“Main Stage Entertainment for the 50th Annual Morden Corn & Apple Festival will be a delightful mix of old and new,” said Festival Chairperson Lynda Lambert MacLean. “We’re bringing back the Pie-eating Contest, The Fashion Show and the Songwriters’ Showcase and even a Youth Ambassador Program in place of a Queen Pageant and adding Classic and Contemporary performers to surprise and delight. And it’s all FREE!” she continued.
“In addition to our Headliners: the Hunter Brothers and Chad Brownlee on Friday and Past the Perimeter, Snake Oil and the Trews on Saturday we are very excited to announce the remainder of our secular Main Stage line-up”.
- Katie MacDonald is a Brandon singer – songwriter who has been performing for as long as she can remember. With a unique sound and soulful voice, you’ll be humming her melodies long after a show. She has performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival with the Young Performers Program, opened for Juno Award Winner Sierra Noble, and performed at many festivals around Manitoba such as The Harvest Sun Music Festival and Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival. Her song writing recognizes both the sorrow and beauty that life places upon us. As a thriving songwriter, MacDonald is certainly an artist you will want to keep your eyes on.
- With a Rick Danko-tinged-croon, Steve Keys artfully adapts to ambitiously-yet-carefully structured country medleys—towing the line between a soulful, more-traditional method of storytelling, reminiscent of fellow-Manitoban Neil Young, to more post-modern and disjointed narratives, akin to some of the more experimental ballads of Dylan. His self-produced album “…And Then I Woke Up”, released in September of 2015, is steeped in the influence of The Band, and country-era Bob Dylan. With a classic sound that’s both big, and raw – meshed with vivid songs of love and death, and the loss of innocence and faith in the face of the human condition.
- In just one year, Dylan, Roman, and Liam of The Middle Coast logged over 700 hours in a van, traveled over 70 000 kms, and played 150 shows. The countless ‘van hours’ have made them great friends, and their heavy touring schedule has made them better musicians. When great friends and great musicians get together, the chemistry created is magical, and in the case of The Middle Coast, it shows. Presently, the boys are gearing up for the release of their debut record; a 9 song album packed with single-worthy songs produced by Canadian indie music legends Howard Redekopp (Mother Mother, Tegan and Sarah) and Don Benedictson (The Bros. Landreth, Valdy).For as long as they’ve been together, The Middle Coast has been a touring band, so the album is just one piece of the puzzle. As the band develops, their extensive list of past shows grows. And over time, they have created a well-crafted show that bursts at the seams with energy, showcases their top notch musicianship, flows effortlessly from one song to another, and leaves you singing their hooks into next week. Thanks to their aggressive, single minded approach to the music industry, The Middle Coast has landed alongside many of their idols at The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Harvest Moon Festival, and Canadian Music Week.
- Stoked for the future, working hard, practicing hard, and touring non-stop, The Middle Coast is on a roll and won’t be taking a break any time soon!
- The idea behind the album was simple: catchy songs with classic melodies, thick harmonies, and grooves that guarantee some feverish head-bobbing. However, as the album took shape, The Middle Coast’s vintage aesthetic was complimented with dramatic results by Howard Redekopp’s signature indie grit, and bolstered by Don Benedictson’s straightforward music-first approach. Now, The Middle Coast is sitting on on a delicious blend of old and new, with a dash of youthful enthusiasm that takes things to the next level.
- THE PSYCHICS are made up of song writing duo Paige Drobot (Morden) and Cody Rey Valentonis (Lac Du Bonnet) joined by drummer Kerrigan Salnikowski. They aim to push the boundaries of the pop song format by fusing it with many genres and experimenting with progressive long form. They also thrill you with their theatrical storytelling all while improvising from a heartfelt and honest place in their soul.
- Singer/songwriter Ed Wayne is truly a country artist. His style of music could be called Americana, Folk or Outlaw Music. It is known for its ability to speak to common people about things that really matter. Songs of love, heartache, faith and the struggles of life. Ed has been singing songs together with “The North Border Band” for nearly 8 years. Entertaining audiences in Manitoba and beyond. Ed Wayne and the North Border Band deliver an exciting down to earth show for all ages.
We invite you to join us the 50th Annual Morden Corn & Apple Festival, Manitoba’s premiere free street festival, August 26 to 28, 2016 in Morden, Manitoba. It’s FUN and it’s FREE! Visit our website www.cornandapple.com, our Facebook page and on Twitter: @Corn_n_Apple.
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