Evening Headlines: Lots and lots of good concerts

>> Tuesday, 10 December 2013

First up, the venerable Neil Young has booked four benefit shows across Canada to support the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. This includes a stop at the Centennial Concert Hall on Thursday, January 16th. Diana Krall is also on the bill.

Hearing a lot of great things about this band: The Head and the Heart will be at Burt on Monday, April 7th w/ Basia Bulat.

Wake Owl will be at the WECC on Wednesday, March 5th w/ Lyon.

Local folk/country musician Kevin Roy is releasing his debut cd, Taller than the Trees, at the WECC on Friday, February 7th.

Speaking of local album releases...Greg Rekus is releasing his sophomore album, Punkoustic, at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, January 8th.

Speaking of local album releases...hip-hopper KayR is releasing his debut record, Skyline Mirages, at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, December 17th.

Kalle Mattson is at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, March 19th.

And finally...Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings returns to town for a performance at Burt on Tuesday, April 8th.



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Afternoon Headlines: GMac Album Release Party; A Tribe Called Red; The Pack A.D.

>> Monday, 25 November 2013


First up, local fave Greg MacPherson has announced the Fireball release show: the event goes down at Union Sound Hall on Sunday, December 22nd w/ Rob Crooks and DJ No Contact.

For a good time try The Pack A.D. at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, March 4th.

Check out the lovely and talented Lindi Ortega with the WSO February 7th - February 9th.

Waaaaay into the future: City and Colour is at the MTS Centre on Saturday, May 17th.

Black Sabbath is still touring (no kiddin') and will be at the MTS Centre on Wednesday, April 16th.

The Matinee will be at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, December 3rd.

Polaris short listers A Tribe Called Red will be at Union Sound Hall on Sunday, February 16th.

And finally, The 1975 will appear at Union Sound Hall on Thursday, May 1st (my birthday!).


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Afternoon Headline: Arcade Fire @ MTS Centre

>> Thursday, 14 November 2013

Hot off the wire...

The ubiquitous Arcade Fire will bring the tunes of Reflektor (and others I'm sure) to the MTS Centre on Thursday, August 14th. Not completely sold on Reflektor yet, but I don't hate it. Just need more time with it.

Tickets on sale November 22nd.


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Contest: Enter to win tickets to see Raleigh @ The WECC w/ Few Who Do, From Giants

>> Friday, 8 November 2013


Courtesy of our friends over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Raleigh show going down on Friday, November 29th. Few Who Do and From Giants get the evening started.

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by noon CST on Thursday, November 21st with the subject line "Raleigh 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.

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Afternoon Headlines: Roots in the River @ The WECC; Repartee @ The Garrick

>> Thursday, 7 November 2013

First up, Roots in the River goes down at the WECC on Thursday, November 28th featuring JD Edwards and Amanda Rheaume playing (paying?) homage to songs of Manitoba past.

Speaking of that date...Newfoundland-based  electro/pop-rock band Repartee is at the Garrick on November 28th.

Don Amero's "Amero's Little Christmas" takes place at the WECC on Saturday, December 21st w/ Jordan St. Cyr and Desiree Dorian.

Double bill at the Park Theatre on February 17th: Northcote and Dave Hause.

Hamilton's The Reason pops by the Park Theatre on Thursday, November 21st w/ Denmark band Thee Attacks.

World AIDS day benefit concert takes place at the WECC on Sunday, December 1st and features local acts Nathan, Keith MacPherson Jordan St. Cyr and Alicia Feakes.

And finally, Juno award winning singer-songwriter Cara Luft is there on Saturday, January 25th.

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Afternoon Headlines: Amelia Curran @ Folk Exchange; Gordon Lightfoot Tribute

>> Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Photo by Bud Gaulton

First up, uber-talented singer-songwriter Amelia Curran returns to town for a gig at the Folk Exchange on Wednesday, November 13th.

Fun announcement alert: On Friday, December 16th, a bona fide slew of local musicians pay tribute to the incomparable Gordon Lightfoot at the West End Cultural Centre. On the bill: Scott Nolan,Vanessa Kuzina (Oh My Darling), Red Moon Road , and Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities).

Meaghan Smith will play some Christmas tunes at the WECC on Saturday, December 7th w/ Slow Leaves.

Calgary-based indie-poppers Raleigh is at the WECC on Friday, November 29th. From Giants and Few Who Do are also on the bill. Check back early next month for a chance to win tix to this show!

Speaking of Calgary-based artists, Reuben & The Dark is at the Park Theatre w/ Paper Kites on Saturday, November 2nd.

Local indie-electro act Hana Lulu is releasing its debut EP, Keepsake, at 72 Princess Street (I don't have a venue name) on Friday, November 15th.

My first entry for 2014! Mark Berube will be at the WECC on Friday, February 21st!

The Fugitives drop by the Windsor on Wednesday, November 20th w/ White Ash Falls.

Quadruple bill going down at the Park on Monday, November 4th: Hearing Trees, The Burning Kettles, Pocket Change, and Rachel Quelch.

And finally, local band Mitten Claps is releasing its debut EP, Tactics, at the Rose 'n' Bee Pub on Sunday, November 10th.

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Afternoon Headline: July Talk @ The WECC w/ Thomas D'Arcy

>> Monday, 21 October 2013


Stellar double bill going down at the WECC on Monday, November 4th: July Talk w/ Thomas D'Arcy (ex-Small Sins leader). See ya there!

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Afternoon Headlines: Sweet Alibi @ The WECC

>> Monday, 7 October 2013


Sweet Alibi is releasing its new album, We've Got To, at the WECC on Wednesday, November 20th w/ The Bros. Landreth.

Add Heaven's Basement to the Pretty Reckless bill going down at the WECC on Monday, October 21st.

Localites The Perms are at the Park Theatre on Sunday, December 8th. Look for the band's new EP, The Aberdeen EP, tomorrow.

Diemonds is at the Windsor on Tuesday, November 19th.

Delhi 2 Dublin is at the Park Theatre on Thursday, October 24th.

Silvergun & Spleen is at the Pyramid on Friday, October 25th.

Toronto-based artist Sean Pinchin is at The Rose 'n' Bee on Wednesday, October 16th and at Times Changed on the 17th.

The Reason is at the Park Theatre on Thursday, November 11th w/ Thee Attacks.






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Concert Review: No Joy @ The Park Theatre

>> Saturday, 28 September 2013

No Joy w/ Alex Calder & Haunter 
The Park Theatre
September 26, 2013

Ever have a record that you stumble upon, out of nowhere, and it instantly resounds with you and where you’re at in life? For me No Joy’s 2013 release Wait for Pleasure was that record, one that has been in near constant rotation for me over the last two months. Lush soundscapes, droning elements and even hints of dream-pop abound on this release, all whilst clearly making references to shoegaze. 

