Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Ego Spank presents: Al Simmons

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Co-curated by the band and WECC Artistic Associate Kerri Stephens, Ego Spank presents: is an new concert series featuring one of Winnipeg's best bands backing up superstar artists. 


Al Simmons’ one-man, multi-prop, music-filled, off the wall performances have elevated audiences world-wide to collective giggles and all-out guffaws. At once childlike in its simplicity and sophisticated in its execution, Al’s humour touches a responsive chord in people of every age.

Vaudeville’s half-century run of popularity may have died back in the 1940's, but don’t try to tell that to Al Simmons or the crowds of fans that have packed theatres across North America to see him. Into the tradition of the great comedy kings--Danny Kaye, Spike Jones and Jimmy Durante--comes Al Simmons, ­ a man dedicated to the all but lost art of combining comedy with song, dance, magic, and sight-gags. The end result is plenty of good-natured fun in a one-man variety show.

In the entertainment business since 1970, the popular Manitoba-based children’s performer is likely Canada’s most versatile comedian.  He puts on a funfest, full of bizarre gadgets, wild costumes, unique songs, crazy vaudeville-inspired routines and of course bad puns.

It's as if he was genetically engineered for comedy. From his distant Romanian and Scottish ancestors Al has inherited a quick wit, lanky legs, large flipper like feet and a rubber face. His father, a charismatic magazine salesman and would be performer, spent many hours telling tall tales and re-enacting old vaudeville routines in their living-room.  Al's Mom taught the budding young vaudevillian the genteel art of punning, silly songs and magic tricks. But the most important thing that his parents taught him was how to use his talents to do good and bring happiness to the world without hurting anyone.   His extended family was made up of punsters, pranksters and eccentrics, including Al's Uncle Nick, who toured Eastern Canada as Steamboat Harris, best known for playing a ukulele made out of a toilet seat!

Al’s debut album "Something’s Fishy at Camp Wiganishie" earned a Juno nomination for best Children’s Album. His follow up recording was a brilliant ode to vaudeville, "Celery Stalks at Midnight". It won the 1995 Juno Award and the 1996 U.S. Parents’ Choice Award. "The Truck I Bought From Moe", his third album, garnered a Juno nomination and a Parents’ Choice Award. He is an author; “Counting Feathers,” his illustrated children’s book, was short-listed for the McNally-Robinson Book of the Year in 1997. He received a coveted Cable Ace Award nomination for his music video "I Collect Rocks," which is also the title track of his brand new DVD that contains 6 of his wacky music videos and features his Horse-cycle “Ol’ Spoke”.

Al has won a Juno Award (The Canadian equivalent to a Grammy), he’s a Member of the Order of Manitoba, the recipient of the Winnipeg Symphony’s Golden Baton for Artistic Achievement. He was a gold medal winner at the 2005 World Championship Zuccini Race, and a restaurant in his hometown named a hotdog after him.

Al and his wife Barbara have been married since 1976 and live in harmony and pandemonium near the small Manitoba town of Anola. They have three sons, Karl, Will, and Brad, and four granddaughters, Ashley, Kaitlin, Marley and Clover. Their home, built around two train cars, is equipped with a fire-pole that connects an upstairs prop-shop with a main-floor playroom lined with mattresses and filled with pillows. Their 15-acre yard is flowered with zip lines, Tarzan ropes, slides and swings.

A Creative Genius with the Soul of a Vaudevillian -Al Simmons is a one-man cast of thousands! A modern day comedy chameleon! A wizard of one-liners!

Tickets - $25.00 [$30.00 @ the door]

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Art Holm

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Art Holm is a semi-annual performance series that showcases performance artists in unconventional spaces. This spring we were in the heart of the Exchange District in the Black Lodge Studio at Winnipeg Film Group. Featured artists hannah_g, Pip Skid, and Hilary Anne Crist collectively took risks and ventured down new artistic avenues. 

For our third Art Holm we are thrilled to be at the West End Cultural Centre, in an intimate performance space you've maybe never seen! We very much hope you can be there.

