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Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Finjan

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The West End Cultural Centre is thrilled to welcome local klezmer sensation Finjan back to our stage. On Sunday, September 22nd, the quintet will bring their masterful instrumental technique to the WECC for an evening of music that is sure to bring you right back to the old country.

Finjan came together in the north end of Winnipeg in 1982 and became the first group to spread the Klezmer sound across Canada. Their debut album, Crossing Selkirk Avenue (Red House Records) was released in 1993 and years later, with five albums, two Juno nominations, and a Western Canadian Music Award, they’ve toured North America countless times as the preeminent kelzmer sound. But they haven’t limited themselves to only concerts. Finjan has performed on A Prairie Home Companion, The Lonesome Pine Specials, and in the movie The Outside Chance of Maximillian Glick.

Known for their high level of musicianship and entertaining shows, Finjan finds creative ways to thrill and inspire their audiences by mixing the old and new. They combine the sounds of Eastern Europe and the American Yiddish Theater. With scintillating instrumentation and soulful vocals, they created music that was original, fresh, yet steeped in the traditional. Their wild solos, swing tempos, powerful rhythms and rich harmonies made them one of the most exciting bands to hit the klezmer scene.

Doors - 7:00pm
Show - 7:30pm

Tickets
Advance - $30.00 {Mezzanine - $35.00]
Door - $35.00 [Mezzanine - $40.00]

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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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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Vagina Bible - An evening with Dr. Jen Gunter ***SOLD OUT***

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Dr. Jen Gunter in conversation with Jen Zoratti of The Winnipeg Free Press and signing The Vagina Bible: The vulva and the vagina--separating the myth from the medicine (Random House Canada).

Tickets to this event at the West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue) are $40 and include admission for two and a copy of the book. They may be purchased at McNally Robinson Booksellers at Grant Park (204-475-0483), The Forks (204-615-7868), in person, over the phone, or online. Single student tickets for $25 (including a copy of the book) are also available but must be purchased in person with valid student ID.

From Canadian OB/GYN, women's health advocate and New York Times columnist Dr. Jen Gunter: The Vagina Bible is a comprehensive, accessible antidote to the maelstrom of misinformation around female sexual health, and the ultimate guide to everything a person needs to know about the vagina and vulva.

We are well into the twenty-first century and have access to more information than ever before, yet many people don't know that a vagina is self-cleaning, condoms should be used with a lubricant, eating sugar doesn't cause a yeast infection, and sex shouldn't be painful. As a physician with twenty-five years of clinical experience, Dr. Jen Gunter is all too familiar with the fears, fallacies and misinformation that abound about vaginal health. On Twitter, she hilariously exposes unscientific wellness advice and debunks potentially harmful and stunningly unnecessary products from "vagina profiteers." Dr. Gunter knows the questions women (and men) have about female sexual health, and in The Vagina Bible, she answers them all.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dr. Jen Gunter is an obstetrician and gynecologist with nearly three decades of experience as a vulvar and vaginal diseases expert. She graduated from The University of Manitoba School of Medicine in 1990 at the age of 23. She’s been called Twitter's resident gynecologist, the Internet's OB/GYN, and a fierce advocate for women's health. She writes two regular columns for The New York Times.

Host Jen Zoratti is a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, where she frequently writes about pop culture, gender, and the arts. She is the co-host of the weekly Free Press podcast Bury the Lede, and the co-founder of the blog SCREAMING IN ALL CAPS: another feminist response to pop culture.

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Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

No Strings Attached, featuring Jessee Havey, TJ Blair, Sheena Rattai, Jess Reimer, & Grant Davidson

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A concert of acappella music showcasing five of Winnipeg’s best singers.

Featuring
Jessee Havey
TJ Blair
Sheena Rattai
Jess Reimer
Grant Davidson


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

Tickets
Advance - $15.00 {Mezzanine - $20.00}
Door - $20.00 {Mezzanine - $25.00}


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Oct
2
5:00 PM17:00

Sara Ahmed - Closing the Door: Complaint as Diversity Work

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Accessibility Information: There is a small lip at the front entrance of the event space. Inside, there is a wheelchair lift. There are two gender neutral washrooms, and both have an accessible stall. ASL will be provided at the event.

Gender Neutral Washrooms: There are two gender neutral washrooms on the main floor of the event space.

Lecture by Sara Ahmed

Sara Ahmed is a feminist writer, independent scholar, and Killjoy who works at the intersection of feminist, queer and race studies. Her research is concerned with how bodies and worlds take shape; and how power is secured and challenged in everyday life worlds as well as institutional cultures. Until the end of 2016, Ahmed was a Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London having been previously based in Women’s Studies at Lancaster University. She resigned from my post at Goldsmiths in protest at the failure to deal with the problem of sexual harassment. Ahmed is the author of many notable books including Living a Feminist Life (2017), Willful Subjects (2014), and On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012). Her most recent writing can be found on her blog: feministkilljoys.com.

This lecture draws on interviews conducted with staff and students who have made complaints within universities that relate to unfair, unjust or unequal working conditions and to abuses of power such as sexual and racial harassment. It approaches complaint as a form of diversity work: the work some have to do in order to be accommodated. Making a complaint requires becoming an institutional mechanic: you have to work out how to get a complaint through a system. It is because of the difficulty of getting through that complaints often end up being about the system. The lecture explores the significance of how complaints happen 'behind closed doors,' and shows how doors are often closed even when they appear to be opened.

https://www.saranahmed.com

Welcome by Dr. Albert McLeod (Two Spirit Manitoba)

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over thirty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba.
Albert began his Two-Spirit advocacy in Winnipeg in 1986 and became an HIV/AIDS activist in 1987. He was the director of the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force from 1991 to 2001. In 2018, Albert received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg.
Albert lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a consultant specializing in Indigenous peoples, cultural reclamation, and cross-cultural training.

https://albertmcleod.com

Renu Shonek and Carla Taylor, 2SQTBIPOC Library

Renu and Carla are the co-creators of the 2SQTBIPOC (two-spirit, queer, trans and Black/Indigenous/people of colour) Library housed in the Revolution Wellness Centre (433 Graham Ave). The 2SQTBIPOC Library is made by and for 2SQTBIPOC communities, and will hold a collection of books by 2SQTBIPOC authors. Renu and Carla will speak about the motivation for the library, the importance of creating this space outside the walls of academia, and will be collecting monetary and book donation at the event. To donate via etransfer: qtbipoclibrary204@gmail.com

Instagram: @2sqtbipoc_library_204

Introductions by Dr. Corinne Mason (Gender and Women’s Studies, Brandon University) and Christina Hajjar (Whiny Femmes Zine and @notmystellas)

Dr. Corinne Mason is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology at Brandon University. Her research program maps how social justice logics are incorporated into institutional and mediated contexts with an emphasis on gender-based and sexualized violence, 2SLGBTQIA rights, intersectionality theory, and reproductive justice. Her current work focuses broadly on the questions of im/mobilizing marginalized knowledges on university campuses. Probing neoliberal expectations for scholars to communicate their research outcomes, Mason is investigating if and how feminist researchers’ expertise on sexualized violence informs their institution’s policies and practices.

