Weekly Live Music! Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, & World.
A little something for everyone!
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Tickets $ 34
Tri-Continental is a collaborative evolution that fuses the talents of three wonderful guitar-players, singers and songwriters. There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues/folk/world music mélange. Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is a great success in terms of soulfulness and presence, intensity and atmosphere.
Bourne, Quitzau and Slim are in their own rights well-recognized and respected artists with successful solo careers. They are indeed major players in the Canadian roots music scene who have individually and collectively received 4 Juno awards and 10 nominations. Together as
Tri-Continental, something very special and magical happens with the grand improvisor, the kidnapper of the blues, an the inventor and promoter of the new universal sound.
Tri-Continental is an engagement between artists and friends built on artistic respect and a deep passion for, and knowledge of the blues. This is clearly evident in the music they create, where the sharing and curiosity has led them on a fascinating musical exploration resulting in a beautiful, infectious sound where blues, world, Celtic, folk, flamenco and African rhythms fuse into one. Accentuated by their sweet vocal harmonies and imaginative guitar playing, Tri-Continental’s global blues and roots music is a testament to faith, dreams, talent and, most of all, friendship.
LeE HARVeY OsMOND (Tom Wilson) & Thompson Wilson
Wednesday & Thursday, September 28 & 29
Tickets $34 – SOLD OUT!
These two men were one of the ‘highlights’ of the Dream Festival in May. You don’t want to miss this show.
LeE HARVey OsMOND aka Tom Wilson (guitar and vocals) struck Canadian rock gold in the ’90s as the leader of the much- loved Junkhouse, and then found a whole new audience as a crucial component of roots-rock super- group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. BARK was a 2015 Juno Nominee. He is an amazing songwriter & performer. His son Thompson will be playing with him and has his own thriving career.
“Funny, Great story teller, amazing voice, engaging, mesmerizing, authentic, true to himself, sexy, hairy, raw talent, family guy, giving, entertaining, warm and fuzzy…”- Cindi Lou Baker, Dream Café Co-op Board Member
Saturday, October 1st
Tickets $ 30
The Bills’ brand new album, Trail of Tales features 14 new original tracks. For the first time in their storied career, the album sees all five members of the band contributing compositional talents in a truly collaborative offering. Trail of Tales winds from infectious, grooving folk/pop vocal numbers to beguiling, hypnotic instrumentals. The album walks a verdant path through lyrics that explore and shimmer with melodies that are sure to become standards in the deep and rich With two previous JUNO nominations and multiple Western Canadian Music Awards under their belts, expect the musical magic you’ve come to love from this extraordinary quintet. The Bills are renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, evocative songwriting, and a refreshing sound that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization.
“Their sound is panoramic, mischievious, fiercely unpretentious – and musically splendid” – Boston Globe
Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows – these are the vehicles for The Bills’ unique sonic approach. With individual band members sporting world-class credentials in folk/roots, jazz, classical and world music, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic music super-group, and their combined creative studio talent and explosive live shows have made them legendary folk/roots entertainers.
C.R. Avery Words & Music
Thursday, October 6th
Tickets $ 20
Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player, Beatbox Poet, Punk Piano Player, String Quartet Raconteur, Rock & Roll Matador, Playwright
Whether performing to thousands at the Royal Albert Hall or the lucky few who made it inside the packed past capacity speakeasy, C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist. A multi-talented front man for his Legal Tender String Quartet; a crazed lead singer/harp player for his rock & roll band The Special Interest Group; a lyrical dynamo & the musical backbone of the spoken word trio Tons of Fun University.
From musical beginnings in his late teens, C.R. Avery has recorded over fifteen albums as well as writing & directing six hip-hop operas, which were mounted and performed from New York’s Bowery to L.A.’s South Central. His incredible live performances have been described as Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop; colliding with Little Walter, the Beastie Boys and Allen Ginsberg. Every show is all or nothing and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented, astonishing creator has so much more to come.
Friday, October 7th
Tickets $ 36
We are honoured Guy Davis is coming back to the Dream stage, one of the Best…..one of the Class Acts.
Guy Davis is easily one of the finest proponents of acoustic blues in the world. He has performed across North America, Europe, the UK, Australia and South America, and has played hundreds of shows in Canada, selling out theatres from coast to coast and performing in all ten provinces and two territories. A great story teller, a unique voice and as brilliant on the harp as he is on the guitar, Guy has earned his place as one of the true greats of the current generation of blues artists.
His ‘all’ is the Blues. The routes, and roots, of his blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people’s cry, or playful and bouncy as a hay-ride.
Guy can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, they’re days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs; the only cotton he’s picked is his underwear up off the floor.
He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis’ creativity.
Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.
