The West End Cultural Centre, in partnership with Torque Brewing Co., is thrilled to announce a new music series called Throwback Thursdays, which consists of the reuniting of past Winnipeg bands! The first show of the series takes place on Thursday, September 13th.
A few months ago, we ran a Facebook post asking which Winnipeg bands our followers would like to see reunite the most. Well, we listened! List upon list was made and endless calls and emails to track down past members of bands were sent. On Thursday, September 13th, we bring the first of the series to our stage with a band that was one of the highest in demand on that post.
Tickets - $20.00 [$25 @ the door]
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.
Presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Calgary's Reuben and the Dark is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists led by Reuben Bullock. The group makes chilling, emotive folk and soul driven by dark, introspective lyrics that explore the duality of misery and joy.
Boasting a rare chemistry between all members across western Canada, Reuben and the Dark has emerged organically from Canada's stellar independent scene on the strength of often anthemic compositions that translate the language of emotion into song with haunting clarity.
Their debut album is produced by the UK's Chris Hayden (Florence & the Machine) and Canada's Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and The Game feat Kanye West) and is being mixed by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele).
Alliance Française du Manitoba and Jazz Winnipeg Present:
Known for their hypnotic melodies, visceral bass lines, and tidal rhythm, Manchester-based leftfield piano trio, GoGo Penguin, are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner. Their music has been described as acoustic-electronica, but they draw equally on jazz, minimalism, game soundtracks, and glitchy electronica to create their unique music.
It’s music for the heart, head, and feet and saw their album, v2.0, named a Mercury Prize Album of the Year 2014. In 2016 they released the album Man Made Object and more recently they have been touring their own score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film, Koyaanisqatsi. Their new album, A Humdrum Star, was released this past February.
Guillaume Perret is a jazz saxophonist, keyboard player, and composer from Annecy, France. Perret, along with Jim Grandcamp, Philippe Bussonnet, and Yoann Serra, make up Guillaume Perret and the Electric Epic, a contemporary avant-fusion Zeuhl super-group who have released four albums, the most recent being 2014’s Open Me. Perret’s solo album, Free, was released in 2016.
Tickets - $20.00
Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. Lido's latest LP, La Papessa (2016), charts an evolution from her debut LP, Color (2010), an album full of (as the title suggests) colorful landscapes and positive vibrations. Winner of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, La Papessa takes a more personal approach, describing the narrative of how Lido has found her independence as a woman and as an artist who refuses to fit pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be. Influenced by the multiple cultural and geographic settings in which is was written — from the desert of Columbia to the bustling cityscape of Toronto — La Papessa takes listeners on a musical journey from traditional Afro-Colombian percussion to global bass and darker avant-garde electronic sounds. Lido's piercing, explosive, and heartwarming voice unites the compositions, beats, and harmonies, resulting in a perfect labour of love and sound that highlights the creative voice of this talented artist.
Tickets - $24.00
Described by The New York Times as a “dauntingly skilled trumpeter,” 29-year-old Marquis Hill hones a warm, mellifluous tone on trumpet and flugelhorn with which he unravels sleek, melodic passages that are as commanding as they are cogent. With music that “crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz” (Chicago Tribune), Hill builds on his distinctive sound to craft arresting originals that embrace post-bop, hip-hop, R&B, and spoken word. After releasing four well-received albums — New Gospel (2011), Sound of the City (2012), The Poet (2013) and Modern Flows, vol. 1 (2014) — Hill raised his profile significantly by winning the 2014 Thelonious Trumpet Competition, which led to the release of 2016’s The Way We Play. On this album Hill fronts a commanding ensemble, bringing his lyrically postmodern groove to jazz classics.
Tickets - $25.00