Afternoon Headlines: Stars @ The Garrick; Tegan and Sara @ The MTS Centre

>> Friday, 14 December 2012

Howdy folks. Long time, no update, so here's a recap of some recently announced shows:

Montreal indie-pop exports Stars return to Winnipeg for a gig at the Garrick on Wednesday, March 27th.

The Sisters' Quin - aka Tegan and Sara - also return to town for a show at the MTS Centre on Tuesday, February 26th. Too large a venue for them?

Sweden's In Flames is at the Garrick on Saturday, February 23rd w / Demon Hunter, All Should Perish, and Battlecross.

Oh My Darling is releasing its latest all-French EP, Venez Danser, at the WECC on Saturday, January 26 w/ Fire and Smoke.

Trust is at the WECC on Thursday, February 28th.

This Hisses releases its new full-length record, Anhedonia, at the WECC on Saturday, February 9th.

Check out Royal Canoe at the Pyramid on Friday, December 28th w/ Tom Keenan and Animal Teeth.

And finally, Fleetwood Mac (current lineup: Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks) will be at the MTS Centre on Sunday, May 12th.

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Evening Headlines: Benjamin Francis Leftwich Make-up Date; Lindi Ortega Rolls Into Town

>> Sunday, 2 December 2012

Just a few shows to pass along in what has been a pretty slow month on the concert announcement front:


Benjamin Francis Leftwich has rescheduled his Winnipeg date: he'll now be at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, February 13th.

The night after at the Park Theatre brings a solid double bill: Lindi Ortega w/ Dustin Bentall & The Smokes.

Title Fight will be at the WECC on Saturday, January 12th alongside Living with Lions.

And finally, local record label Deafwish is staging an End of the World Party on Friday, December 21st at the Rose 'n' Bee Pub featuring Greg Rekus, Up n' Atom, Employee of the Month and Chivas Brother. 

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Contest: Enter To Win Tickets To The Meaghan Smith Holiday Party @ The WECC!

>> Friday, 16 November 2012


Compliments of our friends over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for The Meaghan Smith Holiday Show going down on Wednesday, November 28th! James Struthers kicks off the evening.

If you're interested in checking out the Juno-award-winning singer-songwriter's show, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Friday, November 23rd @ noon with the subject line "Meaghan Smith Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Afternoon Headlines: Chic Gamine @ The WECC; Holiday Shows Galore!

>> Thursday, 15 November 2012


First up...Winnipeg faves Chic Gamine will be at the WECC on Monday, December 17th.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich has postponed his current tour, which includes the November 24th date at the Park Theatre.

Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Julia McDougall is at the Attic (48 Arlington) on Friday, November 23rd.

Sarah Slean is at the WECC on Thursday, February 21st.

Whitehorse is at the Burt on Friday, February 8th.

And finally, some holiday shows of note:


  • The JP Hoe Hoe Hoe holiday show spans three nights this year at the Park Theatre: Thursday, December 13th to Saturday, December 15th.
  • After a decade of going strong, the last-ever Quinzmas goes down at the Burt on Friday, December 21st.

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Afternoon Headlines: Wintersleep/Brood moved to Pyramid; Bachman @ Pantages

>> Monday, 5 November 2012

Couple things to pass along...

First up, can't remember if I mentioned this: tomorrow's Wintersleep and Elliott Brood show has been moved from the Garrick to the Pyramid. Sorry, under18ers.

Local band The Lower Companions is releasing its newest record, Lock & Step, at Times Change(d) on Saturday, November 24th.

Randy Bachman is at Pantages Playhouse on Wednesday, April 3rd.

Add Peter Katz to the Jeremy Fisher bill going down at the WECC on Tuesday, November 20th.

Willy Porter is at the WECC on Friday, November 30th w/ Rob Waddell.

And finally, Gabrielle Papillon will materialize at Sam's Place on Friday, November 16th.

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Contest: Enter To Win Tickets To See Jordan Klassen @ The WECC


Courtesy of our friends over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for Jordan Klassen's show happening there on Wednesday, November 14th! Mike Edel and Demetra are also on the bill. 

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Friday, November 9th @ noon with the subject line "Jordan Klassen Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Afternoon Headlines: Killer Triple Bill @ The Pyramid - ALL LOCAL!

>> Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Catching up on some shows I've missed...

Awesome triple bill of Winnipeg-based bands happening at the Pyramid on Thursday, December 20th: Imaginary Cities, Cannon Bros. and Federal Lights.

UK's Gallows pop by the same joint on Friday, November 16th.

Spend an evening with Blue Rodeo at the MTS Centre on Wednesday, January 16th. It's the bands' 25th anniversary!

Ana Egge is at the Park Theatre on Saturday, November 3rd.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is at the Park Theatre on Saturday, November 24th.

BC-rooted band Step Twelve is at Sam's Place on Saturday, November 3rd.

David Rovics is at The Irish Club on Saturday, November 10th.

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Afternoon Headlines: The Tragically Hip @ The MTS Centre; Support Added to Diamond Rings

>> Thursday, 18 October 2012




Canadian rock luminaries The Tragically Hip have booked a date at the MTS Centre on Saturday, January 26th. Arkells open!

Hearing lotsa promising things about recent Arts & Crafts additions Gold & Youth: check 'em out at the Pyramid on November 23rd, when the band opens for Diamond Rings.

On November 27th, The Strumbellas is at the Park Theatre w/ The Tom Fun Orchestra.

And finally, add LeE HARVeY OsMOND to the Colin James' show going down at The Burt on October 30th.


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Afternoon Headlines: Wool on Wolves @ Le Garage

>> Friday, 12 October 2012


First up, Wool on Wolves will play Le Garage Cafe on Monday, November 26th w/ Great Bloomers. Look for Wool on Wolves' sophomore release, Measures of Progress, on November 16th.

On Friday, October 26th Skalloween XII goes down at the Park Theatre featuring The Scarlet Union, The Brat Attack, Bad Juju, and Lemon. Full deets here.

The Crooked Brothers brings its country stylings to the WECC on Saturday, November 10th w/ Nereo II.

Curtis Nowosad is releasing his latest record, The Skeptic and The Cynic, on Thursday, November 8th at the Park Theatre.

Speaking of record releases, Hollerin' Pines is releasing its debut self-titled EP at Times Changed on Saturday, November 10th.

Finally, FUBAR's Deaner is at the Pyramid on Thursday, October 25th.

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Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to See The Pack A.D. on Halloween @ The WECC!

>> Wednesday, 10 October 2012



Courtesy of our good pals over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for The Pack A.D.'s show happening there on Halloween Night! Topanga and Mise En Scene are also on the bill. 

If you're interested in checking out the event on All Hallows' Eve, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Monday, October 22nd @ noon CST with the subject line "The Pack A.D. Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Evening Headlines: Julie Doiron @ The Park Theatre; Evening Hymns @ The Hub

>> Thursday, 4 October 2012



First up, Julie Doiron will be out and about promoting her new record, So Many Days, an x-Canada trek that includes a stop at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, November 21st.