Birds of Chicago
Saturday, October 8th
Tickets $ 24
For several years Allison Russell and JT Nero’s respective bands, Po’ Girl (Vancouver, BC) and JT and the Clouds (Chicago, IL), have collaborated extensively, but on 2011’s Mountains/Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record.
JT Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Allison Russell’s silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s haunting. Fired by the band, it’s a full tilt revival.
“When Russell sings that “the years floated by like cotton seeds and now the long-legged two-stepper turns 73,” she sends the words out and onto a breeze, along with those cotton seeds. It’s a wonderful way to capture how old age can feel if you’ve gotten the most out of it. The song, “Galaxy Ballroom,” feels like a place that you’d like to ascend to when your earthly waltz has come to an end. Nero and Russell make rainy and sunny days feel exactly the same – like treasures.”
The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show
Thursday, October 13th
The heart of rock and roll is alive and well with Fred Eaglesmith’s 20th album, Tambourine. Fusing together all of Fred’s past influences, the result is pure rock ‘n ‘roll reminiscent of 1966.
Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere. While blazing his own often colourful path he has avoided most of the traps and pitfalls of his peers, his career reads like a manual on how to succeed in music today without trying to fit into the traditional business models.
Los Angeles Times “Eaglesmith snarled out lyrics that underscore his overriding attitude that music and musicians ought to be cherished in the here-and-now and valued for the quality of their art, not the size of their bank accounts or TV ratings.”
The Bend Bulletin praised Fred as “a singer-songwriter with a loyal fan base: a raconteur known for his funny stories and sometimes funny, sometimes poignant songs…a figure to whom ‘entertainer,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘original’ can be applied in equal measure.”
Tickets $ 33
“Hot enough to raise sweat on a chunk of granite!” ~Monday Magazine (on Paul Pigat)
” … El Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music … ” ~Rolling Stone Magazine
When two rockabilly virtuosos come together from different sides of the world for one special night, magic is bound to happen. Join local master guitarist and singer/songwriter Paul Pigat (aka Cousin Harley) and Spanish finger picking sensation and pioneer of Western Swing and ragtime in Spain, Diego ‘El Twanguero’ Garcia for a mashup up of rockabilly, flamenco, country blues, tango, jazz, ragtime and more. Since meeting for the first time at the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival in Mexico in 2013, Pigat & Garcia have become kindred musical spirits, joining each other on stage and delivering performances with a complex interplay that takes most duos decades to form. With their pure musicality, combined talent and energy they’ll keep your toes tapping all night long.
“Our first contact with the Spanish grammy winner was at the Zihua guitar fest when he and Paul Pigat dazzled the crowd with some of the best fingerpicking we have ever heard.” The combination of Diego and Paul promises to be the highlight of 2016 and one of the best shows ever at the Dream Café. Don’t miss the magic these two guitar virtuoso`s will bring to our little piece of paradise.” Brian Chadwick, Summerland
Friday, October 21st
Tickets $ 15
Some of you may have caught Joshua at our Farmer’s Market this summer. He shared the stage here once before with Brent Tyler and they did a stellar job. He has a sweet voice, great songs & does some covers that are stunning. Home is Kelowna. What one could suggest as being a Soul-inspired, captivating experience, Joshua is a singer/songwriter who mingles catchy clever lines and infectious vocals in the company of playful story telling. With a nod to “Motown”, Joshua Smith captures tradition and folk-friendly modernism with his songwriting prowess. Imagine if Marvin Gaye, Hank Williams & Paul Simon took a trip to Nashville.
Russell deCarle Trio
Saturday, October 22nd
Tickets $ 34
Russell was here in the spring and put on a great show, can’t wait to have him back.
As lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, deCarle is no stranger to awards and accolades. Over their career the 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles. As a songwriter deCarle has also been honoured with two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards.
Held together by equal measures of heartbreak and hope, and featuring performances from some of Canada’s most accomplished instrumentalists, Under the Big Big Sky plays like the soundtrack to a vintage film. A fluent mix of blues, jazz and R&B tinged western swing that pays homage to some of Russell deCarle’s all-time favourite artists while remaining simultaneously fresh and familiar.
Looking at his solo output thus far, however, he describes it as “more of a torchy-bluesy affair”, particularly on his first solo album launched a few years ago called ‘Under the Big, Big Sky’.
Wednesday, October 26th
Look through the ripped screen door to find a musical collaboration that brings new sparks of well tended fires. We are a front porch candle light party equipped with lyrics like warm blankets and melodies like the glint from wild mid-summer bonfires.
A little folk, a little bluegrass, a little experimental jazz-rock-fusion. Who are we to build walls between genres?? We’re the screen doors! We are Tavis Weir, Maiya Robbie, Stefan Bienz, Dave Mai and Darren Filipenko.