The Montreal-based duo reproduced the recording over a tight 35-minute set at the Park Theatre on Thursday night, while also pulling from 2009’s Ghost Blonde. Wait for Pleasure opening track ‘E’ was easily the show highlight - the track meandered into a tidal wave of swirling drone to close the show.

Local act Haunter and former Makeout Videotape/Mac Demarco member Alex Calder’s band opened up the night, both with efficient yet contrasting sets. Calder in particular was clearly influenced from his time with Demarco as they drew heavily recent release Time, as well as two covers of the King of the Hill theme.

-Will Burton

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CONTEST: Enter to win tickets to see Leif Vollebekk @ The WECC

>> Friday, 20 September 2013


Courtesy of our friends over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Leif Vollebekk show going down on Friday, October 11th. Vanessa Kuzina and Woodpigeon 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 noon CST on Friday, October 4th with the subject line "Leif Vollebekk 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.

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PHOTOS: Young Galaxy @ The West End Cultural Centre

>> Thursday, 19 September 2013

Young Galaxy
The West End Cultural Centre
September 18, 2013





All photos by Sarah Gofflot

Young Galaxy put on a heckuva performance last night at the WECC (albeit a short one). Anyone else there?

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Afternoon Headlines: Brendan Canning @ The Park Theatre; Jordan Klassen @ The WECC

>> Tuesday, 17 September 2013


Broken Social Scene alumni Brendan Canning will be at the Park Theatre on Sunday, November 24th w/ Dinosaur Bones. Look for Canning's solo outing You Gots 2 Chill on October 1st.

Jordan Klassen returns to town for a gig at the WECC on Tuesday, October 22nd w/ The Young Pixels.

Nathan Rogers sings the songs of Stan Rogers (his father) at the WECC on Saturday, November 9th.

Yukon-based Speed Control is at the Cavern on Saturday, November 16th.

Justin Rutledge is at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, November 6th w/ Aidan Knight.

Twin Forks will be there on Tuesday, November 19th.

Monster Truck is at the Pyramid on Wednesday, December 11th.

Bear Mountain is at Union Sound Hall on Sunday, November 3rd w/ The Belle Game.

Go For The Eyes is at the Cavern on Saturday, September 21st w/ The Bokononists.

And finally, some exciting personal news to pass along: I'm writing again for CBC Manitoba Scene, so pop in there once in awhile and say hi!

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Afternoon Headlines: Said The Whale @ The Garrick; Tony Dekker @ The Folk Exchange

>> Thursday, 5 September 2013



First up, quirk-pop purveyors Said The Whale drops by the Garrick on Monday, November 25th.

Tony Dekker (of Great Lake Swimmers fame) will play a solo gig at the Folk Exchange on Sunday, September 29th.

Speaking of the Folk Exchange, Daniel Romano will be there on Saturday, October 19th.

Toronto act PUP punk rocks the Park Theatre on Saturday, November 23rd.

Greg Rekus is raising funds for his latest album at Ozzy's on Saturday, September 21st.

Edmonton's Eyes on Ivan plays the Rose 'n' Bee Pub on Saturday, September 14th.

Fast Romantics materializes at Le Garage on Tuesday, October 15th.

And finally, Michael Feuerstack is at Union Sound Hall on Monday, October 21st.


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Contest: Enter to win tickets to see Young Galaxy @ The WECC

>> Monday, 26 August 2013


Courtesy of our giving pals over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Young Galaxy show going down on Wednesday, September 18th. Human Human get the party started.

Oh, and there's Bike Valet that night too!

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by noon CST on Wednesday, September 11th with the subject line "Young Galaxy 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.

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Afternoon Headlines: some exciting doin's a transpirin' at the Park Theatre

>> Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Just a couple quick Park-Theatre-related announcements to pass along this afternoon...


First up, indie-pop/rock guru Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) hits the venue for a solo performance on Friday, November 8th. 

Sunday, October 20th brings Kalle Mattson w/ the Bonaduces to the joint. 

And finally, Matt Mays drops by the sound room on Tuesday, October 29th w/ Adam Baldwin (sooo good in Firefly)

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Afternoon Headlines: Shad @ Union Sound Hall; Little Miss Higgins @ The WECC

>> Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Photo by Justin Broadbent

First up, Shad returns to town for a show at Union Sound Hall on Friday, November 22nd. Look for his brand spankin' new record, Flying Colours, on October 15th.

Little Miss Higgins is at the WECC on Friday, November 15th.

Madchild is at Rec Room on Wednesday, September 4th.

Willy Porter is at the WECC on Sunday, September 15th.

Montreal's own Groenland is at the Pyramid on Tuesday, September 24th.

The Albertans drop by the Park Theatre on Tuesday, September 17th.

M-Kaps is holding an album release at the Park Theatre on Saturday, September 14th.

And finally, Emma Cloney is releasing her sophomore release, Stars for Streetlights, at the WECC on Saturday, October 12th w/ Kevin Roy, Keith Dyck.

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Afternoon Headlines: Passion Pit Cancelled; Mushy Callahan @ The Garrick; Aimee Lane EP release

>> Friday, 9 August 2013

Just a couple quick notes this afternoon:

First up, Passion Pit has cancelled its Winnipeg date, and that makes me a sad panda.

From the band:

“We're sorry to announce that due to press commitments/scheduling, we need to cancel our upcoming shows in Saskatoon and Winnipeg this September. We're working on finding a way to reschedule these dates, and hope to have more info for you soon. In the meantime, refunds for these shows are available at point of purchase."

Next, Peace River Alberta's Mushy Callahan is at the Garrick on Wednesday, August 14th.

And finally, local singer-songwriter Aimee Lane is releasing her debut EP on Friday, September 27th at the West End Cultural Centre.  Lawrence Lee (Matt Foster of the Crooked Brothers) opens.

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Afternoon Headlines: Braids @ Union Sound Hall; Justin Hines @ The Forks; Les Jupes, Yes We Mystic EP Releases

>> Thursday, 8 August 2013

Braids by Victoria Masters

First up, Braids returns to town for a gig at Union Sound Hall on Tuesday, September 17th. Looks for its new record, Flourish/Perish, on August 20th.

Speaking of USH...Grand Analog has an album release show for Modern Thunder going down there on Thursday, August 22nd. Vikings & Happy Unfortunate & DJ Andrina are also on the bill. 

Localites Electric Soul is releasing its debut, Second Paradise, at the Windsor on Friday, September 6th w/ Mariachi Ghost and DJ King Cabernet.

The Nick Fraser Quartet is at the WECC on Wednesday, September 25th.

Spend an evening with David Francey at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, October 15th.

Justin Hines is performing under the canopy at the Forks at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 23rd. Show is free with any donations going straight to local charity Independent Resource Centre.

Winnipeg's Yes We Mystic have signed with local label Head in the Sand. Check out the band's EP release for Floods and Fires at the Park Theatre on Friday, September 6th w/ From Giants and Oshima.

