MAIN STAGE ARTISTS: JULY 1

The Legislature Lawns Main Stage is your destination for great music in the evening on Canada Day! Head to the Lawns to see performances from great Canadian artists such as Arkells, The Funk Hunters, En Karma, De Temps Antan, Dirty Mountain and Stella Swanson & the Rosie Joyfuls!

Emerging at a time when the internet had thoroughly disrupted the way we make, consume, and think about music, the Arkells’ 2008 debut, Jackson Square, inherited the dying-embered torch for a certain old-school, rock ‘n’ roll ethic and poured a fresh gallon of gasoline on the flame. They came from a notoriously tough industrial outpost Hamilton, Ontario armed with songs about punching clocks and punching faces. And though they were spurred into action by the mid-2000s Canadian indie-rock renaissance back when bands like the Weakerthans, the Constantines and Wolf Parade were channeling punk-fueled passion into anthems for the overeducated and underemployed the Arkells were also keen students of the classics. They named songs after John Lennon and pinched lines from Elton John, and if you got them drunk enough, they could play you an hour of spot-on Motown covers.

Borrowing inspiration from classic funk and hip hop, The Funk Hunters are putting the soul back into electronic dance music. Having honed their craft at over 450 performances in 16 countries, the DJ duo’s show is a brilliant technical display of creative collaboration between 4 turntables. But words can’t do justice to two friends whose passion is dance floor mastery – breathless audiences at global festivals including Wakarusa, Burning Man, Rhythm & Vines, Shambhala, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Envision are the ultimate testament.

En Karma is North America’s pre-eminent Bhangra band and their combined musical pedigree traverse’s experiences with the top bands of the 80’s Bhangra movement in the UK, the oldest folk Bhangra institutions in Canada, and a little bit of indie-rock sensibility thrown in for good measure. En Karma is a distinct and unmatched commodity in the Bhangra industry. The only Punjabi band in North America, En Karma’s members deliver musicianship and performance abilities without compare.

It takes a special blend of musical flair to create memorable songs of yesteryear! Songs with a hint of contemporary—dosed with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts—that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. Welcome to the original musical stylings of De Temps Antan! Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music. In fact, the only thing missing from this magnificent musical blend is you! So come enjoy an evening unlike any other with De Temps Antan.

Hailing from Victoria BC, Dirty Mountain’s sound is heavily infused with harmony-driven melodies and timeless storytelling. Dirty Mountain is a roots-rock band with an underlying blend of country and blues to support the sassy and often gritty messages portrayed in the lyrics. Elli Hart is the relentless force behind Dirty Mountain, commanding the stage with her powerful voice and holding her own while ripping out the leads on her trademark SG. Keeping her in line and providing the strong prowess that runs through the music are Gord Light on bass, and Tom Salter on drums.

Stella is a ten-year-old singer/songwriter who launched her debut album, “I’m Not a Bunny,” in December of 2014.  The album exceeded everyone’s expectations, selling more than 900 copies, and garnering nominations from Breakout West and The Canadian Folk Music Awards.  Stella was also a finalist in the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition for, ‘I’m Not a Bunny.’ Stella’s second album, ‘Pants on Backwards,’ is set to drop on December 11th, 2016, and includes the band: ‘The Rosie Joyfuls,’ to reflect the increased musical contributions of Stella’s sister, (Sophie Swanson,) and mom, (Karen Pantuso-Swanson).