Prepare For The Fair

Commercial Hotel, Edmonton AB

The Commercial proudly presents Prepare for the Fair, a showcase of bands performing at this year's 46th annual North Country Fair.

Your ticket entitles you to an entry into a draw to win tickets to the North Country Fair being held on June 21, 2023 to June 23, 2023.

Our exceptional lineup will not disappoint. Melafrique, an Edmonton based Afro-fusion band, blends Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Neo-soul, and various African styles, aiming to inspire global audiences with their diverse musical expression and shared identities. Hailing out of Calgary, Buns is the newest alt-rock sensation, swiftly rising in the Alberta music scene with milestones like headlining Grover Fest 2023, and sharing stages with Five Alarm Funk. The McGowan Family Band has been amplifying their unique brand of near-genre-less, guitar driven soundscapes since 1999. While channeling the Grateful Dead, they will take you on an improvised galactic odyssey!

You do not want to miss this show!!

Thank you all so much for making 5 years of JAMTRON so special. JAMTRON 5 Performer bios 'click pictures below for links'

The Ancestors Tom Roschkov - electric guitar, erhu, vocals, & percussion Kelly Pikula - drums & percussion Johnny Bordeaux - electric bass, Theremin, vocals, percussion, & FX The Ancestors were formed in 1998 at a time that three long time collaborators were all without working bands. Armed with a variety of instruments in a dark basement on the north side of Edmonton, Alberta, John, Tom, and Kelly set out to make new, improvisational music. The result was the The Ancestors.

Mandaku Mandaku is a Progressive Folk group from Edmonton Alberta. With a newly released LP in the spring of 2017, Mandaku had a busy summer festival season playing main stage at North Country Fair, Astral Harvest Music and Arts festival, and Smokey Lake's JAMTRON 3, as well as playing local venues within Edmonton's vibrant music scene. Mandaku's eclectic fusion of eastern instruments with a classic rock angle gives a unique sound like few acts. Vocal harmonies, tempo changes and genre mashups are what sets this five piece group apart from the norm. Mandaku is set on spreading their art far and wide to the young and old.

Prairie Rock Rock/Jam/Blues from Edmonton, AB. Members: Kris Bodnaruk Paul McGowan Chris Kerr Jeremy Tokarek

Malacate Rock/Latin/Metal/Funk from Edmonton, AB. Members: Malacate Andres Alexis Romero Garcia De la CRUZ Jordan Frank Eleah Sims Woonson Lam Erich Hintz

Duophonics Duophonics is a live electronic music project featuring James Brown (Mandaku) & Nic Dublanko (Nicky Dubs). We are a duo creating on-the-fly DAWless dancy bass jams featuring modular electronics and live drums.

Drumz etc. Drumz etc. is a musical duo based in Edmonton, AB, comprised of Nic Dublanko and Mark McGowan. These performers have a mutual passion to create rhythmic songs that utilize multiple drums, incorporated with various electronic instruments and digital sampling techniques. No genre or style is off limits, while the inspirations and influences that contribute to the creative process are virtually endless. Special guests are often welcomed to implement percussive depths, capturing improvisations that are unique to each performance.

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