R.A. Dickey — MLB All Star Pitcher, Toronto Blue JayA starting knuckleball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, R.A. Dickey is one of the unique figures in professional sports—noted for both his off-field eloquence and his on-field accomplishments. In 2012, with the New York Mets, he became the only knuckleball pitcher to win the National League Cy Young Award. But the road to glory was strewn with hazards. In 1996, Dickey was the Texas Rangers’ No. 1 draft choice. Then, a routine physical revealed that his right elbow was missing its ulnar collateral ligament, and his lifelong dream—along with his $810,000 signing bonus—was ripped away. Yet, despite twice being consigned to baseball’s scrap heap, Dickey battled back. He has played with the Rangers, the Seattle Mariners, the Minnesota Twins, the Mets, and the Blue Jays. Dickey is also the author, with Wayne Coffee, of Wherever I Wind Up, a New York Times bestselling memoir.
Candace Cameron Bure — Actress, Producer, New York Times’ Bestselling Author, Inspirational SpeakerMillions worldwide know her as “D.J. Tanner” on the iconic family sitcom Full House. With an acting career that started at the age of five, Candace grew up in show business alongside her brother Kirk Cameron and has appeared in countless national television commercials, prime-time hits, made for t.v. movies and feature films. She has also starred in multiple made-for-television movies for Hallmark Channel and UPtv. After finishing a three year run as her character Summer Van Horn on ABC Family Network’s Make It Or Break It, Candace will bring Aurora Teagarden to life from the NY Times best selling books by Charlaine Harris in a series of movies for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel in which she’ll star in and produce with her production company iCandy Productions. Candace added NY Times best selling author to her many titles with her book Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness that inspires women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their relationship with food. In her book Balancing It All, she shares her stories of juggling priorities and purpose. Book number three is in the works, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction which will reflect the life lessons she learned while dancing her way to the finals finishing in third place on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Candace and her husband, former NHL star Val Bure, split their time between Los Angeles and Napa Valley, California which is home to their boutique wine label, Bure Family Wines.
Harry Manx — Recording Artist"Watching Harry play tonight I feel like I learned something new... " ~ Bruce Springsteen
Harry Manx has been dubbed an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. Born on the Isle of Man, Manx spent his childhood in Canada and left in his teens to live in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil. He honed his hypnotic live show on street corners, in cafes, bars and at festivals. But it was Indian music that captured his attention and in the mid 80s he began a five-year tutelage with Rajasthani Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Grammy winner with Ry Cooder for A Meeting by the River). Receiving the gift of Bhatt’s custom-made, self-designed Mohan Veena (a 20-stringed sitar/guitar hybrid) was the catalyst for Harry to forge a new path with his now signature east-meets-west style of music. While the Mohan Veena itself is beyond exotic, Manx uses it within traditional Western sound structures. A successful touring performer, Manx has brought his “breathtaking” solo shows across Canada and into the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has appeared at many prestigious festivals, world-class theatres, concert halls and infamous Blues clubs around the globe. Playing the Mohan Veena, lap steel, harmonica, stomp box, and banjo, Manx quickly envelops the audience into what has been dubbed “the Harry Zone” with his warm vocals and the hauntingly beautiful melodies of his original songs. It’s in the live setting, Manx says, that the bridge between “heavenly” India and “earthy” American blues is most effectively built. “Indian music moves inward,” he explains. “It’s traditionally used in religious ceremonies and meditation, because it puts you into this whole other place. But Western music has the ability to move out, into celebration and dance. So when we play the Indian stuff on stage, it has the tendency to draw people into something really deep; they’ll get kind of quiet and spacey. Then we’ll play some more Western music, and it grounds them once more, they sort of come out of the mood the Indian music had put them in and get into the performance. I love to see that working — that effect on the audience. My goal has always been to draw the audience as deep as possible into the music.” Manx is a prolific artist, releasing nine albums in an eight-year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards and his mantel shelf also holds honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Vancouver magazine Georgia Straight, and the South Australia Blues Society. He received CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Awards for 2007 and his albums have garnered five Juno nominations. Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you’ll get Manx’s unique “mysticssippi” flavour. It’s hard to resist, easy to digest and keeps audiences coming back for more.
Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
The Wiebes — Recording ArtistsIt's Easter weekend, so Drew wanted to have two of his friends share some of their inspirational music during this show. Shane and Angela Wiebe have been singing together since the day they met. In 2004, Shane began his journey to a TOP FIVE spot on CTV’s hit television show, “Canadian Idol”, where he had the privilege of working with musicians like Lionel Richie and Gordon Lightfoot. In June of 2009, THE WIEBES officially formed and released, Into Your Light, which won Inspirational Album of the Year at the 2010 Covenant Awards. In December 2009 The Wiebes released their Christmas record, Christmas With You. The album was nominated for two Covenant Awards, and ended up on the Canadian Top 50 Radio Charts among artists like Michael Buble and Elton John! In 2012, The Wiebes released their fourth studio album, The Hymns Collection, which brought them their second Covenant Award. Their fifth album, Arise O Sleeper was released in June 2014 and features internationally renown worship leader Brian Doerksen, as well as Fraser Campbell, and Shane and Angela’s daughter, Joelle.
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Sahra Featherstone is a multi-instrumentalist, and has been playing music for over 15 years. She has two solo albums, and the most recent, Born of a Summer’s Day, was nominated for a 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award. The album features her harp, violin and low whistle playing, and her arrangements of beautiful pieces written by her talented tune-smithing friends, as well as some original and traditional pieces. In addition to her solo work, Sahra has joined many artists on stage and in the studio, playing concerts and music festivals across Canada and the USA, as well as various private and corporate events. She has recorded on over 50 albums by artists including Jill Barber, Jaymz Bee, Matt Berry, Michael Birthelmer, Teresa Doyle, Melissa McClelland, Brooke Miller, Jacob Moon, Brian Pickell, Leah Salomaa and Scarlett Jane. She has also collaborated and performed with numerous singers and groups including Bonzai Suzuki, Duncan Cameron, Lori Cullen, Emaline Delapaix, Cindy Doire, Donovan, Nelly Furtado, Great Lake Swimmers, Danny Michel, John McDermott, Carlos Nuñez, Marta Pacek, Kevin Quain, Corin Raymond, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer, Ron Sexsmith, Kurt Swinghammer, Tanya Tagaq, and the Tartan Terrors. In addition, she has played opening sets for Dervish, David Essig, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, and Leahy.
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