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Company B Jazz Band Christmas Special
Friday, December 22nd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY! The ugly Christmas sweater would still be nothing more than a long-forgotten piece of bad taste without the ugly Christmas sweater party. These parties have not only given new life to old pieces of holiday monstrosity, they have made them quite trendy and exceptionally fun as well.
Special guest during the break!
Company B Jazz Band has been sharing their joy of Christmas since their first year as a band, in 2007. From Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters to inspired original arrangements, the group has amassed an extensive seasonal repertoire, packed with all the harmony, bells and whistles (literally!) a lover of carols could ask for.
For the past five years, the group has been featured on the annual CBC Open House and Food Drive, an event that is broadcast live and aims to raise funds and food for those most in need. As part of the programming, they have the pleasure of colaberating with much-loved Canadian radio personality Margret Gallagher. In 2015, The Ladies of Company B toured with the internationally acclaimed Canadian Tenors founding member Ken Lavigne in his production “The Christmas Road Show Special”. Each year that the busy band’s schedule allows, they join the lineup of musical entertainment for popular Vancouver festivities such as the Vancouver Christmas Market and the Robson ice rink’s 12 Day of Christmas.
This December sees the Ladies of Company B touring BC to bring the band’s Christmas cheer to the BC Interior and Whistler. It’s no secret that the group loves all the music they bring to their listeners, and they get particular joy in creating and transcribing new arrangements every year. Donning red and white dresses for full Christmas flair, they’ve been called Mrs. Claus more than once!
The Ladies are excited to bring Christmas cheer to the Dream Cafe, and look forward to sharing the music of the season!
Songs of the Southern Belles
Thursday, December 28th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Songs of the Southern Belles is a musical tribute to the female country stars of the 50’s through 70’s presented in the style of the Grand Ole Opry.
Singers Anna Jacyszyn and Kinga Heming will relive the stories told through songs originally sung by Nashville royalty like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn to name a few, under the music direction of guitarists Sean Bray and Loni Moger
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December 31st, 2017
YES! You read that right. NYE bash at The Dream Cafe! Come join us for a fun-filled night!
If you love Rhythm & Blues, Soul Music, and the BIG Motown hits from groups like The Temptations, Sam & Dave, Wilson Picket, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Issac Hayes and Billy Preston, then this show is for you! ” We absolutely love this style of music, and the groove and vibe that it creates” says Rann Berry. Our goal with The Soul of Motown Revue is to create the atmosphere of a Detroit nightclub in the 1970s. Super funky and soulful” !
“Our # 1 Summer Show 4 years in a row…. We’re always excited to have Rann Berry return to our theatre.” – Randy Zahara, Kelowna Community Theatre
“The Soul of Motown Revue filled our showroom to capacity and gave our guests a Vegas Style night to remember. Our best selling show ever.” – Cherie Deneau, Gateway Casinos
The Band –
Rann Berry – Vocals / Guitar
Justin Glibbery – Keyboards / Vocals
Michael Fic – Bass / Vocals
Stan Sabourin – Saxophone
Mike Treadway – Drums
Food Service 7-9pm
Drink Service 9-9:30pm
Showtime 9:30pm (three sets and two intermissions)
Hot food till 10pm, Desserts till 11:30pm!
Ball drops at midnight!
Entertainment & Dinner – $100 (two tapas, dessert & drink of your choice!)
Entertainment Only – $65 (menu still available)
Both tickets include entertainment, party favors, snacks and champagne!
Only 100 tickets being sold!
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.
SUNDAY MORNING STRING BAND
The Sunday Morning String Band is a folk/old time quartet from Kelowna BC, featuring a classic string arrangement of stand up bass, acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. Drawing inspirations from obscure canadiana, appellation bluegrass, and a twist of contemporary stylings. There is something for everyone behind the ring of these strings.
“Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something roars in and it turns you about.” Connie Kaldor writes this and more about the unexpected twists and turns of life and love. She could well be writing about her personal artistic complexities. Music pundits have tried to define the essence of the prairie-born acoustic performer for over two decades, but even the most eloquent have fallen short of perfection.
Fact is, Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. A contradiction in terms. She is a Juno Award-winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary.
She is an artist of substance without pretension, witty and urbane without condescension. She is a fearless chronicler of the human experience without the folksong angst. She has recorded nine albums, sold tens of thousands of copies, but has never had a commercial hit. Her live performances are legendary and her fan base broad and fiercely loyal. People come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings. She has traveled prairie backroads to visit modest community centers and sold out concert halls in major cities. From Beijing to New
Delhi to Saskatoon to Washington, Conniehas triumphed with a mix of song and spoken word honed in pacing and tone by the many years shespent performing.
Like many prairie girls in the 50s and 60s, Conniegrew up singing in the church choir and listening to Patsy Cline and The Beatles on her record player. But it wasn’t until the 1980s, after four years spent performing with an avant-garde theatre company in Toronto, that Connie turned to music full time and was welcomed with open arms by the folk scene.
Monday & Tuesday, January 22nd & 23rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
You hear it a lot these days – 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 – immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony – powerful and pure, organic and inspiring – that elevates the Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless.
