Jul
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Mariachi Ghost

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This show has been rescheduled from
June 26th to July 16th. All tickets purchased for
the June 26th show will be honoured
at the July 16th show.

The Mariachi Ghost releases their latest single on Wednesday, June 26th at the West End Cultural Centre

The Mariachi Ghost, from Winnipeg, Canada, summon the ghosts of old Mexico through traditional Mexican song, haunting synths and explosive guitar lines, alongside rich harmonies, commanding lead vocals and spectral dance. Their show leaps from anguish and longing to a raging fury in a heartbeat.

The band started as an art project among friends in 2009 and has since grown to an internationally acclaimed touring act. The Mariachi Ghost has played festival stages such as Interstellar Rodeo, the Pan-American Games and the Winnipeg Folk Fest mainstage. The band has performed at SXSW, Tallinn Music Week, Mundial Montreal and Breakout West.

Their self-titled debut album won the "Best World Music Album" at the Western Canadian Music Awards and received international radio play. In 2015, they collaborated with legendary film director Guy Maddin to create a music video. The band’s upcoming work “Rencor Vivo” is inspired by Pedro Páramo, the iconic work of Mexican literature that inspired the magical realism movement in Latin America. Through the story’s lens, the band explores contemporary themes of toxic masculinity, prejudice and elitism. The Mariachi Ghost is currently expanding their artistic reach with a theatre play and 360 videos as well as planning an international tour.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm


Tickets
In Advance - $15.00 (Mezzanine - $20.00)
Door - $20.00 (Mezzanine - $25.00)

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Jul
18
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - The Lockdown

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

7:00pm - Peter & The Starcatcher
9:00pm - The Right To Breathe

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

7:00pm - The Right To Breathe
8:30pm - Peter & The Starcatcher

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

6:30pm - The Right To Breathe
8:00pm - Peter & The Starcatcher

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
25
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Ripped Hat

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Jul
26
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

7:00pm - The Right To Breathe
8:30pm - Peter & The Starcatcher

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

6:30pm - The Right To Breathe
8:00pm - Peter & The Starcatcher

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Aug
1
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Andrina Turenne

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
8
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Two Crows For Comfort

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
15
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Sheena Rattai

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Dirty Catfish Brass Band

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The Dirty Catfish Brass Band’s aim is to inspire, create and instigate – but, mostly, they just want you on your feet. Undeniably tight, yet reckless as hell, The Dirty Catfish Brass Band (DCBB) deals in powerful phrasing and performances drenched with rhythm. Invoking the sounds of the New Orleans brass tradition, the collective dares to reimagine the streets of a prairie city as one that is hot, alive, and brimming with soul. Based in Winnipeg, MB, the crew strives to surprise, challenge, tickle and pay homage to the New Orleans tradition by giving it a new audience in an unsuspecting locale. In true Louisiana tradition, these boys stick to the spontaneity of festivals, alleyway performance and all around late nights. The band doesn’t ask permission to play, and the crowd certainly doesn’t ask them to stop.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm


Tickets
Advance - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00}
Door - $25.00 {Mezzanine - $30.00}



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Aug
22
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Gabriela Ocejo

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
29
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Nathaniel Good

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Sep
5
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Casati

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

Sol James

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Sol James is proud to release her sophomore EP entitled “Fighting” produced by renowned guitarist Ariel Posen at The West End Cultural Centre on September 5th, 2019. The show will celebrate this release featuring Sol James and her band of some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, showcasing James’ vocal and song-writing prowess along with special guests! It will be an evening to remember.

Winnipeg-based Sol James is a force to be reckoned with, with a voice to match. A unique take on roots/blues with a soulful flair, her music is joyful and honest, leaving audiences smiling, dancing, and celebrating the great stuff of life. Sol’s stage presence calls out to even the meekest of souls, breaking down walls and bringing the light in. She does this with a dependable dose of hilarity; You can hear a Sol James audience laughing a mile away. With a strong and agile voice that leaves audiences amazed and moved, Sol James puts on a powerful show.

