Rollah & Laina + Guests

Rollah & Laina

Bella Coola – Pop/ R&B /Hip Hop

Rollah & Laina are a local music duo and have being making music together since early 2011. They have recently completed their  first album together entitled ‘Sincerely Yours’. Rollah started writing music at age of 16, Laina has been singing as far as she can remember and continues to amaze people with her improving talent,and she is only 17. Their main goal is to inspire youth to chase their dreams and beat all the odds, because even coming from a small community, you can achieve so much.

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Gabriel Palatchi

palatchi2Toronto, Mexico, Argentina – Latin Jazz

Gabriel Palatchi band was formed in Mexico in 2010 and since then has included in it’s membership talented international musicians from countries such as Cuba, Mexico, Canada, France, Uruguay, England, Russia, Peru, Spain, Argentina who have collaborated and participated in the band.  Their newest CD ‘Caja Musical’ was released in May 2013, it features the beautiful and energetic sounds of his piano playing together with the harmonies of talented musicians from a range of genres. With deep roots in Latin Jazz, Tango and Klezmer, Gabriel creates captivating pieces with his rhythmic fusion of Balkan, Samba, Salsa, Funk, Chacarera and Milonga.

For the last two years the Gabriel Palatchi Band has toured throughout various parts of Argentina, Mexico and Canada, performing at important venues and international music festivals.

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Ivonne Hernandez


Victoria, BC – Fiddler

Some people are born to play music. By the age of three, Ivonne Hernandez was playing violin by ear, everything from her mother’s favourite Maritime reels to her father’s Chilean folk music roots. A child prodigy, she soon was playing guitar, piano, cello, flute, and percussion before joining Daniel Lapp’s BC Fiddle Orchestra. While still in her pre-teens, Ivonne played on the Orchestra’s Fiddleharmonic CD and before 60,000 at a Commonwealth Games performance with the Crash Test Dummies.

At 13, Ivonne was the youngest member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and formed Fiddlemania, a dual-violin band with her younger sister, Kalissa. She was the Merritt Old Time Fiddlers’ Provincial Champion for two years running before becoming a judge at the event as a 15 year old. Ivonne is the reigning 5 time Grand North American Fiddle Champion, and has performed with Mark O’Connor, Alan Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Jann Arden, U2’s the Edge, Natalie MacMaster, Earth Wind and Fire, Steve Winwood, Burt Bacharach, Juan Louis Guerra, Rosa Pasos, Ben Hepner and legendary film composer Howard Shore.

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Mike Battie


Vancouver, BC – Physical Comedian

Since 1985 Mike Battie has been wowing audiences with his hilariously dynamic stage show. He blends virtuoso juggling choreographed to music with light-hearted crowd participation to amaze and amuse.

Company parties, corporate events, festivals, exhibitions, trade shows, fund raisers and sports events are just a few of the venues in which Mike has honed his expertise. Whether he’s performing on a stage, or in a field for a family festival, Mike brings out the best, not only in himself, but in those he performs for.



Wesley Hardisty


Fort Simpson, NT – Fiddler

Wesley Hardisty is a fiddler, guitarist, singer and composer whose music blends rock, country, folk, Celtic and Métis sounds. His passionate playing is compelling to watch, his love of music evident. Wesley is from the Dene First Nation in the North West Territories. Largely self taught, he took up the fiddle at age thirteen in Fort Simpson through the outreach work of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association.

He attended the prestigious Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts on Saltspring Island BC. Wesley has come full circle and is now teaching with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association. He loves teaching Aboriginal youth and being a positive role model. Just 20, he has an impressive resume, with hundreds of gigs, festivals and TV performances. Wesley always experiments musically and creates emotionally evocative music. Wesley is a soulful, natural musician and inspiring young man.

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Vancouver, BC – Chamber Pop Quintet

e.s.l. is a Vancouver-based chamber pop quintet featuring Marta Jaciubek-McKeever (Fan Death, Girl Nobody) on lead vocals and piano, Cris Derksen (Tanya Tagaq, Kanye West) on cello, Diona Davies (Geoff Berner, Po’ Girl, Carolyn Mark) on violin, Tess Kitchen (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) on trumpet and Joy Mullen (Joyce Collingwood) on drums. Since forming in 2005, they’ve become Folk Festival darlings and their debut album “Eye Contact” has received rave reviews and full support from the CBC.

Veering wildly between Polish cabaret and chamber pop, the smart and enchanting women of e.s.l. spin Romany-esque melodies that will catch your ear and entangle you in their spell. Their dynamic show takes the audience through orchestral soundscapes to underground dance clubs with prohibition-era abandon and their chemistry, magic and love are palpable.

