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Friday, April 27th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
The Fugitives, established in 2007, have released four records, which have been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award. Their previous album, Everything Will Happen, spent ten weeks on the top ten Canadian folk charts, and earned them a support slot across Western Canada with Buffy Sainte-Marie and an appearance at UK’s Glastonbury Festival. Their follow-up, “The Promise of Strangers”, is set for release on January 26th on Borealis Records.
A folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod, the band has toured extensively through Canada, Western Europe, and the UK, often joined by renowned multi-instrumentalist Steve Charles, violinist Carly Frey (Echo Nebraska), and banjo player Rob McLaren (Union Duke). Over the past ten years, they’ve earned a reputation for unforgettable live shows, brimming with complex harmonies, infectious storytelling and top-notch musicianship. As the CBC has it: “This show is simply brilliant”. Performance highlights include major folk festivals across Canada, headlining slots in overseas americana festivals, and a recently sold out run across the UK on its rural touring circuit. In 2018, the band will tour across both Canada and the EU, and venture into the United States via an official showcase at Folk Alliance.
“Despite their all-acoustic lineup, the Fugitives bring enough energy to the stage to light up a small city… The East Van quartet conjures up a sound that’s like the missing link between Leonard Cohen, the Pogues, and the immortal Shorty Shitstain.” — Georgia Straight
Thursday, May 3rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Two time Juno, 7 time Maple Blues winner Jack de Keyzer and his 6 piece band return in 2018 with the brand new release Checkmate. A tribute to the great Chess Records, Chicago blues giants. Talk to Me Baby, Ain’t Superstitious, All Your Love I Miss Loving, Do Right Woman, and 10 more great tracks filled with urgency, virtuosity and fun! De Keyzer plays the blues world wide. His music has taken him from the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC and many points in between. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand blues guitarists, Jack has released 12 CD’s and 1 DVD. An exciting live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 100 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). Much celebrated, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has also won 7 Maple Blues Awards. Always touring with an incredible band of top musicians. This is a must see show for fans of high energy blues guitar and lovers of blues, rock and soul music. De Keyzer is Canada’s King of the Blues.
“If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous” Bob Dylan
“The finest blues guitarist in Canada” Jeff Healey
Win: 6 The Corktown Sessions/ Blues Album of the Year 2010
Win: 6 String Lover/ Blues Album of the Year 2003
Nomination: Electric Love/ Blues Album of the Year 2013
Nomination: Blues Thing/Blues Album of the Year 2007
Nomination: Down in the Groove/Blues Album of the Year 2001
Maple Blues Award
Guitarist of the Year 2007,2005, 2004
Entertainer of the Year 2004
Electric Act of the Year 2004
Down in the Groove/ Blues Album of the Year 2000
Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement) 2001
International Songwriting Competition
Honourable Mention “The Way That I Love You” 2010
1st place Win ” That’s The Only Time” 2007
Great Canadian Blues Award
Winner CBC listeners vote 2009
Friday, May 4th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
“Naomi Wachira is an artist of formidable talent and heart. Her music & songwriting brings together harmonies that speak across continents and cultures.”- Northwest Music Scene
“I am an African girl, well I know where I’m coming from, and I know who I want to be…” is the defiant soul-anthem that jumpstarted Afro-Folk singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira onto a whole new path and calling. The words, from the title track of her first EP African Girl (2012), paved the way for this Kenyan-born, Seattle-based artist, who is determined to make a contribution in the world by offering music that is poignant, hopeful and life-giving. Five years later, after a critically acclaimed self-titled album Naomi Wachira (2014) and an acoustic EP I am Because You Are (2015), comes her sophomore album Song of Lament, which she says, “was born out the many tragic losses we’ve witnessed globally – ranging from cases of police brutality to the refugee crisis – that made me grieve about who we’ve become, but also burned a desire in me to create art that would serve society at large and hopefully lessen the chaos around us.”
With music that is both uplifting and somber, there is no doubt Wachira is determined to create a niche in the world and perhaps inch us closer to one another as we remember our shared humanity. Like the two predecessors she has long admired, Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, she hopes that she can contribute to making the world a better place. Asked about what she hopes to accomplish with this album she says, “if there’s one thing I learned from my parents, it is to try and leave a place better than I found it. My hope is that this album will do just that. I know we are certainly living in dark times, but I hope that we will all find the courage to be light in whatever way we’ve been gifted… that we will seek to understand those who are different from us and find ways to both acknowledge and celebrate our differences and similarities.”
Saturday, May 5th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
“Built around core players Woody Forster (Vocals and Guitar) and Devora Laye (Vocals, Washboard, and Saw), The Burying Ground lay out a feast of southern old timey acoustic gems that pay homage to southern Americana and goodtime blues inspired by the ghosts of Charley Patton, Memphis Minnie, and The Mississippi Sheiks.” — David Morrison (Folk Radio, UK)
A band that shines when performing live, The Burying Ground has been charming audiences large and small across Western Canada and the United States, lending new life to old songs while performing original tunes. Known for their songwriting, they aim to shed light on aspects of the human experience that resonate into the modern day, touching on mental health, the traumas of war, social justice and good old fashioned lost and found love.
