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Not everyone gets to play at the Elk and Oarsman. 

The bands we feature come from diverse backgrounds and from all over the country. 

Some stop by while they're on tour and others make the trip just to entertain you.

Here are the groups currently scheduled to play and links to videos of other groups that have played in the past.

Showtime begins at 10pm until closing. 

Come in and listen to some quality entertainment!

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Amelie Paterson
Amelie Paterson


I'm a 25 year old singer/songwriter from Banff AB Canada. I play blues, rock, and folk music at a variety of different venues. Most recently I sang my way across the country by train through a program called Artist Onboard with VIA Rail.I play lots of gigs around town including Nourish Bistro, and weekly (Sundays) at the St. James Gate.

Andy Loops
Andy Loops


Andy Loops is a local Musician from Banff AB. Using a Loop Pedal and an Acoustic guitar he creates songs of all genres. he cover everything from Classic Rock, to Hip Hop, to Indy Electro.

Bowcott & Enslen
Bowcott & Enslen

Jay Bowcott is an alt-country artist from Medicine Hat, Alberta. His second release Morning Sky Blues will be released in October 2014 and features 11 original tracks inspired by the life and times of the 27 year old songwriter. Growing up in Calgary he made the move to Medicine Hat in 2008 sick of the overwhelming traffic and chaotic lifestyle of the big city. WIth new footing in Medicine Hat he found much more time to hone his skills as a singer-songwriter / guitarist. The songs are inspired by multiple tours across Canada and the old western imagery of the Medicine Hat landscape. Jay Bowcott brings with him on the road the feeling and spirit of his new hometown and finds solace in calling it home. 

Brady Enslen was born in, and currently calling Medicine Hat home.  Small town prairie life is the heart and soul of Brady's music. While he is mainly a self-taught musician, taking classical guitar lessons while in University honed the skills that inspired Brady to begin writing and performing his own music. His songs and lyrics embody the nostalgic simplicity of growing up in rural Alberta; his steady-going guitar playing and accessible melodies create a backdrop for lyrics that are rich and meaningful. Brady's sincere and down to earth presence engages listeners young and old, and makes one feel that they are right at home. 
Despite its coined term "All Hell For a Basement" Medicine Hat is an inspiring and comfortable place for budding songwriters. The ghosts of the old west walk the streets and with many of the original buildings still standing from the pioneer town you can feel the landscapes rich history. 

Brad Brewer
Brad Brewer


Brad is a Singer/Songwriter and Entertainer from Toronto, Canada currently residing in Banff, Alberta out in the Canadian Rockies.


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Elk Run & Riot
Elk Run & Riot

Elk run & Riot is an up and coming folk rock four piece that has caught fire in the Bow valley. After a December residency at the Elk and Oarsman the band shifted gears and won the Tommy's battle of the bands earning a slot opening up for Classified at the Banff Center this summer. Over the past 6 months Elk run & Riot have tightened their sound playing weekly gigs around Banff and rehearsing relentlessly at their top secret Canmore jam space. As the set list grows so does their fan base. The band has a loose feel on stage and no song is played the same on any given night. At the core of their sound lies great song writing, infectious harmonies and a tight rhythm section. The drummers name is Marc.

Greg Drummond
Greg Drummond

Greg Drummond’s beginnings as a songwriter are not with the grandeur that many musicians claim to have started with—they are humble and they are honest. Growing terrified with the concept of his monotonous corporate lifestyle, he saved up enough money to live off of for a year and quit his sales job to pursue his passion—a career in music. It was not the perceived glamour of a rock-star’s life that called him to the profession; it was the struggle to earn his living through his art form.

Born and raised in Port Moody BC, Greg Drummond’s current music style shows influence from the era of traditional Appalachian Folk music with a modern Southern Rock transformation. Greg’s true strength in music lies in his songwriting. His songs are stories of struggle, adventure, and the crazy experiences of life. Paired with his deep and distinguishing voice and toe-tapping melodies, Greg’s lyricism allows his audience to be transported to a place and time offering them an escape from their comfortable reality. For those that are close to Greg, they know him as an incredibly prolific songwriter.
The best way to truly understand his sound is by experiencing one of his shows for your self. Greg has been consistently filling up small 150 – 200 seat theatres. The band he has built around him is made up of professionally trained musicians with degrees in music theory—these four core members of the group are incredibly important to Greg’s on-going story as a professional musician. The knowledge they have of their instruments provides additional insight to Greg’s songwriting and lends to creating a full-bodied and deeply comprehensive soundscape. To take his live performance even further, Greg will on occasion perform with an orchestral horn section.
In addition to the band’s unique live performance, the title track from Greg’s debut album, Walking Man, has garnered its own attention. Following an impromptu submission to 104.3 The Shore FM’s BEST of BC Contest, Greg and his band yielded the top prize of $10,000 and solid radio play. Within the next couple months, the same song landed a spot on multiple shortlists, including the nationally recognized CBC Searchlight Contest. In May of 2013, Greg and his band were selected to be part of the Top 20 bands to participate in 102.7 The Peak FM’s Peak Performance Project. This rigorous, highly competitive and challenging program has proven to be an invaluable career building step that Greg feels lucky to have experienced.
Greg most recently was awarded funding form The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings and is currently working on his sophomore album, which is set to release in the spring of 2015.
“Greg has an easy and effortless way with a melody and a hook. He’s a natural troubadour, and his songs will get inside your head and have you humming long after you hear them.” Pablo Pietropaolo, CBC