Vancouver songwriter Jordan Klassen is at the WECC on Wednesday, November 14th w/ Mike Edel.

Check out The Crackling (members serve as part of Dan Mangan's touring band) at the Folk Exchange on Wednesday, October 17th.

DJs Co-Op and Hunnicutt are hosting a Halloween party at the Pyramid on Saturday, October 27th.

Toronto's Evening Hymns will be at The Hub (U of M) on Friday, October 26th.

Blackie and The Rodeo Kings will be at the Burt on Sunday, November 18th w/ Matt Andersen, Amy Helm, and Kendal Carson.

Men Without Hats still exist! And they're touring Canada! Check out the 80s icons at the Pyramid on Halloween Night.

Local artist Ingrid D. Johnson is releasing her debut record, What About Love, at the Park Theatre on October 7th.

Jeremy Fisher is at the WECC on Tuesday, November 20th.

And finally, Jeffrey Straker is at the WECC on Wednesday, October 24th w/ Jaylene Johnson.

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Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to See Sunparlour Players @ The WECC

>> Wednesday, 26 September 2012




Courtesy of our good pals over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for Sunparlour Players' show going down there on Thursday, October 11th. Kalle Mattson opens. 

If you're interested in checking out the duo in the flesh, fire me off an email (on the right hand side) by Friday, October 5th @ noon CST with the subject line "Sunparlour Players Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Evening Headline: Diamond Rings To Play Pyramid

>> Monday, 24 September 2012

Photo by Sarah Gofflot


Electro-pop sensation Diamond Rings return to Winnipeg for a gig at the Pyramid on Friday, November 23rd. Look for the new record, Free Dimensional, on October 22nd.

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Evening Headlines: Mother Mother @ The Burt; The Sheepdogs Too!

>> Tuesday, 18 September 2012

First up, Vancouver pop-rockers Mother Mother is at the Burt on Tuesday, December 4th w/ Hannah Georgas. Look for the fivesome's newest record, The Sticks, on September 18th. Oh. That's today.

Speaking of the Burt (nee Walker), The Sheepdogs rock the joint on December 11th. Yukon Blonde opens.

On Thursday, October 18th Matt Epp releases his latest album, Careful Abandon, at the WECC w/ Catherine MacLellan.

Rose Cousins is at the WECC on November 7th.

Spend an evening with Danny Michel at the WECC on November 13th.

And finally, Polaris Prize shortlister Cold Specks is at the Park Theatre on November 26th.




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Evening Headlines: The WECC's 25th Anniversary! Plants & Animals @ The Park Theatre

>> Friday, 14 September 2012

First up, the WECC is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style, with a two-night concert series going down on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th.

  • The first night sees hometown heroes Propagandhi rock the joint aided and abetted by openers Head Hits Concrete and The Hissers. Advance tickets are $20
  • The party continues Saturday with a collaborative performance featuring Nicky Mehta (The Wailin’ Jennys), Nancy Reinhold (formerly of Wyrd Sisters), Nathan Rogers & JD Edwards (Dry Bones), Daniel Roa, Ismaila Alfa, Keri Latimer (Nathan), Sam Baardman, Cara Luft, Lloyd Peterson, Scott Nolan, Vanessa Kuzina & MJ Dandenau (Oh My Darling), Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks and Ariane Jean (Chic Gamine), Red Moon Road, Greg Macpherson, and more. Advance tickets are $25. 

Gabrielle Papillon is at Sam's Place on November 16th.

Rihanna returns to town for a 2013 date at the MTS Centre on March 25th.

The Noble Thiefs is at the Pyramid on October 30th w/ Big John Bates.

Mahogany Frog is holding a cd release at Frame Arts Warehouse on September 28th w/ Ultra Mega and Animal Teeth.

Speaking of album release parties, local indie-pop act Indicator Indicator is holding their EP release at The Park Theatre on September 30th w/ Federal Lights.

Monika Wall is staging her album release at the WECC on Saturday, September 22nd.

Cuff The Duke is at the Park Theatre on October 5th w/ Reverend Rambler.

Old Man Luedecke is there on October 17th.

And so is Hey Ocean: check the band out there on October 29th.

For a good time, try this solid double bill at the Park Theatre: Plants & Animals w/ Rah Rah on November 9th.

Toronto hip hop act Relic is at VP Nights on September 20th.

Resident rockers Hey Pilgrim is at The Cavern on October 5th.

And finally, Greg Rekus is at Mondragon on September 20th.


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Evening Headlines: Jason Collett, Coolio, The Wilderness of MB

>> Tuesday, 4 September 2012




First up, add Jason Collett to the Bahamas show going down at the WECC on October 30th.

An announcement that involuntarily triggered lots of laughter this afternoon: COOLIO is playing the Pyramid on October 8th. Ain't no party like a Winnipeg party cuz a Winnipeg party don't stop.

The Balconies open for Big Sugar, November 10th at the Burt.

Matt Mays returns to town for a gig on October 14th at the Pyramid w/ The Meds.

Vancouver's Cory Woodward is at the Park Theatre on September 24th.

Jon Cohen is at Times Change(d) with Romi Mayes on September 15th.

And finally, The Wilderness of Manitoba is at The Park Theatre on November 4th.


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Afternoon Headlines: Bahamas, Wooden Sky, Danny Michel (and more) to Play The WECC; Purity Ring too!

>> Monday, 27 August 2012

Lots and lots of good stuff happening this fall at The West End Cultural Centre:

Bahamas is there on October 30th.

The Wooden Sky returns for a gig on November 27th.

Local fave Matt Epp is launching his latest album there on October 18th w/ Catherine MacLelland.

Another resident fave Del Barber is there on October 26th.

Add Topanga to the Pack A.D. show going down on Halloween.

Move the September 13th Purity Ring show from the Lo Pub (RIP) to the WECC.

Meaghan Smith will hit the joint on November 28th.

And finally, The Sunparlour Players is scheduled to stop by on October 11th w/ Kalle Mattson.

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Afternoon Headlines: Pumpkins, Shadow

>> Thursday, 23 August 2012



First up, my fave band from 94-98 is rolling through Winnipeg for the third time in its existence: Those Smashing Pumpkins (replete with one original member, Billy) drop by the MTS Centre on Tuesday, October 2nd. Look for me up in the cheap seats.

Second, the inimitable DJ Shadow is at the Pyramid on Thursday, September 27th.

Add Lindi Ortega to the KD Lang show going down at Pantages on September 14th.

Victoria-based singer-songwriter Aidan Knight is at the Park Theatre on October 24th.

And finally, Liam Titcomb will play Old Market Square this Friday, I presume over lunch.

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Evening Headlines: The Weeknd to Play the Burt; The Lytics CD Release

>> Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Some more exciting shows to pass along, starting with...

The Weeknd materializing at the Burt on Monday, September 24th. Tickets go on sale this Friday @ 10.