They have a lively, gritty sound with tight harmony and a driving rhythm section reminiscent of the music of the juke joints and jazz halls of the 1920’s and ’30s. The band moves effortlessly between toe-tapping dance music, the yearning of country blues and the embellishments and energy of ragtime and jazz.
“While they may be devoted to the precious music of a long gone golden era, they still have an awful lot to offer the present and future, as music this good is evidently timeless.”
David Morrison, Folk Radio UK
“If you have the opportunity to see The Burying Ground perform, do not miss their innovative musical interpretation of blues and rags, with a modern perspective, that few bands have mastered.”
— Greg Keffer, Fraser Valley Blues Society
Monday, May 7th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
2018 JUNO NOMINEES
It’s been almost exactly a year since Weaves released their acclaimed debut LP. The self-titled album was among the most anticipated of the year, and was lauded internationally upon its release for its exuberant approach to guitar pop, which was described as “one of the most unpredictable sounds of 2016” (MTV), and “a triumphant assault on all things conventional” (i-D). It was a whirlwind year for the band who spent a nearly uninterrupted 12 months on the road, playing festivals across the globe, and touring with their fellow 2016 breakout artists Sunflower Bean and Mitski. Propelled forward by their own momentum, which they corralled like the barely contained energy of their explosive live sets, it was a transformative experience, and upon returning home to Toronto the band’s leaders, singer Jasmyn Burke and guitarist Morgan Waters, found themselves possessed by an irrepressible burst of creative energy.
But be wary: the more you listen, the more habit forming Weaves becomes.
Picture the classic rock band. It’s likely you’re thinking of a four-piece: bass, guitar, drums, vocals. Though they might at first glance look pretty standard, Weaves are not doing that kind of math. On their debut, the Toronto quartet shed the restraints of indie rock structure and form, letting something more emotional drive their sparse and artistic sound. Emerging from their city’s well-established noise rock scene, Weaves’ music is difficult to pin down, yet undeniably memorable.
Wednesday, May 9th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Megan Bonnell is quickly becoming one of Canada’s leading voices as a songwriter, performer, and artist. A two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Megan has spent the last three years touring Canada, the US, and making groundbreaking debut performances at European festivals including BIME Live Festival in Bilbao, the Barcelona Jazz Festival, and The End Festival in London.
Separate Rooms, the third full-length album from Toronto singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell, is the timely and bold statement of a self-assured woman navigating an increasingly dark and perplexing world. Bonnell has never been easily pigeon-holed into the predictable mold of the singer-songwriter and Separate Rooms embraces this edict, turning traditional musical genres on their heads. With her hallmark honesty, Bonnell effortlessly tackles such intense subject matter as mental illness, early pregnancy loss, and the dissolution of love. But, the new album is also a contradiction – it’s a lover’s appeal for space and independence and, at the same time, a desperate yearning for young and innocent love.
Within its songs, Separate Rooms offers Bonnell’s raw account of some of life’s most profound moments. “Breakdown”, the upbeat album opener, embraces the blurred lines between sanity and insanity and challenges the sexist notion that emotional women are somehow unstable or crazy. “Separate Rooms”, the album’s title track and a co-write with Donovan Woods, is the mature realization that true love carries with it as much loneliness as it does companionship.
Despite the personal nature of the album’s lyrics, the production of Separate Rooms was a largely collaborative process. Joining the production team of Chris Stringer and Joshua Van Tassel, Bonnell manages to meld anthemic pop appeal with the textured, layered nuances of 70’s new wave, epic alt-rock ballads of the 90’s, and traditional folk craftsmanship.
Desirée Dawson is well known as the love spreading human who won the CBC Searchlight Competition in May 2016. Desirée currently calls home Vancouver, the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), Stó:lō, Shíshálh (Sechelt) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples. Desirée’s single “Hide” Won her the title of CBC searchlight winner and is her first single on iTunes, Spotify, to play on CBC radio and to get 1mm streams on Spotify. Her second released single, and title track to her album, Wild Heart, spent many weeks on the CBC top 20 and was remixed by over 2000 producers from all corners of the globe. Her latest single, Where Do We Go, is her 3rd song to be broadcasted across Canada on CBC radio. Desirée’s debut album, Wild Heart, came out February 2017. Wild Heart has been added to many prominent playlist on Spotify, Apple Music, Stingray music, and many more stations. Desirée has been performing all over the world at renowned venues such as the Vogue theatre in Vancouver, Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, CBC Music festival in Toronto and many more. Desirée is currently working on a new album set to be released summer 2018. Desirée makes a point of having every song be honest and emotionally charged. She is very passionate about healing as a collective, using the power of melodies, lyrics and instrumentation to impact listeners. Through this, her music has managed to travel the world over.