“Greg is definitely an up-and-coming artist on the Vancouver scene — a great voice and a very interesting and fun sound and performance which is worth checking out.” Vancouver Weekly

Gunner and Smith
Gunner and Smith

On Compromise, Gunner & Smith began to develop a sound that easily defied their original "alt-country" tag. Now carrying a fuller and harder-hitting sound, the group began to pay greater attention to pop flourishes in addition to taking on more diverse influences such as psychedelia.
Recorded by Jordan Smith at The Avenue Recording Studio, located above Saskatoon’s legendary music venue Amigos Cantina where Gunner & Smith began honing their live performance chops, the group eagerly began to take on a sound that was far more expansive and lush than their previous songs. On their debut single “Strength of My Fathers”, the quintet roll into a dramatic story of relationships and longing with appropriately soaring male/female vocal harmonies, while on “Bears” the guitars take on a lead role, with fully-realized solos and hooks.

Along the way, Gunner & Smith’s reputation as a live band began to grow as the group made appearances at festivals such as OMFEST, MoSo Fest, Lilac Festival and the prestigious Ness Creek Festival. The band also shared the stage with numerous Canadian artists in the last year such as Del Barber, Said the Whale, Petunia and the Vipers, Jordan Klassen, Mike Edel, Owls by Nature, Picture the Ocean, Boreal Sons, Close Talker, Scenic Route to Alaska, The Elwins, Nick Everett and Saskatoon up-and-coming roots legends The Deep Dark Woods.

Gunner & Smith began to tour relentlessly throughout Canada, playing extensively throughout Alberta and their home province of Saskatchewan, as well as a sojourn through the eastern half of the country, which saw front man Geoff Smith spreading his wings and returning to his solo roots.

On top of the momentum gained in 2013, Gunner & Smith are now gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album He Once Was a Good Man. Slated for an early 2014 release, the band once again returned to The Avenue with Jordan Smith and Scott Neufeld along with The Deep Dark Woods’ Ryan Boldt at them helm in the producer’s chair. In addition to producing the album, Boldt (who has previously worked with prairies folk act Kacy and Clayton) also makes several appearances playing on the album.

On He Once Was a Good Man, Gunner & Smith find themselves with their most realized sound to date despite taking several different directions. It wasn’t until the band hit the studio that things became apparent and cohesive – a concept that was unintentionally synonymous with the band’s own journey into maturity. While working with Boldt, the band kept the sessions spontaneous, using live off the floor takes in order to find their sound.

Despite the increased warmth and beauty of the record's arrangements and tones, Smith is still a master at producing dark and haunting songs that are informed by powerfully bleak lyrics – even his sunniest moments are still shadowed with drama and the lingering baritone of his vocals. While it has been a restless artistic road for Smith, Gunner & Smith have reached something of a creative peak with He Once Was a Good Man. There's no question that the journey has been an interesting one.

Motel Raphael
Motel Raphael

Motel Raphaël is a young indie-folk-pop band from Montreal, led by Clara Legault, Emily Skahan and Maya Malkin. Since their inception in 2012, this seven piece outfit has risen through the ranks of Montreal’s burgeoning indie scene at an astronomical pace. Headlining performances at POP Montreal, Osheaga, CMW, Fringe Fest, M for Montreal alongside ranking in CBC Music’s national Searchlight competition have garnered them comparisons to Tegan and Sara, Feist, Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons as well as unabashedly glowing praise from the press community. 

Their harmonies are haunting, their lyrics honest, and the delivery of their performances are wrought with a heart-melting sincerity that will warm the coldest soul. Motel Raphaël’s debut full-length Cable TV is a soaring tale of heartbreak, longing and redemption delivered with a songwriting maturity that far exceeds the fact that the band members are all still in their early twenties. With their eyes set firmly on the horizon, Motel Raphaël are poised to become THE band to watch in 2014.

Reuben and the Dark
Reuben and the Dark

Two years ago, Reuben Bullock emerged from a shed-turned-studio with a songwriter's acumen and his debut album in tow: the minimally arranged, Pulling Up Arrows. The shed itself was the brain child of esteemed producer/arranger, Jay Crocker. He would team with Bullock whose knack for joinery would land the pair a warm creative fortress to hole up in for the Canadian winter.

