51 Queen's Parade Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario Canada, L0S 1J0
Music From All Over the Continent and Across the Pond! The Finest Artisans From Across the Country! Performances to Astound and Amaze! Activities and Workshops, and Much Much More!
The Exposition is happening rain or shine. All programming is set under the biggest tents you've ever seen or inside the Fort itself. The event is family friendly and will even have a space with steampunk fun just for kids - I do believe this is a first at Canadian steampunk events!
There is a HUGE number of things going on for everyone including many daytime acts, tea duelling, panels and workshops, hot air balloon rides, ghost tours, and incredible food
Venue: Fort George
Overlooking the Niagara River, Fort George was built between 1796 and 1802. This fortification served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812, and played a pivotal role in the defence of Upper Canada. Fort George saw action during the Battle of Queenston Heights, was destroyed and captured by the Americans during the Battle of Fort George, and was reclaimed by the British seven months later.
Since its infancy in 2009, JardinMécanique has had one sole agenda: to break through the barrier of creative limitation. Each member of this operatic rock concept is a singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist in their own right with an added shared interest in cinema. While their talent for metaphorical jockeying offers a witty and tongue in cheek anecdote, their extraordinary visual narrative and finesse for sound engineering execute the perfect and deadly marriage of this intricate orchestration.
Aside from the insurmountable investment of time and dedication to JardinMécanique, Philippe Coulombe, Francis Gagnon and Sylvain Sicard de Carufel have also been active working members of the musician community for many years, sharing the stage with numerous other artists, and contributing to a vast array of projects. Their amount of experience and level of play coupled with an insatiable appetite for more knowledge and exposure to diverse, creative and challenging ventures has undoubtedly enriched the quality of their craft.
And it is here, the blurred lines of a standard rock concert and a deliciously brutal Shakespearian performance, that JardinMécanique’s : ”La Sinistre Histoire du ThéâtreTintamarre” was created. A musical and theatrical synergy in which just three entities perform the opera in its entirety. The album ”La Sinistre Histoire du ThéâtreTintamarre Episode 1 (Part 1)” was released the 11th of september 2012.
The majesty of Jardin Mécanique’s musical composition is conceived by a myriad of influences ranging from Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovitch, to Pantera and Gentle Giant. Its darkness offers an eerie likeness to a Tim Burton soundtrack with waltzes giving birth to military marches and rich vocal harmonies that take listeners deeper and deeper down the proverbial rabbit hole that is the world of JardinMécanique.
Appearing: Friday Evening Welcome Concert
Abney Park comes from an era that never was, but one that we wish had been. An era where airships waged war in the skies, and corsets and cumberbuns were proper adventuring attire. They’ve picked up their bad musical habits, scoundrelous musicians, and anachronistically hybridized instruments from dozens of locations and eras that they have visited in their travels and thrown them into one riotous dervish of a performance. Expect clockwork guitars, belly dancers, flintlock bassists, middle eastern percussion, violent violin, and Tesla powered keyboards blazing in a post- apocalyptic, swashbuckling, Steampunk musical mayhem.
Appearing: Saturday Gala Concert
Welcome to the world of Professor Elemental. Sit down and he’ll brew you a nice Hip Hop number, stir in some comedy and then serve it with scones. An award winning Hip Hop artist and accomplished host, the Professor performs at all kinds of shows from Hip Hop to burlesque, festivals to wedding parties.
A Steampunk flavoured mad Professor, Professor Elemental’s act is a lively combination of comedy & music with some friendly audience banter and plenty of improvisation. His inventions and adventures have taken him around the world. He first attained notice with the track ‘Cup Of Brown Joy’ which notched up over a million hits. This was followed by a public scuffle with Mr B, resulting in the video ‘Fighting Trousers’.
Appearing: Saturday Gala Concert
Steam Powered Giraffe
Steampunk and Futurism mesh together with mime and music to create a breathtakingly imaginative act.
Hydraulics hiss and motors hum as three robots begin to snap into mechanical movement.
Their instruments ring and the automatons begin to belt out in three part harmony.
The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance.
More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.
Appearing: Saturday Evening Gala Concert