W: corinnelmason.com

Christina Hajjar

Christina Hajjar is a queer femme first-generation Lebanese-Canadian artist, writer, and organizer. She is passionate about collaboration and skills-sharing as tools of community-building and resistance! Her arts practice utilizes performance, poetry, zines, curating, and facilitation to grapple with diaspora, queerness, food, feminism, and intergenerational inheritance. Among many community-based endeavors, she is co-creator of zines Whiny Femmes (with art and writing by queer femmes of all genders) and Carnation (with art and writing addressing displacement and diaspora). A resident killjoy in Winnipeg, Hajjar co-founded the @notmystellas Instagram campaign to hold the restaurant accountable for sexual harassment, unethical work practices, discrimination and human rights violations.

W: christinahajjar.com


This event is presented by the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund held jointly by the Institute of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba, and Gender and Women's Studies at Brandon University; the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities; the Centre for Research in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg; and QPOC Winnipeg

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Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Once

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Newfoundland has a storied history, and over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story.

Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. The up-tempo album opener, “I Can’t Live Without You,” reflects on women battling with self-image issues and offers wisened words to be the positive change in their own lives. The gritty guitar driven “Before The Fall” succumbs to the notion that we must accept our past and use those memories to grow. Riff rocker “Any Other Way” reflects the fact that true love accepts us at our worst but insists we do the work to be our best selves to keep it together.

On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they've always done so well: stun listeners with what Amelia Curran calls "perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on."

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

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

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Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Diamonds In The Rough

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MUSIC
Drezus
JetCity Records
Craig (DJ) Primetime Empire

STANDUP COMEDIANS
Paul Rabliauskus
Sage Oddchild

URBAN FASHION SHOW
(Indigenous designers)
Tabatha Linklater
Edna Nabess

(Local clothing distributors)
YK '10×10'
Melissa Browns 'Keepin' It Indigenous'
Bubblz 'Hood Hopprz'

OUR INNERCITY GEMS/SPEAKERS
(Includes ALL performers and...)
Damien (3D visuals)
Lenard Monkman
Ryan Beardy
Matthew Brian Shorting

HOSTED BY
Elissa Kixen (Mainstage host)
Nicole Spence (Behind the scene/backstage host)

There will be raffle & door prizes...

There will be a cotton candy machine...

There will be a red carpet photobooth section with photo backdrop & professional photographer...

There will be food available for purchase at a discounted price. Provided by, Brownees Urban Bistro...

There will be a merchandise booth set up for the purchase of handcrafted items as well as the clothes presented in our urban fashion show...

There will be a cash bar for those 18+ sold & strictly regulated by the venue staff...

THIS IS A 16+ COMMUNITY EVENT FOR ANYONE & EVERYONE. HOWEVER, OUR FOCUS IS THE EMPOWERMENT & UPLIFTMENT OF OUR INNERCITY YOUTH.

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Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Lizzy Hoyt Trio

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Entwining traditional and contemporary elements, Lizzy Hoyt delivers a diverse evening of music with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions.

As a performer, Lizzy dazzles audiences with her diversity. Not only an accomplished songwriter, her gifts as a vocalist are highlighted as she sings with lyricism, gentleness and passion. Her talents as an instrumentalist are featured in spades: blistering fiddle sets, finger-style guitar, and ancient melodies for Celtic harp.

Based on repertoire from her acclaimed album, “New Lady on the Prairie”, this show is a lyrical nod to the past — a collection of songs about Canadian history, immigration, women, war, love and family. Lizzy's songs are timeless, touching, poignant and lyrically rich. For this project, Lizzy was nominated for Songwriter of the Year (Western Canadian Music Awards), Solo Artist of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards), and Story Song of the Year (Independent Music Awards).

Don't miss this wonderful evening of Celtic-folk music coming to Winnipeg!

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"She takes her voice into cracks and corners of the clouds as she unites modern and traditional stylings. She is at ease in the right here and now, but with utter simplicity she can turn back decades or centuries in her songs." - Dan St. Ives, Calgary Herald

"The expertise displayed by each musician is jaw-dropping and it's matched by their sensitivity and taste... Lizzy Hoyt displays equal mastery of the fiddle, harp and guitar, complemented by an otherworldly voice. To top it off, she comes across as a truly natural and relaxed, people loving performer." - Jim Sinclair, Castlegar News

Doors - 6:45pm
Show - 7:30pm

Tickets - $20.00 [$25.00 at the door}

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Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Artbeat Studio Benefit Concert

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Art Saves Lives Benefit Concert 

supporting Artbeat Studio's unique community-based, peer-directed mental health and arts programming.  

Chris and Dave of Doc Walker

With over 20 Top 10 singles in total, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades.   

Nation of Two

Nation of Two is a newly formed folk duo composed of Winnipeg’s Jessee Havey and Nathaniel Good of West Virginia.  

Bart House Band

Twin fiddles lead this family collective, setting fire to the tunes of the Old World from Iceland to Kazakhstan.  

Silent Auction
50/.50 Draw
Raffle Prizes

Doors at 6:15pm 

Tickets - $50.00  



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Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Del Barber

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This show is presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Del Barber is a singer-songwriter from Manitoba, whose winsome balladry and wry wit harken back to country-folk traditions that remind the listener of the late greats of songwriting history. Del is no stranger to finding inspiration in the cultural backdrop of Canada. On the JUNO Award-nominated Prairieography, Barber documented stories of prairie life, highlighting the unique relationship between struggle, hard work and love. 

With new songs to share, Del is back on the road reconnecting with fans across North America anticipating the launch of his new album 'Easy Keeper' on September 6, 2019.

