Revelstoke’s new Axis Mundi Harvest festival: 23 performers video previewed
The Revelstoke Mountaineer has created this video sampler featuring 23 musicians, artists and speakers coming to the first Axis Mundi Festival in Revelstoke from Sept. 18–20. Get a taste of the local, regional, national and international talent performing in our natural amphitheater in a few short months!
More than just a music festival, the Axis Mundi Harvest promises not only a huge line-up of talented, unique musicians but will hear from experts and inspirational speakers.
On the weekend of September 18–20, Revelstokians will engage in a true festival experience in downtown Revelstoke, and flock to the outdoor amphitheatre at Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Revelation Lodge.
Check out our video preview of all the artists and presenters announced so far:
Walk Off The Earth
After exploding onto the world’s radar with over 165 million views of their unique cover of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know,’ Walk Off The Earth have made a name for themselves in their own right. Listen to their latest single above and get a taste of this band’s musical potential with their individual, contemporary sound.
He’s rugged, some might even call him bad-ass, and he can play a mean tune on the fiddle. In a world where this stringed instrument is not so often heard, Ashley brings the listener back to the folk arts, blending traditional Celtic compositions with a rock ‘n’ roll flair. Hailing from Nova Scotia, this artist will get your feet stomping and the crowd jumping with his electrifying performance.
Brothers Matt and Mark Hill share the stage just as easily as they share a musical brain. They come from just outside the jazz mecca of Kansas City and their sound is laid-back with funky, techno beats and fueled by the swing of Basie, the birth of Charlie Parker’s bebop, and the wild frontier of electronica.
Shaikh skillfully weaves organic and electronic sounds into global music tapestries that take listeners on sonic journeys transcending time and place. His style is an alternate worldly mix with positive, meditative sounds set to funky drum beats.
Singer Aspen Switzer captivates with her pure and powerful voice which brings life to the subtle poetry in her lyrics. She has evolved a style that is her own, but her influences range from folk to country and bluegrass to rock and jazz. Aspen effortlessly builds a rapport with her audience, showing them her humour, authenticity and humanity.
Baskery’s aim is to never stop surprising. The band is a trio of sisters and they’re all about turning the music on its head, blending the straightforwardness of punk with the subtlety of singer/songwriting. They have an individual sound and perform with inexhaustible energy.
Bridging the worlds of roots, soul, and reggae, Vancouver’s Buckman Coe is a passionate believer in the power of music to shape the future. His sun-kissed folk, gospel-tinged soul, intoxicating world-beat melodies and psychedelic rock sensibility all play a part in providing the sonic platform for Coe’s soulful and conscious lyrics.
Dominique Fraissard hails both from the long hot highways of Australia and the mountains of Canada’s west where he now resides in the North Slocan Valley. There is a timelessness to his folk and roots style music and his acoustic guitar tunes complement his earthy lilt and urban edge.
Revelstoke’s Greg Hill has a passion for ski mountaineering and he shares his experiences as a motivational speaker. Named one of the Top 25 Fittest Guys in the World 2011 for climbing and skiing two million feet in a year, Greg has set records and established many firsts on mountains the world over.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful pop world of Toronto-based band Grounders, with dreamy, reverb-drenched intros and space-age guitar melodies. For every catchy hook and lush arrangement of their tracks there is a woozy counterpoint that keeps things slightly off-kilter.
Toronto’s Highs have been rapidly building momentum with their upbeat, feel-good pop music. Influenced by time spent travelling, their EP is a collection of songs that reflect on growing up, the concept of home, and spirituality. Their show is tight and calculated while remaining true to the whimsical nature of their songs.
Despite losing his hands and feet at 29, Jamie Andrew has persevered with his love of life and mountaineering. The tragedy occurred when he and fellow mountaineer Jamie Fisher were trapped for five nights on a stormy, icy summit in the French Alps. Fisher did not survive but Andrew went on to relearn and succeed at walking and everyday daily tasks. He has since succeeded in sports and mountaineering.