Jody Okabe is a queer, Tsimshian, Japanese, and French Canadian artist and musician born and raised in Northern BC. She discovered her voice in her late 20’s through organizing community open mic nights with friends in Merritt BC. Ever since then she keeps singing because she believes in the power of music to heal, and to connect us to this earth, our hearts, and to each other. She currently resides in Vancouver, the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), Stó:lō, Shíshálh (Sechelt) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples.
Tuesday, May 15th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable.
Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.
Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.
His ability to reach audiences unfamiliar with traditional music is remarkable.Whatever work McManus brings within his scope the listener is assured a journey into the depths of the music in the company of a great talent.
David Sinclair & Keith Bennett
Saturday, May 19th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
David Sinclair and Keith Bennett return to The Dream with their extraordinary musicianship and quirky, unpredictable musical buffet.
Sinclair is a humble master of acoustic guitar and commands it like few others. Sinclair plays with the grace, dexterity and wisdom of a person who has dedicated his life to being the best guitarist he can be. His dedication is evident in every phrase, whether he is picking at warp speed, simultaneously playing percussion and an intricate melody, or gently strumming a tender ballad.
Bennett’s expressive and nuanced playing redefines the sound of harmonica, and his improvisation is staggering. With each hole of a chromatic harmonica containing four different reeds, it’s mind-blowing to watch Bennett extract fast, complex phrasing from the instrument (which he plays upside down). Bennett also simultaneously “doubles” improvisation on guitar and harmonica.
In addition to their instrumental wizardry, Sinclair and Bennett sing beautiful vocal harmonies a la Everly Brothers.
The duo’s arrangements can only be described as eccentric, with originals that include “Celtic-inspired surf music” and “an illuminated Tai Chi stickman in the dark”. Innovative arrangements of standard tunes (“what if U2 was Hungarian?”) complete a repertoire that spans big band, classical, blues, roots and gypsy jazz.
Inherently modest, gentle-spirited individuals, Sinclair and Bennett bring authentic exuberance to their music, playing straight from their souls. Listeners are drawn in by their pure, emotional energy.
Having performed together worldwide, including two previous sell-outs at The Dream, Sinclair and Bennett return on May 19th for their 100th performance together. It promises to be a special evening for another lucky audience, whose hands, feet and voices will inevitably join in with the band.
Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch
Wednesday, May 23rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Based out of Dallas, TX, “Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch” is an original high-energy trio that blends hard-hitting rock, jump/swing blues, vintage soul/r&b, and traces of 60’s country into a unique-but-familiar sound that maintains the essence of American roots music while simultaneously offering a fresh take on its various genres and sounds. Jason Elmore is uncommonly seamless in his ability to tailor his performance to suit the venue and demographic, without compromising the integrity of the band’s mission, which is to give 110% with every single performance, whether performing for a crowd of 2 or 2,000.
Having grown up with an obsession for all genres of western music, Elmore is remarkable in his ability to appeal to fans of any type of music with his virtuoso-level guitar playing, soulful and powerful old-school vocals, and keen sense of songwriting. It is common to see an artist excel at one of those three things, but Jason is uncanny in his ability to express himself with an original and unique voice as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. All one needs to do is watch him play live one time in order to have a good understanding of how all of these different genres of music have a common thread when it comes to eliciting an emotional response from the listener and taking them to that special place where only the music exists and the troubles of the world are temporarily put on hold.
The band released their 3rd full album, titled ‘Champagne Velvet’ in September 2016 on the Underworld Records label. The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard Blues Charts, #3 on the Roots Music Report blues charts, and held the #1 chart position on the Texas music chart for 6 consecutive weeks! It is currently receiving international acclaim and airplay, as is the band’s 2010 album “Upside Your Head” and 2013’s “Tell You What”, all of which showcase the band’s eclectic sound and versatility. In October 2017, the Dallas Observer named Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch “best blues act” in their ‘Best Of Dallas’ series and the band was also voted “best blues act” at the Dallas Observer Music Awards in 2012. However, this is not a blues act in the traditional sense of the word. The band’s sound is original and eclectic but is at times similar to 70’s-era rock such as Cream, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Grand Funk Railroad. They convey a fresh sense of excitement and fire that is uncommon in the contemporary blues scene. This is a high-energy act that excels at bringing unrestrained boogie to the party while simultaneously showcasing all 3 band members’ mastery of instrument and voice.
So get ready to groove with Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, baby!! These boys can flat GET it!
Holger Petersen, Canada’s favourite blues broadcaster, comes to Penticton for a unique evening of stories and music.
He is the host of not one but two of Canada’s longest running blues programs – Natch’l Blues on Alberta’s public radio broadcaster CKUA since 1969 and CBC’s Saturday Night Blues, now in its 31th year.
