Jakob Bro Trio
Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

Jakob Bro Trio

Copenhagen-based ECM Records artist Jakob Bro first enchanted Winnipeg audiences opening for Gregory Porter at the Burton Cummings Theatre during our 2017 festival.  Jakob’s ambient, patient guitar stylings draw from a similar stylistic well as label-mate Bill Frisell.

Joined by acclaimed drummer Joey Barron (Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Bill Frisell, John Zorn) and leading bassist Thomas Morgan (regular on ECM Records, Verve, Blue Note releases) , the trio has released a series of highly acclaimed albums through legendary jazz + classical label ECM Records.

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Jill Barber
Oct
22
to Oct 23

Jill Barber

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Jill Barber has once again reinvented herself. On her latest album, Metaphora, Barber boldly bursts into the world of contemporary pop music. The dramatic result is a Jill Barber like you’ve never heard before; a showcase of her power and vulnerability as both an artist and a woman. Evolving over the course of many albums from folk to jazz, R & B and pop, her success is defined not by genre, but by her undeniable songwriting chops and distinctive voice. Metaphora is a continuation of Barber’s musical story that confidently tackles everything from issues of empowerment, sexual politics, the complications of love, and depression. It’s introspective and personal. It’s also a dance party. 

It was a mutual friend and musician, Hannah Georgas who introduced Jill to Ryan Guldemond, the enigmatic lead singer of Mother Mother. Serendipitously, Ryan lives just a few blocks away on the same East Vancouver street as Barber, and they began having regular songwriting sessions.  Guldemond co-wrote four of Metaphora‘s nine songs, including the instantly catchy lead single,”Girls Gotta Do“, a hook-filled and very timely call to arms that aims to “challenge the patriarchal status quo, as we usher in a new era of equality” says Barber.

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Elizabeth Shepherd
Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Elizabeth Shepherd

A multimedia ode to her hometown, this is Elizabeth's most ambitious project to date. After 3 years of interviewing strangers who all shared but one thing - being Montrealers - Elizabeth found herself with countless stories that make up a "people's history" of the city she loves so much, which she then wove into 11 original songs. Soulful, groovy, with a touch of electronica, MONtréal is a humanist musical odyssey, accompanied by a filmed journey through each of the places and people behind the songs.

Elizabeth Shepherd burst onto the international scene in 2006 with the release of 'Start to Move'. Since then, the four-time JUNO nominee and two-time Polaris-Prize nominee has been featured on BBC, J-Wave (Japan), WBGO (New York), NPR and Deutschland Radio.

She has played sold-out shows at the Cotton Club (Tokyo), The Jazz Cafe (London, UK), has shared the stage with such greats as Christian MacBride and Victor Wooten, and was personally invited to open for Jamie Cullum at the Hollywood Bowl. Her 2014 album 'The Signal', featuring Canada’s leading jazz drummer Lionel Loueke was on many international "Best Of" lists, as has been internationally hailed as a masterpiece.

Her much-awaited new project, MONtréal, is a bold and soulful 11-song ode to her hometown and its deep-seated jazz roots.

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Mike Downes Quartet
Feb
12
8:00 PM20:00

Mike Downes Quartet

Fresh off his 2018 Juno win for Jazz Album Of The Year, Mike Downes Quartet is undertaking a cross-Canada tour in support of this acclaimed album Root Structure. Joined by Canadian jazz all-stars Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis and

Originally a Winnipegger, Mike Downes was a regular with the Ron Paley Big Band. Since pursuing a career on bigger stages, he has also performed with Pat Methany, Oliver Jones, Molly Johnson, and more, as well as being part of over 15 Juno-nominated albums.

In 1994 Mike moved to Toronto and formed the Mike Downes Quartet, which became a fixture on the city’s jazz scene.  They have now won two Juno awards.

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GoGo Penguin w/ Guillaume Perret
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

GoGo Penguin w/ Guillaume Perret

Noted for their hypnotic melodies, visceral bass lines, and tidal rhythm, Manchester-based leftfield piano trio, GoGo Penguin, are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner. Their music has been described as acoustic-electronica, but they draw equally on jazz, minimalism, game soundtracks, and glitchy electronica to create their unique music.

