The Marc Joseph Band

Dancing is part of the DNA for the Pickering Mayor’s Gala. This year’s band is sure to get people out of their seats and up onto the dance floor. 
The Marc Joseph Band is one of the GTA’s top cover bands and they have an album of original music entitled, “Breathe”. They’ve played across the United States, alongside of major label acts such as Hollerado and Walk Off The Earth. They’ve played in world-famous venues for crowds of more than 100,000. So, we’re excited to have the Marc Joseph Band headline our 2018 Pickering Mayor’s Gala.
To learn more about the Marc Joseph Band and sample some of their music visit: The Marc Joseph Band.

Gene HardyDinner Entertainer

Chances are, you’ve heard him play. 
Since the mid ‘90s, Gene Hardy has become the horn player of choice for many of Canada’s best known exports and domestic successes.
Gene has recorded and performed with hundreds of acts – pop and rock, jazz and blues, country to punk and everything in between with the likes of Michael Bublé, Johnny Reid, Barenaked Ladies, Jeff Healey, The Marc Joseph Band, Big Sugar, Colin James, Downchild Blues Band, Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins, Shuffle Deamons, Rheostatics, Colin Linden, and Bruce Cockburn.
Gene has garnered numerous Horn Player of the Year nominations at the Canada’s Maple Blues Awards in recognition of his extensive contributions to the blues genre, both live and in the studio.

Suzie Vinnick – Headline Entertainer

Music critics have said she’s blessed with a rare voice that’s playful, sassy and soulful.
They’ve said that her solo work jumps genre barriers with the ease of an Olympic hurdles champion…She’s equally at home in folk, blues, pop and country.
Suzie Vinnick is a 10x Maple Blues Award winner and a 3x Juno Nominee. Suzie was a finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year.
Suzie’s new album is entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.
Tonight, Suzie will be performing with her band, The Suzie Vinnick Quartet.

The Woodshed Orchestra

The Woodshed Orchestra exists to uplift people. Legendary Toronto drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Dinner is Ruined, The WoodChoppers Association, Gord Downie and Charles Spearin) pilots a five-piece horn section, four-piece rhythm section and full-ensemble vocals through classic dance styles from all over the world into an extraordinary celebration. This band is a funky, uplifting and joyful ride every time it plays.


Additional Entertainment

ET The Mime will be strolling during the reception, as well as our own Mardi Gras themed human statue.

Magicians strolling throughout the dinner hour are Wij Siva and Ken Poynter