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

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Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Justin Rutledge

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Justin Rutledge’s albums garner impressive amounts of critical acclaim. Between his debut, No Never Alone (2005), his sophomore release, The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park (2006) and third album, Man Descending (2008). His fourth album Early Widows was named one of the top 50 albums of 2011 by Amazon.com Rutledge has earned 2 Juno nominations, a Galaxy Rising Star award, countless year-end critics’ picks, the title of Toronto’s Best Local Songwriter (NOW Magazine), a spot on the 2008 Polaris Prize Long List and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. Justin has shared the stage with artists such as Blue Rodeo, Dolly Parton, Martha Wainwright and Great Lake Swimmers.

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

Tickets
Advance $23.00 [Mezzanine - $27.00]
Door - $27.00 [Mezzanine - $32.00)


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Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Roman Clarke

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It’s all about the music, and for Roman Clarke, it always will be. Especially the art of song craft, which is both his passion and obsession. His prolific catalogue is a reflection of his hardworking prairie roots, but the groove that comes through in his music are borrowing from influences far wider than his rural Manitoban upbringing would hint at. Blurring the lines between pop and r’n’b he uses his unique voice and style to tell honest stories juxtaposed over tracks that snap your head back with thick beats and uplifting synth arrangements. Though he cut his teeth on the music scene as a drummer first, gigging along side his musical family, and touring and recording with power-trio and best friends The Middle Coast, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, and Joey Landreth, it would be a serious oversight to narrow him down to a working side man. He’s frighteningly versatile - equally comfortable behind the kit, at the piano, in front of a microphone, or in the producers chair. His new self-produced full-length album, “SCORCHER”, is evidence of this. With the exception of a few choice string parts, Roman wrote every lyric, played every instrument, and sang every vocal. His command of the creative process was fundamental in making this record and he was at the helm for every step, from the first demos through to the final mix.

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

Tickets
Advance - $17.00 [Mezzanine - $22.00]
Door - $22.00 [Mezzanine - $27.00}


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Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Daniel Champagne

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“Champagne has proven that he’s a talent you can’t possibly ignore. His live shows have drawn rapturous responses from all corners”



One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au)



The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.



The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.



As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).



Daniel has accomplished all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011) ‘My Own Design’ (2009), ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), ‘Real Live’ (2012), and ‘The Heartland Hurricanes’ (2014). His latest full length release Fault Lines (2017) is available now and his new project, Satellite City EP (2018) is comprised of three singles, Satellite City, Indigo, and The Great Divide, all out now.



A review of his two Gypsy Moon releases said the following: ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore’ – Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine



Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.


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


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


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Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Jordan Klassen

We use an old cliche to sum up birth, death, and ultimately, the renewals of our human experience: "the circle of life". We are perpetually spinning through it, although at times it can feel like we are in a train stuck on the tracks of just one stop of the cycle.

With “Virtuous Circle”, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Jordan Klassen makes his long awaited return, commenting on where in this cycle he has been. “I wrote Virtuous Circle at a time in my life where I felt surrounded by a lot of death primarily; a death in my family, broken relationships, personal instability, and a seemingly endless streak of career disappointments. The song is a plea of hope that what feels like a vicious circle could invert into a virtuous one,” says Klassen.

Despite having its roots in such a tumultuous season, “Virtuous Circle” isn’t despairing. Contemplative, propulsive, and at times sweeping you away, the single brings the strongest cards of Klassen’s talents to the forefront once again. Ever-changing piano lines, aching string arrangements, and an anchor in the immediately recognizable calming vocals.

“I wanted the song to have a sense of darkness, contrasted with hopefulness. I want it to feel like running - breaking away from whatever it is that is chasing you,” Klassen further added.

Over his decade long career, Jordan Klassen has toured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States, becoming widely known for his well-crafted arrangements and nuanced songwriting. To date, he has garnered almost 10 million streams worldwide. Jordan Klassen is currently completing his newest record, scheduled for an early 2020 release.

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

Tickets

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

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Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

Terra Lightfoot

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Canada’s Terra Lightfoot has a huge voice and a big and gutsy guitar tone to match. The powerful double-barreled musical attack makes her latest album simultaneously alluring and exciting. – Guitar Player

 

Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one this is indisputable: roots rocker Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers.

 Terra released her self-titled debut album in 2011; its critically acclaimed follow-up, 2015’s Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, marked the artist’s arrival as a striking songwriter and compelling live performer. 2017 brought two new albums; the orchestral collaboration Live In Concert and her third studio album, New Mistakes, the latter nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year at he 2018 JUNO Awards and long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize.

 With her third studio album New Mistakes, Canada’s Terra Lightfoot has offered up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing – one that has won praise from the likes of No Depression, Pop-Matters, Guitar Player, Twanville, The Boot and CBC Music.


Sam Weber is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in the vein of Jackson Browne, The Band, The Wood Brothers and Gillian Welch. Years spent refining songs at home in North Saanich, BC and working in studios in Los Angeles, CA have honed Weber’s craft to a fine point. His live show pairs heartfelt songwriting with world-class musicianship and three-part harmony. Weber’s recent EP New Agile Freedom, which earned substantial buzz, serves as preview for his anticipated new album Everything Comes True. Featuring a superb slate of songs and a heavyweight roster of West Coast players, the album arrives this fall.


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

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


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Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

No Strings Attached 2, featuring Heitha Forsyth, Andrina Turenne, Jaxon Haldane, JD Edwards, & Woody Hollar

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A concert of acappella music showcasing five of Winnipeg’s best singers.

Featuring
Heitha Forsyth
Andrina Turenne
Jaxon Haldane
JD Edwards
Woody Hollar


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

Tickets
Advance - $15.00 {Mezzanine - $20.00}
Door - $20.00 {Mezzanine - $25.00}


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Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Tarbut Festival of Jewish Culture - Yemen Blues Presents The Great Hallel

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This event is presented by the Rady Jewish Community Centre and the Tarbut Festival of Jewish Culture


After having sold out twice in Winnipeg at the Berney Theatre, and rocked the Winnipeg Folk Festival stages, we are presenting the full nine-piece Yemen Blues at the West End Cultural Centre in this all new project. Ravid Kahalani & Omer Avital first collaborated in 2010 with the creation of Yemen Blues. Since the group’s breakthrough in 2011, Yemen Blues has gone on to great international success. The two have again joined forces to present a new collaboration in their own powerful musical language. The new compositions presented by this project are carefully derived from Kahalani’s thoughtful reading into the deep spiritual meaning of the holy text from Tehillim (Psalms). Hallel (Hebrew: “Praise”) is a Jewish Prayer, a verbatim recitation from Psalms 113–118, recited by observant Jews on holy days as an act of praise and thanksgiving. This energetic project brings together the influence of Yemenite Jewish culture and Afro Funk groove. If you’ve experienced the excitement and magic of Yemen Blues, you won’t want to miss their newest fabulous project!

