Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

***SOLD OUT*** Reuben and The Dark

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Presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

 

Reuben and the Dark’s sophomore album, Arms of a Dream, is a monumental artistic statement from the spirited folk outfit led by Canadian songwriter and vocalist Reuben Bullock. Over eleven songs, Reuben maps the rugged terrain of dreams, exploring the inversion of imagination & reality in his most vivid music to date.

Reuben and the Dark shines a light on the fine detail of this darkness, with powerful imagery and lush sonic detail at the forefront. Whereas the debut album Funeral Sky lavished in low fidelity, the new album is a high-definition dream.

Produced by Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk, Adrianne “AG” Gonzalez, Graham Lessard, with mixing by Matty Green, Arms of a Dream distills the best of three years of songwriting exploration. The album is a magnification of the reckoning at odds in most souls – be it Reuben’s or our own – revealing the balance of extremes at play in every life scene.

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Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

Jessica Mitchell

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Country-folk songstress Jessica Mitchell is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book. Based in Toronto, and Nashville TN, she has spent the last decade digging deeper into her artistry, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, which has lead her to become country music’s best kept secret. 

After years of experimenting and dabbling in the rock genre, her dream of becoming a rock ‘n’ roll queen quickly shifted towards the country maven she is today. Joining forces with Slaight Music, it wasn’t until this pivotal moment where Mitchell was inspired by the raw honesty and storytelling nature of the country music genre. “What I love so much about the genre is the clever way in which country singers emote,” explains Mitchell. Influenced by artists such as Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos and Radiohead, Mitchell’s music tells it like it is, while delivering emotional vulnerability that showcases a more mysterious truth. 

Mitchell’s own vulnerability is felt through tracks such as “That Record Saved My Life” and the soul searching “Grown Up Things”, which was written during what Mitchell describes as one of her darkest periods. 

After losing her mother to a long battle with cancer, Mitchell had her own epiphany about what kind of artist she wanted to become. As she puts it, “You’ll never see the light until it’s completely dark, and it got DARK for a while.” Staying true to who she is as a songwriter Mitchell believes that at the heart of every relatable piece of music is pain and loss. Her hope is that sharing these personal experiences will forge genuine bonds with her audience. 

Being introduced to Todd Clark of Pilot Speed as a writing partner enabled Mitchell to explore new ideas through conversation, and in turn expand her repertoire. “I want to connect with people,” she says, “and create something that sounds real to someone. Something that might change someone’s life or help that person through a difficult time.” 

When listening to Mitchell’s music, she makes it very easy for you to latch onto her inviting melodies and the genuine, soulful nature of her words. The rich tone and hopefulness in her voice grabs you and pulls you in – and once the song is over, you can’t help but feel as though you have personally connected with her on a deeper level.

Tickets - $15.00 [$20.00 @ the door]

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Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

Dobet Gnahore

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This event is presented by the Black Arts Festival

Black Arts Fest Concert Series presents an evening with Grammy Award winner and Radio 3 World Music Award nominee Dobet Gnahoré. Dobet is a singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast and sings in French and seven African languages. Her incredible band ranges from her native popular music, ziglibiti, to Congolese rumba plus Western African Mandinka melodies carried along with jazz-like sounds. Dobet’s powerful voice, intensely captivating stage presence and high energy dance routines all promise the audience an inspired, energetic and beautiful performance. 

PERFORMERS
Dobet Gnahoré is a singer from Côte d'Ivoire. The daughter of percussionist Boni Gnahoré, she plays with the group Na Afriki, consisting mainly of French and Tunisian musicians, who accompany her with the guitar, sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos. Due to the civil war, she moved to France in 1999. With more than 800 concerts since 2004, the Grammy Award winning artist has sung before President Obama and performed at the world-renowned Kennedy Center.

Casimiro Nhussi with NAfro Band 
NAfro is an African percussion-based band with a unique and high-energy blend of rhythms and melodies from all over the African continent. Their trademark is the audience interaction and participation that takes place, bringing the true nature of an African show to audiences. Their style is AfroBeat and AfroJazz with straight-ahead rhythms. Born in Mozambique, Africa, Casimiro has been a dance and music professional since 1982. In addition to performing with his band for 9,000 people for the opening of the African Games, Nhussi is a three-time nominee for the Western Canadian Music Award. 

Fenom & Guerrillas of Soul
Rhonda Thompson, also known as “Fenom”, has been an avid performer in Winnipeg, and across Canada for several years, and in a few genres including hip hop, reggae, and gospel. She’s opened for The Roots w/Magnum K.I., showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto and continues to be a fixture at Calgary Reggae Festival. 

The Guerrillas of Soul creates a compelling blend of folk, funk, indie-rock, and Afrobeat- underpinned by jazz and blues - that will inspire the hearts in most. The duo’s music is rooted in a love of human stories that define us all. The Guerrillas of Soul casts these stories through their music, as the band’s name suggests, with a worldwide concern for equality and social justice. They’ve stomped their feet on the Rainbow Trout Folk Festival, The Last Dance Festival (Cape Town) and TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival stages; opened for Lee Fields & The Expressions and Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi; and gave the musical tribute to award-winning author, Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela at the Sol Kanee Lecture.

