Apr
24
8:00 PM20:00

Jeremy Fisher

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“If I knew what I was doing, I’d be doing it every day,” says Ottawa-based singer, songwriter and producer Jeremy Fisher. “Most of the time I’m chasing ghosts and running into walls, so when I get my hands on a song that feels right and provokes emotion in others it can feel like the first time and that’s exciting.” 

It’s been 10 years, 3 studio albums and countless tours since Fisher released his album Goodbye Blue Monday, a scrappy collection of acoustic folk pop produced by Hawksley Workman. To celebrate this anniversary, the LP will be pressed on vinyl for the first time. 

In 2007, Jeremy Fisher released Goodbye Blue Monday, including tracks such as the upbeat Scar That Never Heals, contemplative ballad Fall For Anything, and Jolene which features his penchant for fingerpicked guitar and hushed harmonies. The homemade stop-motion video for the song Cigarette, featuring an anthropomorphic title character, became a viral phenomenon in the early days of YouTube. The album was nominated for two JUNO awards in 2008 (Best New Artist, Adult Alternative Album of the Year), and gave Fisher the opportunity to tour extensively throughout his native Canada, Australia and the USA, where he appeared twice on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. 

“Goodbye Blue Monday is still a favourite at the merch table,” says Fisher, “and I’ve always wanted to offer it in the format I believe sounds best. We’ve remastered it for vinyl and it’s been amazing to hear the record again the way I remember hearing playback in the studio.” 

Fisher’s most recent studio album, The Lemon Squeeze, garnered him a 2015 JUNO nomination in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category, with two singles landing in the CBC radio 2 Top 20. He played sold-out shows and festivals all across Canada in support of the release. He has 6 studio albums to-date and is working on his first collection of children’s songs since becoming a father last year.  

In 2015, Jeremy built a small studio in his back yard called “The Sugar Shack” where he has produced albums for other artists (Great Big Sea’s Sean McCann, Adam Kagan) as well as in-episode songs and the theme for the Disney TV cartoon Billy Dilley’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer.   

The vinyl re-master of Goodbye Blue Monday will be available October 20, through Hidden Pony Records in stores and online.

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

Tickets

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

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Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

Matt Epp

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Shadowlands, veteran troubadour Matt Epp embarks on a journey through the geographies of darkness within him, sending back transmissions of lush, haunted Americana that embrace the dualities of this human thing—love, light, and the absence of each. He traverses spiritual and physical worlds deftly, conjuring the twilight wilderness of his home with hazy, transcendental psychedelia (“North Country”), chasing muses on his road-worn Honda Shadow amidst incendiary roots rock (“Runaway”), floating through ghostly, glowing folk alongside mystical guides (“Uncharted Waters”), and raging against social and environmental injustice on the acerbic battle cry “Unnatural,” recalling Neil Young’s pointed activist anthems. Epp’s 10th album represents his first steps over the threshold in this odyssey, and its piano-led curtain-closer, “In a Flash,” is a promise to continue fearlessly navigating the gathering tempests and crises of faith that define its world.


The corporeal helpers that brought Shadowlands to this plane—a rogues gallery of world-class tune-slingers—did so over fateful spring nights in the hills of Nashville, Tennessee at Dark Horse Recording. With Toronto pedal steel magician Aaron Goldstein at the producer’s helm, Epp’s award-winning songwriting is transformed, arriving with more powerful force than it ever has before, and blazing a new path for its author. 

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

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

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Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Justin Van Damme

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Born in rural Manitoba and hailing from downtown Winnipeg, Justin van Damme is a song-writer, performer, and garbage photographer. With a focus on grit, his work is sparse yet lively, full of raw character and unadorned. Vacillating between verbose ferocity and unkempt vulnerability, his vocals are accompanied by a distinctly forceful and thumpy-brutalist guitar-style that straddles rock, blues, and folk.

Cutting his teeth in various projects over his thirteen years in Winnipeg, Justin van Damme's solo DIY sound is a meditation on self-reliance and a response to the question of how one artist can sound big without loops or samples. His forthcoming album, Justin van Damme as Himself, is comprised of single-take sessions and is inspired by the honesty and intensity of pre-war blues recordings.

Justin is currently promoting his debut album, due out this spring, and working on new material. He is an artist in residence at the West End Cultural centre for the 2018/2019 season.

