Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, World, Spoken Word, & Everything In Between.
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Wednesday, October 18th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Joshua is a modern folk musician, an amalgam of influence in the classically romantic tradition of Damien Rice, Ryan Adams, Iron and Wine, and Sufjan Stevens. Like the said ballyhooed folksters before him, Joshua is inspired to write largely as a result of the people and relationships surrounding him, while also subjecting his songs to his own vulnerabilities, doubts, and conflicts.
“Josh is an amazing songwriter with a voice that will melt the toughest heart!.” – Terry McBride – Nettwerk Records
“Great music. One of the warmest, soothing and rich sounds I’ve heard in a long time. Josh has created a beautiful, intimate soundscape backed with superb production – A pleasure to listen to!! – Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios
“One of those superbly talented performers that seems to come from out of nowhere. Young Mr. Hyslop has a singer-songwriter maturity far beyond his years.” – Mark Rheaume – CBC Radio
Tim Tamashiro & Sheldon Zandboer
Thursday October 19th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Tim Tamashiro is a jazz evangelist. He supports jazz artists throughout Canada and around the world and he participates as a singer. Tim is the host of Tonic on CBC Radio 2. He’s a passionate believer in jazz as the ultimate music education and he also believes that the spaces between songs are as important as the music. Stories matter. Stories can make songs even more compelling.
Tim began to specialize as an executive entertainer at events for business and world leaders. He’s sung for prime ministers and royalty. He ever got to perform for Queen Elizabeth. Jazz can be a pretty good business so Tim concentrated on singing and MC’ing events for the next 20 years. Then CBC came calling.
CBC was looking for a new host for the launch of the “new” CBC Radio 2. They were looking for a new host for an yet unnamed jazz show that would be on six nights a week. They had heard about Tim’s delivery style and believed that he could host a show with jazz music for all Canadians. Tim was hired for a four month trial period for the weekend portion of the new show Tonic. Tim has been with CBC Radio 2 since 2007 and now Tim is the full time host six nights a week. At CBCmusic.ca a jazz stream called Tamashiro’s Tonic is available 24 hours a day.
Calgary’s finest jazz pianist, composer, arranger, instructor, music industry professional, and author – Sheldon Zandboer is one of Canada’s most versatile musicians. Specializing in jazz piano and widely recognized as one of Canada’s premier jazz talents, he has been working behind the scenes on many recordings, theatre projects, song writing projects, jazz concerts, sound design, and film soundtracks.
Sheldon has performed jazz before Queen Elizabeth, as well as the other members of the British Royal Family, international dignitaries, Heads of State and publicly on 4 continents. His songwriting has extended into the European pop market and has composed music for a film that is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. His groundbreaking jazz training book “The Tao of Jazz Improvisation” adopts eastern philosophy and training techniques, which enables the young to advanced professional to reach a higher level of performance and creativity.
Little Miss Higgins Trio
Saturday, October 21st
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
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. Whetherit’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way. This is all too true on her most recent award winning album, Across The Plains.
As a songwriter and musician, Higgins has been influenced by a range of artists from Memphis Minnie and Billie Holiday to Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton as well as the vast array of Canadian musicians and bands she has had the fortune to see live or even share a stage with like Big Dave McLean, Corb Lund, and the Deep Dark Woods to name a few.
In 2011, Higgins opened kd lang’s album release tour in Britain and has appeared live on many CBC radio shows such as Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café and Michael Enright’s Sunday Edition. For over 15 years, she has performed, toured, collaborated, recorded, and released 5 independent albums. Her music has won three Western Canadian Music Awards and received JUNO and Maple Blues Awards nominations.
Saturday October 28
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world.
Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms acrossUK, Europe, Canada, USA & their native Australia.
Latest EP ‘The Records Were Ours’ came in at #9 on the ARIA chart after topping the iTunes charts across the globe. To celebrate the brothers are embarking on a mega World tour across Europe/UK, Australia/NZ and a lap of North America supporting Tash Sultana.
