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Roots / Pop / Soul / Sway

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Sunday, August 4

Photo: Erica Chan


“She’s like the little sister who grew up, got feisty, and knows she’s exactly where she’s meant to be,” says Laura Mina Mitic, front-woman to the new musical project, Miina. Along with her longstanding creative partners (Pat Ferguson, Lo Waight, Graham Keehn, and Jamil Demers) the five-piece cut their teeth as the band Carmanah, performing across North America including at Edmonton Folk, Winnipeg Folk, Hillside and Rifflandia music festivals. Two songs (Roots, and Nightmare) went to Number 1 on CBC’s Top 20 list, and Carmanah’s music received successful commercial radio spins, including on SiriusXM, Toronto’s Indie88, Vancouver’s The Peak and Edmonton’s CKUA. 

With producer Gus Van Go, they pulled the grooviest aspects from their original sound and combined it with new inspiration and musical maturity honed during the still years of the pandemic. Miina’s debut album - Slow Motion - was released Summer 2023. Putting strength in femininity and a passion for the planet at the forefront, Laura Mina’s voice is confident and graceful. The band’s live performance is both moving and fun, combining danceable modern sounds with retro and rich melodies. “This new project honours our past while elevating our passion,” says Laura Mina. “With a little more wisdom and a lot more fire, we feel empowered and excited to turn over this fresh new leaf.” 

OPENING ACT - Avalon Tassonyi


Avalon Tassonyi is a singer-songwriter who splits their time between Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Their third LP “Sprigs & Brush” is a clarifying balm of acoustic songs harkening back to 60s folk revival. Avalon has been visiting Hornby periodically throughout life, once upon a time working on a veggie farm and at the old pizzeria, and now to visit their parents who’ve come to call the island home.

“Miina is the sound of the sunlight cutting through the foliage. Everything is brighter, funkier, more danceable.” - Michael Luis, Rifflandia Music Festival



Art In Unusual Place at Sandpiper Meadow 
2 PM - Sunday, Aug. 4

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