2017 Music Festival Lineup


Get together with friends and enjoy two days of Southern Alberta’s hottest live music!


“Domino recently garnered numerous ACMA (Association of Country Music in Alberta) nominations including top 5 placements in the categories: Group, Album, Song, and Fan’s Choice. At the 2015 ACMA Awards the group was named “Group of the Year” and the prestige title of “Fan’s Choice”. “We are extremely humbled and honoured to have been chosen to receive Group of the Year and the Fans Choice awards at the ACMAs this year! From our peers to our fans…We are eternally grateful!” stated Domino after receiving the wins.” Watch for their newest single, currently climbing the charts, Fall When You Fall!


Drew Gregory

Gregory not only won the ACMA award for Male Artist but also took home the Male Artist award at the inaugural 2016 YYC awards. Drew Gregory, is not taking these wins lightly. “To win these awards in Alberta has given me an elevated desire to promote the great industry we have in Calgary and the province. This is a huge milestone in my career and many thanks to everyone who has helped me achieve it” says Gregory.


Larry Vannetta

Larry is a two-time Canadian Juno nominee and is Three-time nominee for best male artist award by the Association of Country Music in Alberta in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Larry’s latest 12-track album, Working Class Man. The album is filled with his smooth vocals and lyrics that easily relate to the everyday listener. Quote: "This is a fabulous album, and for me Larry Vannatta’s “Working Class Man” sits right alongside my George Strait collection! Yes, it’s that good! I recommend you get yourself a copy today . . . you won’t be disappointed. CTW Agency, Nashville, TN



We are an innovative, and well established party band from Calgary, Alberta and are available for any event that requires the best in live musical entertainment. NITELIFE has an impressive line-up of talented musicians with the experience to truly make your party or special event the best one ever. The band plays rock hits, top country tunes, R & B as well as party favorites from yesterday and even some original tunes. NITELIFE Band delivers real Rock & Roll energy consistently! Don Wilson is the band leader and also works as our train engineer at Aspen Crossing Railway.


High Steppin Daddy

“Real music being played by phenomenally talented, local musicians.” Whether they are touring with some of Canada’s premier country music artists or playing at your local dance hall, High Steppin Daddy always puts on a great show. Their music includes New and Classic Country as well as a mix of Rock, R&B, Oldies, and whatever is required to keep your toe tappin’.


Tin and The Toad

These two country boys have been writing songs and playing music together since their high school years and have family histories going back generations on their Vulcan County farms. Taking early influence mainly from outlaw and alternative Country and Western songwriters like Townes, Steve Earle, Waylon Jennings, Neil Young, and Ian Tyson, it grew to include a new generation of closer to home greats like Corb Lund and John Wort Hannam. They began writing their own Southern Alberta into song, and put together a band of merry mates to help make the sound!


Glen Brown

“Following a family tradition, a legacy he inherited from his dad Earl. The roots of Glen's raisin' lie within a good 4/4 shuffle. Inspired by such artists as Ray Price, Tony Booth, Johnny Bush, Glen is often referred to as " Mr. Shuffle ". Glen's soon to be released CD, was greatly influenced by West Texas country music. George Jones said the key to his success was staying true to his music.


B.B. Jaru

Southern Alberta recording artists B.B.Jaru is Bob Macgillivray Harmonica Vocals, Bill Nodrick Drums Vocals, John MacInnes Guitar Vocals and Rudy Skapin Bass Vocals. The band will be playing songs from their upcoming album and a few from their first project. Expect musical energy in their performance.

Broken Smoke

Gleichen - A local Calgary Band they have participated with countless Charity’s raising funds with their showcase talents. They played the World of Wheels this last couple of years. They really do create their own style of Music check out the CD Family!


Free Beer Band

The Free Beer Band were formed almost 40 years ago, when Arne Berger, (guitar and horn) Doug Broomfield, (bass and piano)and Larry McIntosh, (drums) along with other area musicians, (Blackie, Nanton, Stavely) began playing for parties, dances andyes, free beer. They were joined in 2002 by George Blake, (pedal steel and guitar) veteran of several other local bands, and have enjoyed a long career of music and travel together. They like to think of themselves as primarily a dance band, with many influences, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Ray Price, Tex-Mex music, and classic country and rock and roll.