Local hip hop fave The Lytics is releasing its next record at the Pyramid on Friday, October 19th.

Update: other than here, I can't find any secondary evidence that this show exists. Consider it pending. White-hot Grimes is at the Pyramid on Sunday, October 21st.

Adam Cohen is at the West End Cultural Centre on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Madchild is at the Park Theatre w/ Tech N9ne on Sunday, September 16th.

And speaking of the Park Theatre, the venue is celebrating its 7th anniversary with a four-night musical soiree spanning from Wednesday, September 5th to Saturday the 8th. The lineup:


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Morning Headlines: Japandroids @ The Pyramid; Cadence Weapon @ The Park Theatre

>> Monday, 13 August 2012

Couple quick notes...

2012 Polaris prize finalist Japandroids is at the Pyramid on Monday, December 17th.

2012 Polaris prize finalist Cadence Weapon is at the Park Theatre on Friday, October 19th.


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Morning Headline: AC Newman to Play The WECC

>> Thursday, 9 August 2012


The ever-prolific New Pornographers' frontman A.C. Newman returns to the WECC on Friday, November 2nd with tickets running around $20 plus taxes and fees. Presale gets underway tomorrow morning and the code is acnewman


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Evening Headlines - Spend Halloween with the Pack A.D.; Wintersleep/Elliott Brood Double Feature

>> Tuesday, 7 August 2012


First up, if Crystal Castles/Health ain't your thing, why not spend All Hallow's Eve with The Pack A.D.? The twosome will rock the West End Cultural Centre that night.

Speaking of Crystal Castles/Health, add Kontravoid to the bill.

Solid double bill going down at the Garrick on Tuesday, November 6th: Wintersleep and Elliott Brood.

The Mighty Popo is at the WECC Thursday, September 20th on with Phoebe Mann.

Victoria's The Bills is staging its cd release for Yes Please at the WECC on Saturday, September 15th w/ Sweet Alibi.

Spend an evening with Ray Bonneville at the WECC on Friday, September 28th.

And finally, Toronto roots-rockers The Key Frames will be at the Park Theatre on August 14th and August 31st.

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Evening Headlines: Spend Halloween with Crystal Castles/Health; Dragonette @ The WECC

>> Tuesday, 24 July 2012


First up, if you're looking for a party this Halloween, try the Crystal Castles / Health soiree going down at the Burt. According to the FreeP, ticket sales get underway this Saturday and will run ya $49.25. 

Electro-pop act Dragonette plays the WECC on October 6th w/ Young Empires.

Bob Dylan returns to the MTS Centre on October 5th w/ Mark Knopfler.

GWAR is at the Garrick on November 17th w/ Devildriver, Cancer Bats, and Legacy of Disorder.

Gordie Tentrees is at the Park Theatre on August 9th w/ Scott Nolan.

Indian City is staging its album release for Supernation at the WECC on August 23th.

Krief (guitarist for the Dears) is at the Park Theatre on September 5th.

Dead and Divine is at the WECC on August 5th w/ MyChildren MyBride, Liferuiner, Silent Amber.


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Morning Headlines: RAA/Dan Mangan @ The Burt ; Noel from Oasis, Snow Patrol @ The Concert Hall

>> Monday, 16 July 2012



This just in: The Rural Alberta Advantage and Dan Mangan have combined indie forces for a fall tour, a brief trek which brings the two treasured acts to the Burt on Thursday, November 1st.

And speaking of musical tour team-ups, Noel Gallagher's Flying Birds and Snow Patrol have booked a string of Canadian gigs including a stop at The Centennial Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 30th.

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Afternoon Headlines: Rumblings at the WECC - Wood, Barber, Workman, Dublin

>> Friday, 13 July 2012


First up, singer-songwriter Royal Wood (above) is returning to town for a show at the WECC on Monday, October 15th.

Meanwhile...local treasure Del Barber is releasing his latest disc, Headwaters, at the WECC on Friday, October 26th.

The uber-prolific Hawksley Workman plays there on Monday, October 29th.

And finally, genre mashers Delhi 2 Dublin will perform there on Tuesday, November 6th.






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Afternoon Headlines: Sloan to play Twice Removed in its entirety; Sadies open for Neil Young

>> Friday, 29 June 2012



Seasoned Canadian rockers Sloan will perform Twice Removed in its entirety at the Pyramid on September 20. I'm in if they play Between The Bridges as an encore.

Add Evian Christ and Headaches to the Purity Ring show going down at the Lo Pub on September 13th.

The Carin' for Karen Benefit takes place at the WECC on Saturday, August 11th feat. The Flying Hellfish, Vesely Couture, and Los Luchadors Tamboreros.

Local act The Sturgeons will be at Le Garage Cafe on July 13th.

The Sadies will be supporting Neil Young on his tour which includes the gig at the MTS Centre on November 16th.

And finally, Federal Lights play Old Market Square on July 25th.

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Evening Headlines: Bloc Party @ The Burt

>> Monday, 25 June 2012


For my third (!) and final post of the day, I give you...

Bloc Party at the Burt on Sunday, September 23rd! Tickets are up for grabs tomorrow (if you have presale code. anyone?) and range from $42.25 - $46.25. Public sale takes place on Friday.

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11 Questions with...Buzz Osborne (of Melvins Lite)



Almost three decades into their existence (c. 1983), alt-rockers Melvins are still going strong.

Now flying under the moniker 'Melvins Lite', the seasoned, experimental, and highly influential group - now comprised of frontman Buzz Osborne, drummer Dave Crover, and bassist Trevor Dunn - are currently on a world tour, a lengthy jaunt which includes a stop at The West End Cultural Centre on Monday, July 9th.

I recently caught up with frontman Buzz Osborne and threw 11 questions his way. Revealed: his prolific reading habits; the oddest thing he's eaten on the road (hint: it's also a Brandon Lee movie); and his dislike of record stores.

1. Where are you right now?

I am in Gallup, New Mexico… Don't ask……….

Let’s talk music…


2. What are some albums that completely changed your life?

The Who Live at Leeds, Sex Pistols (in general) TSOL Dance with Me, Stooges Funhouse and………. Throbbing Gristle Heathen Earth……..

3. Of the records you own, which has the best cover art?







I like Colossus of Destiny…







4. What’s the oddest thing a fan has yelled during one of your shows?

Play one you know…..

5. What are some of your favourite music videos?

ehhhh…. God knows…. I'm not a big music video fan…

6. Where do you shop for music?

On line… Record stores give me a head ache……….

Some hodgepodge…


7. What’s one film you can watch over and over again?




Laurence of Arabia…

8. What books are you currently reading?

Fug You by Ed Sanders, Escape from Cookie Land by Phil Irwin, Black Red Necks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell, Homes ad other Black Holes by Dave Barry. Silent Cal's Almanack by David Pietrusza, Happy Days were Here Again by William Buckley, Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Sanders, Full of Life by John Fante, The Quotable Will Rogers by Joseph Carter, My Dark Places by James Ellroy and With the Old Breed: At Peleliu by E.B. Sledge………

9. What are some of your favourite tv shows at the moment?

I NEVER see TV…. I see some TV shows on DVD but I haven't watched TV in a good 30 years……..

