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RIMS Canada Conference September 24-27, 2017

Opening Reception

Community Celebration

Sunday, September 24, 6:30 pm—12:00 am

The conference kicks off with the Community Celebration at Steam Whistle Brewery. Get ready! Our Celebration will be held in the historic Round House – once the very center of our Community. The evening will be all about…comfortable jeans, great local cuisine and toasting friends old and new. Our very special guest will be multiple Juno Award Winner Colin James. The networking will be non-stop as will the entertainment. We will have great local entertainment lined up to keep the fun happening.

Colin James

From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the stages of the world, sharing his talent with some of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time, Colin James has quietly and steadily established himself as one of Canada's greatest musicians. ​Colin plays in the blues, rock, and neo-swing genres and has worn many hats during his long and storied career.

When Colin first hit the scene a quarter century ago, he became an instant rock guitar hero, mentored by the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan. Since then, this iconic Canadian has topped the charts as a pop vocalist, recorded an acclaimed blues album and led the swing revival with his Little Big Band, which he both fronted and produced. He has performed for the Queen, sold multi-platinum many times over and continues to sell out shows coast to coast.​ ​​


Shugga is one of Toronto’s best known and most in demand Cover Bands for corporate and social events. With residences at two of Toronto’s finest live music venues, Joe Mammas and Bar Italia, Shugga has a packed house every Friday and Saturday night for the last 10 years. Shugga is a tightly knit unit of Canada’s top musicians and singers including members of Nelly Furtado’s band, Thornley, Serena Ryder, Bedouin Soundclash, Johnny Reid, Esthero, Jully Black and vocalists such as Divine Brown, Alana Bridgewater (We Will Rock You), Janelle Monique, Selena Evangeline, and dynamic front man/lead singer Mike Ferfolia. With a massive repertoire, Shugga can entertain a very eclectic crowd. ​​​​