Thank you Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival 

Rita Mcdade and Fusion Blues Band on Global Edmonton News


About Us


Born and raised in Edmonton, Rita’s singing career began in 1975, majoring in vocal studies at Grant McEwan College under Dr Dasha Goody. She appeared in local TV and radio specials such as CBC presentations with Tommy Banks, Edmonton Musical Theatre, Klondike Days extravaganza’s, Spirit of Edmonton in Montreal as well as various recording studio cameos.
Her first band in 1975 Sundog led to classic rock act Body Heat. By the 80’s, Rita fronted The Committee, Hidden Faces and 12:09 to name a few. She also participated in leading various church based worship teams and was involved in the Edmonton Celebration Choir that performed numerous times at the Winspear. She also glittered in the Singing Christmas Tree!  For the last 38 years, Rita’s passion of sharing her craft of singing to hundreds of students has enriched many lives including hers. 
Rita is influenced by many vocal greats like the “Bonnies” (Raitt and Bramlett), Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and currently Janiva Magness. Looking to stretch her artistic boundaries further, Rita and her present group of fabulous musicians are looking forward to recording her first EP in 2014 followed by a CD release. Music flows
through her blood. The musical adventure lives on. Rita’s a lifer!


KEVIN McDADE       Guitar/Vocals

Guitar slinging began at age 12 for Kevin.  Playing professionally since 15 years of age  his first band “Jonah” toured throughout  Saskatchewan and Alberta for 11 years.Kevin’s passion for blues kick-started in 2006  with his new wife Rita McDade. A lifelong player, educator and music industry specialist, Kevin is a 46 year music veteran. He “doesn’t like to play…He Lives to Play”!


Rollie LaMarche brings his many years of experience and eclectic style of playing bass from pop to jazz and funk to blues. You can hear his love of the instrument holding down the groove and infusing the bottom end making you want to dance to Rita McDade and the Fusion Band.



Murray has been playing professionally since the early 70’s. He joined Rita McDade forming the band Hip Pocket in 2006. Keyboards of all shapes and sizes are graced by his multi-talented hands!  He blows a pretty mean harp too!



SCOTT ALEXANDER   Piano/Keyboards/Vocals
In the distant past, Scott was a regular entertainer at some of Edmonton's finest piano lounges. Following a 30 year hiatus from performing live (life has its little distractions!), he joined The Grey Cats Blues Band fronted by Rita McDade in 2011 and hasn’t looked back!

Steve Nixon - Drummer & Percussion

STEVE NIXON   Drums/Percussion
was born in Barrie, Ontario and has been playing for over 50 years as a session drummer and recording and touring for over 42 years in Canada and the USA. Steve Nixon is also an excellent instructor and mentor for many young musicians.
  • THE SHOOZ – Beatles cover band - Ottawa, Ontario (1980 – 83)
  • M.F.C. – Original R & B band – Ottawa, Ontario (1986 – 1990) Recording Artists
  • FEEDING LIKE BUTTERFLIES – Original Alternative Rock (1991 – 1992) Canada & U.S.A. tour (Opening Act for Buddy Guy, Northern Pikes, Barney Bentall) , Recording Artists
  • SOFT – Original Alternative Rock (1996 – 1999)
  • MOVING BEARS – Original Alternative Rock (1996 -1999)
  • SMOKEY’S PLAYGROUND -  Classic Rock Cover Band (1996 – 1999)
  • RUBBER SOUL – The Canadian Beatles Tribute Touring Band (2000 – 2003)
  • SLOWBURN – Original & Classic Blues (2009 – 2011)
  • Kyler Schogen Band – Original Blues (2009 – 2013)
  • Rita McDade & The Fusion Band (2016) current

photo credit: Rob Swyrd Photography