Check out the chart topping tunes here: https://wma.lnk.to/
Friday November 3rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
The Vancouver quintet draws on Jazz, Brazilian Sambas, French 60ies pop and Cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound: gorgeous melodies, quirky lyrics, incredible groove and sky-high improvisations.
With three critically acclaimed Cds and festival appearances all over Canada (including the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals), they have become CBC favourites, selected first as the subject of a one-hour long documentary and more recently as one of four Western bands featured on television, radio and the web, in the popular “Mai de la chanson d’ici”. In September 2011 they also appeared on the French CBC show “Bien au show”, for their final episode. In 2012, Mimosa collaborated for the first time with dancers and a projectionist for a unique performance at the Sechelt Arts Festival. Recently, Mimosa toured the Okanagan with a brand new repertoire of originals and interesting arrangements of standards. In 2016 they performed at various festivals, including the Harmony Arts Festival, the Gibsons Jazz Festival, the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival and many others.
Mimosa’s music is composed by the three women of the group and some of their compositions have been used in film and television (Rise of the Gargoyles, Mange ta ville, etc). Lumiere also received a IMA composition award for Hotel des peines perdues and some of her songs have been rearranged for choirs (Echos du Pacifique).
The band is made up of Rebecca Shoichet, vocals, Anna Lumiere (piano and accordion), Karen Graves (sax, flute and vocals), Adam Thomas (bass) and Bernie Arai (drums). Although every member of Mimosa is also active on the Canadian music scene in many other groups, the band has been together for almost two decades and has developed a unique performance that will take you on an unforgettable journey into time and sound.
Saturday, November 4th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
David Gogo – 2017 Maple Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year!
David Gogo’s groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. He has earned numerous Canadian blues accolades, including five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues Award, and multiple Maple Blues Awards. He has thirty years of performing and hundreds of thousands of tour miles under his belt. He’s played on stage with Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley. He has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Cray, and Jimmy Vaughan among many others. Gogo can swap road stories for as long as you can listen!
Sherman Doucette TANKful of BLUES
“There is only one Tank in the blues world – the real deal and has the scars and badges to prove it. A former thirty year veteran of the Vancouver music scene – Yale Hotel host & house band for several years a very colorful past sharing the stage with blues legends such as John Lee Hooker / Albert Collins / Long John Baldry & many more.
A soulful singer – harmonica virtuoso – with a hot new band and a tank full of energy mixing blues classics and original songs with the passion and conviction few can deliver – any one who has seen him perform will agree he puts on an unforgettable show.”
owen Owen OWEN
Owen has been playing bass for 45 years. He was nominated for a 2015 Maple Blues Award as “Bassist of the Year, received global critical acclaim on his first CD – “Been Around A While” with his former duo partner, Dalannah Gail Bowen. They are the only act from BC to ever reach the finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2015)and was inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame (2015)
Wednesday, November 8th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Chad VanGaalen isn’t the kind of artist who cultivates mystery or revels in adventure. On the surface he seems like a perfectly normal Calgary-born guy with a tall, lanky frame and a goofy grin until you hear his darkly psychedelic songs, almost dream-like, evoking ghosts and other worlds full of strange visions and spirit guides. He began his career by busking and performing as a one-man band but through the years he’s shied more and more from the street and the stage, now touring rarely, and has become more and more comfortable spending his days in his homemade studio, working on animations and recording and releasing albums on which he’s played all of the instruments alone.
Album Release Tour! ‘Light Information’ out September 8th!
For an album that’s about “not feeling comfortable with really anything,” as Van Gaalen says, his new album Light Information is nonetheless a vivid, welcoming journey through future worlds and relentless memories. The rich soundscapes and sometimes jarring imagery (“I’ll be the host body, yes, for the parasitic demons. They can eat me from the inside out, I already hear them chewing.”) could only come from the mind of a creative polymath–an accomplished visual artist, animator, director, and producer, VanGaalen has scored television shows, designed puppet characters for Adult Swim, directed videos for Shabazz Palaces, Strand of Oaks, METZ, Dan Deacon, and The Head and the Heart, and produced records for Women, Alvvays, and others.
