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Strike a Chord

The West End Cultural Centre presents
The Skydiggers

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Doors 7:15pm | Show 8:00pm

Tickets: $25 Advance | $30 Door
Available at the West End Cultural Centre, Ticketmaster, Music Trader and The Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store

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The Skydiggers

Skydiggers celebrate their 25th year as a band with four separate releases and a Canadian tour including a stop at the West End Cultural Centre on May 11th.
Chemistry, passion, energy and evolution are a few words that come to mind when Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson talk about twenty-five years together in Skydiggers. When the band released their eighth studio album, Northern Shore, in April of last year, it stood out as the band’s most adventurous and varied collection of songs yet.
To celebrate their silver anniversary, a series of four separate releases will be delivered each season in 2013. It kicks off with All of our Dreaming: Skydiggers Live, 1988, 2000 & 2012 which consists of three separate discs of the band captured live, twelve years apart, beginning with 1988’s Spadina Hotel, followed by 2000’s There & Back and rounded out with a DVD of 2012’s stunning performance,  Skydiggers Live at The Glenn Gould Theatre.




“It all started in the beverage room of the Spadina Hotel. That is essentially when the band came together.” says Josh. “Andy and I performed there as a duo as part of Andrew Cash’s Monday night series called Acoustic Meltdown. When Andrew released his debut album and could no longer host the night, we took it over. We put an ad in Now Magazine answered by Ron Macey, and together with Wayne Stokes and Andrew’s brother Peter Cash, who was quietly writing some amazing songs, Skydiggers were born.” 

For a band that has spent a quarter of a century together on the road and in the studio, Skydiggers are not only riding all of those years of momentum but continuing to evolve as well. According to Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson one of the keys is chemistry. “You can spend your life searching for chemistry” Andy muses. “For any relationship to remain vital and continue to grow you need chemistry. We were lucky to have found that early on with each other.
Skydiggers are continuing to map new musical territory and as they plan for their series of 2013 releases the band will be announcing some projects they have been thinking about for years.

“Now is the time” states Andy. “We have a number of projects brewing that we have talked about putting out for years and now we are going to bring some of those ideas to fruition. We want to harness this creative momentum and renewed energy that has been pushing us forward. We can’t ignore it. We need to jump on board. Now is the time.”

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