Six String Nation
What does it mean to be Canadian? Six String Nation is one guitar that embodies the spirit of Canada. The guitar is made from 63 items of real Canadian history and heritage in wood, bone, metal and stone representing different cultures, communities and characters from every province and territory of the country. This guitar has traveled more than 200,000km across Canada and has been played and held by hundreds of musicians.
One of British Columbia’s finest blues artists, Les Copeland is primarily self-taught and his unique sound has developed out of a rich mixture of influences including blues, jazz, Spanish flamenco, pop and classical music. From down home Delta to uptown Chicago blues, Les can improvise anything.
Little Hurricane is an American rock and dirty blues duo, based out of San Diego, California. Singer/guitarist Tone Catalano and drummer/vocalist C.C. Spina’s influences include Van Morrison, Dead Weather, Gorillaz and The Beatles. Their stripped-down brutal energy brings a live sound that is raw and honest.
The Nyundo School Road Show
In 2014 Canadian musician Jacques Murigande (aka The Mighty Popo) quietly checked out of the Canadian music scene, and with the support of the Rwandan government, began the task of establishing the first public music school in Rwanda. Located in Nyundo in the Rubavu district of Western Province, the Nyundo School of Art and Music encourages confidence and musical expression. Axis Mundi Harvest is honoured to be able to showcase a group of hand picked and exceptionally talented students from Nyundo at this year’s festival in Revelstoke.
Rachelle van Zanten
Known for her powerful live performances and equally powerful social activism, the acclaimed Canadian slide guitarist/singer pulls no punches in her latest album ‘Oh Mother.’ Expect socially conscious lyrics with dirty guitar riffs and soulful singing in a way that neatly captures the essence of her northern British Columbia origins and the the issues the region currently faces.
Raw and vulnerable, Rodney DeCroo’s recent music is a result of tumultuous battle where he struggled with PTSD. His acoustic arrangements are powerful and fragile.
At the tender age of nine, Canadian Severn Cullis-Suzuki recognised that society and ecology were in conflict so she started the Environmental Children’s Organisation with her friends, which was committed to learning and teaching other kids about environmental issues. Today Severn believes that science and media communication is important for informing global change for future generations.
Sherman “TANK” Doucette
Bluesman Sherman Doucette was a staple of the Vancouver music scene for 30 years. Now this harmonica virtuoso resides in Kelowna with a new band and mixes the blues classics and originals with his typical passion and conviction. In 1977, he survived a massive explosion in a lumber mill, which left him in the hospital for six months recovering from burns to 50% of his body earning him the name ‘Tank’.
If the Clash, Pink Floyd and Arctic Monkeys are three beads of sweat that meet rolling down your back, Sticky Fingers are there licking it up. It’s this raw Aussie humour that bonds Sydney band members Dylan, Paddy, Seamus Coyle, Beaker and Freddy. STIFI is a melting pot of reggae, psych, pop and their debut album, Caress Your Soul, dropped in March 2013, with multiple charting singles and a spot on JJJ Hottest 100.
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
This acoustic ensemble has wandered from the underground of bohemian Victoria, in Canada’s lush west coast, to a new, refined sound crafted by years of constant performing and touring together. Drawing on flamenco flourishes from Spain, to African percussion, and American bluegrass and roots music, their sound is distinct, eclectic and earthy.
Soulful and groovy, The Walkervilles are a Motown/Rock influenced group from Windsor, Ontario. Musicians Pat Robitaille, Mike Hargreaves and Stefan Cvetkovic seamlessly fit together like a sexy bowtie and a perfect-fitting suit. In the sweet heaven height of these songs, you’ll close your eyes and pretend Robitaille’s singing to you, that Hargreaves’ wants you home with him while he writes you a love song, and that Cvetkovic’s drumming his fingertips on your lower back.