10. What’s one of the strangest things you’ve eaten during your travels on the road?







Crow?







11. And finally, which, if any, social networking sites do you frequent?

None at all….. Does E-Bay count?

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Morning Headline: Metric to play MTS Centre

Quick note before I spirit away to work:

Synth-poppers Metric will be at the MTS Centre on Saturday, November 17th w/ special guest Stars. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29th.

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Evening Headlines - Xavier Rudd @ The Burt; James Keelaghan @ The WECC

>> Tuesday, 19 June 2012

First up, Xavier Rudd returns to the Burt for a show on Saturday, November 24th.

Speaking of which, Black Label Society plays the same venue on October 27th.

And seasoned blues-rockers Big Sugar does as well on November 10th.

The City Streets is at the Lo Pub on June 29th w/ Whiskeyface.

And finally, James Keelaghan is at the WECC on Friday, November 9th.

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Afternoon Headlines: Gillian Welch @ The Garrick!

>> Monday, 11 June 2012



First up, a show that has me positively beaming: the great Gillian Welch will be at the Garrick on Monday, July 23rd. Presale gets underway on Wednesday. See you there!

(Thanks to those who emailed/tweeted/left a comment about this show; missed the announcement while in Calgary.)

Architects UK is at the WECC on Friday, August 24th w/ Structures and asightforsewneyes.

Tucker Green is at Sam's Place on June 20th.

Take Me To The Pilot is holding their What Makes You EP Release Party at the WECC this Friday alongside Crisis Jane, The Treble, and Andrew Mitchel Music.

And speaking of album release parties, 8-man a capella group That Show With Those Guys is releasing their  new record at the Park Theatre this Friday AND Saturday.

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Afternoon Headlines: Neil Young! Federal Lights CD Release

>> Thursday, 7 June 2012

Currently on vacation, so I apologize for the lack of love these days. Here're some shows announced over the past seven or so days:

The immortal Neil Young returns to the MTS Centre on November 16th w/ Los Lobos and Everest.

Colin James is at the Burt on October 30th.

Add the lovely and talented Jenn Grant to Kathleen Edwards' rescheduled date at the Garrick on September 29th.

Young Empires is at the Pyramid on June 21st.

Local singer-songwriter James Struthers is at the Park Theatre on June 28th.

Slim Cessna's Auto Club is at the WECC on Sunday, July 29th.

And finally, oft-buzzed about Winnipeg band Federal Lights is releasing its debut EP, Carbon, on July 3rd and is celebrating the record's existence with a party at the Lo Pub on June 21st.













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Evening Headlines: Trampled By Turtles @ The WECC

>> Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Just a couple of quick notes tonight:

Trampled by Turtles return to town for a gig at the WECC on Thursday, August 30th.

Speaking of the WECC, Manafest's gig on June 16th there is cancelled. All refunds can be made at the point of purchase.

And finally, Toronto punk act The Sunday Glow is at Shannon's this Friday.


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Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to See Bry Webb (ex-Constantines) @ The WECC

>> Tuesday, 29 May 2012





Compliments of our good pals over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for ex-Constantines leader Bry Webb's show going down there on Sunday, June 17th. Snailhouse and Zach Lucky are also on the bill. 

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side) by Monday, June 11th @ noon CST with the subject line "Bry Webb Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Evening Headlines: Purity Ring @ The Lo Pub; Devon Sproule @ Aqua Books

>> Saturday, 26 May 2012


Much hyped Canadian-based electronic duo Purity Ring is releasing its debut record, Shrines, on July 24th and have booked a North American tour in support of the album. They’ll be at our friendly neighbourhood Lo Pub on September 13th w/ Headaches.

Speaking of the Lo Pub, Cannon Bros is there on June 13th w/ Shotgun Jimmie.

And indie-rock purveyors Zeus are there on June 2nd.

Also, Dog Day is there on June 18th.

Whosarmy is at the WECC on June 16th w/ Manafest.

Finally, singer-songwriter Devon Sproule is at Aqua Books on June 17th.

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Afternoon Headlines: The Strumbellas @ the Park; Bike Valet Runs All Summer

>> Monday, 21 May 2012

First up, the Strumbellas drop by the Park Theatre on May 30th.

Phyllis Sinclair is at the WECC on October 16th.

Reminder: Bike Valet service at the WECC runs all summer.

Speaking of the WECC, Bongo Love (from Zimbabwe) is there on September 14th.

Teen Daze is at the Lo Pub on June 20th.

J. Riley Hill is releasing his self-titled record at Times Change(d) on June 17th.

For a good time, try the quadruple bill at the Standard on June 9th featuring local product Greg Rekus alongside Austin Lucas, PJ Bond, and Teddy Joe Jr.

Monster Truck join Slash for a x-continent tour which includes a date at the Burt on July 21st.

Brian Dunn is at Pop Soda's on June 20th.

And finally, don't forget to enter to win tickets for Bands vs. Filmmakers II @ The WECC! Contest ends in two days.

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Evening Headlines: Cowboy Junkies @ The WECC; Full Flex Tour

>> Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Photo by Chris Buck


Note: I was away in TO this past weekend catching M83 (digression: if he comes here, you won't be disappointed), so I'm just now catching up on show listings I missed during my four-day hedonistic adventure. There're some good ones. 

First off, seasoned Canadian act Cowboy Junkies drops by the WECC on Monday, June 25th.

Over at the Park Theatre, Chicago post-rock instrument band Russian Circles is there on Monday, June 18th alongside And So I Watch You From Afar and Indian Handicrafts.

Intriguing summer event at Shaw Park (it's where the Goldeyes play): Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Diplo, Grimes, Koan Sound, and Tokimonsta will all be performing on Wednesday, July 18th as part of the Full Flex Express Tour.

The inimitable Tony Bennett is at the Centennial Concert Hall on Wednesday, August 22nd.

Triple bill at the Lo Pub on Saturday, June 9th: Salinas, The Mystics, and Spirit Children.

KD Lang and the Siss Boom Band is at Pantages on Friday, September 14th.

Canadian rock legends Rush is at the MTS Centre on Wednesday, September 26th. Guess there's no Jets pre-season game that night at the Phone Booth.

Double bill at the WECC on Thursday, June 14th: Mishka and Anuhea.

And finally, Detroit Cobras stops by the Pyramid on July 9th.

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Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to Bands vs. Filmmakers II @ The WECC



Courtesy of long time friends-of-the-blog over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the second annual Bands vs. Filmmakers II (featuring a TON of local film 'n' music makin' talent) soiree taking place on March 31st.