In addition to interviewing blues and roots music artists since the late 60’s, Holger Petersen is a record producer, label owner, broadcaster, author, educator, festival producer, album collector – and serious music fan. In 1975 he co-founded Canada’s Stony Plain Records which has won thirteen Juno Awards and has been nominated for six Grammy’s.
Holger is a Founder and past Artistic Director of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2003 and is a recipient of two honorary ‘Doctor of Letters Degrees’ presented by the University of Alberta (2012) and Athabasca University (2004) in recognition of his contributions to Canadian Culture and Public Broadcasting. He was named ‘Best Public Broadcaster’ by the Blues Foundation in Memphis in 2009.
His first book ‘Talking Music: Blues Radio and Roots Music’ was published in 2011 by Insomniac Press. His second book ‘Talking Music2 : Blues and Roots Music Mavericks’ was published in 2017.
Holger comes to Penticton to speak about his experience in radio and will be joined by Dream Café favourite Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne on piano.
Hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues,” multiple-award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist Kenny Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. His musical career began as a child prodigy in the 1960s and has continued to flourish for over 50 years with Wayne at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners.
As a one-man cheering section for the days when blues and jazz met the roots of rock and roll, Kenny is an artist who’s got it all: talent, charisma and showmanship. Oozing with class and sophistication, Wayne is a throwback to the golden age of classic rhythm and blues while offering a fresh approach to the genre.
CFUZ – Peach City Radioadio – Penticton’s community radio station – is pleased to bring Holger & Kenny to The Dream Café as part of the CFUZ Listen Up! Speaker Series. Funding for this event contributed by the Community Radio Fund of Canada.
Saturday, May 26th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Arsen was here in 2017 and blew us away! You don’t want to miss this show!
A Maple Blues Awards nominee, guitarist, songwriter and singer Arsen Shomakhov is an electric blues performer truly dedicated to the style’s roots yet never hesitating to borrow means of expression from other genres. He established himself as a blues-devoted virtuoso musician in his native Russia making it to the IBC in Memphis in 2005 and winning the new talent contest at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR in 2007.
After moving to Vancouver, BC in 2008, has performed at a variety of festivals across the Canada and US including: Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, Montreal International Blues Festival, Mt. Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, Waterfront Safeway Blues Festival, Edmonton International Blues Festival, Calgary International Blues Festival to name a few.
Arsen’s album “On the Move” reached number 2 in the US and number 1 in Canada on the RMR airplay charts and hit Top 25 Blues Albums of the 2010 worldwide. In the same year Toronto Blues Society nominated Arsen for the Maple Blues Awards.
In 2014 and 2016 Arsen Shomakhov Band represented British Columbia at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
Wednesday, May 30th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Every great story is like a long winding road, no matter where it leads, it has to start somewhere.
It’s been a decade since singer Matt Layzell and guitarist Matt Rose spent a few hazy days writing songs in a rustic cabin on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. Since then, The Matinée has evolved from its humble origins, navigating their own route, to become a powerhouse roots rock band with a following spread across North America. Having spent years logging miles in the tour van and dropping sweat on stages near and far, the four-piece — which also includes drummer Peter Lemon and guitarist Geoff Petrie — is making its most electrifying statement yet with their sophomore album Dancing on Your Grave.
The four friends, who were high school cohorts before their musical paths intertwined, spent their first few years as a band cutting their teeth on the road. They become familiar faces at every small bar and venue around their hometown of Vancouver, and they honed their chops playing small clubs nationwide. “It was a means for all of us to travel across the country, throw a tent along the road, and get some free beer,” remembers Layzell.
The Matinée’s latest full-length represents the triumphant culmination of its achievements to date. A heart-swelling collision of hook-infused rock and earthy roots influences, the album was produced by Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M., Ryan Adams) and recorded at Light Organ’s own 604 Studios. The sessions took place in the wake of a series of personal upheavals within the group: marriages, children, and an emotional breakup saw each member take time away from the band to gain some much needed perspective. “We were all going through big life changes,” he recalls. “After a difficult split, I found myself disappearing on solo road trips into the wild with my dog, trying to clear my head.”
When the guys finally got back to work, the connection was instantaneous. Songs began pouring out of them, and they continued writing in the midst of the three weeks they spent in the studio. “We wrote over 40 songs for this record,” adds Layzell. “Of the 11 that are on the record, more than half of them were written in the studio while we were doing the session. The songs were so fresh. We were learning them as we were playing them.” They captured most of the parts live off the floor, channeling the magnetic energy of their explosive shows into the recordings.
Ultimately, Dancing on Your Grave is the perfect distillation of the chemistry between these longtime friends and collaborators. Having spent over a decade together, they’ve emerged with a sound that’s tighter and more dynamic than ever. “No matter what, we’re going to keep doing what we love to do” says the frontman. “We truly love playing as a group, whether it’s for 5 people or 5000 people.” And with this new collection of songs ready to release, that long winding road seems to be leading towards the latter.