Host, Adeline Bird
Adeline Bird is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Born Ojibwe and African descent. Her passion and drive for inspiring people to live more consciously, and, for storytelling, gave birth to her podcast "Soul Unexpected". Her talent as a host has led her to hosting festivals such as "Spur Fest" and "Winnipeg Pride 2017". She's also featured in Huffington Post's "Like A Tourist", and was recently in the running for CBC Manitoba's Future Leaders of Tomorrow Award. Adeline can be heard hosting the weekly Indigenous Top 40's Countdown on NCI and Sirius XM Radio.

PARTNERS:
West End Cultural Centre enables and encourages live music and artistic expression and provide a meeting place for artists and the community. Performers appreciate the intimate nature and superb sound of the theatre, as well as the dedicated audience and devoted volunteers.

Leartify is an influence media house that focuses on the African millennial living in North America. From attending empowering workshops and fashion shows to creating accessible channels on our platform, we stay connected to our audience by getting involved in the activities they love. Leartify is a great partner for millennial creatives, business owners and content creators who are looking for impactful ways to gain exposure and create awareness for their brands.

For more information, please see their Facebook event here.

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Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

William Prince

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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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Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

WECC Community Holiday Dinner

The annual WECC Community Holiday Dinner will take place on Wednesday, December 6th. 

Tickets for the dinner will be available in early November. An exact date for tickets will be available in the fall.

For more information, please contact Jessee at 204-391-0313 or at community@wecc.ca.

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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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Oct
21
8:00 PM20:00

Cub Sport

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Cub Sport are an independent pop group from Brisbane, Australia. In September 2017, the group released their sophomore album BATS. The deeply personal collection of songs chronicle lead singer Tim Nelson’s journey of coming out as gay and admitting his love for fellow band member Sam (Bolan) Netterfield. The two are now happily engaged. Cub Sport's openness with fans has helped develop a culture of inclusion around the band and has seen their unique brand of emotionally-charged pop connect with listeners all around world.

They have been featured in Billboard, Alternative Press, Nylon, and The Fader and have been invited to support both The 1975 and Vance Joy on their arena tours.

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Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

UMFM Pledge-O-Rama Kickoff & 20th Birthday Party

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Thursday, October 11th, 8PM – 1030PM

West End Cultural Centre [586 Ellice Avenue]

Join us for an excellent evening of music with Winnipeg’s most dangerous band The Wind-Ups, plus special guests!  And since we didn’t get the chance to officially blow the candles out on turning 20, there will be birthday cake on hand, so come help us celebrate!

Tickets - $5 at the door [all proceeds go to Girls Rock Winnipeg!

Free for 2018 UMFM Pledge-o-Rama donors. Pick up your pledge incentives or make a pledge on the spot.

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Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Queer Songbook Orchestra

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This show is presented in partnership with Pride Winnipeg.

The Queer Songbook Orchestra are a Toronto based 12-piece chamber pop ensemble, dedicated to exploring and uplifting queer narrative in pop music.  With the queer lens intact they are looking through the last century of popular music and bringing forward obscured LGBTQ2S historical narratives, as well as the personal stories of members of the community and the songs connected to them. 

Holding the belief that story and song are powerful communicators and carry within them the potential to increase understanding, promote dialogue and foster deeper community, they have been bringing intimacy and vulnerability to stages across Canada since 2014. By working with a base of familiar songs, drawn from pop music of the last century and reinterpreted by a team of highly skilled arrangers, and offered alongside their accompanying narratives, the listener is allowed a new entry point into familiar works. This element of the project explores the elusive nature of song and the pockets of memory where they tuck away, providing comfort, resilience and a bond amongst community. 

The QSO got their start in 2014 at the now defunct Videofag, in Toronto's Kensington Market, and have gone on to play many of the top performing arts festivals throughout Canada, including Luminato (Toronto), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), PuSh (Vancouver), and Canada Scene (National Arts Centre). They have been part of Buddies in Bad Times 'Queer Pride' programming for the past four years, have been in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, and been featured on the CBC program 'Q'. 

The Queer Songbook Orchestra are partnered with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the largest independent LGBTQ archives in the world, an agreement which provides a permanent home for all QSO recordings, stories and research, and allows the ensemble to receive charitable donations on the Archive's behalf. 

THE QUEER SONGBOOK ORCHESTRA ARE: 

  • Shaun Brodie, Artistic Director/Trumpet/Flugelhorn

  • Alanna Stuart, Vocals

  • Alex Samaras, Vocals

  • Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Storyteller/Poet

  • Jennifer Burford, Violin

  • Evan Lamberton, Cello

  • Lief Mosbaugh, Oboe/English Horn/Vocals

  • Micajah Sturgess, French Horn

  • Thom Gill, Guitar/Vocals

  • Dan Fortin, Double Bass

  • Stefan Schneider, Drums/Percussion

Tickets - $20.00 [$25 @ the door]
Student discount [$15.00] must be purchased in person at the WECC box office or at the door. Patron must show valid student ID.

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