Speaking of EP releases, friend-of-site skyscraper rockers Les Jupes is holding an EP release party for Negative Space at the WECC on Friday, September 20th.

And finally, Mise en Scene is at Union Sound Hall on Friday, August 16th w/ The Noble Thiefs. 





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Afternoon Headlines: Federal Lights album release @ The WECC; Ken Mode @ The Windsor; and more!

>> Wednesday, 31 July 2013


Ascending Winnipeg band Federal Lights is playing a hometown album release show at the WECC on Thursday, September 12th. Look for its debut record, We Were Found in the Fog, on August 27st (via Aporia).

Local Polaris Long Listers Ken Mode have booked an x-country tour of Canada including a gig at the Windsor on Saturday, November 2nd.

Opening for Lightning Dust (September 4th @ The Park): Louise Burns. Score!

TWIN is at Mondragon on Saturday, August 10th w/ Eagle Lake Owls, Ex Modern Teen, and The Silver Fox.

For a good time, try Deer Tick at the WECC on Wednesday, October 16th.

No Joy will be at the Park Theatre on Thursday, September 26th.

Opener for Austra (Sat, Oct 5th @ The Garrick): Toronto-based pair Moon King.

Opener for Iron and Wine (Thurs, Sept 19th @ Pantages): Widowspeak.

And finally, a solid triple bill going down at the Windsor on Thursday, August 15th: Salinas, The Vibrating Beds, and Clipwing.


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Afternoon Headlines: Royal Canoe record release parties! Factor, Elliot BROOD, and more!

>> Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Local fave Royal Canoe is staging a pair of record release parties for its latest outing, Today We're Believers: an all ages soiree at the Park Theatre on Thursday, August 22nd and an 18+er at Union Sound Hall on Friday, August 23rd. Nice of them to think of the children.

Montreal's AroarA - The duo of Andrew Whiteman (BSS, AoH) and Ariel Engle - is at the Park Theatre on Sunday, September 22nd.

From the can't-remember-if-I-mentioned-this-one file: Elliot BROOD is at Times Changed on Sunday, September 15th.

Trivium, Devildriver, After the Burial, and Sylosis make up a quadruple bill going down at the Garrick on Thursday, September 19th.

Factor is at the Windsor on Saturday, August 31st.

Lightning Dust is at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, September 4th.

Vance Joy will be at the Park Theatre on Monday, September 9th.

And finally, Les Jupes' Michael P Falk has combined forces with Twilight Hotel's Dave Quanbury to form Oshima. Check out its EP The Age of Shapes here.

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Evening Headlines: The Bros Landreth Album Release; Streetlight Manifesto @ The WECC

>> Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Rising alt-country localites The Bros. Landreth is releasing its debut album, Let It Lie, at the WECC on Thursday, September 5th w/ Red Moon Road and Daniel Champagne.

Streetlight Manifesto is at the WECC on Monday, October 14th w/ Mike Park & Dan Potthast.

Seasoned singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier is at the Park Theatre in a few days' time: Monday, July 22nd.

Bullet for my Valentine is at the Burt on Monday, October 7th w/ Black Veil Brides, Stars In Stereo, & Throw The Fight.

And finally, independent rap sensation Tech N9ne is a Republic Nightclub on Wednesday, August 21st.


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Afternoon Headlines: Leif Vollebekk @ The WECC; Rae Spoon @ The Windsor

>> Wednesday, 10 July 2013


First up, erstwhile 11 Qs participant Leif Vollebekk is at the WECC on Friday, October 11th.

Speaking of the WECC, solid double bill going down there on Saturday, October 5th: singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni is there with Rose Cousins.

Cancer Bats and Bat Sabbath will play the Pyramid on Thursday, October 10th.

The Pretty Reckless is at the WECC on Monday, October 21st.

Rae Spoon drops by the Windsor on Saturday, November 23rd.

Pistol George Warren rocks the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club on Thursday, August 1st.

For a good time, try oft-buzzed-about Shred Kelly at the Windsor on Monday, July 29th w/ Loon Choir.

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will be at the Garrick on Saturday, October 26th w/ The Smith Street Band and Koo Koo Kango Roo. 

Dry Bones is at the WECC on Wednesday, August 7th.

Lee Harvey Osmond is there on Friday, October 4th.

And finally, Canadian guitar playin' treasure Amos Garrett's home in High River, Alberta was completely wrecked in late June's flood, so a benefit concert for him is going down at the WECC on Thursday, August 15th featuring Al Simmons, Nathan Rogers, Dust Rhinos, and Lindsay Jane

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Contest: Enter to win tickets to see Alasdair Roberts @ The WECC

>> Tuesday, 9 July 2013



Courtesy of the good folks over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Alasdair Roberts show going down on Monday, July 29th. Also on the bill is Dan & Laurel. Oh, and there's Bike Valet that night too!

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Tuesday, July 23rd at noon CST with the subject line "Alasdair Roberts 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.

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Evening Headlines: James Murphy DJ Set; Hollerado & The Zolas @ The Park

>> Thursday, 4 July 2013



First up a solid book for Union Sound Hall: James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) is doing a DJ Set there on Thursday, September 5th w/ Hana Lu Lu, DJ Hunnicutt. Tickets $25 at Ticket Workshop. My money is on him playing a buncha Daft Punk songs. 

Second, a solid double bill at the Park on Saturday, November 23rd: Hollerado and The Zolas rock the joint. After this week, looking forward to some November weather.

Third,...actually that's all I've got. Concert announcements have slooooowed.

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Afternoon Headlines: The Sadies @ The WECC; Steve Earle returns to the Peg

>> Monday, 24 June 2013



First up, The Sadies (above) will be at the West End Cultural Centre on Tuesday, October 15th.

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers stops by the Cavern on Saturday, June 29th.

Five Alarm Funk has booked a three-night stay at the Pyramid starting Thursday, July 25th.

And finally, Steve Earle will perform at McPhillips Street Casino on Wednesday, July 31st.

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Morning Headlines: Canada Day Forks lineup revealed! Matt Good returns to town

>> Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Imaginary Cities rock the Forks on Canada Day

First up, Manitoba Music will be all over the Forks on Canada Day with over 15 local acts gracing THREE stages. The lineup is:

Scotiabank Stage
4:00 p.m. Ça Claque!
4:40 p.m. Dignitaries/O Canada
5:00 p.m. Sweet Alibi
6:00 p.m. Mise En Scene
7:00 p.m. The Treble
8:00 p.m. Bryce Pallister
9:00 p.m. Imaginary Cities
10:00 p.m. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
10:40 p.m. WSO and Imaginary Cities
And then fireworks at 11.

Under the Canopy Stage
5:30 p.m. The F-Holes
6:30 p.m. Frannie Klein
7:30 p.m. Crooker Brothers
8:30 p.m. This Hisses
9:30 p.m. The Bokononists

Rail Bridge Stage
1:00 p.m. Grant Davidson
2:00 p.m. Ali Fontaine
3:00 p.m. Brooke Palsson
4:00 p.m. The Sturgeons
5:00 p.m. Lorenzo

Seasoned Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Good is at the Burt on Thursday, November 7th w/ Gentlemen Husbands.

