Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, World, Spoken Word, & Everything In Between.
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C.R. Avery Words & Music
Friday, September 29th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player, Beatbox Poet, Punk Piano Player, String
Quartet Raconteur, Rock & Roll Matador, Playwright.
” …a cultural magpie who’s impossible to pidgin whole.”
– Net Rhythm Magazine
” …imagine if Neil Young was inspired by hip-hop.”
– Vancouver Sun ( CAN )
cue the frenzied combo of molar and spit.
his tongue touches every chroma on its way to blue.
he’s been rinsing with gravel, flossing with wire
and chewing brick again, he’s been a bad, bad boy.
but he is crackerjack conjurer of washboards and
rubber, even suburb girls welcome the twinging. i
want to nibble yesterday’s corona from his chin, rub
my index finger along the surface of his laugh, pull
the maw open to check the slick road of his throat.
there’s something illegal going on down there, the
sweet keening of ancient instruments. the orchestra
is fidgety, click-hipped, steaming inside that skin.
the boy opens the beauteous and, in gut rendering,
words become both otherwise and everything.
Friday, October 6th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
For the last few years the JUNO winning genre-blurring five-piece indie band from Toronto have been busy touring North America and Europe. For seven months in 2016 they performed at festivals and listening rooms throughout Canada and Australia.
Musical partners Raven and ShoShona are the creative team and inspiration behind Digging Roots. In creating music they utilize the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines composition technique of tracing melody and rhythm from the contours of the land. This traditional method of creating songs is paired with modern Eurocentric techniques of composition.
Their latest JUNO nominated album ‘For The Light’ brings more global-blues infused songs and audience ‘round dances’ to their national and international tours.
For the last year, Digging Roots have been in studios from Australia to Canada producing their latest album ‘The Hunter & The Healer’ and they have released a new single and video for their song ‘AK-47’ which explores the concept of love as a weapon in reclaiming our humanity. Digging Roots is a musical group that balances femininity and masculinity with Indigenous tradition and modern aesthetics. Their goal is to engage wider audiences to promote their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals.
Digging Roots were awarded the first Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition at the Maple Blues Awards (JAN 2015). The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song “Hwy 17”.
Past Album Reviews:
“It is absolutely inspiring to hear these artistic people make such luminous musical statements…a must hear piece of work. 4-and-a-half stars.” – Jeff Mon, The Winnipeg Free Press
“Hopeful and empowering…4 out of 5 stars.” Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen
“Funky native music fuelled by a sexy soulful blend of reg- gae ’n’ blues.” – Jeffery Morgan, Detroit Metro Times
“…a sophisticated fusion of reggae, blues, jazz, hip hop…” – The Hamilton Spectator
“[DiggingRoots] are driven by a sense of those roots and that history they reference in the name of their duo, and that’s the center of their unique sound. You can listen on the level of lyrics or on the level of groove and musical experimentation, but better to listen more than once to take it all in. Your basic quiet folk record, its not.” – Dirty Linen, Issue #125
Scenic Route to Alaska
Saturday, October 7th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Substance and accessibility are often considered opposing forces when it comes to pop music, making it all the more impressive when a band like Scenic Route to Alaska so effortlessly delivers ample doses of both.
Long Walk Home, the prairie indie outfit’s soon-to-drop third LP, finds them effortlessly weaving catchy vocals and memorable melodies through relatively rich arrangements – instantly engaging but begging to be heard again and again. It’s a coveted combination within the crowded sphere of indie rock – and one that’s rarely the product of anything but time, talent, and heaps of hard work. Of course, these boys are no strangers to any of those.
The longtime friends started making music together in their early teens, forming Scenic Route to Alaska years later in 2010. Their early releases – a self-titled 2011 EP and 2012 full-length All These Years – belied the youth of the band and its members,owing to their and years of making music together and brotherly bond. The attention and accolades poured in and earned them performances at prestigious events like the Edmonton and Canmore Folk Festivals and CMW. They propelled themselves to an even higher peak with 2014’s Warrington, earning rave reviews in addition to shows alongside contemporaries like Hey Rosetta!, Said the Whale, and Born Ruffians. They also landed a WCMA nod for Pop Recording of the Year and were finalists in the inaugural edition of Alberta’s Peak Performance Project.
On stage, where the energy is palpable and the fun contagious. Always locked in with a syncopation that can only stem from a long collective history, the band bounces from ballads to bangers with ease, leaving a lasting impression on any kind of audience in front of them.
Sink or Swin
Wednesday October 11th
One Woman Comedy Show!
“If you want to be charmed out of your pants by a total pro, see this show.” – Jerry Wasserman, Inside Vancouver
Beverley Elliott grew up watching ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ and dreaming of being on TV. Born in the booming metropolis of Listowel, Ontario, famous for its Campbell’s Soup factory, Beverley shocked her parents in her 20s by giving up a glamorous secretarial career to become a singer and actor.
