This year we have four stages- the main stage at Moustache County, the late night stage Loserville (Luchaville), the Wrestling Ring where the Messtival Best Wrestle Boy Championship will be defended in Steel Cage and finally we have the Live (f)Art stage where live artists paint stuff for you to look at with your eyeballs.
Les Païens, un son jazz/rock/électro instrumental salé par des élans d’improvisations bien enracinés dans leur Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick au Canada. Depuis vingt-quatre ans, le groupe a monté sur les planches du Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Les Francofolies de Montréal, Harvest Jazz and Blues et a tourné l’est du Canada, en France, en Belgique et en Suisse. En 2016 le groupe lance leur 9e album "Carte noire” gagnant de 2 Prix Musique NB 2017 et Prix ECMA 2018 « Enregistrement Groupe ».
Les Païens have crafted a blend of jazz, rock and electronic loop based music that crosses over into uncharted territory through improvisation. From Moncton, New Brunswick, the jazz/rock anomaly of eastern Canada has been producing albums and touring for the past 24 years with noted performances at Montreal Jazz Festival, Evolve Festival and Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. They have toured Eastern Canada, Central Canada, France, Belgium and Switzerland. In 2016, they released their 9th album, "Carte noire” and received 2 Music NB Awards in 2017 and the 2018 East Coast Music Award for “Groupe Recording of the year”.
Hang onto your hats because this genre-bending power duo is ready to take you on a ride! Tomato/Tomato perform an eclectic mix of folk and country that will have you rolling down your windows and singing at the top of your lungs. Their live show includes jaw dropping multitasking, dynamic guitar arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonies. Stitch these elements together with compelling, heartfelt songwriting and you have an unforgettable musical experience.
With infectious and captivating lyrics, reinforced by a commanding groove, Slowcoaster takes you on a ride to the heart of the party with no apologies. Throwing down their high-energy danceable tunes, the Cape Breton trio fuses ska, reggae, hip hop, and classic house influences with their unique brand of funky rock and roll. Having spent the past ten years infiltrating the Canadian live music scene, Slowcoaster has firmly established themselves as one of the country’s most popular jam rock bands.
The PepTides is a nine-member band with a distinctive larger-than-life pop sound. The five vocalists and four instrumentalists draw on funk, electronic and disco influences. In 2017, the band was featured on the cover of Ottawa Life Magazine as “Ottawa’s Best Band.”
A snapshot of Canadian diversity, The PepTides is an eclectic community of musicians with a rainbow of identities: girls and guys, gay and straight, English and French, black and white and in between, Ukrainian, Mexican, Guyanese, Cree, Acadian, Armenian and Scottish.
the Liquor Store
The Liquor Store was born in 2011 when a couple of accomplished jazz musicians came together through their love and passion for music and the potential “fame” they would obtain on campus by playing at a student gathering.
Fast forward to 2013 and their funky rhythms were compiled to create their first E.P., Hooked, along with their first official single and music video.
In 2014 two additional members joined to create The Liquor Store we know today and since then, they have toured throughout Quebec and Ontario promoting their funky grooves and energy to the masses.
The Liquor Store released their second E.P., ''Room For Everyone'' in September 2015, which demonstrates a different side of the bands’ musical style. Featuring rappers/songwriters David Hodges, Max Miller, Fabrice Koffi and vocalist Judith Little D, this is one you won’t want to miss!
Dub Kartel is a band that plays music and stuff... stop looking at me.
He's from Hamilton and will steal your mom.
Joyful Noise is a Canadian rock/fusion band formed in 2015 and based in the maritime province of New Brunswick. It features Corey McNeill on guitar, Jason Berube on drums, and Camilo Villamizar on bass. They draw influence from a wide array of contemporary and foundation artists in the jazz, funk, and blues traditions, as well as style elements from modern rock, electronica, and pop culture.
This foot-stompin’, harmony-centric, hyphen-lovin’, all-female comedy-band credits themselves with pioneering an exciting new genre of music they’ve lovingly dubbed "Crass Country." Including tunes about streaking, binge drinking, and trips to the drunk tank, this brand of songwriting could only be stories taken directly from the pages of the sad memoirs of this ragtag group of weirdos.
Jedi of funk
The Jedi of Funk is all like, "Hey I like to listen to funk and hip hop. Don't you wish you were as cool as me?" Well, don't you?
Pineo & Loeb
PINEO & LOEB are an electronic music duo formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, creating and playing fun filled cinematic songs, blurring genre boundaries and uniting dance, rock, hip-hop fans and more. Their award winning DJ sets and shape shifting live show features an array of guest performers, from hype MC's to Celtic Fiddlers and everything in between. PINEO & LOEB fill their music with nostalgic flavour and contemporary production, combing the best of the past, present and the future. The two first met in late 2011 and began DJing as a duo while writing their own music, producing multiple successful remixes and original tracks between them. The PINEO & LOEB live show features an eclectic selection of music you know in a way you've never heard, mixed with new thrilling sonic sounds. Come with us now on a journey through time and space and experience the soul of the 20th century with the sheen of the 21st.
Elephant Skeletons sounds like a Crew of Bohemian Rockers threw a disco dance marathon. Velvety
Vocoded Vocals and Kaleidoscopic bursts of Circus Horns take you on a Sonic Journey.
Dienamix started his music journey from his love music. His passion for electronic music started by the similarities in heavy metal and dubstep which then moved his taste to every other electronic genre. The driving force and energy in upbeat house music combined with the heaviness of dubstep created Dienamix’s love for bass house.
The energy involved with music is something Dienamix has always loved. “There’s an indescribable feeling in my heart when I play a show or release a song and I see and hear that people enjoy it. There is no better feeling in the world.” Dienamix spreads his music to everyone in the world, hoping he can get them moving and feeling the energy he feels when listening, creating or playing.
FUNKSWAG Is a Multi Instrumentalist / Dj / Producer and Fire Dancer from East Coast Canada. Ecstatic by nature and always pushing the envelope of his creativity, he was called to central america where he joined the circus and dance became a source of inspiration. With endless hours of practice he became an Iconic fire dancer, performing at festivals and events with “Industribe Tribal Arts”. After years of playing Drums, Guitar and Bass he discovered the synthesizers and electronic music. He began composing and producing all original music incorporating live organic elements with electronic processing effects.
Wobble Wallah Halifax's Official delegate of multicultural bass music. Expect sounds from the far reaches of India to the sweaty beaches of South America all mashed together by a true Maritimer.
Lysanne Lombard grew up in Dieppe N.B Canada. she moved to Halifax N.S in 2010 to attend a four year fine arts program at NSCAD University. Lysanne completed her bachelor of fine arts with a minor in drawing.after completing her BFA, Lysanne returned to Moncton where she is currently working out of. Lysanne is active in continuously creating art works, and having various showings as well as live performances. Lombards work vary in subject matter and material.
Emily Danger Powers
Emily paints fun, colourful, weird animal-human hybrids.
Let him take you on a journey.
Hil Lefrank is a tiny alien living and working in Moncton. Her artwork frequently features the use of bright color, pattern and bizarre subject matter that comes from a few portals that have opened up in her pantry among old boxes of oats and bags of flour. She is often found wearing a tinfoil hat, trying to communicate with her alien brethren and enjoying the portion of her life she plans on living in Moncton before she can get back to the motherland.
Nicky the ink slinger
Nicky is a tattoo artist and she likes Star Wars.
He does sideshow performances, art and stuff.