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2018 Lineup

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Lineup Overview

The Wild Mountain Kick-off - July 7th

Bringing Wild Mountain to town - Each year Wild Mountain brings the show to town. For 2018, meet us at the Rodeo Grounds as this all-star group of musicians to celebrate everyone's favourite Canadian band, the Tragically Hip.

Tragically Hip Kickoff

Wild Mountain has hosted Joe Nolan solo, with his band, Joe Nolan and the Dogs and now in a tribute to everyone's favourite Canadian band The Tragically Hip. After the passing of Gord Downie, an all - star cast of musicians banded together to share their mutual love of The Hip. Joe Nolan (vocals), Kyle Mosiuk (guitar), Jesse Dee (guitar), Geoff O’Brien (drums) and Nigel Gale (bass) celebrate this band’s incredible musical offering.

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Friday

Friday we welcome one of the premier frontmen in music, with the legendary Eric Burdon & The Animals. We will kickoff the night with the 2017 Mashup Winners Kane Incognito, then the 2017 Crowd Favourite, The Jerry Cans and finishing up with Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. If you were thinking of not making it on Friday... you should rethink it?

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Eric Burdon & The Animals

Eric Burdon has one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in rock and roll. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994, and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time, Burdon’s music has forged new territory while also topping the charts for more than five decades. Wild Mountain is thrilled to welcome Eric Burdon & the Animals to our stage. This is a bucklelist performance for me, I can't wait!

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Kane Incognito

The KI Movement began last year at Wild Mountain as Kane Incognito won the Wild Mountain Mashup to open Wild Mountain 2018. It has been awesome watching the band develop and others have noticed as the band was nominated for rock recording of year at the Edmonton Music Awards. KI is a unique mix of folk and rock and you will want to be on the field as Kane Incognito kicks-off Wild Mountain 2018.

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Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Samantha Martin is a dynamic front woman with a stunning voice capable of spine-tingling emotion. A torrid force of nature, she takes audiences to emotional peaks with her sheer pin-you-against-the-wall power. With current group Delta Sugar, Martin has settled upon a soul meets blues meets gospel hybrid in which her voice is the key instrument. Can't wait to see Samantha & Delta Sugar. They will round out an incredible Friday at Wild Mountain!

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The Jerry Cans

Each year Wild Mountain brings back the "Crowd Favourite" from the previous Wild Mountain. That is the performer, that you didn't know, who blew you away. The Jerry Cans did just that in 2017 and we excited to have them back with their high energy performance, which a fusion of traditional, reggae and electric… a great addition to our Friday!

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Saturday

Saturday is a rock & roll day from the begining to the end!

Tom Cochrane with Red Rider

After Tom Cochrane's early beginnings as a folk-based singer/songwriter playing the coffeehouses of Toronto's famed Yorkville scene in the early '70s, Tom became the driving force with the adventurous rockers Red Rider. They were an important part of my growing up and Wild Mountain can’t wait to turn our audience over to Cochrane and Red Rider. The band is famous for their live performance and are a perfect fit for the rock & roll show we have planned for Wild Mountain 2018.

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Ayla Brooks & The Soundmen

Ayla Brook is one of the truest songwriters on the prairies. From his beginnings in Lily Plain Saskatchewan, to his recordings, to his solo work - Ayla has remained tried and true. His new release, "(I Don't Want To Hear Your) Break Up Songs" is a tapestry of hurtin' and feelin' tunes about life on and off the barstools. Joined by his regular 5 piece band, The Sound Men, Ayla packs dance floors across Alberta and so bring your dancin' shoes to Wild Mountain this year.

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Ken Stead

With a generous demeanor, delicate wit, and an empathetic understanding of audiences of all shapes, Ken Stead’s performances are as true and honest as the songs themselves. He manages to remove boundaries between him and the audience, making the listener feel like they are where they’re supposed to be. Stead’s songs are compelling, memorable, and skilfully crafted. He’s a genuine and relatable artist of the highest caliber. We love to support Alberta talent and are pleased to welcome Ken Stead and his band to Wild Mountain 2018.

