ROUTE 6 The Band is from Norfolk County and has had the fortune of being in the areas growing music scene for several years. The players Jayne Laidlaw lead vocals/rhythm guitar, Nicholas Vecchiola-lead vocals/harmonica, John Androvics-lead guitar, Brian Craig-keyboards,
Adam Mackenzie Reid-drums, Donny Hill-bass/backup vocals, come from a wide range of genres and experiences.
Together they entertain with blues inspired classic rock as they take their audience from soulful ballads to good old rock and roll. Route 6 is blessed with a male and a female singer which lends itself to an unexpected and exciting variety of music.
The group’s beginning took place on a Saturday night in 1965 in the front window of Madge Radio & Electric on Robinson Street. The Hi Quiz (pronounced high keys) were Dave & Ian Madge, Dave Smith and Bruce Lucas. The band changed to the Sir David Quintette in 1966 with the late Dave Madge, Ian Madge, Dave Smith, Gaetan Beaulieu and the late Terry North.
After about a year, the Federation (nicknamed the Feds) was born with Ian Madge, Dave Smith, Paul Rabbitts, Albert Mels, Tom Geddes and the late Robert Taylor. The band continued through the late sixties mainly as a quartet of Ian Madge, Dave Smith, Paul Rabbitts and Paul Hunt. For short time periods, singers Les Lunden, sisters Nina & Terry Sonnenberg and saxophone player Ken Porter (the brother of Mushy Peez keyboardist, Debbie Porter) were added. Eventually, the Feds briefly changed their name to Old Dixie with Ian Madge, Dave Smith, the late Lyle Burke and Larry Butcher who was later replaced by Bill Stolba of the Mushy Peez.
The FEDS feature original members Ian Madge on keyboards and drummer Dave Smith, along with guitarist Steve Bergevin and Paul Lachance on bass. The FEDS music is a mix of classic rock, pop & soul that covers most of the various musical genres from the greatest era of rock ‘n roll. The FEDS repertoire comes from the mid to late sixties, into the seventies and eighties and a tribute or two from the early sixties and the fifties - the birth decade of rock ‘n roll. In 2023, the FEDS are celebrating the 56th Anniversary of their founding as a band on January 7th, 1967 - Canada’s centennial year.
The Federation/The FEDS have played all over southern Ontario. They played regularly at the Delhi Belgian Club and were the house band at the Summer Garden in Port Dover, opening for some of the biggest bands of the era – including the Guess Who on August 18th, 1968. Pictures of the Federation playing at the Summer Garden are in the historical book “Port Dover. A Pictorial Journey Through 200 Years of Port Dover History.” Their picture also appears on the Summer Garden historical plaque at the foot of Walker Street.