Dan Bern's show at the WECC has been moved up two days to Sunday, July 7th.

Vancouver-rooted musician Jay Arner is at the Rose & Bee Pub on Sunday, July 21st w/ Cult Babies.

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Howard St. Roy is at the Windsor Hotel on Tuesday, June 25th w/ The Tims, Chivas Brothers, and Kream.

Rap superstar Drake returns to town for a concert at the MTS Centre on Thursday, October 3rd.

The Sword is at the Pyramid on Tuesday, August 13th w/ Castle and American Sharks.


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In The Know...Q & A w/ Haunter + enter to win its debut disc!

>> Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Photo by Marie-France Hollier

On Thursday, June 27th, oft-buzzed-about local indie-rock act Haunter will stage its record release party for  debut LP, Rivers & Rust, at the Windsor Hotel.

Finally!

Officially, the album hits shelves across Canada in early July (via Disintegration Records). And we've got a copy of the record for giveaway (see below for instructions).

I recently caught up with the band's frontman, Matt Williams to talk about the band's terrific first album, and here's what Williams had to say:

Last time Haunter was on Painting over Silence, the band was admist a Western Canadian tour with Mt. Royal.  What has the band been up to the past three years?

A lot of planning, talking, and organizing. Rivers & Rust was very meticulously put together. We took so long getting stuff together, mostly because people were away or busy (I was in school here, Ryan in Minneapolis and Europe). Then the Lo Pub and the Albert closed and we had less places to play. In short, we’ve been biding our time until it made sense to put this out.

Who currently comprises the band?

I sing and play rhythm guitar, Jory Hasselmann and Cole Woods both play lead guitar, Marie-France Hollier plays bass, and Ryan Coates pounds the skins and is the general voice of reason.

How did Haunter come to be on Disintegration Records?

We showed up one day to our jamspace at Portage and Furby, and Greg MacPherson was moving in. This was confusing because no one had told us, and he explained he was losing his room so he was now in ours. A little while later I asked him for some help with a recording grant, and he said he and Cam were interested in putting something of ours out on a new label they were starting up, so we put off any immediate plans, and after many discussions over many beers, eventually figured out how we could do it. I’m not sure how the album would’ve come out otherwise. The label is more family than business, and the support they have for our music is unwavering.

Where was the new album recorded, and who produced it?

In February 2012 we did the initial tracking in two days at Prairie Recording Co. with Cam (Loeppky). Vocals and extra stuff was mostly done at Argyle Studios, which is also Cam’s house. As for a producer, Cam is the only one who really fits that bill. I would say the band was just as much a producer, but Cam knows us very well and it didn’t take much communication to get what we wanted. He just did it.

How did the band’s approach to writing and recording differ compared to earlier recordings?

It didn’t, really. We work collaboratively until we realize a song is completely finished, no matter how many practices or live shows it takes. Once that’s done, it’s just about sharpening it. We communicate ideas song-wise, but no one really tells someone to do a specific thing. Everyone’s part is their own. If there was a difference, for me it was lyrically and thematically. The album is very narrative, and that narrative is mostly linear. That was a challenge for me. Maybe that’s why it took so long to come out. Maybe it’s all my fault! (Probably).

There are some top-notch guests on Rivers & Rust including Keri Latimer and Marti Sarbit. What did they lend to the process? 

 The thing about musicians as talented as Marti, Keri, or Rusty is that they don’t need to be told what to do. I’d almost feel like it’d be a little insulting if I did. I contacted them with a song, and asked them if they’d like to be part of it. They said yes, and I’m very grateful for that. I wouldn’t want them to be part of it if they didn’t believe those songs were good. Those songs might never sound like that live, though, and I’m OK with that. I read a quote by Jim James once that said, “with an album you’re thinking about immortality – it will outlive you.” I don’t care about those songs sounding exactly the same live as they do on the record, because they’ll evolve as the band changes. But they will be recorded that way forever. And to me, their parts on this album were necessary to achieve the kind of thing I wanted to outlive me.

What’s the meaning behind the title, Rivers & Rust?

Like I said, lyrically, the album is very much a narrative. The characters in that narrative spend a lot of time trying to change their situation, or fight against it, or voice their frustration with it. But it really comes down to two things: they can either run, and move on to something new and (maybe) better, or they can stay where they are, and rust. It’s less fight-or-flight, and more fight-or-settle. And none of them want to settle. But you don’t necessarily get what you want just because you want it.

And finally, after the big hometown release, what’s next for the band this summer?

We’re touring out west with Cannon Bros. in late August. It’s pretty much exclusively Prairies, and maybe some mountains, but we’re definitely stopping in Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon. And writing, writing, writing. It’s time to write some more songs.

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Interested in owing Rivers & Rust? We've got a copy to giveaway. To enter, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Tuesday, June 25th at noon CST with the subject line "Haunter CD 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.

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The 2013 Polaris Prize Long List

>> Friday, 14 June 2013



And the lone Manitoba entry left vying for this year’s Polaris Prize is…KEN Mode.

This year’s Polaris Prize long list was revealed yesterday and, like years previous, a lone Manitoba entry made the cut: the Juno-statue-earning heavy metal sound of KEN Mode's Entrench.

The full long list is below.

A Tribe Called Red - Nation II Nation
Alaclair Ensemble - Les maigres blancs d'Amérique du Noir
ANCIIENTS - Heart of Oak
The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizième Étage
Daphni - JIAOLONG
Mac DeMarco - 2
Evening Hymns - Spectral Dusk
Hannah Georgas - Hannah Georgas
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II
Jim Guthrie - Takes Time
Hayden - Us Alone
Zaki Ibrahim - Every Opposite
KEN mode - Entrench
Kid Koala - 12 bit Blues
Kobo Town - Jumbie in the Jukebox
Pierre Lapointe - Punkt
Lee Harvey Osmond - The Folk Sinner
Les soeurs Boulay - Le poids des confettis
Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
The Luyas - Animator
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Metric - Synthetica
METZ - METZ
Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective - Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
AC Newman - Shut Down The Streets
Old Man Luedecke - Tender is The Night
Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops
Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesse
Purity Ring - Shrines
Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead
Rhye - Woman
Daniel Romano - Come Cry With Me
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Suuns - Images du futur
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Al Tuck - Stranger at the Wake
Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine


For the record, I went 3 for 5 or 0.60 or 60% on my Polaris ballot. On it were:

1. Hannah Georgas – Hannah Georgas
2. Mise en Scene – Desire’s Despair
3. Purity Ring – Shrines
4. Young Galaxy – Ultramarine
5. New Country Rehab – Ghost of Your Charms

I’m curious…which artists would’ve been on your ballot? Can KEN Mode make the short list and inch closer toward its dream of buying a boat?


