Luke Austin — 10:30pm
Luke Austin found his way to the stage by way of a love of music and a desire to express himself. “I have always felt like I was best at manifesting my feelings and thoughts through writing songs,” says the Toronto native.
Backed by longtime friends Kennedy Pollard, Bryan Swartz and Mike Ferguson, the singer/songwriter’s alternative sound is highlighted by hints of classic rock reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen and Kings of Leon.
Lemon Cash — Cold Capital’s Hottest Band — 11:30pm
Ottawa may be the second-coldest capital city in the world, but the music scene is hot and the hottest band in town is home-grown Lemon Cash. The five indie rock fusion musicians have been drawing enthusiastic crowds at local venues. Their first EP has just been released (grabbing featured radio airplay), and Lemon Cash has just snagged a coveted appearance on CTV’s Canadian Talent Showcase.
The unique Lemon Cash sound is a result of the different musical backgrounds and personal tastes of the musicians. Lead singer, guitarist, and keyboard player Cory Papaineau has a Nashville influence while his brother, drummer Jeff Papineau, admires harmony-driven groups like BeeGees and Eagles; Bassist Zack Robillard listens to 60’s and 70’s rock; guitarist Stefano Provenzano brings indie pop and hip hop into the mix, and fellow guitar player Jeff Armstrong embraces alternative rock. Every member of Lemon Cash is also a vocalist; the result is a large lush sound, at once intense, complex, and compelling.
The Bristol Hum 9:30pm
Straight-up rock n roll with a little funk and folk thrown in for good measure.