“Fighting” is the anticipated follow-up to Sol’s 2012 self-titled EP. Produced with the support of Manitoba Film & Sound, it features 5 original tracks written by Sol and co-written by Winnipeg guitar gods Ariel Posen, Murray Pulver and Kris Ulrich. Recorded in July 2018 at Stereobus Recording in Winnipeg, MB, the EP showcases Sol’s growing sound, a foray from the more country sound of her first EP further into the world of roots and blues. It is her powerhouse voice that melds her sound together, all at once sweet and delicate, yet suddenly effortlessly powerful.

Sol’s voice, musicality and creative vision is in demand in the Winnipeg scene. Chances are you have seen her. She is the lead singer of both The Retro Rhythm Review and The Solutions, two bands known for slaying soul and funk hits across the city. She has toured Western Canada and opened for acts such as Suzie Vinnick, Monkey Junk, The Brothers Landreth, Red Moon Road, Jack Semple, Sweet Alibi and Anne Vriend. She has been a featured guest with The Dirty Catfish Brass Band, The Hot and Dirty Dance Party, Ariel Posen, and, EgoSpank. She has also added her voice to recording projects with the likes of Watermelon Slim, The Weber Brothers, Billy Joe Green Band, The New Customs, Logan McKillop, Elsie Morden, The Small Glories and Red Moon Road.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

Tickets

In Advance - $15.00 [Mezzanine - $20.00]
Doors - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00]

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Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Ziggy Alberts

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This show is presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
For more information, please contact 204-231-0096.


Ziggy Alberts is a singer-songwriter who gives new meaning to the term independent artist. At only 24 years old he has released five records, started his own label Commonfolk Records, played sold out tours across the world, and his music has effortlessly amassed millions of listeners, worldwide.

Musically Ziggy’s folk hewn sound has raised comparisons to the likes of early Ben Howard or Jack Johnson. Like these contemporaries, Ziggy creates honest and personal music that explore his relationships both with others and the planet – a subject close to Ziggy’s heart as a surfer and environmental enthusiast. 

In 2018, Ziggy released his fifth record ‘Laps Around The Sun’ which was premiered on Billboard Magazine and was ‘Feature Album of the Week’ on triple j. In the first week after its release, the album charted to #2 on the ARIA Australian Artist Album Charts. 

2018 also saw Ziggy embark on his ‘Laps Around The Sun World Tour’, where he officially sold out all 37 dates before the dawn of the AU/NZ leg (26,500 tickets). 

2019 is set to be Ziggy’s biggest year yet, as he continues on his world tour playing shows in Europe, UK, North America and South Africa.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm


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Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

Art d'Ecco

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The Gulf Islands of the Pacific Northwest are an enigma. The islands jut up through the brisk waters of the Pacific Ocean, and just as the likes of Vancouver and Seattle exist at the intersection of opulences both natural and manmade, the islands host multitudes in their lush, hushed red cedar and Doug Fir skyscrapers. Art d’Ecco is one such multitude: an unapologetic, inclusive rock and roll mystic in a wig and lipstick.

When d’Ecco moved into his grandmother’s cottage on one of the islands, he hadn’t planned on creating a new project. But, as it often does, circumstance charted his course. His grandmother, living with Alzheimer’s, suffered a related phenomenon called ‘sundowning,’ which triggers increased agitation and anxiety around sunset. “The only way to calm this lady down was to sit down at the piano,” says d’Ecco. He would play “Bohemian Rhapsody,” passing it off as Beethoven. After she was relocated, d’Ecco remained in the empty house where he had played as a child. Draped in memory, he gravitated toward the piano, spending the long, lonesome, quiet nights on the bench before the instrument. This is where Art d’Ecco was created.

He relocated to a new cottage, built a studio and barricaded himself with copies of Deerhunter’s Cryptograms, Bowie’s Low, and choice krautrock records. In this solitude, d’Ecco would chase tones for hours. The result is a richly-realized confluence of the ferocious spark of those trailblazers and a distinct sadness, with d’Ecco as mad scientist, stitching together these delicious fragments and animating them.

Door - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

Tickets
Advance - $15.00 [Mezzanine - $20.00]
Door - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00]


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Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Once

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Newfoundland has a storied history, and over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story.

Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. The up-tempo album opener, “I Can’t Live Without You,” reflects on women battling with self-image issues and offers wisened words to be the positive change in their own lives. The gritty guitar driven “Before The Fall” succumbs to the notion that we must accept our past and use those memories to grow. Riff rocker “Any Other Way” reflects the fact that true love accepts us at our worst but insists we do the work to be our best selves to keep it together.

On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they've always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls "perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on."

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

Tickets
Advance - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00]
Door - $25.00 {Mezzanine - $30.00}

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Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Justin Rutledge

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Justin Rutledge’s albums garner impressive amounts of critical acclaim. Between his debut, No Never Alone (2005), his sophomore release, The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006) and third album, Man Descending (2008). His fourth album Early Widows was named one of the top 50 albums of 2011 by Amazon.com Rutledge has earned 2 Juno nominations, a Galaxy Rising Star award, countless year-end critics’ picks, the title of Toronto’s Best Local Songwriter (NOW Magazine), a spot on the 2008 Polaris Prize Long List and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. Justin has shared the stage with artists such as Blue Rodeo, Dolly Parton, Martha Wainwright and Great Lake Swimmers.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

Tickets
Advance $23.00 [Mezzanine - $27.00]
Door - $27.00 [Mezzanine - $32.00)


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Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Daniel Champagne

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“Champagne has proven that he’s a talent you can’t possibly ignore. His live shows have drawn rapturous responses from all corners”



One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au)



The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.



The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.



As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).



Daniel has accomplished all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011) ‘My Own Design’ (2009), ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), ‘Real Live’ (2012), and ‘The Heartland Hurricanes’ (2014). His latest full length release Fault Lines (2017) is available now and his new project, Satellite City EP (2018) is comprised of three singles, Satellite City, Indigo, and The Great Divide, all out now.



A review of his two Gypsy Moon releases said the following: ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore’ – Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine



Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.


Door - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm


Tickets
Advance - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00]
Door - $25.00 [Mezzanine - $30.00]


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Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

Old Man Luedecke

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Easy Money picks up where Old Man Luedecke’s award winning, and most successful release to date, Domestic Eccentric (2015), leaves off: four years farther down the road, dreaming about his ship coming in, still a parent but now grappling with the newness of middle age, dad jokes, love for an abiding partner, the death of a parent, along with some calypso-feeling local Nova Scotia history thrown in for good measure.

Composition and recording were both begun at the Banff Centre’s songwriter-in-residence program. It was there that Luedecke met the album’s producer Howard Bilerman of Montreal’s famed Hotel2Tango studio where the album was eventually recorded. The two hit it off when Luedecke composed “Easy Money” on the tracking floor on the first day of the program. Desperate for something worthy to use in his recording time, Luedecke channeled a traditional Christmas number he knew from a Harry Belafonte record and sang largely improvised verses into a winning tune that is sure to be a modern classic: Oh yes I need it, Oh yes I want it, I dream about easy, I dream about Easy money.” Don’t we all.

The further nine new original compositions and two covers run a modern storytelling line from the fifties folk and calypso boom into the everyday of tangible middle life. Guest appearances by long-time collaborator and Grammy award-winning Tim O’Brien, Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas, and Fats Kaplin (Jack White, John Prine) add piquant accents to the impeccable playing of Luedecke and a crack Montreal studio band of Mike O’Brien, Joshua Toal and Jamie Thompson.

The album begins with three upbeat incantations of what is surely the beginnings of a mid-life crisis (Dad Jokes? Wakeup Call, come on!) then moves to 2 songs musing about death; both inspired in part and in different ways, by the passing of Luedecke’s father, the passing of Leonard Cohen and current politics and the death of truth. There are two island-themed numbers that imagine a laid-back life in the local un-tropical paradise of the Canadian Maritimes. Then comes a country song with killer fiddling and harmony singing by Tim O’Brien, a dance number of frightful worry and then a cover of Nana Mouskouri’s French language cover of Bob Dylan’s topical apocalyptic plaint, “Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”. This is followed by a traditional sea shanty about a mermaid and a shipwreck. The album closer, “‘I Skipped a Stone”, is the most beautiful song about hoping your wife will pick up the phone. The song is made all the sweeter by the special appearance of Bahamas’ playing and singing, to close out Luedecke’s sixth full length studio album.

