Roots Series: Pretty Archie (Cape Breton, NS)

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 pm

april 30 prettieNamed after a Cape Breton street musician famous for playing a two-stringed guitar outside shopping malls in any weather, Pretty Archie is known for entertaining, high-energy, foot-stomping shows. The band’s honest, fun-loving, and at times heartbreaking music, finds common ground in the blurred genres of country, folk, bluegrass, and blues.

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Roots Series: ¡ARTE! Flamenco featuring Kari Alba, Ricardo Diaz, Celedonio Garrido, and Miguel Infante

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 8:00 pm

may 5 miguel¡ARTE! Flamenco explores and celebrates the art of flamenco. Kari Alba is a passionate teacher, choreographer, and promoter of flamenco dance. San Francisco’s Ricardo Diaz is an internationally renowned flamenco guitarist. Celedonio Garrido began singing in church choirs in Huelva, Spain before moving to Seville to work with professional flamenco dancers and guitarists. Miguel Infante has been principal dancer of legendary Spanish guitarist Juan Martín’s Flamenco Dance Ensemble.
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Roots Series: ¡ARTE! Flamenco featuring Kari Alba, Ricardo Diaz, Celedonio Garrido, and Miguel Infante

Friday, May 6, 2016, 9:00 pm

may 6 kari¡ARTE! Flamenco explores and celebrates the art of flamenco. Kari Alba is a passionate teacher, choreographer, and promoter of flamenco dance. Currently living in San Francisco, Ricardo Diaz is an internationally renowned flamenco guitarist. Celedonio Garrido began singing in church choirs in Huelva, Spain before moving to Seville to work with professional flamenco dancers and guitarists. Miguel Infante has been principal dancer of legendary Spanish guitarist Juan Martín’s Flamenco Dance Ensemble.
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Piano Series: The Oliver Jones Trio (Montreal)

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:00 pm

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The undisputed elder statesmen of Canadian jazz pianists, Oliver Jones has recorded 22 albums, won 3 JUNO Awards, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Mr. Jones returns to The Bassment accompanied by his long-time musical friends Éric Lagacé (bass) and Jim Doxas (drums).

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Roots Series: Daniel Koulack and The Knappen Street All Stars (Winnipeg)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 8:00 pm

may 10 DanielCombine clawhammer banjo with a little soprano sax, back this up with a killer rhythm section. Write songs that swing and cry, laugh and dance; throw in some stories and classic tunes of the last century plus some catchy dance moves. Polish it off with silver-smooth back-up vocals, mix with care, and sit back and enjoy the All-Stars’ signature sound.

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Roots Series: Scott Nolan (Wpg)

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 8:00 pm

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WCMA-nominated songwriter Scott Nolan has earned plenty of respect for his earnest, if slightly weatherworn music. His are the songs sung for people with a past, sturdily backlit with unswerving musicianship and a disposition rooted in the best of rock ‘n’ roll, roots, and Americana.

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Blues Series: Paul Reddick (Toronto)

Friday, May 13, 2016, 9:00 pm

may 13 paulMelding poetry, mystery, darkness and light, Paul Reddick is one of the most popular figures on the blues and roots music scene today. As the unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, words are his weapons of choice and when he sings, it is nearly impossible to listen and not get lost within the songs.

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Jazz Travellers Series: Pile of Bones Brass Band (Regina)

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00 pm

A may 14 pile (2)Influenced by the street bands of New Orleans, the Pile of Bones Brass Band plays jazz, blues, world music, soul, funk, and R&B. With rock-steady sousaphone bass lines, street-beat drumming, greasy guitar tones, and raw brass harmonies, PBBB will having you partying like it’s Mardi Gras!

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Roots Series: Jon Bryant (Halifax) CD Release with special guest Kristan Couture

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 8:00 pm

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With vocals that at times are as dusty and quiet as the dawn and that occasionally charge forth with the power and earnestness of a horse chasing the sun, Jon Bryant draws you into his songs with his simple, authentic sound. He returns to the Bassment to release his new album Twenty Something. Saskatoon singer songwriter Kristan Couture plays the opening set. YouTube

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Roots Series: Amanda Rheaume (Ottawa, ON)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 8:00 pm

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An accomplished Métis singer-songwriter, Amanda Rheaume has a powerful, slightly gritty, deeply personal, and instantly accessible folk/roots sound. Backed by Anna Ruddick (bass), and Anders Drerup (guitar/mandolin), Amanda is touring in support of her latest album,Holding Patterns.

