Evening Headlines: Amelia Curran @ The Folk Exchange; The Young Pixels @ The Cavern

>> Sunday 31 March 2013

First up, singer-songwriter Amelia Curran returns to Winnipeg for a date at the Folk Exchange on Wednesday, May 22nd.

Speaking of the Folk Exchange...Aidan Knight is there on Friday, May 3rd while Belle Starr drops by the joint on Friday, April 12th.

Treasured country singer Loreena McKennitt is at the Centennial Concert Hall on Friday, August 9th.

The Prairie Kitchen Party (2013 edition) goes down at the WECC on Saturday, April 27th featuring Emma Cloney & Patti Lamoureux w/ Dan Frechette, Robert Allan Wrigley & Jeremy Rusu.

Corin Raymond & The Sundowners is celebrating the release of its latest record, Paper Nickels, over two nights at Times Changed: Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th.

A benefit concert for David Fort and Chelsea & Chris Bristow (click link for more details) is taking place at the Windsor on April 3rd featuring Demetra, A La Mode, The Girth, Dust Adam Dust, Blisters, and Oriigins.  Tickets are a scant $10.

Finally, an intriguing triple bill at the Cavern on Friday, April 12th: The Young Pixels, Hey Pilgrim, and Dust Adam Dust will rock the party.


Afternoon Headlines: Full Flex Express Tour Cancelled

>> Sunday 24 March 2013

Good afternoon, Folks. Just a couple quick updates:

The 2013 Full Flex Express Tour (feat. Skrillex) has been cancelled which originally included a July 17th date in Winnipeg. Look for it in 2014.

Late to the party on this one: Bend Sinister will be at the Windsor on March 27th. Give whomever is booking gigs at the Windsor a prize - there are some solid acts playing there these days.

The Dudes will play there on Friday, April 12th w/ The Zolas.

And finally, Winnipeg's The Treble is holding its EP release for Northern Lights at the WECC on Monday, April 22nd.


Contest: Enter to win tickets to the Ingrid Gatin album release @ The WECC

>> Friday 22 March 2013

Compliments of our besties over at the West End Cultural Centre, I've got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Ingrid Gatin album release show going down on Wednesday, April 10th. Twin Voices and Keri Latimer make this a terrific triple bill.

If you're interested in checking out the soiree, fire me off an email (on the right hand side, below the concert listings) by Thursday, April 4th at noon CST with the subject line "Ingrid Gatin 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.


The 2013 Winnipeg Folk Festival Lineup

>> Saturday 16 March 2013

Josh Ritter
Josh Ritter returns to the Folk Festival
Photo by Sarah Gofflot

The 2013 Winnipeg Folk Festival lineup dropped today, instantly setting the social media world ablaze with excitement, indifference, and some disappointment. (Although, excitement seems to be the majority).

The main stage lineup is as follows:

Wednesday, July 10
Oh My Darling
The Avett Brothers
City and Colour

Thursday, July 11
Sara Watkins
Indigo Girls
Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
Serena Ryder
Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists)

Friday, July 12
Nathan Rogers sings Stan: The Rogers Legacy Continues
Lindi Ortega
Danny Michel & The Garifuna Collective
Patrick Watson
The Cat Empire

Saturday, July 13
Martin Sexton
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers

Sunday, July 14
The Blind Boys Of Alabama
The Flatlanders
Xavier Rudd

What say you, Readers? Are you feeling unbridled enthusiasm over the lineup? Bitter disappointment? General indifference? Personally, I'm intrigued by some of it (Colin Meloy, Dr. Dog), but am leaning toward sitting this one out.

See the full lineup below:

A Tribe Called Red
Afro Kumbe Sound System
Aidan Knight
Aurelio & The Garifuna Soul Band
Bhi Bhiman
Bob King
City and Colour
Cold Specks
Colin Meloy
Dan Bern
Danny Michel & The Garifuna Collective
David Francey
David Lindley
Dr. Dog
Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
Hayes Carll
Indigo Gilrs
Jason Collett
Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band
Kaki King
Ken Whiteley & The Levy Sisters
Lake Street Drive
Leon Redbone
Lindi Ortega
Locos Por Juana
Los Vega
Madame Diva
Martin Sexton
Matt The Electrician
Nathan Rogers
Oh My Darling
Over The Rhine
Patrick Watson
Peter Paul Van Camp
Rich Aucoin
Robert Ellis
Rose Cousins
Sara Watkins
Sarah MacDougall
Sean Rowe
Sean Watkins
Seanster and the Monsters
Serena Ryder
Shelley Bean & The Duckety Muds
Sylvia Tyson
The Allan Kelly Gang
The Avett Brothers
The Blind Boys of Alabama
The Cat Empire
The Dunwells
The Flatlanders
The Garifuna Collective
The Great Balanzo
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
The Howlin' Brothers
The JD Edwards Band
The Magnificent 7s
The Milk Carton Kids
The Okee Dokee Brothers
The Poor Fools Comedy
Tinpan Orange
Tony Furtado
Xavier Rudd


Evening Headlines: Eagle Lake Owls EP release; Matt Epp; Folk Fest lineup coming soon

>> Wednesday 13 March 2013

Resident folk act Eagle Lake Owls is releasing its self-titled EP at Exchange Community Church on Saturday, April 6th.

Matt Epp is at the Pyramid on Saturday, June 1st.

The Supersuckers will be at the Pyramid on Tuesday, June 4th.

The Abramson Singers will be at the WECC on Monday, May 20th.

Toronto-based artists Peter Katz and Emma-Lee will be at The Purple Room (in Frame) on Thursday, April 18th.

