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Kristine Schmitt

Originally from Kitchener, ON, Kristine Schmitt calls Toronto home and has been wooing audiences for years across the swing, country, old-time and bluegrass spectrum (Hamstrung Stringband, the Backstabbers, Kristine Schmitt and her Special Powers).
Despite there being no shortage of good singers out there, Schmitt still turns heads with her big, bold, belt-it-out vocals that barely need a microphone, and her signature thigh-slap percussion. She's as rowdy as they come, but still manages to be subtle, dynamic and musical. Backed by some of the finest musicians around — Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass), who are collectively known as the Lonesome Ace Stringband, she's currently promoting her first solo album, "Good Dirt" - all original songs that wouldn't sound out of place on a small-town jukebox, but she weaves in Ontario landscapes, Toronto's streetcars and subway stations and tales of love and romance from an empowered female perspective.
Hang onto your hats: Kristine Schmitt will knock you off your feet, then pick you up again and make you dance.