The talented uncle and nephew duo will perform at the park from 12-1. Steve is an accomplished vocalist, guitar and harmonica player with a “big” voice. He has performed in concert, coffeehouses and various festivals from the Yukon & gold rush towns of Alaska to the outports of Newfoundland; from the Lunenburg Opera House in Nova Scotia to the old Igloo Church in Inuvik, NWT. And – like the song says – ‘from Houston Texas to the Bering Sea.’ He has performed for princes and premiers, daycares and nightclubs. For 18 years, his summer months were spent at home in Whitehorse producing Arts in the Park. He delivers a wide versatile range of material with an irresistibly pure honest voice that lingers to haunt you long after the song is done.
Andy Slade was born in the Cowichan Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. He grew up studying classical piano with Ann Mendenhall, and eventually went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Victoria. After the completion of his undergrad, Andy moved to Xalapa, Mexico to study jazz piano under Edgar Dorantes. Upon his return to Victoria, Andy quickly became a fixture on the west coast music scene, working with musicians like Roy Styffe, Ken Lavigne, Kelby MacNayr, Louise Rose, Wendell Clanton, Monik Nordine, amongst others.
In 2011, he moved east to pursue a Masters of Music in Montreal and Toronto, where he is active as a performer, educator, composer, and arranger. He had the privilege of studying with Phil Nimmons, David Braid, Jan Jarcyzk, Dave Restivo, and Andrew Downing, all while gaining a reputation as an exciting and creative improviser. He has worked as a pianist in nearly every style of music, playing in Pop, Hip-hop, Orchestral, Funk, Choral, Folk, and Jazz projects across Canada. His choral compositions have been performed in Montreal, Toronto, and Victoria to great acclaim.Andy has performed at several of the TD International Jazz Festivals in Victoria, BC, as well as the 2014 Nuit Blanche in Toronto, ON. As an author and educator, he has designed and written a series of piano curriculum books targeted at beginner pianists for Violet Anamnesis Publications in San Diego, California.