Thursday, May 31
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Adonis Puentes was destined to be a music star. Sabor a Café, nominated as World Music Album Of The Year at 2014 Canadian Juno Awards, his latest CD and first collection of all self-composed original songs, fulfills the Cuban-Canadian singer’s destiny.
Adonis Puentes has been nominated for a Juno Award and garnered a Grammy Award nomination for his lead vocalist work with the nine-piece, L.A.-based Mongorama, directed by well-known radio host Jose Rizo. He has toured with Irakere veteran Maraca Orland Valle and sang at L.A.’s Greek Theater, Hollywood & Highland, and Lincoln Center, where he shared the stage with Latin music luminaries Larry Harlow and Ruben Blades before 24,000 New York fans. He has performed at festivals around the world from South by Southwest in Austin, Texas to Java Jazz in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“I have traveled the world singing. My mission in life is to share my music, giving people joy,” Adonis explains. “My new recording captures my poetic journey, my revelations and my maturing as an artist.”
From the playful, sexy lyrics and horn-driven rhythms of the opening title track to the set-capping, elegant soulfulness of Ura, the dozen originals on Sabor a Café offer a rich and varied narrative in praise of the power of love. Adonis Puentes has produced a warm, revelatory self-portrait. Even if you can’t speak a word of Spanish, you can hear his joy, his love of life, his passion!
There is a hypnotic, magical flow to the recording’s song sequence, a dream-like musical journey with echoes of myriad traditional Cuban forms conjured up by the studio musicians’ brilliance and Adonis Puentes’ visionary songwriting and evocative vocals.
ALLAN CROSSLEY QUARTET
Saturday, June 2nd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
The Crawford & Crossley group returns for their second appearance at The Dream Cafe, the first appearance was a sold out affair! The show includes great jazz standards, songs from their first cd, Images of You, released last year at The Dream Cafe, some new original Crawford & Crossley tunes from their upcoming cd, and some special guests bringing a couple of vintage Andrew’s Sisters numbers.
This year’s lineup includes Larry Crawford on winds, Yanti on vocals, Stefan Bienz on bass, Allan Crossley on keys and Scott Gamble on drums.
Larry Crawford plays saxophones, flutes, and clarinet when he is not writing music. He spent 25 years as a featured soloist in armed forces bands and has extensive radio, television and studio experience. His musical presence has come to be known as a special treat for the South Okanagan for decades. Yanti’s vocals are to be heard almost everywhere in and around Penticton. Whether or not you’ve heard her, you’re in for a great evening as she delivers on ballads and up tunes with lightning-fast lyrics. Stefan Bienz and bass have performed with many, many beloved local groups and is often invited to the Dream Cafe stage. He is known for his solid rhythms and playful solos. Allan Crossley, piano player, arranger and leader, spent his career as a music educator, leading an award-winning high school jazz program. He’s delighted to be retired and finally have time to make his own music as well as collaborating his own lyrics with Larry’s melodies. “Who wouldn’t be pumped to be able to use words like ‘controvertible’ in a swing tune?”
An uncommon conversation between guitar & percussion, composition & improvisation.
Originally from Iran and Israel, These two internationally touring musicians met in Vancouver and are excited to bring together the traditional sounds of the Middle East with their own original music.
Itamar Erez is an internationally renowned composer, guitarist/pianist who has shared the stage with such musicians as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tomatito, Avishai Cohen, Jean-Louis Matinier, Zohar Fresco, and others. His music blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in jazz and the passion of flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own. Itamar lives in Vancouver since 2015 and is on the guitar faculty at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School Of Music. See for more info on Itamar below.
Hamin Honari is a Iranian-Canadian hand drummer who plays a variety of Persian hand drums. He has focused on adapting his drumming style and technique to accommodate many different genres of music. He has toured as a member of the Dastan Ensemble, one of Iran’s most well-known Persian classical music groups and has performed with many amazing musicians and singers such as Salar Aghili, Parissa, Hossein Omoumi, Hossein Behroozinia, Saeed Farajpouri, and Itamar Erez. Hamin lives in Vancouver, BC where he is actively teaching music.
“I loved your Hommage CD…You are a great addition to the few of us who play both piano and classical guitar and compose!” (Ralph Towner)
“I really dug your band…great writing…and you are a fabulous player… congratulations again on the beautiful music” (John Zorn)
Sing & Swing
Saturay, June 9th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Sing ‘N Swing started up in September of 2016, as the Princess Margaret Secondary School Senior Jazz Combo. It was soon evident that audiences would appreciate these young players playing great music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
Fronted by 16 year old Jessica Singleton on vocals, this band plays a Michael Buble style of music. Sing ‘N Swing features many great tunes by the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart in a modern jazz style.
Sing ‘N Swing is thrilled to bring back some old favorites performed by a teenaged group. We hope you enjoy!
