Concert Series

  • September 26th, 2019

    Rayannah

    Co-Presentation with the Artesian

    Rayannah bends noise into music by running voice, breath, synth and percussion through loop pedals. Underscored by intricate beat-making, her evocative lyrics in French and English rise above dense soundscapes, pulling listeners into a world both dark and sweet. Innovative on stage and in the studio, Rayannah has just unveiled her first full length album "Nos repaires (Our Haunts)" (March 8, 2019). This new collection of songs featuring singles "En attendant demain" and "Best of You" pursues and pushes the sounds and textures explored in Rayannah’s debut EP "Boxcar Lullabies." 

    This show will also feature local talent Lord Byrun!

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:00 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 15
    • Tickets at the door - 20
  • October 9th, 2019

    Said the Whale

    After more than a decade together, Said The Whale have arrived at the purest version of themselves. Cascadia is the Vancouver trio’s sixth album, and it sounds like quintessential Said The Whale: with a big-hearted blend of indie rock and atmospheric folk, it perfects all of the elements that have propelled the band to JUNO Award-winning, radio chart-topping success.

    Cascadia represents a back-to-basics approach after the synth-fuelled experimentation of 2017’s As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide. That previous record was made amidst intense personal turmoil, as band members Tyler Bancroft (vocals/guitar), Ben Worcester (vocals/guitar) and Jaycelyn Brown (keyboards) upended their sound while weathering personal tragedies and the departure of their long-term rhythm section.

    This time around, with their personal lives back in order, the timing was right to return to the core of their signature style. “We sat down with guitars again and wrote songs in the way that feels the most natural to us,” Tyler says. “We’re just following the whims of the three of us, and it’s a much more distilled version of what the band is.”

    It’s an ambitious, multifaceted sound that’s reflected in Casadia’s title. “Cascadia is the name of a proposed country made up of British Columbia and the western United States,” notes Tyler. “That’s the physical manifestation of our music.” With rich harmonies drawn from California pop, crunchy guitars rooted in the lineage of Pacific Northwest rock, and naturalistic lyrics inspired by the water and mountains, Cascadia is the embodiment of everything Said the Whale does best.

    Cascadia is Said The Whale’s first album for Arts & Crafts. It is set for release on Feb 8, 2019.

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 26
    • Tickets at the door - 34
  • October 31st, 2019

    Terra Lightfoot

    Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing 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 the 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, Twangville, The Boot and CBC Music.

    Terra Lightfoot is touring with Sam Weber who will be opening the show!

    It's always a pleasure to present Terra Lightfoot - be sure to join us for a night you won't soon forget!

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 22
    • Tickets at the door - 30
  • November 6th, 2019

    David Francey

    David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

    A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released eleven albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.

    "David’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day." Shelter Valley Folk Festival

    In concert David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 32
  • November 13th, 2019

    Lemon Bucket Orkestra

    Co-presentation with the Artesian 

    Since the release of their last album, If I Had The Strength (Outside/Six Degrees), the 12 strong collective has been busy touring worldwide, garnering rave reviews from the media and audiences alike for their immersive, high-energy shows. As Post Media’s Roger Levesque put it, “the band vibrates with an irrepressible passion and playful humour that's impossible to ignore.” And indeed, when LBO is on stage, ignoring them is never an option! 

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:00 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 27
    • Tickets at the door - 33
  • November 23rd, 2019

    Alex Cuba

    Co-presentation with Artesian 

    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. In 2017, Alex completed his sixth 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. 

    You don't want to miss this night of funky tunes and good vibes!

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:00 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 30
  • November 29th, 2019

    Hawksley Workman

    A staple of the Canadian arts scene for almost 20 years, Workman boasts a catalogue of 15 solo releases showcasing his now signature spectrum of sonic influence, from cabaret to electro-pop to anthemic rock and plenty in between. The accolades amassed include JUNO nods and wins and widespread critical acclaim. As a producer, his fingerprints grace releases by JUNO and Polaris Prize nominees and winners like Tegan and Sara, Sarah Slean, Serena Ryder, HeyRosetta!, and Great Big Sea. He’s also penned melodies with a myriad of artists, from Oscar award winning Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, Inception) to French rock icon Johnny Hallyday. 

    More recently, Hawksley wrote and recorded his latest LP following a move to Montreal from the Muskoka wilderness. Produced by The Dears creative genius, Murray A. Lightburn, the record showcases Hawksley’s hooky yet innovative melodic approach, authentic songwriting, and good old-fashioned, unedited musicianship. The first single, “Battlefords” was released on October 26, 2018, Says Hawksley about the new song, “it is a piece of Canadian nostalgia, celebrating life in rural Canada in the 1980s, and the emotion and innocence that was specific to a quasi-technological time in the late 20th century.”

    Hawksley Workman is many things to many people in many places, but primarily, he’s a student of the human psyche; an artist in the purest sense of the word, constantly finding fresh and interesting ways to frame and share the world – the people we are and the things we encounter. It’s a virtually bottomless well of ideas for a man with virtually endless imagination and creative outlets.

    This will be a lovely evening with two sets by the wonderful Hawksley Workman.

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

Regina Folk Festival 2019. Be there.