ANDREW WAITE is the front man and songwriter for the gutsy roots-rock band Andrew Waite & the Firm from Charlottetown, PEI. Andrew’s songwriting is honest, rugged and evocative and when paired with the band is a collective of heavy hitters with rich harmonies and soundscapes. Their debut EP, Burning Through the Night, was released in September 2015; and as a regional finalist in the 2015 CBC Searchlight competition, garnered the attention of CBC’s Grant Lawrence, who selected them as one of his stand-outs. Their title track, Burning Through the Night (feat. Irish Mythen), was released in November of 2015 to much success including an eight week stint on the East Coast Countdown. Andrew Waite & the Firm have quickly developed and maintained a loyal and consistent following and have since shared the stage with Peter Katz, Irish Mythen, Slowcoaster, The Sadies, The Novaks, Coyote, and Liam Corcoran.
IAN SHERWOOD: “Everywhere To Go” is Ian Sherwood’s latest studio creation. Considered to be his best to date, it is chalk-full of instantly appealing hooks and singable choruses while sitting comfortably in Sherwood’s signature style of imaginative, narrative writing. Sherwood is a guitar-playing, sax-blowing, crowd-pleasing looping singer/songwriter. A born story teller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it’s a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year.
JON PIKE: Originally from Steady Brook, Newfoundland, Toronto-based songwriter Jon Pike is proud to call the East Coast of Canada home. Pike was raised in a musical home and began composing his own music in high school. Relocating to St. John’s to pursue music in 2010, Pike’s first major songwriting success was as front man for the pop rock band RocketRocketShip. Pike wrote two songs on their album “Shake It Off”, including the lead single “Here’s To Us” which was featured on radio nationwide. Pike currently writes for and fronts the alternative pop duo Everglow, their single “Feel Your Heart” having peaked at #93 on Canadian National Radio, and the video for the song having won the 2016 East Coast Music Award for “Fans Choice Music Video of the Year”. Pike has had the opportunity to write with some of North America’s top talent, including Brian Lee (“Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony) and SEVN (“Pop Style” – Drake, “Work” – Rihanna) in Canada as well as in Los Angeles.
JORDAN MUSYCSYN: Jordan is a hard working singer/songwriter and a masterful storyteller writing songs about life and love with pathos and humour in a Folk-Country style. He sustains a busy touring schedule throughout Canada in support of his Music Nova Scotia award-nominated debut album The Pitch. Drawing on his own life experiences he writes relatable songs of love, loss and the human condition. A dynamic performer, Jordan moves the audience from laughter to tears and back again.
MIKE BIGGAR: New Brunswick’s Mike Biggar is a soulful roots and country artist known for his soaring vocals and warm, disarming onstage humour. After receiving the 2011 Music NB Award and the 2012 East Coast Music Award for ‘Spiritual Recording of the Year’ for his much-loved Christmas album ‘The Season’, Biggar was signed to roots record label Busted Flat Records for distribution of his release ‘Feels Like Now’. His sophomore album was awarded the 2014 Music NB Award for ‘Country Album of the Year’ and was nominated for the 2015 ECMA in the same category. Biggar has also received Music NB nominations for SOCAN Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and finalist status in the International Songwriting Competition. He has been a featured performer on major festival stages across Eastern Canada including the iconic Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Cavendish Beach Country Music Festival, and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.
The ECMA Songwriter’s Tour is at the Harbourfront Theatre on Saturday, February 18, at 7:30 PM.