Bios – The Lisa Hutchinson Band

Captivating audiences with her powerful voice and commanding stage presence, Lisa owns the stage as a fiery, soulful singer whose live performance emits energy akin to that of Janis Joplin. As an artist who expresses the full range and texture of her instrument, Lisa's voice defies simple description as she reaches deep into the well of her soul. She and her band of veteran musicans bring their own brand of Canadian soul to the blues. With Ian Ross on guitar, Joey "Drums" DiMarco on drums and Peter Loudon on bass, the band shows a deep respect for tradition while infusing their music with raw energy and authentic passion. Don't miss the opportunity to witness Lisa and her band stir up a crowd! 

Lisa Hutchinson – Vocals

Lisa has been entertaining music enthusiasts for over two decades with her soulful delivery of blues, jazz and R&B standards. With a powerful voice she interprets the music with passion and authenticity. She grew up listening to a wide variety of genres and was drawn to the rich melody lines and lyrics inherent in jazz, the infectious grooves of R&B, and the soul of blues music. Lisa draws inspiration from vocalists past and present such as Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Beth Hart and Susan Tedeschi. She has performed in the International Blues Challenge, Southside Shuffle - main stageWasaga Beach Blues Festival, Orillia Spring Blues Festival, Jazzmania Festival, and Kempenfest.

Joey "Drums" DiMarco - Drums

Joey has been a major force on the Canadian music scene for close to 40 years. By playing solid grooves with control and precision, he has been the meat and potatoes of many bands here at home and in the United States. He has worked with a lengthy list of notable players including: Rita Chiarelli (Juno Winner), Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne (Juno Winner), Bruce Conte (Tower of Power), Jack de Keyzer (Juno Winner), Harpdog Brown (Maple Blues Award Winner), and  Studebaker John.

Ian Ross – Guitar

Ian released his debut album, The Ian Ross Band, in December 2012. He has been entertaining audiences in the Barrie area with his impressive guitar playing for over 10 years. Hailing from a musical family, Ian was inspired by his father and then studied with the acclaimed jazz guitarist, Joe Huron. Ian has played in the International Blues Challenge, the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, the Orillia Spring Blues Festival, Kitchener Rib Fest, and Kempenfest.

Peter Loudon – Bass

Peter Loudon has been playing bass guitar professionally since the mid 1980's. Born into a musical family in Muskoka, he has performed at Peter's Players, Casino Rama, Port Credit's Southside Shuffle, Mariposa Folk Festival and on Rez Bluez. Peter’s bass playing helped the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band earn a nomination for a Maple Leaf Blues Award for the album Big Brother. Peter also works regularly with the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band.

Regular Guests

Omar Gittens - Drums

Omar is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He studied with Grammy winners Mark Walker & Terri Lyne Carrington, Boston Pops Percussionist Richard Flanagan, NYC Jazz Drummer Neal Smith, Canadian Drummers Barry Romberg and Jim Blackley. Omar has had the honour of performing for the late Oscar Peterson at the May 2006 African Canadian Achievement Awards.

Joe Huron - Guitar

Joe Huron has been a quiet force on the Canadian jazz scene for well over 25 years. Mr. Huron’s distinct voice on the guitar reflects a calm introspection behind a curtain of strong melodic play. Delivering warm tones; he expresses all that is true with an unhurried approach of a seasoned player. For the listener, we are all but happy to relax with his overall intent of inclusivity. Joe plays regularly with his trio, The Joe Huron Trio, at festivals and venues across Central Ontario. In 2008, the trio released a CD entitled “Live at Fitzy’s”This CD is representative of many years of hosting live performances at Fitzy’s Crabshack in Barrie, Ontario.

Mark Hathaway – Sax and Keys

Mark earned his Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music/Jazz Performance at York University where he was also awarded the Oscar Peterson Scholarship for Jazz Studies. Mark has played with a host of talented musicians including Norm Amadio, Lenny Boyd, Barry Romberg, Kiran Overs, Reg Shwager, Terry Clark, Jim Vivian, Sean Bray, Mark Kelso, George Koller, Ted Warren, and Jake Langley. He is currently sharing his love of music with our next generation of musicians as a music teacher and Chair of the Arts Department at Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie. He has performed in the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, the Orillia Spring Blues Festival, Kempenfest, and Jazzmania.