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Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

Ariel Posen

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Singer/songwriter. Internationally-renowned guitarist. Producer. Solo artist.

A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played. 

Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the Juno Award winning, roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. Several years later, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.

How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles and many more — along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen's compelling voice. 

"The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument.”

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

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


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Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Kaia Kater

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Grenadian-Canadian singer, songwriter and banjo-player Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: her family’s deep ties to folk music and the years she spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia. Few are more conscious in their journey through Appalachian histories and the Canadian musical landscape than Kaia. Born in Montreal, Kaia has lived in Winnipeg, Wakefield and, most recently, West Virginia. She now resides in Toronto. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the U.K., garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, CBC Music and The Roots Music Report. Often praised for her capacity to sound new and old at once, Kaia anchors her music in the space where tradition and innovation intersect. The award-winning performer has released three albums since her debut EP in 2013, the most recent being Grenades which was nominated for a 2019 JUNO award and long-listed for the Polaris Prize.


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


Tickets

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

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Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

The East Pointers

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There’s already a waiting list for JUNO Award winning Canadian trio The East Pointers’ third album Yours To Break, out October 25th, 2019. Redefining the ever-evolving genre – modern folk – with Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic groove, trance-like trad breakdowns and three-part harmonies, Tim Chaisson (vocals/fiddle/percussion), Koady Chaisson (banjo/tenor guitar/moog) and Jake Charron (guitar/keyboards), already internationally acknowledged as musical trailblazers, capture the furious energy of their live shows and push the boundaries of East Coast folk while lighting a path for a new generation of music lovers.

What We Leave Behind was one of the international standout albums of 2017, nominated for the ‘Traditional Roots Album of the Year’ at the 2018 JUNO Awards and attracting over four million streams on Spotify. In the short time between their 2015 JUNO Award-winning debut Secret Victory and the upcoming album Yours To Break, the band has performed over 450 shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the UK, Europe, Mexico, the USA, and Canada.

Yours To Break sits uneasily in a classic genre demarcation. The East Pointers have always been musically complex and technically brilliant, the core is definitely traditional Celtic, but on the new album, fiddle tunes are grounded in complex rumbling bass lines, a dirty Americana exploration turns on a dime into a lighthearted guitar feature with flamenco reference palmas, playful keyboard tones turn traditional solos into urgent dance-party journeys, and off-the-leash festival jam sessions give rise to vocal numbers that are either perfect pop songs or moving tributes to the home and people they love. “I feel like this album is the best expression to date of the band’s appreciation for so many different types of music and the fact that we as a band are comfortable enough in our own musical voice to start expressing those influences and loves.” says Koady Chaisson, who plays either banjo or tenor guitar on stage, along with the bass pedals underpinning much of the groove of this album.

Taken from a line in the song ‘Elmira’ – a tune named for a town in Prince Edward Island near where fiddler, Tim Chaisson, and his cousin, banjo player Koady Chaisson, grew up – Yours To Break puts a pin in the creative landscape in which the band currently sits, as well as where they may be headed.

Although conceived as a “love letter to home,” Tim Chaisson says: “’Elmira’ is as much about getting back to the places and things that matter as it is about not being afraid to break away from what’s holding you back. It’s about all the relationships and connections you form throughout life, and that it’s in your control to keep those connections, or part ways and take a different path.”

That’s a sentiment the band picks up on lead single, ‘Wintergreen’.

“I was diagnosed bipolar about five years ago and there was so much darkness, so many extreme highs and extreme lows,” Koady says. “It’s actually a song I kind of wish I could have heard then; a vote of confidence from the perspective of someone who loves you regardless of which end of that spectrum you’re at.”

At the core, ‘Wintergreen’ is about offering a light in the darkness to those who need it. That theme is woven into the material on Yours to Break; a decision the band made to be wholeheartedly themselves and to speak to the relationships and connections formed in life with people, places, items or substances, and the choice we have to either keep these connections or part ways. Koady says “There is also an element of trust, surrounding yourself with the right people, getting back to the place and things that matter the most. And musically, trusting your foundation and traditions, which give you a strong platform to break away and do your own thing. Ultimately, musically and philosophically we have a lot of hope for humanity despite our frailties - that’s the essence of Yours to Break.”

The album was written across the globe, with Koady in Australia, Jake in England and Tim in Costa Rica while they were working on the album. Each of those experiences and sense of place played into the creation of the album.

Produced by Nova Scotia-born, multiple Grammy and JUNO Award winning songwriter and producer, Gordie Sampson (LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), Yours To Break finds the band drawing on their historical Canadian Celtic roots and looking forward in equal measure.

“We’ve always had a hard time putting our music in a specific genre,” Jake says, “so with this album we stopped thinking about that and just made music that felt fun to play.”

Yours To Break also showcases the band’s willingness to let loose themselves and expand dramatically on the traditional music they grew up playing and singing. Doing so was a big part of The East Pointers’ mission this time out – a mission that’s clearly reflected on purely instrumental tunes like ‘Country Cable’ and ‘Power To Move’ – a fearless blend of traditional and modern textures that’s as relentlessly hooky as it is powerful.

“We wanted to make an album someone could put on and basically have a dance party to” Koady puts in. ‘We’re passionate about tradition, yes, but it doesn’t belong in a box in the attic, getting dusted off for special occasions and boring the pants off kids. Traditions belong to the people who shepherd them into the next generation.”

In addition to their own songwriting and touring, The East Pointers run the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival on Prince Edward Island, originally founded by Tim and Koady’s grandfather in 1976. Jake Charron, now an honorary islander, has been an in-demand touring musician for the majority of his life and met Tim and Koady on tours to Atlantic Canada.

The East Pointers’ ten-track album Yours To Break is out October 25, 2019, followed by worldwide touring, including a national Canadian tour in November 2019.

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


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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Concert for Socks, featuring Attica Riots, Efflo, Viisi, and Ellowex

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This event is presented by The Joyful Project


Here it is friends, concert announcement time... Our 5th Annual Concert for Socks is happening Friday November, 15th in Winnipeg at the West End Cultural Centre.

