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Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

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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

***Content Warnings at bottom of page***

Featuring- Prince Amponsah, 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

CW: strong language, discussion and depiction of violent and sexual acts

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

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Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

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***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

***Content Warnings at bottom of page***

Featuring- Prince Amponsah, 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

CW: strong language, discussion and depiction of violent and sexual acts

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

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Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

Threepenny Opera.jpg

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

***Content Warnings at bottom of page***

Featuring- Prince Amponsah, 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

CW: strong language, discussion and depiction of violent and sexual acts

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

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Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

Threepenny Opera.jpg

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

***Content Warnings at bottom of page***

Featuring- Prince Amponsah, 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

CW: strong language, discussion and depiction of violent and sexual acts

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

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Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

Threepenny Opera.jpg

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

***Content Warnings at bottom of page***

Featuring- Prince Amponsah, 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

CW: strong language, discussion and depiction of violent and sexual acts

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

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Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Threepenny Opera

Threepenny Opera.jpg

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

***Content Warnings at bottom of page***

Featuring- Prince Amponsah, 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

CW: strong language, discussion and depiction of violent and sexual acts

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

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Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

The Threepenny Opera

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***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

***Content Warnings at bottom of page***

Featuring- Prince Amponsah, 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

CW: strong language, discussion and depiction of violent and sexual acts

 Generous assistance provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Assiniboine Credit Union, 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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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.”


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

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Mar
9
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).

Imagine a child that always sings at the dinner table. One who gets sent outside by a mother who can only hear “The Lonely Goatherder” so many times. A little girl that, having played a song on the piano with her fingers, tries it with her toes.  This same child follows her family around the globe, from adventures in Australia, to climbing the Grand Canyon, to getting trapped in Mayan caves. Such an upbringing is sure to release a unique and fiery personality.

Adventure, discovery, and joy culminate in the music of Amber Epp. All at once alluring and uplifting, Amber shares her joy for life and excitement in the undiscovered in each performance. With heartstrings pulled by the freedom of jazz and the rhythm of Latin music, she unites her favorite styles in a delightful way.

Amber Epp first encountered Latin music in Canada, but it was not until she moved to Cuba that she discovered her Latin soul. Singing in the open-air patios of Old Havana fueled the fire for this contagiously rhythmic music. Her mastery of Latin Jazz conveys her infectious passion. 

A trip to New York City sparked the fire for jazz; now Amber leaves a blazing trail wherever she performs. Inspired by jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald, modern singers like Dianne Reeves, and new discoveries like Gretchen Parlato, Amber’s gift for music, improvising, and languages ignites every song.

Amber gets crowds up dancing with Trio Bembe, shakes it up with Steve Kirby’s Jazz on Wheels, and belts it out with Papa Mambo and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. With two Latin albums and the 2011 Western Canadian Music Award for “World Recording of the Year” (Trio Bembe) under her belt, Amber's debut jazz album, Inside Outside, was released in Dec 2013, in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

Amber has an amazing ability to convey the meanings of songs in numerous languages and styles, carrying the spirit of those beautiful countries straight to the soul. With the airy lilt of Portuguese, the rolling Spanish tongue, and delightful English wit, Amber enchants her audiences, leaving them walking away with a smile on their face and a groove in their step.

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

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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
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
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

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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.

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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.

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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
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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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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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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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. 

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

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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).

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Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Trampoline

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Trampoline is a charismatic anti-rock outfit that formed in the summer of 2014. At its helm is the idiosyncratic and evocative songwriting of Michelle Lecnik and the creative interplay between Steve Martens (drums) and Joey Penner (bass, vocals). The musical arrangements are cinematic and percussive, blending styles of punk, indie rock and prog, with elements of folk and 90's rock nostalgia. Charged by the whims of satire, playfulness and deeply heartfelt emotion, Trampoline explores the highs and lows of the human experience and has you bouncing while they do.

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$15.00 - General Admission
$20.00 - Mezzanine

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Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

Stephen Palmer

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Raised on gospel, country and the blues, the old time influences on a young prairie picker with a love of Doc Watson made him a good fit for psychedelic folk-rock bands touring and playing support for most of the big name suspects during the �60s UK invasion. And then more steady dues paid as guitarist-for-hire in country bands working the rural Alberta bar scene. He started using his voice only in the �80s, when he�d picked some west-coast time to study music a bit more formally. But it wasn�t �til he returned home to care for his mother that he found personal respite and freedom in becoming a solo performer. Now based in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, he travels a troubadour circuit around Western Canada and the Northwestern US. Forty years as a traveling musician is a lot of road, and Steve Palmer is still playing and still touring. Grown enough to sing about life and simple pleasures with all the unhurried authority of a quiet and simple folk-singing road-survivor. Sometimes compared to Hoyt Axton, Leonard Cohen, or John Prine, the echoes of Doc Watson remain clear on his albums, 'Prairie Airs', 'Roots and Strings' and 'Morning Road'. 

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Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

Uniter Speaker Series - A Conversation with Darla Contois

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Darla Contois, writer and actor of White Man's Indian, will be discussing the themes brought up in the play, what inspired White Man's Indian to be made, and searching for spirituality and identity in today's world as an Indigenous person.

Doors will be at 1:30 pm. // lecture at 2:00 p.m. This event is free, and all ages are welcome. The venue is physically accessible.

Hosted by Frances Koncan.

ASL interpretation available upon request (email events@theuwsa.ca for requests).

This event is presented in partnership with the Uniter Speakers Series, The UWSA, the West End Cultural Centre and Take Note: Stories of Gender-Based Violence.

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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.

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$20.00 - Mezzanine

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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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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
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
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
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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