Chet Defreese

"If country music didn’t rock before, it certainly does now with the emergence of the gritty and gregarious Chet Defreese. Funky blues-country riffs coupled with a rock n’ roll attitude, make Defreese a rare find in a nation where bland country musicians are about as difficult to come by as dollar bills in a Nashville stripclub."

-Lindsay Thomas

"Chet is simple one of the best blues/country guitar players in Alberta and across Canada for that matter."

-Larry Vannatta


Boots & The Hoots

"Praise be to hillbilly heaven, the spirit of Hank Williams is alive and well. Alberta's Ol' Boots & the Hoots have resurrected the broken vocal formula that was perfected by Southern storyteller’s years ago and has since inspired so many amnesiac stadium-country singers. The 11-track Pinecone Cowboy features a poised collection of wittily crafted, downtempo western melodies, a cactus in the ass of modern, power-ballad country crooners that forgot the music of their grandfathers. " EXCLAIM! Magazine


Blue Cicada

Mike Crampton and Amy Cronk are two friends that came together with a shared passion of music. With “robust bantering and strong musical camaraderie, working together to create soaring harmonies and interesting arrangements”.


The Jack Butler Society

The Jack Butler Society is a three-piece band based performing a mix of original compositions and rock covers. Based out of Okotoks and High River, we take our name from our favourite film, Crossroads, starring the legendary Ralph Macchio who battles the devil’s guitarist, Mr. Jack Butler. As three Dads ourselves, we consider our music “Dad Rock” consisting of music you’ll find in your Old Man’s record collection.


Spitzee Post Band

Some of the best things in life are formed from disaster. Such is the case with The Spitzee Post Band, formed in High River Alberta, in the year of the great flood of 2013, when the music was washed away. A bunch of town musicians found that the music was still there. So, after drying off the music, the only place left to play was the Sptizee Post bar in town, and what a fitting name for the band "Spitzee" (native for Higher Ground). You may have already heard them play aboard the Aspen Crossing Railway during one of our excursions.


Extended Family Band

Supporting 2 generations, the Extended Family Band is the fusion of the Baker’s and Beatty’s. 2 Dads, 2 Sons, and decades of music.


Talented musical miscreants, Matt Beatty on guitar and vocals with Casey Shalala on upright bass and heartbreaks. The two crossed paths in a small mountain town while both were on separate tours. Quickly, and with many fine whiskeys, the two realized a mutual appreciation for that bygone era where country, rock, blues, soul and jazz could exist in the same song.

Danielle Dayton

Danielle Dayton is an emerging artist from Calgary, AB with a natural flair for blues and soul. With deeply dark vocals, and a layer of rhythmic guitar, her songs leave no choice but to groove along. Danielle now resides in Edmonton, AB where she continues to pursue music and studies at the University of Alberta. To showcase her new sound, she is working on a four track EP Which will be released in the fall of 2017.


The History Wrangler & The Dusty Saddle Gang Band

Rob Lennard, also known as the History Wrangler, is a musician, singer/songwriter and award winning historical fiction writer based in Calgary, who has received both the Alberta Centennial Medal and prestigious Heritage Awareness Award for his efforts. He has performed all over, including at 7 Calgary Stampedes, including five Grandstand Shows.


Richard Rapatel

Aspen Crossing is proud to share the vocal stylings of one of their very own! Richard’s mile wide smile has been wowing crowd’s right across Canada. Recently, he was lassoed by his beautiful singing partner and the duo made it official aboard the Aspen Crossing Railway. Richard has “wowed” the crowds at the Calgary Stampede’s Prestigious Nashville north Saloon, Edmonton’s Klondike Days, Gold Rush Showcase and at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, The Merritt Mountain Music festival and Multiple Country bar Across the country and the US and so on.

Bill Thornhill

Visiting from Las Vegas, Bill returns to his home farm at Aspen Crossing, to play some of his favourite classics.

Artists and time slots are subject to change.


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