And finally, I've had a few readers ask when the Folk Fest and Jazz Fest lineups will be announced. As far as I know the Folk Fest lineup drops this Saturday (c'mon Kings of Convenience!) while all will be revealed regarding the 2013 Winnipeg Jazz Fest on Friday, April 12th.


In my younger and more vulnerable years...three records that had a lasting impact on Devin Cuddy

>> Wednesday 6 March 2013

Welcome to a regular feature on Painting over Silence in which musicians share records that had a lasting 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...burgeoning blues-country maker Devin Cuddy (son of Blue Rodeo's Jim) shares three records (all live) with us that had an indelible impact on his formative music years.

Touring the country in support of his buzzed-about debut release, Volume One, Cuddy will be at the West End Cultural Centre on Tuesday, March 12th alongside tour and label-mate Whitney Rose. (Remember, you can win tickets to see the show through us...see here!)


Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival

This was my favourite record by my favourite piano player of all time. Every note, whether quarter, eighth, sixteenth or thirty-second, is perfectly in the pocket. His rhythm is unmatched, and on this particular album, he's swinging with no drums. Something I have always admired about Oscar is how well spoken he is, like he was a CBC personality. I was unfortunately too young to attend his workshops at York, but I did see him play Massey Hall when I was 13. People told me that he'd slowed down from his stroke, something I did not notice at all. He flew like always and I sat there knowing that I wanted to play that instrument. My favourite track is “How About You?”

Randy Newman - Randy Newman Live
This record is pure gold. Great piano playing and great songs. Newman's ironic style of songwriting has been very influential on me, his lyrics are very well crafted and witty and his piano playing is excellent. One of the things I admire about his playing is how busy he can play under his singing. Although I love Newman's studio records quite a bit as well, this record seems to convey his personality well as you hear him make jokes and interact with the crowd, he even takes a request. I saw him play a few years ago and some of his jokes and banter were the same as on this record, which was quite a thrill. It's a collection of some of his finest work with such favourites as “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Yellow Man,” “Davy the Fat Boy,” and “Maybe I'm Doing it Wrong.”

Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner
I discovered this record after listening to Rain Dogs, Swordfishtrombones, and Mule Variations, so I wasn't familiar with this style of Waits. My girlfriend had recently given me a cd of Jack Kerouac reciting excerpts from his works, with Steve Allen providing some nice background piano. I was just scratching the surface of the beatnik genre when I first heard this record. I loved it. The Waits' imagery is amazing, taking you right to the places and people that he's talking about, feeling their pain, angst, sadness and even intoxication. The band is hot, and the audience is digging it. Although I enjoy a lot of later Waits recordings, this one seemed to stand out the most in terms of influence on my own attempts at songwriting.  I even have a copy of the Edward Hopper painting "Nighthawks" that inspired the name and cover of the record. Favourite tracks include “Emotional Weather Report” and my most favourite “Warm Beer, Cold Women,” a beautiful description of a wandering lonely drunk.


Evening Headlines: The Roots, Lights, Ingrid Gatin album release

>> Monday 4 March 2013

Iconic Hip Hop crew The Roots return to Winnipeg for a Saturday, June 22nd date at the Centennial Concert Hall as part of this year's Jazz Festival.

Local indie-folk purveyor Ingrid Gatin is releasing her latest full-lengther, 1000 Lives, at the West End Cultural Centre on Wednesday, April 10th. Twin Voices warm up the crowd. 

Speaking of the WECC, Baby Dee and Little Annie comprise a double-bill going down there on Friday, April 19th.

Pop songstress Lights is at the Garrick on Tuesday, May 7th. 

Indie-pop artist JP Maurice is at the Rose 'n' Bee Pub on Sunday, March 31st.

Season rockers Primus bring its supposedly trippy 3D experience to the Burt on Friday, May 31st. 

Cityreal and Swollen Members will be at Pulse Nightclub on Saturday, April 6th.

That Ron Sexsmith March 23rd show at the Burt has been moved to the WECC

And finally, add Rich Aucoin to the k-os show going down at The Pyramid on Wednesday, April 10th. 


Morning Headline: MGMT @ The Burton Cummings Theatre

This just in...

MGMT will play the Burton Cummings Theatre on Wednesday, May 8th. Tickets on sale this Friday and range from $25 - $39.50. See ya there!


Concert Review: TRUST @ The WECC

The West End Cultural Centre
Winnipeg, MB 
February 28, 2013

Robert Alfons of TRUST 
Photo by K. Protulipac

The 2012 debut record from TRUST, a project of Toronto’s Robert Alfons was a sleeper hit on Canadian label Arts and Crafts.  The dense, synth-driven pieces that made up TRST paralleled fellow-Torontonian’s Crystal Castles, but dropped the demonic shard sounds of Alice Glass in favor of Alfons’s deep-nasal vocals.

Local act Kindest Cuts kicked off the show with a set that evoked a shattering, dark Depeche-Mode vibe.  Second on the bill was Brooklyn-based ERAAS who served up muffled, preaching vocals overtop a foundation of deep bass guitars and sullen, emotive electronics.

Finally, came TRUST. Backed with a drummer and a synth player, leader Alfons hopped around the stage front, and it was evident the lead man was certainly immersed - if not totally present - into his tight set that rarely deviated from the actual sound on the record. And, though compelling, Alfons exhibited minimal crowd interaction other than infrequent and meek gratitude, and he often darted to the side stage between song breaks.

The main set featured almost all cuts from the debut – the peak being the post-bridge from TRST finisher ‘Sulk’  complemented by the smokes and duel-pulsating strobes on stage.  The fair-sized WECC crowd was even treated to a three-song encore that included a new tune, suggesting that TRUST has even more quality music on the way.

- Will Burton


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