Shred all day. Dance all night. Fernie Stoke Fest is back for another weekend of stoke folk in Fernie!
2019 line-up include Shred Kelly, Scenic Route to Alaska, Country Smokes, The Parsons, Jenn Frost, Top-O
All ages show from 5:00pm - 7pm, featuring Shred Kelly & Friends
Tickets available online: Adults $10, Youth $5
5:00pm - 7pm, featuring Shred Kelly & Friends
19+ show: Tickets available online: $20
8:15 PM - TOP-O
8:50 PM - THE PARSONS
9:45 PM - COUNTRY SMOKES
10:40 PM - SCENIC ROUTE TO ALASKA
11:40 PM - SHRED KELLY
1:00 AM - JENN FROST
Since the inception of Shred Kelly, the Fernie BC based band have been re-defining what folk-rock means. Through their individual pan-Canadian backgrounds, Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, Ian Page-Shiner, and Ty West have amplified the traditional sound of folk music with a more contemporary approach. 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.’
Shred Kelly released their 3rd album – ‘Sing To The Night’ – on January 27th 2015. The new material shows the growth and depth that the band has explored throughout the creative process, and once again demonstrates their signature claw-hammer banjo riffs, layered ambient synth, powerhouse rock, and sweet vocal harmonies. Their acclaimed producer John Critchley (Elliott Brood, Dan Mangan, Amelia Curran, The Once) from Green Door Studios was a master at creating an album that pushed their creativity and gave Shred Kelly a new take on their signature sound, which translates perfectly onto an album, or a packed dance floor.
In 2017 they performed in Australia as part of the Break Out West's 3-act representation at Australian Music Week. In November, they played 7 nights in Germany, opening for The Dead South. Shred Kelly will release 'Archipelago' in February 2018, followed by a 24-date central & western Canada tour.
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
Substance and accessibility. They’re often considered opposing forces when it comes to pop music, making it all the more impressive when a band like Scenic Route to Alaska so effortlessly delivers ample doses of both.
The easygoing Edmonton-based trio, comprised of Trevor Mann on lead vocals and guitar, drummer Shea Connor, and bassist Murray Wood, weaves catchy vocals and memorable melodies through rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again. It’s a coveted combination within the crowded sphere of indie rock – and one that’s rarely the product of anything but time, talent, and heaps of hard work. Of course, Scenic Route to Alaska are no strangers to any of those.
Recently, the band once again hit the studio with famed producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan & Sara, The New Pornographers) to cut the 10 tracks comprising their upcoming fourth LP, Tough Luck.
Fernie local favourites Country Smokes serve up their own flavour of punk, layered with deep country roots. Driving bass licks and powerful drum lines fill the room with sound giving this three-piece act their unique attitude. Combine this with buckets of stage presence, a few bolo ties and the canny knack to get people on their feet and jumping around, they’re definitely one not to miss.
Don’t let the relative youth of Clayton & Joelle Parsons fool you—they are old souls with a sound that transcends time. Their genuine country-roots style is reminiscent of the ‘60’s American folk revival scene that birthed Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul & Mary.
Clayton Parsons grew up with music as a constant and he counts his parents and seven siblings as his primary musical influences. Along with his dad’s rendition of James Taylor songs, Parsons also listened to plenty of Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles, Neil Young and Nickel Creek. He played solo and with numerous bands in his hometown of Cranbrook, B.C, before joining alt-folk band The Good Ol’ Goats, and meeting vocalist Joelle—and falling in love with her voice, and then the singer herself. Joelle was surrounded by song as a child, and began singing with a church and school choirs, musical theatre productions and at community events. She was influenced by old gospel songs and traditional hymns as much as she was by classic rock and alternative artists. And when she and Parsons finally met, their chemistry—musical and personal—was undeniable. When their previous band went on hiatus, The Parsons emerged.
Throughout their musical partnership, The Parsons have won fans wherever they’ve travelled. Their lyrics are an authentic representation of their often wide-eyed wonder at the world, finding joy in the simple things and profundity in what many of us take for granted. The duo doesn’t rely on heavy instrumentation to underscore the sweetness of their honey-warmed harmonies; Joelle’s rhythm guitar playing compliments Claytons fingerpicking, providing the perfect thread for their exquisite voices to weave their way around each other, creating an uncomplicated but gorgeous tapestry of music.
The deftness of their singing and songwriting has not gone unsung: the recently married duo was recognized by the Kootenay Music Awards with the Album of the Year for their debut release in 2016. Live, their sweet and soulful music is punctuated with stories behind the songs, inside jokes that the whole audience becomes a part of and true generosity of spirit.
Jenn Frost (Jenn Johnson) has been a permanent fixture on the electronic music circuit for more than 20 years. Originally on the dance floors of the Toronto club/rave scene, to promoting & organizing small and large scale events, to now DJ’ing in small ski and surf towns in BC.
She began dancing to the likes of DJ Dan, Deep Dish, Soul Wax, Ed Rush and Optical and Roni Size, to name just a few. She is now an avid house and disco advocate. Ms. Frost is currently looking into the addition of some live elements of her live act, as well as yoga and meditation..
Top-O was born in the Patagonian foothills in the mid 80's and found himself an orphan by the age of 2. He travelled through the South American wilderness for 2 decades until he emerged from the woods just south of Fernie. He quickly picked up the local nomenclature and customs and now likes to wander the streets telling tales to anyone who will listen.