It’s music for the heart, head, and feet and saw their album, v2.0, named a Mercury Prize Album of the Year 2014. In 2016 they released the album Man Made Object and more recently they have been touring their own score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film, Koyaanisqatsi. Their new album, A Humdrum Star, was released this past February.

Supported by acclaimed French solo saxophonist Guillaume Perret.

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GUILLAUME PERRET PRESENTED BY ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DU MANITOBA & LES DROITS DES ARTISTES-INTERPRÈTES

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The Flaming Lips
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Flaming Lips

Three-time Grammy-Award winners, The Flaming Lips are one of the most enduring, influential, unpredictable, and globally respected bands of their generation. Led by Wayne Coyne, they have been cited as the ultimate live attraction and life-affirming festival band who continue to dazzle audiences with their over-the-top, maximalist, high-energy onslaught on the senses.

Even within the eclectic world of alternative rock, few bands were so brave, so frequently brilliant, and so deliciously weird as the Flaming Lips. From their beginnings as Oklahoma weirdos to their mid-'90s pop culture breakthrough to their status as one of the most respected groups of the 21st century, the Lips rode one of the more surreal and haphazard career trajectories in pop music. An acid-bubblegum band with as much affinity for sweet melodies as blistering noise assaults, their off-kilter sound, uncommon emotional depth, and bizarre history (packed with tales of self-immolating fans and the like) firmly established them as true originals.

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Hangover Breakfast
Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

Hangover Breakfast

Phew! What a festival! Feeling tired? A little festival'd out? Maybe had a few too many at Old Market Square on Saturday night? We've got the cure: our Hangover Breakfast is here to help. Good Will Social Club parter restaurant Have A Nice Day will be cooking up a special brunch, just for you.

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With special musical guest CASATI.

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The Wet Secrets w/ Duotang & Odd Outfit
Jun
23
10:00 PM22:00

The Wet Secrets w/ Duotang & Odd Outfit

The Wet Secrets are a six-piece rock 'n’ roll gang fueled by a primal, fuzzy, punk-rock spirit and steered by a love of slinky disco, art rock, ‘70s horns, and AM-gold songwriting. Known for their signature red and white marching band uniforms, and harmonious layers of horns, synthesizers, booming bass lines, percussion, drums, and voice, they have a well-established reputation for a phenomenal, sweaty live show.

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George Colligan Trio — Cocktail Hour
Jun
23
9:00 PM21:00

George Colligan Trio — Cocktail Hour

George Colligan is a New York-based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, hailed as “one of the best-kept secrets in jazz” by All About Jazz. An award-winning composer and player, Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players both on the bandstand and in recording sessions.

He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique, with his latest, The Endless Mysteries, released in 2013. Colligan’s musical style showcases both his technique and restraint, incorporating everything from showtunes, to funk, free improvisation, and 20th-century classical music.

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Michael Kaeshammer w/ Emie R. Roussel Trio
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Kaeshammer w/ Emie R. Roussel Trio

Prolific Vancouver Island-based singer/songwriter/pianist/producer Michael Kaeshammer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer.

On his eleventh album, No Filter, Michael mixes his well-crafted and melodic original songs with a couple of evocative piano instrumentals, and the result is a delightfully varied collection. No stranger to critical acclaim, his album, Strut, won the 2004 Juno for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year and in 2008 his album, Days Like These won the Juno for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

Kaeshammer has completely come to terms with his eclectic taste in music, something showcased on the record, and takes his listeners on a highly entertaining journey through refreshingly diverse musical terrain, from upbeat romps with exuberant horns to lyrical piano and soulful voice.

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George Colligan Trio — Dinner & A Show
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

George Colligan Trio — Dinner & A Show

George Colligan is a New York-based pianist, organist, drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, hailed as “one of the best-kept secrets in jazz” by All About Jazz. An award-winning composer and player, Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players both on the bandstand and in recording sessions.