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Roots Series: Jack Semple & Greg Lowe – The Chess Club (Reg/Wpg)

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8:00 pm

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Guitarists Jack Semple and Greg Lowe met in the late ’80s touring across the country with the Toronto R&B group the Lincolns. Jack and Greg continued collaborating as the acoustic guitar duo The Chess Club. This concert will celebrate the release of their second CD Dualism.

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Outreach Series: Mentorship Weekend – Silas Friesen Quintet with special guest Jim Brenan (Calgary)

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 8:00 pm

may 27 jimWinner of the WCMA Jazz Album of the Year in 2014 for January, saxophonist Jim Brenan is the featured musician/educator in our first Mentorship Weekend. The Silas Friesen Quintet – Silas Friesen (trumpet), Eric Wong (sax), Jasmine Der (piano), Emmett Fortosky (bass), and Joel Jeschke (drums) – has recently been working with Jim Brenan. Saturday night’s performance will showcase the fruits of this mentorship.

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Roots Series: Anderson Burko

Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:00 pm

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Singer-songwriters Roy Anderson and Darrell Burko have been quietly amassing an impressive collection of original tunes and a legion of intensely loyal fans. Surrounded by a stage full of instruments and some of the best musicians in town, Roy and Darrell will play tunes from their three critically acclaimed CDs.

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Jazz Singer Series: Jazz Singer Fest

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 8:00 pm

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If you are a fan of jazz vocal standards, then our Jazz Singer Fest is for you. This will be a celebration of great songs and great singers: Maureen Butler-Kennedy, Colleen Carr, Jamie Donlevy, Graham Dyck, Kathi Lewis, Jessica Robinson, Tatrina Tai, and Drew Tofin. Pianist and arranger Kim Salkeld will be joined by Sheldon Corbett (sax), Arlan Kopp (drums), and Gent Laird (bass).

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Fiddle Series: Next Generation Leahy (Lakefield, ON)

Monday, June 6, 2016, 8:00 pm

jun 6 leahyWith a pedigree built on three generations of Canadian fiddle royalty, Next Generation Leahy showcases the musical talents of the children of Doug and Jennifer Leahy. Ranging in age from 5 to 13, Evelyn, Joseph, Cecilia, Angus, Gregory, and Adele are accomplished multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers. Led by Doug, live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music people associate with the Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano, and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage.
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Fiddle Series: The Twin Fiddles of JJ Guy and Gordon Stobbe

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 8:00 pm

june y jj gordonAward-winning Canadian fiddlers JJ Guy and Gordon Stobbe have a long history of working together throughout western Canada performing, composing, teaching workshops, and mentoring youth. Their shared love for traditional fiddle music has resulted in a collection of original tunes written in the twin fiddle style with lead and harmony lines. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Cathy Sproule.

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Roots Series: Poor Nameless Boy (Regina) with Kirby Criddle

Friday, June 10, 2016, 9:00 pm

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A lover of melodic music, Poor Nameless Boy attempts to show the world that pop hooks can be hidden in an indie folk sound. PNB’s songs speak honesty about love, life, and our changing hearts in a busy world. Saskatoon singer-songwriter Kirby Criddle will play the opening set.

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Jazz Singer Series: Wilma Groenen

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8:00 pm

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Wilma Groenen wraps her powerhouse vocals and passionate delivery around everything from grinding blues to weeping ballads. In addition to being an amazing blues, jazz, and R&B singer, Wilma’s accomplished song writing and social commentary have made her a much admired and beloved performer across Saskatchewan.

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Roots: The Whiskey Jerks and Purdy Bird

Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:00 pm

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The Whiskey Jerks play a musical fusion of klezmer, folk, rock, country-blues, gypsy-punk and jazz combined with clever, cocky, and, at times, sensitive lyrics. Led by Troy Hudson, Purdy Bird plays something approaching alt-country folk ‘n’ roll.

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