Edmonton's Favorite Party Band


Made up of five musicians, this Edmonton party band not only grooves together during gigs but in life. Most of the members have been friends for over ten years and have traveled and performed in various places around the world. This is what sets them apart from any other band; they truly love what they do and who they do it with!


Five on the Side offer a wide repertoire of music including country, rock and pop. Their playlists consist of songs from all different eras including the 60’s through to some of today’s chart toppers. Their style is dependent on what you want. The performance and playlist can be tailored to your specifications. You want a country hoe down, a classic rock dance night or a mixture of a bit of everything, Five on the Side is the band for your wedding or corporate party.

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The Era of KENT!!

If you’ve followed our facebook page, you’ve noticed someone new showing up in our pictures and videos.  We are super excited to introduce you all to Kent Shores, our new guitar player/backing vocalist.  In the fall one of our founding members, Dawson Walker, decided he was wanting to pursue some other projects and although we will still continue to have Dawson on stage with us from time to time, we were needing a more permanent member.  Thus…… The Era of Kent begins.  Keep your eyes on the website as his bio and pic will be there soon.

We are a Finalist

WE HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!!  Five on the Side is one of the finalists in the “Live Entertainment – Bands” Category of the Edmonton Event Awards.  With so many amazing and outstanding bands in Edmonton, this comes as a big surprise and an even bigger honour.  We will find out the results on March 15/2018 at the Awards Ceremony, but regardless of the outcome we are very excited to have made it this far.



Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
The Monkeys – I’m A Believer
The Beatles – Back In the USSR
Blues Traveler – Secret Agent Man
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ABBA – Mamma Mia
Doucette – Mamma Let Him Play
Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright
Boney M – Rasputin
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Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
The Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited
Tina Turner – Jumpin Jack Flash
Bon Jovi – Livin On A Prayer
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Bryan Adams – When You’re Gone
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
Sheryl Crow – All I Wanna Do
Cardigans – Love Fool
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Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Katy Perry – California Gurls
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
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Garth Brooks – Ain’t Going Down
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band L – Cadillac Ranch
Keith Urban – Jeans On
Sara Evans – Suds In The Bucket
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FOTS Mountain

A short movie trailer from a trip to Lake Louise and Banff in the spring of 2018.

The Band

Sarah Kowalevsky

Sarah Kowalevsky


Sarah was born in Winnipeg, MB. In 1999 Sarah and Justin moved to Edmonton and she began to study voice at Grant MacEwan. After graduation, Sarah, Justin, Derek and Josh began to tour on cruise ships performing as the group Blue Fondue which retired in 2004. Sarah and Justin have established roots in Edmonton, AB with their two children. She currently is employed with the University of Alberta Executive Education as a Program Advisor.

Dawson Walker

Dawson Walker


Dawson hails from the home of the Manning Moose! Dawson met the rest of Five on the Side at Grant MacEwan fine tuning his guitar skills. Prior to joining the band, Dawson played in various bands as a freelance artist. He joined Five on the Side as lead guitar and baritone vocal and now resides in Edmonton, AB with his wife and two boys. He owns the Extra Foods Gas Bar in Devon, AB.

Josh Mellott

Josh Mellott


Josh is the only band member that is a true home grown Edmontonian! He has been playing piano all of his life and enjoys all styles. Josh also is a fellow graduate of the Grant Macewan music program, earning his tassel in 2003. After graduation he joined the other members of Blue Fondue for two contracts on the high seas. In addition to entertaining clients with Five on the Side he is employed with Westkey Graphics.

Derek Vokins

Derek Vokins


Derek is originally from the border city of Lloydminster, AB and is another hometown superstar. He joined Blue Fondue in 2002 and travelled the high seas until the band retired to land in 2004. Derek was also a part of the Grant MacEwan music program and focused his study on the bass. Derek enjoys working at ATCO Gas and lives in Edmonton with his wife.

Justin Kowalevsky

Justin Kowalevsky


Justin, a budding drummer from the age of 13 comes from a small town named Swan River, MB. In 1999 Justin moved to Edmonton to attend Grant MacEwan’s music program. Upon graduation he and Sarah started their cruise ship adventures with Blue Fondue from 2001 to 2004. Now Justin lives with his wife Sarah and two kids in Edmonton, AB. Justin is the band leader for Five on the Side and is an electrician for Territorial Electric.

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