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The History of Gunpowder
with special guest Leo D.E Johnson

Dance / Blues / Funk+

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Friday, August 2

Photo: Dana Mackenzie


The History of Gunpowder is an eight-piece high energy, orchestral rock, freak-out ensemble that puts on theatrical, gritty, and unforgettable live shows. The History seamlessly blends expansive arrangements, growling blues vocals, and danceable funk rhythms into an electric sonic experience. They have garnered critical and popular acclaim as one of the best touring live acts in Canada that boasts an explosive sound somewhere between Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Radiohead. The History seems to be unwaveringly barreling upwards with the recent release of their feature-length film/video album - Swallows, their third European tour, and the much anticipated release of their upcoming album, The Epileptic Vol II. 

The band’s extensive use of loops and drones is contrasted by heavy, swinging passages that carry long and winding melodies. Drawing inspiration from blues, soul, jazz, funk and punk, this group emerges as a delicate balance between order and chaos.​Their international presence includes headlining tours in Italy and the EU. They have deep roots in the Montreal circus and burlesque communities. Noteworthy performances include co-headlining the Hollywood Theatre with The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, as well as spearheading and headlining Vancouver’s Annual Freakout Circus Extravaganza.


Leo D.E Johnson's music transcends boundaries and limitations, radiating a joyful energy that speaks to the soul, uplifting hearts and minds in harmony with their mission of spreading love, acceptance, and unity through the power of music. Sit back and enjoy the reflection!

OPENING ACT - Jodi Laine

Jodi Laine moved to Hornby Island 14 years ago to run Tribune Bay Campsite for one summer ONLY. However, the Island welcomed her in with its magic, amazing beauty, and fabulous people and it was love at first sight! Jodi went to school for Music Industry Arts at Fanshawe College in Ontario.  She has been a part of many shows and bands on her journey out west. Opening for Great Big Sea was a monumental experience as well as being a part of The Songbirds here on Hornby.  Jodi is especially over the moon to be a part of this years festival!

Voted #6 in the TOP 10 BEST BANDS IN MONTREAL  - Cult Magazine

“I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the insanely creative and powerful force which is History of Gunpowder. From Alex’s emotive and jaw-dropping vocals to the band’s energy and crowd interaction, H.O.G stands out in the Canadian music scene as a top tier act not to be missed!" - Tayo Branston, Five Alarm Funk



Art In Unusual Places at The Coop
2 PM - Friday, Aug. 2

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