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Rachelle Van Zanten


Burns Lake, BC – Rock/Pop

Rachelle van Zanten‘s musical history is as varied as music itself. Growing up in northern British Columbia, she sang in church choir, took piano lessons, played drums and trumpet in the school band, and played guitar with her family on gospel, bluegrass and old time country jams. At the age of 18, van Zanten heard the slide guitar stylings of Lester Quitzau while attending a local festival. From that day on, van Zanten has made slide guitar a focus in her songwriting. Having outgrown her small hometown, van Zanten relocated to Edmonton in 1994, and used her strong musical foundations to begin building a career. As one of the front women for Painting Daisies, van Zanten has toured 36 States of America, 7 provinces of Canada, Iceland, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. The band won “Entertainer’s of the Year” for the 2001 Prairie Music Awards beating out Jann Arden, Nickleback, and Wide Mouth Mason. In 2003, van Zanten’s penned, “Walking Home Lately”, was the song that lead to winning top prize in CBC’s Great Canadian Music Dream” competition, over 4000 acts.Over the last three years, she has shared the stage with such greats as Colin Linden, Ellen McIlwaine, Sonny Rhodes, and Alison Brown. As a member of the Alberta music community van Zanten is the producer of Western Canada’s music camp for young women, Rocker Girl Camp ( (Source:

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Petunia and the Vipers


Vancouver, BC – Country/Punk

He [Petunia & The Vipers] loves to keep you guessing…often throwing a Spanish Ballad or Chanson a la Edith Piaf into the set. I believe it’s the spirit of adventure that attracted the high calibre musicians that make up The Vipers. Jimmy, Stephen, Marc, James, Patrick and Sam have decades of experience working their magic with some of the most exciting names on the country and rockabilly circuits.

Petunia & The Vipers thrive on the challenge of adding Latin rhythms to a country blues tune, or gypsy flavouring to a rockabilly standard. Petunia defies convention and yet there is some conservancy to his music. His honest, cut to the heart songwriting and multi-syllabic narratives would leave a lesser singer tongue-tied and breathless. I know, I’ve tried it. One of the many themes running through Petunia’s lyrics relates to living life on one’s own terms – fearlessly and without regret.


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Kobo Town


Toronto, ON – Alternative/Calypso

Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter. In the world of Kobo Town calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation meet innovative production techniques, social commentary and indie rock attitude. (source:

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The Fugitives


Vancouver, BC – Indie-Folk

The Fugitives are a Canadian Folk music group difficult to classify—they have been categorized as slam folk, folk hop, and spoken word cabaret. The band formed in 2004 in Vancouver and consists of Brendan McLeod (guitar and vocals) and Adrian Glynn (vocals, guitar, lap steel, balalaika).

McLeod is an award winning novelist and former Canadian SLAM poetry champion, while Glynn is a working actor who received rave reviews for his role in Chelsea Hotel, a play based on the songs and poems of Leonard Cohen. Their band is similarly eclectic, boasting prominent former members like Mark Berube and CR Avery, and a current rotating cast of supporters that includes violin-looping prodigy Hannah Epperson, multi-instrumentalist Steve Charles, and renowned actor Benjamin Elliot, alongside a host of multi-instrumentalists whose styles range from bluegrass to jazz.

This diversity has carried over to their records and live performances. They’ve gone on to sell out shows at venues as diverse as the Vienna Literary Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Vancouver Jazz Festival, while maintaining a frequent spot on the Canadian folk festival circuit. As McLeod puts it, “We’re like Broken Social Scene. But acoustic, and way less famous.”

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Howie Miller

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Edmonton, AB – Comedian

Howie Miller is one of the funniest corporate and club comedians in North America.  He is a First Nation Descendant of the Cree Nation and was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta.  His quick wit and unique point of view on multi ethnic stereotypes is enjoyed by all audiences, regardless of age, race, or sex; and has garnered numerous television appearances and placed him in great demand on the corporate comedy circuit.  Howie’s hilarious routine, mixed with stellar impressions has the audience laughing from start to finish.

Howie will be one of our Master of Ceremonies this year at the 2014 Bella Coola Music Festival.

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Shred Kelly


Fernie, BC – Stoke Folk

The story of Shred Kelly begins as honestly as their music. Friends who met through a local jam-night, and bega forming a bond over their love of music and the Great Canadian landscape.

Since their inception, the Fernie, BC based “stoke-folk” band, have garnered themselves sold out shows across Canada, performances at some of the premier festivals, and a growing list of awards and recognition from across the nation. This journey has already been quite a feat for an independent band nestled deep in the Kootenays, but for the indie-rockers and banjo-lovers that follow the tracks of Shred Kelly – they know this is just the beginning.

