Northern Lights Festival Boréal is proud to announce its 2014 lineup of performers.
Northern Lights Festival Boréal is all about music, real music, lovingly created by real artists, all geared to real music lovers. Hot bands, great singers and songwriters, amazing instrumentalists and an eclectic variety of musical styles and genres are its defining features, and all are reflected in this year’s lineup. Keeping it real once again, this year’s festival will present the opportunity to get up close and personal with a choice selection of both emerging and established musical talent.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketbreak.com/nlf for Northern Ontario’s top music and arts festival to take place at Sudbury’s Bell Park the weekend of July 4, 5 and 6.Advance Weekend Passes are on-sale now, including the new, discounted Student Weekend Pass. Students can purchase weekend passes for $60 incl. HST online and at the NLFB office (Student I.D. presented upon entry). The regular price for Advance Weekend Passes is $85 incl. HST.
Bruce Cockburn is undeniably a Canadian musical icon and one of the world’s great songsmiths, and he is still at the top of his game. He has released 31 albums over the past four decades, won a whopping 11 Juno Awards and been nominated for 20 more.. He is an officer of the Order of Canada, and has received many other awards for both his music and his activism. In 1998 he received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. His body of work is both extensive and extremely diverse, and includes such anthemic songs as ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time”, “Wondering Where the Lions Are”, and “Waiting for a Miracle”. Wrongly labeled as a folksinger by some, and a rocker by others, Cockburn’s music explores both these territories but occupies a place that is truly all its own.
Small Source of Comfort is his latest adventurous collection of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery. The album, primarily acoustic yet rhythmically savvy, is rich in Cockburn’s characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz and rock. As usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and experiences from San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, chronicling his piercing insights into the human condition.
One critic’s description of the Halifax band, Wintersleep included these words, “One of the most unique sounds to ever come out of the Maritimes … The band blows the pants off crowds time and time again … This band will take the country by storm” (Chart Magazine). And they were right. The band has become a revered, household name in Canadian music. They have released 5 highly-acclaimed albums, one of which scored them a Juno in 2008 for New Group of the Year. They have performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, and have had the opportunity to open for such greats as Paul McCartney. Known for their innovative and meticulous approach to rock and pop music, the band continues to evolve and redefine their sound with their 2012 release Hello Hum. “Is it a high‐water mark? A divergent progression? Maybe it’s just ten years worn well. Loel Campbell, Paul Murphy & Tim D’Eon have spent a decade collecting. Hello Hum starts a new chapter.”
Northern Lights organizers are also thrilled to present Tokyo Police Club this year, as the headliner for Friday, July 4th. Since its formation in 2005, this group has played some of the world’s largest music festivals and has released several successful and highly-acclaimed albums. This is a group that Rolling Stone has described as, “poised to become the biggest Canadian export since Molson.” They have just released their highly anticipated album Forcefield, including the single ‘Hot Tonight’, which has been tearing up the charts and airwaves across Canada, and beyond.
More music to discover…
In addition to the feature acts, NLFB is presenting a roster that is jam-packed with talent and diversity. The festival has a reputation of being THE place to discover new acts for listening, dancing and just plain enjoying. The Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a massive, explosive group harnessing the powerful sound of 26 players (guitars, bass, horns etc.), playing Jamaican ska music, guaranteed to get people dancing. En Bref is one of the most respected francophone acts to come out of Northern Ontario, blending the acoustic and the electric in a compelling mix of folk, jazz, blues and rock. Singer-songwriter Crystal Shawanda will take the stage as well, showcasing her Juno Award winning talent and exploring a new sound that draws from folk, blues and country music. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra describe themselves as a 17 piece ‘balkan/klezmer/gypsy party-punk superband’, playing the traditional music of eastern Europe and beyond with a furious and infectious energy. These are only a few of the 30 + acts that will grace the festival’s five + stages over the three days.
Geared to all ages, the festival will be brimming with energy, music, talent and a whole lot of fun. Weekend passes are the way to go.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketbreak.com/nlf.
Visit http://nlfbsudbury.com/news/2014lineup.html to see the rest of the line up and for more info as well!!