Door - 7:15pm
Show - 8;00pm

Tickets
Advance - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00]
Door - $25.00 [Mezzanine - $30.00]


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Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

Alex Cuba

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Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. Born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba, was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father’s (respected guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes) group of 24 guitarists. Alex then went on to study electric and upright bass and touring and recording nationally and internationally. In 1999, Alex moved to Victoria, B.C where he recorded an album titled Morumba Cubana alongside his twin brother Adonis, as The Puentes Brothers. Alex then went on to record his solo debut album Humo De Tobaco in which earned him a Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2006. In 2007, Alex released Agua Del Pozo which also earned him another Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2008. From there, Alex released his third album, a self-titled project Alex Cuba in 2009.

The album features his first ever English track titled “If You Give Me Love”. The album gained recognition on an international level. In 2010, Alex took home the award for Best New Artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, where it was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album. It also followed a nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and in 2011 Alex took home a BMI Latin Award for his songwriting on Nelly Furtado’s #1 Spanish hit “Manos Al Aire”. In 2012, Alex released his fourth album Ruido En El Sistema, which Alex received his second Socan Hagood Hardy Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz and World Music. He also won his second Latin Grammy Award – this time as a songwriter, alongside co-writer Yoel Henriquez received the award for Best Tropical Song for the Milly Quezada’s single, “Toma Mi Vida”. In 2013, he again brought home a Latin Grammy for the video “Eres Tu“ from Ruido En El Sistema, a video produced entirely in his hometown of Smithers.

Alex Cuba’s 5th studio album, Healer, was recorded in New York, USA and Victoria, Canada, using a live rhythm section, trading in horns for guitars and vocal harmonies. With five duets with singer songwriters, four being Canadian, Ron Sexsmith, David Myles, Alejandra Ribera and Kuba Oms as well as New Yorker Anya Marina, it is an upbeat, acoustic soul album full of optimism and reality as Alex always has a silver lining on melancholy of any form. The album won a Latin Grammy for best Singer-songwriter and nominated for a Grammy as best Latin Pop in 2016.

In 2017, Alex completed his 6th album Lo Unico Constante, beginning in Spain and passing through Montreal to record a single with Jean Massicotte. Then meeting up with the rhythm section from Healer in Baker Studios to record and mix 12 songs that delve deeper into Alex’s songwriting roots, focusing on nylon string guitar and upright bass. Looking at the filin movement in Cuba of the forties that fused jazz and trova together with emotional but not sad lyrical content. Music that influenced his writing style to this day. The first single with both Spanish and French versions, produced by Jean Massicotte, Todas Las Cabezas Estan Locas/Dans La Folie De L’Amour was released February 17th, 2017, with an album impact date of April 7th, 2017.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

TIckets
Advance - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00}
Door - $25.00 [Mezzanine - $30.00}


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Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Winnipeg Jazz Festival - Curtis Nowosad

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The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival presents:

Curtis Nowosad Quartet
with guests

Nearly 100 years after the Harlem Renaissance shook the world, there’s a whole new cultural and spiritual awakening in that corner of the jazz world. A key player in galvanizing this fresh and dynamic sense of cultural awareness, drummer/composer Curtis Nowosad has been a major force in The Harlem Sessions, organized by renowned pianist Marc Cary.

Having made his home in Harlem since 2013, the 31-year-old Winnipeg native emerges as a powerful musical force for social justice on a groundbreaking self-titled jazz- and blues-driven collection that illuminates past and present history while creating some profound history of its own. Co-produced with Cary, it is his first collection to feature the explosive and intuitive chemistry of his NY-based ensemble that has held court in NYC everywhere from Smalls to The Jazz Standard and full-week residencies at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Curtis laid the foundation for this current release with two previous critically acclaimed collections, his debut The Skeptic & the Cynic and the WCMA-winning and Juno-nominated Dialectics, which made DownBeat magazine’s “Best of 2015” list.