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Kitty & the Rooster

Kitty & The Rooster is a rock n' roll duo from Vancouver, BC featuring Jodie Ponto banging on the cocktail kit and East Van guitar wizard Noah Walker. They are known for their surf-tastic hooks, clever lyrics, and ridiculously fun shows. New album, One Gig Hard Drive, out September 2018. Saturday is such a great day at Wild Mountain, we needed something with the right energy to close the day, this is it. Don't miss Kitty & the Rooster at Wild Mountain 2018.

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Leela Gilday

A passionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene nation, and a traveler into a beautiful world that transports the listener. Wild Mountain is please to welcomes this award winning singer-songwriter to the most beautiful festival site on earth.

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Matt Mays

Matt Mays is on the road promoting the release of Once Upon a Hell of a Time, the first from the Halifax singer-songwriter, since the Juno award-winning Coyote in 2012. The recording tells the story of a man in search of love, coping with loss and looking for something more; Matt Mays is willing to share and is a fantastic live performance, so we are in for a Hell of Time at Wild Mountain 2018.

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Scott Cook & the Second Chances

Edmonton's world-traveling troubadour is returning to Wild Mountain with his trusty shipmates the Second Chances (Melissa Walker and Bramwell Park) and his sixth album, Further Down the Line. Honest, road-worn, and refreshingly human, these are sturdy songs for shaky times. Cook's Pass It Along has become an anthem for Wild Mountain and we love having him and the Second Chances back at Wild Mountain.

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Tragically Hip Revisted

Wild Mountain has hosted Joe Nolan solo, with his band, Joe Nolan and the Dogs and now in a tribute to everyone's favourite Canadian band The Tragically Hip. After the passing of Gord Downie, an all - star cast of musicians banded together to share their mutual love of The Hip. Joe Nolan (vocals), Kyle Mosiuk (guitar), Jesse Dee (guitar), Geoff O’Brien (drums) and Nigel Gale (bass) celebrate this band’s incredible musical offering.

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Wolf Parade

Cry Cry Cry is the first album in seven years for Wolf Parade. Going separate ways to focus on life was good for everyone, but getting back together has been just as good and has brought a new level of energy to the band. It’s more of the same, but better for the Montreal based band with a sound reminiscent of the Killers. Welcome to Wild Mountain 2018!

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Sunday

Sunday is one of our favourite days! From the kick-off for the kids with Fred Penner, to our Ungodley Gospel Hour with Samantha Smith to finishing up with MonkeyJunk, Wow... Book Monday off of work, stay around and take on the whole show!

MonkeyJunk

The delta blues great Son House, once intoned, “I’m talking about the blues, I ain’t talking ’bout no monkeyjunk!” and for 10 years the band has consistently updated contemporary blues with a blistering mix of chops, soul, grit, humour and harmony. MonkeyJunk is just the right act to finish off Wild Mountain 2018 with style.

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Boots & Hoots

Boots & The Hoots formed in 2013 when songwriter Boots Graham put together a trio to back his debut ‘Pinecone Cowboy’, which was hailed as “a cactus in the ass of modern Country crooners”- EXCLAIM! This is a great addition to our high energy Sunday... best take Monday off of work.

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Fred Penner

At a recent keynote address to an early childhood education conference, Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message. “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child.” A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment and consistency to his performance. We take great care of the kids at Wild Mountain, kids who are both young and old!

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Sweet Alibi

“The appeal of Sweet Alibi’s sound hinges on their ability to mix elements of folk, roots, and country, then present it in the context of a tightly-structured pop song.” Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 describes Sweet Alibi as this, “If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child it would be named Sweet Alibi.” Wild Mountain has loved this group for years… can’t wait to share them with you.

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The Good Brothers

30 years on– and The Good Brothers are still here. No long breaks for the Goods – they kept making records and gigged relentlessly. Recently the Good Brothers were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and have recently been nominated for Country Group and Roots Artist of the year at the Canadian Country Music Awards. We grew up listening to The Good Brothers... and what's not to love. We are excited to welcome Canadian Country royalty to the Wild Mountain stage for another amazing Sunday!

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