Winterruption & Concert Series

  • December 15th, 2019

    Kacy & Clayton

    “We were raised on cattle ranches where we learned how to play traditional country music because that’s what everyone wanted to hear.”

    The music Kacy and Clayton make is inextricable from where they grew up. They sing about the kind of people you’d find in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan (population very few). The hills, barns and remoteness of the area are in these songs, with a bittersweet acknowledgement that this music has taken them far from home.

    Mojo magazine summed up as “A beautiful mix of Kacy's crystalline vocals and Clayton's inventive, deep-groove country guitar.” And a greater attention to detail in their songwriting; with narrative tales of loss, regret and yearning alongside vivid portraits of the Northern Great Plains and its isolated inhabitants. The songs “The Forty-Ninth Parallel,” “The South Saskatchewan River,” “Providence Place” and “That Sweet Orchestra Sound” were all written with local settings in mind - with the latter a tribute to the rural dance bands of the area, who referred to themselves as ‘orchestras.’ One such band, the Romansky Orchestra from Fir Mountain featured Kacy’s Grandpa Carl in their line-up when he was in his teens.

    “Our songs for this album are inspired by rural living of the past and present, highlighting the toll that urban dwelling can take on first generation kids moving out of the country into the city.”

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    Artesian bar opens @ 7:00PM

    This will be a seated show.

    • Location: Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 22
    • Tickets at the door - 27
  • January 22nd, 2020

    Good Lovelies, Michael Bernard FItzgerald & Hannah Epperson

    GOOD LOVELIES

    You hear it a lot –the idea that something is greater than the sum of its parts –and yet there’s really no better way to describe the musical essence of the Good Lovelies. Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks are immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony that make up the powerful and pure, organic and inspiring Good Lovelies. 

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    MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD

    Michael Bernard Fitzgerald is refreshing, optimistic and modest. Self-described as “a dog man with a good plan and two hands” we can say with certainty he is much more than that. A touring-troubadour from Calgary, Alberta spends most of his time on stage breaking hearts with just himself and his guitar or making venues soar with a full band. 

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    HANNAH EPPERSON

    As a solo performer and collaborative artist, violinist and vocalist Hannah Epperson has joined forces with a versatile cast of collaborators across a spectrum of genres and disciplines. Hannah's breadth as a collaborative and compositional powerhouse stems from an eclectic experiential background: from learning Appalachian folk tunes and lore with a cowgirl in Utah to traveling as an improvisational accompanist through Scandinavia. 

    This show will offer a mix of seats and standing room.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 AM
    • Advance tickets - 32
    • Tickets at the door - 40
  • January 23rd, 2020

    Begonia, Dirty Catfish Brass Band & Super Duty Tough Work

    BEGONIA

    Three years ago, Alexa Dirks began to transform. Dirks—an eminently talented vocalist equally comfortable singing lullabies, headbangers and ballads—had made a name for herself in local circles for her work in ensembles like the Juno-winning Chic Gamine. But in 2016, she stepped forward, redubbing herself ‘Begonia’ and signalling the blossom of a dynamic and intriguing artist: a glittery supernova who felt like music’s best-kept secret. The power of Begonia is her music feels like something we’ve all been waiting for the chance to say, but couldn’t quite phrase, a throwback to something that’s never existed before.

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    DIRTY CATFISH BRASS BAND

    Dirty Catfish Brass Band’s aim is to inspire, create and instigate – but, mostly, they just want you on your feet. Undeniably tight, yet reckless as hell, Dirty Catfish Brass Band deals in powerful phrasing and performances drenched with rhythm. Invoking the sounds of brass bands and funk ensembles, the collective dares to reimagine the streets of a prairie city as one that is hot, alive, and brimming with soul. 

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    SUPER DUTY TOUGH WORK

    Golden era taste, current era based. Above the clouds, below surface. Six musicians, one MC. Inspired by the dirty jazz loop sound of 90s east coast hip hop, Super Duty Tough Work are the live incarnation of hip hop culture's quintessential time. 

    This show will offer a mix of seats and standing room.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 32
    • Tickets at the door - 40
  • January 24th, 2020

    Choir! Choir! Choir! at Winterruption

    CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!

    Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they'll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love. Founded in 2011, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fan base on YouTube amassing 10s of millions of views on some of their videos. Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.

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    For this evening, get ready to Journey back to the time of big hair, big trends, and Big, the film starring Tom Hanks. But most importantly, BIG TUNES!

    Some the biggest songs of the 80s are still favourites today - Madonna, Whitney, Bon Jovi - and we'll be signing them ALL at our show Dont Stop Believin': Epic 80s Sing-Along!

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    This show will offer a mix of seats and standing room.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 32
  • January 25th, 2020

    Weaves, Marissa Burwell & The Won'ts

    WEAVES

    Weaves aren’t fans of the straightforward approach. Big, brash and catchy as they are, they’re inclined to take the roundabout route, attacking their music from unexpected angles. One minute they’re bouncing through high-energy indie-pop, the next they’re putting their own counter-intuitive spin on soul and sultry R&B, tossing in a funk-inflected bassline and thrashing drums for good measure. 

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    MARISSA BURWELL

    Marissa Burwell is an indie act from the heart of Saskatchewan, known best for her captivating yet endearing performances in basements and coffee shops. On her self-titled EP we see an artist starting to find her sound and it is clear that she is on the verge of something special. Her narrative songs convey feelings of love and loss. Her lyrics are ornamented with carefully considered silence showing her depth and promise as a young singer-songwriter. 