WHO

Ashley Au || music
Alexandra Elliott with Hilary Anne Crist || dance
Grant Guy (ADHERE & DENY) || puppetry

WHAT

live performance

WHEN

Friday, December 14 || 8pm
Saturday, December 15 || 8pm
Sunday, December 16 || 8pm

WHERE

ACU Hall
West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue
Venue is wheelchair accessible

WHY

We want to show our work and share the evening with other performance artists from other disciplines. 

With Art Holm we are breaking down the walls of 3 theatres and pushing the stages and seats together.

HOW MUCH

$15 cash

Tickets available soon at the West End Cultural Centre or email us here at artholmseries@gmail.com to reserve, or in person from Hilary, Alex, Ashley, and Grant.

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Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Art Holm

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Art Holm is a semi-annual performance series that showcases performance artists in unconventional spaces. This spring we were in the heart of the Exchange District in the Black Lodge Studio at Winnipeg Film Group. Featured artists hannah_g, Pip Skid, and Hilary Anne Crist collectively took risks and ventured down new artistic avenues. 

For our third Art Holm we are thrilled to be at the West End Cultural Centre, in an intimate performance space you've maybe never seen! We very much hope you can be there.

WHO

Ashley Au || music
Alexandra Elliott with Hilary Anne Crist || dance
Grant Guy (ADHERE & DENY) || puppetry

WHAT

live performance

WHEN

Friday, December 14 || 8pm
Saturday, December 15 || 8pm
Sunday, December 16 || 8pm

WHERE

ACU Hall
West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue
Venue is wheelchair accessible

WHY

We want to show our work and share the evening with other performance artists from other disciplines. 

With Art Holm we are breaking down the walls of 3 theatres and pushing the stages and seats together.

HOW MUCH

$15 cash

Tickets available soon at the West End Cultural Centre or email us here at artholmseries@gmail.com to reserve, or in person from Hilary, Alex, Ashley, and Grant.

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Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Bury the Lede Live: A Holiday Podcast Spectacular

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Winnipeg Free Press writers Jen Zoratti and Erin Lebar are hosting a live holiday-themed recording of their podcast, Bury the Lede! Join them and a bunch of special guests — including Sandy Taronno (Quinzy), Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities, Weakerthans), H.U.N.K.S., Bunny, Mise en Scene and more — as they raise funds for Miracle on Mountain, the Free Press fundraising campaign in support of the Christmas Cheer Board. (Donations of non-perishable food items and toys will also be accepted at the event.)

Tickets $20.00 (all proceeds go to Miracle on Mountain)

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Dec
16
8:00 PM20:00

Art Holm

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Art Holm is a semi-annual performance series that showcases performance artists in unconventional spaces. This spring we were in the heart of the Exchange District in the Black Lodge Studio at Winnipeg Film Group. Featured artists hannah_g, Pip Skid, and Hilary Anne Crist collectively took risks and ventured down new artistic avenues. 

For our third Art Holm we are thrilled to be at the West End Cultural Centre, in an intimate performance space you've maybe never seen! We very much hope you can be there.

WHO

Ashley Au || music
Alexandra Elliott with Hilary Anne Crist || dance
Grant Guy (ADHERE & DENY) || puppetry

WHAT

live performance

WHEN

Friday, December 14 || 8pm
Saturday, December 15 || 8pm
Sunday, December 16 || 8pm

WHERE

ACU Hall
West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue
Venue is wheelchair accessible

WHY

We want to show our work and share the evening with other performance artists from other disciplines. 

With Art Holm we are breaking down the walls of 3 theatres and pushing the stages and seats together.

HOW MUCH

$15 cash

Tickets available soon at the West End Cultural Centre or email us here at artholmseries@gmail.com to reserve, or in person from Hilary, Alex, Ashley, and Grant.

