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May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Sonic Ambassador

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Sonic Ambassador, School of Rock Winnipeg's House Band, is going on tour this summer! Along with shows throughout the mid-western US, they will make a stop at the world famous Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, WI where they'll be sharing the stage with Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, 3 Doors Down and the Zach Brown Band.

 Every year the School of Rock House Band, representing the best of our students, play throughout the city and North America at numerous benefits, festivals (music or non-music), block parties, sporting events and any event where live music is provided. Students must audition to be selected for this exclusive band, which performs a mix of great Modern, Classic, Alternative and Pop Rock songs from a variety of eras and styles. Our set list currently includes songs from The Trews, The Glorious Sons, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Marianas Trench, Guns N’ Roses, The Tragically Hip, KISS, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Green Day and many more great bands.

 A School of Rock performance is an amazing thing to watch. Our students bring the ROCK harder than most professional bands and musicians they share stages with. They enchant older Rock fans with their musical skill while mesmerizing younger audiences with their infectious exuberance. They are able to win over any crowd in front of them.

 Sonic Ambassador is taking over the West End Cultural Centre, located at 586 Ellice Avenue, on Wednesday, May 22nd to raise money for their trip. Along with great live music, there will also be a 50/50 raffle as well as a silent auction at the concert with some amazing prizes!

 Opening acts that night will be the School of Rock Grad Band and very special guests Lincoln Middle School!

Tickets are $20 and available for advance purchase at the school. Student Tickets are available for $10 and you can also purchase donation tickets for $10 if you are unable to attend.

Doors - 6;00pm
Show - 6:30pm

Tickets
Advance - $20.00
Students - $10.00


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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
2
11:00 AM11:00

Half Moon Market

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It’s springtime in the West End! Enjoy free admission, buskers, a bartender and a lot of local love. 35+ local artisans.

The Half Moon Market enjoys its 2nd hurrah at the West End Cultural Centre. Bike on over and meet some local artisans who like to think outside the craft box. Free admission as always.

Cherry Bomb Designs
Silver Renaissance
Sunny Thistle Crochet
Swai Designs
Blackbird Designs
Crunchy Toba Granola
Plant Power Foods
Helpful Beans
Yurkowski Family Farm
LonelyCloud Art and Miniatures
Salvaged
Cooks Creek Kimchi
North Star Tea Co
Mighty Sparrow
Love Your Buns
Sam Secter Ceramics
LittleSaraSoda
Sew Dandee
1882 Fruit-Based Hot Sauce
Corkeys Crafts
Black Card Ink.
Little Gallery of Big Messes
Jacked up Jill Coffee
Happy Universe Studio
Whimsical Windows and Words
Scott A. Ford
Ruff Stuff
The Placeholder Show
Shandra MacNeill
Juniper & Black
Ndn Diva Crafts
WolseleyCraft
Glass and Earth by Mr. Gnomekiller
It Makes Scents
Logan’s Lab
Shiver Soaps
Leotto Designs

For more information, please visit www.halfmoonmarketwpg.com

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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
14
8:00 PM20:00

Ricky Rickson

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Ricky Rickson (Ricky Makwe Basilepo) was born on July 4, 1986 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He speaks French, Swahili, Lingala and English – Singer / Songwriter and keyboards.

In early 1996 at the age of nine Ricky was injured during the war where his injuries left him blind. Even though Ricky has had some major hardships and suffering in his life, it is easy to see how truly passionate and determined he is to live life to its fullest and how he wants to share this zeal for life with others through his music.

He eventually moved from his home country to South Africa where his passion and love of music became the driving ambition in his life. Ricky started his music career in his new home country by touring with a band, playing festivals and recording.

Although things were better in South Africa, he still felt the desire to follow his heart and do everything he could to make the move to Canada. With their knowledge of Ricky’s musical talent and his desire to work in this industry, the UN was able to make it possible for him move to Winnipeg where he now calls home.

Now that Ricky is in Winnipeg, he feels that he has the opportunity to truly explore his creativity. His music takes influence from Reggae (such as South Africa’s Lucky Dube), African Rhumba and international pop (such as Phil Collins and Michael Jackson). Dance is an important part of Ricky’s performance and experience of music (he himself dances and he also likes to have dancers as part of his live show).

Ricky is looking to give people something fresh and different. He wants to move people with his music, and also understands that the visual element of a performance is just as important as the sound. “People understand now (that) the blind can play music and play keyboards and sing, and yea its normal,” says Ricky, “but I want to show people something different... I want to show that people who are blind can do anything they put their minds to.”

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

Tickets - $20.00


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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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Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Ziggy Alberts

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This show is presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
For more information, please contact 204-231-0096.


Ziggy Alberts is a singer-songwriter who gives new meaning to the term independent artist. At only 24 years old he has released five records, started his own label Commonfolk Records, played sold out tours across the world, and his music has effortlessly amassed millions of listeners, worldwide.

Musically Ziggy’s folk hewn sound has raised comparisons to the likes of early Ben Howard or Jack Johnson. Like these contemporaries, Ziggy creates honest and personal music that explore his relationships both with others and the planet – a subject close to Ziggy’s heart as a surfer and environmental enthusiast. 

In 2018, Ziggy released his fifth record ‘Laps Around The Sun’ which was premiered on Billboard Magazine and was ‘Feature Album of the Week’ on triple j. In the first week after its release, the album charted to #2 on the ARIA Australian Artist Album Charts. 

2018 also saw Ziggy embark on his ‘Laps Around The Sun World Tour’, where he officially sold out all 37 dates before the dawn of the AU/NZ leg (26,500 tickets). 

2019 is set to be Ziggy’s biggest year yet, as he continues on his world tour playing shows in Europe, UK, North America and South Africa.

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


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Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

Art d'Ecco

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The Gulf Islands of the Pacific Northwest are an enigma. The islands jut up through the brisk waters of the Pacific Ocean, and just as the likes of Vancouver and Seattle exist at the intersection of opulences both natural and manmade, the islands host multitudes in their lush, hushed red cedar and Doug Fir skyscrapers. Art d’Ecco is one such multitude: an unapologetic, inclusive rock and roll mystic in a wig and lipstick.

When d’Ecco moved into his grandmother’s cottage on one of the islands, he hadn’t planned on creating a new project. But, as it often does, circumstance charted his course. His grandmother, living with Alzheimer’s, suffered a related phenomenon called ‘sundowning,’ which triggers increased agitation and anxiety around sunset. “The only way to calm this lady down was to sit down at the piano,” says d’Ecco. He would play “Bohemian Rhapsody,” passing it off as Beethoven. After she was relocated, d’Ecco remained in the empty house where he had played as a child. Draped in memory, he gravitated toward the piano, spending the long, lonesome, quiet nights on the bench before the instrument. This is where Art d’Ecco was created.

He relocated to a new cottage, built a studio and barricaded himself with copies of Deerhunter’s Cryptograms, Bowie’s Low, and choice krautrock records. In this solitude, d’Ecco would chase tones for hours. The result is a richly-realized confluence of the ferocious spark of those trailblazers and a distinct sadness, with d’Ecco as mad scientist, stitching together these delicious fragments and animating them.

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

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


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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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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
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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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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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
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
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.

Doors @ 7:15pm
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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