Curtis has played in the bands of Philip Harper, Craig Harris, rising star saxophonist Braxton Cook, and Marc Cary (with the last two making major contributions to the album) while headlining major jazz festivals in Canada and the U.S. He has also performed with four NEA Jazz Masters: Candido Camero, Dave Liebman, Jimmy Owens, and Kenny Barron. He currently serves on Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege jazz faculty and is an endorser of Canopus Drums.

Tickets
Floor - $25.00
Mezzanine - $30.00

Tickets available through the Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

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Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Winnipeg Jazz Festival - Colin Linden

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The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival presents:

Colin Linden
with Dylan MacDonald

Of how many artists can it be said that they’re still getting better, 33 years into their recording career? Colin Linden can certainly be considered a member of that select club, based on "From the Water," the 11th solo album in a storied career that has also featured his work on literally hundreds of other records. At last count, the total number of albums on which he has played stood at over 300, while at least 70 albums bear the “Produced by Colin Linden” credit.

Linden is a genuine Renaissance man of roots music. He’s a singer and songwriter of great skill, an in-demand and prolific record producer (Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James), a sideman to the stars as guitarist for the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and, for the past decade, a member of the highly successful trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

Colin’s songs have been covered by The Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Keb’ Mo’, and Colin James, and his well-stocked trophy case includes seven Juno Awards, multiple Maple Blues Awards, and a Toronto Arts Award. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for the star-studded A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf CD, and was involved in the ground-breaking O Brother, Where Art Thou? phenomenon. Linden has a well-deserved reputation as a slide guitar virtuoso of real originality, and his riveting slide work can be heard on successful albums from such artists as Cassandra Wilson, The Rankin Family, and Whitey Johnson, as well as on his own sizeable solo catalogue.

Tickets
Floor - $25.00
Mezzanine - $30.00

Tickets available through the Jazz Winnipeg Festival.

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Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Ricky Rickson

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Ricky Rickson (Ricky Makwe Basilepo) was born on July 4, 1986 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He speaks French, Swahili, Lingala and English – Singer / Songwriter and keyboards.

In early 1996 at the age of nine Ricky was injured during the war where his injuries left him blind. Even though Ricky has had some major hardships and suffering in his life, it is easy to see how truly passionate and determined he is to live life to its fullest and how he wants to share this zeal for life with others through his music.

He eventually moved from his home country to South Africa where his passion and love of music became the driving ambition in his life. Ricky started his music career in his new home country by touring with a band, playing festivals and recording.

Although things were better in South Africa, he still felt the desire to follow his heart and do everything he could to make the move to Canada. With their knowledge of Ricky’s musical talent and his desire to work in this industry, the UN was able to make it possible for him move to Winnipeg where he now calls home.

Now that Ricky is in Winnipeg, he feels that he has the opportunity to truly explore his creativity. His music takes influence from Reggae (such as South Africa’s Lucky Dube), African Rhumba and international pop (such as Phil Collins and Michael Jackson). Dance is an important part of Ricky’s performance and experience of music (he himself dances and he also likes to have dancers as part of his live show).

Ricky is looking to give people something fresh and different. He wants to move people with his music, and also understands that the visual element of a performance is just as important as the sound. “People understand now (that) the blind can play music and play keyboards and sing, and yea its normal,” says Ricky, “but I want to show people something different... I want to show that people who are blind can do anything they put their minds to.”

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

Tickets - $20.00


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Jun
8
12:00 PM12:00

Ellice Street Festival

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Spring has sprung in West Central and we’re gearing up for the 20th Annual Ellice Street Festival! Come out and celebrate our community on June 7th and 8th with the West End Cultural Centre and friends!

 We’ll be kicking off the festivities on Friday, June 7th with a free event in the WECC’s Ventura Hall at 8:00PM, featuring our friends from Sunshine House! Come see our space, play some BINGO with the fabulous drag queens of the Sunshine Bunch and win some great prizes generously donated by neighbourhood businesses, and hear West Central favourites JD and the Sunshine Band.