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Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

Ode to Beck at the WECC

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On '1919', the West End Cultural Centre presets 'Ode To Beck At The WECC', a tribute to the brilliant artist featuring an ensemble of Winnipeg's finest musicians including Brian James, Bobby Desjarlais, Sweet Alibi, and members of Royal Canoe. This night will also include a special timely set by JP Bo Bo Bowie and a throwback to love ballad duets by Justin Lacroix and Kerji Stephens.

Tickets

$15.00 - General Admission
$20.00 - Mezzanine

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Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill


Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic play with music is given a sick new twist. Featuring an integrated cast dominated by performers with disabilities, this Threepenny Opera will make you squirm in all the right ways. Capitalism, crime and corruption never looked so good.

Presented by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre, in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre

Featuring- Prince Aponsah, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Andrea del Campo, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Joanna K. Hawkins, Ian Mikita, Deb Patterson, Jordan Sangalang, Natasha Torres-Garner, Stephen Yurkiw

Director- Arne MacPherson
Set Design- Sean E. McMullen
Costume Design- Brenda McLean
Light Design- jaymez
Production Design- Brooklyne Alexander
Music Direction- Paul De Gurse
Associate Music Direction- Renate Rossol
Choreography- Zorya Arrow
Stage Management- Jane Buttner

Fri Feb 22 7:30pm
Sat Feb 23 7:30pm*
Sun Feb 24 7:30pm
Wed Feb 27 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 28 7:30pm
Fri Mar 1 7:30pm
Sat Mar 2 2:00pm*

 *Performances with ASL Interpretation

 

Generous assistance provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Gail Asper and Deborah Gray

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Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

***This performance includes ASL Interpretation***

The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill


Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic play with music is given a sick new twist. Featuring an integrated cast dominated by performers with disabilities, this Threepenny Opera will make you squirm in all the right ways. Capitalism, crime and corruption never looked so good.

Presented by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre, in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre

Featuring- Prince Aponsah, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Andrea del Campo, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Joanna K. Hawkins, Ian Mikita, Deb Patterson, Jordan Sangalang, Natasha Torres-Garner, Stephen Yurkiw

Director- Arne MacPherson
Set Design- Sean E. McMullen
Costume Design- Brenda McLean
Light Design- jaymez
Production Design- Brooklyne Alexander
Music Direction- Paul De Gurse
Associate Music Direction- Renate Rossol
Choreography- Zorya Arrow
Stage Management- Jane Buttner

Fri Feb 22 7:30pm
Sat Feb 23 7:30pm*
Sun Feb 24 7:30pm
Wed Feb 27 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 28 7:30pm
Fri Mar 1 7:30pm
Sat Mar 2 2:00pm*

 *Performances with ASL Interpretation

 

Generous assistance provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Gail Asper and Deborah Gray

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Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill


Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic play with music is given a sick new twist. Featuring an integrated cast dominated by performers with disabilities, this Threepenny Opera will make you squirm in all the right ways. Capitalism, crime and corruption never looked so good.

Presented by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre, in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre

Featuring- Prince Aponsah, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Andrea del Campo, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Joanna K. Hawkins, Ian Mikita, Deb Patterson, Jordan Sangalang, Natasha Torres-Garner, Stephen Yurkiw

Director- Arne MacPherson
Set Design- Sean E. McMullen
Costume Design- Brenda McLean
Light Design- jaymez
Production Design- Brooklyne Alexander
Music Direction- Paul De Gurse
Associate Music Direction- Renate Rossol
Choreography- Zorya Arrow
Stage Management- Jane Buttner

Fri Feb 22 7:30pm
Sat Feb 23 7:30pm*
Sun Feb 24 7:30pm
Wed Feb 27 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 28 7:30pm
Fri Mar 1 7:30pm
Sat Mar 2 2:00pm*

 *Performances with ASL Interpretation

 

Generous assistance provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Gail Asper and Deborah Gray

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Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill


Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic play with music is given a sick new twist. Featuring an integrated cast dominated by performers with disabilities, this Threepenny Opera will make you squirm in all the right ways. Capitalism, crime and corruption never looked so good.

