Concert Series

  • October 6th, 2017

    The New Pornographers

    For The New Pornographers to be more than the sum of its parts would be little short of a miracle, given how impressive the parts are. Primary songwriter A.C. Newman cut his teeth making sublime power-pop with Superconductor and Zumpano in the 1990s; art-rock poster-band Destroyer’s Dan Bejar provides an arch counterpoint to Newman’s soaring melodies; singer-keyboardist Katherine Calder fronted the band Immaculate Machine; bassist John Collins moonlights with The Evaporators and Destroyer; guitarist Todd Fancey has lent his talents to both alternative-rock giants Limblifter and TV show The Office; keyboardist Blaine Thurier is a cartoonist and filmmaker; and alt-country chanteuse Neko Case belts out harmonies and lead vocals (and that’s just a brief resume of the studio version of the band. There's no telling who will show up for the live shows).

    Nonetheless, miracles do happen, and the music of The New Pornographers somehow manages to exceed all expectations, a body of work that stands with the best glam- and New Wave-influenced rock of the past half-century. Since the release of their debut album in 2000, The Pornos have garnered Juno awards and critical accolades, hit singles and spots on Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums” lists. Improbably catchy and surprisingly deep, the songs are at once cerebral and heartfelt, melodic and rocking, and the overall mood is one of celebration even while acknowledging the myriad sorrows of the world. But most importantly, their songs have wormed their way into our ears and taken up firm residence in our hearts and on our turntables. 

    Born Ruffians will open the night. 

    Just a friendly note, tickets are moving FAST for this one so it'd be best to jump on it.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 36
    • Tickets at the door - 42
  • October 13th, 2017

    Whitehorse with Terra Lightfoot

    After touring in each other’s bands for years, husband and wife solo musicians Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland put aside their individual careers in 2010 to form Whitehorse. Built on exceptional guitar playing, his and her harmonies and a flair for dramatic, narrative songwriting, they eliminated the need for additional band members. It’s a simple one-plus-one equation with an abundance of guitar slinging and white-hot desire. 
    Whitehorse’s live show is a complex, nimble, ballet of moving instruments, voice, and keys. Effortless harmonies fly confidently above a layered net made of intricately assembled percussion and drum loops, blistering guitar riffs, homemade telephone- microphones and smart songs. 

    Terra Lightfoot will open the night.

    • Location: Wa Wa Shrine Centre
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:30 PM
    • Advance tickets - 33
    • Tickets at the door - 40
  • 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 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 17
    • Tickets at the door - 25

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