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

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


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May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Amber Epp - Jazz Interpretations of The Great Canadian Songbook

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“Amber Epp is like bottled enthusiasm with an undertone of joy.   Her music is absolutely contagious.” (Heather Bishop).

The Amber Epp: Canadiana concert is a jazz interpretation of The Great Canadian Songbook. Amber Epp transforms songs that you love from classic Canadian artists like The Guess Who, Joni Mitchell, and KD Lang, while infusing the set with tunes by contemporary artists like Serena Ryder and Daniel Caesar. The furthest thing from a cover band, Epp and company preserve the original spirit of the work while presenting it with a new energy. Epp‘s process is to retain the original melody and lyric of each song, while transforming some aspect of the song to make something new. The pop tune becomes a bossa nova; the indie rock tune gets reharmonized; the power ballad is pared down to voice and percussion. The idea is to keep original spirit of the tunes, the thing we all love about the tunes, and present something new along with it.

 

Epp will enlist the skills of her bandmates, Aaron Shorr (guitar), Julian Bradford (bass), and Daniel Roa (drums), who all have experience composing, arranging, and interpreting songs by Canadians.  Original music will be included in the show, songs they hope to be remembered by - their contribution to Canada’s incredible artistic tradition. This concert allows these musicians to carry the torch for Canadian ingenuity in the arts, right here in Manitoba.

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

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

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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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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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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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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!

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
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!

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
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
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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Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

JD McPherson

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“I was having nightmares every night, thinking, ‘Wow, they’re going to hate this,” says JD
McPherson.

When he talks about his new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, there’s no glimmer of self-adulation, or even the confidence one might expect of a veteran artist. Instead, there’s a snapshot of McPherson’s creative process bringing the record to life, a journey filled with fear and change, then boldness, and, eventually, catharsis.

The best rock music has a story to tell. This record chronicles a series of upheavals, frustrations, roadblocks, and kismet—a cross-country move, failed creative relationships, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity, and learning to love making music again by letting go.

McPherson calls moving his family from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to East Nashville a decision based “on opportunity” and one he was reluctant to make but notes the profound influence the city has had on his new crop of songs.

“Up to this point, I thought I knew what I was doing with songwriting, that I don’t do this or that,” McPherson says. “Writing with people who co-write for a living…maybe I saw myself as John Henry, and them as the steel-driving machine.”

Along with collaborations with fellow Oklahoman Parker Millsap, Butch Walker, and Aaron Lee Tasjan, McPherson’s selections for Undivided Heart & Soul include many deeply personal themes: “Let’s Get Out of Here While We’re Young” shares writing credits with longtime bandmate Ray Jacildo and McPherson’s wife Mandy. He also delved into character profiles, both fictional and based on real-life experiences, stories McPherson has held onto but never thought of as fodder for songwriting, such as the Las Vegas bus station interlude detailed in “Style (Is a Losing Game).”

“That seems like a pretty normal thing for a singer-songwriter to do, to write about personal experience, but I really have never done that,” McPherson says. “It felt great but it also was tough at the same time. The thing is, John Henry is trying to beat the machine because he’s in awe of it. It was a lot of me saying, ‘You’re really good at this, and I have a hard time doing it.’”

With a group of soul-baring tracks taking shape, McPherson and crew scheduled studio time to help force the issue. It quickly became apparent that these sessions were not going to work, bringing McPherson’s momentum to a halt.

To clear his head, he flew to Los Angeles at the invitation of friend and longtime supporter Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, who was also recording at the time. McPherson, Homme, and his Queens bandmate Dean Fertita played around with some songs, with Homme pushing McPherson outside of his comfort zone in a no-stakes environment.

“His thing was, ‘I’m going to throw all kinds of crap onto your songs that you’re not going to want to hear, and you’re going to play ridiculous stuff you wouldn’t normally do,’ and Dean was kind of the calming presence,” McPherson says.

McPherson calls the getaway “the most fun I’ve had since I was 15 years old” and returned to Nashville with a clear head, internal filters successfully stifled, ready to move forward.

That fresh perspective in tow, McPherson learned that the long-shot “backup” studio, the legendary RCA Studio B in Nashville, was willing to host his band for the making of the record. RCA Studio B was fundamental to the creation of the “Nashville Sound,” and the ghosts of some of the greatest songs in history live within its walls: Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” and Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” among them.

