Thunder Bay announces summer entertainment line-up

American singer-songwriter The White Buffalo, 2017 Juno nominees Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, and Canadian Folk Music Award winners The Once are all part of the line-up.

Local artists Nick Sherman, Rock Steady and the Honest Heart Collective are on the list

Saskatchewan roots outfit The Dead South perform at Live on the Waterfront Aug. 16. (thedeadsouth.com)

An American roots rock singer-songwriter, a Juno-nominated Prince Edward Island neo-traditional outfit, and a Canadian Folk Music Award-winning Newfoundland act are among the touring artists headlining this summer's entertainment series, in Thunder Bay, Ont.

CBC Thunder Bay is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Live on the Waterfront series.

Cultural development and events supervisor Ash Young announced the line-up Tuesday at Marina Park.  

Singer-songwriter Jake Smith, who performs under the moniker The White Buffalo, opens the Live on the Waterfront series on July 12 with his blend of folk, rock and country.  Several White Buffalo songs have appeared in the hit TV program Sons of Anarchy.

Two-time Juno-nominated Newfoundlanders The Once headline the July 19 concert.

The trio, which has also earned several Canadian Folk Music Awards and East Coast Music Awards, performs a mixture of traditional folk songs and original compositions.  

More than 75 per cent of the acts performing this year are local, Young said, and the July 26 and Aug. 2 concerts feature all-local bills.

Jazz musician Robin Ranger, pop artist Jean Paul DeRoover, and Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nominee Nadjiwan close out the July performances, while the Django Reinhardt-inspired hot jazz of Café Paris and the eclectic folk, roots and rock of Danny Johnson will kick off August. 

Saskatchewan's suspender-sporting string band the Dead South headline the Aug. 16 concert with their fresh, fun take on folk and bluegrass. 

Bluesman James Boraski and The Momentary Evolution cap off another night of local music Aug. 23, which also features the Roy Coran Big Band and the Thunder Bay Community Band.

The final night of entertainment Aug. 30 is also an all-local affair featuring upbeat pop artists LaReese, British-influenced pop group Cold Lake Sun and local roots rockers the Honest Heart Collective.

Canada Day celebrations 

This year's Canada Day celebrations on the waterfront will feature Thunder Bay singer-songwriter Nick Sherman and popular local reggae-influenced cover band Rock Steady on the main stage.

They will share that stage with 2017 Juno nominees Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, a neo-traditional band from Prince Edward Island, two thirds comprised of the nephews of renowned Maritime singer Lennie Gallant, who have been racking up accolades for their latest album Auprès du Poêle.

Artists playing the amphitheatre stage include Rodney Brown, DJ Blackie Chan and Café Paris.

"It's going to be a great summer," Young said.  "It's going to be the best event season that we've ever had."