Her path to fame and fortune began with a number of exciting opportunities, including a stint at the Pacific National Exhibition in a theatre sports show called ‘The Stock Report.’ dressed as a chicken.
Sink or Swim, is an evening of songs and stories from a singular talent. In Sink or Swim, Beverley vividly reveals all the fears and foibles of five-year-old ‘Smelly Elliott’.
“It’s Little House on the Prairie meets Lord of the Flies,” says Elliott, as she trades the safety of the family farm for the thugs of a one-room school. In this poignant, playful, and achingly relatable play Elliott navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become. It answers life’s big questions like “Why did I eat the fish food?”.
Renowned musician Bill Costin returns to accompany Beverley on piano. Together, they have penned two of the production’s five original songs, “Green Grass” and “Busy”. In the hands of these performers, Sink or Swim promises to be an evening of hilarious and heartbreaking storytelling.
“Beverley Elliott is magnetic. It’s hard not to feel disappointed every time she walks off the stage.”- Erika Thorkelson, Vancouver Sun
“… an amazingly generous performer. Icing on this cake is her gorgeous voice.”- Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
Friday, October 13th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
From kicking down gravel strewn alleys to evenings tinged with salt air, Oh Susanna’s new album, A Girl In Teen City, traverses to the most personal place yet: a conjured, vivid past.
“Here is my story of A Girl In Teen City. Trying to find out who she is while trying to be something she isn’t. Falling in love, getting drunk, having her heart broken, hanging out with friends in bedrooms, basements and parking lots, sneaking into shows in burnt out warehouses, watching the waves, tasting the salt in the air, walking home over bridges and railroad tracks in all that endless rain.”
~ The Juno-nominated and Genie award-winning Canadian songstress began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills.
~ Radio: The first single, “My Boyfriend” has been Top 20 on CBC Radio 2 for 6 weeks and is climbing the charts with the most online votes.
~ Radio: Top 20 on the EuroAmericana Chart for April & May.
A Girl In Teen City is a triumph. 9/10
A Girl in Teen City is totally charming. 9/10
Exquisite… She’s singing about herself, Vancouver and maybe you, too. …her thoughtful and tuneful coming-of-age is universal.
The Globe and Mail
Saturday October 14th
Portuguese/Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Awna Teixeira, is the core member of in the highly-esteemed and internationally acclaimed Canadian band, Po’Girl, along with Allison Russell (of Birds of Chicago). Awna Teixeira, named the up and coming “Undisputed Queen of Roots Music” by No Depression, is currently performing her solo albums, which have received international rave reviews. Her dynamic performances uniquely showcase her multi-instrumentalist and songwriting talents on the guitar, accordion, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, kick drum, and keys. Awna is a sought after artist throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States, touring for the past 15 years in theaters, concerts series, listening rooms, music festivals, and bars year-round. With 16 recorded albums, she has an extensive touring history and an adoring fan base spanning over 16 countries on 4 continents.
Tim Tamashiro & Sheldon Zandboer
Thursday October 19th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Tim Tamashiro is a jazz evangelist. He supports jazz artists throughout Canada and around the world and he participates as a singer. Tim is the host of Tonic on CBC Radio 2. He’s a passionate believer in jazz as the ultimate music education and he also believes that the spaces between songs are as important as the music. Stories matter. Stories can make songs even more compelling.
Tim began to specialize as an executive entertainer at events for business and world leaders. He’s sung for prime ministers and royalty. He ever got to perform for Queen Elizabeth. Jazz can be a pretty good business so Tim concentrated on singing and MC’ing events for the next 20 years. Then CBC came calling.
CBC was looking for a new host for the launch of the “new” CBC Radio 2. They were looking for a new host for an yet unnamed jazz show that would be on six nights a week. They had heard about Tim’s delivery style and believed that he could host a show with jazz music for all Canadians. Tim was hired for a four month trial period for the weekend portion of the new show Tonic. Tim has been with CBC Radio 2 since 2007 and now Tim is the full time host six nights a week. At CBCmusic.ca a jazz stream called Tamashiro’s Tonic is available 24 hours a day.
Calgary’s finest jazz pianist, composer, arranger, instructor, music industry professional, and author – Sheldon Zandboer is one of Canada’s most versatile musicians. Specializing in jazz piano and widely recognized as one of Canada’s premier jazz talents, he has been working behind the scenes on many recordings, theatre projects, song writing projects, jazz concerts, sound design, and film soundtracks.