Over the course of their decade-plus career, they’ve covered plenty of stylistic ground, adding tinges of pop, roots, jazz, and even hip-hop to their country folk core at various points.
The trio first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and has since compiled a catalogue of four studio albums, a pair of EPs, a live album, and Christmas collection. Through it all, the unmistakable sound of their intertwined voices has been the sonic anchor, and that remains true as the Good Lovelies now look to push further into the mainstream with their most accessible and pop-influenced output to date.
Their upcoming collection offers a perfect balance between a more modern production style and the wholesome musical influences that have made them a household name over the years. What’s more, the songs themselves build on the Good Lovelies’ familiar foundation with a widespread appeal.
If what happens next goes according to plan, though, the Good Lovelies will see their profile propelled to new heights thanks to a contemplative creative approach and a new spin on the signature sound that’s earned them audiences and accolades the world over. The music, the album, and the trio – all are greater than the sum of their individual parts. Simply, that’s the Good Lovelies
The Good Lovelies are:
Lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars: Caroline Brooks
Lead vocals, keyboards, banjo, guitar: Kerri Ough
Lead vocals, percussion, guitar: Susan Passmore
Upright bass: MJ Dandeneau
Bass: Steve Zsirai
Drums: Mark Mariash
Piano: Robbie Grunwald
Friday, January 26th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, Vancouver Canadian musician Tom Landa, is looking back on the legacy of his much-loved folk rock band The Paperboys. For a quarter century, The Paperboys have been touring the world and lighting up stages with their freewheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots. They have been called everything from Cajun slamgrass to worldbeat, they’ve received a Juno award (Canadian Grammy), plus two Juno nominations, two West Coast Music Awards, released nine albums, and regularly play two-night bills in the Pacific Northwest. But that’s not what matters to Landa now. “What means more to me than anything else is to receive letters, emails, or hear stories from people who tell me that our songs helped them through a tough time, or that they used one of our songs for their wedding, or that an album of ours was the soundtrack of their summer. At the end of the day, accolades are nice, but they are nothing compared to connecting with people.” Landa’s song ‘Better Than The Last’ has become somewhat of an anthem for people who have gone through hard times.
Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. It has healthy servings of Ska, Soca and African Highlife and we’ve been known to throw in a little White Boy Reggae. Of course it also has strains of Soul, Pop and Funk although we are by no means a funk band. It is mostly Acoustic although we also like Electric guitars. It is Singer-Songwriter based but not the coffee house variety. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. It has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Son) but it’s by no means Traditional. It Rocks incredibly hard and is extremely danceable, but that is not to say it can’t be mellow and slow and beautiful. It can be heart breaking, but also joyous. It is never dark or angst ridden, and always full of hope – but not in the ‘Up With People’ kind of way. It’s not Jazz, although we like Jazz a lot. It’s not heavy metal or punk or grunge, although we love Rush and AC/DC. It is World Roots Music. It’s POP music. It is GOOD music. It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over, and for that we are very grateful. It is the only multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental, genre bending, co-ed band you will hear today!!
Friday & Saturday, February 2nd & 3rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
WiL graced our stage for the first time this past September…he left us amazed and wanting more! We are SO excited to be able to bring him back for not one, but TWO nights!
WiL is a Canadian born contemporary roots artist living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. His music style is unique, blending elements of traditional country, roots-rock, soul and blues like many ‘Americana’ artists yet he defies the expansive genre, ever so slightly, by adding elements of straight up pop music resulting in a distinctive and refreshing sound. He first hit the scene in 2003 with his debut release ‘Both Hands’. Nominated for three WCMA’s including Best Live Act, the album launched his career path as a touring singer/songwriter.
His first real break came in 2011 when his song ‘Roam’ was chosen to represent the award winning media campaign by Travel Alberta called ‘Remember to Breathe’. The fact that WiL grew up in Calgary, the heart of southern Alberta, coupled with his appreciation and love for film collided beautifully when presented with the campaign’s visually stunning images, a process that he uses diligently in his songwriting process.
WiL is the first to maintain he is not the “best acoustic guitar player ever” nor even a really ‘great’ singer but he will concede that he possesses a very particular style; one that comes with a measure of inherent talent and an immeasurable quantity of practice and experience; both on and off the road. As such he has had the honour of sharing the stage with the likes of Burton Cummings, Feist, Ray LaMontagne and most recently, the legendary Mavis Staples.
WiL delivers his eclectic brand of contemporary roots inspired rock with band mates Keith Gallant (drums) and Lena Birtwistle (keys/vocals).
