Concert Series

  • October 3rd, 2018

    Queer Songbook Orchestra

    The Toronto based Queer Songbook Orchestra (QSO) are a 12-piece professional chamber pop collective dedicated to exploring and uplifting queer narrative through the last century of pop music. A community based project, the ensemble source their material through the personal stories of queer experience of 2SLGBTQ individuals and the songs that have been most meaningful to them. Founded in 2014, the QSO have played many of the most esteemed stages and festivals across Canada, including the National Arts Centre, Luminato Festival, High Performance Rodeo and Suoni per Il Popolo, and their collaborative album with Vivek Shraya, Part-Time Woman, has been longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. 

    This tour is built from the personal stories of queer experience. All are welcome to submit. For more info, please visit www.queersongbook.com. Submission deadline is August 10th. 

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 22
    • Tickets at the door - 27
  • October 18th, 2018

    Delhi 2 Dublin with Frase

    Nurtured by equal parts raucous underground bass parties and all ages folk festivals, Delhi 2 Dublin’s distinctive sound has evolved over the past decade into its own decisive genre, styled, “Subcontinental Pop”—a name that conveys both its deep South Asian roots and its expansive, crazy-fun appeal. The beautifully supercharged complexity of their sound flows from high-level folk and alternative-pop, blended and delivered across an array of acoustic instruments (dhol, tabla, violin, guitar, and electronic beats) and immersed in smart, heavy, sometimes gritty, and almost invariably joyful beats.

    Averaging 100 shows a year in places ranging from Canadian and U.S. clubs to Glastonbury and Burning Man to performing for over 100,000 people at Canada Day celebrations, Delhi 2 Dublin have the gift of connecting with masses of people, pulverizing their inhibitions, and getting them moving.

    In recent years, Delhi 2 Dublin ’s has been honing their songwriting skills, which is most evident on their upcoming album, We Got This, which will be released through Warner Canada in Fall 2018. The album was produced by Toronto hitmaker Gavin Brown (Barenaked Ladies, Metric, Tragically Hip), who helped them harness their socially conscious sensibilities and awareness of their place in the world into making their most personal and meaningful collection of songs to date.

    • Location: Revival Music Room
    • Doors open at 8:00 PM
    • Show starts at 8:30 PM
    • Advance tickets - 20
    • Tickets at the door - 25
  • October 25th, 2018

    Jill Barber with Justin Nozuka

    Jill Barber has once again reinvented herself. On her latest album, Metaphora, Barber boldly bursts into the world of contemporary pop music. The dramatic result is a Jill Barber like you've never heard before; a showcase of her power and vulnerability as both an artist and a woman. Evolving over the course of many albums from folk to jazz, R & B and pop, her success is defined not by genre, but by her undeniable songwriting chops and distinctive voice. Metaphora is a continuation of Barber's musical story that confidently tackles everything from issues of empowerment, sexual politics, the complications of love, and depression. It's introspective and personal. It's also a dance party.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 30
    • Tickets at the door - 37
  • November 2nd, 2018

    Reuben and the Dark

    On the heels of a successful stint of U.S. tour dates, Reuben and the Dark have announced additional North American shows, including Chicago and Minneapolis.

    The spirited folk-rock outfit recently released a new album, Arms of a Dream, out now on Arts & Crafts. The record finds songwriter/vocalist Reuben Bullock working outside his comfort zone, both musically and lyrically. The result is Bullock’s most vivid and transformative music to date: an intimate exploration of the inversion of imagination and reality in dreams.

    “Dreaming” from the album debuted at #2 most added at AAA. Bullock, a semi-professional skateboarder, travelled to Barcelona to fulfil a childhood dream skating expedition in the breathtaking music video for the song. Reuben previously released equally stunning videos for “All or Nothing” and “Hurricane” from Arms of a Dream.

    nêhiyawak will open the night!

    • Location: Westminster United Church
    • Doors open at 8:00 PM
    • Show starts at 8:30 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 32
  • November 22nd, 2018

    The Deep Dark Woods and Kacy & Clayton

    Floods and plagues, ghosts and slaughter: woe to those who populate the songs of The Deep Dark Woods' Yarrow. A gentle summer breeze swings the gallows ropes, flowers bloom callously on lovers' graves. These anthems are definitely not from Eden. The Deep Dark Woods’ newest album was borne in a fever – scarlet fever, to be medically specific. A disease of the last century is a fitting backdrop for songs that dig bare-handed into the loam to unearth the corpses of old English folk and country blues. Yarrow is Deep Dark Woods reimagined by leadman Ryan Boldt, and accompanied by the same band that crafted prairie psychedelics and a "loose grungy folk sound" (Paste) for flannelites. For nearly ten years they developed an international following with particular success in the Americana realm, nominated alongside Alabama Shakes and Dawes for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards. Now wrest out of the woods, their outlook is decidedly more macabre, tapping into a rich vein of gothic surrealism that aligns with some of the great murder balladeers of our time. 

    In Greek mythology, the sirens were mystical creatures whose magnetic voices and enchanting songs lured enraptured sailors to their doom. Kacy & Clayton’s haunting, evocative music has a similarly intoxicating effect on present-day listeners. On their second New West release The Siren's Song —produced by avowed K&C admirer Jeff Tweedy—the startlingly expressive voice and violin of Kacy Anderson combine with the intricate guitar work and warm harmony vocals of her cousin and musical partner Clayton Linthicum. They make music that seems to exist outside of time, tapping into centuries of tradition while effortlessly channeling fundamental human truths. 

    Tickets go on sale Sept. 7.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 22
    • Tickets at the door - 27

Regina Folk Festival 2018. Be there.