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Noon Headlines: Austra @ The Garrick; Cave Singers moved to Park Theatre

>> Monday, 10 June 2013

Photo by Norman Wong

Austra has booked a ridiculously long trek around the globe, in support of its much anticipated sophomore release, Olympia (June 18th via Paper Bag). No tour is complete, really, without a stop in this fair city: check out the band Saturday, October 5th at the Garrick.

Winnipeg-based hip-hop artist Abstract Artform is at Le Garage Cafe on Friday, July 5th.

And last, a venue change: The Cave Singers show w/ The Angry Dragons is now at the Park Theatre on Wednesday, June 12th.

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Afternoon Headline: Young Galaxy @ The WECC

>> Thursday, 6 June 2013

Young Galaxy performing at NXNE

Zounds! This September in Winnipeg. Iron and Wine. Passion Pit. The Dodos. Soooo much great live music going on, and here's another: Young Galaxy will be at the West End Cultural Centre on Wednesday, September 18th.

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Morning Headline: The Dodos @ The Park Theatre

>> Wednesday, 5 June 2013


Ramshackle indie-folk-pop pairing The Dodos return to Winnipeg for a gig at the Park Theatre on Sunday, September 15th. Cousins starts the party. Look for the duo's new record, Carrier, on August 27th.

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Top Five "Must Attend" Events this June in Peg City

>> Sunday, 2 June 2013

Welcome to a regular feature on Painting over Silence that previews the month ahead on the Winnipeg concert front: each month we'll be spotlighting five local shows/festivals deemed as "must-attend." This month's "must-attenders" were selected by myself and contributor Stefani-Raine Allan, and, without further adieu, here are the five we selected, in chronological order:


The Besnard Lakes return to Peg City this month!


The Cave Singers
The Pyramid
Wednesday, June 12
9 PM

Seattle’s The Cave Singers cruise through Winnipeg for the first time this month as part of an extended North American tour. The indie rock quartet just released their fourth studio album, Naomi, via loveable label Jagjaguwar. I first came across the band a few years back – lead singer Pete Quirk’s vocals made their way through the scattered small talk of a humdrum house party and I was immediately drawn in to his drawl and sultry melodies. I’ve read they put on a lively show – high energy and no problem getting the crowd dancing, so I’m predicting a fun night. If you want a little preview, check out their full performance on KEXP. See you there. -SRA

Tickets: $15
Available at: Music Trader, WFF Music Store and Ticketfly (plus fees)


The Besnard Lakes
Park Theatre
Tuesday, June 18
8 PM

The Besnard Lakes return to our fair city this month, supporting their latest album Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO (an interesting title, derived from a Google translated concert review). This is their first full length record since 2010, and it delivers all the climactic, dreamy soundscapes we love. It’s bound to be a mesmerizing show. Supporting acts include July Talk, the Johnny & June of the indie scene, ambient pop outfit Grounders, and my current beard crush Northcote AKA Matt Goud (that read like a mini line-up for Sled Island, didn’t it?). I think July Talk is poised to really take off, and so does CKUW’s Stu Reid, host of Twang Trust. “As someone who saw the Tragically Hip play to 50 people at the Portage Village Inn, heed my words – you won’t get a chance to see this band in a venue like this ever again”, says Reid. Looks like we got lucky and lightning struck twice – do not miss this show. - SRA

Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Door
Available at: the WECC, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, the WFF Music Store



Jazz Fest
Various Times and Locations
June 13 – June 23

Winnipeg Jazz Festival - an obvious choice for the monthly preview. What’s not to love?! The buzz, the booze, the bands ... the booze ... Anyway.  It’s a week and a half of talented, world-class musicians at all our favourite locales, plus – my favourite part – a four day extravaganza of FREE live music in Old Market Square. The Saturday line up is always good for an indie fix, and this year’s is no different – Boats, Royal Canoe, and Greg Arcade are all on the bill. Highlights of the festival this year include The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bettye Lavette, The Roots & BADBADNOTGOOD. And don’t miss a show in any of the recently added venues, including Cinematheque and the Cube Lounge – an open-air, cabaret style lounge set up in front of the stage, smack dab in the middle of all the action. There’s nowhere else this contributor would rather be!
 -SRA

Tickets: Visit www.jazzwinnipeg.com for schedule and tickets details.


Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The West End Cultural Centre
Friday, June 21st
8 p.m.

Originally hailing from the hipster capital of the world (the much loved Portland, Oregon), but now calling New Zealand home, these purveyors of indie-psych-rock make their debut on Winnipeg soil this month. Touring in support of their excellent sophomore record, II (jagjaguwar), Unknown Mortal Orchestra has ascended from the ranks of buzzed about to legitimately talked about, thanks in part to stellar, well-crafted songs and memorable live performances. Bass Drum of Death get the party started. Oh, and you can win tix through us! – MS

Tickets: $15 Advance | $20 Door
Available at: WECC, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, and The WFF Music Store.

Greg MacPherson
The Windsor Hotel
Friday, June 28th
9 p.m.

Kick off the long weekend in style. That is, the musical stylings of resident fave Greg MacPherson, whose gritty, engaging live shows have set the bar for indie-rock performances in Winnipeg for, well, years. Whether it’s his engaging, political narratives, powerful vocal delivery, or stripped-down-yet-highly-aggressive electric guitar riffs, MacPherson’s shows are always packed, sweaty, and memorable. His first show in quite awhile (outside of his side project Nova) has the city buzzing: are we going to hear some new material? Also on the bill is Stranded and DJ Robert Galston. -MS

Tickets: $15
Available at: Ticket Workshop, Into the Music

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Afternoon Headlines: GMac @ The Windsor; Majical Cloudz @ Union Sound Hall

>> Saturday, 1 June 2013



So that previously mentioned Greg MacPherson June 28th show @ the Albert that suddenly disappeared has resurfaced, but this time at a different venue: the happening Windsor Hotel.

Oh, and the June 12th Hooded Fang show at the Albert is now going down at the Windsor as well.

White-hot act Majical Cloudz is at the brand spanking new concert venue Union Sound Hall on August 14th (which I'm told is above Don Pedros Mexican Grill on 114 Market).

Blues/roots/old soul genre-blending local group Miss Rae & the Midnight Ramblers is staging an album fundraiser concert at the Park Theatre on Friday, June 7th w/Young Ben Roscoe.

And finally, local denizens Haunter is releasing its first full-lengther, Rivers & Rust, at the Windsor Hotel on Thursday, June 27th w/ The Mystics and Right Through.




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Contest: Enter to win tickets to see Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ The WECC

>> Friday, 31 May 2013



(Yes, that's McLovin' stirring up trouble.)

Courtesy of the good folks over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra show going down on Friday, June 21st. Also on the bill is Bass Drum of Death. Oh, and there's Bike Valet that night too!

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, June 14th at noon CST with the subject line "Unknown Mortal Orchestra 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.

