Concert Series & Winterruption

  • November 23rd, 2017

    William Prince with Justin Lacroix

    Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince has more in common with his heroes Leonard Cohen and Kris Kristofferson than just a rich baritone voice: he has an authenticity and unpretentiousness that is downright disarming. His 2015 debut album Earthly Days boasts moving, warm instrumentation in which Prince’s stories and characters hold space. His recent Juno award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year must surely be a source of pride for the community of Peguis First Nation, where the Oji-Cree Prince’s musical journey started under the guidance and support of his father, acclaimed gospel singer Ed Prince. He absorbed his roots and country influences from his parents, falling asleep under the table at community dances where his parents DJ’d. Prince has always done things his way, and at his pace. His gospel/country/folk sound, shored up by that big voice, is a true mirror of the man that makes it: honest, real, sensitive and memorable.

    With special guest Justin Lacroix.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 20
    • Tickets at the door - 27
  • November 24th, 2017

    Cold Specks

    Born in Toronto, Canadian singer Cold Specks has been a byword for rare talent and depth of feeling since her arrival in late 2011. Her 2012 debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion!, hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut was shortlisted for a Juno award and Polaris Prize. Cold Specks returned with her sophomore album Neuroplasticity, two years and a world map of tours later. Voted one of The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times' albums of the year, the follow-up was radically expanded. When not writing or touring, they were pinballing between asks from an enviable roll call of collaborators. Cold Specks worked on Moby's album Innocents and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer's 70th birthday, alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock. She contributed to celebrated American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire's Blue Note album The Imagined Saviour Is Far Easier To Paint and the Swans album To Be Kind. Currently, in the studio completing her third album, Cold Specks will be hitting the road again this year to support the Wild Card, released early this summer.

    Special guest, LA Timpa, will start the night off. 

    Presented in partnership with the National Arts Centre.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 8:00 PM
    • Show starts at 8:30 PM
    • Advance tickets - 17
    • Tickets at the door - 25
  • December 9th, 2017

    Hawksley Workman

    We are excited to announce that Hawksley Workman will be taking Almost a Full Moon back on the road this December. Hawksley’s classic Christmas album, Almost a Full Moon was released 16 years ago, and is a musical celebration of Christmas, community, family, and singing.  It has become a holiday season staple for many, original songs to be sung on the first snow of the year while making soup, or when 3 generations find themselves doing dishes, all at once.

    This is a seated show. Children on laps are free; if they require a chair then they will need a ticket.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 35
    • Tickets at the door - 42
  • January 18th, 2018

    Begonia, Close Talker, and Bears in Hazenmore

    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. 

    Close Talker

    Close Talker is the exalted indie rock trio from Saskatoon, Canada. Formed in 2012, the band has made great strides in a short period of time: two releases, numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and the UK, and international attention from revered and critically acclaimed blogs and publications. Close Talker is a band born and raised in the Canadian prairies, made up of childhood friends Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Christopher Morien. Since becoming a trio in the summer of 2015, the band has now honed their craft, creating a more vast and iconic sound that is turning heads and drawing crowds around the world. 

    Bears in Hazenmore

    Bears in Hazenmore are an ambient alternative rock group based out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4. Since their formation in 2014, the band has become known for creating atmospheric soundscapes and their ability to draw audiences in with intimate lyrics and enticing builds. Operating as a five-piece ensemble that includes extensive use of reverb-saturated guitars, dynamic percussion, and ethereal brass and woodwind textures, they draw strong comparisons to groups such as City and Colour, Aidan Knight, and Bon Iver.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 30
    • Tickets at the door - 37
  • January 18th, 2018

    Duchess Says, Partner, The Florals

    Duchess Says

    Duchess Says was created in late 2003 by four influent members of the Church of Budgerigars who decided to collaborate together in a common musical project. Their goal was to ensure a faithful representation of the message of the Duchess (or spiritual budgie) through a precise artistic dialog. Composed of A-Claude (vox, keytar, guitar), Ismael (keyboard, guitar), Phil (guitar, bass, feedbacks) and Simon Says (lo-fi beats, drums and doubtful noises), Duchess Says is serving us a repertory of "Moog rock" songs strong in images and enormously intense live performances! Their musical influences range from no wave, new wave, punk, to cinema and visual arts. If you pay attention, you could see them perform in the most unusual places such as golf courses, shop windows, vacant building sites etc. Duchess Says has the mandate to de-contextualize the rock and to promote simultaneously their Church on the way.

    Partner

    Partner is the "mature" effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Self-described as post-classic-rock. 

    The Florals

    The Florals were formed after a random run-in in Regina's Cathedral neighborhood between Piper Burns (The Steves, Gates Of Dawn) and Carl Johnson (Library Voices, Spationauts). They soon added bass slayer/barrister Riva Farrell-Racette (Sylvie/Spoils) and Ethan Anderson (The Steves/Wolf Willow) and poof, The Florals as we know them today came into existence. They've released one album - admittedly half-assed - I Swear I Saw Hell, and they've never played a show outside of Saskatchewan.

    • Location: Revival Music Room
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 20
    • Tickets at the door - 25
  • January 19th, 2018

    Delhi 2 Dublin, DJ Khanvict, and Natural Sympathies

    Delhi 2 Dublin

    Delhi 2 Dublin is a live-electronic, bhangra, hip-hop, world-pop, hybrid act whose concerts have been likened to "90 minutes of freebasing joy". Connecting roots to future, DZD features a heavy electronic backbone with live traditional Indian instruments (dhol, tabla), fiddle, electric guitar, and the stunning Punjabi-English vocals of frontman Sanjay Seran. The new album, We're All Desi sees the notorious genre smashers continue to evolve into fresh sonic territory. Teaming up with producer Nick Middleton (The Funk Hunters), the result is a battle call for a quickening world - more truth, more smiles… and a lot more bass.