His first solo recording acted as a passport for Bullock over the next year, and as his sound evolved, he shot the gap between cafe to barroom, and later barroom to ballroom. In 2011, he would be joined by Distance Bullock (drums and cello), Shea Alain (multi-instrumentalist) and Scott Munro (bass and keys) and perform as, Reuben and the Dark. Together, they released the sophomore record, Man Made Lakes (January 2012) in conjunction with a western Canadian tour.
Bullock's most recent travels took him to Mexico where he would perform a select few shows, randomly grabbing the eye of Mairead Nash of London's Luv Luv Luv Records (Florence and the Machine, Blood Orange) who summoned him to England. Once there, he would session at Limehouse Studios under the tutelage of producer, Christopher Hayden (Florence and the Machine) and engineer, Steve Carr (Francis Neve).

Ross Neilsen Band
Ross Neilsen Band


Canada’s hardest working blues rock musician, Ross Neilsen, does it right. He’s taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters: The People. Seven Years, over 1200 shows and more than half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie-cutter music, this is the return to real. Proving hard work pays off Neilsen has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards in 2010, two Rising Star nominations from CBC, back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association, a win for Best Blues Recording for Redemption at the 2010 MusicNB awards, a semi finalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2012 and most recently Five nominations from Music New Brunswick including Album of the year, best group and best rock recording for RESURRECTION as well as Best male solo Recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS  and a win for best blues recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS. He is a real, old-school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.
Neilsen’s latest studio effort, RESURRECTION, was recorded in Maurice, Louisiana at Dockside Studios. RESURRECTION was produced by New Orleans’ favourite son, Anders Osborne and engineered by Grammy award-winning studio whiz, Warren Riker. RESURRECTION was funded in part by the Music Industry Development grant in New Brunswick as well as direct-to-fan funding site Pledge Music.
Neilsen’s journey to RESURRECTION was an epic one. Detouring to Macon, Georgia to visit the Allman Brothers Museum, The Big House, Neilsen gained inspiration for recording after being one of the few people on earth to be allowed to play Duane Allman’s 1957 Gold Top Les Paul. This is the legendary guitar used on the first two Allman Brothers albums as well as Eric Clapton’s “Layla” album.
RESURRECTION contains ten original songs, each one a unique sonic assault that draws from Neilsen’s full palate of influences. From the dueling southern rock guitar lines between Neilsen and Osborne on “Daddy Taught Me” (Neilsen’s tribute to his late father), the poppy ear-worm hook in the rocker “Need You More”, ZZ Top-esque guitar work in “Walk on By”, or the closing ten minute opus of “Juanita” that conjures up the heavy drone of Crazy Horse, RESURRECTION explores bold new ground taking the band into dangerously beautiful new territory. The song topics are snap shots into the lives of the people Neilsen meets and the places he visits as he tours the great nation he so proudly calls home.
After the demise of The Sufferin’ Bastards in December 2011, Ross Neilsen has spent much of the 2012 rebuilding his musical foundation with a new trio, ROSS NEILSEN BAND. Any doubt as to the impact of his return has been shattered with this latest recording. The old school, in-your-face guitar playing coupled with a thunderous, tight rhythm section has been Neilsen’s trademark for years, blurring the lines between pop, blues and rock. With RESURRECTION, Neilsen has returned with an arsenal of mature, timeless material and a fire burning hotter than ever to take this new, exciting music to the place it matters most – The People. RESURRECTION is coming.

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith

Most likely you’ve seen Sarah Smith before. As lead singer for Canadian Certified Gold Single rock band The Joys she earned international stardom performed with the likes of Bif Naked, The Trews, Sam Roberts and Bedouin Soundclash. The Joys catapulted themselves all over the map and rode the radio waves across North America.

Now Sarah Smith has gone solo. Proving that her powerhouse vocal talent needs no accompaniment with her debut album Stronger Now, Sarah is killing it on her own!

Playing over 300 shows last year, Sarah is known as “…Canada’s Hardest Working Musician…”

“Stronger Now”, her debut solo CD, was produced by Grammy and Juno winning Producer, Kevin Doyle (Alannah Myles, Ann Murray). The positively catchy single, Shine Bright, gained radio play across Canada and helped her to win numerous awards including:

2014 – Fan Favourite at The JRMAs

2013 – Best Singer/Songwriter at The JRMAs

2012 – Best Singer/Songwriter at The London Music Awards

#1 Album of 2012 by The London Free Press.

Sarah just completed her new CD, “The Journey”, produced in Germany by world-class producer, Pat Anthony (Usher) and is excited to show the world her new sound.