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
Thursday, February 8th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Members of Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a bilingual band hailing from Prince Edward Island Canada, recent winners of the 2015 East Coast Music Association’s award for World Music Recording of the Year, multiple nominees for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, East Coast Music Awards and Music PEI Awards, are having the time of their lives as a trad/folk/fusion trio. Weaving the music of the Irish, Acadian, Francophone and Maritime cultures and their original creations with modern and world rhythms, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have created a fiery, contagious and unique sound that has them in demand and touring extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
“Rowan, Caleb and Jesse are truly talented musicians and so very charming. Many in our audience were unfamiliar with TSAAGS – they took a chance – and they were amazed, impressed, thrilled, and moved.” – Nida Tautydas, McIntyre Hall Performing Arts Center
Cannery Row Music
Friday, February 9th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
What you will see & hear when coming to a Cannery Row performance is #1… the diversity of instruments played… from piano, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion, washboard, lap steel, percussion drums, 3 part vocal harmony, sometimes tenor banjo or harmonica & the list goes on… #2… the style of Cannery Row music evolves from the roots & blues of Memphis to Mississippi, the bayou rhythms from New Orleans & central Louisiana, the latin percussion piano guitar sounds of Cuba, and the stretch all the way back to the east coast Canada for some fiddle jig. Sometimes all that happens in the same song…. Cannery Row, always changing, never the same way twice. There’s nothing like a night of Cannery Row.
Harmonica & Guitar Duo Play a Mix Of Blues, Gypsy Jazz & Pop
Dynamic harmonica and guitar duo Keith Bennett and David Sinclair are coming. Both Bennett and Sinclair are veterans of the Vancouver music scene. Both musicians currently perform in a number of bands — and when they play together as a duo, their lively mix of blues, gypsy jazz and pop gets audiences moving.
Sinclair has toured with k.d. lang and played in Sarah McLachlan’s band for 10 years. He has also worked as a studio guitarist for Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams, to name just two.
Bennett, an acclaimed North Vancouver singer and instrumentalist, just returned from the World Harmonica Championships in Germany, where he placed 12th.
Friday, February 23rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Cousin Harley is the rocking hillbilly persona of Paul Pigat. This band has a hard-earned reputation for delivering everything from hot-rod rockabilly to foot stomping vintage country and western swing.
Cousin Harley showcases the swing, rockabilly, blues and jazz elements that makes it truly unique in the roots music world. From classic honky tonk and cow punk tinged rippers, to a helping of western swing and classic jump blues, Cousin Harley plays in the old tradition—slugging it out hot and heavy in the trenches of the live music scene.
Cousin Harley will be sticking around for an extra day after the show…stay tuned to the Dream Cafe facebook to learn why!
Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneli- ness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers.
On stages in France, the UK and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside heavyweights like Emmylou Harris, Ron Sexsmith, Gordon Lightfoot, Sloan, Arkells, Basia Bulat, Albert Lee, James Burton, Whitehorse, The Sadies, Steve Strongman, Monster Truck and Daniel Lanois. She also stays busy as part of the country band Dinner Belles.
In writing and performing Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, Lightfoot set out to push her limits as a performer and challenge herself creatively. Where her debut was given to slower, softer songs and a subdued vibe, Lightfoot’s new album crackles with immediacy and demands attention. From the moment you put it on, the album announces Lightfoot’s arrival as a confident and natural lead performer.
Recording her sophomore album, Lightfoot says, made her a far more disciplined songwriter. That transformation took place early in the songwriting process. Holing up with headphones and a stack of vintage pop and rock albums, Lightfoot pulled apart songwriting mechanics, mastering tonic chords and middle eights and learning to craft memorably sticky choruses. She spent the weeks leading up to the recording sessions honing the album’s songs — working and reworking them until they were taut and lean. And then she hit the studio.
The singer-songwriter, now based in the Hunter Valley, is known for his powerful and mesmerising live performances. Respected Australian music journalist Iain Shedden, of The Australian, recently described Crighton’s Tamworth Regional Art Gallery appearance in glowing terms: “Once in a lifetime a gig surpasses all expectations, slapping you in the face with its grace, majestic singing, the quality of the material, and, in this instance, the acoustic ambience of the venue… [it] demonstrated music’s power to stir the heart and soul. In my all-time Top 10 that one.”
Samantha Martin Music
Saturday, March 24th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
6 Pierce – Soul/R&B/Blues from Ontario!
** New Album, FEB 2018
** Official 2018 International Blues Challenge (Memphis TN) constestant
** 6x Maple Blues Awards Nominee
The first thing that hits you is the voice. Samantha Martin’s is a force of nature, one of those voices that grabs you by the throat while causing the hairs on the back of your neck to tingle. The likes of her friend Serena Ryder and Janis Joplin come to mind as reference points. – Kerry Doole, Exclaim!
Martin is the lead singer, songwriter and focal point of the group. As a dynamic front woman, she possesses a stunning voice that is capable of summoning up tidal waves of spine-tingling emotion in one instance while delicately bringing out the nuances of a gut wrenching lyric in the next. A torrid force of nature, night after night she takes audiences to emotional peaks while leaving them stunned with her sheer pin-you-against-the-wall power.
“You may not know it yet, but Samantha Martin is a rock star, she’ll tear your heart out one note at a time.” – Serena Ryder
While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, the vocal alchemy of Delta Sugar is not the work of a single talent. In combination with what she likes to term her “co-vocalists,” Sherie Marshall and newest full time member Mwansa Mwansa, the vocal blend Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated gospel-tinged, neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts.