August, 2019 Newsletter

Staffing Changes at The WECC

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The West End Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerri Stephens as artistic director. Stephens has been with the WECC for nine years, working as community outreach coordinator and, most recently, as marketing and artistic associate. She will assume her new role September 1, 2019.

"Becoming the first female artistic director of the West End Culture Centre has been a long-time goal of mine", said Stephens. "We've had women in other leadership positions in the organization but this is the first time in the organization’s 32-year history that a woman will oversee our programming. I've worked hard to produce other people's artistic visions, so it's exciting to finally have the opportunity to see my vision in our musical programming."

Stephens has developed a reputation for skilled programming through her years with the WECC. She has helped program the annual summer lunchtime concert series Musical Notes & Lunch Totes, as well as the annual Ellice Street Festival and the WECC's annual community holiday dinner every December. As artistic associate she has helped program numerous concerts, including the hugely popular Throwback Thursdays and Ego Spank Presents… concert series.

"Watching Kerri develop her skills as programmer, particularly in the execution of our current concert series, has been very exciting," executive director Jason Hooper said. "I look forward to seeing where she takes our programming in the coming years."

With the appointment of Stephens, WECC production coordinator Matt Duboff will become the organization’s marketing coordinator. Duboff has been with the WECC for three years, overseeing volunteers as well as the bar and ticketing. His new position will see him working alongside Stephens to produce and promote the upcoming season of shows.


Job Postings

The West End Cultural Centre I currently advertising for two new staff positions. A full-time house manager and half-time community outreach coordinator will be hired in August, 2019. The house Manager position will oversee volunteers, bar sales, ticketing, and rental bookings. The community outreach coordinator will oversee our Tune-In after school music program, as well as other events in the community. As well, they will oversee the annual Ellice Street Festival in June and Community Holiday Dinner in December.

For a complete job description for both positions, please see the job posting here.


Musical Notes & Lunch Totes

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. This concert features up-and-coming local artists from around Winnipeg. This years concert series runs weekly until September 5th.

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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Upcoming Shows at the WECC

We’ve got an amazing lineup for shows coming together for our fall concert season., with more being announced all the time. Local NOLA superstars, the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, are bringing some heat to the dog days of summer on August 16th while local songstress Sol James kicks off September with her debut album release on 5th, while longtime klezmer sensation Finjan is here on the 22nd.

Glam rock never looked as good as it does now with Art D’Ecoo on September 23th. Canadian stalwarts The Once, Justin Rutledge, Old Man Leudecke and Alex Cuba come to town in October and November, and the Winnipeg music scene’s adopted son (from Australia via Nashville) Daniel Champagne, is back to blow our minds with his guitar.

Our friends at the Winnipeg Folk Festival have three great shows coming up this fall as well. After being featured at this summers fesetival, Ziggy Alberts has already sold out his show on September 21st. Manitoba folk/country superstar Del Barber in coming into town on October 18th, and east coast trio, The East Pointers are back again this fall promoting their latest album.

Tickets to all WECC-produced shows are available through Eventbrite or by contacting the WECC box office at 204-783-6918. For more information about all of our upcoming shows, please see our event calendar here.

August 16 - Dirty Catfish Brass Band
September 5 - Sol James
September 21 - Ziggy Alberts ***SOLD OUT*** {Winnipeg Folk Festival]
September 22 - Finjan
September 23 - Art D’Ecco
October 4 - The Once
October 18 - Del Barber
October 22 - Justin Rutledge
October 26 - Daniel Champagne
November 9 - The East Pointers [Winnipeg Folk Festival]
November 19 - Old Man Leudecke
November 22 - Alex Cuba