing hits. Each band is unique in their sound and style, bringing their own flair to the Ribfest stage. From up-and-coming acts to established favourites, we’ve got something for every music lover at Ribfest 2023.
We’re excited to showcase these talented bands and give them a platform to share their music with the Ribfest community. So whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking for a great time, be sure to check out our Bands and get ready to rock out at Ribfest 2023!
The Charlie Webb Trio is a 3 piece live music combo based in Toronto who play an entertaining selection of popular music suitable for dining, receptions, parties and events. The band features the incredible Charlie Webb on lead vocals backed by Gary M. on piano and keyboards and David B. on electric and stand-up bass.
We play a unique set of covers ranging from jazz standards to contemporary rock and pop music that ranges from intimate and smoky standards to up-beat contemporary numbers that will get any audience tapping toes and singing along.
Don’t miss Ontario’s leading Soul, Motown, Rhythm and Blues band with all the grooves to move ya’.
With a stage show inspired by The Blues Brothers, Otis Wonder plays hits from Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and much more…
Bring your dancing shoes and shake a tail feather with Otis Wonder & The Hustle.
A fun-loving party band that plays danceable Rock and Roll from every era. From the Guess Who to the Killers, from Fleetwood Mac to INXS, and from Genesis to the Barenaked Ladies!
The internationally Touring, award-winning, concert experience of Wicked Truth is an extremely entertaining, engaging and energetic show featuring music from Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Billie Eilish, Queen, Ramones, No Doubt, The Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Aerosmith, Stevie Wonder, Adele, The Talking Heads, Lynyrd Skynyrd and much more.
Come see why Wicked Truth is a favourite across Ontario and the southern United States.
The most authentic Pearl Jam Experience is here!
If you have ever been to a Pearl Jam show, then you know how special an event it is. The music, the creativity, the flow, the interaction, the musicianship, the magic – are all captured by the members of Pearl Jamming. They are 5 hardcore fans who have created a show that celebrates every aspect of the band we all love.
Feel the passion and dedication Pearl Jamming brings to the stage; as they recreate the sonic-mastery of Pearl Jams’ studio albums – while capturing the energy, soul and creativity of their legendary live shows!
Channel your “inner 90’s child” and come rock out as Pearl Jamming performs hit songs like Alive, Betterman, Daughter and more than a few of your favourite B-sides, singles and so much more.
This is the show for a Pearl Jam fanatic!
Canada’s #1 tribute to Pearl Jam is Pearl Jamming! Feel Alive!
The Spiral Theory celebrates the amazing music of The Police, U2, and R.E.M., three iconic bands that delivered a new wave of classic rock. Their sets also include their originals along with some of the best of the rest from The Tragically Hip, Bryan Adams, Rush, The Killers, etc.
Brewed Attitude are a quartet of solid and seasoned musicians playing covers of popular rock, pop, dance and reggae tunes from different decades.
Brewed Attitude is all about entertaining an audience, providing a great experience and having a lot of fun.
Performing together since 2019, Brewed Attitude are:
The group have played bars, festivals, parties and events throughout southern Ontario from Brampton to St. Catharine’s and everywhere in between.
Thunderbirds are a Niagara based group of professional musicians that perform songs from the 70’s to now. From classic Journey, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, Bee Gees and Flock of Seagulls, we cover the hits, and those songs that’ll make you say “Oh ya I remember this one”! Our mission…to get you dancing like no one is watching!
JACK SITH is a Hamilton-based rock cover band that plays an A-Z list of classic rock music. Playing consistently in the Southern-Ontario region since 2016 as JACK SITH, a three members are veteran musicians that have played and recorded with the best rock musicians in the industry.
The Serotones is Toronto’s most exciting retro rock n’ roll band, offering a lot more than one might expect from a traditional trio. Putting a modern spin on everybody’s favourite oldies and classics, and playing hits from the 80’s to today in the spirit of vintage rockabilly and surf rock, watching the Serotones play live is the most fun people are having listening to the music they love since they first fell in love with it.
The band is Chuck, lead guitar and vocals, Kevin, drums, and Tykos, bass. All 3 are seasoned local musicians who have appeared on numerous albums, received various awards and played all over North America and Europe.
The Classy Wrecks are a Toronto-based 5-piece ska band known for their high-energy performances and infectious sound. Formed in 2016, the band quickly made a name for themselves in the local music scene with their unique blend of ska, rock and reggae. In 2018, they released their debut full-length album, Bedrocksteady, to critical acclaim, and were recognized nationally for their YouTube channel. The band has also toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States, playing at venues and festivals across the region. With their catchy hooks and upbeat style, The Classy Wrecks are quickly becoming a must-see act for music fans everywhere.
Po’Boy Jeffreys & Calamity Jane are Roots Music revivalists. Through their commanding use of traditional instruments such as acoustic guitar, washtub bass, banjo, and kazoo, the duo evokes the nostalgic sounds and ambience of Southern Country, Pre-War Blues, and Ragtime. Boasting an energetic, young and unique style, Po’Boy & Calamity invite audiences to reminisce about a bygone era of traditional Folk and Roots which lays as the bedrock of American and Canadian music.
