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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
“…the lads from Cannery Row are eagerly anticipating a return to the fantastic Dream Cafe. After well over a decade long love affair with this true gem of a venue, the boys are looking forward to reconnecting with all of their fans and friends in the Okanagan.”
Cannery Row features the unique and individual talents of Gary Comeau, Tim Hearsey and Chris Nordquist. These significantly skilled musicians, bring their collective focus together in a in humorous, highly entertaining presentation. Covering an impressive sphere of genres, blending and bending blues, latin, zydeco, jazz, cajun, country, rock ‘n roll into a musical experience unlike any other!
With the well received debut album/CD into its third pressing, 2018 will see Cannery Row releasing their much anticipated second offering. Stay tuned for details!
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.
100% of ticket sales will go to the foundation!
This Valentine’s Day, Wednesday February 14th actors Dave Cursons and JenDitmars of The Cawston Players are hosted by Grandmothers for Africa in a benefit show at The Dream Café.
The play is “Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney. Since first performed in New Haven Connecticut in 1988, Love Letters has appeared on many hundreds of stages in North America and further abroad.
In two parts, the play features the characters of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner.
Andrew and Melissa are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the years. When Andy is off at war, Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and thy econtinue to keep in touch.
Eventually she and Andy do become briefly involved, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
What is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.
Dave Cursons ( playing Andy) is a retired public servant involved with community theatre as an actor and director for the past 50 years. Jen Ditmars ( playing Melissa) is an adventurer and committed social activist extending from the 60’s in Seattle, to Vancouver and the BC Wilderness in the 70’s and 80’s ; throughout she has sustained a professional career as a fine artist.
For the past 12 years, Grandmothers for Africa in the South Okanagan have worked with The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) that works with community-level organizations to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV and Aids.
Friday, February 16th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Carmanah has never been afraid to reach deep into the music archives for the gritty vintage flavours that influence its modern sound. The band consistently delivers a dynamic and well-balanced performance that features Laura Mina’s soulful lead vocals supported by strong male harmonies, multiple lead instruments and a driving rhythm section. Poignant songs explore love, nature and the issues of the world. It all adds up to what New York producer Gus Van Go has approvingly coined, ‘West Coast Soul’.
Carmanah is on the (Vancouver) Daily Hive list of musicians to watch for in 2017 and has shared the stage with many acts including Ziggy Marley, Spirit of the West, Shakey Graves, Clinton Fearon, Said the Whale and Current Swell. At home in Victoria British Columbia, the band consistently draws a large enthused crowd and has sold out venues such as Sugar Nightclub, with a capacity of 600. On their travels both near and far, and consistent with their values, the band mates lessen their ecological footprint by fuelling their tour vehicle with used vegetable oil procured from restaurants along the way.
The band’s first commercial album, produced with Gus Van Go and Werner F. at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios, is slated for release Fall 2017. Carmanah gratefully acknowledges Creative BC and Factor for their crucial financial support.
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!
Naramata Choir Cabaret
Saturday, February 24th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
The Naramata Community Choir steps off the traditional stage and steps onto a new one! Members of this fine choir will form solos, duets, trios, and quartets and perform on Penticton’s finest stage – the Dream Cafe! Thes small groups and soloists will perform music from a variety of genres focusing on jazz, pop, Broadway, and folk. They will be backed up by Sandy Andres (piano), Justin Glibbery (piano), Stefan Bienz (bass), and Michael Treadway (drums). The choir was formed in 1962 by Carol McGibney who put a sign on a tree asking for interested singers to meet. The choir formed and continues to this day performing for over 50 years!
Concerts and festivals have dominated the choirs performances but this concert will step away from the traditional stage of a church or hall and embrace the awesome vibe that the Dream Cafe brings for its performers. Join us for some outstanding small group performances on the best stage in the world!
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.”
Saturday, March 3rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Lennie Gallant is a native of Rustico, Prince Edward Island. This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded eleven albums (nine in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was recently honored with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year. He is the 2017 East Coast Music Awards Entertainer of the Year and also won the 2017 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year for his live album, “Searching For Abegweit”. Lennie just finished his fourth summer theatre season in PEI and followed that with an East Coast tour of his multimedia hit musical, “Searching For Abegweit -The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant”. The immensely popular production ran for over 140 shows. His newest release is a double cd album of 22 songs from that production. Many of the show’s visual images appear in his book, Peter’s Dream, a collaboration with sibling visual artist Karen Gallant that showcases 52 of her unique paintings paired up with his songs.
