Harrison Kennedy

The North Star Festival weekend will conclude with the inaugural Freedom River Cruise aboard the majestic Niagara Belle featuring Blues and Motown legend Harrison Kennedy. Join us on a musical and historical tour along the Niagara River, on the very water where many courageous freedom-seekers crossed and risked their lives to reach freedom in Canada. 

Take a walk back in time with the Lewiston Council on the Arts and experience historic reenactments of Josiah Tryon and Sally Barton Tryon, who will bring to life stories of the historic freedom crossing from Lewiston to Queenston.

In 1968, Harrison Kennedy joined the Detroit Pop group “The Chairmen of the Board" and played all the top venues including Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Soul Train, American Bandstand and England's "Top-of-the-Pops" performing the hit "Gimme Just a Little More Time." Chairmen of the Board had performances with B.B. King, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelics and more. Chairmen of the Board also performed many times at New York's famous Harlem's Apollo Theatre.


  • The Reverend John C. Holland Arts and Culture Award in 1998.

  • First JUNO: Award Nomination for best original blues album “SWEET TASTE” 2004.

  • Second JUNO Nomination for “VOICE & STORY” 2006.

  • Third JUNO Nomination for "HIGH COUNTRY BLUES" 2008

  • Fourth JUNO Nomination for  "SHAME THE DEVIL" 2012

  • 15 MAPLE BLUES Award Nominations for Best Acoustic act, Male Vocalist, producer,and writer of the year..2006-2008-2009-2010-2012

  • Won for BLUES Album of the Year at the HAMILTON MUSIC AWARDS, "Sweet Taste", "Voice/Story and "High Country Blues".

  • 1ST Runner up at the 2011 International Blues Challenge, Memphis, Tennessee 

  • Released on Electro-Fi Records, "ONE DOG BARKIN" has recieved great reviews in Bostons DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE...LIVING BLUES ... The UK's MOJO ... FRANCE'S SOUL BAG...  and Italy's IL BLUES magazines.