From the event page:

"With Winnipeg icon Sylvia Kuzyk as host, five of Winnipeg’s finest independent filmmakers present their film and video work live to accompany electrifying performances by five of Winnipeg’s hottest independent bands. Each artist will work individually with a particular band to create an incredible visual and musical experience. Filmmakers will project their work from the back of the hall which will be simultaneously screened behind each band’s performance."

Slyvia Kuzyk!

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side) by Wednesday, May 23rd @ noon CST with the subject line "Bands vs. Filmmakers II Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Afternoon Headlines: GMac's new video; Wintersleep intimate dates; M83 coming to Winnipeg?

>> Thursday, 3 May 2012




Local favourite Greg MacPherson released his first-ever video for "Party at Greg's" (created and hand drawn by Nicholas Friesen) off GMac's latest release Disintegration Blues.

Halifax exports Wintersleep has booked a string of intimate shows this summer including a stop at the Pyramid on Friday, June 8th. Presale tix are currently on sale and the password is drumline.

John Fogerty is performing the albums of CCR live at the MTS Centre on Thursday, September 20th.

And finally, a point of potential concert intrigue: French electronic wizard / one of this blogger's favourite musicians M83 announced tour dates in Edmonton and Calgary and nothing after for over two weeks. Winnipeg date coming? Let us pray.


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Afternoon Headlines: Melvins Lite; POP Off Tour Stops By The Lo

>> Friday, 27 April 2012


Kinnie Starr (above) is at the WECC on Thursday, June 28th w/ Keri Latimer. 

The POP off tour is heading out west for a string of dates including a stop at The Lo Pub on Tuesday, June 19th. On this year's bill is Parlovr, Hooded Fang, and Goose Hunt.

The Mike Plume band is at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, June 20th w/ Murdoch and Sparrow.

On July 9th, Melvins Lite (Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn) is at the WECC.

And finally, The Ready or Not Showcase goes down at the WECC on Friday, May 18th featuring local acts Of Unsound Minds, Thursday's Forecast, and Cruel Society.

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Evening Headlines: Deer Tick @ The WECC; Kathleen Edwards' new Wpg date

>> Saturday, 21 April 2012

First up, Rhode Island-based fivesome Deer Tick is embarking on a Canadian tour which includes a stop here on June 5th. Check them out at the WECC alongside The Novaks and Turbo Fruits.

Kathleen Edwards' has rescheduled her date at the Garrick: the songstress will be there on September 29th. Tickets for the original date will be honoured.

Poor Young Things is at the Lo Pub on May 3rd w/ The Dudes.

Local R&B singer Flo is at the WECC on June 9th.

And finally, Vancouver's Five Alarm Funk stops by the Pyramid on May 19th.

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11 Question with...SitDownTracy

>> Monday, 16 April 2012



On Saturday, April 21st, local act SitDownTracy is releasing its second record, Twenty Something Winters, at our friendly neighbourhood Lo Pub. Also on the bill are Modern Romantics and Scotch+Tape.

I caught up with the band in advance of the show and threw 11 questions its way. Here's what Matt, Sean, Janelle, Trevor, and Aaron had to say:

11 Questions…

1. Where are you right now?

Matt, Sean, Janelle, and Trevor: Band HQ (The Fontana)
Aaron: Aaron: At home nursing my inconveniently timed throat infection!

Let’s talk Winnipeg…

2. Who is the most underrated Winnipeg-based band/musician?



Janelle: Our friend Dana Moore aka Gt. Dane
Matt: He's constantly working, always writing, and he's still a big part of Winnpeg music, even though he's temporarily based out of Toronto.
Trevor: Dana's a great musician. He's the unique songwriting style people would remember from All of Your Friends. It's always a treat to work with him.
Sean: He had us out to his cabin for New Year's Day and took me skating on Falcon Lake. I am indebted to this man for life. I'm not saying I would take a bullet for him; I'm saying I already have.
Aaron: In addition to being a stellar musician and amazing friend, Dana did the cover design for our album and is also my personal stylist.

3. What is your favourite local venue?

Sean: That's easy. It's the Lo Pub right?
Matt: Oh yeah, it's gotta be. That place kind of reminds me of my parent's basement: cozy.
Trevor: They have a lot of great acts there, like this local act everybody's been talking about: SitDownTracy.
Janelle: Yeah, I hear those guys are on fire.
Aaron: That must hurt! Lo Pub is definitely our favourite. Also worth mentioning is the upstart alternative venue Atomic Gallery. They've been doing some really great stuff since opening less than a year ago!

4. Where do you shop for music?

Sean: Value Village and garage sales.
Matt: In many ways, the hunt for music is even better than going to a store and knowing you can find what you're looking for.
Aaron: And of course we'll be stopping by the impeccable Into the Music for this year's Record Store Day, and perhaps even a live performance... who knows!?! (hint hint, nudge nudge, say no more, say no more)

5. Where is the best place in town to catch a bite?

Sean: Vjs – Burger/Fries/Shake; The Wagonwheel - Clubhouse
Matt: New Hong Kong on Notre Dame – Shrimp Dumplings, Sweet Bean Bun, Peking Perogies
Matt: There's 10 things on the menu, they are ALL good.
Janelle: Ken Hong's (aka Shanghai Shwartz) – Wanton Soup
Aaron: I'd say Sals House but it's all gone down hill since Burton Cummings sold his shares. Late-night menu? What the hell is that?

6. How many Winnipeg Jets games have you watched this year?

Trevor: Matt and I saw Will Arnett and Sam Katz at the same Jets game. Sam wouldn't buy us a beer for some reason.
Matt: We asked him to. He said no.
Janelle: I saw the same game, but I was in the nosebleed section having quality time with my daddio. We had burritos.
Aaron: I think I watched a game once but it was mostly just an excuse to drink beer (aka. our national pastime).

7. What’s the worst bus route in the city?

Sean: Taking the 16 north out of South Osborne is the most insulting transit experience in the city. Because the transit station is right down the street, there are like 5 times more “Not In Service” busses than there should be. Your hopes are dashed every few seconds.
Janelle: Well, at least they apologize for that now.
Sean: Yeah, that's nice.
Matt: I don't take the bus.

Let’s talk music…

8. What are some albums that completely changed your life?

Trevor: Fleetwood Mac – Tusk; The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour; New Pornographers – Mass Romantic; B52's – Self-titled; The Misfits – Legacy of Brutality
Janelle: The Sadies – Favourite Colours; Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
Matt: Nirvana – Nevermind (made me want to become a drummer); NIN – The Downward Spiral; Portishead - Dummy
Sean: The Mars Volta – Deloused in the Comatorium
Janelle: Niiiiiiiice!
Sean: Huey Lewis & The News – Fore!; ELO – A New World Record; Beirut – Lon Gisland EP
Aaron: T.Rex - Ride a White Swan 7"; Devo - Are We Not Men?; Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread; The Besnard Lakes - Are the Roaring Night; Chad Vangaalen - Skelliconnection/Soft Airplane

9. Of the albums you own, which has the best cover art?

Matt: Sniff 'N' The Tears – Fickle Heart; I wish I owned a Cannibal Corpse album so I could say that
Trevor: Neil Young & The Shocking Pinks – Everybody's Rocking
Janelle: Rolling Stones – Metamorphosis




Aaron: It's a toss up between two of Canada's "great" acts: Loverboy's Get Lucky VS. Burton Cummings' My Own Way to Rock. They are two sides of the same horrendous coin.