He has released 24 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique, with his latest, The Endless Mysteries, released in 2013. Colligan’s musical style showcases both his technique and restraint, incorporating everything from showtunes, to funk, free improvisation, and 20th-century classical music.

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Manitoba High School Honour Jazz Bands
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

Manitoba High School Honour Jazz Bands

WITH SPECIAL GUEST ROBI BOTOS

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra's annual Honour Jazz Band program provides students from across the province the opportunity to gather together for a shared experience of fast-paced musical challenge and growth in the context of a big band. Participants will work closely with Manitoba’s finest jazz educators and performers.

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Alsarah + The Nubatones
Jun
22
9:30 PM21:30

Alsarah + The Nubatones

Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of a common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, shared migration experiences, and Nubian music culture. The Brooklyn-based group, fronted by Sudanese singer-songwriter Alsarah, has developed a unique East-African retro-pop sound, which mixes ‘70s-style pop with electronic and North African music.

The group released their first album, Silt, in 2014, with its single, “Soukura (It’s Late)” debuting on Spin magazine’s blog. It also went on to be selected by the prestigious Fact magazine as one of the best remix albums of 2014. Their second album, Manara, released in 2016, explores the many emotions and themes that mark the long journey after immigration begins and the ways in which we shift, change, and grow as we seek to build a new life.

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Robi Botos — Cocktail Hour
Jun
22
9:00 PM21:00

Robi Botos — Cocktail Hour

While Robi Botos is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Born in Hungary, Robi, a trained pianist, moved to Canada at age 20. He released his sophomore album, Movin’ Forward, in 2015, which won the 2016 Juno for Solo Jazz Album of the Year.

His latest album, 2018’s Old Soul, sees Robi not only venturing into a number of different genres (jazz, funk, soul, and gospel), but he also plays a number of different instruments, including the Harpejji. Old Soul pays tribute to his homeland as he takes you down memory lane with visions of his childhood neighbourhood and through some of his favourite spots in his hometown. 

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Tune-Yards w/ Hannah Epperson
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Tune-Yards w/ Hannah Epperson

Tune-Yards' latest iteration finds the band flirting with the dancefloor more than ever before, as four on the floor kick drums underpin wild polyrhythms and slinky bass grooves. The band's atypical arrangements seem to defy gravity, bursting like fireworks one moment and retreating inwards the next as the band blends hip-hop, soul, jazz and 80’s house music.

Their new album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, is an unflinching examination of modern identity, intricately rendered in the manically infectious way that only Tune-Yards can. ICFYCIMPL is built on Merril Garbus' recent foray into DJing and inspired in part by C.L.A.W. (Collaborative Legions of Artful Womxn), her radio show highlighting female-identifying producers.

While the album was written prior to the 2016 presidential election, it’s not difficult to hear hints of political anxiety throughout the record. On album opener “Heart Attack,” elements of vintage soul crash into frenetic drum machines as Garbus frets over the unraveling of progress, and the swirling “Coast To Coast” imagines a New York swallowed by rising seas.

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Air Sax Competition Hosted by Gorilla Mask
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Air Sax Competition Hosted by Gorilla Mask

THE FIRST ANNUAL JAZZ WINNIPEG AIR SAX COMPETITION!

Bring your honk, your dance moves, your who-can-it-be-nows and born-to-runs, your stretchy jeans, your most slaying-est struts. We're hosting the first ever Air Sax Competition, and the winner will go down in local lore. 

$5 to enter. Free to watch.

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GORILLA MASK BIO

Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms, and wailing melodies layered with explosive no-holds-barred improvisations, Berlin's Gorilla Mask is a type of sonic madness roaring with a restless, implacable energy that totters dangerously on the verge of total chaos. They craft spirals of sound in four or five dimensions, jabbing you in the ribs as they mess with your brain, the ebb and flow of an acutely aware trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it.

Canadian ex-pat Peter Van Huffel is a saxophonist out of Coltrane, Ayler, and Zorn, but he frames his improvisational forays in the context of a trio with hard-rock dynamics, riding the churn of Roland Fidezius' frenetic bass and Rudi Fischerlehner's pulsating drum kit like a surfer on the biggest wave he’s ever seen.