Originally created as a way of “bringing it down a bit”, Boxcar Campfire has taken on a life of its own as this new recording and touring project allows a more reflective and insular shade of Paul Pigat’s creativity to come into play. Those with sharp ears will hear snatches of everything from Debussy to Jimmy Rogers blues inflections thrown into the mix, but — as always — the sounds Pigat creates are all his own. With long gone days of railroad steam trailing out back of his head as he sings of possums in the pot and holes in his heart, this music gets you in the mood to hit the open road.
Album 2 of the Campfire Trilogy
Due to Arrive Summer 2018
Just when you think his music is all lit up like a leaky propane tank in a fireworks factory, Pigat can bring it down to 3 am embers with trouble in mind as he steps out and opens up his trunk full of Boxcar Campfire songs to romance you with.
Paul is currently in the middle of recording the long awaited 2nd installment of the Boxcar Trilogy.
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Friday, June 15th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
VIBRANT. GENUINE. SOULFUL
Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, choir director and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. A passionate songwriter and performer Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package.
Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”
An evening with Neil Osborne of 54-40
Saturday, June 16th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
As lead singer and chief songwriter of 54•40, Neil Osborne has achieved critical acclaim, released a dozen albums and weathered the fickle music business for more than three decades. He is known primarily as a rock musician but is also an accomplished producer often taking the production reins of 54•40 albums and is also a songwriter of amazing depth and clarity. 54.40’s body of work is impressive. After thirty years in the musical trenches, the band have varied their sound and earned proven commercial success via impressive record sales from ten studio albums, two greatest hits packages and a double live album. “One clue to 54•40’s longevity lies in their ability to make music that has a distinctly individual sound yet covers many styles – tender ballads, fiery rockers, provocative political songs, self-confessed lyrically banal romps.” Kerry Doole reported in Impact.
As a songwriter Osborne has penned such fabulous signature 54•40 songs as ‘I Go Blind’, ‘One Gun’, ‘Since When’ and ‘Ocean Pearl’’ which have crossed from the realm of rock to a broader base. His lyrics range from the most politically astute observation to the most innocent love song and everything in between. Besides penning over 20 charting radio songs, Neil Osborne has been very active participant in the overall production of every 54•40 album. Most notably Neil co- produced Casual Viewin’ (Columbia) with Matt Johnson. That same year, the record buying public would be treated to another taste of Osborne’s production prowess with the self-titled debut release of Paloma. Paloma was a hybrid jazz / electronic musical creation between 54•40 members Brad Merritt, Matt Johnson, former 54•40 guitarist Phil Comparelli, songstress Coco Love Alcorn and a producer / collaborator Dr. NO which was in actual fact Osborne’s alias for the project.
Osborne has produced albums for former “Wailing Jenny” Cara Luft (The Light Fantastic on Black Hen), Vince Vaccaro (Cordova Bay Records) and the second album for Jets Overhead titled No Nations. Along with band mate Dave Genn, Osborne produced the critically acclaimed 12th and 13th releases for 5440 “Northern Soul (True North) and Lost In The City (Smilin’Buddha) respectively, which has lead him to collaborations with his own daughters’ project “Kandle” for Montreals’ Dare To Care Records.
Sunday, June 17th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Ali Hassan is a stand-up comic and actor as well as the host of Laugh Out Loud on CBC Radio and SiriusXM, on which he wrangles top Canadian comedians for a listenership of over 1 million people.
Previously the Lead Comedy Panelist on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Ali can be seen on television now with recurring roles on Man Seeking Woman (FX), Odd Squad (PBS Kids), Game On (YTV), and the upcoming CTV mini-series Cardinal.
Ali has also acted in the films Breakaway, French Immersion and GOON. He brings ten years of experience performing stand-up comedy internationally. Ali has performed at both the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and JFL42 in Toronto, the Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival in Jordan, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the UK.
As a father of four, Ali Hassan is well versed in dodging difficult questions. Or just making up the answers. But when his kids start to ask about religion in general and Islam in particular, Ali begins to consider his heritage. In this solo show, Ali Hassan (Man Seeking Woman, Odd Squad, CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud) delivers a bitingly funny piece of work on flunking out of Sunday school, ingesting forbidden fruits, and becoming a cultural Muslim. The show is a refreshingly hilarious antidote to our increasingly troubling global climate, delivered by this mainstay of television, film, radio and stage. “A gifted stand up comic” – Montreal Gazette
The Boom Booms
Tuesday, June 19th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
“Feel-good music, soaked in classic soul and server on a 21-century platter.” – BeatRoute Magazine
The Boom Booms are a celebrated Canadian band from Vancouver, BC. They blend storytelling and dance music with draws on funk, soul and latin styles. The Boom Booms have spent the last decade touring the world and playing festivals (Pemberton, Squamish Live, Toronto Jazz Fest and more).