10. What’s one piece of equipment absolutely vital to your live show?

Sean: The 9V Battery
Trevor: My guitar, without it all I'm playing is a patch cord through an amp.
Janelle: Patch cords... patch cords that work.
Matt: The rug under my drums.
Aaron: The wind beneath my wings.
Trevor: Oh, I understand this question now. My answer would be... the gifts that I was born with.
Aaron: Yeah, I don't envy your mother Trev... having to push you out with that hollow body guitar and all.

11. And finally, after a show (or during!), what adult beverage do you like to consume?

Janelle: Adult beverage?
Aaron: Beer. Or maybe homemade wine.
Trevor: Beers.
Matt: Beer.
Sean: Matt's beer.

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Afternoon Headlines: The 2012 Winnipeg Jazz Festival Lineup Highlights

>> Friday, 13 April 2012


Hold Steady Captain Craig Finn rocking the WECC a few years back. 

So, yup, the science of deduction ringed true: the Hold Steady are, in fact, making another appearance in Winnipeg, this time moving up a few venues to the Burton Cummings Theatre. They'll be playing at the Burt (nee Walker) on Tuesday, June 19th w/ friend-of-the-blog / local rock stalwart Greg MacPherson. Oh, and tickets will run ya $41.25 inc. taxes & fees with presale getting underway on Tuesday. I'll Tweet the code if/when I get it.

Some other highlights that fit the m.o. of this site...

The incomparable Janelle Monae plays the Burt on Wednesday, June 20th.

Badbadnotgood is at the Pyramid that same night w/ Mitchmatic.

On Saturday, June 23th The Antlers is at the Pyramid. Circle that one.

Hometown heroes Imaginary Cities is there on Thursday, June 21st w/ Young Empires.

And finally, there's a ton of local indie-rock flavour at Old Market Square on Friday, June 16th:

  • Flying Fox and the Hunter-Gatherers
  • Enjoy Your Pumas
  • Mise En Scene
  • Liptonians
  • Alfa
  • The Lytics
  • Royal Canoe

Click here for the rest of the lineup

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Afternoon Headlines: Kathleen Edwards' Doesn't Have A Voice; We Want Chilly Willy; The Science of Deduction

>> Wednesday, 11 April 2012


First up, bad news, Kathleen Edwards fans: due to losing her voice, the singer-songwriter has postponed a string of dates including the Winnipeg one this Saturday. According to the press release, "Ticketholders for the Garrick Centre performance are asked to hold on to their tickets as they will be accepted on the re-scheduled date. If ticketholders are unable to attend the new date, refunds will be available at the point of purchase.  The new date will be announced once confirmed."

The Red Hot Chili Peppers rock the MTS Centre on Monday, November 26th. Guess the Jets'll be on the road in late November.

Spend an evening at the WECC with seasoned folk musician Garnet Rogers on Sunday, May 27th.

Whitehorse musical exports Old Time Machine is at Pop Soda's on Saturday, May 12th w/ Old Cabin.

Sweet Alibi is at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, May 30th w/ The Strumbellas.


Speaking of the Park Theatre...Vancouver's Brasstronaut is there on Monday, July 11th w/ Icelandic group Útidúr.

And finally, after applying the science of deduction, we can conclude that the likelihood of The Hold Steady playing this year's Winnipeg Jazz Festival is...highly probable. Evidence: The band plays Fargo on June 18th, then doesn't play Saskatoon until June 21st, leaving two nights for a Winnipeg date. Also, the 19th and 20th of June fall within the Jazz Festival date range of June 14th-23rd.

The top secret Jazz Festival lineup drops this Friday morning.

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Evening Headlines: Jane Siberry! Skydiggers! Bands vs. Filmmakers!

>> Monday, 9 April 2012


First up, the inimitable Jane Siberry returns to the WECC for a gig on Sunday, May 6th.

Also, roots-rock veterans Skydiggers will play a pair of sets at the WECC on Saturday, May 26th. Look for their latest release, Northern Shore, on April 17th via Latent Recordings.

Jayme Stone's Room of Wonders is there on Sunday, May 27th.

Show I missed listing: Sepultura and Death Angel are at the Pyramid on Wednesday, April 18th.

Buck 65 (Rich Terfry) is taking a break from his highly enviable Radio 2 Drive day job and heading West in May for a brief tour. Check him out at the Pyramid on Friday, May 11th. 

The second annual Bands vs. Filmmakers event goes down this year on Thursday, May 31st. This year the event features:

Bands: SitDownTracy, Cannon Bros., Nova, The Magnificent 7s, and This Hisses

Filmmakers: Rhayne Vermette, Scott Fitzpatrick, Curtis Wiebe, Stephane Oystryk, and Danishka Esterhazy

And finally, if you're interested, my CBC Manitoba Scene piece on our mighty fine local label Head in the Sand Records. If you haven't heard Rococode's sweet sounds yet, do yourself a favour. "Empire" is a pure pop gem.

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Bry Webb to Play The WECC!

>> Monday, 2 April 2012

Just a quick but exciting note: Bry Webb (ex-Constantines) is at the West End Cultural Center on June 17th w/ Snailhouse and Zach Lucky.

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Afternoon Headlines: SitDownTracy CD Release and more

>> Friday, 30 March 2012



First up, local act SitDownTracy is releasing its sophomore record, Twenty Something Winters, at the Lo Pub on Saturday, April 21st. Also on the bill is Modern Romantics and Scotch+Tape.

The Prairie Kitchen Party featuring Emma Cloney & Patti Lamoureux w/ Rambling Dan Frechette
and Alex Lamoureux goes down at the WECC on Saturday, April 28th.

Miss Rae & Holly Stratton are at Pop Soda's on April 7th w/ Bacca.

The Black Dahlia Murder is at the WECC on May 21st w/ Exhumed and Fuck the Facts.

Fred Eaglesmith returns to town for a gig at The Park Theatre on July 4th.

And finally, Colleen Brown is at the Park Theatre on April 7th w/ Jenny Berkel and The Reverend Rambler.


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Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to Cara Luft's CD Release @ The WECC

>> Monday, 26 March 2012


Courtesy of good folks over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for resident singer-songwriter Cara Luft's cd soiree taking place on Friday, April 13th. The Other Brothers are scheduled to get the party started.

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side) by Thursday, April 5th @ noon CST with the subject line "Cara Luft Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Behold! The 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival Lineup!

>> Saturday, 24 March 2012



The 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival lineup dropped earlier and, if my Twitter feed can be used as a veritable litmus test, there's a ton of excitement permeating Winnipeg this morning.

