31 Ingrid Jensen with David Braid
Friday February 1 Donald Ray Johnson's
Tribute to Ray Charles
Saturday February 2 Big Band Brunch
February 2 Jon Bryant
Sunday February 3 Seventh Rain
4 James Gordon
Tuesday February 5 Alan Doyle
Wednesday February 6 Private
Thursday February 7 Corin Raymond & the Sundowners / Scott Cook
Friday February 8 Texas Flood
Saturday February 9 Blueswak Blues Jam
Saturday February 9 Tim Hus's Stomping Tom's Birthday Bash
||Thu Jul 31 14, 08:00 PM
||Fri Aug 01 14, 08:00 PM
One of the most acclaimed female country
singers of the late '80s and '90s, Suzy Bogguss was able to balance country tradition
with a contemporary mainstream sensibility, thereby satisfying both audiences and
critics. Bogguss was born in Aledo, IL, in 1956, and began singing in her church
choir at age five. Encouraged by her parents, she learned piano and drums as a child,
and took up guitar as a teenager. While studying art at Illinois State University,
she performed in local coffee houses and clubs, and after graduating in 1980, she
hit the road, playing wherever she could find a gig around the Midwest, Northeast,
and even parts of Canada. She moved to Nashville in 1985 and worked as a demo singer
while playing in clubs by night; she later took a job singing at the Dollywood theme
park and sold tapes of her own music, one of which got her signed to Liberty/Capitol
when a label executive heard it. Bogguss released her first singles in 1987, and
her debut album, Somewhere Between, appeared the following year. It received hugely
positive reviews for blending country's past and present, and featured covers of
Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and Merle Haggard's "Somewhere
Between," and also produced a decent-sized hit in "Cross My Broken Heart." The 1990
follow-up, Moment of Truth, took Bogguss in a more polished direction, but failed
to break her to a wider audience.
That all changed with 1991's gold-selling Aces, which spun off a total of four hit
singles: "Someday Soon," "Letting Go," "Outbound Plane," and the title track (the
latter three all made the country Top Ten). Bogguss was now a star, and her 1992
follow-up, Voices in the Wind -- a more pop-oriented effort -- brought the highest-charting
hit of her career in the number two cover of John Hiatt's "Drive South"; it also
became her second straight gold album. 1993's Somethin' Up My Sleeve gave her two
additional Top Five hits in "Just Like the Weather" and "Hey Cinderella." For her
next outing, 1994's Simpatico, Bogguss took something of a left turn, cutting a
charmingly low-key album of duets with guitar legend Chet Atkins; she also released
a greatest-hits collection that year. Bogguss took a bit of time off to start a
family with her husband and songwriting partner, Doug Crider, and returned in 1996
with Give Me Some Wheels, which proved a commercial disappointment. The same was
true of 1998's Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt, and Bogguss subsequently parted ways
with Capitol and signed on with the smaller Platinum label. Her label debut, Suzy
Bogguss (aka It's a Perfect Day), failed to reverse her downward sales spiral. In
2003, after a brief hiatus, Bogguss returned to the airwaves with Swing, a stylish
collection of pop, jazz, and swing tunes from the likes of Billie Holiday, Nat King
Cole, and Duke Ellington, followed by the holiday set Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas later that year. In 2007 she released a collection of all new tunes, Sweet
Danger, on the Loyal Dutchess label. No longer on the major-label carousel, Bogguss
used Kickstarter to finance her self-released next album, Lucky -- a set of Merle
Haggard songs -- that appeared seven years later in 2014. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
||Sat Aug 02 14, 01:00 PM
Blueswak Blues Jam
Don Yuzwak and the Blueswak band for a blues jam.
||Sat Aug 02 14, 09:00 PM
Plaid Tongued Devils
The Plaid Tongued Devils combine
Klezmer(Traditional Jewish), Roma(Gypsy) and cabaret with rock, pop and ska to form
a unique and enticing sound. Hailing from the Great White North, The Plaid Tongued
Devils have been together for over 14 years and have been featured on a number of
Canadian media outlets, most notably the CBC. Thier music has also been used for
a number of shows on the Fox Network.
