FUZE: BC ON TAP
SEPT 14 | 5:30 - 10:30 PM
CHAUTAUQUA STAGE
WITH RED EYE SOUL, FLATBACK AND NDIDI O.
Friday Fuse transforms our historic downtown into a showcase of BC art, music and live performance.
Free admission.
Beer gardens start at 5:30 pm. Hot food available at local food trucks located adjacent to the beer gardens.
Performance begins at 6:30 pm.
NIDIDI ONUKWULU WITH FLATBACK

NIDIDI ONUKWULU WITH FLATBACK

SEPT 15 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Craig Moritz is a rarity these days. He is a country boy at heart, a what you see is what you get kind of a guy who happens to write and sing some pretty good country music. Craig is a native of Medicine Hat Alberta, but also has spent the better part of his life in Fort McMurray and now hails from the Calgary area. Moritz is Alberta through and through. After growing up and working jobs from retail to oilfield, he knew he had yet to find his true path. Craig got hooked on the idea of becoming a country music artist after meeting Toby Keith and having a down to earth, "real" conversation about the music industry with him. Since then Craig has been inspired and motivated, working on a steady path towards his career as a country music artist and songwriter. After cutting his teeth and gaining invaluable experience owning the road on the honky tonk circuit from the hard scrabble town of Fort McMurray in Canada's tough and vast northern oil sands, to racking up the miles in every direction through western Canada and beyond, Craig has become a bona fide national star.
JON WORT HANNAM

JON WORT HANNAM

SEPT 16 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Perhaps it’s the growing list of accolades, which these days include a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Galaxie Rising Star Award and a Kerrville New Folk title, or perhaps it’s the lofty comparisons reviewers have made to Tom Russell, W.O. Mitchell and Margaret Laurence. Whatever it is, Lethbridge, AB based, folk-­‐roots musician, John Wort Hannam is making music with a new-­‐found confidence these days. 15 years into his career and he is far and away writing his best material yet. John has released 6 recordings in 13 years with performance highlights that include a win at the Kerrville, Texas New Folk Song Competition, collaborating with the Calgary Philharmonic, composing the 50th Anniversary song for his alma mater, University of Lethbridge, composing the 2012 Alberta Winter Games official song and playing the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
CHAUTAUQUA STAGE
SEPT 15 | 12:00 - 5:00 PM
This year's Chautauqua Main Stage plays host to an eclectic range of music from rockabilly to roots-jazz to folk. With a growing list of accolades, including Juno nominations and a Canadian Folk Music Award, Jon Wort Hannam is joined by the intensely talented and energetic Peter and the Wolves and the sassy and sultry Heather Blush and the Uppercuts.
PETER AND THE WOLVES

PETER AND THE WOLVES

SEPT 15 | 12:00 - 1:45 PM

Dawson Rutledge is an award winning folk/americana musician, from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Dawson’s very first performance of an original song, Mysterious Woman, was in June of 2015 at the Key City Theatre. He has hardly taken a breath since, staying very busy performing, recording and writing a multitude of original songs. Dawson Rutledge has quickly become “…one of the most talked about musicians to come from this city.” (Kootenay News Advertiser August 2016) His self-released debut album, titled Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, which features eight of his folk/alternative songs, has received radio play nationwide, with multiple chart appearances and positive reviews. Mysterious Woman achieved Top 10 in CBC Music Searchlight 2016 for the Interior & Northern BC Region, with top voting accolades. Dawson is currently working on his sophomore album in New York with 3 time Grammy winning producer Justin Guip, and executive producer Geordie Gillespie (former VP of promotions at Sony and Virgin records.) Dawson has performed at a wide variety of venues, ranging from art galleries to large capacity theatres. His resume also includes local festivals, as well as festivals in Arizona and New Jersey and Austin, Texas during South by Southwest. He has been given the opportunity to open for many well-known artists, including Fred Penner, Tiller’s Folly, and Barney Bentall. In 2017 Dawson won two Kootenay Music Awards for Best Folk/Country/Roots Act and Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
HEATHER BLUSH AND THE UPPERCUTS

