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Gig Pick: Jess Moskaluke at Dragon Boat Festival—06.22.19

By Stephane Dubord on June 22, 2019



After a fantastic Day 2 Friday that turned into a massive East Coast kitchen party with Alan Doyle, Day 3 of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival Saturday features another trio of Canadian artists.

Hamilton’s The Dill (a.k.a. Dylan Hudecki) is no stranger to touring Canada, having been part of a variety of bands over the years (Junior Blue, By Divine Right, Cowlick, High Kites). Now as a solo act, his songs range from 50s doo-wop to 70s era atmospheric jams. Hitting the stage at 6:30pm, his mellow repertoire should be a nice appetizer in the early evening to relax and re-energize.

If Friday was a kitchen party, Saturday will be turning into a modern-day hoedown at 8:00, starting with Sacha, winner of The Next Country Music Star 2016. The Montreal-born, Greater Toronto Area raised singer brings a booming voice to her take on country. If you haven’t heard her yet, in addition to her singles like “Small Town History”, her rendition of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues is well worth checking out as well.

Headlining the hoedown is Saskatchewan’s own Jess Moskaluke. One of the brightest lights in Canadian country music right now, she’s been riding a steady streak of success since breaking through in 2013 with her Light Up The Night debut album. That record spawned four Top 20 singles, and earned Moskaluke her first platinum album. She’s since followed that up with a string of EPs, starting with Kiss Me Quiet in 2015, and then 2017’s Past The Past, which saw five of the seven songs released as singles, three of which broke into the Top 10. Not only did fans flock to her music, but so have awards, as she’s been nominated for Canadian Country Music Association awards every year since 2014, including wins for Female Artist of the Year from 2014 to 2016, as well as a Juno in 2017.

The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival continues at Mooney’s Bay Park and runs through to Sunday June 23. Be sure to check back on for daily previews and interviews with headliners.