Concert Series & Winterruption

  • January 23rd, 2019

    Winterruption: Shane Koyczan, Zoey Roy, Veracity & Jolissa Simon

    Shane Koyzcan - In a realm where poets rarely intersect with stardom, the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics introduced us to Shane Koyczan. With a collective “wow” across Canada and beyond, we found the poet of our generation. And we weren’t even looking for one. Powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude, his explorations are relevant to our times in the way that Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Downie and Leonard Cohen are to theirs. Koyzcan emerges in a new wave of 21st-century poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice.  

    Zoey Roy is a poet, community-based educator, community engagement consultant, author, filmmaker and social entrepreneur based out of Saskatoon. Her passion, experience, and knowledge in storytelling, artistic expression, and community engagement provide children and youth with a platform to heal holistically and communicate authentically in a safe space.  

    Veracity grew up in Ottawa, carries a bit of Scotland in her pockets, and has learned to love her Regina. She was a member of 2 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) teams and the first annual Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival ensemble (2017). Writing about everything from the mundane to the magical, she arms herself with word play and charges into the shadows, aiming to return with a little more light.

    Jolissa Simon's background is very mixed but currently has settled in Regina. By day she works for 7 First Nations communities on a Whole Child Wellness team while pursuing a PhD in psychology, and by night, she is a painter and a poet. Her creative work is largely inspired by psychology, the beautiful children she works with, and past and current love. Veracity and Jolissa Simon are presented in partnership with Word Up, a Creative City Centre program.


    • Location: Artesian - Seated show with airplane rules: 2 and under free.
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 32
    • Tickets at the door - 40
  • January 24th, 2019

    Winterruption: Royal Wood, Justin Nozuka, Zachary Lucky

    Royal Wood is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, and arranger based in Toronto, Ontario.  In his latest album, Royal channelled the polar opposite emotions of true grief after losing his father, and true love as he got married in the same year.; it is not only deeply inspired by both loss and love, but is an ode to classic styles. To capture the rawest possible sound, most of the songs were recorded the day they were written, with Royal playing a majority of the instruments.  

    Justin Nozuka - Justin Nozuka has released 3 albums and earned 2 JUNO nominations. He has toured the world extensively and has played with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer and Jason Mraz. Justin continues to impress with the recent release of his critically acclaimed Run To Waters featuring the singles “All I Need” and “Warm Under the Light”. His self-produced third album titled Ulysees (2014) demonstrated his talent for thoughtful exploration and bold reinvention. AllMusic rightly noted: "How he managed to unpretentiously transform himself from gentle soul-pop balladeer to ambient semi-classical song composer is just part of the mystery of this extremely talented young artist."

    Zachary Lucky is unapologetically old-school country, armed with a husky, baritone voice - he carries himself like a younger Richard Buckner or a heartier Doug Paisley and often receives comparisons to songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot and Kris Kristofferson. He sings of Canadian places and people as knowingly as he might Townes van Zandt or the Rio Grande. Already hailed as a master storyteller by outlets ranging from no depression to the globe and mail, and recently nominated best solo artist of the year at the 2017 Canadian folk music awards, lucky’s everywhere a man can be is his most powerful statement to date.

    • Location: Artesian - Seated show with airplane rules: 2 and under free.
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 32
    • Tickets at the door - 40
  • January 25th, 2019

    Winterruption: Terra Lightfoot, Ndidi O, Ellen Froese

    Terra Lightfoot - Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, roots rocker Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Terra's songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies.  Her voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers. 

    Ndidi O - There are voices that demand we listen to them. Not to their words necessarily, but to their tone, to the emotional undercurrent that carries with it the soul of the speaker. Ndidi O is one of those voices and she sings to bring us back to sounds of our insides. Lyrics reminiscent of the rattling thoughts found in the back of our minds layer in and around organically ground sounds. She sings of her life experience so convincingly the audience is set to wonder if they too grew up wandering the dense forests of BC’s most lonely mountain towns. 