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    THE WON'TS

    From the Queen City/Treaty 4 territory, the Won'ts are a couple of 20-somethings and a couple of 30-somethings who consider themselves best friends. They met at a local paint night and while none of them finished their paintings they did go on to finish a bunch of songs anchored with an infectious blend of group harmonies, surf guitars and vintage combo organs that will make up their first album, Weird Weekend in the spring of 2019.  The Won'ts aim to delight and inform.

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    This show will offer a mix of seats and standing room.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 27
    • Tickets at the door - 35
  • January 25th, 2020

    Warm & Cozy with Whitehorse

    Regina Folk Festival Presents: Winterruption 2020

    Get warm and cozy with Whitehorse at this super intimate show.

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    WHITEHORSE

    Glam and sleaze, desert grit and subway rats, scum-bags and fakers, hot messes and cold shoulders: welcome to the world of Whitehorse, a rock n' roll duo from Toronto. Ethereal folk. Space Cowboy twang. Psychedelic spaghetti western. Intergalactic blues grooves. Pop noir. Since their debut in 2011, Whitehorse has evolved from magnetic folk duo to full-blown rock band. In truth, Whitehorse is never fully either one or the other, but an ever-evolving creative partnership that challenges both artists to explore new instrumental and lyrical terrain with each project. Together, Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s searing Americana noir sensibility is distinguished by guitar wizardry (and instantly recognizable tone) and magnetic harmonies. Their Warm & Cozy show at Winterruption 2020 will be an intimate one with 2 sets from this incredibly talented duo tied with an informal meet and greet at the end. This is a show for the fans.

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    Bar @ 7:00

    This show will offer a mix of seats and standing room.

    • Location: Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 42
    • Tickets at the door - 50
  • January 26th, 2020

    Little Miss Higgins with Ellen Froese

    LITTLE MISS HIGGINS

    From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Music entered her life early. “When I was about four my dad bought this old piano at a local bar,” she recalls. “It was a mini grand piano. He brought it home and told me it was mine. I carved my name in the side and started taking piano lessons.” Growing up playing piano, Higgins now uses guitar and voice as her main instruments. Her stage name, Little Miss Higgins suits the undeniably inflammatory mix of her blues and country music repertoire but the moniker was largely accidental. “When I moved to Saskatchewan in 2002 I started hanging out with this Greek guy,” she recalls “He started calling me Little Miss Higgins so I used it on poster for a gig I was doing and it just stuck.” Get ready to be charmed!

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    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. Ellen Froese is the real deal.

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    Bar @ 7:00

    This show will offer a mix of seats and standing room.

    • Location: Artesian
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 22
    • Tickets at the door - 30
  • February 15th, 2020

    Fred Penner: The Cat Came Back 40th Anniversary Tour

    At a keynote address to an early childhood education conference, acclaimed family entertainer, singer / songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message. "Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child." A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed "Mr. Multi-Media" by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes 12 Children's Albums, countless live shows across North America. He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. A humanitarian always conscious of the "delicate balance required to create a positive influence that fosters healthy self-esteem in the life of a child", his work is infused with a steadfast commitment to communicating with children and families in a clear, non-condescending way. "More than just fun", this multi-talented artist has the wisdom and humility to know that the importance and the meaning of what he does can reach deeply into the lives of others. 

    This show will offer seating. Littles are encouraged to dance in aisles if they are feeling moved. 

    Airplane rules apply for kids: 2 and under are free if they sit on laps 

    • Location: Knox-Metropolitan United Church
    • Doors open at 1:30 PM
    • Show starts at 2:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 22
    • Tickets at the door - 30
  • March 3rd, 2020

    Andy Shauf with special guest Molly Sarlé

    Few artists are storytellers as deft and disarmingly observational as Andy Shauf. The Toronto-based, Saskatchewan-raised musician's songs unfold like short fiction: they're densely layered with colorful characters and a rich emotional depth. On his new album The Neon Skyline (out January 24 via ANTI-), he sets a familiar scene of inviting a friend for beers on the opening title track: "I said, 'Come to the Skyline, I’ll be washing my sins away.'  He just laughed, said 'I’ll be late, you know how I can be.'"  

    On top of heartbreak, friendship, and the mundane moments of humanity that define his songwriting, Shauf makes music that explores how easy it is to find yourself in familiar patterns and repeat the same mistakes of your past. His characters wonder, "Did this relationship end too soon? Would going to another bar cheer my friend up?" Or in the case of the foreboding "Living Room," where a character asks herself, "How hard is it to give a shit?" the songs on The Neon Skyline ultimately take solace in accepting that life goes on and things will be okay. Shauf says, "there's moments on the album where the characters are thinking 'this is the end of the world.' But there are also moments with some clarity and perspective: Nothing is the end of the world."   

    With special guest Molly Sarlé.

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 25
    • Tickets at the door - 32
  • May 2nd, 2020

    Joel Plaskett

    Canada has produced some of the world's most enduring songwriters and Joel Plaskett is being hailed as one of the best. Since spending his teenaged years recording and touring with Halifax indie upstarts Thrush Hermit, Plaskett has been writing his own story.  Whatever project and whatever genre he explores, his fans are so there for it.  Whether he is solo or with The Emergency, his shows never cease to pack a room and leave everyone completely charmed. Plaskett has dozens of awards to his credit and thousands of tour dates under his belt. He is known as one of the country’s most innovative, hard-working, and fiercely independent artists. Get ready for another compelling show from one of Canada’s leading musical voices. 

    This show will have no opener. We have the pleasure of TWO sets from Joel Plaskett! 

    This show will offer a mix of seating and standing room. 

    • Location: The Exchange
    • Doors open at 7:30 PM
    • Show starts at 8:00 PM
    • Advance tickets - 28
    • Tickets at the door - 35

Regina Folk Festival 2019. Be there.