On Saturday, June 8th, we’ll be enjoying the weather and each other’s company outside all afternoon from 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Ellice Avenue between Sherbrook and Langside Streets. We are thrilled to announce our outdoor music lineup of The Lion’s Den (raucous and fun-filled family entertainment from the two Daniels of Red Moon Road), Girls Rock Winnipeg (camper bands from Girls Rock and Adult Rock Camps), Mulligrub (upbeat emo garage pop trio), Super Duty Tough Work (seven-piece hip hop supergroup), and Indian City (award winning Indigenous folk-pop band created by Vince Fontaine, founder of Eagle & Hawk)! These local bands will provide a soundtrack for all ages for the afternoon which also includes craft making, face painting, a kid’s play area, wandering performers, a merchant village largely composed of area residents, community tables, a BBQ, and more!

Consider this your invitation to join in the fun and celebration of our community. We’re so looking forward to this unofficial kickoff to summer and the chance to relax outdoors and enjoy our neighbours’ company. Volunteers are always welcome!

Friday

8:00pm - Social Circus
8:15pm - Dragqueen Bingo
9:30pm - JD & The Sunshine Band

Saturday

12:00pm – Opening Ceremonies 
12:15pm – The Lion’s Den 
1:00pm – Girls Rock Winnipeg 
1:15pm – Mulligrub 
2:00pm – Girls Rock Winnipeg 
2:15pm – SUPER DUTY TOUGH WORK 
3:00pm – Shanley Spence 
3:15pm - Indian City 

For more information or to get involved, please contact Jessee at the West End Cultural Centre at community@wecc.ca or (204)783-6918. Looking forward to seeing you here at the West End Cultural Centre and on Ellice Avenue!

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Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Ellice Street Festival

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Spring has sprung in West Central and we’re gearing up for the 20th Annual Ellice Street Festival! Come out and celebrate our community on June 7th and 8th with the West End Cultural Centre and friends!

 We’ll be kicking off the festivities on Friday, June 7th with a free event in the WECC’s Ventura Hall at 8:00PM, featuring our friends from Sunshine House! Come see our space, play some BINGO with the fabulous drag queens of the Sunshine Bunch and win some great prizes generously donated by neighbourhood businesses, and hear West Central favourites JD and the Sunshine Band.

On Saturday, June 8th, we’ll be enjoying the weather and each other’s company outside all afternoon from 12:00PM to 4:00PM on Ellice Avenue between Sherbrook and Langside Streets. We are thrilled to announce our outdoor music lineup of The Lion’s Den (raucous and fun-filled family entertainment from the two Daniels of Red Moon Road), Girls Rock Winnipeg (camper bands from Girls Rock and Adult Rock Camps), Mulligrub (upbeat emo garage pop trio), Super Duty Tough Work (seven-piece hip hop supergroup), and Indian City (award winning Indigenous folk-pop band created by Vince Fontaine, founder of Eagle & Hawk)! These local bands will provide a soundtrack for all ages for the afternoon which also includes craft making, face painting, a kid’s play area, wandering performers, a merchant village largely composed of area residents, community tables, a BBQ, and more!

Consider this your invitation to join in the fun and celebration of our community. We’re so looking forward to this unofficial kickoff to summer and the chance to relax outdoors and enjoy our neighbours’ company. Volunteers are always welcome!

Friday

8:00pm - Social Circus
8:15pm - Dragqueen Bingo
9:30pm - JD & The Sunshine Band

Saturday

12:00pm – Opening Ceremonies 
12:15pm – The Lion’s Den 
1:00pm – Girls Rock Winnipeg 
1:15pm – Mulligrub 
2:00pm – Girls Rock Winnipeg 
2:15pm – SUPER DUTY TOUGH WORK 
3:00pm – Shanley Spence 
3:15pm - Indian City 

For more information or to get involved, please contact Jessee at the West End Cultural Centre at community@wecc.ca or (204)783-6918. Looking forward to seeing you here at the West End Cultural Centre and on Ellice Avenue!

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Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

Half Moon Market

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It’s springtime in the West End! Enjoy free admission, buskers, a bartender and a lot of local love. 35+ local artisans.

The Half Moon Market enjoys its 2nd hurrah at the West End Cultural Centre. Bike on over and meet some local artisans who like to think outside the craft box. Free admission as always.

