Winterruption & Concert Series

  • January 19th, 2017

    Winterruption 2017: Elliott Brood, IsKwé, Begonia

    Elliott Brood

    Elliott Brood have always been time travellers. The Toronto trio writes songs steeped in history that feel very present. They've done their share of actual travelling, too, these musical troubadours, acoustic guitars and banjos slung over their sharp suits as they barnstormed across Canada and beyond. For the new album Days Into Years it was century-old stories encountered an ocean away that brought them closest to home.

    IsKwé

    The name IsKwé means ‘woman’ in her native language. Her music weaves her Irish and Cree/Dene roots with hip hop break-beats, left-field R&B and traces of piano pop. She has been called “one to watch” and we couldn’t agree more. This Winnipeg-bred, Toronto-based artist uses her platform to talk about her struggle to fit into/break away from Western archetypes. She carves out her own musical identity, bridging modern and cultural influences while challenging the current mold.

    Begonia

    On one end of the spectrum there are varieties of the begonia which can be dark, grievous and rough around the edges. And on the other end it is a petite and elegant flower. In between, the plant attempts to harmonize its two poles, forming an array of varieties that each borrow from the delicate and the unseemly. It is in this same vein that Begonia (Alexa Dirks) finds herself, trying to find a balance. Known for her voice in the Juno Award winning Chic Gamine, Dirks has a timbre that both recalls the golden age of soul and is proud and courageous. 

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    This venue has mixed standing and seating. Children 12 and under are FREE at The Exchange. 

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 30
    • Tickets at the door - 35
  • January 19th, 2017

    Winterruption 2017: Rosie & the Riveters, Quique, Danny Olliver

    Rosie & the Riveters

    Rosie & the Riveters are four fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon, who perform uplifting folk music with a vintage 1940s flair. Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, humour and just enough ooh-la-la to charm your socks off! Along with whoops, hollers, and mile-wide smiles, they create a sound and sight that is lighthearted and captivating for all music lovers.

    Quique Escamilla

    Quique Escamilla was born and raised in Chiapas, Mexico. He breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music such as ranchera and huapango with modern flavours of rock, reggae, ska, pop, jazz, cumbia, bolero, and more Latin American rhythms; accompanied with powerful lyrics and messages inspired by and to support various social and political issues such as human and civil rights, immigration reform, global conservation, anti-racism and Indigenous rights. 

    Danny Olliver

    Danny Olliver, a singer/songwriter from Regina, got his start on a three string Yamaha he discovered in the back alley near his home. A fast learner, he quickly added three more strings, and transitioned into writing his own music. His beginnings as a fingerstyle guitarist gave him a unique edge when he added vocals to his first stage performances in 2008. His music tells a story, both in instrumental melody and in the lyrics. Complex acoustic guitar accompanies a smooth, pure voice that seems to effortlessly reach falsetto or soar into crescendo at all the right times. 

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    Children 2 and under are free if seated on parents laps. This is a seated venue.

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 30
  • January 20th, 2017

    Winterruption 2017: Said The Whale, Northcote, The Garrys

    Said the Whale

    Vancouver's Said The Whale has been on a steady upward trajectory for the past six years, as relentless touring and a prolific string of releases have led to successes including a JUNO Award in 2011 for New Group of the Year and nationally charting singles. In 2013, the tireless five-piece - which includes dual songwriters Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester, drummer Spencer Schoening, keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown and bassist Nathan Shaw - continued to break down doors by releasing its most adventurous and hook-filled batch of songs yet.

    Northcote

    Matt Goud (aka Northcote) may take you by surprise when he steps up to the mic. Though the soft-spoken Goud is known by friends and family as a gentle giant, he infuses his original songs with a uniquely powerful and confident voice. Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, his early exposure to music was a mix of traditional country on AM radio and the hymns he learned at his childhood church. However, it wasn't until he discovered punk and hardcore music that he realized music’s healing and therapeutic power. 

    The Garrys

    The Garrys are a trio of sisters from Saskatoon who play chilled out, prairie garage doom-wop. Their harmonies are dreamy and precise, and their instrumentation stays true to the likes of Dick Dale and early Beatles. If Ed Sullivan went on a date with the Spice Girls, they would eat ice cream sandwiches and dance to the Garrys. Like father, like daughter(s).

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    Children 12 and under are free. This venue has mixed standing and seating.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 30
    • Tickets at the door - 35
  • January 20th, 2017

    Winterruption 2017: Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids

    Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids

    Do you have anything you wrote as a kid?

    Since 2007, brave adults across Canada have shared their own weird and wonderful childhood and teenage writing at Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids, a live, onstage storytelling event.