Running from Wednesday, July 4th to Sunday, July 8th, this year's festival once again brings some stellar acts to Bird's Hill, including Iron & Wine, K'Naan, Beth Orton (me: wow!), Blitzen Trapper, Bahamas, Elliot Brood, The Head and The Heart, and the previously announced Feist.

Below is the lineup (there's still some more acts to come apparently) and below that is the Main Stage schedule.

What say you, Dear Readers? Who are you excited to see? Who were you hoping would come? Attending the whole thing? Picking the odd day?

Aaron Burnett
Abigail Washburn
Adam Cohen
Asani
Atomic Duo
Bahamas
Belle Starr
Besh O DroM
Beth Orton
Bill Frisell-Songs Of John Lennon
Billy Bragg
Black Sea Station
Blitzen Trapper
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Chic Gamine
David Bromberg Quartet
De Temps Antan
Devotchka
Doug Paisley
Dry Bones
e.s.l
Eliza Gilkyson
Elliot Brood
Ellis Paul
Emmanuel Jal
Feist
Fish & Bird
Good Old War
Grant Lawrence
Gustavo and the Green Fools
Iron & Wine
Jake Chenier Band
James Vincent McMorrow
Jimmy Lafave
Junior Brown
Justin Rutledge
K'Naan
Kim Churchill
Madison Violet
Martyn Joseph
Mary Gauthier
Matt Andersen
Natalia Zukerman
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou
Ozomatli
Pharis & Jason Romero
Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Royal Wood
Ruthie Foster
Sam Amidon
Sarah and Christian Dugas
Shelley Bean & the Duckety Muds
Sidi Toure
Sketch
Snowblink
Steep Canyon Rangers
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Barr Brothers
The Beauties
The Head and The Heart
The Steeldrivers
Todd Snider
Walking Woody's Road feat. Mary Gauthier, Jimmy Lafave, Ellis Paul and Eliza Gilkyson
Willy Porter
Yves Lambert Trio

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Wednesday, July 4

Snowblink
James Vincent McMorrow
Feist

Thursday, July 5

Good Old War
Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon
Billy Bragg
Ozomatli
K’Naan

Friday, July 6

Sidi Toure
Matt Andersen
Beth Orton
Junior Brown
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Saturday, July 7

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires
Todd Snider
The Head and the Heart
Devotchka

Sunday, July 8

Ruthie Foster
Iron And Wine
Walking Woodies Road – Featuring Jimmy Lafave, Mary Gauthier,
Eliza Gilkyson, Ellis Paul and David Bromberg

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Afternoon Headlines: Feist To Play Folk Fest; Said The Whale Add Second Date

>> Tuesday, 20 March 2012



As per Pitchfork, Feist will be playing the Winnipeg Folk Festival 2K12 and is schedule to appear on Wednesday, July 4th.

Due to heavy demand, Vancouver quirk-poppers Said The Whale have added a second date at the Park Theatre: they'll now play Sunday, April 22nd as well as the day before.

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Evening Headlines: Whitehorse @ The WECC; Henry Rollins @ The Burt

>> Thursday, 15 March 2012


Whitehorse (duo of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet) materialize at the WECC on April 20th w/ Emma-Lee.

Double bill at the park in about a week's time: The Crooked Brothers and the F-Holes will be there on March 22nd.

The incomparable Henry Rollins is at the Burt on June 8th.

Jay Aymar is at the ACU Hall (smaller room at the WECC) on April 11th.

Vancouver's In Media Res is at The Lo Pub on March 28th w/ The Blisters.

Dragonforce is at the WECC on April 29th w/ Holy Grail and Huntress.

French export Housse de Racket is at the Pyramid on March 31st.

Old Man Luedecke is at the Park Theatre on May 28th w/ Del Barber.

Boys Who Say No is at the Lo Pub on April 17th.

TOPS is also there on April 4th w/ Spirit Children.

And finally...The Oh Wells is at the Park Theatre on April 1st w/ The Trebles.

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Contest: Enter to Win Tickets to Damo Suzuki @ The WECC

>> Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Courtesy of good folks over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for avant-rock luminary Damo Suzuki (of Can) show going down there on Thursday, March 22nd. Sound Carriers open.

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side) by Thursday, March 15th @ noon CST with the subject line "Damo Suzuki Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Afternoon Headlines: Salinas's new vid; Octoberman @ The Lo

>> Saturday, 3 March 2012



First up, local rockers Salinas have a brand-spanking new live video for their track "Mantra." Check them out at the Lo Pub on March 23rd w/ Octoberman and Slow Dancers.

Singer-songstress Gabrielle Papillon is at Sam's place on March 29th.

AWOLNATION rock the WECC on April Fools Day.

Iron Maiden continue to tour and continue to include Winnipeg on their itinerary: they'll be at the MTS Centre on Tuesday, July 24th w/ Coheed and Cambria.

One week from today the Flatlanders Blues event - featuring Big Dave McLean and Suzie Vinnick - goes down at the WECC.

And finally, YelaWolf is at the Pyramid on Saturday, April 7th.

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Afternoon Headlines: SSS @ The WECC; Cannon Bros for Polaris Long List!!

>> Saturday, 18 February 2012


Alliteratively-named Calgary singer-songwriter Samantha Savage Smith (above) is at the WECC on March 18th w/ marjijosee.

Garage-rock pairing The Pack A.D. are touring with Our Lady Peace (they still exist?) and will be at the Garrick on April 13th.

Vancouver's Bend Sinister roll through town on March 13th for a gig at the Pyramid.

Add Chains of Love to the Said The Whale bill at the Park Theatre on April 21st.

And Lindi Ortega to the Social Distortion bill at the Burt on April 23rd.

Vancouver songwriter Jordan Klassen is at Aqua Books on April 16th w/ Andy Shauf.

East Coast Music Award winner Rose Cousins pops in at the WECC on March 28th.

Sunday, April 15th at the WECC brings a triple header: Enter Shikari, The Letlive, and At The Skylines.

And, finally, if you missed the Polaris Prize Salon this week, I wrote about the local music angle for CBC Manitoba. Cannon Bros for the Polaris Long List campaign officially begins...now!

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The First Ever Polaris Record Salon in Winnipeg

>> Friday, 10 February 2012



On Wednesday, February 15th the first ever Polaris Record Salon is going down at the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe.

Normally held in Toronto, the Polaris Salon is a forum where Polaris Prize jury members extol the sonic virtues of various Canada records they feel are prime candidate for inclusion on their ballots. Polaris Prize founder Steven Jordan will moderate the event while Polaris jury member from Manitoba put forth their picks.

Taking part in this first time event is:


  • John Kendle (Uptown)
  • Jared Story (Uptown)
  • Jill Wilson (The Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Jenny Henkelman (CKUW)
  • And, despite my name not starting with J, me. 


So if you're free on Wednesday night, come on down and hear us ferociously and tirelessly debate the records we feel are absolutely musts for this year's Polaris ballots. Ties will be broken by arm wrestle.