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Robi Botos — Dinner & A Show
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Robi Botos — Dinner & A Show

While Robi Botos is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Born in Hungary, Robi, a trained pianist, moved to Canada at age 20. He released his sophomore album, Movin’ Forward, in 2015, which won the 2016 Juno for Solo Jazz Album of the Year.

His latest album, 2018’s Old Soul, sees Robi not only venturing into a number of different genres (jazz, funk, soul, and gospel), but he also plays a number of different instruments, including the Harpejji. Old Soul pays tribute to his homeland as he takes you down memory lane with visions of his childhood neighbourhood and through some of his favourite spots in his hometown. 

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Twin Peaks Night
Jun
21
10:00 PM22:00

Twin Peaks Night

The Lost Highway Players pay tribute to the brilliance of composer Angelo Badalamenti, combining his scores for the films of David Lynch with contemporary jazz influences. Arranger Jonathan Alexiuk, saxophonist Neil Watson, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Quanbury lead an all-star band.

Celebrated local buzz band Sc Mira takes on the role of The Roadhouse Band, re-creating the last scene from episodes of Twin Peaks Season Three.

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Harpoonist + The Axe Murderer w/ Reverend Rambler
Jun
21
9:00 PM21:00

Harpoonist + The Axe Murderer w/ Reverend Rambler

Framed by psychedelic landscapes and world-ending jam-outs,  Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer are relentless touring artists known for their high-energy, sweaty, dance-floor-boogying performances. Their music ignites gritty, blues-rock grooves and adds equal parts soulful, sweaty vocals and biting guitar to create a music experience perfect for any doomsday date-night.

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Allison Au — Cocktail Hour
Jun
21
9:00 PM21:00

Allison Au — Cocktail Hour

Allison Au is an award-winning saxophonist, composer and arranger. Growing up in Toronto, she was captivated by the unhinged freedom of jazz, which, in combination with elements of classical, hip-hop, and Latin music, influences Au’s soulful sound today. Leader of the Allison Au Quartet, Au’s debut album, The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey, earned a Juno nomination in 2013, and her sophomore album, Forest Grove, won the Juno For Best Jazz Album of the Year: Group in 2016.

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Allison Au — Dinner & A Show
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Allison Au — Dinner & A Show

Allison Au is an award-winning saxophonist, composer and arranger. Growing up in Toronto, she was captivated by the unhinged freedom of jazz, which, in combination with elements of classical, hip-hop, and Latin music, influences Au’s soulful sound today. Leader of the Allison Au Quartet, Au’s debut album, The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey, earned a Juno nomination in 2013, and her sophomore album, Forest Grove, won the Juno For Best Jazz Album of the Year: Group in 2016.

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Cadence Weapon w/The Gaff
Jun
20
10:00 PM22:00

Cadence Weapon w/The Gaff

Named Canada’s “most creative” rapper by the National Post, Cadence Weapon has consistently exhibited a passion to take rap into new and unexpected directions.

His self-produced debut album, Breaking Kayfabe, was released in December 2005 and met with international critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the inaugural Polaris Music Prize. After the release of his 2008 album, Afterparty Babies — which The New York Times described as “dense, tricky productions that pile samples and scratching atop techno and electro beats” — his appointment in 2009 as Poet Laureate of Edmonton, and 2012’s Hope in Dirt City, Cadence is back with a new self-titled album that expands his stylistic range by incorporating elements of trap, funk, electro, techno and grime.

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Ellen Doty — Cocktail Hour
Jun
20
9:00 PM21:00

Ellen Doty — Cocktail Hour

Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Doty’s first album, Gold, a more traditional-sounding pop-jazz album, was released in 2014 and reached the top 10 on several college radio charts in Canada. After nearly two years of experimentation and songwriting, Doty’s long-awaited sophomore album, Come Fall, is set for release in spring 2018. The project seeks to strip the music down to its bare bones, leaving a raw and incredibly spacious sound. No bass. No background vocals. No horns. No layers. Just piano, voice, and drums. The mixture of pop, jazz, soul, folk, and indie music is a sound that is undoubtedly hers.

