The Critters are one of Alberta's top Classic Rock | Country bands and play the hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's and beyond. Repertoire also includes rock 'n roll, country, blues & jazz. Ideal for corporate events, party's, fund raisers, weddings etc.
Price Range: $850 - $2,500
Gig Length: 120 - 240 minutes
Insurance: $2,000,000 - Public Liability & Public Damage
What to Expect
The Critters are renowned for 'keeping the dance floor full all night'. Typically, the dance floor fills up when the very first song begins. They perform their own unique version of popular cover songs from the 60's, 70's & 80's and beyond.
The Critters are 'a party in a box'!
We Are The Mountain Critters.............
The Mountain Critters (more commonly known as 'The Critters') are a group of Canmore, Alberta Canada minstrels "Rockin' the Rockies" with their unique blend of Rock and Roll dance music in the Bow Valley and beyond. Playing gold classics from a variety of eras (60,70,80’s) you will remember these tunes as the sound track of your life.
What began a few years ago as laid back Sunday afternoon jam sessions soon galvanized the musical chemistry which morphed into the "party in a box" dance band that The Mountain Critters are today.
IVAN WILLERT - Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar & Bass Guitar
Born to be Wild! Ivan was introduced to music at the age of 15 when he bought his first acoustic guitar. His rock band debut happened in the mid-sixties. Living in France he toured Europe as the electric bass player with ‘Les Jaguars’ (old time rock n’ roll) and the USA recording artists ‘The Chessmen’ (jazz, blues & funk). Returning to Canada and after a brief appearance in the Winnipeg music scene he moved to Edmonton. A young family and two full time jobs took him away from his music but not for long. By 1985 he was back at it and played for ‘Kinection’. One problem – the band initially consisted of three bass players. Ivan had to quickly adapt to playing lead and rhythm guitar.
In 2004 a call from nature brought him to the Rocky Mountain town of Canmore. His love for music continued but he played acoustic and did not perform again until he co-founded ‘The Mountain Critters’ in 2013. “More gear” is a common expression amongst this group of musicians that quickly evolved from an acoustic band to one with a full compliment of electric gear. The Mountain Critters are a Bow Valley band that love to perform at gig’s for audiences that love to dance to “good ol’ rock n’ roll”.
HENRI FERGUSON - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar & Percussion
Music has been a constant in Henri’s life since his early teens when he discovered the guitar, it is rumoured that Jesus was in the third grade about the same time. This lasting love relationship with music took him through the coffee house scene of the sixties, Motown, Country Rock in the seventies and eighties, weekend bar bands, wedding bands; always wading in musical waters.
Henri is a song writer; his first recording experience was in 1974 when Access Television commissioned 2 of his original songs for TV productions which were recorded in Tommy Banks Edmonton studio and produced by Holger Peterson. In 1977 when Vinyl was still happening he released a 45 Kenora/Mean Woman Blues on Hoe Made Records. In 2002 Henri released a 10 track CD Titled Missing the Boat, Henri states wryly; “this is the story of my life”.
When Henri moved to Canmore in 2011, his mission was to find like minded folks interested in jamming. What started as Sunday afternoon basement sessions quickly became a whole lot more when musical chemistry created The Mountain Critters. Good old Rock and Roll, killer harmonies, great musical chops and in Jamie’s words you have “a party in a box”.
JAMIE PERKINS - Lead Vocals, Keyboard & Bass Guitar
Jamie started playing music at 14 years of age. He later completed a degree in music and played professionally for many years. Some of the artists he played with included Della Reese, Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar), Al Martino, Frank Gorshin, the Windsor Symphony and countless others. There were also many reincarnations of his own bands. Although Jamie always thought he would have a lifelong career in music, he left the music industry behind to pursue business opportunities in Alberta. Upon retirement he moved to Canmore with his wife and soon met up with Ivan and Henri. Now Jamie is playing gigs and having fun with The Mountain Critters.
BART ROBINSON - PERCUSSION
Born a Yorkshireman, Bart has never quite waved goodbye to his birthright and still hangs on to his accent. (It’s grim up North!)
‘My maternal granddad was drumming his fingers on the bedside table up to the moment he passed, so I have genetics to thank for my sense of rhythm: it seemed natural that I would end up behind a drum kit.’
Bart was fortunate to have grown up at a time when Rock and Roll was on every radio station, and school music programs were plentiful. As a result he was exposed to an enormous range of music, orchestral to folk, country and pop. To this day he will tell you that one of his favorite immersive listening experiences is the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s Italian Caprice! As The Mountain Critters new ‘stick man’ Bart brings a whole new level of fun to the line up.
Additional Booking Notes
A complete lighting production (for an additional fee) is available upon request.
Past Booked Events
|August 01, 2017–August 31, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||The Critters Are Not Available|
|July 22, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Krizan Bay Block Party/Terry Fox Fund Raiser|
|June 30, 2017–July 01, 2017 • 12:00pm - 2:00am||The Critters Are Not Available|
|June 24, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||AMAA|
|June 17, 2017–June 18, 2017 • 8:30pm - 12:00am||Canmore Legion|
|May 27, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:30pm||Exshaw Legion|
|May 20, 2017–May 21, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00am||The Critters Are Not Available|
|May 13, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:55pm||Michelle & Paul's Wedding|
|May 06, 2017–May 07, 2017 • 8:30pm - 12:00am||Canmore Legion|
|April 28, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Drake Inn|
|April 14, 2017–April 23, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||The Critters Are Not Available|
|April 07, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The Drake Inn|
|March 31, 2017–April 01, 2017 • 10:00pm - 2:00am||Tavern 1883, Canmore|
|March 25, 2017–March 26, 2017 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Canmore Legion|
|March 24, 2017–March 25, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00am||The Critters Are Not Available|
|March 18, 2017–March 19, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00am||The Critters Are Not Available|
|January 24, 2017–March 11, 2017 • 2:00pm - 12:00pm||The Critters Are Not Available|
Here are the tunes that The Critters perform:
All My Ex's Live In Texas
All Shook Up
And I Love Her
Auld Land Syne
Beer For My Horses
Bennie And The Jets
Blue Suede Shoes
Brown Eyed Girl
Bye Bye Love
Can't Buy Me Love
Cover of The Rolling Stone
Dock of the Bay
Don't Be Cruel
Eight Days A Week
Flip, Flop, Fly
Folsom Prison Blues
Friends In Low Places
Hard Days Night
Honky Tonk Woman
I Saw Her Standing There
I Should Have Known Better
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Johnny B Goode
Just What I Needed
LaBamba/Twist & Shout
Let Me Go Home Whiskey
Listen To The Music
Long Train Running
Ob La Di Ob La Da
Old Time Rock 'n Roll
On The Road Again
Peaceful Easy Feeling
Rock This Town
Rockin' All Over The World
Start Me Up
Sultans of Swing
Take It Easy
Taking Care Of Business
To Love Somebody
Who'll Stop The Rain
Influences & Inspiration
Artists from the era when music was music - Beatles, Rolling Stones, CCR, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton etc.
Nothing required - we have it all!
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