    The show’s primary goal is to entertain. But beyond that, the aim is to invite everyone — readers, live audience members, and radio/podcast listeners — to reflect on their own lives, to connect with who they used to be, and to draw a line that connects the past and the present.

    Embarrassing, moving, and hilarious, these readings are powerful reminders of who we used to be. They’re compelling stories, at once deeply personal, yet surprisingly universal.

    Sign up to read one of your childhood masterpieces.

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    Children 2 and under are free if they sit on a parent's lap. This is a seated venue.

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 20
    • Tickets at the door - 25
  • January 21st, 2017

    Winterruption 2017: Fred Penner

    Fred Penner

    At a recent keynote address to an early childhood education conference, acclaimed family entertainer, singer / songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message. "Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child."

    A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed "Mr. Multi-Media" by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes 12 Children's Albums, countless live shows across North America. He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. A humanitarian always conscious of the "delicate balance required to create a positive influence that fosters healthy self-esteem in the life of a child", his work is infused with a steadfast commitment to communicating with children and families in a clear, non-condescending way. "More than just fun", this multi-talented artist has the wisdom and humility to know that the importance and the meaning of what he does can reach deeply into the lives of others. 

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    Children 2 and under are free if they sit on a parent's lap.
    $20 Adult advance / $15 Children advance / $25 Adult door / $20 Children door

     

    • Location: Knox Metropolitan Church
    • Doors open at 1:00 PM
    • Show starts at 1:30 PM
    • Advance tickets - 20
    • Tickets at the door - 25
  • January 21st, 2017

    Winterruption 2017: Connie Kaldor, Heather Bishop, Annette

    Connie Kaldor

    "Just when you think you've got it all figured out, something roars in and it turns you about." Connie Kaldor writes this and more about the unexpected twists and turns of life and love. She could well be writing about her personal artistic complexities. Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. She is a Juno Award-winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary.

    Heather Bishop

    Heather Bishop is an accomplished musician/singer-songwriter, social activist, keynote speaker, visual artist, published author, and tradeswoman. Her country would concur – Heather has been awarded the Order of Canada (2005), the Order of Manitoba (2001), and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws (2011). She is best known around the world as a talented and respected musician, having released 14 acclaimed folk and children’s albums, winning JUNO nominations, Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and NAPPA Awards. 

    Annette

    Folk/rock singer-songwriter Annette has the ability to slip through the keyhole of life to gather up, heart in hand, music and lyrics that touch the soul and jump start the heart. She’s been part of the music scene for over twenty-five years, having worked with groups her brothers and sisters in Folle Avoine and Hart Rouge before embarking on a solo career. She delivers a mix of contemporary folk, melodic pop and acoustic rock with a sweet and soulful voice. 

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    Children 12 and under are free. This venue has mixed standing and seating.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 32
    • Tickets at the door - 37
  • January 21st, 2017

    Winterruption 2017: Danny Michel, William Prince, Mohsin Zaman

    Danny Michel

    With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC "Heart Of Gold" and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. He is a musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease and is celebrated as an adventurous & fearless artist. He is a master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over. 

    William Prince

    William Prince is a storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps clichés to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he’s spent on stage. Steadily receiving acclamations, Prince just came back from the Western Canadian Music Awards nominations where he landed nods for Roots Artist of the Year and Aboriginal Artist of the Year for his debut album, Earthly Days. 

    Mohsin Zaman

    Recently awarded with "Male Artist of The Year 2016" at the Edmonton Music Awards, Mohsin Zaman is an old hand at being a new comer. Carrying Pakistani roots and an upbringing in the Middle East, Zaman has created a buzz in the Alberta music scene in the year and half that he's given music "a serious" go. Zaman is quickly being recognised as one Alberta’s best new voices, carrying a sound that has been described as "unique & unheard of".

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    Children 2 and under are free if seated on a parent's lap. This is a seated venue.

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 30
  • March 23rd, 2017

    Bill & Joel Plaskett

    2017 sees Joel Plaskett hitting the road with one of his biggest musical influences, his father, Bill Plaskett. Joined by special guests, Peterborough's Mayhemingways, the father & son duo will perform songs from their new record, Solidarity, and as well as favourites from Joel's vast catalogue of music. 

    • Location: Wa Wa Shrine Centre
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 32
  • March 30th, 2017

    Lisa LeBlanc

    A true show-woman, Lisa LeBlanc has already played over 400 shows across Canada and Europe. With her always is her energy, her love for life, her charisma, her sincerity and, of course, her beautiful voice and her music. Her goal is pretty simple: to sing and perform as often as possible!

     

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 30

Regina Folk Festival 2017. Be there.