Sheldon has performed jazz before Queen Elizabeth, as well as the other members of the British Royal Family, international dignitaries, Heads of State and publicly on 4 continents. His songwriting has extended into the European pop market and has composed music for a film that is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. His groundbreaking jazz training book “The Tao of Jazz Improvisation” adopts eastern philosophy and training techniques, which enables the young to advanced professional to reach a higher level of performance and creativity.
From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whetherit’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way. This is all too true on her most recent award winning album, Across The Plains.
As a songwriter, she has been influenced by a range of artists from Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Big Bill Broonzy to Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan.
The Winnipeg Five
Though Little Miss Higgins identifies these fine fellowsas the Winnipeg Five, they also play under another handle called The-F-Holes. They have been sharing their unique blend of country, Dixieland, Manitoba roots music with audiences across Canada since 2004.
These talented five have received critical acclaim for their unmistakable, vintage inspired sound and passionate live performance. Their musicianship is undeniable as a group or individually, they have backed or played with many other Manitoba artists. They are one of the hardest working bands in Western Canada.
Saturday October 28
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world.
Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms acrossUK, Europe, Canada, USA & their native Australia.
Latest EP ‘The Records Were Ours’ came in at #9 on the ARIA chart after topping the iTunes charts across the globe. To celebrate the brothers are embarking on a mega World tour across Europe/UK, Australia/NZ and a lap of North America supporting Tash Sultana.
Check out the chart topping tunes here: https://wma.lnk.to/
Friday November 3rd
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
The Vancouver quintet draws on Jazz, Brazilian Sambas, French 60ies pop and Cabaret music to concoct its own unique sound: gorgeous melodies, quirky lyrics, incredible groove and sky-high improvisations.
With three critically acclaimed Cds and festival appearances all over Canada (including the Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals), they have become CBC favourites, selected first as the subject of a one-hour long documentary and more recently as one of four Western bands featured on television, radio and the web, in the popular “Mai de la chanson d’ici”. In September 2011 they also appeared on the French CBC show “Bien au show”, for their final episode. In 2012, Mimosa collaborated for the first time with dancers and a projectionist for a unique performance at the Sechelt Arts Festival. Recently, Mimosa toured the Okanagan with a brand new repertoire of originals and interesting arrangements of standards. In 2016 they performed at various festivals, including the Harmony Arts Festival, the Gibsons Jazz Festival, the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival and many others.
Mimosa’s music is composed by the three women of the group and some of their compositions have been used in film and television (Rise of the Gargoyles, Mange ta ville, etc). Lumiere also received a IMA composition award for Hotel des peines perdues and some of her songs have been rearranged for choirs (Echos du Pacifique).
The band is made up of Rebecca Shoichet, vocals, Anna Lumiere (piano and accordion), Karen Graves (sax, flute and vocals), Adam Thomas (bass) and Bernie Arai (drums). Although every member of Mimosa is also active on the Canadian music scene in many other groups, the band has been together for almost two decades and has developed a unique performance that will take you on an unforgettable journey into time and sound.
David Gogo – 2017 Maple Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year!
David Gogo’s groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career. His songs have been featured in film and television and are regularly played on blues radio programs the world over. He has earned numerous Canadian blues accolades, including five JUNO nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Saturday Night Blues Award, and multiple Maple Blues Awards. He has thirty years of performing and hundreds of thousands of tour miles under his belt. He’s played on stage with Johnny Winter, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley. He has opened for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, Robert Cray, and Jimmy Vaughan among many others. Gogo can swap road stories for as long as you can listen!
Sherman Doucette TANKful of BLUES
“There is only one Tank in the blues world – the real deal and has the scars and badges to prove it. A former thirty year veteran of the Vancouver music scene – Yale Hotel host & house band for several years a very colorful past sharing the stage with blues legends such as John Lee Hooker / Albert Collins / Long John Baldry & many more.
A soulful singer – harmonica virtuoso – with a hot new band and a tank full of energy mixing blues classics and original songs with the passion and conviction few can deliver – any one who has seen him perform will agree he puts on an unforgettable show.”
owen Owen OWEN
Owen has been playing bass for 45 years. He was nominated for a 2015 Maple Blues Award as “Bassist of the Year, received global critical acclaim on his first CD – “Been Around A While” with his former duo partner, Dalannah Gail Bowen. They are the only act from BC to ever reach the finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (2015)and was inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame (2015)
Friday, December 1st
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
A voice you MUST hear!
William Prince is storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps cliches to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he’s spent on stage.
Prince’s debut album Earthly Days was produced by long time collaborator Scott Nolan. A recent alumni of the tri-annual Planet IndigenUS Music Festival, Prince was named the 2014 Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (newly named Indigenous Music Awards).
His lead single The Carny went to Number 1 on the Sirius XM National Aboriginal Music Countdown Top 40 (Produced by NCI FM). His new single You Got Me is currently climbing the charts.