Juno Award winning Canadian band The Strumbellas are also making their Bluesfest debut in 2017. Their hit Spirits (2016) went to #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart, is certified gold in Canada and has been streamed 55.6+ million times worldwide on Spotify with over 3.5 million monthly listeners. The song is the most played alternative single of 2016 in USA as the best performing alternative rock single. The Strumbellas got their start in 2009 with their eponymous EP release, in 2012 the band released their debut album My Father and The Hunter, the album offered a beautiful, harmonious dichotomy between melancholy heartbreak and blow-the-barn-doors-off spunk, a sound that would become synonymous with their music. In 2014 the six-piece folk rockers laid claim to the SiriusXM Indies award for Folk Group of the Year, the Ottawa Folk Festival’s Supernova Rising Star Award and nabbed the Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year. In their latest album Hope (2016), the band has harnessed a vivid alternative rock sound that was itchin’ to get out of them.