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N.L'.s turn to shine on Games stage

Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press Files</p><p>Alan Doyle closes the show tonight.</p></p>

Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press Files

Alan Doyle closes the show tonight.

With only two nights left to go, it’s Newfoundland and Labrador’s turn to put the province’s music scene on stage at The Forks, at the Canada Games Festival.

Luxembourg-bred, Winnipeg-based francophone hip-hop artist Alpha Toshineza will open the night. He moved to Winnipeg in 2014 after beginning his career in Europe in the 1990s, spending time touring all over the continent. In addition to being a rapper, Toshineza is also a graphic designer and founder of his own record label, Jazz Inuit, which is also the title of his most recent project, which resulted in a nomination for Francophone Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

The first East-Coaster of the night is singer-songwriter Cory Tetford. Tetford, formerly of the eight-time East Coast Music Award-winning band Crush, released his second solo record, In the Morning, last year. The album is full of guitar-driven tunes with a bit of a country feel, and, of course, Tetford’s veteran voice ringing strong above it all.

Catherine Allan and Andrew O’Brien of contemporary roots/folk/pop duo Fortunate Ones started out as solo artists (Allan spent time touring with another Newfoundland favourite, Amelia Curran), but once they began working together and eventually touring together, the formation of the band seemed inevitable. Their debut record, 2015’s The Bliss, was largely lauded by critics and fans alike — it was nominated for the 2016 Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and the pair won the ECMA for Rising Star of the Year in 2016, the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, four 2015 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards and were also nominated for the 2016 International Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year.

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With only two nights left to go, it’s Newfoundland and Labrador’s turn to put the province’s music scene on stage at The Forks, at the Canada Games Festival.

Luxembourg-bred, Winnipeg-based francophone hip-hop artist Alpha Toshineza will open the night. He moved to Winnipeg in 2014 after beginning his career in Europe in the 1990s, spending time touring all over the continent. In addition to being a rapper, Toshineza is also a graphic designer and founder of his own record label, Jazz Inuit, which is also the title of his most recent project, which resulted in a nomination for Francophone Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

The first East-Coaster of the night is singer-songwriter Cory Tetford. Tetford, formerly of the eight-time East Coast Music Award-winning band Crush, released his second solo record, In the Morning, last year. The album is full of guitar-driven tunes with a bit of a country feel, and, of course, Tetford’s veteran voice ringing strong above it all.

Catherine Allan and Andrew O’Brien of contemporary roots/folk/pop duo Fortunate Ones started out as solo artists (Allan spent time touring with another Newfoundland favourite, Amelia Curran), but once they began working together and eventually touring together, the formation of the band seemed inevitable. Their debut record, 2015’s The Bliss, was largely lauded by critics and fans alike — it was nominated for the 2016 Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and the pair won the ECMA for Rising Star of the Year in 2016, the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, four 2015 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards and were also nominated for the 2016 International Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year.

St. John’s indie-pop four-piece Repartee hit it big in 2016 with the earworm single Dukes and has used the momentum to tour its "debut" record, All Lit Up, across the country multiple times.

The band technically released an album in 2011 followed by two EPs, but as singer Meg Warren told the Free Press in an interview in January, "We kind of considered the release of All Lit Up to be a debut release because it was our first release with the record label (Sleepless Records), and secondly it was kind of our first, full, national release."

Repartee is known for its energetic and sweaty electro-pop dance parties at live shows, which lead up to the evening’s musical closer and surefire party-starter, Alan Doyle.

Doyle — the "pride of Petty Harbour, N.L." — is best known for his stint as frontman, guitarist and vocalist for Great Big Sea, but he has spent the last few years performing solo with his travelling band, the Beautiful Gypsies. Doyle released his new single, Summer Summer Night, in June, which is the first single from his upcoming third solo album, A Week at The Warehouse, due out Oct. 13.

Fireworks are scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. to end the evening.

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