||Sun Aug 03 14, 08:00 PM
Drew Rouse is a fiercely independent musician
and writer who has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has
captivated audiences from coast to coast and across the oceans with his songs about
environmental and social justice. Drew has a unique propensity for meshing smooth
rhythms with driving melodies around deeply relevant issues, never preachy. Often
described as “Conscious Soul music”, his music is soulful, powerful
and keeps you moving. His extensive touring, energetic live performances paired
with his solid charismatic presence have earned him a very diverse and loyal following.
Drew began writing poetry at age 7 and composing professionally at age 14. He has
released six independent albums so far: Rage, Flowers, Live From Bearsville studios,
In My Movie, The Flesh and The Spirit, and Singing To The Choir.
Drew performs solo or with many different arrangements of musicians and instrumentation.
Thus, “the Gathering” is a blend of those musicians who come together
at Drew’s performances to celebrate live, original music. This provides for
an exciting and ever evolving live show.
Drew follows in a long tradition of great Canadian songwriters and story tellers.
He is the real deal, a troubadour with a gypsy’s soul. If he’s not on
tour he is planning the next one. Keep an eye out for Drew Rouse and his latest
CD. Love and Respect to you and yours…
||Tue Aug 05 14, 08:00 PM
"Modern day troubadour Quique Escamilla
makes music that comes straight from the soul. The stories he tells are the stories
we need to hear; socially and politically conscious lyrics paired with exceptional
musicianship. He's a unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like
Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique is really one to watch!"
- Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada.
Quique Escamilla was born and raised to a family of six in the warm, tropical southern
lands of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. He started singing at the age of four at
his family reunions. At the age of six in a crowded restaurant and accompanied by
the in-house six-piece Mariachi band, he performed a full version of "El Rey" in
front of an audience where he discovered for the first time the thrill of performing
and the powerful magic of live music.
Today, Quique Escamilla is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer
living in Toronto. Since his arrival in 2007, he has rapidly become a rising star
on the Canadian music scene. In 2011, he was discovered by a CBC radio producer
and has since become a favourite on popular CBC Toronto shows such as Here and Now,
Metro Morning, Fresh Air and Big City Small World. He has been a featured guest
at special CBC presentations like the annual fundraiser Sounds of the Season —aired
live from the Glenn Gould studio—alongside artists like Justin Rutledge, Sophie
Milman, Jenn Grant and Michelle Wright. 2012 was a important and productive year
for Quique in which he launched his self-titled debut EP, with a concert recorded
for CBC's Canada Live at Toronto's Lula Lounge Arts Centre. In the summer, he was
invited to open for Michael Franti & Spearhead at the prestigious stage of Luminato
Festival 2012; as well as to perform at other great shows and summer festivals such
as Mariposa Folk Festival, and wrapping up the summer season with the closing concert
of La Falla Festival (La Tohu, Montreal) and Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square's
Tasty Thursdays summer series. In the fall and winter of 2012 he toured Canada opening
solo for Danny Michel's cd release shows for his latest album "Black Birds Dancing
Over Me", and ended that leg of the Michel's tour with an opening slot at the majestic
Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto and two sold out shows at Canada's National Art
Centre in Ottawa.
"After each song the sold-out crowd at the National Arts Centre walked willingly
into the palm of Quique's hand and became his diehard fans. He is charming without
being silly, political without being pretentious, and gifted as a performer in every
- Amanda Putz, CBC Radio-Canada, Ottawa.
Quique and his band toured extensively in the summer of 2013. He performed at some
popular Canadian festivals, including a spectacular show at the INTERSTELLAR RODEO
ALL-STARS: FEATURING JIM CUDDY, DANNY MICHEL, AND QUIQUE ESCAMILLA. Other 2013 festival
performances included: Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Blue Skies, Toronto Harbourfront,
South Country Fair, SunFest, Small World Music Festival, Yonge & Dundas Square,
Toronto Bicycle Music Fest, etc. In most recent performances he got to share reputable
stages along with high caliber artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Feist, The Sky Diggers,
Serena Ryder, Alabama Shakes, Sarah Harmer.
