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Strike a Chord

The Bills
with Sweet Alibi

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Doors 7:15pm | Show 8:00pm

Tickets: $17 Advance | $22 Door
Available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Music Trader and The Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store

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The Bills

Don't miss Victoria BC's Folk super group, The Bills CD release party on Saturday September 15th with Sweet Alibi at the West End Cultural Centre. The Bills are back and out to save the world with optimism!

"The Bills represent everything that is good about roots music in Canada" - Hamilton Spectator
Bursting with exuberance and West Coast joie de vivre, these two-time Juno nominees and one-time WCMA Entertainers of the Year combine ebullient string arrangements, unparalleled song-craft, soaring harmonies, and spry lonesome lead vocals into songs on the new release Yes Please that celebrate the treasures of human experience – like the community halls that stitch together the fabric of Canadian life, the effervescent face of a child that makes a 4 a.m. wake-up call worthwhile, and the insanely hot peppers in producer Joby Baker’s homemade hot sauce. 
The Bills also challenge the prophets of economic and environmental doom with “Not the End,” a song that wisely proclaims, “It fell down before but it grew back again.” 
But just in case there is an apocalypse, The Bills have also hedged their bets by recording a shiny, happy tribute to the evil horticultural nemeses that will survive it:  “Blackberry, Ivy, and Broom.”
Of course, this boundless positivity, mischievous humour, and totally-over-the-top outstanding musicianship is precisely what rocketed The Bills to the forefront of the Canadian and international roots circuit in the first place.



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They’ve performed at the Kennedy Center; toured the U.K. and Scandinavia; played all the famous folk clubs, like the Ark in Ann Arbor and Freight and Salvage in Berkeley; and had their music featured on the Rough Guide’s “Music of Canada” compilation.  They’ve also received glowing reviews from the Boston Herald, Austin INsite, and Utne Reader.  They’ve performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, the fabled Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, California, and Ottawa’s B.C. Scene.

Here in Canada, they’ve played all the big festivals, sold out folk clubs – sometimes for multiple nights – earned TWO consecutive Juno nominations for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (group) and won Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Roots Recording and Entertainer of the Year … beating out Jann Arden and Michael Bublé! 

Together, the Bills have continued to “gel” as composers and lyricists, even during their absence from the touring circuit, making Yes Please their most mature and cohesive collection yet.
But don’t let that word “mature” frighten you.  This is wildly fun, original and accessible music that will inspire you to youthful fits of dancing, singing, and whatever else you do when you’re overflowing with joy.

The Bills website | musicCBC

Since their debut in the spring of 2009, Sweet Alibi has been captivating audiences with their alluring blend of soulful melody and folk/roots tradition. Playful sense of lyricism set to powerful vocal harmony set the stage for a performance which is up front and personal and instinctively compelling.

Sweet Alibi website | musicCBC


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