Cherry Bomb Designs
Silver Renaissance
Sunny Thistle Crochet
Swai Designs
Blackbird Designs
Crunchy Toba Granola
Plant Power Foods
Helpful Beans
Yurkowski Family Farm
LonelyCloud Art and Miniatures
Salvaged
Cooks Creek Kimchi
North Star Tea Co
Mighty Sparrow
Love Your Buns
Sam Secter Ceramics
LittleSaraSoda
Sew Dandee
1882 Fruit-Based Hot Sauce
Corkeys Crafts
Black Card Ink.
Little Gallery of Big Messes
Jacked up Jill Coffee
Happy Universe Studio
Whimsical Windows and Words
Scott A. Ford
Ruff Stuff
The Placeholder Show
Shandra MacNeill
Juniper & Black
Ndn Diva Crafts
WolseleyCraft
Glass and Earth by Mr. Gnomekiller
It Makes Scents
Logan’s Lab
Shiver Soaps
Leotto Designs

For more information, please visit www.halfmoonmarketwpg.com

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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Ivy Operation

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The 30th Anniversary of the Operation Ivy LP

Featuring:
The Ivy Operation

Doing 20+ Op Ivy Classics

With Guests: The Farrell Bros. & Quagmire


California's Bay Area was home to many seminal punk bands.  One of the most influential being iconic ska-punks, Operation Ivy, who blended thrashy punk rock, second wave ska and socio-political lyrics to create something that hadn't yet been heard in 1987.  Though, co-founders Tim Armstrong & Matt Freeman found broader success with their 90's outfit, Rancid, it was Operation Ivy who laid the framework for a whole era of angsty ska-punk. Jesse Michael's lyrics of social justice and unity among divisive times that made the band just as poignant today as they were three decades ago.

Here in Winnipeg, a cast of local who's-whos unite to pay tribute to Operation Ivy upon the 30th anniversary of the band's epic 27-song self titled LP, put out just months before they disbanded - calling it quits after just two years.

"We had done a couple of gigs nearly a decade ago.  The response was overwhelming.  The amount of energy a room can hold while those songs are performed live really depicts the level of impact this band had on the world," states singer Johannes Lodewyks (SubCity Dwellers, Noble Thiefs) as he recalls the tribute gig his band (deemed "The Ivy Operation") played to a sold out Royal Albert Arms in the summer of 2010.  "It's time again to throw back to the band that brought us all to where we are now."

Lodewyks is joined by fellow Kids on Fire bandmate, Leif Gobeil (Vibrating Beds), on bass, Slow//Steady frontman, Dylan James, on drums and country troubadour, Greg Arcade playing the part of Tim Armstrong.

The night will be rounded out by twenty-seven-year-running rockabilly act, The Farrell Bros., and grit'n'roll punks, Quagmire.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

Tickets
Advance - $12.00 [Mezzanine - $17.00]
Door - $17.00 [Mezzanine - $22.00]


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May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Sonic Ambassador

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Sonic Ambassador, School of Rock Winnipeg's House Band, is going on tour this summer! Along with shows throughout the mid-western US, they will make a stop at the world famous Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, WI where they'll be sharing the stage with Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, 3 Doors Down and the Zach Brown Band.

 Every year the School of Rock House Band, representing the best of our students, play throughout the city and North America at numerous benefits, festivals (music or non-music), block parties, sporting events and any event where live music is provided. Students must audition to be selected for this exclusive band, which performs a mix of great Modern, Classic, Alternative and Pop Rock songs from a variety of eras and styles. Our set list currently includes songs from The Trews, The Glorious Sons, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Marianas Trench, Guns N’ Roses, The Tragically Hip, KISS, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Green Day and many more great bands.

 A School of Rock performance is an amazing thing to watch. Our students bring the ROCK harder than most professional bands and musicians they share stages with. They enchant older Rock fans with their musical skill while mesmerizing younger audiences with their infectious exuberance. They are able to win over any crowd in front of them.

 Sonic Ambassador is taking over the West End Cultural Centre, located at 586 Ellice Avenue, on Wednesday, May 22nd to raise money for their trip. Along with great live music, there will also be a 50/50 raffle as well as a silent auction at the concert with some amazing prizes!