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Chris Botti
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Botti

Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed album When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the #1-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music, and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, 5 GRAMMY Award nominations, and 2 GRAMMY Awards. His most recent album, Impressions, won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2013.

Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.

Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues - from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.

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Bros Landreth & The WSO
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Bros Landreth & The WSO

The Bros. Landreth and the WSO team up for an incredible summer concert on Wednesday, June 20th at Centennial Concert Hall! Hear The Bros. Landreth like never before with 67 of Manitoba’s best musicians. This unique and singular concert features newly commissioned orchestral arrangements by up-and-coming Manitoban composer  Chris Byman and re-imagine The Bros.’ music through a symphonic lens. Featuring songs from their debut album “Let it Lie,” Joey Landreth’s solo EP “Whiskey,” and brand new music from their forthcoming record, all backed by the full WSO. One night only. 

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PRESENTED BY MANITOBA LIQUOR & LOTTERIES

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Ellen Doty — Dinner & A Show
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Ellen Doty — Dinner & A Show

Ellen Doty is a soulful Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a world-class voice. Doty’s first album, Gold, a more traditional-sounding pop-jazz album, was released in 2014 and reached the top 10 on several college radio charts in Canada. After nearly two years of experimentation and songwriting, Doty’s long-awaited sophomore album, Come Fall, is set for release in spring 2018. The project seeks to strip the music down to its bare bones, leaving a raw and incredibly spacious sound. No bass. No background vocals. No horns. No layers. Just piano, voice, and drums. The mixture of pop, jazz, soul, folk, and indie music is a sound that is undoubtedly hers.

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Parlour Duo Series
Jun
20
to Jun 23

Parlour Duo Series

Parlour Coffee set the new standard for coffee in Winnipeg when it opened, and its owner Nils Vik is a pretty big jazz fan. Now Parlour & Jazz Winnipeg have partnered to bring you an intimate noon-hour duo series in their beautiful shop.

Featuring a collection of Winnipeg's finest players (and one guitarist from Indiana!), we're bringing great jazz into unexpected places.  All shows from Noon to 1pm. 

FRI JUN 15    >   NEIL WATSON + JULIAN BRADFORD
SAT JUN 16   >  JEFF PRESSLAFF + JULIAN BRADFORD
MON JUN 18  >  TODD MARTIN + AARON SHORR
WED JUN 20 >  CHARLIE BALLANTINE + BANDMATE TBA
FRI JUN 22    >  KARLY EPP + KARL KOHUT
SAT JUN 23   >  SEAN IRVINE + ANDREW LITTLEFORD
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Kamikaze Girls w/ Pinact & Jo Passed
Jun
19
10:00 PM22:00

Kamikaze Girls w/ Pinact & Jo Passed

From their critically acclaimed debut 2016 EP, SAD, to their 2017 debut album, Seafoam, Leeds-based riot grrl duo Kamikaze Girls have used music as a means to challenge attitudes and taboos surrounding mental health. Front woman Lucinda Livingstone’s lyrics speak honestly and openly about her experiences with everything from anxiety and depression to addiction — it is the way in which her truth bravely shines through the songs so strikingly that makes the band stand apart. 

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Erin Propp and Larry Roy — Cocktail Hour
Jun
19
9:00 PM21:00

Erin Propp and Larry Roy — Cocktail Hour

There is nuance in the everyday — in its layers of love, joy, and hurt. Singer-songwriter Erin Propp and jazz guitarist Larry Roy reach into the everyday and blur the edges, creating works that are at once deeply personal and achingly relatable. From charming intimate jazz club sets to moving concert hall performances, Erin and Larry can do it all. They won Best Jazz Album of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards for their debut album, Courage, My Love, which was also nominated for the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. Erin’s distinct voice and Larry’s precision on the guitar come together to create songs and performances that “are thoughtful, seamlessly arranged, and inventive while being accessible” (Juno Awards).