Presented by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre, in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre

Featuring- Prince Aponsah, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Andrea del Campo, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Joanna K. Hawkins, Ian Mikita, Deb Patterson, Jordan Sangalang, Natasha Torres-Garner, Stephen Yurkiw

Director- Arne MacPherson
Set Design- Sean E. McMullen
Costume Design- Brenda McLean
Light Design- jaymez
Production Design- Brooklyne Alexander
Music Direction- Paul De Gurse
Associate Music Direction- Renate Rossol
Choreography- Zorya Arrow
Stage Management- Jane Buttner

Fri Feb 22 7:30pm
Sat Feb 23 7:30pm*
Sun Feb 24 7:30pm
Wed Feb 27 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 28 7:30pm
Fri Mar 1 7:30pm
Sat Mar 2 2:00pm*

 *Performances with ASL Interpretation

 

Generous assistance provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Gail Asper and Deborah Gray

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Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill


Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic play with music is given a sick new twist. Featuring an integrated cast dominated by performers with disabilities, this Threepenny Opera will make you squirm in all the right ways. Capitalism, crime and corruption never looked so good.

Presented by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre, in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre

Featuring- Prince Aponsah, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Andrea del Campo, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Joanna K. Hawkins, Ian Mikita, Deb Patterson, Jordan Sangalang, Natasha Torres-Garner, Stephen Yurkiw

Director- Arne MacPherson
Set Design- Sean E. McMullen
Costume Design- Brenda McLean
Light Design- jaymez
Production Design- Brooklyne Alexander
Music Direction- Paul De Gurse
Associate Music Direction- Renate Rossol
Choreography- Zorya Arrow
Stage Management- Jane Buttner

Fri Feb 22 7:30pm
Sat Feb 23 7:30pm*
Sun Feb 24 7:30pm
Wed Feb 27 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 28 7:30pm
Fri Mar 1 7:30pm
Sat Mar 2 2:00pm*

 *Performances with ASL Interpretation

 

Generous assistance provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Gail Asper and Deborah Gray

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Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill


Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic play with music is given a sick new twist. Featuring an integrated cast dominated by performers with disabilities, this Threepenny Opera will make you squirm in all the right ways. Capitalism, crime and corruption never looked so good.

Presented by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre, in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre

Featuring- Prince Aponsah, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Andrea del Campo, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Joanna K. Hawkins, Ian Mikita, Deb Patterson, Jordan Sangalang, Natasha Torres-Garner, Stephen Yurkiw

Director- Arne MacPherson
Set Design- Sean E. McMullen
Costume Design- Brenda McLean
Light Design- jaymez
Production Design- Brooklyne Alexander
Music Direction- Paul De Gurse
Associate Music Direction- Renate Rossol
Choreography- Zorya Arrow
Stage Management- Jane Buttner

Fri Feb 22 7:30pm
Sat Feb 23 7:30pm*
Sun Feb 24 7:30pm
Wed Feb 27 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 28 7:30pm
Fri Mar 1 7:30pm
Sat Mar 2 2:00pm*

 *Performances with ASL Interpretation

 

Generous assistance provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Gail Asper and Deborah Gray

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Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

The Threepenny Opera

***This performance includes ASL interpretation***

The Threepenny Opera

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill


Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s classic play with music is given a sick new twist. Featuring an integrated cast dominated by performers with disabilities, this Threepenny Opera will make you squirm in all the right ways. Capitalism, crime and corruption never looked so good.

