Shred all day. Dance all night. Fernie Stoke Fest is back for another weekend of stoke folk in Fernie!
At The Griz Bar at Fernie Alpine Resort:
Kick off Party with Vegas Lounge Singer Ricky Diamonds
8PM: Doors Open
9 - 11PM-ish: Ricky Diamonds
Midnight: Event Ends
19+ Wear your tacky vegas best!
At the Fernie Community Centre:
Early All Ages Show
5PM: Doors Open
5:15PM: Heather Gemmell
6:10PM: Shred Kelly
7PM: Event Ends
Main Show 19+
7:30PM: Doors Open
8:40PM: Penny Shades
9:40PM: Mount Rushka
11:40PM: Shred Kelly
1:00AM: Mark Woodyard
2:00AM: Event Ends
Kickoff Party: $15
All Ages Concert: Under 2: Free | Ages 2-12 $5 | Age 12-18 $10 | Adults $15
Main Show: $40
NB: 2 pieces of Government issued ID required for entry to 19+ shows.
No refunds unless the event is cancelled.
Presented by Shred Kelly and Saem House.
Cash bar, merch tent, coat check are on site. *Cash only onsite*
Shred Kelly is a five-piece, alternative folk-rock band that emerged from the heart of the Canadian Rockies in 2009. Over the past decade, the band have taken their highly energetic live show from humble beginnings on the Canadian ski-town circuit to the international stage.
The band’s striking and energy-packed sound has evolved from their eclectic musical influences and their unique experiences as individuals. Their progressive pairing of acoustic instrumentation with electric counterparts, harmonies, and driving rhythm, continues to develop and reach new heights. Pushing the boundaries of the genre, they have incorporated a wide range of influences to create a sound that is uniquely called ‘Stoke Folk.’ The band is best known for their dynamic, high-energy and engaging live show that leaves no dance floor vacant.
Shred Kelly has garnered themselves sold-out shows across Canada, performed at some of the Nation’s premier festivals, and received a growing list of awards and recognition. They recently won ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Live Act’ at 2015 Kootenay Music Awards and won the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for ‘Best Music Video’ for their latest single ‘Sing to the Night. In 2017 they performed in Australia as part of the Break Out West's 3-act representation at Australian Music Week.
On Shred Kelly’s fifth album, Like a Rising Sun, one can sense a change of direction for the group as if life has taken a sharp turn for the alternative-folk rockers. From the first strum of “Rising Sun” to the dissonant fadeout of “Disconnect”, a fast paced and emotional album is laid out through 11 tracks that tell of major life upheaval in rapidly changing times. Written mostly in 2019 when lead singers/songwriters Tim Newton and Sage McBride welcomed their first child into the world only to lose Tim’s father to an illness one month later. The joy, sadness and uncertainty of that time allowed for a new lease on their highly energetic music and the stories they tell. The album is woven together in the immediate aftermath with themes of love, life, death, fear for the future, and new beginnings.
Since the album’s release, Shred Kelly has received positive reviews in Canada and internationally, Spotify Editorial Playlisting, a video feature by Grant Lawerence on CBC, International radio play, regular rotation on Sirus XM and Radio Eins in Berlin, and featured on Canadian alternative radio stations. They self-produced their own Tiny Concert Tour through BC & Alberta in the summer of 2021 through a partnership with On The Road Productions to bring live music back, and went on to open for ‘The Dead South’ on 12 European dates in November of that year. They were nominated for Rock Artist of the Year at The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Sing to the Night named “Top 15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015″ – CBC Music
Sing to the Night is a huge step forward for this young group. – Exclaim Magazine
Shred Kelly’s ‘Sing to the Night’ breaks from the pack and demonstrates a fresh, distinct sound. With great consistency, compelling tone, and overall fantastic music - Aesthetic Magazine
Free Press Folk Fest Faves – Favorite Big Blue @ Night Shows – Shred Kelly – Winnipeg Free Press
Like the ancient forests from which their name derives, Carmanah is just as comfortable in muddy, bluesy funk as they are among light, soaring harmonies. The band has crafted a niche of its own somewhere between roots, rock and soul —a vintage blend of the intuitive and technical tied seamlessly together by Laura Mina Mitic’s dazzlingly versatile voice.In recognition of the band’s passion for their home and the ways it bleeds into their music, producer Gus Van Go (Metric, The Arkells, Sam Roberts) coined the term “West Coast Soul” to describe Carmanah’s unique sound.