HEATHER BLUSH AND THE UPPERCUTS

SEPT 15 | 2:00 - 2:45 PM

Dawson Rutledge is an award winning folk/americana musician, from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Dawson’s very first performance of an original song, Mysterious Woman, was in June of 2015 at the Key City Theatre. He has hardly taken a breath since, staying very busy performing, recording and writing a multitude of original songs. Dawson Rutledge has quickly become “…one of the most talked about musicians to come from this city.” (Kootenay News Advertiser August 2016) His self-released debut album, titled Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, which features eight of his folk/alternative songs, has received radio play nationwide, with multiple chart appearances and positive reviews. Mysterious Woman achieved Top 10 in CBC Music Searchlight 2016 for the Interior & Northern BC Region, with top voting accolades. Dawson is currently working on his sophomore album in New York with 3 time Grammy winning producer Justin Guip, and executive producer Geordie Gillespie (former VP of promotions at Sony and Virgin records.) Dawson has performed at a wide variety of venues, ranging from art galleries to large capacity theatres. His resume also includes local festivals, as well as festivals in Arizona and New Jersey and Austin, Texas during South by Southwest. He has been given the opportunity to open for many well-known artists, including Fred Penner, Tiller’s Folly, and Barney Bentall. In 2017 Dawson won two Kootenay Music Awards for Best Folk/Country/Roots Act and Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
BACK ALLEY SPEAKEASY TOUR
SEPT 15 | 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Its 1918 and we're in the midst of Prohibition in British Columbia! BC may be dry, but Fernie's definitely wet! Rouge your knees and roll your stockings down for a one-night only adult party exploring the illicit gin joints of historic downtown Fernie. Includes themed drinks, appetizers and live entertainment with Nelson's legendary Burlesque Revolution and the Johnny Summers Jazz Quintet.

Must be 19+ to participate. Period dress is highly encouraged!
JOHNNY SUMMERS

JOHNNY SUMMERS

SEPT 15 | 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Angie is a Canadian author whose publication record includes the novels The Bone Cage (a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011 defended by NHL star Georges Laraque) and, most recently, Between (2014, Arsenal Press). The latter, released in the fall, has been reviewed extremely favourably by critics in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Winnipeg Review, and Vancouver Sun, as well as by the book industry’s publication The Quill and Quire. It launched in the US this April, and New York’s Library Journal listed it as a Top 13 Indie Pick for Spring 2015. Angie won the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year, and in doing so joined a prestigious group of authors, including Margaret Atwood and Yann Martel, as recipients of this prize. Between was named a “Best of 2014″ book by PRISM Magazine, 49th Shelf, and The Vancouver Sun. Angie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. CRAIG MORITZ CRAIG MORITZ SEPT 15 | 6:00 to 9:00 PM Craig Moritz is a rarity these days. He is a country boy at heart, a what you see is what you get kind of a guy who happens to write and sing some pretty good country music. Craig is a native of Medicine Hat Alberta, but also has spent the better part of his life in Fort McMurray and now hails from the Calgary area. Moritz is Alberta through and through. After growing up and working jobs from retail to oilfield, he knew he had yet to find his true path. Craig got hooked on the idea of becoming a country music artist after meeting Toby Keith and having a down to earth, "real" conversation about the music industry with him. Since then Craig has been inspired and motivated, working on a steady path towards his career as a country music artist and songwriter. After cutting his teeth and gaining invaluable experience owning the road on the honky tonk circuit from the hard scrabble town of Fort McMurray in Canada's tough and vast northern oil sands, to racking up the miles in every direction through western Canada and beyond, Craig has become a bona fide national star. SHELLEY LYNCH SHELLEY LYNCH SEPT 16 | 12:00 - 12:45 PM Shelley was born in Fernie, British Columbia, fifth of six children of long-time residents Frank and Mary Lynch. They were a business-orientated family with a deep faith and a strong love of music that led to dedicating part of their living room to drums, guitar and organ giving the family ample opportunity to sing and entertain together. Shelley Lynch may be from a small Canadian town but there is nothing small about the talent this singer-songwriter has been blessed with. When the album “Walk through Life” came out in 1996 Shelley was inspired with the success of radio play and international support. The style continued in the next album “Dream Big,” a collection of songs she wrote and performed that exploded with lyrics as honest and as personal as life can get. DAWSON RUTLEDGE DAWSON RUTLEDGE SEPT 16 | 1:00 - 1:45 PM Dawson Rutledge is an award winning folk/americana musician, from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Dawson’s very first performance of an original song, Mysterious Woman, was in June of 2015 at the Key City Theatre. He has hardly taken a breath since, staying very busy performing, recording and writing a multitude of original songs. Dawson Rutledge has quickly become “…one of the most talked about musicians to come from this city.” (Kootenay News Advertiser August 2016) His self-released debut album, titled Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, which features eight of his folk/alternative songs, has received radio play nationwide, with multiple chart appearances and positive reviews. Mysterious Woman achieved Top 10 in CBC Music Searchlight 2016 for the Interior & Northern BC Region, with top voting accolades. Dawson is currently
THE BURLESQUE REVOLUTION