Artists who choose to record at Studio B are met with a rigorous list of requirements, including using a recording method appropriate during the studio’s heyday. Since the studio is a working museum by day, the entirety of McPherson’s workspace had to be reset at night: Load in all equipment in the late afternoon, work until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., and leave no trace nightly. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

“Those rules would probably turn a lot of bands off, but they turned us on, 100 percent,” McPherson says. “I really love walking into a classic studio as much as I love getting my hands on a really old guitar. I like knowing that something was used for a long time and has good things in it.”

But this isn’t an old Nashville record, by any measurement, nor is it the record McPherson set out to make, with credit due to co-producer Dan Molad (also the drummer for Lucius).

“There’s a pretty broad gap in our tastes, what we do and what we’re into,” McPherson says. Where he’s as likely to lean on The Cramps as he is Irma Thomas for inspiration, Molad’s left-field production suggestions included a Casio synthesizer and running a Fender Rhodes through a tape delay. (McPherson nixed the former; the latter became the signature sound of one of the record’s tracks.) “We ended up learning a lot from each other, and he did a lot of stuff I’d have never thought to do.”

During the song “Let’s Get Out of Here While We’re Young,” JD sputters the line “We’ve worn out all the songs we’ve sung.” This is not a statement McPherson takes lightly.

“This record was difficult for me to make, difficult to write, difficult to record. It took a lot for me to say that I can’t force these songs to be the way people are expecting,” McPherson says.

Undivided Heart & Soul is a statement record, one that asserts McPherson as he is now, battle-weary but stronger than ever.

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Show @ 8:00pm

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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.

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

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Mar
27
2:00 PM14:00

Spring Break Programming - Musical Theatre Workshop with Brenda Gorlick

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Brenda Gorlick has been involved in the Performing Arts world for over 40 years in many aspects of the business. As a performer, she has acted, sung and danced her way across Canada, the U.S. and parts of Europe including Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the acclaimed Stratford Festival and the Banff Centre of Fine Arts. She received a Women of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture in 2015 and was named to the Wall of Fame at Rainbow Stage in 2014.

Brenda serves as Associate Artistic director for Winnipeg Studio Theatre – a cutting edge professional musical theatre company which has produced hit shows such as Spring Awakening, Altar Boyz and the world premiere of Hersteria! She helms the youth and adult StudioWorks program – a training wing for emerging artists who wish to excel in “triple threat” technique. The troupes have performed at numerous events including Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Words and Deeds Gala, WSO’s Adventures in Music series and the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Ms Gorlick had the great challenge of creating the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the1999 Pan Am Games, the biggest choreographic event Winnipeg has seen. She also choreographed ceremonies for the 2003 Western Canada Summer Games, 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon and was the Performer Liaison for 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.

She has been involved in over 250 productions including every theatre in Winnipeg over the past 35 years. Selected credits include: Hamlet starring Keanu Reeves (Manitoba Theatre Centre), Strike! the Musical (Danny Schur Productions), A Year with Frog and Toad (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Funny Girl (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), die Fledermaus (Manitoba Opera Association), Le Train (Cercle Molière) and Altar Boyz & Heathers (Winnipeg Studio Theatre/Prairie Theatre Exchange).

In 2015, Ms. Gorlick appeared as Morticia in Dry Cold Production’s hit – The Addams Family and appeared in both Rainbow Stage productions: the epic Les Misérables and hysterical Sister Act. Selected performer credits include: MTC/Theatre Calgary’s co-production of Evita, Rainbow Stage’s Wizard of Oz in the coveted role of Wicked Witch of the West, Jennyanydots/Gumbie in Cats and the ultimate role of Anita in the Banff Centre’s West Side Story.

In film, Ms. Gorlick portrayed the principal role of Phyllis Flatow opposite Shirley Maclaine in the movie of the week, Hell On Heels: The Mary Kay Project. She acted as Assistant Dance Crew Liaison for Miramax Productions feature flick: Shall We Dance starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez , and choreographer for Murdoch Mysteries.

Ms Gorlick has worked as director/choreographer on numerous commercial projects including the the U of M’s Distinguished Alumni Awards, WAG’s Olympus Project, Grey Cup Gala 2015, SMD Foundation Galas, Culture Days Manitoba Flash Mobs, Manitoba Hydro’s Festival of Lights Parades, the Canadian Artistic Gymnastic Championships Gala and the Forks production for Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Visit.