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Lido Pimienta w/ Marisolle Negash
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Lido Pimienta w/ Marisolle Negash

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. Lido's latest LP, La Papessa (2016), charts an evolution from her debut LP, Color (2010), an album full of (as the title suggests) colorful landscapes and positive vibrations. Winner of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, La Papessa takes a more personal approach, describing the narrative of how Lido has found her independence as a woman and as an artist who refuses to fit pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be. Influenced by the multiple cultural and geographic settings in which is was written — from the desert of Columbia to the bustling cityscape of Toronto — La Papessa takes listeners on a musical journey from traditional Afro-Colombian percussion to global bass and darker avant-garde electronic sounds. Lido's piercing, explosive, and heartwarming voice unites the compositions, beats, and harmonies, resulting in a perfect labour of love and sound that
highlights the creative voice of this talented artist.

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Erin Propp and Larry Roy — Dinner & A Show
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Erin Propp and Larry Roy — Dinner & A Show

There is nuance in the everyday — in its layers of love, joy, and hurt. Singer-songwriter Erin Propp and jazz guitarist Larry Roy reach into the everyday and blur the edges, creating works that are at once deeply personal and achingly relatable. From charming intimate jazz club sets to moving concert hall performances, Erin and Larry can do it all. They won Best Jazz Album of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards for their debut album, Courage, My Love, which was also nominated for the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. Erin’s distinct voice and Larry’s precision on the guitar come together to create songs and performances that “are thoughtful, seamlessly arranged, and inventive while being accessible” (Juno Awards).

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Jill Barber w/ Lanikai
Jun
18
8:00 PM20:00

Jill Barber w/ Lanikai

Jill Barber has become renowned for writing songs that evoke feelings of a bygone era. The songs on Fool’s Gold are delivered by that distinct, evocative voice of an artist who has drawn inspiration from a cross section of musical genres. Regardless of Jill’s influences, the one thing you are always assured of is that you know a Jill Barber song when you hear it, and chances are, you’ll never forget it.

2-time Juno Award nominee Jill Barber, is one of Canada’s brightest stars – selling out theatres coast to coast and headlining the country’s most prestigious festivals. Her albums have sold over 100,000 copies and her album Mischievous Moon spent 13 straight weeks at #1 on the Canadian Jazz Charts and debuted at #12 on the US Billboard Jazz charts. Her song “Chances” was also featured on the soundtrack for the hit series Orange is the New Black.

Having earned over twenty award nominations and with two top-selling albums in English, in 2013 Jill released the French language album Chansons. Chansons has firmly established Jill as an artist to watch in both French and English.

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Marquis Hill Blacktet w/ Karly Epp + Karl Kohut
Jun
17
8:00 PM20:00

Marquis Hill Blacktet w/ Karly Epp + Karl Kohut

Described by The New York Times as a “dauntingly skilled trumpeter,” 29-year-old Marquis Hill hones a warm, mellifluous tone on trumpet and flugelhorn with which he unravels sleek, melodic passages that are as commanding as they are cogent. With music that “crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz” (Chicago Tribune), Hill builds on his distinctive sound to craft arresting originals that embrace post-bop, hip-hop, R&B, and spoken word. After releasing four well-received albums — New Gospel (2011), Sound of the City (2012), The Poet (2013) and Modern Flows, vol. 1 (2014) — Hill raised his profile significantly by winning the 2014 Thelonious Trumpet Competition, which led to the release of 2016’s The Way We Play. On this album Hill fronts a commanding ensemble, bringing his lyrically postmodern groove to jazz classics.

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Daniel Caesar
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Daniel Caesar

In 2017 Oshawa-born R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar had one hell of a year. Caesar's intimate, dark, and ambient-tinged soul made an immediate impression on critics and fans alike. His debut studio album, Freudian, earned two GRAMMY nominations; made numerous appearances on the late-night TV circuit; sold out five straight shows at Toronto’s venerable Danforth Music Hall; and his face was suddenly plastered on billboards, bus shelters and video screens above Yonge-Dundas Square. At 22, Caesar has become one of R&B’s most talked-about talents, even though -- or perhaps because -- he’s more of a classic soul man than a trend-chaser.

SOUL'D OUT

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