Indelible: remember this word. It'll pretty much describe the end result of SUPERSTACK music on any listener who is swept into their slipstream. It WILL leave grooves and songs in your mind not easily erased or washed away. Trust me, I've had too many of these stuck in my head since first hearing them to tell you its gonna go down any other way.

The Sudbury-bred, Southern-fed sound of SUPERSTACK verges on a force of nature - powerful, organic, captivating, relentless. Lead singer and guitarist Scott Donnelly, drummer Dusty Campbell and bassist Kyle Dreany have grabbed the essence of 70's soul rock by the throat and breathed new life into it with tracks of potent new juice that'll shoot straight up your spine and wiggle its way down again. Conjure up a musical love child of James Brown, Humble Pie, Grand Funk Railroad, Lynyrd Skynyrd,and The James Gang, and you’ll be on the right track.

The album was produced by the band and recorded in home studios in Toronto and Barrie, ON. Two live-off-the-floor cuts were tracked at the renowned Phase One Studios in Markham by senior Phase engineer Michael Jack (The Trews, Big Sugar, Rush, Bono, Nelly Furtado), who also mixed the entire album.

The SUPERSTACK principle: groove is king. The rhythm section is thunder, unleashing a spectacular, soulful movement in each song ! 

SUPERSTACK is beauty and the beast, finesse and flame, dualities that are embodied in so many great rock bands. Watch for a live show in your area, SUPERSTACK has indelibly arrived!


The Carlines
The Carlines

The Carlines – Victoria, BC

I recollect the course of the Carlines’ formation clearly. I hear drunken sailors shouting hymn’s to the sea and I hear the songs of our high-school days. I recall some hazy details of swimming pool piping, animal themed parties and Mexican law- enforcement bribery. In retrospect, the Carlines’ A–B line appears straight but let me tell you this: The Carlines’ possess a clarity that remembers dissonant moments, misjudged tacks and also cold sunny mornings.

The Carlines are a kid who left on a fishing trip and came home years later with coffee, Indian spices and new sounds. They are your cool uncle who makes spacious yet fun and mature yet light music. The songs are memorable in a way that the last full moon is, or the way you feel waking up on the first day of spring – or maybe the fall – whichever you prefer.

Sjoerd Meyer, Esme John, Mitch Farley and David Parfait make-up the Carlines, all of whom have all played with or alongside Georgia Murray, Mike Edel, Chris Ho and Andrew Allen in venues across Canada and the U.S. – as well as on the aforementioned fishing trip. As individuals they have played in front of thousands, rode the CBC’s festival express-like “Tracks on Tracks” train, and been included in Vancouver’s Peak Performance Project.

It is only important that the Carlines are formed however, and I think the details of their beginnings, middles and ends are best heard as either short stories, long stories or songs – in the evening and by the sea. After all, in their short existence, they have performed at a sold out show at Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, BC and have a new record to be released in 2014.

The Walkervilles
The Walkervilles

If love were a band, it would be The Walkervilles.

The Walkervilles have figured out the recipe, you see. The recipe for making music that touches your soul, slaps it around a bit, caresses it, and leaves it wanting more in the best way. It’s no wonder that they are influenced by the genre of music that is aptly named the same: soul. Throw in heavy influences of Motown and Rock and what you’ve got is the unique ability to make a lover out of a fan. Made of three musicians from Windsor, Ontario, Canada - Pat Robitaille, Mike Hargreaves and Stefan Cvetkovic seamlessly fit together like a sexy bowtie and a perfect-fitting suit. In the sweet heaven height of these songs, you’ll close your eyes and pretend Robitaille’s singing to you, that Hargreaves’ wants you home with him while he writes you a love song, and that Cvetkovic’s drumming his fingertips on your lower back, baby. They’ll push away everything for you.

Until Red
Until Red


If you are going to see Brandon’s “best-looking band” (Liam’s Mom, 2013), you can expect good times and good tunes. The Brandon Sun calls Until Red “one of the best bands in the business – not just Manitoba.” Until Red is a Roots-Rock trio that has logged time at Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Brandon Folk Festival, Harvest Sun Festival, and the set of Sony Pictures ‘Heaven Is For Real’. With the help of Murrary Pulver and Don Benedictson, the boys are working towards a Juno Award winning album, fame, fortune, girlfriends, regular meals and freshly washed clothes. Count yourself lucky, because you saw them first!


WillHorse - Southern Rock from the North

WillHorse is a high energy, riff driven, groove rock band with captivating melodies and thrilling harmonies. The band consists of Jeremy Borschneck (vocals, guitar), Branden Winterholt (guitar, vocals), Nick Petrowich (drums, vocals) and Todd Menzies (bass). Their sensual blues-rock sound is mashed up of influences such as The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes and Steve Earl. This small town BC band has proven to be an exciting live act and is preparing to release their first EP. WillHorse brings old-fashioned southern rock to its modern shores.

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