Based out of Toronto, and playing as a unit for only 10 months; Po’Boy Jeffreys & Calamity Jane have released two live EPs, several singles as well as toured the Canadian Maritimes in the summer of 2022.
Hailing from the small town of Binbrook, ON, Sean is an independent musician fuelled by a deep passion for creation. He is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, stylistically fitting somewhere between the cracks of the indie scene. He released the mournfully commanding “Would” as his debut single in April 2021, followed by the explosive “Pretty Thing” and his debut album “You Won’t Ever Know” in November of 2021. In 2022 Sean assembled his own backing band “The Satellites” and has begun to do more and more live shows both with the band and as a solo act.
With unstoppable momentum, the Persuaders are a guitar-driven trio fuelled by the creative efforts of singer, songwriter and guitarist Troy Harmer. A gifted guitarist and a powerful vocalist, Troy is an intense musician who pours his heart and soul into every captivating performance.
Since 1995, Troy has released 3 independent recordings and plans to release a brand new collection of 10 songs called Born To Sing The Blues. Formerly working under the names “The Troy Harmer Band” and “Troy Harmer & Infinity” Troy and his band have opened for such notable artists as Kim Mitchell, Rare Earth, The Pursuit of Happiness and Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo. Troy has personally shared the stage with Randy Bachman (BTO and The Guess Who) and Gord Lewis (Teenage Head)
Troy has performed at dozens of festivals and clubs throughout southern Ontario including It’s Your Festival in Hamilton, The Hamilton Food and Drink Festival at Copps Colosseum, Dundas Cactus Festival and the Festival of Friends. Over the past 20 years Troy has established a reputation for delivering the goods every time which has garnered him a legion of new fans everywhere he goes whom he affectionately refers to as “”the Persuaded””.
The Persuaders are: Troy Harmer-Guitar and Vocals, Steve Tomalty-Drums and Vocals, Rob Monaco-Bass and Vocals.
Call it Luck or Fate, but when 3 music artists find each other, and also sound like Little Big Town & Fleetwood Mac had a baby, you call them NEW MOON JUNCTION. After creating a solid base with their first three singles, “Real Good Kinda Thing”, “The Other Side of Goodbye” and “Don’t” (Which had critics and fans likening them to Canada’s Lady A). “Mind Of Its Own”. the groups newest single spent three days in the top 100 on the itunes Country charts and has been featured on some amazing Amazon Playlists.
In addition to singing in beautiful 3 part harmony, New Moon Junction brings a ton of energy to the stage with an amazing mix of covers and originals and they have a way of connecting with their fans that keeps them coming back for more.
Matt Doran is an artist of many talents. Listening to his music, you’d be surprised to learn that he’s only 21, as he has the creative talent and sound of a seasoned pro in the music business. Pushing the boundaries of musical genres while continuing to evolve, Doran’s sound is an amalgamation of the best of the alternative rock and pop worlds, with a deep, passionate voice, articulate and relatable songwriting abilities, and a talent for production that puts one in mind of Panic! At The Disco, The 1975, Charlie Puth, and Marianas Trench.
After releasing his first studio album in 2019, “Can You Hear Me” that he co-produced, he got right back at it and crafted a series of songs that will be released in 2023 as part of his sophomore album “BLOOM”. His current radio single “I Don’t Like Her” takes falling out of love and flips it on its head. With a lifetime of opportunity ahead of him, Doran’s already professional-grade abilities in singing, songwriting, and producing show that he’s spending no time hesitating on achieving his goals. As anyone knows, if you have the drive, creativity, and talent, fame will not be far behind.
We are the “Chapter 11” band based in London Ont. We cover all the rock classics you expect (and the favourites you forgot about) from the 70’s to the 00’s. Our band is made up of 4 members consisting of Lead, rhythm, bass and drums. We really enjoy interacting with the crowd and getting their participation on a number of songs. We have been in various groups throughout south western Ontario over the past 30 years playing many venues and styles of music and look forward to playing for the Northern Heat Ribfest series.
Vibrant, energetic, and dynamic are words used to describe Paige Rutledge. Recognized as one of Ontario’s most exciting upcoming Canadian country artists, Paige is no stranger to the stage and her live shows have audiences engaged start to finish. Paige made her Nashville debut at “Layla’s Honky Tonk” in February 2022, as well as headlined the Sound Check Entertainment Festival in July 2022. Paige performed in Calgary in September 2022 at the Canadian Country Music Awards in Nicole Rayy’s “All Women Music Showcase”. Paige’s music has landed her the playlist cover for Breakthrough Country on Amazon Music, Spotify’s RADAR playlist, and caught listeners attention across North America. Paige is set to release her debut EP later this year.
Lakeshore Road is a two-piece classic rock cover band formed in 2012. They band use a dizzying array of technologies to bring bring over 50 classic rock songs to life. Simply put, the guys sound amazing live!
Reggaddiction is a 10-piece reggae band from Toronto, Ontario. The reggae band includes sensation vocals led by the 2020 Soul Slam Winner D.M., songstress Trish Campbell providing a unique vibe and falsettos, and Sunray Grennan the son of the famous Jamaican drummer Winston Grennan, known for his studio one performances with Bob Marley and the Wailers as well as the creator of the One Drop reggae rhythm in the late ’60s. Backing the band includes a multi horn, multi-percussion, multi drum, and a powerful guitar, bass, and keys instrumental section.
House of David Gang is an uplifting Canadian reggae band that draws on the roots sounds of 1970s Kingston, Jamaica. They carry on the long history of top notch Toronto reggae, taking their name from an after-hours hang out on Queen Street West, which was popular with Toronto’s Rastafarian and reggae community. Since the release of their album Reggae Warrior on NuFunk Records – produced by Snappy Homefry with the support of The Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR – House of David Gang have become Canada’s hardest touring reggae band. The group has played over 200 dates across Canada, including headlining sold-out tributes to Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jamaican 50th Anniversary events. They have shared the stage with top artists such as Xavier Rudd, The Mighty Diamonds, Big Youth, Bushman, Mad Professor, Dawn Penn, Leroy Sibbles, and Ill Scarlett. The band has performed at some of Canada’s top music festivals including Guelph’s Hilllside Festival, Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, The Calgary International ReggaeFest, B.C.’s Shambhala Festival, and Nova Scotia’s Evolve Festival. A career highlight for the band was a performance for over 30,000 people at The Freedom Festival at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
The School of Rock Markham House Band is a group of 15-18 year olds who play a variety of music ranging from Rock to R&B and beyond. The group is audition-only and features the best kids in the school. Over the past 10 years, the house band have toured the United States 5 times as well as doing a week-long residency at the Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana. In the past, the House Band has played at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, and played in other American cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and many more. They’re getting ready for another tour this summer through the North-East of the United States! School of Rock Markham is a performance-based music school in Markham, ON offering programs from the age of 4 all the way up to adult programs.
Our band is Transistor Radio Group from Guelph, Ontario. We perform original music, Classic Rock, Top 40 & Pop music spanning from the mid-’60s to the Present. We are 5 musicians with a combined 120+ years of live performance, writing, and recording experience. Over the years, we have earned a reputation for bringing a high-energy driving stage performance, with a great mixture of staple songs, including many others that you normally don’t hear played in a live setting.
Peter Peres is a Canadian country singer from Toronto, Ontario. His strong roots to Pop and modern country music express themselves clearly in his sound, where he delivers a flurry of emotions that hits with his listeners. His sound has been compared to a mix of Brett Young, Jordan Davis, and Hunter Hayes. Most recently, the first single “Sold” off his newly released EP was released July 2021 and hit Top 45 on CBC Country 171 on SiriusXM. Which he then followed up with “Mess Of Me,” released in March 2022, and has hit the top 50.
Big Dan knows the Blues….He is a self-taught powerhouse of a guitar player with over 30 years experience….His vocals are smooth and soulful….his songwriting deep and from the heart….he has a quick wit, sharp sense of humor and loves to entertain.
The Topside Band are masters of their instruments. They are sought after by many. They have been backing up Ontario’s top musicians for decades. Together they can lay down a groove like no-one else.
We are a three piece band (Guitar, Bass, and Drums) and specialize in playing old school Chicago style blues. We take great pride in being able to draw, hold and entertain a crowd. We are a fun and professional band.
Re-live the Experience with The AC/DC Show – CANADA. You’ll hear hits from both eras, Brian Johnson and (the late) Bon Scott as lead vocalist. The show is an authentic audio/visual recreation of the legendary Australian band. With the stacks of Marshall amplifiers and the grit of the mighty Gibson SG lead guitar, this musical tone is sure to capture your attention from the opening notes.
Performed by some of the most passionate musicians, they will take you for a ride on the rock ‘n’ roll train through AC/DC’s incredible history of hits. The featured performers take their roles to new heights.
Shamus Black as your Brian Johnson/Bon Scott lead singer.
Fact: A recording of The AC/DC Show – CANADA’s performance from February, 2016 was personally taken back to Los Angeles by a member of AC/DC’s management in Early March of 2016 when Brian Johnson was diagnosed with severe hearing damage. This recording with Shamus is believed to have been the only Canadian entry that was considered in the search for their new singer.
Axl Rose of Guns and Roses fame was eventually chosen for the replacement role.
The Sandra Good Band (SGB) is fronted by the charismatic Sandra Hosgood her driving vocals leave audiences wanting to hear more. SGB brings together four seasoned musicians. Having played over 450 shows and have been together for 12 years. SGB brings exciting energy with our dynamic stage presence we love what we do and always give 100 percent when performing.
Covering the Greatest Hits of Bon Scott and Brian Johnson. Hell N Back puts on a High Energy Tribute to AC/DC with a Fun and Family Friendly Atmosphere
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