We have a stellar lineup of local music this year with Attica Riots + Efflo and viisi feat. Ellowex. This is an all ages event. Tickets are $10 online through Eventbrite or $20 at the door on the night of the concert. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm.
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Concert for Socks aims to encourage support and awareness for homelessness and addictions through song, story, and art. This year we are happy to share with you that in addition to a great lineup of local music we will be honoured with an art exhibit hosted by individuals who have lived experience with homelessness and addictions.

We invite everyone to bring a pair of clean new socks to the concert. All proceeds plus all material donations received at the concert will be given to our partner organization in Winnipeg, 1 Just City.

1 Just City supports three drop-in community centres in Winnipeg’s core neighbourhoods: West Broadway, the West End and Osborne Village. Each of their drop-in sites serve those living with addictions, those without a place to call home, or those shunned by others based on race, income and sexual orientation. Their services include daily meals, art, senior’s programs, haircuts, showers, laundry, toiletries, and clean undergarments. In the winter months they also run the pop up warming centre in Osborne Village: Just a Warm Sleep.

Bring socks!



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

Tickets
Advance - $10.00
Door - $20.00


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Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Big Dave McLean

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The first thing Big Dave McLean will tell you about Pocket Full Of Nothin’, his newest release on Black Hen Music, is that it isn’t a straight-ahead blues album. For, even though Dave has been playing the blues since he first heard John Hammond perform at the Mariposa Folk Festival fifty years ago, he’s always been open to a variety of musical styles and approaches to presenting a song. As Dave puts it, ‘Music is just music and when it’s good, you forget about the genre or whatever label you want to put on it, and just appreciate the beauty of what you’re hearing.’ Truer words were never spoken. It doesn’t matter if he’s playing country, folk, rock, R&B or blues. It all sounds right and true when Big Dave sings it.

Hailing from Winnipeg, a city that has produced more than its share of great musicians, Big Dave’s Pocket Full Of Nothin’ is his most ambitious album yet. Until now, Big Dave’s recordings have largely comprised of songs written by musical heroes such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Elmore James. But for his seventh album and third record in a row with the award winning guitarist Steve Dawson producing, he decided to try something a little different. ‘I don’t usually stand on my own material. I’ve been happy to record my arrangements of other people’s songs, you know trying to bring something of a new perspective to them. Steve asked if I had written anything new since we last got together, so I sent him a bunch of songs and much to my surprise, he really liked almost all of them, so we ended up with nine original tunes on this record, which is the most I’ve ever recorded at one time.’

Big Dave’s newest songs joyously communicate several musical flavours while keeping the integrity and continuity of the recording intact. Pocket Full Of Nothin’ was never envisioned as a simple blues album. “When I arrived at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, I just unpacked my guitar, blinked, and looked around the room at everyone. I took a breath and said, ‘Hi, my name is Dave and this is in the key of ‘E’. That’s when the magic started.’

With an assembled group of Black Hen regulars including Steve Dawson on multiple stringed instruments, Jeremy Holmes and Gary Craig handling bass and drums, and Chris Gestrin on piano and organ making up the nucleus of the band, what sets this recording apart form his previous efforts is the addition of a fully realized horn section. It was then a thrill and a pleasure when Steve brought in Jerry Cook on Baritone sax, Dominic Conway on tenor sax and Malcolm Aiken on trumpet. This truly made Big Dave’s sound complete as the ensemble dug right in and recorded the album mostly live off of the floor in just a few days.

On every track, Big Dave’s bellowing, prairie storm of a voice conjures smoke and fire as he delivers the most impassioned performances of his career. Big Dave explains, ‘you just have to be open. The Blues is a feeling, and you should play it the way you feel it.’

A few well-chosen cover songs are included to complement Big Dave’s original compositions on Pocket Full Of Nothin’. A gritty take of the Allman Brothers’ ‘Midnight Rider’ and J.B. Lenoir’s ‘Voodoo Music’ showcase McLean’s interpretive skills, and no record from the prairie native would be complete without at least one song associated with Muddy Waters. This time, he treats his listeners to an impassioned take on the old Chess Records gem, ‘Just To Be With You.’

The release of Pocket Full Of Nothin’ coincides with the thrilling announcement that Big Dave will receive an appointment to the Order of Canada for his contributions to the nation’s cultural life. He’ll be in good company when he receives his medal alongside Garth Hudson of The Band to join past recipients that include such iconic musicians as Stompin’ Tom Connors, Gord Downie and Gordon Lightfoot. And, when that day comes, there’ll be no better way to celebrate this long overdue recognition than to listen to Pocket Full Of Nothin’.

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

Tickets
Advance - $25.00 {Mezzanine - $30.00]
Door - $30.00 {Mezzanine - $35.00}


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Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Fortunate Ones

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This show is presented by the Winnipeg Folk Festival.


Newfoundland duo Fortunate Ones’ second album Hold Fast is a study in resilience and partnership.

And Catherine Allan and Andrew O’Brien know a lot about what it takes to make a good partnership. Their debut album, The Bliss was nominated for a JUNO Award, garnered two #1 singles on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, won the 2016 “Rising Star” ECMA, the 2015 “Vocal Group” Canadian Folk Music Award, and four 2015 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards.

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

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Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

Old Man Luedecke

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Easy Money picks up where Old Man Luedecke’s award winning, and most successful release to date, Domestic Eccentric (2015), leaves off: four years farther down the road, dreaming about his ship coming in, still a parent but now grappling with the newness of middle age, dad jokes, love for an abiding partner, the death of a parent, along with some calypso-feeling local Nova Scotia history thrown in for good measure.

Composition and recording were both begun at the Banff Centre’s songwriter-in-residence program. It was there that Luedecke met the album’s producer Howard Bilerman of Montreal’s famed Hotel2Tango studio where the album was eventually recorded. The two hit it off when Luedecke composed “Easy Money” on the tracking floor on the first day of the program. Desperate for something worthy to use in his recording time, Luedecke channeled a traditional Christmas number he knew from a Harry Belafonte record and sang largely improvised verses into a winning tune that is sure to be a modern classic: Oh yes I need it, Oh yes I want it, I dream about easy, I dream about Easy money.” Don’t we all.