"Sunday's early-afternoon highlights included the Interstellar Rodeo All-Stars, featuring
Quique Escamilla and his many hats, singer-songwriter Danny Michel, and Blue Rodeo's
charming frontman, Jim Cuddy. The three, backed by members of the Garifuna Collective,
traded tunes — with Escamilla's Mexican-flavoured version of Johnny Cash's
'Walk The Line' taking the title of crowd favourite"
- Sandra Sperounes, Edmonton Journal.
Quique releases his new record 500 Years of Night on April 22nd 2014 and will go
on a Canadian national tour in 2014, starting in the late spring. Toronto's CBC
Radio 1 show Here & Now premiered and featured Quique's first single of the
album "Presa Fácil" as the SONG OF THE WEEK.
25 years of performing live have seasoned Quique to effortlessly connect with his
audiences, be it in an intimate house concert setting or on Toronto's venerable
Harbourfront stage. He breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice
and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music such as
ranchera and huapango with modern sounds of rock, reggae, ska, pop, jazz, cumbia,
bolero, and a variety of other Latin American rhythms. His lyrics carry powerful
messages that are inspired by and support various social and political issues such
as human and civil rights, immigration reform, global conservation, anti-racism,
discrimination, anti-oppression and Indigenous rights. Despite the distance from
his homeland, Quique remains strongly attached to his Mexican roots. He is honoured
to be in Canada to share with his audiences a flavour of Mexican culture, heritage
and traditions through his music and live contemporary performances.
"An unassuming singer-songwriter, Quique blends traditional Mexican musical forms
such as huapango and rancheras with contemporary rock and reggae influences. - Quique
has become a sort of a darling for the CBC. His sound has captivated their attention
which has opened the door to several performances on CBC radio, including the presentation
of his debut EP in January 2012. - Quique Escamilla and the Band, in a short amount
of time, have created a strong following behind their electrifying live shows and
with a few more years we can be sure Quique will be taking a leadership role in
Canada's growing Alt-Latino movement"
- Sergio Elmir, Toronto's Harbourfront Centre
"In a city like New York, São Paulo, Paris, Toronto, or any multicultural city,
we may all have our frame of musical reference, but we can appreciate and take the
best of all the musical forms that cross our paths…Every once in a while a
musician comes around that "crosses all those bridges" and brings the sounds together
for a fine mix and audible feast that can be appreciated by all. We have seen this
with many great troubadours, from Bob Marley and Calle 13 to Manu Chao. In Toronto,
we have Señor Escamilla and we are now in the "summer of Quique." He recently
opened up for Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Luminato Festival and has developed
quite a name for himself with his musical talent and the ease in which he speaks
with the crowd, switching it up from Spanish to English without any problems"
- Alex Bordokas, UMA NOTA, Toronto.
"Quique Escamilla is constantly evolving, always digging deep for truth, passionate
about life and honouring the past. His music is stirring, rhythmic and he has a
clear voice with a profound message. But what makes this folk and roots troubadour
one of the most unique I've ever encountered is his eloquence and enchanting manner,
on and off stage, with audiences, fellow musicians, friends and strangers. Quique
Escamilla quickly teaches everyone he connects with, that music isn't just a show,
it's life and it's all around. It's in us and always has been. He's ready. Are you?"