Their debut album ‘Hot Rum’, written on their inaugural tour from Vancouver to Panama, garnered a dedicated fan base spanning continents and generations. Their sophomore album ‘Love is Overdue’ is produced by Grammy-award winner Chin Injeti, and draws on more soulful influences. The band spent three months in Brazil shooting their socially charged documentary, “Boom Boom Brazil”. They were winners of BC’s prestigious Peak Performance Project (100.5 FM) and The Georgia Straight readers voted The Boom Booms as Best Unsigned Band in Vancouver five times. In 2015 the band sold out Vancouver’s renowned concert venue, The Commodore Ballroom. The Boom Booms released their third album, A Million Miles, in September 2017. They held their album release show at The Vogue Theatre.
Friday, June 22nd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
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.
BRUCE COUGHLAN – songwriter, vocals, guitar
Pacific-Canadian born songwriter and sixth generation Canadian possessing a profound connection to his Celtic roots. Bruce Coughlan is a true bard (a collector of songs) and the founding member of Tiller’s Folly.
As principle songwriter and vocalist for Tiller’s Folly, Bruce has navigated the band through a long succession of subtle, yet defining changes. From performers of Celtic music to interpreters of the genre, into an influential entity in the course of progressive Celtic and Canadiana music.
With a growing list of commissioned works and soundtrack credits, this composer/lyricist is a creative force of rare ability. Bruce Coughlan is a multifaceted talent and will undoubtedly be recognized as a great Canadian songwriter in the league of Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.
NOLAN MURRAY – fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster
Nolan has a long history as a multi-instrumentalist gun-for-hire who at an early age, parlayed an impressive list of championships into a touring/recording career that has spanned decades.
Throughout that time, he’s left his musical imprint with a long list of iconic performers including Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, John Fogerty ,The Irish Rovers, Randy Travis, John Cowan, Ricky Van Shelton, David Frizzell, Patricia Conroy, Gary Fjellgaard, Jess Lee, Funk Brother’s Bob Babbitt, Wrecking Crew’s Larry Knechtel.
Highlights of awards include Oregon State fiddle Champion, Top ten Grand Masters Champion, Top ten US National Fiddle Champion, International World Bluegrass Championship Band. BCCMA Instrumentalist of the Year 89,90,92, Western Canadian Bluegrass Fiddle Champion and CCMA Citation – All Star Band. Beyond his explosive improvised solos, lies a broad pallet of richly diverse influences. In joining Tiller’s Folly in 2002, Nolan Murray caused Tiller’s Folly to encompass an ever widening range of musical styles.
LAURENCE KNIGHT – bass, vocals
A forty-year veteran of Western Canada’s vibrant music scene who’s first love is Rhythm and Blues. Early in his career, Laurence earned a solid reputation in Vancouver’s Blues music community, touring and recording with the Foreman Young Band, Jim Byrnes and the legendary Long John Baldry, just to mention a few.
In a shift from R&B to Folk music Laurence once again found his stride while performing and recording with many of the West’s most iconic artists, including Roy Forbes, Shari Ulrich and Ferron.
Laurence is an expressive bassist, and energetic performer who adds his soulful, rhythmic signature to the Tiller’s Folly blend.
Saturday, June 23rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Rob Lutes has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. Known for his masterful fingerstyle guitar work, soulful vocals and intense live performances, the New Brunswick-born, long-time Montreal resident is a former Kerrville New Folk winner and a Maple Blues, Canadian Folk Music Awards and Lys Blues nominee. His 7th album, Walk in the Dark, was released to much critical acclaim in September 2017. He was nominated for two 2018 Maple Blues Awards, as Songwriter and Acoustic Act of the Year.
‟Lutes is a fine roots/blues writer, one of those gems you find by chance as you’re going through a town and he’s going through a town and you just want a beer and he gives you the show of the year.” – Bob Mersereau, CBC.ca
‟A great songwriter, a man with a great way with words and also a fantastic guitar picker!”
– Michael Jerome Browne
‟Widely acknowledged as a gifted songwriter.”
– Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen
Lindsay Beaver & The 24th St. Wailers
Thursday, June 28th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Singer, Drummer, Songwriter, and Bandleader Lindsay Beaver is much more than a young woman with musical talent, she is a force that knows no bounds. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – Lindsay has been leading her band The 24th St. Wailers across North America and Europe for the past several years playing her own blend of Rock n’ Roll, Soul, Punk & Blues. Her limitless voice and ferocious standing-drumming, once seen – never forgotten, have become known across festivals, theaters, and clubs from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Her songwriting and albums have given her an impressive list of accolades and awards that include a 2015 Juno Award nomination (Canadian Grammy), 15 Maple Blues Award Nominations, a 2015 Blues411 Award, multiple Sirius/XM INDIE award nominations, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features and numerous 4 & 5 star reviews in publications from around the world.