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Afternoon Headline: Passion Pit coming to Winnipeg

>> Monday, 27 May 2013




Breaking news...

Electro-pop sensation (and fave of this blogger) Passion Pit is coming to Winnipeg for a gig at the Garrick on Wednesday, September 4th.

See you there!

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Noon Headlines: By Divine Right @ The Pyramid; Prairie Wind Music Fest

>> Friday, 24 May 2013


First up, By Divine Right is at the Pyramid on Saturday, July 6th.

Add Bass Drum of Death to the Unknown Mortal Orchestra bill taking place at the WECC on Friday, June 21st. Check back next week to win tickets to this event.

And finally, the second annual Prairie Wind Music Festival goes down in Cypress River, Manitoba on Saturday, June 1st. The event kicks off at noon, runs all day, and features over 25 musical acts including Del Barber, The JD Edwards Band, Vanessa Kuzina of Oh My Darling, Bad Country, The Reverend Rambler, Red Moon Road, Marcel Desilets Trio, The Bros Landreth, Carly Dow, and Nadia Gaudet. Tickets are $40 for the day and includes a camping spot.

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Afternoon Headlines: Bands v. Filmmakers III; Free Shows at Old Market Square

>> Friday, 17 May 2013



The Crackling is at the Windsor on Tuesday, June 18th. (side note: does anyone have an accurate listing for future events at the Windsor? If so, please email.)

Local a capella group Those Guys will perform at the WECC on both Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st.

Lee Harvey Osmond is at the WECC on Friday, October 4th.

Bands vs. Filmmakers III is going down at the WECC on Thursday, June 6th. Featured bands: Mariachi Ghost, Mahogany Frog, Flying Fox & The Hunter Gatherers, JD Edwards Band, and Slattern. Featured filmmakers: Ian Bawa, Leslie Supnet, Doreen Girard, Nick Friesen  and Lotte Reinger.

Local act Poorboy is releasing its debut record on Saturday, June 15th at the Cavern w/ Surprise Party and Paincave.

Toronto psych-rockers The Highest Order is at the Park Theatre on Thursday, June 13th.

Scottish indie-folkster Alasdair Roberts pops in at the WECC on Monday, July 29th

Finally, a few readers have urged me to mention the free indie-rock-related stuff going down at this year's Jazz Festival, so here goes:

(All at Old Market Square)

Saturday, June 15th
4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The F-Holes
Romi Mayes
Greg Arcade & His Rockin' Band
Cannon Bros
Boats
Maylee Todd
Royal Canoe

Sunday, June 16th
3 p.m. to midnight

Reggie San Miguel
Aaron Shorr
Soulstation
Maylee Todd
Orgone
Moses Mayes


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Morning Headlines: Iron and Wine to Play Pantages

>> Tuesday, 14 May 2013


This just in...Iron and Wine will play the Pantages on Thursday, September 19th. Tickets on sale this Friday and prices range from $25-$35 plus the requisite exorbitant fees.

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Contest: Enter to win tickets to see The Abramson Singers @ The WECC

>> Wednesday, 8 May 2013




Courtesy of our best pals over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the The Abramson Singers show going down on Monday, May 20th. Joining them on the bill is Oshima, solo project of Michael P Falk (Les Jupes).

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Thursday, May 16th at noon CST with the subject line "The Abramson Singers 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.

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In The Know...Q & A with From Giants

>> Monday, 6 May 2013



From Giants is an up-and-coming local band definitely worth hearing.

This Thursday, May 9th, the foursome will take the stage at the Park Theatre to introduce the city to its whimsical and delicately crafted folk-pop stylings. Kerri Latimer gets the EP release party going.

I recently caught up with the promising Winnipeg act for a short Q & A, and here’s what they had to say:


1.  From Giants evolved from a Jaymie Friesen solo project to a full-fledged band. How did this come to be?

From Giants began when Jaymie Friesen recorded a full length album together with Nathan Blanchard and various other friends out in the woods of Marchand, MB. Upon completion of the album "Wake Up Oh Sleeper" by From Giants, Jaymie found herself in Winnipeg with an album but with few musicians to help her translate the album into a live performance. After moving in with an acquaintance, Jaymie learnt that her room-mate Gabriella had a gorgeous voice. The two of the started singing together in their free time just for the fun of it. Not long after, Nathan Krahn and Charles Enns graced Jaymie's life and offered to collaborate with her. So in the Spring of 2011, these two women and two men found themselves in a living room week after week creating music and decided to carry on under the name From Giants.

2. So, then, who comprises the band?

Jaymie Friesen - lead vocals, guitar
Gabriella Neaufeld - vocals, drums
Nathan Krahn - cello
Charles Enns - banjo, electric guitar

3. What is the band’s songwriting process like? Is Jaymie still the principal songwriter?

Jaymie continues to write the songs and lyrics for From Giants. However, each song goes under a major transformation as every musician in From Giants offers insight and musicality to each song that allows the process to be collaborative.

4. Where was the EP recorded?

The EP was recorded at Private Ear Studio and MCM Studio

5. Michael P Falk produced the record – what did he lend to the process?

Michael P. Falk (of Les Jupes, Head in the Sand) offered a great deal of care and patience with each song. He held a great understanding for the essence and language of the songs, giving each song the space and time it needed to unfold. Being a band on a serious budget, Michael was still able to shape our EP in a way that reflected the spirit behind the music

6. When can fans expect an LP?

An LP? Fans can expect one when the season is right :)

7. And finally, what are the band’s summer plans?

We are checking our tour plans for the Summer with hopes to revisit a tour in the near future. Otherwise we will be playing at a couple local music festivals throughout Manitoba this Summer.

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Afternoon Headlines: Fish & Bird @ The Park

>> Friday, 3 May 2013



West coast folk act Fish & Bird is at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, May 21st w/ JD Edwards, Kacy & Clayton.

BC's Shred Kelly is at the Windsor on Monday, July 29th w/ Loon Choir.

You know what Greg MacPherson show I mentioned a few posts ago? It has conspicuously disappeared from the Albert's Facebook page. So consider that "not happening."

Plumes is at the CYRK on Tuesday, May 28th.

Overheard at the Gym approx. 5-6 years ago "I had to drop $400 to see The Eagles, but it's worth it since they never tour." Speaking of which...The Eagles will be here for the third time in around six years. Check them out at the MTS Centre on Monday, September 16th or if money's tight wait until next year.

Alice in Chains is at the MTS Centre on Monday, July 8th w/ Monster Truck and Chevelle.

And finally, Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk is at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, June 25th.

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Concert Review: Purity Ring w/ Blue Hawaii @ The WECC


Purity Ring w/ Blue Hawaii
Wednesday, May 1st
The West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB


It’s been a banner year for Canadian electro-pop band Purity Ring.  They began making waves in 2011 when a steady drip of songs were picked up and hyped online by Pitchfork, and have gone on to garner buzz at SxSW and, more recently, a high-billed slot at Coachella.  Their July 2012 debut record Shrines was hotly anticipated and did not disappoint, receiving near universal plaudits from across the blogosphere.

