See you at Canada's Largest Ribfest!

The band is excited to be performing at Canada's Largest Ribfest on Sunday September 1 2019 at Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, on the West Stage from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. See YOU there!

Visit for more!


The Checkerboard Floors want to play music you dance to. They've been doing it for over a decade.

Other than their energy-packed live shows that have crowds singing and dancing along, nothing demonstrates the band’s creative drive more than their LP, Art Project, released independently in 2014. Hamilton Blues Lovers called it “a multi-layerd, dynamic album packed full of powerful riffs with an alt-rock touch”, where “roots, funk, alternative rock [and] classic rock are all mixed in with panache”, and Heidi Hopf of BScene described it as being “soaked in delicious tele riffs, upbeat drum tempos, smooth vocals, bouncy bass and lyrics we can all relate to”.

The Checkerboard Floors are Derek Palango (vocals, guitar), Tyler Wilson (guitar, vocals), Matt Outerson (bass, vocals), and Kevin Barrie (drums, vocals) who officially replaced founding member Rob Shorney in 2018. The group originally found themselves together through work, mutual friends, and a shared love of music in early 2009. They quickly secured gigs in local venues as a cover band, and spent the next few years refining their act, performing a wide array of covers from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Paul Simon, and more contemporary artists such as The Black Keys, The Sheepdogs, and The Tragically Hip.

Their sound could be called Alt-Rock in general terms. However, just beneath the surface, one finds evidence of their passions for the varied styles that propel their music forward, including though not limited to Blues, Funk, Motown, and Jazz.

The band is currently working on a follow up to Art Project, and continues to play shows regularly, leveraging the hits when required, and showing off their original chops whenever possible. No matter what, the rock keeps rolling.

Look for Art Project on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever you stream your music, as well as at all live performances, at Dr. Disc Hamilton, or order your own CD today!

Praise For Art Project and Checkerboard Floors

"their live show is nothing short of a blast and you are sure to find yourself humming along with songs from the album"
     -Heidi Hopf, BScene
“a multi-layerd, dynamic album packed full of powerful riffs with an alt-rock touch”
     -Hamilton Blues Lovers
"slick arrangements and crafty vocal interplay"
     -Barber Shop Podcast

Buy Art Project NOW!

Order a CD through PayPal

Buy or Stream Online


Copyright © 2018 Checkerboard Floors. Band photo by Les Palango.