    Ellen Froese - Hailing from a dairy farm in the heart of Saskatchewan, young folk singer Ellen Froese is swiftly making her presence known in the Canadian music scene. As a folk artist performing both solo and with her backing band, The Hot Toddies, as well as being a past member of bluegrass/folk group In With The Old, Froese has been balancing multiple projects for the last few years. Whether performing a folk traditional, a rock 'n' roll classic, or the songs she writes, Froese does it with an air of authenticity – all tempered with a healthy dose of humour and self-deprecation. 

    • Location: The Exchange - 12 and under free, mix of seating/standing
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 30
    • Tickets at the door - 40
  • January 26th, 2019

    Winterruption: Begonia, Natural Sympathies, Eekwol & T-Rhyme

    Begonia’s Alexa Dirks has never been able to fit into the box of being a "conventional woman". “I've done things my whole life that some people would tell me weren't appropriate 'for a girl'.” That narrative that once tore Dirks down is now what empowers her to take charge of her own story, in her own way. The Winnipeg-based Dirks is a Juno Award winner with her former group Chic Gamine. While she thrived off of the collaboration, once the band broke up she knew she was ready to go solo. As Begonia, Dirks is bold, brazen with her florid, surprising pop that is tempered with sensitivity and wisdom. 

    Eekwol (Lindsay Knight) is an award-winning hip-hop performing artist in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, originally from Muskoday First Nation, Saskatchewan. Eekwol uses her music and words to spread messages of resistance, revolution and keeping the language, land and culture alive for the next generations. Through her original sound, she displays her activist roots by living and creating as a supporter of both Hip Hop and Indigenous culture and rights. 

    T-Rhyme Inspired by the spirit and sound of Golden Era Hip-Hop, Tara "T-Rhyme" Campbell shines a spotlight on her life experiences through poetry and music. Pride in her Denesuline (Dene) and Northern Cree roots has served as motivation for her to become an artist that women and Indigenous youth can relate to. 

    Natural Sympathies is the solo project of Regina musician Amber Goodwyn. Natural Sympathies makes music that is an eclectic mix of playful vocal harmonies, urgent lyrics, elemental drum machine beats, organ, twisty guitar and synth. Her live shows explore her inner life through fantasy, using dance and otherworldly projections and occasionally performing with a coven of back-up dancers called The Mutual Affection.

    • Location: Revival Music Room - 19+, mix of seating/standing
    • Doors open at 7:00 PM
    • Show starts at 8:30 PM
    • Advance tickets - 27
    • Tickets at the door - 35
  • January 26th, 2019

    RFF on Ice

    It's time to party - skate party that is!
    As part of Winterruption, we want you to join us for a fun-packed afternoon skate hosted by Regina Folk Festival and Regina Downtown BID. We are celebrating the last 50 years of amazing RFF music with a very special playlist curated by Natural Sympathies. The lovely folks at Knox-Metropolitan United Church will be providing hot chocolate, too!

    Don't have skates? Regina Downtown BID can hook you up. They are at the rink until 5:30pm.

    See you at the outdoor rink in Victoria Park!

    • Location: Victoria Park
    • Doors open at 1:00 PM
    • Show starts at 4:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 0
    • Tickets at the door - 0
  • January 27th, 2019

    Winterruption: Hawksley Workman, Kobo Town, Suncliffs

    Hawksley Workman is a JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Workman boasts a catalogue of 16 releases, showcasing his now signature blend of anthemic folk and show-stopping vocals. 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. Workman is offering a drum workshop on Monday as well!

    Kobo Town - Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music is joyous, poetic, and highly danceable. Kobo Town is named after the historic neighbourhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born; Gonsalves’ songs betray deep roots in Caribbean folk music, while the band delivers them with an indomitable energy. Kobo Town has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) 

    Suncliffs is a four-piece indie/folk collaboration built around the songwriting of Lexi Buzash. Conceived as a duo with bassist Jeremy Putz in 2017, the pair recruited Brigid McNutt on fiddle and banjo, and Justin Hoffman on drums. This Regina-based group strives to create honest and authentic music that resonates with their audience, drawing them in with gentle hooks and disarming lyrics. 


    • Location: The Exchange - 12 and under free, mix of seating/standing
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 35
    • Tickets at the door - 45

Regina Folk Festival 2018. Be there.