December 15, 2018

2019 Band Line-Up

W!LdCARD CH*.*CTERS

The "Manitoba Social" definition: An event where people gather together, for a special cause, and spend the evening buying tickets to the silent auction, munching on ripple chips and pretzels, drinking out of red solo cups, and dancing the night away to “oldies but goodies”, with the occasional chart topper thrown in to please the “younger crowd”. W!LdCARD CH*.*CTERS is sure to thrill you with a little bit of Old Time Rock N Roll , a bit of 80s rock, and a WHOLE LOT of FUN… and you’re encouraged to sing along! So bring your dancing shoes, your 50/50 ticket money, and your party spirit… Let’s Get the Party Started!

Sandra Epp – Vocals (Manitoba eHealth)
Bayne Robertson – Guitar (Paradigm Consulting)
John Diffey – Guitar (Bell)
Darren McFee – Bass (Manitoba Blue Cross)
Chris Durston – Keyboard (Investors Group)
Kevin Nebroski – Drums (Paradigm Consulting)

GUARDIANS OF THE GROOVE

You got it - an "Awesome Mix B.4.40" from Guardians of the Galaxy - great songs from decades past that have staying power. The audience will get Hooked on a Feeling listening to Quill's Walkman, connected to the Earth, home and family, while on a big outer space adventure! Including musicians from MNP, Wawanesa, iqMetrix, the City of Winnipeg and Manitoba's IT departments. Comprised of six members who have been playing together in one form or another for over 15 years. You will enjoy the powerful drums and bass, killer guitar riffs, and unforgettable vocals. Guaranteed dancing, singing and a great time had by all as we Groove the Galaxy through classic rock and modern pop/dance!

Debbie Young – Vocals (WRHA)
Lisa Cupples – Vocals (Gov't of Manitoba)
John Visser – Guitar (MNP)
Dan Christle – Bass (Wawanesa)
Brad Griffiths – Keyboards (City of Winnipeg)
Dean Lachlun – Drums (IQMetrix)

THE Q FIGHTERS

Young, wild, and uncompiled! This intrepid band of iQmetrix employees and friends will take us off the beaten path of rock to the funk, punk, glam, and ska of the 70s onward. With a sound that is raw yet upbeat, defiant yet accessible, The Q Fighters pack a punch that will have you dancing and singing along to classics from bands such as Wild Cherry, No Doubt, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Trish Rempel – Vocals (iQmetrix)
James Trenchard – Vocals (iQmetrix)
Kyle Joyal – Vocals (iQmetrix)
Hector Luna – Guitar (iQmetrix)
Gerry Behringer – Guitar (Ringer)
Dan Baker-Moor – Bass (Ringer)
Emily Baxter – Drums (iQmetrix)

BOLD SHINY TUNES

Dance to the crowd-pleasing one-hit wonders from the 90's alt-rock scene! These songs are familiar, danceable, singable with an undefinable nostalgic quality. Canadian music video network Much Music was able to catalogue some of the top hits each year with their perennial best-selling compilation albums "Big Shiny Tunes" …..Musicians from the BOLD Commerce product development team wrapped their theme around this! This band capitalizes on the momentum of the grunge rock scene from the earlier part of the decade. Spinning off this and heavily influenced by pop and hip-hop, they bring a more radio friendly appeal to the rock genre. You’re gonna love the Techapalooza debut of this band!

Steve Nelson – Vocals (Bold Commerce)
Dennis Mott – Guitar, Vocals (Bold Commerce)
Charles Peralta – Guitar (Bold Commerce)
Mitch Hamm – Bass (Bold Commerce)
Scott Riddell – Drums (Bold Commerce)

BILL AND DAVE'S SALSBURY HOUSE JUKEBOX

Bill and Dave's band walk into the Sals on Pembina after a gig, notice the great Winnipeg rock memorabilia on the walls, sit down, and decide to plug the jukebox with all Manitoba bands! That was it, decision made on how Bill and Dave will entertain us this year! This perennially favorite Techapalooza band will play an up-tempo set of Made in Manitoba classic rock songs. Dance to Portage and Main 15 below - Born and raised in a prairie town, before, after and during the garage. River overflowing, you betcha, and lots of other great hometown boy songs. Rock it, Bill and Dave, we’ll overflow the dance floor to enjoy great classic Rock!

Thomas Wolstencroft – Vocals, Percussion (Compugen)
Napoleon Sansregret – Guitar (HP Inc.)
Jon Einarson – Guitars (Ringer)
Brad Enns – Bass, Vocals (Compugen)
Gary Brenner – Keyboards (Ringer)
Hal Ryckman – Drums (Solvera Solutions)

GREAT WEST LIFE TOP SECRET ROSIES

Get your wild-child spy-child shoes on to dance to soundtracks of James Bond, Mission Impossible, and Austin Powers. These musicians, by day are Great West Life IT professionals, were inspired by the Top Secret Rosies. The Rosies were a group of women from WWII who were a human computer and went on to program the first computer. Enjoy the trio of fantastic female singers leading the band, dressed in sultry red dresses (à la Jessica Rabbit!). The music will take the audience on an audio experience that brings back memories from their favorite spy movies and The Second British Invasion. The eclectic collection of music will focus on the songs from female artists that enhance the movie soundtracks and films. At Techapalooza 2018, this band won the Judges Choice award!

Annastasia Lambert – Vocals (Great-West Life)
Stacey Suderman – Vocals (Great-West Life)
Susan Dacke – Vocals (Ringer)
Keith Lalman – Guitar (Great-West Life)
Brent Thompson – Guitar (Great-West Life)
Chad Muir – Bass (Great-West Life)
Blair Burns – Cello (Great-West Life)
Chris Durston – Keyboard (Investors Group)
John Hamm – Drums, Percussion (Acme Technical Service)

BYTE ME

Music full of "Oh yeah?" attitude and "Why don't you make me?" angst. This Big Band brings energy and infectious groove, with killer horn lines from the only horn section at Techapalooza 2019. The tunes are drawn from artists and bands through rock history that could drop the hammer, toss down the gauntlet, bring it. From rocking classic artists like Eagles and The Beatles to more modern artists like Blondie, Nena, Alanis Morisette, and P!nk. Motivated by their unwillingness to sit quietly while this terrible disease is still out there, they bring the noise. They're putting the big C on notice! Like Pac-Man, we’re going to take a bite out of cancer!

Kathleen Boht – Vocals (Investors Group)
Karin Carlson – Trombone, Vocals, Percussion (Online Business Systems)
Don McLean – Guitar, Vocals (Retired, Federal Gov't)
Colin Kelly – Bass (Online Business Systems)
Dana Oliver Neal – Trumpet, Vocals, Percussion (Sierra Systems Inc.)
Vic Arias – Trumpet (eHealth)
Craig Holigroski – Trombone (Grain Exchange)
Boris Gularyin – Tenor Sax, Vocals (Skip the Dishes)
Rick Strempler – Alto Sax (Online Business Systems)
Jeff McMaster – Keyboards (Ringer)
Dan Major – Drums (Priceline Partner Network)