Her unforgettable live performances are executed with electric energy and amazing finesse, which draws upon a deep well of influences that range from Little Richard to The Ramones, and from Howlin’ Wolf to Iggy Pop – Lindsay’s unique style combined with this killer band, provides her catalog of songs with the perfect mix of originality, tradition, and attitude to establish a true identity.
Nikita Afonso Trio
Friday, June 29th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Winner of Best New Talent at the International Portuguese Music Awards (2017), MTV Cover of the Month February and voted Best Musician in the South Okanagan by Okanagan Life Magazine (2015), Nikita’s music speaks to the heart and touches the soul. It has a familiarity that resonates within one’s self.
The folk melodies and honest lyrics mixed with breathy yet strong vocals captivate audiences from the vibrant young to the charming old. She is professional, creative and enjoys performing for crowds of all sizes adapting her shows from a duo, trio to a four-piece band full of rich harmonies.
She has entertained large crowds of regional music concerts such as opening for Paul Brandt and singing with Keith Urban, as well as entertaining the tourists and guests of wine tasting shops and intimate dining restaurants.
This young artist’s childhood dreams have materialized into a ‘treasure chest’ of experiences and accomplishments.
-Graduate of Contemporary Music and Technology, Selkirk College, Nelson, BC
-Recorded two CDs ‘Sweetest Things’ and self-titled ‘Nikita Afonso’
-Shared the stage with popular country artist Keith Urban
-Sold out concert at Penticton’s 450 seat Cleland Theatre ‘Nikita Afonso and the Offramp Ensemble’
-Opened for Canadian Country act Paul Brandt at the South Okanagan Events Center a 5000 seat arena
-Featured three consecutive years at Penticton’s annual ‘Peachfest’ (2012-2014)
-Best New Talent at the International Portuguese Music Awards (April 2017)
-MTV’s Cover of the Month winner (February 2017)
-Canada-wide MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award (2014)
July 11 – 14th (Wednesday to Saturday)
Doors 6pm . Show 8pm
Kaeshammer is BACK to heat up our summer once again! This show always sells out so don’t hesitate!
NEW ALBUM – “Something New” released April 20th, 2018
Michael Kaeshammer’s loyal legions of fans around the globe have come to expect the unexpected from the B.C.-based pianist/singer/songwriter/
Thankfully, the results of that journey is material that is richly melodic and warmly accessible. That is vividly reaffirmed on “Something New”, Kaeshammer’s 12th album, released international via True North Records.
“Something New” is the name of a tune Michael regularly begins his shows (though it is not included here), but he explains that the choice of album title also reflects a new aesthetic approach that was in play. “I saw this album as being about producing other people as much as about being the artist,” he says.
To give his original songs extra musical resonance, Kaeshammer assembled two A-list casts of guest musicians and vocalists, one American and one Canadian. The bulk of the recording took place at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans, with extra sessions at Revolution Recording in Toronto and in Vancouver.
For a full write up on the album go here –> http://www.kaeshammer.com/
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Due to the high demand we are unable to hold tables without payment.
Thank you 🙂
Great Lake Swimmers
Saturday, September 22nd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
A Forest Of Arms is the sixth album from Tony Dekker’s Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012’s New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Dekker and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.
Those familiar with the decade-long output of Great Lake Swimmers will recognize the thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together. The familiar versus the strange theme is also running through this record, both in the instrumentation and in the songwriting (“Zero In The City”, “I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay”).
As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. One of the unique and unusual locations was Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario, where a number of the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks, including the main parts for “Don’t Leave Me Hanging,” “The Great Bear” and “With Every Departure,” were recorded amid haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats.
The violins were recorded at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, while the bass and drum tracks were largely recorded at the Chalet Studio just outside of Toronto, a unique chalet-style recording space located on 40 acres of rolling hills and trails, in proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario. The pastoral and elemental nature of these spaces surfaces throughout the album.
The title, A Forest Of Arms, is taken from album track “The Great Bear,” a song inspired by a trip Dekker took to the northern rainforests of British Columbia in September 2013 with the World Wildlife Fund. It’s a pristine wilderness area that is under threat of being compromised by the construction of a pipeline, and Dekker and the group have been very vocal in their opposition to it. In a broader sense, the title is also a reference to the sense of community surrounding the Toronto-based band, as well as the band’s own growing families, exhibited in the songs “Something Like A Storm” and “Expecting You.”
Recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace, and mixed by the wonderfully talented Howie Beck (Feist), A Forest Of Arms also marks Dekker’s 8th release of new material. In 2013, he released the solo album Prayer of the Woods, and in 2014, he released a tribute album for the artist-loving digital music distribution site Zunior on the occasion of its 10th year anniversary, entitled Tony Dekker Sings 10 Years Of Zunior. Last year saw their debut headlining performance at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall, which was documented for the Live At Massey Hall series. The band also participated in the Polaris cover sessions with their version of Sarah Harmer’s “I’m A Mountain.”