Friday, October 28th
Tickets $ 16
Nova Scotia native and East Coast Music Award winner, Erin Costelo has the voice of a soul singer, the soul of a gospel singer, and her songwriting style has been described “as if it her songs were written by your heroes”. Her 2012 release “We Can Get Over” has been described as a modern soul masterpiece.
Her new album “Down Below, the Status Quo” (2016) has received rave reviews throughout Canada and Europe. It has been described as “touched by the angel Donny Hathaway” and embodying “the spirit of Nina Simone”.
Erin has shared the stage with a number of incredible musical legends. She has opened for legends Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Boz Scaggs and Bettye Lavette. She has co-written with Juno Award winner, Stephen Fearing, recorded and toured with fellow east coasters, Joel Plaskett, Amelia Curran and Rose Cousins, collaborating with each of them, either on recordings or in live performances.
She has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe, playing everywhere from living rooms to 10,000 capacity amphitheaters. To say she feels at home in front of an audience is an understatement!
Saturday, October 29th
WCMA have nominated TILLER’S FOLLY – STIRRING UP GHOSTS for Roots Recording of the Year!
Tiller’s Folly is the Pacific Northwest’s critically acclaimed, internationally travelled acoustic power trio, planted at the forefront of a bold new movement in progressive roots music. A highly regarded Canadian Celtic group-turned-historians, this award-winning ensemble has shifted to what might be more aptly termed Acoustic Roots Music.
“Tiller’s Folly is a national treasure”. – Peter North, Edmonton Journal
BRUCE COUGHLAN – songwriter, vocals, guitar; NOLAN MURRAY – fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster; LAURENCE KNIGHT – bass, vocals
Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5
Van Django’s music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA and Europe.
Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche, and bassist Brent Gubbels.
These men put on a great show and we are honoured they return over and over again.
“They have it all – musicianship, musicality, humor and that swingin’ Django sound. Sit back, relax, and be transported to 1930’s Paris” Scott Wilson, Jazz Yukon
Thursday, November 10th
Tickets $ 18
‘We Are The Reckoning’, is a striking new collection of 11 original songs from JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter and recently crowned Best Male Vocalist in the popular NOW Magazine Best-Of-Toronto 2014 reader’s poll (readership of ½ million) Peter Katz. “One of the most promising songwriters of our time” B.Y.E. Magazine Germany
After 3 successful national and international tours in support of his 2012 release ‘Still Mind Still’, Peter spent the better part of the past 2 years writing well-over 50 new songs while collaborating on some of them with an impressive list of co-writers (a new approach for Peter who had always typically written alone). His hard work paid off when he attracted the attention of co-producers Royal Wood (multiple Juno-Award Nominee) and Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Cary Brothers), who signed on to help him turn those songs into Peter’s most sonically-rich album to date.
“Try listening without getting goosebumps” London Free Press
“If talent alone ensures success, then Peter Katz will soon be a name of everyone’s lips” The Record
Saturday, November 12th
When you listen to Donovan Woods, you can hear the craft of songwriting being carried forward: Stripped down, but never simple; direct yet poetic; new and timeless. The music is delivered with confidence, and in an evocative voice that you wouldn’t expect from someone as young, approachable, or humorous as Woods.
His acclaimed fourth album Hard Settle, Ain’t Trouble received a 2016 Polaris Music Prize nomination.
Donovan Woods’ extraordinary songwriting talent has earned him rave reviews from the likes of Noisey who praised his “knack for taking huge, universal feelings and distilling them into simple, poignant moments, ” while The Toronto Star noted that “Woods has long been one of Canada’s best kept secrets…but word is starting to get around…and filtering all the way down to Nashville.” Even Rolling Stone and Billboard have weighed in, describing his songwriting on Charles Kelley’s (Lady Antebellum) version of “Leaving Nashville” as “stark, stunning” and “an emotional wallop.”
“wistful songs that tug at the heartstrings of anyone who’s had feelings about partners, ex-partners, where you’re from, where you shouldn’t have gone” – NOW Magazine NNNN
“a gentle, honest collection of melancholic observations and hushed tunefulness” – The Globe And Mail
“By balancing such fringe and mainstream elements so effortlessly, Woods looks poised to finally bring those disparate camps together. … he does it time and again” – Exclaim!
There is no mistaking Brad Roberts’ voice. He may look like an average guy, now in his mid- 40s, but then he opens his mouth and his majestic baritone voice immediately conjures fond memories of such Crash Test Dummies hits at “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm” and “Superman.” Perhaps best remembered for the acerbic folk rock sound of 1991’s The Ghosts That Haunt Me and 1993’s God Shuffled His Feet, there have nonetheless been enough hits for the band over the years to merit a couple of greatest hits packages. Through it all, the band with Roberts at the helm has touched on funk and soul, folk, electronic music and even Christmas tunes. Yet it is Roberts’ voice and offbeat lyrical sensibility that have been this beloved band’s calling cards since their founding twenty years ago.