Presented by Sick + Twisted Theatre and AA Battery Theatre, in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre

Featuring- Prince Aponsah, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Andrea del Campo, Carlyn Graff-Czehryn, Joanna K. Hawkins, Ian Mikita, Deb Patterson, Jordan Sangalang, Natasha Torres-Garner, Stephen Yurkiw

Director- Arne MacPherson
Set Design- Sean E. McMullen
Costume Design- Brenda McLean
Light Design- jaymez
Production Design- Brooklyne Alexander
Music Direction- Paul De Gurse
Associate Music Direction- Renate Rossol
Choreography- Zorya Arrow
Stage Management- Jane Buttner

Fri Feb 22 7:30pm
Sat Feb 23 7:30pm*
Sun Feb 24 7:30pm
Wed Feb 27 7:30pm
Thurs Feb 28 7:30pm
Fri Mar 1 7:30pm
Sat Mar 2 2:00pm*

 *Performances with ASL Interpretation

 

Generous assistance provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Gail Asper and Deborah Gray

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Mar
6
8:00 PM20:00

Jeremy Dutcher

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This show is presented in partnership with the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Performer, composer, activist, musicologist — these roles are all infused into his art and way of life. His music, too, transcends boundaries: unapologetically playful in its incorporation of classical influences, full of reverence for the traditional songs of his home, and teeming with the urgency of modern-day struggles of resistance.

A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Jeremy first did music studies in Halifax before taking a chance to work in the archives at the Canadian Museum of History, painstakingly transcribing Wolastoq songs from 1907 wax cylinders. “Many of the songs I'd never heard before, because our musical tradition on the East Coast was suppressed by the Canadian Government’s Indian Act.” Jeremy heard ancestral voices singing forgotten songs and stories that had been taken from the Wolastoqiyik generations ago.

As he listened to each recording, he felt his own musical impulses stirring from deep within. Long days at the archives turned into long nights at the piano, feeling out melodies and phrases, deep in dialogue with the voices of his ancestors. These “collaborative”compositions, collected together on his debut LP Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, are like nothing you’ve ever heard. Delicate, sublime vocal melodies ring out atop piano lines that cascade through a vibrant range of emotions. The anguish and joy of the past erupt fervently into the present through Jeremy’s bold approach to composition and raw, affective performances enhanced by his outstanding tenor techniques.

“I'm doing this work because there's only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left,” he says. “It's crucial for us to make sure that we're using our language and passing it on to the next generation. If you lose the language, you're not just losing words; you're losing an entire way of seeing and experiencing the world from a distinctly indigenous perspective.”

Tickets go on sale November 30th.

For tickets, please contact the Winnipeg Folk Festival at 204-231-0096 or purchase tickets online through Ticketmaster here.

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Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers

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This show is presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. As he releases his second album, he's already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. It's no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous. But looks are deceiving; once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world. 

Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His new album, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Caplan's leading the way.

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Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

William Prince ***SOLD OUT***

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This show is presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
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William Prince is JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter whose music is full of emotionally charged experiences that linger in memories. Raised on the PeguisFirst Nation of Manitoba, Canada, William has been honing his craft since the age of nine when he first picked up the guitar and piano. His biggest inspirations include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and most significantly, his preacher and musician father. 

Recorded in just ten days throughout 2015, William alongside producer/collaborator Scott Nolan, created his full-length debut album, Earthly Days. He garnered honours such as “Aboriginal Artist of the Year” at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards and “Contemporary Roots Album of the Year” at the 2017 JUNOAwards. In a full circle moment, inducted Bruce Cockburn into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and earned praise from not just Cockburn, but fellow inductee Neil Young. 

Lead by debut single “Breathless,” 2018 will see William boldly take the next step of his journey with Earthly Days being released worldwide by Glassnote Records.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 28 at 10 AM

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Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture featuring Yael Deckelbaum

Yael Deckelbaum is an award-winning Israeli/ Canadian singer-songwriter and activist. She is a founding member of the legendary trio Habanot Nechama, whose single So Far sold over 50,000 copies and became a #1 hit in Israel.

The song Prayer of the Mothers, which has over 4 million views on You Tube, was born as a result of an alliance made between Yael Deckelbaum and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”. On October 4, 2016, Jewish and Arab women began the “March of Hope” project, a call that reached its peak on October 19th, in a march of at least 4,000 women – half of them Palestinian, half Israeli, in a joint prayer for peace.

For more information, please see their website here.

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