And I'm told there'll be prizes.

For more info see here and here and here.

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Contest: Enter to win tickets to see Islands @ The WECC

>> Monday, 6 February 2012


Courtesy of good folks over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for Islands' show going down there on Saturday, March 3rd.

If you're interested in checking out the modernist pop rockers in the flesh, fire me off an email (on the right hand side) by Monday, February 20th @ noon CST with the subject line "Islands Ticket Giveaway" and your name in the email's body. Winning name will be drawn randomly sometime that afternoon and contacted shortly thereafter, with the first name and last initial published on my Twitter account.

As always, one entry per person please!

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Evening Headlines: Twin Shadow @ The Pyramid; Hannah Georgas to support Kathleen Edwards

>> Sunday, 5 February 2012

First up, a pretty exciting show to announce: Brooklyn indie-pop act Twin Shadow is at the Pyramid on August 8th. Thanks to those who emailed / left a comment about this.

Speaking of the Pyramid, add Lemonade to the Neon Indian bill going down there on May 3rd.

Cancer Bats drop by the joint on March 30th.

And Reverend Horton Heat does as well on May 8th.

Support for Kathleen Edwards April 14th gig here at the Garrick has been added: Hannah Georgas!

The Heritage Hunter Tour featuring Opeth, Mastodon, and Ghost rolls through town on May 6th at the Burt.

Andrew Jackson Jihad is at the Lo Pub on March 16th.

And finally, Stephen Palmer plays the ACU Hall @ The WECC on March 25th w/ Kerri Woelke.

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Evening Headlines: New Country Rehab @ The Park; Jezables @ The WECC

>> Friday, 27 January 2012


Folk act New Country Rehab (above) will appear at the Park Theatre on March 15th.

Australian rockers The Jezabels have recently announced a Canadian tour, a trek that includes a stop at the WECC on April 23rd. Also on the bill is Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Add indie-rockers Library Voices to the Yukon Blonde show going down at the WECC on March 24th.

And finally, Don Ross & Brooke Miller are at the Park Theatre on February 12.



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Kathleen Edwards to play The Garrick

>> Monday, 23 January 2012

One more show announcement to pass along...

Treasured singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has booked a show at The Garrick on Saturday, April 14th. Ticket sales get underway on Friday, January 27th @ 10 with tickets running $27.50 plus fees, etc.

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Lunch Headlines: Said The Whale @ The Park; The Choose Your Charity concert series

>> Thursday, 19 January 2012

Photo by Jonathan Taggart

First up, Vancouver-rooted quirk-pop act Said The Whale return to Winnipeg for a gig at the Park Theatre on April 21st, touring in support of their new record, Little Mountain (street date: March 6th).

Red Moon Road release their self-titled debut at the WECC on Saturday, March 17th alongside Bog River.

Octoberman is at the Lo Pub on March 23rd.

The Rock & Soul event featuring The Perms and The Noble Thiefs goes down at the Park Theatre on February 3rd.

And finally, kickstarted by James Struthers, a plethora of Manitoba artists have banded together to start a "Choose Your Charity" concert series event, scheduled to take place every Thursday night at the Free Press Cafe. The lineup for the new few months is as follows:

  • Thurs. Jan. 26 @ 7 p.m. - JD Edwards (charity: Manitoba Mutts)
  • Thurs. Feb. 2 @ 7 p.m. - Katie Murphy (charity: Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada)
  • Thurs. Feb. 9 @ 7 p.m. - Keri Latimer (charity: West Central Women's Resource Centre)
  • Thurs. Feb. 16 @ 7 p.m. - Don Amero (charity: Agape Table)
  • (Reading Week – series intermission)
  • Thurs. Mar. 1 @ 7 p.m. - Flo (charity: World Vision)
  • Thurs. Mar. 8 @ 7 p.m. - Thrift Store Love (charity: CancerCare Manitoba Foundation)
  • Thurs. Mar. 15 @ 7 p.m. - Hayley Gene (charity: W.I.S.H. Inc.)
  • Thurs. Mar. 22 @ 7 p.m. - James Struthers (charity: Winnipeg Harvest)


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Beirut announces a string of summer dates...and Winnipeg is on it!

>> Tuesday, 17 January 2012


Update: according to reader Meric S, the presale starts tomorrow at 10, the code is wff, and tickets go for $35 + taxes + fees.

This summer Beirut hits the Trans Canada Highway for a Canadian trek that spans from Montreal to Vancouver. And fortunately for Winnipeg fans, the tour itinerary includes a stop in these parts on July 23rd for a date at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Speaking of the Burt, veteran rock act Social Distortion is there on April 23rd. Along for the night is The Toadies.

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Islands coming to town

>> Tuesday, 10 January 2012


Modernist pop band Islands return to Winnipeg for a March 3rd date at the WECC. Look for their new record, A Sleep & A Forgetting, when it drops on February 14th.

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Lunch Headlines: Black Keys return to Winnipeg; Amelia Curran does as well

>> Monday, 9 January 2012


Award-winning blues-rock pairing the Black Keys return to Winnipeg for a date at the MTS Centre on May 14th with ticket sales commencing on Friday. And they're bringing along a pretty fantastic opener: Arctic Monkeys!

Meanwhile, over at the WECC, Great Lake Swimmers drop by on May 4th w/ Cold Specks.

And finally, singer-songwriter Amelia Curran performs at the Park Theatre on March 6th.

Thanks for anon for the last tip!

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Evening Headlines: Scissor Kicks and Album Release Parties

>> Friday, 6 January 2012

Happy New Year, Dear Readers!

Lots of concert doin's a transpirin' around Winnipeg these days, so let's dive right on in:


  • Chart-topping, Rock and Rock Hall of Fame act Van Halen (Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang, and David) is scheduled to rock the MTS Centre for the first time on May 17th.  Look for their new record, A Different Kind of Truth, on February 7th if ya feel like scissor kicking. 
  • Lucy Rose as well as The Darcys are supporting Bombay Bicycle Club at the WECC on February 25th.
  • Resident singer-songwriter Jenny Berkel is releasing her debut full-length, Here on a Wire, at the Exchange Community Church on Saturday, January 14th. The Crooked Brothers are also part of the whole soiree. 
  • Speaking of local musical talent, Demetra Penner is holding her cd release party at Cinematheque on January 25th w/ Keri Latimer.
  • Joel Plaskett returns to Peg City for a gig at the Garrick Centre on April 21st. Frank Turner is also on the bill.
  • Raizen Band, Phlegm Fatale, and Vav Jungle make up a triple-bill at the Park Theatre going down on January 14th.
  •  On Saturday, February 18th, Nathan Rogers sings the songs of his late father, Stan, at the WECC. 
  • And finally, Whitehorse-via-Sweden singer-songwriters Sarah MacDougall has three Winnipeg dates on the horizon: February 17th at the Kings Head; and February 18-19 at Festival Du Voyageur. 

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