Justin Hewitt & The Temps

Justin Hewitt & The Temps, the name coined from the expectation of a group of friends getting together to play a handful of gigs, has grown into a respectfully long tenure as one of Victoria’s premier party bands. A house act at the very comprable Irish Times Pub, with stand ins at the Bard & Banker Public House, the Temps are a collection of seasoned players each with travelled histories in the music industry. As working musicians they pride themselves on their professionalism. As friends they value the importance of having fun. At MusicFest, they will feature Justins original music as well as some of their famous covers!

Justin Hewitt
Justin Hewitt (Vocals and Guitar) has been combining his love for music with his passion for technology since an early age. His solo career has earned him top spots in New Music West (2008), The International Songwriters Competition (2008), The Independent Music World Series (Semi-Finalist 2008), and most recently, (2011), he was a finalist in the Mount Doug Idol Competition where he performed with David Foster. His video for Close your Eyes, from his self named album has been played on Much Music, and Bravo.

Rick May
Rick May (Bass) has worked, toured live, and recorded with so many wonderful artists. In his career, he has shared his great talent with the likes of Andy Summers (Police), Barney Bentall, Mae Moore, Neil Osborne, Taj Mahal, Sass Jordan, Rickie Lee Jones and Michael Jackson.Rick also owns and operates the successful Pro Jam Spaces Studios in Victoria. “It has always been Rick’s goal to provide a creative and quality controlled environment for the multitudes of local Victoria musicians trying to perfect their live show, write new material, prepare for an upcoming recording session or just have some fun.” – A sound representation of his contributions to the music community.

Murray Creed
Murray Creed is the owner and instructor of Groove Studios here in Victoria and is the author of five instruction drum books as part of the ‘Groove Evolution’ series. He has played with Fine Tooth Combine, Triple Sow Cow, Thin King, Fast Jacket, Vince Vaccaro and Honeyloaf to name a few. Murray performs drum clinics and master classes around Vancouver Island and is the founder and chief operator of the Victoria Drum Fest.

Josh Szczepanowski
Josh Szczepanowski (Lead Guitar and Vocals) made the foolish decision to become a musician ten years ago and is still struggling along with it. He works regularly in the BC music scene in various projects as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. His main project Men Against the Sea just finished their first album, and when he’s not playing guitar for the indie noise-rockers Black Valley Gospel you can see him as the lead singer, and lead guitarist, for the critically acclaimed group PIGS: Canada’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute Act.