As an Artist in the Schools, Brenda has created projects throughout the province for over 25 years. She also serves as resident choreographer/instructor for the Society of Manitobans with Disabilities and is part of the Winnipeg Theatre Awards initiative. She has previously held positions with the DTRC (Dancer Transition Resource Centre), ACTRA Manitoba and CAEA.  Brenda is a guest professor in dance and musical theatre for the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba and a regular mentor for the ACI Manitoba Mentorship program.

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Mar
26
1:30 PM13:30

Spring Break Programming - Seanster & The Monsters

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Seanster and the Monsters is a ‘kindie rock’ band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their mixture of absurd comedy mixed with a sound that gives both kids and grown-ups a great concert experience. Drawing on years of experience performing for both children and adults, their live shows and their recordings are energetic, interactive and hilarious. 

Led by Sean Hogan, veteran children’s performer and honourable mention winner in the International Songwriting Competition, Seanster and the Monsters are a festival favourite across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northwestern Ontario. With nominations for a Western Canadian Music Awards, an Independent Music Award, a win at the Parent’s Choice Awards, their 2014 debut full-length album, “Yay!” spans genres from folk to hip-hop, from rock to polka. Having been compared to They Might be Giants meets The Muppets, the Monsters mix comedy, melody, and groove to give families a shared experience that has something for everybody.

Now, with the release of their second album, “Stripes with Platypus”, Seanster and the Monsters is excited to push further into the feels and the funny, new musical styles, and twice as much silly!

This is a free, family event. No tickets are required.

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Mar
25
1:30 PM13:30

Spring Break Programming - Al Simmons

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He's a musician! He’s an inventor! He's a nut!  He’s been called the Thomas Edison of entertainers, a wizard of one-liners and a lightning bolt of lunacy. His astounding gadgets, preposterous songs, impeccable comic timing and kooky take on classic vaudeville have thrilled and entertained fans of all ages for 4½ decades. Juno Award winner Al Simmons is a creative genius whose highly original performances of profound wackiness and of off-the-wall inventions have taken the arts of Music and Comedy to unparalleled heights of hilarity. Young or old, you cannot fail to appreciate this man’s frenetic stage antics and mind-boggling lovableness.

This is a free, family event. No tickets are required.

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Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Faouzia ***SOLD OUT***

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This show is presented by True North Touring and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Born in Morocco and raised on the Canadian prairies, Faouzia is a talent to be reckoned with. Combining catchy pop rhythms, heartfelt lyrics and powerhouse vocals, this teen is gaining new fans across the globe.

Getting her start singing covers on YouTube, 2018 was a banner year for Faouzia, as she was featured in the song Battle on acclaimed DJ David Guetta’s studio album “7”. Her current single, “This Mountain” has garnered over one million views on YouTube.

Tickets on sale February 8th.

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

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Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

Faouzia ***SOLD OUT***

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This show is presented by True North Touring and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Born in Morocco and raised on the Canadian prairies, Faouzia is a talent to be reckoned with. Combining catchy pop rhythms, heartfelt lyrics and powerhouse vocals, this teen is gaining new fans across the globe.

Getting her start singing covers on YouTube, 2018 was a banner year for Faouzia, as she was featured in the song Battle on acclaimed DJ David Guetta’s studio album “7”. Her current single, “This Mountain” has garnered over one million views on YouTube.

Tickets on sale February 15th.

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

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Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Rayannah

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Rayannah releases her much-anticipated debut full-length album, “Nos repaires (Our Haunts),” due out on Friday March 8, followed by an album release show at the West End Cultural Centre on Saturday March 16.

The record showcases Rayannah’s unique and signature electro-soul sound, and features songs created over a five-year span. Underscored by intricate beat-making and dense soundscapes, most of the songs on this record are sung in French, but emotion transcends language to pull listeners into a world both dark and sweet.

Audiences can look forward to a live show featuring members of Ponteix, the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, and multi-instrumentalist Marjorie Fiset. The evening will also feature live projections by Saskatoon-based visual artist Stephanie Kuse, and set design by Miguel Fortier. Both Stephanie and Miguel collaborated with Rayannah in November 2018 for her Jazz Winnipeg NuSounds show, wowing audiences with meticulous and artful visual design and aesthetic.