Shred Kelly are preparing their 3rd album, which will be recorded in June 2014 – and there’s no doubt that the new material will again demonstrate their signature clawhammer banjo riffs, layered ambient synth, powerhouse rock, and sweet vocal harmonies. While many artists may struggle to capture the energy of a live show in the recording studio, for Shred Kelly – that energy doesn’t only exist on stage. It’s a part of their craft, and while they may resemble laid back BC ski bums – their music is as high-voltage as it can get, and that translates perfectly onto an album, or a packed dance floor.

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Al Simmons


Winnipeg, MB – Inventive Music Comedy

A multiple Juno-award winner as well as Cable Ace and Parents’ Choice award recipient, Al Simmons is a veteran of one-man, multi-prop and costume, music-filled, fun and educational –but still off-the-wall — family performances! Audiences world-wide have collectively giggled, guffawed and grinned at Al’s inventive and original approach to the all but lost art of combining comedy with song, dance, magic, sight gags and, always, plenty of wonderfully bad puns. Al is alternately childlike and sophisticated as his humorous shows touch responsive chords in all ages.

He continues to bring his shows to fans both young and young-at-heart in schools, libraries, performing arts centers, major festivals and discovery museums around the world.

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Don Amero


Winnipeg, MB – Singer/Songwriter

You can call Don Amero one of the hardest working independent musicians in showbiz today. Since leaving his job as a hardwood flooring installer six years ago to pursue music full-time, the Winnipeg singer/songwriter has toured coast‐to‐coast, appeared on national television, presented at festivals, performed with the symphony, showcased in New York City, been nominated for a JUNO, and played W. Brett Wilson’s The Garden Party. Don’s musical style has been likened to John‐Mayer‐meets‐Keith‐Urban. His four albums (Heart On My Sleeve, The Long Way Home, Deepening, Change Your Life) have generated nine national/international awards, and more than two dozen nominations, including the 2013 JUNO Awards. Don Amero captivates audiences of all ages with powerful and expressive vocals, percussion‐style guitar play, and engaging storytelling. He is often called upon as a keynote speaker, and to deliver workshops for youth. His story inspires, and his message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty. He continues to impress wherever he goes.

Don Alder

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Vancouver, BC – Guitarist/Singer

Don Alder is a modern-day Acoustic Guitar Renaissance Man with a “wow factor”. He brings an unparalleled dynamic intensity to the stage. (Crowned winner of the 2007 International Fingerstyle Competition, Guitar Player Magazine’s 2010 Guitar Superstar Champion and 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol winner). Alder has over 3 million views on YouTube and has also received a Brand Laureate Award from the country of Malaysia for using his guitar and his music as an ambassador to enhance the lives of others. He has performed at many of the All Star Guitar Nights.

In 2012 Don was selected to play the NAMM Breakfast of Champions and was also invited to perform at Vancouver TEDx. He creates a wall of sound with just an acoustic guitar and is often called the Hendrix of acoustic guitar. His performances leave people wondering how one guy with just a guitar and no effects can make so many sounds. Alder is highly entertaining musician mixing chat and humour within his performances and leaves audiences talking for days. 

Don’s heart is also as big as his talent. From 1985 – 1987, Don put his music career on hold to assist his lifelong friend, well-known Williams Lake resident Rick Hansen, with his quest to help others by going around the world in a wheelchair.

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Vancouver, BC – Rock

54-40 is one of the most important popular music groups to emerge from the Canadian cultural landscape. Celebrating their thirty-year anniversary last year, a remarkable achievement in itself, the band has an unbelievable catalogue of hit songs, including “Baby Ran”, “I Go Blind” and “Ocean Pearl”.

Lead by chief songwriter Neil Osborne, 54-40 has carved out a legacy of gold and platinum albums and an outstanding reputation for their live performances that carries through to this day.Each show is an extraordinary affair that bridges the gaps of generations through a shared love of music.

In thirty years, the band has toured throughout the world logging more than 2000 performances, released sixteen albums, received numerous awards and achieved almost a dozen Top-10 hit singles.

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AK ‘eh’

Over the years, local rockers AK ‘eh’ have been known by many different names (The Pieces, Whistle Punk Pete, Charred Remains, Bud and the Spuds, etc.) with many of the same members. So when Bill Hall (vocals), Tom Hammer (bass/vocals), Stu Spec (guitar/vocals), and Tim Diguistini (drums) formed yet another group, it was all they could think of at the time, and it stuck. Ak ‘eh’ are a local Bella Coola favourite and will perform their original songs drawn from life in the Valley.