Blue Hawaii kicked off the evening. Despite releasing an underwhelming sophomore record, Untogether, earlier this year, its set was altogether more expansive and developed and earned a warm reception from the audience. And a highly rare encore song (from an opener!). Look for vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston to return to her other project Braids soon; the follow-up record to Native Speakers will be released later this year.

Finally, came Purity Ring. Making its second stop at the West End in less than a year, it is evident Purity Ring has cultivated an impressive live show, which revolves around a multimedia, translucent-paper-cocoon-lantern light show.  It was a long developed project in which they sought to both create a more interactive audience experience and make themselves feel more comfortable on stage.  It presented itself nicely on Wednesday night, in a well-versed and tight 45-minute set that spanned its debut plus a cover.  Throughout, Roddick conducted musical proceedings while James drifted around stage and evoked a séance medium persona amidst the shimmering cocoons and smoke.

Maybe one of the reasons that Purity Ring has achieved such success is owing to the different aural spheres that both Roddick and James are working from.  Roddick creates sounds that have a sweet otherworldly aura with elements of R n’ B and these stylings fuse brilliantly with James’ delicate and highly literate vocals.

The capacity crowd at the West End certainly agreed.

-Will Burton

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Top Five "Must Attend" Events this May in Peg City

>> Tuesday, 30 April 2013


Welcome to a regular feature on Painting over Silence that previews the month ahead on the Winnipeg concert front: each month we'll be spotlighting five local shows/festivals deemed as "must-attend." This month's "must-attenders" were selected by contributor Stefani-Raine Allan, and, without further adieu, here are the five she selected, in chronological order:




Purity Ring (above)
Wednesday, May 1st
West End Cultural Centre
8 PM

I have this neurotic fear that if I miss a potentially great show, the opportunity may never present itself again in quite the same way. Last year I wasn’t able to see Purity Ring, and I’m so excited (and relieved) the band is headed back to the West End for another go in the ‘Peg. This electro-pop twosome, comprised of Megan James and Corin Roddick, is touring in support of their debut release Shrines. Kicking off the night is Blue Hawaii – more electronic deliciousness from Montréal, not an Elvis cover band – playing tunes from their ethereal album Untogether.

$17 at Music Trader, Into the Music, and online at northerntickets.com 


Masaki Batoh
Thursday, May 9th
West End Cultural Centre
8 PM

Masaki Batoh’s got his music down to a science – literally. Also known as the driving force behind Ghost, a Japanese psych rock group circa the ‘90s, Batoh creates music from human brain wave patterns through a machine he created specifically for this project. The process is a tad complex, and frankly, the mix of mechanics and musicianship has my left and right brains confused! This might go down as one of the most oddly transcendent, Suzuki-esque shows Winnipeg’s seen. If anything, you’ll have a guaranteed conversation starter for patio season. If that ever comes…

$15 @ WECC and Ticketmaster

Fleetwood Mac
Sunday, May 12th
MTS Centre
8 PM

Growing up, Fleetwood Mac albums were among the many classic rock records my parents kept on the shelf in the living room. I used to listen to Songbird repetitively, and fawn over Stevie Nicks’ billowing sleeves and long, blonde locks while I sang along. But even if you don’t have childhood memories of this Grammy-award-winning, rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-inductee band, you might be surprised at how many of their songs you actually know. This world tour, the first since 2009, will pull all the hits from their 17 studio albums, and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Don’t miss out!

$49.50 - $179.50, Ticketmaster


Mayworks Festival
Throughout May
Various locales

Mayworks is a labour festival utilising various art forms to focus our attention on working class issues. Inspired by 1919 General Strike, the festival showcases our diverse, prairie talent pool in multiple expressions ranging from poetry to amateur theatre. During the month of May, there are a few concerts that sound interesting – and educational! These include:
- Mayday Cabaret: United in Song ft. RasTamils. Mondragon,  7:30 PM. May 1st
- Festival of Mandolins ft. The Mandolin Orchestra. Ukrainian Labour Temple, 7:30 PM. May 11th
- The Songs & Music of Pete Seeger ft. Red Moon Road. WAG, 8:00 PM. May 24th
You can check out the event calendar here for more information about costs and other events.

P.S. Tune in to CKUW every Monday at 5:30PM for special Mayworks radio programming!



A Night of Original Music
Thursday, May 23rd
Folk Exchange
7:30 PM

Well, I was going to suggest going to see MGMT at the Burt, but that show sold out eons ago (I’m a little upset about it, hence the melodramatic italics). I can’t really find anything that feels comparable, so here is my suggestion: Make your own music! The Manitoba Independent Songwriters Circle presents a monthly event called – you guessed it – A Night of Original Music. This is an opportunity to perform your original works at an open mic and have others provide constructive criticism for your lyrics. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere, right? Except Andrew VanWyngarden. He was born a genius.

See website for more details; first two events are free, after that it’s a mere two bucks at the door.

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In my younger and more vulnerable years...records that had a lasting impact on Raleigh

>> Monday, 29 April 2013

Welcome to a regular feature on Painting over Silence in which musicians share records that had an indelible impact on themselves and discuss what it is about these albums that were - or continue to be - so important toward their own musical development.


In this edition of In My Younger...we're joined by three members (sorta) of Calgary-based indie-folk-pop act Raleigh.

Seamlessly weaving in elements of pop, roots, and folk in its sound, the buzzed-about trio present these dynamic, quirky stylings to folks at the West End Cultural Centre on Friday, May 3rd. Also on the bill is Kieran West & His Buffalo Band and Poorboy. Show kicks off at 8 p.m.

Reminder: we're giving away tickets to the show, but the contest ends tomorrow.

All three members - Clea Anaïs, Brock Geiger, and Matt Doherty (via Clea and Brock) - selected one record vital to their musical development. Here’s what they had to say about each:


Clea's pick:
If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle & Sebastian (1996)
I was eight years old when I got into Belle and Sebastian. It was my older sister's record, but I had it on a constant loop in my room. It was a tough time in my life and this was the record that gave me solace through listening to music that was simultaneously melancholy, beautiful, and hopeful as well. I wrote my own first lyrics while listening to If You're Feeling Sinsiter, and discovered the subtleties and dynamics of indie orchestral pop.

Brock's pick:
Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads (1984)


When I first started playing guitar with my friends in junior high, we were set on being the next best classic rock heroes. We were maniacs about Pink Floyd and did a full set of The Who covers at our first show ever. My mom started dating someone new at this time and knowing I was a music fan he gave me three "recommended listens:" Wilco's A Ghost is Born, Frank Zappa's Sheik Yerbouti, and Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads. I was floored by all three, but the Talking Heads stayed in my sony discman for almost a year solid. I finally got to see David Byrne last year performing the 'Love This Giant' tour with St. Vincent. SO much swagger and personality. Amazing.