THE BURLESQUE REVOLUTION

SEPT 15 | 10:00 - 11:00 PM

Nelson, BC is renowned for its burlesque performers. We are pleased to welcome The Burlesque Revolution to the stage on our final stop of the 2018 Back Alley Speakeasy Tour.
HEATHER BLUSH AND THE UPPERCUTS

HEATHER BLUSH AND THE UPPERCUTS

SEPT 15 | 2:00 - 2:45 PM

Dawson Rutledge is an award winning folk/americana musician, from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Dawson’s very first performance of an original song, Mysterious Woman, was in June of 2015 at the Key City Theatre. He has hardly taken a breath since, staying very busy performing, recording and writing a multitude of original songs. Dawson Rutledge has quickly become “…one of the most talked about musicians to come from this city.” (Kootenay News Advertiser August 2016) His self-released debut album, titled Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, which features eight of his folk/alternative songs, has received radio play nationwide, with multiple chart appearances and positive reviews. Mysterious Woman achieved Top 10 in CBC Music Searchlight 2016 for the Interior & Northern BC Region, with top voting accolades. Dawson is currently working on his sophomore album in New York with 3 time Grammy winning producer Justin Guip, and executive producer Geordie Gillespie (former VP of promotions at Sony and Virgin records.) Dawson has performed at a wide variety of venues, ranging from art galleries to large capacity theatres. His resume also includes local festivals, as well as festivals in Arizona and New Jersey and Austin, Texas during South by Southwest. He has been given the opportunity to open for many well-known artists, including Fred Penner, Tiller’s Folly, and Barney Bentall. In 2017 Dawson won two Kootenay Music Awards for Best Folk/Country/Roots Act and Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
WILD HONEY

WILD HONEY

SEPT 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Based out of Cranbrook this roots music trio takes inspiration from our amazing East Kootenay surroundings and people. Shelby Knudsen, Jessica Niedermayer and Laura Cain blend beautiful harmonies with lyrics that reflect the landscape. Wild Honey is a perfect fit for the Fernie Fall Fair!
FERNIE FALL FAIR
SEPT 16 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Located at Fernie's City Hall, this re-invention of Fernie's fall fair includes horticultural displays, blue ribbon contests, craft exhibits, art demonstrations, a small backyard livestock zoo, and agricultural demonstrations all set against the backdrop of live foot stomping entertainment by local musicians.
IDLEWILD

IDLEWILD

SEPT 16 | 11:00 AM - NOON

With heart-breaking harmonies and smokin' instrumentals, East Kootenay based Idlewild's unique mountain sound makes the old feel new. After playing and singing for many years with different groups in valleys and towns in the Kootenays and beyond, fate (and a little bit of luck) brought together multi-instrumentalists Heather Gemmell (guitar, dobro, banjo), Keith Larsen (guitar, mandolin) and Lindsay Cuff (fiddle, banjo). With their original tunes, old-timey classics, murder ballads and bluegrass standards, Idlewild will leave you longing for more.
THE DOGGONE BROTHERS

THE DOGGONE BROTHERS

SEPT 16 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Dawson Rutledge is an award winning folk/americana musician, from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. Dawson’s very first performance of an original song, Mysterious Woman, was in June of 2015 at the Key City Theatre. He has hardly taken a breath since, staying very busy performing, recording and writing a multitude of original songs. Dawson Rutledge has quickly become “…one of the most talked about musicians to come from this city.” (Kootenay News Advertiser August 2016) His self-released debut album, titled Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, which features eight of his folk/alternative songs, has received radio play nationwide, with multiple chart appearances and positive reviews. Mysterious Woman achieved Top 10 in CBC Music Searchlight 2016 for the Interior & Northern BC Region, with top voting accolades. Dawson is currently working on his sophomore album in New York with 3 time Grammy winning producer Justin Guip, and executive producer Geordie Gillespie (former VP of promotions at Sony and Virgin records.) Dawson has performed at a wide variety of venues, ranging from art galleries to large capacity theatres. His resume also includes local festivals, as well as festivals in Arizona and New Jersey and Austin, Texas during South by Southwest. He has been given the opportunity to open for many well-known artists, including Fred Penner, Tiller’s Folly, and Barney Bentall. In 2017 Dawson won two Kootenay Music Awards for Best Folk/Country/Roots Act and Best Breakthrough Artist of the Year.