The further nine new original compositions and two covers run a modern storytelling line from the fifties folk and calypso boom into the everyday of tangible middle life. Guest appearances by long-time collaborator and Grammy award-winning Tim O’Brien, Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas, and Fats Kaplin (Jack White, John Prine) add piquant accents to the impeccable playing of Luedecke and a crack Montreal studio band of Mike O’Brien, Joshua Toal and Jamie Thompson.

The album begins with three upbeat incantations of what is surely the beginnings of a mid-life crisis (Dad Jokes? Wakeup Call, come on!) then moves to 2 songs musing about death; both inspired in part and in different ways, by the passing of Luedecke’s father, the passing of Leonard Cohen and current politics and the death of truth. There are two island-themed numbers that imagine a laid-back life in the local un-tropical paradise of the Canadian Maritimes. Then comes a country song with killer fiddling and harmony singing by Tim O’Brien, a dance number of frightful worry and then a cover of Nana Mouskouri’s French language cover of Bob Dylan’s topical apocalyptic plaint, “Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”. This is followed by a traditional sea shanty about a mermaid and a shipwreck. The album closer, “‘I Skipped a Stone”, is the most beautiful song about hoping your wife will pick up the phone. The song is made all the sweeter by the special appearance of Bahamas’ playing and singing, to close out Luedecke’s sixth full length studio album.

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

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


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Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

Alex Cuba

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Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. Born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba, was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father’s (respected guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes) group of 24 guitarists. Alex then went on to study electric and upright bass and touring and recording nationally and internationally. In 1999, Alex moved to Victoria, B.C where he recorded an album titled Morumba Cubana alongside his twin brother Adonis, as The Puentes Brothers. Alex then went on to record his solo debut album Humo De Tobaco in which earned him a Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2006. In 2007, Alex released Agua Del Pozo which also earned him another Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2008. From there, Alex released his third album, a self-titled project Alex Cuba in 2009.

The album features his first ever English track titled “If You Give Me Love”. The album gained recognition on an international level. In 2010, Alex took home the award for Best New Artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, where it was also nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Album. It also followed a nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards and in 2011 Alex took home a BMI Latin Award for his songwriting on Nelly Furtado’s #1 Spanish hit “Manos Al Aire”. In 2012, Alex released his fourth album Ruido En El Sistema, which Alex received his second Socan Hagood Hardy Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz and World Music. He also won his second Latin Grammy Award – this time as a songwriter, alongside co-writer Yoel Henriquez received the award for Best Tropical Song for the Milly Quezada’s single, “Toma Mi Vida”. In 2013, he again brought home a Latin Grammy for the video “Eres Tu“ from Ruido En El Sistema, a video produced entirely in his hometown of Smithers.

Alex Cuba’s 5th studio album, Healer, was recorded in New York, USA and Victoria, Canada, using a live rhythm section, trading in horns for guitars and vocal harmonies. With five duets with singer songwriters, four being Canadian, Ron Sexsmith, David Myles, Alejandra Ribera and Kuba Oms as well as New Yorker Anya Marina, it is an upbeat, acoustic soul album full of optimism and reality as Alex always has a silver lining on melancholy of any form. The album won a Latin Grammy for best Singer-songwriter and nominated for a Grammy as best Latin Pop in 2016.

In 2017, Alex completed his 6th album Lo Unico Constante, beginning in Spain and passing through Montreal to record a single with Jean Massicotte. Then meeting up with the rhythm section from Healer in Baker Studios to record and mix 12 songs that delve deeper into Alex’s songwriting roots, focusing on nylon string guitar and upright bass. Looking at the filin movement in Cuba of the forties that fused jazz and trova together with emotional but not sad lyrical content. Music that influenced his writing style to this day. The first single with both Spanish and French versions, produced by Jean Massicotte, Todas Las Cabezas Estan Locas/Dans La Folie De L’Amour was released February 17th, 2017, with an album impact date of April 7th, 2017.


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


Tickets

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

All tickets subject to tickets fees


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Feb
27
8:00 PM20:00

Begonia: The Fear Tour ***SOLD OUT***

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Three years ago, Alexa Dirks began to transform. Dirks—an eminently talented vocalist equally comfortable singing lullabies, headbangers and ballads—had made a name for herself in local circles for her work in ensembles like the Juno-winning Chic Gamine. But in 2016, she stepped forward, redubbing herself ‘Begonia’ and signalling the blossom of a dynamic and intriguing artist: a glittery supernova who felt like music’s best-kept secret.

With her long-awaited debut album Fear out September 13, that secret will finally come out. Fear is a deeply personal album, at once bursting with ruminations on solitude, self-doubt, anxiety, and panic, all bundled up in that serene feeling that comes with an artist fully embracing themselves in both the past and the present tense. She wrote and co-produced the record with a familiar team: Matt Schellenberg and Matt Peters of Royal Canoe, along with Marcus Paquin, who has previously worked with The National, Arcade Fire and Local Natives.

On stage, Begonia dresses in bold, sometimes bright-coloured wardrobe: it’s how she feels most powerful, “almost like a superhero version of herself,” she says. On most tracks, her invincibility is buoyed by profound vulnerability. The title track begins with frantic clapping, and the lyrics take the cue: Begonia rattles through anxiety after anxiety, fear after fear, eventually culminating in a pained scream that acts as a pseudo-chorus we’ve all sung before. This is the power of Begonia: her music feels like something we’ve all been waiting for the chance to say, but couldn’t quite phrase, a throwback to something that’s never existed before.

Begonia’s debut full length album, Fear, is being released via Begonia’s own label imprint, Rex Baby Records (Birthday Cake/The Orchard) on September 13, 2019. The single Hanging On A Line has already gone #1 in Canada on CBC Music (Canada’s national public broadcaster). This is the second time Begonia has topped the chart in Canada, following #1  single Juniper in 2017. Begonia’s first solo EP, Lady in Mind, was well-received, being listed on NPR’s 10 Artists You Need To Know in 2017. Noisey wrote that, “Begonia has one of Canada’s most extraordinary voices, and thankfully she uses it to obliterate the misery from this world one live performance at a time.” NPR wrote that Begonia is “the place where where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy."


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


Tickets

Advance - $30.00 [Mezzanine - $37.00]
Doors - $35.00 [Mezzanine - $42.00]

All tickets subject to tickets fees


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Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

Begonia: The Fear Tour ***SOLD OUT***

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Three years ago, Alexa Dirks began to transform. Dirks—an eminently talented vocalist equally comfortable singing lullabies, headbangers and ballads—had made a name for herself in local circles for her work in ensembles like the Juno-winning Chic Gamine. But in 2016, she stepped forward, redubbing herself ‘Begonia’ and signalling the blossom of a dynamic and intriguing artist: a glittery supernova who felt like music’s best-kept secret.