His album, “When We Get There” was nominated for a Juno Award and went up to the International Space Station with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. Over 30 artists have recorded his songs, including Measha Bruggergosman, Ode de L’Acadie, and Jimmy Buffet and his songs have appeared in feature films, television series, and numerous theatrical productions. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist who has represented Canada on songwriter events in Nashville, London and Texas, entertained our troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London, and on the world stage at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Vancouver’s Lion Bear Fox is three huge voices joined as one, telling the truth through compelling story, honest narrative and unbridled passion. Three men going to war onstage every night to share a message of hope, vulnerability and redemption. Lion Bear Fox is “a musical force of nature”, an “emotional awakening” that’s sure to “be around for a lifetime”. (Nanaimo Daily News/Songs in the Valley/Terry David Mulligan).
Originally known for their respective solo careers, Christopher Arruda, Ryan McMahon and Cory Woodward joined forces as Lion Bear Fox in 2012 and was immediately selected as one of the top 20 unsigned bands British Columbia (Peak Performance Project). The fall of 2013 saw the band release their self-produced breakthrough EP “We’d Be Good Men” and take Western Canada by storm, touring 15 times over the next two years including stops at Canadian Music Week (Toronto), Contact East (PEI), OSAC (Regina) Mission Folk Festival and The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. They have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists like Tom Wilson, Good For Grapes, Elliot Brood and Kim Mitchell.
2016 sees Lion Bear Fox further cementing themselves as the new Canadian band to watch. With the help of friend and producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run), the trio spent ten days in the Vancouver Island wilderness crafting “the record of their lives” – a collection of songs steeped in character and full of warmth. One part folk, one part rock – a pinch of gospel and a dash of growl, the self-titled LP is a testament to the trio’s strength as songwriters. Lush acoustic guitars are bookended by buzzing electrics and screaming organs; all tied together by rich percussion and three voices in mighty harmony. It’s a sound that harkens back to an era when the song was paramount.
“All three artists are known for the passion they bring to their performances and the honest songs they write,” writes the Ladysmith Chronicle, “and they have succeeded in creating gripping, dynamic songs while capturing a sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000’s”.
Oscar Lopez Musician/Band
Saturday, June 17th
Oscar Lopez’s Latin guitar groove makes him a standout on the world music stage.
Born in Santiago, Chile, Oscar was encouraged by his father to play the violin and its close relative the mandolin, influencing his signature rhythmic playing style. He soon chose the nylon-string guitar as his “soul” instrument. Oscar’s infectious rhythms, guitar mastery and improvisational wit will make you marvel and definitely want to get up and dance. Speaking of which, Oscar has shared the stage with dancers from Alberta Ballet and with big bands like The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra with Spirit of the West. A two-time JUNO Award winner and multi-nominee, he continues to surprise and engage.
An independent artist again, Oscar Lopez’s latest release: “Apasionado”.
“Oscar Lopez is the only guitarist I know who can actually make an acoustic nylon string guitar scream. With the same instrument he produces tears and laughter in his audiences” – Martin Simpson, celebrated British Folk Guitarist
Oscar always sells out at the Dream! Be sure to grab your tickets early!
Ineke Vandoorn en Marc Van Vugt
Friday, March 23rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
2018 Dutch Grammy Winners!
Jazz singer Ineke Vandoorn and guitarist Marc van Vugt return to Canada!
With fairy-like sounds, funky arrangements, modern music full of harrowing and twisting harmonies and sadly comforting songs, Ineke Vandoorn and her partner in music Marc van Vugt explore boundaries in an admirable and fascinating way: between improvisation and composition, in original songs with regular lyrics and in pure improvisations, by giving their characteristic interpretation of standards or by amalgamation of different musical expressions.
Jazz singer Ineke Vandoorn and guitarist Marc van Vugt return to Canada in March 2018 after a very successful tour in 2016. This time they will concentrate on their much-praised duo and bring new repertoire. Inspired by the French Provence countryside they wrote news songs about friends, friendships and their loved ones. Vandoorn and van Vugt have taken the duo playing to a different level. Seamlessly and effortlessly they are switching roles and by times you are wondering who is doing what. Never losing their sense of lyricism and harmony, free as a bird they are playing their songs.