The second album, Iris, was recorded in Brooklyn as a moody counterpoint to and natural evolution from the band’s debut, Speak in Rhythms. That album, with two#1 CBC Music tracks, earned Carmanah a nomination for Roots Duo/Group of The Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2018. Now, with Iris, the band has built upon the first album’s strongest elements: its driving melodies, its contorting, energetic rhythms, its bountiful instrumentation, its lyrics that take you by the hand and lead you far, far from where you began.
The band —including guitarist and vocalist Pat Ferguson, bassist Jamil Demers, drummer Graham Keehn and keyboardist/backup vocalist Lo Waight —tours in a gutted and retrofitted vegetable-oil driven tour bus, an ambitious project that Ferguson has taken on himself in his backyard. The low-carbon approach is part of a broader ethos the band shares.
Heather Gemmell brandishes her own distinct style as a mountain artist. She is the winner of the CBC Searchlight 2022 Fan Choice Award and has put new meaning to the term one woman band. Her traditional instruments are blended with a contemporary stage plot fusing folk, old-time and blues rock that she calls “Roots and Blues’Grass”.
“I generally bring on stage: an acoustic guitar, clawhammer banjo, electric lap steel/stand, a new custom green bullet harmonica mic neck rack, and a custom double-chambered cajon. I drum with my feet, play one of the three stringed instruments and harmonica while triggering loops and different effects from my pedal board. Sometimes I bring all the bells and whistles, while others, I play just my foot drums and stringed instruments unplugged. It really depends on the audience”
The girl who keeps evolving. Heather’s powerhouse vocals and multi-talented musicianship is widely known and respected throughout BC. Performing for over fifteen years, she has captured numerous accolades and is consistently sought after as a performing artist. Her dedication and passion for music are evident every time she gets on stage.
Often referred to as a “Human Jukebox”, Woodyard’s knowledge of music spans effortlessly across eras and genres. A multi-talented musician who uses looping machines, his voice and guitar, Woodyard is best known for his wide array of genre-bending covers that showcase his vocal range and eclectic sound, creating truly unique and dance-inspiring performances.
With no two shows sounding the same, Woodyard’s improv-esque style is reminiscent of a Reggie Watts and Marc Rebillet lovechild - a multi-instrumentalist who captivates audiences and sparks dancefloors seconds after taking to the stage.
With another ‘hat tip’ to Mount Rushmore, Mount Rushka celebrates the forefathers of Rock that came before us. Rock ‘n Roll was originally created from a blend of Blues and Country. Now in 2022, we have decades of the Rock era to draw inspiration from. So like the original forefathers, our sound gets a solid dose of Blues and Country.
With all of us growing up in the 90’s, we were fortunate to have front row tickets to the Grunge and Alternative Rock movement. Our parents lived through the glory days of 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Stadium Rock and Pop and incorporated it into our upbringing. The artists of those eras are the Mount Rushka ‘forefathers’. They inspire our music, and allow us the ability to keep every song sounding fresh. The Kootenay roots of Mount Rushka are deeply ingrained in both the name and members.
Cigarettes, shrimp, gin… These are a few of Ricky’s favourite things.Ricky Diamonds is a former Las Vegas lounge singer (don’t ask…) and the current crooner king of the Kootenays.
With his signature slicked-back hair and moustache, Ricky will melt your heart and make you blush with his cheesy, over-the-top performances. Singing all of your parents and grandparents favourite songs with the voice of an angel, paired with charming comedy, a Ricky show is a show you won’t want to miss.
Penny Shades is a Alt Soul five-piece from Nelson BC, making music that is both sleek and raw. Rich, emotive vocals swoon over warm rhythm guitars, swift gospel keys, jazz-influenced bass lines, and R&B-flavoured back beats. Their sound is rooted in Modern Soul & R&B, and draws influences from Indie, Pop, Urban and Western music.
They released their debut EP in 2021 and have since toured the Kootenays and performed at festivals such as Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival.
Whether you first saw Topo taking a cold plunge into the elk river, hosting Karaoke or Jam Night, or skiing topless down the mountain, he has surely brought a smile to your face. His music is like a warm bear hug that is sure to make you sing a long at the top of your lungs.