- Amy Mangan, Artistic Liaison - Mariposa Folk Festival.
||Wed Aug 06 14, 08:00 PM
Ironwood Open Mic
Join Tim Leacock, Kit Johnson and
friends for the Ironwood Open Mic.
||Fri Aug 08 14, 08:00 PM
"Western Canadian Music Award nominated artist
JP Hoe is the ultimate singer-songwriter. The Winnipeg native is earnest, wry, ironic,
funny, and insightful. His material has a genuine homespun feel, filled with catchy
hooks and melodies - genuine, uncontrived and confessional." - Ottawa Life Magazine
||Sat Aug 09 14, 08:00 PM
David Gogo, JJ Shiplett
As one of Canada's hardest
working and most prolific blues guitar virtuosos, David Gogo has amassed a worldwide
fanbase and an impressive list of accomplishments. He has earned four JUNO nominations,
the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Blues Recording of the Year, the CBC Saturday
Night Blues' Great Canadian Blues Award for a lifetime contribution to the blues
in Canada, and has twice been named Maple Blues Guitarist of the Year. He has played
on stage with Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and Bo Diddley and has opened
for George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Tragicially Hip, Buddy Guy, Little Feat and Jimmy
Vaughan. In March 2013, he performed as the supporting act for blues legend B.B.
King for the third time in his career, this time at the Port Theatre in Gogo's hometown
of Nanaimo, BC.
Gogo has released thirteen albums to date and has been a guest on a number of recordings.
He has composed music for television and major motion pictures and his songs have
been performed and recorded by musicians worldwide. He continues to tour relentlessly,
performing across North America and Europe in venues ranging from small blues bars
to massive blues festivals. Whether he's showcasing his blistering guitar licks
and soulful vocals during an electric performance or drawing the crowd in with his
humour and down-to-earth personality during an acoustic show, audiences everywhere
can attest to Gogo's outstanding talent.
||Sun Aug 10 14, 02:00 PM
Blueswak Blues Jam
||Sun Aug 10 14, 09:00 PM
||Mon Aug 11 14, 08:00 PM
2 on the CMT series ‘Big in a Small Town’, Quentin Reddy is a rising
star in Canadian country music. He isn’t just a singer and songwriter; he’s
also a passionate entertainer. Quentin has a real and raw approach to modern country
that captures the emotions of the listener. On stage, he brings the room alive with
the connection he shares with the audience. Quentin’s original works have
an East coast influence that pushes the boundaries of new country rock.
Growing up in Newfoundland, Quentin taught himself to play the guitar at a very young
age. To stand out in a family of musicians, he began writing, and soon was pouring
his soul into his songs. His passion is rooted in his individuality – and
each night he plays, he strives to improve as a performer. Now based in Alberta,
his music has earned him nominations for Male Vocalist and Fan’s Choice at
both the 2012 and 2013 ACMAs.
Entertaining audiences across the west for the past several years, Quentin continues
to bring his music to new and long-standing fans alike. He has performed at the
Calgary Stampede, in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Whitecourt and Cold Lake, as well
as many rodeos across Alberta. He recently opened for Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee
on the Boys of Fall Tour. Quentin has also opened for Tara Oram, Dean Brody, Julian
Austin and April Wine. He truly has a giving spirit, regularly donating his time
and talents for many relief and charitable efforts, including this summer for the
southern Alberta flooding victims. He also performed at the Concert of Hope in Slave
Lake, where he shared the bill with musicians such as Charlie Major, Dwight Yoakam,
Ashley MacIsaac, Stampeders and Nazareth.
Continually immersing himself in his songwriting, Quentin has successfully co-written
with Canadian artists and has written in Nashville. His first singles, ‘Rest
for My Body’ and ‘Beautiful Crazy Life’ both spent 15 weeks on
the Canadian country music charts. Recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto,
Beautiful Crazy Life, features roots act The Heartbroken and was produced by Josh
Finlayson. Quentin’s latest single ‘Closer’ hit Canadian Country
Radio on October 15. Produced by Bart Mackay, the single is a catchy number sure
to get stuck in your head. A beautiful yet simple video visually captures the organic
magnetism between two people falling for each other. Shot and directed by award-winning
Courtenay Forster of C4 Films, the video will follow on CMT Canada.
Quentin is thrilled to have signed with 306 Records for the release of his debut
album. The full length album is set for release in spring 2014 on 306 Records and
recorded with Canadian award-winning producer Bart McKay.
Climb on board and join Quentin Reddy for the ride!
||Tue Aug 12 14, 08:00 PM
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