With her long-awaited debut album Fear out September 13, that secret will finally come out. Fear is a deeply personal album, at once bursting with ruminations on solitude, self-doubt, anxiety, and panic, all bundled up in that serene feeling that comes with an artist fully embracing themselves in both the past and the present tense. She wrote and co-produced the record with a familiar team: Matt Schellenberg and Matt Peters of Royal Canoe, along with Marcus Paquin, who has previously worked with The National, Arcade Fire and Local Natives.

On stage, Begonia dresses in bold, sometimes bright-coloured wardrobe: it’s how she feels most powerful, “almost like a superhero version of herself,” she says. On most tracks, her invincibility is buoyed by profound vulnerability. The title track begins with frantic clapping, and the lyrics take the cue: Begonia rattles through anxiety after anxiety, fear after fear, eventually culminating in a pained scream that acts as a pseudo-chorus we’ve all sung before. This is the power of Begonia: her music feels like something we’ve all been waiting for the chance to say, but couldn’t quite phrase, a throwback to something that’s never existed before.

Begonia’s debut full length album, Fear, is being released via Begonia’s own label imprint, Rex Baby Records (Birthday Cake/The Orchard) on September 13, 2019. The single Hanging On A Line has already gone #1 in Canada on CBC Music (Canada’s national public broadcaster). This is the second time Begonia has topped the chart in Canada, following #1  single Juniper in 2017. Begonia’s first solo EP, Lady in Mind, was well-received, being listed on NPR’s 10 Artists You Need To Know in 2017. Noisey wrote that, “Begonia has one of Canada’s most extraordinary voices, and thankfully she uses it to obliterate the misery from this world one live performance at a time.” NPR wrote that Begonia is “the place where where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy."


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


Tickets

Advance - $30.00 [Mezzanine - $37.00]
Doors - $35.00 [Mezzanine - $42.00]

All tickets subject to tickets fees


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Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Ziggy Alberts ***SOLD OUT***

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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
20
7:00 PM19:00

March of Dimes Canada Fundraiser - Rock for Dimes

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Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada's programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city's best corporate band and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals. 

Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised over $1,800,000 to support our Conductive Education®, Stroke Recovery Canada®and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes' flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.

Doors - 7:00pm
Show - 7:30pm

Tickets - $20.00

For more information please see www.rockfordimes.ca/winnipeg

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Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Burnstick

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It’s folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife. Plains-Cree guitarist, Jason Burnstick, and Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, Nadia Gaudet Burnstick are two performers whose voices and languages blend together with ease. Jason carries with him his vintage Weissenborns, lapslide guitars and hard-edge songwriting, as Nadia shines through with enchanting vocal harmonies and insightfully honest lyrics – it is hard to deny the magic they create as they command the stage with their palpable performances. In 2015, they journeyed into the world of children’s music, the time to create a magical all-original lullaby album that married languages and bridged cultures, and for which they recently won a Western Canadian Music Award. Now coming back to their folk-roots, they are releasing their first single, Pay No Mind, with more upcoming projects promising to deliver refreshing and compelling folk music collaborations.

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

Tickets - $10.00 from the band or at the door

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Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

Sol James

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Sol James is proud to release her sophomore EP entitled “Fighting” produced by renowned guitarist Ariel Posen at The West End Cultural Centre on September 5th, 2019. The show will celebrate this release featuring Sol James and her band of some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, showcasing James’ vocal and song-writing prowess along with special guests! It will be an evening to remember.

Winnipeg-based Sol James is a force to be reckoned with, with a voice to match. A unique take on roots/blues with a soulful flair, her music is joyful and honest, leaving audiences smiling, dancing, and celebrating the great stuff of life. Sol’s stage presence calls out to even the meekest of souls, breaking down walls and bringing the light in. She does this with a dependable dose of hilarity; You can hear a Sol James audience laughing a mile away. With a strong and agile voice that leaves audiences amazed and moved, Sol James puts on a powerful show.

“Fighting” is the anticipated follow-up to Sol’s 2012 self-titled EP. Produced with the support of Manitoba Film & Sound, it features 5 original tracks written by Sol and co-written by Winnipeg guitar gods Ariel Posen, Murray Pulver and Kris Ulrich. Recorded in July 2018 at Stereobus Recording in Winnipeg, MB, the EP showcases Sol’s growing sound, a foray from the more country sound of her first EP further into the world of roots and blues. It is her powerhouse voice that melds her sound together, all at once sweet and delicate, yet suddenly effortlessly powerful.

Sol’s voice, musicality and creative vision is in demand in the Winnipeg scene. Chances are you have seen her. She is the lead singer of both The Retro Rhythm Review and The Solutions, two bands known for slaying soul and funk hits across the city. She has toured Western Canada and opened for acts such as Suzie Vinnick, Monkey Junk, The Brothers Landreth, Red Moon Road, Jack Semple, Sweet Alibi and Anne Vriend. She has been a featured guest with The Dirty Catfish Brass Band, The Hot and Dirty Dance Party, Ariel Posen, and, EgoSpank. She has also added her voice to recording projects with the likes of Watermelon Slim, The Weber Brothers, Billy Joe Green Band, The New Customs, Logan McKillop, Elsie Morden, The Small Glories and Red Moon Road.

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

Tickets

In Advance - $15.00 [Mezzanine - $20.00]
Doors - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00]

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Sep
5
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Casati

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
29
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Nathaniel Good

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
22
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Gabriela Ocejo

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Dirty Catfish Brass Band

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The Dirty Catfish Brass Band’s aim is to inspire, create and instigate – but, mostly, they just want you on your feet. Undeniably tight, yet reckless as hell, The Dirty Catfish Brass Band (DCBB) deals in powerful phrasing and performances drenched with rhythm. Invoking the sounds of the New Orleans brass tradition, the collective dares to reimagine the streets of a prairie city as one that is hot, alive, and brimming with soul. Based in Winnipeg, MB, the crew strives to surprise, challenge, tickle and pay homage to the New Orleans tradition by giving it a new audience in an unsuspecting locale. In true Louisiana tradition, these boys stick to the spontaneity of festivals, alleyway performance and all around late nights. The band doesn’t ask permission to play, and the crowd certainly doesn’t ask them to stop.