As part of their tour Vandoorn and van Vugt will be artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto and Capilano University in Vancouver. Concerts will be played in Toronto, Waterloo, Edmonton, Saskatoon, 6 cities in Alberta and B.C., the Vancouver area, Ottawa and Montreal. They will also perform their music with two different big bands and a jazz choir.
During this tour Ineke Vandoorn will also present the English version of her highly acclaimed book on singing ‘Singing From the Inside Out’. The book, labeled as the ‘Lonely Planet Guide’ for jazz and pop singers.
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.
Black Umfolosi Music (Official)
Wednesday, March 28th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
One of Africa’s great musical exports and one of the most successful groups we have ever booked in Canada, Black Umfolosi 5 blends acapella singing with dance and traditional costume in a show that has played some of Canada’s largest venues, but is so simple to produce it can also easily work in smaller theatres. For decades now the guys have been entertaining world music fans in too many countries and continents to mention. Absolutely brilliant.
Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! Their famous Gumboot Dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser.
The Black Umfolosi 5 also provide workshops and residences in dance, voice, theatre, costume design, poetry, mime and also address various issues affecting society today.
Thursday, March 29th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Her music incorporates everything from pop and jazz to soul, folk, and indie music: a sound that is uniquely hers. A true storyteller whose works are as intimate and as personal as their handwritten lyrics, Ellen’s immense talent for songwriting is only complemented by her stunning vocals. Rich, sultry, and sweet, Ellen’s voice draws listeners in and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Ellen has been a performer since age five- she sang and played “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from the Lion King at her first grade talent show.Doty’s first album “Gold”, a more traditional sounding pop-jazz album, was released in 2014. It reached the top 10 on several college radio charts in Canada, and she followed up the release with a crowd-funded, self-booked, 42 stop Canadian tour. In the past couple of years, Doty has been touring quite extensively in Canada. She had the chance to open for two-time Grammy-winner Gregory Porter, and recently completed a Western Canada concert theatre tour with award-winning saxophonist Eli Bennett from Vancouver.
After nearly two years of experimentation and songwriting, Doty’s long-awaited sophomore album “Come Fall” is set for release in February of 2018. The project seeks to strip the music down to its bare bones, leaving a raw and incredibly spacious sound. No bass. No background vocals. No horns. No layers. Just piano, voice, and drums. The mixture of pop, jazz, soul, folk, and indie music, is a sound that is undoubtedly hers. The album was recorded at Sumbler House near Toronto with drummer Davide Di Renzo (Cassandra Wilson, Tom Cochrane, Molly Johnson, etc.) and pianist Mark Lalama (Kevin Breit, Sisters Euclid, Daniel Romano, etc.). It was engineered by Juno-award winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey, and features co-writes with many notable writers including Justin Rutledge, Andy Stochansky, Danny Vacon (The Dudes), and more.
Friday, April 13th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac are the two multi-instrumentalists who make up Madison Violet. Born in Montreal and raised in Kincardine, Ontario, Brenley used to spend her summers in Lisa’s hometown of Creignish, Nova Scotia, but they never met on the east coast. It was a chance meeting that set them on their musical journey, later finding out that not only did Lisa know Brenley’s extended family, but that their father’s sat next to one another in high school in Cape Breton. Since their fateful meeting in 1999, the pair has been nominated for numerous ECMA awards and a Juno award, won a Canadian Folk Award for Vocal Group of the Year, the Maxell John Lennon Songwriting grand prize, and many more. Currently on tour in support of their latest release, The Knight Sessions, Madison Violet have released 7 studio albums,as well as a live cd and dvd recorded in Germany.
When you hear them, the first thing you’ll notice is that their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family: Born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana. In a word, they are musical chameleons.
Saturday, April 14th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Erin Costelo is an artist who is mining the truth – through writing, arranging, producing and masterful live performance. With a voice unlike any other in Canada she has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story.
With songs that sound like they were written by your heroes, she’s had the opportunity to open for heroes like Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Bettye Lavette and has recently performed with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band.