While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom–and anxiety–gained as he watches his kids growing up. “Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that’s happening through the internet,” he says. “I didn’t have that growing up, and I’m maybe trying to preserve a little bit of that selfishly for my kids.”
“If I was going to go out and buy a record, I would probably want it to sound only like that,” says VanGaalen. “That one’s for me.”
Throughout the dark-wave reverb of Light Information are stories of paranoia, disembodiment, and isolation–but there’s also playfulness, empathy, and intimacy. “I sit and do a drawing, a portrait of my dad,” sings VanGaalen on “Broken Bell.” “I should really visit him before he is dead. Cuz we are getting old. Our cells just won’t divide like they told us. But I’m not really good at this kind of thing.”
But VanGaalen is good at a lot of things–and he’s trying to pursue them for the right reasons. “I’m just trying to get over the weight of feeling like I have to be making something of my time constantly,” he says. “Especially with kids, you get these small breaks where you get to make stuff, and now I try to say ‘you know what, I’m going to make something for me.’”
OVER 1 MILLION VIEWS!!
Thursday November 9th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
As one of the most nominated and award-winning female vocalists in Canadian country music history, Lisa’s career includes eight studio albums, more than a dozen Top 40 radio hits and certified gold record sales. As a resident of Nashville, TN for the last two decades, Lisa has had the opportunity to immerse herself in the amazing history and traditions of country music. From the Ryman Auditorium to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Lisa has followed in the steps of many of the true legends of country music.
As a follow-up to her hit show The Patsy Cline Project, Lisa has developed a new concert experience that country music fans will not want to miss! Through hit songs and heartfelt stories, Lisa Brokop: Legendary Ladies of Country celebrates several of the female pioneers in country music who inspired and influenced Lisa’s own career. Featuring hits from Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris and more. The show will include Lisa’s own favorites from her award-winning albums, like ‘Better Off Broken’, ‘Wildflower’, and ‘Take That’. This musical tour tips its hat to the talented women of country.
The Patsy Cline Project showcases Lisa’s amazing voice in a distinct and exciting way. In addition to featuring many of the hits that Lisa has recorded and performed over the past 20 years, she transports the audience back to the hey-day of country music with her presentation of Patsy Cline classics. Buoyed by supporting multi-media imagery, Lisa will take the audience on an incredible musical journey featuring some of Patsy Cline’s most memorable songs including “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “She’s Got You”, “Sweet Dreams” and Lisa’s favourite, “Crazy”.
A number of the hits that helped to make Lisa a favourite with audiences throughout North America will also be woven into the presentation. With songs such as “Give Me a Ring Sometime,” “Take That,” “She Can’t Save Him,” “What’s Not To Love,” “How Do I Let Go” and the top-10 smash hit “Better Off Broken” Lisa Brokop fans will truly not be disappointed.
Carol of the Belles – Lisa Brokop gathers her favorite songs and sounds of the holiday season, along with a few girlfriends to present “Lisa Brokop and Carol of the Belles”. Christmas spirits will be as high as the heels on stage, with some of Lisa’s classic favorites (O Holy Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas), some holiday gospel (Go Tell If On the Mountain, Children Go) and some well-loved singalongs. All performance is wrapped in soaring vocal harmony to light up the season for all!
Bill Bourne Music
Friday November 17th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Born into a musical family with deep poetic roots*, Bill Bourne is a gifted and creative musician. An activist for social justice and an 8 time Juno Award nominee and winner, this one man tour de force has been critically acclaimed across the western hemisphere for his recordings and live performances.
Phrases such as ‘an intelligent songwriter’; ‘exquisite’; ‘raw’; ‘inimitable’; ‘eerily beautiful’; ‘significant and compelling performances’; ‘a true mystic’; are used to describe Bill Bourne’s music. Long highway miles between moments of communion and magic have given his music and his vision a kind of breadth and depth that is rare.
The road, both paved and metaphysical, runs through all his music. Steeped in Cajun, Celtic, World Beat, Flamenco, Funk – and a lot of Blues. There is also a perspective that is not the world-weariness one could reasonably expect, but rather a deep connection with both a river of song and an energy that is distinctly spiritual.
Thursday, November 18th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield – songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke, songs to inspire.
Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and rapid fire humour, their live show undeniably has the human touch. Always engaging, frequently heart-warming, they have built an enviable audience rapport. They are an act that truly takes the cliché out of the “make you laugh, make you cry” tag.
Just two years after giving up their day jobs, Stockton Folk Club’s star pupils have had a milestone year with the release of their third studio album Another Man’s Ground, an appearance at America’s Folk Alliance, collectively celebrating their 30th birthdays and racking up accolades including Best Group in the FATEA Awards and Best Live Act in the Spiral Awards.
A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act that clinched the Best Group trophy at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Cardiff – a hugely popular result that saw them beating off opposition including the mighty Bellowhead.
Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad.
Shari Ulrich Trio
Tuesday, November 21st
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Originally a California girl, long settled on the west coast of Canada, Shari celebrates 43 years as a touring recording artist and multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, dulcimer, & harmonica). From Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has lead to 23 albums – including her collaboration with solo artists Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and more recently The High Bar Gang, a 7 piece bluegrass band with Barney Bentall & Colin Nairne. Her work has garnered 2 Juno awards, several Juno nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 CFMA for English Songwriter of the Year.
Shari will be accompanied by her daughter Julia Graff on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion and vocals) and fellow High Bar Gang member Kirby Barber on bass, guitar and vocals.
Julia, with a Master of Music Sound Recording from McGill University, has engineered and co-produced Shari’s last 3 releases, and is also a busy graphic designer, videographer and photographer. Bonus for Mom!
Friday, November 24th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Wes’s show features magic, comedy, and stunts. He’s not fully magician, not fully stand-up comic. But an amazing mix of both. His show can best be described as “the comedian with the best magic, or the magician with the funniest stories”. With one is would be true.
You may recognize him from any number of TV appearances. In the last year alone Wes was featured on America’s Got Talent, Wizard Wars, Penn & Teller: Fool Us (which he won!), and MTV’s Greatest Party Stories Ever. Or you may have seen his YouTube videos where he has earned an impressive 40+ million views!
Who is Wes Barker?
Wes Barker: Stunt Magician is a Vancouver based entertainer, but tours all over the world. He has performed on stages from Las Vegas, to New York, to Australia.
His show features magic, comedy, and stunts. It’s like watching a comic tell real-life stories, but stopping every so often to do amazing magic. Basically it’s awesomeness from start to finish!
What does a Stunt Magician do?
“I do EVERYTHING. My goal is to keep everyone laughing.
Sometimes it’s with impressive physical feats or amazing sleight of hand, but normally it’s just random acts of showing off! One thing I know for sure-I guarantee that everyone has a fantastic time.” ~Wes Barker
Premium – $42
Wings – $32
NOTE: THIS EVENT IS GEARED TOWARDS ADULTS.
Friday, December 1st
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
A voice you MUST hear!
William Prince is storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps cliches to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he’s spent on stage.
Prince’s debut album Earthly Days was produced by long time collaborator Scott Nolan. A recent alumni of the tri-annual Planet IndigenUS Music Festival, Prince was named the 2014 Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (newly named Indigenous Music Awards).
His lead single The Carny went to Number 1 on the Sirius XM National Aboriginal Music Countdown Top 40 (Produced by NCI FM). His new single You Got Me is currently climbing the charts.