EN : Rayannah bends noise into music by running voice, breath, synth and percussion through loop pedals. Underscored by intricate beat-making, her evocative lyrics in French and English rise above dense soundscapes, pulling listeners into a world both dark and sweet.

Innovative on stage and in the studio, Rayannah is now unveiling music from her first full length album to be released in early 2019. Beginning with singles “En attendant demain” and “Best of You”, this new collection of songs pursues and pushes the sounds and textures explored in Rayannah’s debut EP Boxcar Lullabies.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rayannah has taken her electro-soul across Canada, to the West Coast of the US, and to Europe. Whether opening for Esperanza Spalding or Coeur de Pirate, fronting her band or performing alone on stage, Rayannah shares something raw, intimate, and transcendent all at once.

FR : La voix singulière de Rayannah résonne en échos et en strates pour créer un tout à partir de rien. Munie de pédales loop, l’artiste bilingue construit des séquences sur place avec sa voix, son souffle, de la percussion et des synthétiseurs. Ses paroles viscérales en français et en anglais planent au-dessus de paysages sonores parfois clairsemés, parfois denses et complexes.

Femme-orchestre autant sur scène qu’en studio, Rayannah dévoile maintenant les sonorités de son premier album complet, commençant par les extraits “En attendant demain” et “Best of You”. Avant-goût de l’album prévu pour l’hiver, ces nouvelles chansons poursuivent l’élan de son premier maxi-disque Boxcar Lullabies tout en s’ouvrant davantage sur l’univers onirique et coloré de l’artiste.

Née et toujours basée à Winnipeg, Rayannah a fait voyager son électro-soul à travers le Canada, aux États-Unis et en Europe. Que ce soit en première partie pour Esperanza Spalding ou Coeur de Pirate, seule sur scène ou accompagnée par ses musicien.ne.s, Rayannah partage une expérience fébrile et intime avec son auditoire.

Tickets available by contacting the Winnipeg Jazz Festival or at ticketfly.com

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

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Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Red Rising Magazine Presents: Laughter is Medicine

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Laughter is Medicine is back for the third time featuring new and returning Indigenous comics! Headlined by Florence Spence and hosted by Elissa Black Wolf Kixen. Bring your friends and family for an evening guaranteed to be filled with laughter! Get your tickets fast as the past two shows have been sold out!

Tickets - $20.00

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Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Make Poverty History 3rd Annual Fundraiser

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The 3rd Annual Make Poverty History Fundraiser features Sweet Alibi, Jaxon Haldane, Tuva Bergstrom, and Nick Parenteau.


Make Poverty History Manitoba (MPHM) is a multi-sectoral collaborative coalition representing business, education, student, youth, Aboriginal, newcomer, labour, women’s, disability, urban, rural, and northern communities. The coalition’s efforts are directed primarily at the provincial level. However, its work contributes toward the achievement of Make Poverty History’s national campaign objectives.

The coalition is committed to changing public policy to achieve a Manitoba without poverty.

The diverse membership of MPHM reflects the diverse populations most vulnerable to poverty. We recognize that these populations include women, children, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal people, and recent immigrants.

Our membership also reflects the diverse causes of poverty. We recognize that the causes of poverty and social exclusion go well beyond inadequate incomes and unemployment. They include the inability to access affordable and adequate housing, childcare, public transportation, health services, recreation, education and training. These causes are interconnected. MPHM believes that any effort to address them must adopt a comprehensive and systematic approach, within a legislated framework, if poverty reduction and social inclusion are to be achieved.

Tickets - $20.00

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Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Old Man Luedecke

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"I always try and end my shows in the same place, but I like to take a different path every time to get there."

You can hear the listening on Old Man Luedecke’s new album, “Domestic Eccentric”. You can hear the cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods where it was recorded. On their third collaboration, you can hear the beautiful conversation between Old Man Luedecke and Tim O’Brien, two like-minded artists in love with folk and roots music, playing at the height of their powers.

“You can’t fake a work of heart,” Luedecke sings in “The Girl in the Pearl Earring,” the second song on”Domestic Eccentric”, and the assured confidence of that line, the assertion of a straightforward truth, is the guiding principle behind the entire album. Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people’s poet and traveling bard and balladeer. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. Tim O’Brien is a multiple grammy-winning roots multi-instrumentalist whose solo work and collaborations have made him one of the most respected American players working today. The two last worked together on Luedecke’s 2012 release, “Tender is the Night”, which was nominated for a Juno, listed for the Polaris Prize and won Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards.