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


Tickets
Advance - $20.00 [Mezzanine - $25.00}
Door - $25.00 {Mezzanine - $30.00}



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Aug
15
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Sheena Rattai

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

Man Candy - Rock Lake - Satanic Rights

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Friday, August 9th, come out and support D'Arcy's A.R.C. (Animal Rescue Centre) and take in some of the city's finest animal lovin' ROCK. If you have sympathy for the fur friends out there without shelter, come out and support this righteous organization in their ceaseless, tireless work to provide a compassionate alternative for those not yet in their forever homes.

Total support provided by these class acts:

SATANIC RIGHTS
We play faster than we know how to and louder than we probably should. We write fun songs about dumb stuff but sometimes we'll sneak in something pretty or a song with a point. Dimly lit bars with warm beer is where we're at home. We like Cheap Trick!
https://satanicrights.bandcamp.com/album/blues-druid

ROCK LAKE
Stalwarts of the rock apocalypse! Unsung, unknown, unstoppable, deep, wide and mysterious.
https://eatemuprecords.bandcamp.com/album/rlv

MAN CANDY
Punk rock duo who prefers fries before guys. Influences include mood swings, pent up nice girl rage, and being beyond done with sh1tty huMANs.
https://www.facebook.com/mancandybandy/
https://soundcloud.com/tr66/01-model-boy-friend-v2

Doors at 7:15, ROCK at 8 O'clock, 11 PM we are done, so there is plenty of time for more than one event in the evening. Tickets will be available at the door. This is an ALL AGES, family friendly event.

$10-15 suggested donation. All proceeds go directly to D'arcy's A.R.C.

ABOUT D"ARCY'S A.R.C.

"D'Arcy's Animal Rescue Centre was founded by D'Arcy Johnston, a former Animal Health Technician. The A.R.C. officially opened its doors in November of 2001. Prior to that, D'Arcy operated a cat rescue out of his north end home. The A.R.C. has always operated as a not-for-profit organization. In November of 2004, the A.R.C. received its official charitable status. The operations of D'Arcy's A.R.C. are focused on providing shelter, veterinary care, and adoption services for stray and abandoned cats and dogs in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas. Since 2001, over 15,000 animals have found permanent homes through the ARC. At any given time, there are over 100 animals awaiting adoption through our St. James location and foster homes.

At the A.R.C., we consider the stray, abandoned and abused animals that come through our doors to be our main clients. We provide them with:

*An initial veterinary checkup
*Follow up veterinary care and / or medication where necessary
*Comfortable and safe temporary living quarters
*Opportunity for socialization
*Patient care and assistance with emotional issues
*Exercise, high quality food, fresh water, soft beds
*We work hard to find our animals appropriate permanent homes where they will be treated well and treasured for life

For more info on the animal rescue center, please visit these links or come down and talk to the volunteers at their info table on August 9th:

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Aug
8
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Two Crows For Comfort

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Aug
1
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Andrina Turenne

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Jul
27
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

6:30pm - The Right To Breathe
8:00pm - Peter & The Starcatcher

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
26
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

7:00pm - The Right To Breathe
8:30pm - Peter & The Starcatcher

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
25
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - Ripped Hat

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

6:30pm - The Right To Breathe
8:00pm - Peter & The Starcatcher

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

7:00pm - The Right To Breathe
8:30pm - Peter & The Starcatcher

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

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Venue #20

7:00pm - Peter & The Starcatcher
9:00pm - The Right To Breathe

Showtimes are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com or call 204-943-7464


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is the story of how an orphan boy came to be known as Peter Pan. Two villainous captains, Black Stache and Bill Slank, square off in a battle between two ships. Lord Aster is a starcatcher who must protect the earth from the power of star stuff. Embracing the style of story theatre with physical gags and hilarious puns, the actors play everything from pirates and mermaids to mollusks. This is a journey of the imagination to far-off places and tropical islands.


THE RIGHT TO BREATHE is a collection of dance, narrative and poetry. Through the journey of hip hop, this collection takes a stand against systemic racism, militarization and economic greed. A resistance to injustice in all its forms. Ultimately, The Right To Breathe is a celebration of peace and justice for all!


For tickets, please see the Winnipeg Fringe Festival website at www.winnipegfringe.com.

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Jul
18
12:15 PM12:15

Musical Notes & Lunch Totes - The Lockdown

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Our annual summer lunchtime concert series, Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, is back!! Bring your lunch and join us at Saigon Park (behind the University of Winnipeg) every Thursday from 12:15-1pm.

July 18 - The Lockdown
July 25 - Ripped Hat
August 1 - Andrina Turenne
August 8 - Two Crows For Comfort
August 15 - Sheena Rattai
August 22 - Gabriela Ocejo
August 29 - Nathaniel Good
September 5 - Casati

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Jul
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Mariachi Ghost

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This show has been rescheduled from
June 26th to July 16th. All tickets purchased for
the June 26th show will be honoured
at the July 16th show.

The Mariachi Ghost releases their latest single on Wednesday, June 26th at the West End Cultural Centre

The Mariachi Ghost, from Winnipeg, Canada, summon the ghosts of old Mexico through traditional Mexican song, haunting synths and explosive guitar lines, alongside rich harmonies, commanding lead vocals and spectral dance. Their show leaps from anguish and longing to a raging fury in a heartbeat.

The band started as an art project among friends in 2009 and has since grown to an internationally acclaimed touring act. The Mariachi Ghost has played festival stages such as Interstellar Rodeo, the Pan-American Games and the Winnipeg Folk Fest mainstage. The band has performed at SXSW, Tallinn Music Week, Mundial Montreal and Breakout West.

Their self-titled debut album won the "Best World Music Album" at the Western Canadian Music Awards and received international radio play. In 2015, they collaborated with legendary film director Guy Maddin to create a music video. The band’s upcoming work “Rencor Vivo” is inspired by Pedro Páramo, the iconic work of Mexican literature that inspired the magical realism movement in Latin America. Through the story’s lens, the band explores contemporary themes of toxic masculinity, prejudice and elitism. The Mariachi Ghost is currently expanding their artistic reach with a theatre play and 360 videos as well as planning an international tour.

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


Tickets
In Advance - $15.00 (Mezzanine - $20.00)
Door - $20.00 (Mezzanine - $25.00)

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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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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
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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