New Lady On The Prairie
Friday, December 8th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Acclaimed songwriter, Lizzy Hoyt is one of Canada’s most powerful Celtic-folk artists. Known for bringing Canadian history to life with her music, her songs like “Vimy Ridge”, “White Feather”, and “New Lady on the Prairie” have garnered awards and nominations while also connecting strongly with audiences across the country. In 2013, Lizzy was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and Vimy Ridge history through music.
Program: New Lady on the Prairie
Lizzy delivers a high-energy, diverse and engaging concert that features a mix of her original award-winning songs with some traditional repertoire, new arrangements of one or two covers, and a selection of lively instrumentals! Lizzy Hoyt have recently been selected to present a showcase in Vancouver at Pacific Contact in March 2017.
“Hoyt’s mastery of the fiddle seems effortless. Her chatter is engaging and her songwriting seems to flow from her soul.”
– Roger Holmes
“The expertise displayed by each musician is jaw-dropping and it’s matched by their sensitivity and taste… Lizzy Hoyt displays equal mastery of the fiddle, harp and guitar, complemented by an otherworldly voice. To top it off, she comes across as a truly natural and relaxed, people loving performer.”
– Jim Sinclair
Vagabond is a Penticton based acoustic trio specializing in “rockabilly, blues, and country soul.” The group comprises veteran lead guitarist Lindsay Mitchell, lead vocalist Leslie Thompson, and double bassman Stefan Bienz. An eclectic repertoire features radio hits from the 1950s and 60s, plus original tunes penned by Mitchell as founder and principal songwriter for the classic 1970s Canadian rock band PRiSM.
Mitchell began his career in the mid 1960s as lead guitarist and songwriter with the notorious Vancouver-based rock band the Seeds of Time. His 1969 composition My Home Town (Coast Records) was a nationwide hit. In 1977 he formed the multiple Juno Award winning group PRiSM (GRT Capitol) for whom he composed numerous multi-gold and platinum hits including Armageddon, Young & Restless, and A Night to Remember. Along the way he has shared the stage with a host of rock celebrities: Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, the Byrds, Meatloaf, Heart, Roy Orbison, kd lang, and AC/DC just to name a few. He has also performed with many blues and R&R legends: T-Bone Walker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Del Shannon, Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins, Big Joe Duskin, Albert Collins, and many more. But the musical memories he holds most dear involve old friends: the late Billy Cowsill and Long John Baldry, and celebrated BC bluesmen Kenny Wayne and Jim Byrnes.
Okanagan Falls-based Thompson began taking music lessons at age 5, and was soon playing drums in her parents’ country western band (mommy played bass, daddy lead guitar). After studying music at Capilano University in the late 80s, she took to the road in Western Canada with a number of country-rock acts, later returning to BC to reunite onstage with her parents. An Okanagan resident since 2000, she plays and sings in several local outfits.
Summerland-based Stefan is the undisputed number one “go to” bassman in the South Okanagan. As such he has performed with a host of local and visiting musicians and singers. Accordingly, we are delighted to have him on board. “When I first invited Stefan to play with us,” Mitchell says, “he asked what kind of bass playing was needed.” “I’m looking for a Willie Dixon,” I answered, “simple, low down, with a deep groove.” “I’m your man.” he replied.
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne
Boss Of The Blues
Gentleman Of The Boogie Woogie
Hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues”, multiple-award winning blues”, multiple-award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. His musical career began as a child prodigy in the late 1950’s and has continued to flourish for over 60 years with Wayne at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners.
Born in Spokane, Washington, raised in New Orleans and now based in British Columbia, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne has built a stellar reputation within Canada and abroad for his lively attire and energetic concert performances. The zoot suited Wayne will be returning to Russia, South America, and Europe this year, where he regularly sells out 800 to 1000 seat venues and headlines many international concerts and festivals.
Premium – $40
Wings – $30