Brad Roberts is dusting off his catalogue of songs written during a robust career with Crash Test Dummies and preparing to return to the road after almost a half-decade away from the stage. Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts
David Celia & Marla
Saturday, November 19th
From Toronto, David is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. His songs are filled with warm sentiment and sometimes mixed with humour. They have an open alt/folk style that’s also been described as “Beatlesque”. He tours frequently across Canada and Europe (Glastonbury Festival) and is quoted as “One of Toronto’s best guitar players” by CBC Radio. He also plays as sideman with acts diverse as Icelandic alt/pop star Emiliana Torrini or Ian & Sylvia Tyson. “Evidently True”
Marla is a German/Spanish singer-songwriter based in Heidelberg, Germany. Inspired by traveling the world, the 20 year-old Marla is processing lost love in her songs, softly picked on acoustic guitar. Her mellow dreamy melodies combined with a deep airy voice might remind one of the artist Jessica Pratt but also reminiscent of Nico. After touring with David Celia in early 2015, she recorded her debut album in Toronto with him as producer and sideman. She easily won over audiences playing in Toronto, over to Montreal, up to Halifax and all over Europe. “In The Wind”
Saturday, November 26th
A return visit to the Dream, a pleasure to bring her back.
Quote from her site “My name is Alysha Brilla; I was born Alysha Mohamed. I am an Indo-Tanzanian-Canadian Juno-Nominated singer, songwriter, producer, yoga instructor, part-time clothing designer and social justice advocate. I identify as mixed-race and queer. I have been making music since I was a little one. People often ask me what I play. I sing and play guitar, piano, drums, I dabble in trumpet and I produce music. I’ve also been teaching yoga for several years. I travelled to Rishikesh, India, to study its ancient art and I left a little piece of my heart there. I would consider myself invested in the politics of people; namely equality amongst humans with a special interest in sexual equality, indigenous rights and decolonizing our societies through awareness and education. I am so grateful to be alive, to be able to make music, teach yoga and spread my belief that our world can be an amazing, harmonious place. It is my dream that humans continue to evolve for the better and our world is someday a peaceful place where education and open-mindedness are seen as more precious than gold.”
Chase Padgett – Actor, Musician
Do go to his site and read up on this man & watch the videos www.chasepadgett.com
“Padgett is a virtuoso guitar player and a deft actor who portrays characters with warmth and compassion.” CBC
Friday, December 2nd
40 years ago a mysterious acoustic guitarist appeared from nowhere, conquered the music industry, and vanished without a trace… until now. Chase Padgett becomes a manager, a mother, a mentor, and the guitar prodigy himself as each one tells their side of the rise, demise, and resurrection of the best damn guitar player you’ve never heard of; the Nashville Hurricane.
During the course of this 75 minute one man masterpiece the audience learns about Henry Waltrip (the Nashville Hurricane) from his humble trailer park beginnings alongside his white trash mother, Brenda to the crazy gigs on the road with his blues playing mentor, Tyrone. The stories and songs unfold into hilarious rants on love and music, a riveting tale involving the dark side of show biz, and blazing guitar work any audience is sure to rave about such as the finale; a one man acoustic ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia.’
“If this isn’t worth 75 minutes of your time than I don’t know what is.” Houston Press
Chase Padgett – Actor, Musician
Do go to his site and read up on this man & watch the videos www.chasepadgett.com
“Padgett is a virtuoso guitar player and a deft actor who portrays characters with warmth and compassion.” CBC
Saturday, December 3rd
One performer becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own voice, views and music (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country). Each character shares their humorous and heartfelt songs and stories as the show reveals how music brings us all together.
“5 stars, Chase Padgett’s Six Guitars is nothing short a storytelling masterpiece. The play will leave you doing two things: laughing until you cry, and lifting your jaw to its proper position.” – The Edmonton Sun.
“Chase Padgett’s achievement in 6 Guitars is so virtuosic it had me on my feet.”– Georgia Straight, Vancouver
Since the show’s premiere in 2010 6 Guitars it has earned numerous awards, rave reviews and standing ovations all over North America. It has relentlessly sold out houses in every festival it has appeared in and won Pick of the Fringe for both Edmonton and Vancouver.
Wednesday, December 7th
With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC “Heart Of Gold” and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. An adventurous & fearless artist. A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over.
Danny Michel is an environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist, archivist and space enthusiast. He returns with Matadora, his newest and most deeply humanist album to date.