Her latest, self-produced album Down Below, the Status Quo was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada. It is a magical, moonlight-soaked reverie, filled with drama and intensity; in one moment a defiant cry and in the next a desperate whisper. It has been described as “embodying the spirit of Nina Simone” and “conjuring the ghost of Donny Hathaway”.
Erin will be joined by Clive MacNutt on guitar.
The Return of…..
The Black Hen Roadshow
Tuesday, April 17th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Featuring Steve Dawson, Leeroy Stagger, Steve Marriner, and Ndidi Onokwulu.
The acclaimed Black Hen Roadshow is back, and better than ever. Coming to stages across Canada in the spring of 2018, this third incarnation of the travelling revue features one of our best line-up of artists yet. It’s going to be an evening of unique collaborations and authentic musical entertainment like no other, cementing the Roadshow as one of the finest touring showcases of contemporary roots music in the country.
Steve Dawson and his Black Hen label need no introduction to Canadian roots music fans. A musician’s musician in the truest sense, he is both a highly sought after producer and in demand performer. Known for bringing the best out of everyone he works with, the multiple Juno Award winner and renowned guitar slinger couldn’t be more excited about taking this incredible group of musicians on the road. “Each of these powerhouse performers has their own unique artistic voice, and having, them all together on stage at once is guaranteed to create plenty of musical magic.”
Leeroy Stagger has had a very good couple of years. In 2015, the seasoned troubadour surprised many when he out paced all other comers, to win Alberta’s 2nd annual Peak Performance Project. Since then the Vancouver native, now living in Lethbridge, has been moving from strength to strength, steadily building his fan base through touring and his new radio show on CKUA – and just last month, releasing a highly anticipated new album, that’s garnering rave reviews and plenty of radio airplay too! Live, Stagger delivers his from-the-heart songs with an authenticity and power that is undeniable, making him a perfect fit for the BH Roadshow format.
Both as the dynamic front man for Juno Award winning blues juggernaut Money Junk, and as a solo artist in his own right, Steve Marriner has been blowing away audiences for the better part of two decades (which is all the more remarkable, considering he’s only 32 years old). Whether he’s ripping it up on the harmonica, or crooning a classic blues ballad, the stage never fails to come alive when Steve is in the spotlight – as he proved nightly on his recent touring as part of the Colin James band.
With a stage presence that is at once beguiling and dramatically intense, Ndidi Onukwulu is a Juno nominated and Maple Blues Award winning performer who has taken her music around the world. As Exclaim! Magazine so aptly put it, “her exceptional voice blazes with confidence…sophisticated, surprising and surefooted, this is seriously heady stuff.” Needless to say we couldn’t agree more.
With busy first call upright bassist Jeremy Holmes by his side, Mr. Dawson will lead this remarkable collection of renowned artists through two killer sets of authentic and inspiring music, that is sure to be remembered as one of the best shows of the season. The first set will consist of each headliner taking their turn playing songs with Steve and Jeremy in support and the second set will see the entire entourage take the stage to play a full set of collaborative group numbers.
For more on the artists, see below:
Steve Dawson: http://www.stevedawson.ca/
Steve Marriner: http://monkeyjunkband.com/
Leeroy Stagger: https://
Ndidi Onukwulu: http://ndidio.net/
Wednesday, April 18th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Harry Manx has been dubbed an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is bewitching and deliciously addictive to listen to.
Born on the Isle of Man, Manx spent his childhood in Canada and left in his teens to live in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil. He honed his hypnotic live show on street corners, in cafes, bars and at festivals. But it was Indian music that captured his attention and in the mid 80s he began a five-year tutelage with Rajasthani Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Grammy winner with Ry Cooder for A Meeting by the River). Receiving the gift of Bhatt’s custom-made, self-designed Mohan Veena (a 20-stringed sitar/guitar hybrid) was the catalyst for Harry to forge a new path with his now signature east-meets-west style of music. While the mohan veena itself is beyond exotic, Manx uses it within traditional Western sound structures.
Manx is a prolific artist, releasing nine albums in a eight-year span with no signs of stopping. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards and his mantel shelf also holds honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Vancouver magazine Georgia Straight, and the South Australia Blues Society. He received CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Awards for 2007 and his albums have garnered five Juno nominations.
Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you’ll get Manx’s unique “mysticssippi” flavour. It’s hard to resist, easy to digest and keeps audiences coming back for more.