It seems like just days since Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival Boréal (NLFB) made its official lineup announcement. The lineup is an eclectic blend of emerging and established artists in the folk, indie, world, rock genres and beyond. The festival is scheduled for July 5-8 in Sudbury’s beautiful Bell Park. Iconic Canadian roots and rock names fill the headline slots: Canadian rock sensation Arkells; international indie stars Alvvays; father-son duo Bill & Joel Plaskett; and Acadian folk-rocker Lisa LeBlanc. The lineup also includes 45+ other musical gems, including: Afro-beat pioneer Orlando Julius, instrumental guitar-rock veterans Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Prairie Oyster frontman Russell deCarle, and locals like Sudbury roots-rock outfit JoPo & The Rize. The full lineup and schedule are online at nlfb.ca. But wait…there’s more! NLFB has a few more lineup surprises to announce, as well as details on accommodation packages.
Lee Harvey Osmond is the brainchild of Canadian music veteran Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse etc.), in collaboration with members of Cowboy Junkies and Skydiggers. Beautiful Scars is the Juno nominated third album, and follows two albums, A Quiet Evil and The Folk Sinner which were previously longlisted for the Polaris Prize and nominated for a Juno. At 53, Wilson discovered he was adopted and had Mohawk ancestry – a story (among others) he told in his 2017 memoir, Beautiful Scars (recently released to much acclaim). The festival weekend will include a special, exclusive literary/music performance based on the book, aboard the William Ramsey Cruise boat. Lee Harvey Osmond will also perform on the festival’s Main Stage.
Festival-goers are going to be blown away by the Tunisian infused dancehall reggae of Montréal’s King Abid. King Abid will play an exclusive club show, at Sudbury’s Townehouse Tavern, the Thursday night of the fest.
Audiences will also be hypnotized by the jazzy-alterna-folk of Binaeshee-Quae, a singer-songwriter, actor & community arts enthusiast from Biigtigong First Nation.
Donné Roberts is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Madagascar, who will join the 2018 festival lineup. He has released two vibrant solo albums and was one of the members of the African Guitar Summit project, which won a JUNO in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007.