    DJ Khanvict

    Asad Khan, aka DJ Khanvict, is a multi-genre DJ based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. His ability to mix flawlessly between genres combined with strong stage presence has given him rave reviews from global citizens, earning him bookings years in advance both locally and internationally. He started blending classical Indian sounds with modern bass-heavy electronic music to create a sound that is tailor-made for music festivals and large crowds. Khanvict aims to blend the musical influences from his South Asian childhood with modern electronic music to create a distinct sound that crosses borders and embraces musical diversity much like his hometown of Vancouver. The sentence to entertain continues, and he continues to serve in style.

    Natural Sympathies

    Natural Sympathies is the solo project of Regina musician Amber Goodwyn, formerly of the Montreal bands Cobra & Vulture and Nightwood. Trading her former guitar music for low-fi, pared-down electro-pop ditties, Natural Sympathies is an eclectic mix of playful vocal harmonies, imaginative lyrics, insolent drum machine beats, organ, and synth.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 30
    • Tickets at the door - 37
  • January 19th, 2018

    Tom Wilson, Mariel Buckley, and Belle Plaine

    Tom Wilson

    Tom Wilson/Lee Harvey Osmond, is a Canadian music legend, famed storyteller, and visual artist. With over 40 years under his belt, his extensive career and tireless efforts as a musician has bestowed upon him numerous nominations and awards from the Hamilton Music Awards to the Polaris Prize to the Juno Awards, including certified gold and platinum records from his work with popular rock band Junkhouse. Tom Wilson's songwriting has seen his works recorded by and with artists such as; Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples, The Rankin Family, as well as his own bands Junkhouse, and Canadian treasure, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

    Mariel Buckley

    Few performers combine the lyrical heartfelt authenticity of classic country music with a steely-eyed intensity that compels an audience’s attention like Calgary, Alberta’s Mariel Buckley. Currently post-production with producer Leeroy Stagger for her sophomore recording "Driving In The Dark", the pair delved into edgier, Americana tones with heavier feel and arrangements that perfectly demonstrate Buckley’s skills as a songwriter and performer.

    Belle Plaine

    Belle Plaine is a singer, a songwriter and an inventive musician who was raised on the Canadian prairies near the hamlet of Fosston, Saskatchewan – population: 54. The ingenuity, lonesome yearning and collaborative work ethic of country life have infiltrated her songwriting, her sound, and her methods. Belle’s reverence for artists who defy categorization has led her to create a brand of roots music that combines vintage blues and swing tones of the 1940s with classic country styles made popular in the heyday of the Grand Ole Opry.

    • Location: The Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 30
    • Tickets at the door - 37
  • January 20th, 2018

    Mo Kenney, Lindi Ortega, and Megan Nash

    Mo Kenney

    With her third album, The Details, Mo Kenney traces her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships. On each of its 14 tracks, she unflinchingly confronts her annihilation and eventual redemption, leaving nothing out. The concept album is her most personal and cohesive work to date—combining elements of bruising rock ’n’ roll, vivid psychedelia, and haunting, left-of-the-dial pop, Kenney navigates the darkest waters in her life with self-deprecation, genuine soul-baring, and typical black humour.

    Lindi Ortega

    Lindi Ortega is an award-winning roots artist, whose guitar-playing chops and innate country music instincts put her in an elite group of artists; she has earned an unusually inclusive type of success with both indie cred and mainstream country recognition. Rolling Stone magazine describes her as “rooted in twang and heartbreak, but shot through with the rough-edged spirit of rock & roll.”

    Megan Nash

    On her recent album Seeker, Saskatchewan singer/songwriter Megan Nash collaborates with ambient/alt-rock unit Bears In Hazenmore with brilliant results. In sharp contrast to the starkness of her previous acclaimed album Song Harvest Volume One, Seeker takes Nash’s roots-based songwriting into bold new sonic territory, displaying the undeniable chemistry she has forged with the group over the past year. 
    As the concept of Seeker (embodied as well in its title track) suggests Megan Nash is in the midst of her personal quest for spiritual meaning on her own terms. 

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 30
    • Tickets at the door - 37
  • January 20th, 2018

    La Raquette à claquette, Rayannah, and Lord Byrun

    La Raquette à claquettes

    Like a refreshing prairie thunderstorm, this Regina-based group washes over you with lightning-fast fiddle tunes, a heavy fall of four-part harmonies, gales of tall tales and a splash of bluegrass. La Raquette à claquettes will leave you drenched with their French Canadian roots and feeling cleansed by their joie de vivre.

    Rayannah

    Rayannah's singular voice rises in layers, creating music from scratch. Running vocals through loop pedals, the bilingual artist bends noise into music and draws listeners into her world. Her EP, Boxcar Lullabies, blends her melodies with the indelible sounds of delicate strings, distorted whispers, pulled-apart pianos, passing trains, and a choir of double basses. Live, Rayannah recreates these soundscapes by looping her voice, breath, synths, and percussion. Her finely-honed lyrics in French and English ring above dense sonic textures, drawing from her experiences both dark and sweet. 

    Lord Byrun

    Continuing in the bardic tradition, Lord Byrun cherishes and champions the inherent power of songs. Cutting his teeth as a member of Indigo Joseph, he is constantly working his craft by observing, learning and questioning. Having begun as a wordsmith, over the past 10 years he has slowly studied and taught himself guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, and drums. Not claiming any virtuosity, he attests that curiosity and a sincere pleasure in playing and learning drive his musical quest. Known for his profound lyrics and intense deliveries, this student of the song holds it as his personal tenant to strive for excellence as a performer and composer.

    In partnership with Le Conseil culturel fransaskois

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

Regina Folk Festival 2018. Be there.