Not since Loudon Wainwright III has anyone written so honestly, so openly, or with such aching tenderness and good humour about family life. “Saving up for date night so we can have our fight” “The Early Days”. But Luedecke has always insisted on a solid poetic heft in the way he uses words, and highly personal stories are what have always connected him to the universal in his audience. Recording with Tim O’Brien in an intimate setting at home has yielded an album where the songs take the starring role.

Calling to mind the powerful force at the heart of other musical vocal pairings: The Milk Carton Kids, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs, or even Tim O’Brien and his work with Darrell Scott, the combination of Old Man Luedecke’s highly personal songs and infectious old-time banjo and guitar, and Tim O’Brien’s mastery of bluegrass harmony, guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, and fiddle adds up to much more than a simple sum of parts.

As the title suggests, “Domestic Eccentric” is mostly a record about home. It’s about what it means to be a still-youngish man, what it’s like to still be in love with the woman you married a decade ago, about what it’s like to watch your own babies grow to children, and about the joys and sorrows attendant upon the milestones of parenthood. “You got to hold on, it goes so fast, these early days they don’t last” “Early Days”.

A record so replete with home seemed impossible to make anywhere else. So Old Man Luedecke fitted out his back woods cabin, a hand-hewn affair he’d built himself from rough-sawn lumber, and hired a backhoe to make a 500 yard road through the record amounts of snow so he could bring in top-level recording gear. He invited Tim O’Brien to stay at his home with his family for a week of snowbound collaboration in Chester, Nova Scotia. This marks the third time that Old Man Luedecke and Tim O’Brien have collaborated on record, and their increasing comfort in each other’s musical presence has yielded spectacular results. “Tim is my favorite musician,” Luedecke says. “And working with him in a duet environment in a cabin at home was a waking dream.”

“I worked with people I loved and trusted,” says Luedecke when telling the story of “Domestic Eccentric”. “And the record, for me, is a rich portrait of personal friendships.” Along with Tim O’Brien, engineer John D. Southern Adams and vocalist Jennah Barry (who left her own dinner guests waiting while she sang on “The Briar and the Rose”) are both from nearby Mahone Bay. Drummer Nick Halley (James Taylor) lives even closer than that. In fact, the whole album is recorded live off the floor, with the exception of Samson Grisman, who was sad to have to record his bass parts in Nashville.

“It was a magical week,” according to Luedecke. “You bring a few great people together, these great talents, these amazing musical components. And then you watch all the pieces become this one amazing thing.”


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

Tickets
In Advance $18.00 [$22.00 for Mezzanine]
Door - $22.00 [$27.00 for Mezzanine]

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Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

Long Range Hustle with Odder Than The Otter & Bad Neighbours

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If you’re new to a Long Range Hustle show, it only takes a minute to feel how their contagious energy connects with everyone in the room. From a sweat soaked club to a breezy festival stage, Long Range Hustle brings the warm infectious melodies, driving rhythms, and gorgeous harmonies, in spades. 

A mix of high school and summer camp counsellor tenures brought the core of this southern Ontario five-piece together - Paul Brogee (vocals, guitar, violin), Jay Foster (vocals, piano), Mike Brogee (bass, vocals), and AJ Fisico (drums, vocals) with Ryan Pritchard (guitar) solidifying the line up in early 2017. Each of the five members come from diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from jazz to rock to classical, but all share a common love for songwriting and performing. 

The upcoming February 15th 2019 release of their new album, Town, brings the dawn of a new chapter for LRH. A recording session at The Bathouse Studio near Kingston, Ontario with acclaimed Scottish producer and mixer, Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Wintersleep, Snow Patrol) brings about a refined and evolved sound for the band, reflective of their persistent drive to push themselves. 

The band started to gain momentum with the release of “From Seedlings to Saplings…” in 2016. Confront Magazine noted, the sound “strays from the guitar-drums-bass formula to incorporate violin and piano in every hook-laden song.” Over the last few years, touring has taken them from the Maritimes to Manitoba, they’ve shared stages with Arkells, Matt Mays, Big Wreck, and delighted hometown crowds with month-long residencies at Toronto’s Dakota Tavern.

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

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

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