Host: Kevin Ker

Best known as the songwriter and front-man for Markham’s Future History and Man Made Forest, Kevin’s musical influences are vast and unexpected, this can be felt in the songs he writes and performs. His lyrics are deep and ominous yet trigger powerful emotional reactions from those who engage.

In 2009, Kevin and Justin formed Future History. They released their debut EP a year later.  The 7 song, organic record featured a cameo from Human Kebab (USS) and was well received by fans and critics alike. Featured on Alan Cross’ EXPLORE Music and multiple Edge 102 showcases, it was an organic look at what this band could create..a taste of things to come.  Subsequent performances landed the band a supporting slot on the Marcy Playground tour and a “Best Live Band” nomination at the TIMA’s (Toronto Independent Music Awards)

In early 2011, Future History headed back to Chalet Studio (Rush, Barenaked Ladies) to record a full length follow up to their 2010 EP. They spent 10 months meticulously carving out a record, weaving a dystopian story-line through it’s core. The album was titled Loss:/self

As an individual Kevin has become a staple in the local music community.  He hosts four weekly open stage events at The Duchess in Markham, The Earl of Whitchurch, Main Street Bakehouse and The Unionville Arms.

Kevin wanted to connect his deep rooted passion for music, his knowledge of the music industry and his vast network of friends and artists into one active and inspired community. He wanted to build a community with the strength to make incredible things happen. Through this vision, Epidemic Music Group was officially born.

Epidemic Music Group is now a spiralling musical organism. From producing records to organizing music festivals, hosting incredible community driven open mics to putting on the longest concert in recorded history. EMG continues to grow at rapid pace.

In 2017 Kevin led a passionate community of music lovers to break a world record for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. The event lasted 437 continuous hours and raised over $90,000 for charity.

2018 has taken his vision to promote the musical culture in York Region to the next level with a seasonal compilation that highlights songwriters from York, Durham and Toronto — each compilation will be released seasonally over the course of the year. He also spearheaded the inaugural Wintersong festival – a celebration of music and community created to celebrate the Guinness record in Stouffville with an event that would capture the energy of the event for years to come.

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