Matt's pick:
Greatest Hits Collection - R. Kelly
Matt didn't get back to us with a choice, so we decided for him. We don't think this pick is too far off though. Last tour he was glued to R.Kelly's autobiography and he started emulating the guy. He keeps wanting to sleep in hotel room closets and stuff.

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Afternoon Headlines: Greg MacPherson @ The Albert; Oldfolks Home @ The Park

>> Wednesday, 24 April 2013


According to the Albert's Facebook page, Winnipeg's own Greg MacPherson makes his triumphant return to the local stage on Friday, May 24th at the newly-reopened venue.

Speaking of which, Toronto-based indie-rockers Hooded Fang play the joint on Wednesday, June 12th.

Their competition that night? The Cave Singers at the Pyramid.

Winnipeg's own Oldfolks Home is at the Park Theatre on Friday, June 28th. Check for the new record, Black & Blue, on May 7th (via Head in the Sand).

A Wilhelm Scream is at the West End Cultural Centre on Tuesday, July 2nd w/ The Flatliners.

And finally, on Tuesday, May 14th at the Park Theatre, Manitoba Music presents a live event to celebrate Flood At The Trading Post:A New Compilation of Young, Up-and-coming Manitoban Musicians. Featured on the bill are contributors to the compilation: Left of Centre, Viridians, and Almost Birds. Tix are $3 (yup, $3) at the door.

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Morning Headlines: Sir Paul @ Investors Group Field; Fred Eaglesmith @ The Park

>> Tuesday, 23 April 2013


Sir Paul McCartney returns to Winnipeg for the first time in ~20 years for an outdoor soiree on Monday, August 12th at Investors Group Field. Tickets range from $35 - $250. Check for me in the nose bleeds.

Fred Eaglesmith is at the Park Theatre on Friday, August 9th.

As part of this year's Jazz Fest, BADBADNOTGOOD is at the Pyramid on Wednesday, June 19th.

Hollerado rocks the same joint on Friday, June 21st.

DJ Questlove performs a 60-minute DJ set there the night after. 

And finally, take a trip back to 1994 and see The Counting Crows and The Wallflowers at the Centennial Concert Hall on Wednesday, July 10th. Yikes! That conflicts with Folk Fest. Double Yikes! Tickets start at $66.


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Contest: Enter to win tickets to Raleigh @ The WECC

>> Monday, 22 April 2013




Courtesy of the good folks over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Raleigh show going down on Friday, May 3rd. Joining them on the bill is Keiran West & His Buffalo Band as well as Poorboy.

If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Tuesday, April 30th at noon CST with the subject line "Raleigh 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.

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Afternoon Headlines: The Besnard Lakes to play the Park Theatre

>> Thursday, 18 April 2013


Personal fave The Besnard Lakes return to Peg City for a date at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, June 18th (although the event is presented by the WECC). Joining them will be July Talk and Grounders. Ticket $20.

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Concert Review: The Men w/ The Hoots @ The WECC

>> Tuesday, 16 April 2013


The Men w/ The Hoots
Sunday, April 14th
The West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB




The Men don’t fuck around.  Their no-nonsense style offered at the West End Cultural Centre on Sunday night showed that there is more depth to their simple name than expected.  Garage, rock, indie, alt-country songs have all been put to disc by The Men in their short-yet-prolific, four-records-in-five-years history, and their raucous garage rock show drew from this array of styles.

On Sunday evening, the Men mainly pulled from their two most recent albums -- Open Your Heart (2012) and New Moon (2013) -- but also previewed new material, which recent interviews suggest is ready for imminent release via Sacred Bones.  If listening to their sound didn’t hint enough toward the influence, guitarist Kevin Faulkner adorned a 2008 North American Tour t-shirt of Winnipeg’s Golden Boy Neil Young.  The show evoked the aggression of Young, particularly in his raw, Crazy Horse moments.

The Men blazed through the hour-long set with a professional, workman-like attitude, efficiently shared vocal responsibilities between the three guitarists and lone keyboardist. Very little banter was had. They closed with set highlight New Moon closer ‘Supermoon, and 8-minute, slow-building number that winds into a manic, yet methodical, jam.  The Men have something that other bands towing the same musical line don’t – they have big hooks, intensity, variance, and undeniable songwriting consistency.  It was a powerful, masculine-charged performance, and it’s clear that their relentless energy is not solely directed to their shows, but musical output too.  Neil Young would, no doubt, have approved.

Fortune favored the few who had arrived prior to 8:30 with local act The Hoots (off I’m Trying Records) opening.  They were great. Their shoegaze-psychedelica and sprawling, winding guitars paired muffled vocals fed nicely into the headliner’s set.

- Will Burton

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Morning Headlines: Rococode, Mac DeMarco, Shotgun Jimmie, From Giants all book dates @ The Park Theatre

>> Wednesday, 10 April 2013



First up, solid triple bill going down at the Park Theatre on Thursday, April 18th: Vancouver indie-pop/rockers Rococode play the joint. Salinas and Animal Teeth complete the bill.

Speaking of the Park...Mac DeMarco and his band will be there on Wednesday, June 26th w/ Departures.

Join Shotgun Jimmie and Cannon Bros at the Park on Saturday, May 25th.

And finally, burgeoning local folk band From Giants is releasing its debut EP, This Burden is Light, at the Park Theatre on May 9th. Keri Latimer opens.

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Contest: Enter to win tickets to see Little Annie and Baby Dee @ The WECC

>> Monday, 8 April 2013


On Friday, April 19th, Little Annie is teaming up with her good pal Baby Dee to perform songs off their 2012 record, State of Grace. And courtesy of our pals over at the WECC, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the show.


If you're interested in checking out the event, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Monday, April 15th at noon CST with the subject line "Baby Dee and Little Annie 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.

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Afternoon Headlines: Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ The WECC; Claire Morrison EP release

>> Friday, 5 April 2013


First up, a concert that has me brimming with excitement: Portland-rooted psych-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be at the WECC on Friday, June 21st. Tickets will ran ya $15 in advance.

Masaki Batoh - integral member of Tokyo's Ghost - will bring his Brain Pulse Music project to the WECC on Thursday, May 9th.

Irrepressible rockers KISS will be at the MTS Centre on Thursday, July 18th. Will Gene Simmons wear his key to the city around his neck?

Local singer-songwriter Claire Morrison is releasing her debut EP, Here's to You, Here's to Me, at Ballroom (218 Roslyn Road) on Friday, April 26th.

Comeback Kid is at the WECC on Thursday, May 23rd w/Distances.

Calgary's Raleigh is at the WECC on Friday, May 3rd w/ Kieran West and his Buffalo Band & Poorboy.

And finally, triple bill going down at the WECC on Tuesday, June 4th: Your Demise, Empire, and Rotting Out.

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