The country jamboree has become one of the must haves at the Stewart Park Festival. Wade Foster leads an all star group of seasoned country music veterans in a session sure to please lovers of Country and music lovers in general. With: Arlene Quinn, Jessica Lavallee, Fred Delorme, Roch Lafleur on bass
Mark Lemieux on drums, Wendell Ferguson on guitar, Wade Foster on fiddle and guitar
Wade Foster, native of Perth, Ontario, has been playing music for as long as he can remember. From his roots in Celtic and Traditional music, this multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, composer and producer continues to evolve his style. His eclectic taste in music spans multiple genres, and his improvising skills incorporate this into inspired performances, of which no two are alike. This pure love of music has led him to performing with numerous artists in theaters, on live TV, at fairs and festivals across Canada, and most notably multiple performances at Ottawa Bluesfest and the National Arts Centre.
Arlene Quinn’s voice is rich and smooth with a vast vocal range. She is also a natural entertainer with a positive onstage energy. It is no wonder that she has over 25,000 followers on social media.
Beginning with her first performance at age five, she has risen to incredible heights in country music. When she re-entered the music scene in 2016, she came back with a bang. Her first single, “Nowhere To Go But Up” was #1 on Music Road Radio for 12 weeks and earned her Top Artist from the Chris Top Program in Nashville.
Born on the northern reaches of Newfoundland and Labrador, Jessica Lavallee was raised in the remote village of Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon on the lower north shore of Quebec, an area unique to the province due to its proximity to Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada’s east coast.
Jessica’s love and natural ear for music began when she was just two years old while listening to her father – also a musician – play the guitar, fiddle, accordion, and harmonica. Jessica made her debut at six years old with her father’s band, playing in a local festival in Labrador close to home. Influenced by many music styles like; classic country, Irish, Blues and Southern Rock she blends them with her unique, powerful voice and sings stories that stay true to her roots.
10 time CCMA award winner! 6 for Guitarist of the year.
CFMA Winner for Instrumental Album of the Year “Menage A Moi”.
Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
Wendell Ferguson’s never worked a day in his life. He just plays the guitar. He’s won ‘Guitar Player of the Year’ 6 years in a row (CCMAs). His CD ‘Wendell Live, “The $#!T Hits the Fans” was nominated for “Album of the Year”. His ‘Menage a Moi’ won the 2010 CFMA for Solo Instrumental.
He was recently inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Over the past 20 years, Rocky has appeared at many of the top clubs and festivals in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec either as resident bass player, freelancing, or doing sound. You may have seen him with Urban, Rory Gardiner, Bacon Tree, The Andi G. Band, Full Moon Fever, The Tailgators, or Uncensored
Mark has honed his skills with many miles spent on the road travelling with names like Clayton Bellamy and Johnny Reid. He has opened for headliners like Brad Paisley, Dwight Yoakam, Terri Clark, and many, many more. He also stays busy as a freelance and session player.