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Great entertainment at the Norseman Festival



Black River Drifters

Winnipeg’s Black River Drifters serve up original Americana roots rock, deep dark ghost stories, big harmonies and down-to-earth guitar work.
Leo Kopelow (lead guitar) Ryan Cyr (vocals, drums) Don Norman (vocals, guitar) Kevin Morin (bass)

Leo Kopelow (lead guitar) Ryan Cyr (vocals, drums) Don Norman (vocals, guitar) Kevin Morin (bass)

Following their well-received debut album release in 2015, BRD spent 2016 playing festivals and clubs in central and eastern Canada, and writing their second album from the road. That album, now in production with industry veterans Mike Petkau (Les Jupes, Magnificent Sevens, Royal Canoe) and Todd Hunter, drops in early 2017.

With a penchant for tales of hardship and historical misdeeds, the band draws on elements from country, southern rock, folk, and blues. Influences include The Band, Allman Brothers, Jason Isbell, Blue Rodeo, Ryan Adams, and all three Hanks. The result is a dark, lush and uniquely Canadian take on Americana.


Saturday  12:15 am to 1:00 am  – Rink Stage
Sunday  12:30 pm to 1:15 pm – Park Stage

Gypsy Ghosts

Gypsy Ghosts are an electric and theatrical band based out of London, Ontario. Both infectious and haunting motifs have inspired three bodies of work. The first self-titled EP was recorded with Greg Hatchette on the summer supermoon of 2012. The second EP, Bird Language, was recorded at EMAC studios with Matt Grady (2013) with the winnings of the 98.1 Free FM “under the covers” contest. After a successful crowd funded campaign, Gypsy Ghosts returned to EMAC studios in 2014 to record their first full-length album, Madmen Only.

“On top of it all, Gypsy Ghosts have this remarkable chemistry and cohesiveness on stage. Their genuine love for creating and performing their music is unmistakably obvious, and simply undeniable.” – Aimee J., Promoter/Music Blogger, Nxew.ca

“Gypsy Ghosts have an uncommon ability to hedge their creative energies further into the ether than most. They’re completely willing to blindly reach into the unknown, and are willing to deal with the consequences of whatever comes back from the other side. There is a sickness in them they desperately wish to cure with their music, and the doses only seem to grow stronger with each new incarnation.” -Matt Grady, Producer, Head Engineer, EMAC Studios.


Friday  9:00 pm to 10:00 pm  – Rink Stage

Saturday 11:00 pm to 11:45 pm – Rink Stage


Inspired by Nimue herself – the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legend – Nimway’s music is an emotional roller coaster manned by four passionate musicians. With lead singer and main songwriter Anne Moniz front and centre, the London, Ontario band’s original indie rock music is a controlled chaos of energies – anger, aggression, sadness, joy, and even romance.

“Nimue represents the mutable nature of the feminine,” Moniz says. “She is both Merlin’s faithful lover and his most fearsome adversary, making her one of the most mysterious and intriguing women in literary history.”

That dichotomy finds its way into Nimway’s music. Moniz and her bandmates – Nicholas Elie (bass), John Huff (drums/vocals), and Marina Sheppard (visual aesthetics) – have created a sound that is at times both gentle and intense. It is the perfect platform for her moody melodies, very personal lyrics, and magnificent voice.

Drawing on influences including Fleetwood Mac, The Pixies, Hole, The Smiths, and others, Nimway is already at work on a full-length record. www.nimway.ca

Friday 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm – Rink Stage

Saturday 9:45 pm to 10:30 pm  – Rink Stage

Humble Hero


Saturday 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm – Park Stage

Sunday 1:45 pm to 2:30 pm  – Park Stage

Crone of War


Friday 12:00 am to 01:00 am  – Rink Stage

Saturday 8:30 pm to 9:15 pm  – Rink Stage

Mackinly Oliver


NOT YOUR TYPICAL MAGICIAN - Mackinley is an expert deception artist. Having spent over a decade studying and honing his skills drawn from sleight of hand artists, card cheats, psychics and fraudulent mediums of the world, he merges the techniques to create his own unique brand of magic.


Saturday 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm  – The Park Stage

Sunday 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Mackinley Oliver Plus Local Entertainment – Rink Stage

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This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Norseman Festival Committee, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.