 Opening acts that night will be the School of Rock Grad Band and very special guests Lincoln Middle School!

Tickets are $20 and available for advance purchase at the school. Student Tickets are available for $10 and you can also purchase donation tickets for $10 if you are unable to attend.

Doors - 6;00pm
Show - 6:30pm

Tickets
Advance - $20.00
Students - $10.00


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May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Greg MacPherson

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With close to a thousand performances in his rear-view mirror, MacPherson returns to Winnipeg's West End Cultural Centre on May 16, the venue that hosted his first show back in May of 1994. This will be a celebration of 25 years of music, with new, unreleased material and a retrospective performance of select songs from his ten critically acclaimed studio albums.

Three-time Polaris Music Prize nominee Greg MacPherson has been releasing albums and touring North America and Europe since the late 1990s. Often dubbed 'Canada's answer to Bruce Springsteen', he is a class-conscious artist and a tireless performer, captivating audiences with an exceptional stage presence and a blistering voice.That's where the 'Boss' comparisons end. MacPherson is great for reasons that are exclusively his own. His music is rarely nostalgic, never pandering, and there's an undeniable influence of punk and post rock. In a world that values conformity and repetition, MacPherson has spent twenty years choosing urgency and artistry over the commercial objectives of a 'niche sound'. This has confounded those listeners who 'want the same thing every time' but it continues to be the quality that is most impressive when viewing his full body of work. Few performers have remained as steadfastly committed to always improving, always exploring new territory.

The Nova Scotia born, Winnipeg-based MacPherson has toured the US with hardcore bands like Propagandhi, opened for multiple, Juno-winning rock bands across Western Canada, played main stages at folk music festivals in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands; he's a veteran of bars, basement shows, house concerts, and in-stores.

Doors - 7:15pm
Show - 8:00pm

Tickets

In Advance - $17.00 [Mezzanine - $22.00]
Door - $22.00 [Mezzanine - $27.00]


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May
14
8:00 PM20:00

Jenn Grant

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Jenn Grant expands to a galactic realm never before explored by the songwriter with Paradise. While Grant’s 2014 JUNO twice nominated (Songwriter & Contemporary Album of the Year) Compostela, focused on Jenn’s own personal experience of loss, this time Grant points the compass towards the epic and intimate and explores a new depth of sound.

“I wanted to explore new soundscapes,” Grant explains when describing how piano came to be the primary song-writing instrument. Grant created new shapes and colours with an array of new instrumentation and song collaboration with producer Daniel Ledwell. “I thought about my singing much more. I feel like I am a completely different artist from when I began performing. I don't feel like I really heard my own voice until recently.

Paradise feels personal and emotive, but it was born from a vantage point of watching as the world flexes amidst great joy and sorrow. Through her lyrics, Grant tells us of the world she watches from a distance, touching on global themes like love, growth, faith, longing, sex, death and reinvention.

With the International success of Compostela, Grant spent three years touring the world and playing to over 300 audiences, both festivals and in concert settings with sold out shows from London to Vancouver. Finally coming off the road, Grant retreated to the secluded studio by her home in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. What emerged was Paradise- an album that sees a new dimension in Grant’s songwriting with new depths of sonic beauty and melodic landscapes, touching upon balladry, R&B and electronic music along the way.

Paradise’s songs reach out with world-weary awareness, that’s most evident on lead single “Galaxies,” a song that is the aural equivalent of star-gazing. “I pictured people standing at the edge of the earth, hands outstretched, asking, ‘What is bigger than us, than any of this?’” Grant says.

Jenn Grant’s voice and songwriting has been celebrated the world over by critics and industry alike. Described as one of the 'best singers in the world' by her ongoing collaborator, Buck 65 (CA), “captivating' by The Line Of Best Fit (UK), and “work of a painter born in paradise” by The Sydney Morning Herald (AU).

Doors @ 7:15pm
Show @ 8:00pm

Tickets
In Advance - $20.00 [$25.00 for Mezzanine]
Door - $25.00 [$30.00 for Mezzanine]

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