Season

Roots Series: Zachary Lucky with Little Criminals and The Karpinka Brothers

Friday, September 13, 2013, 9:00 pm

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Who says Friday the 13th is unlucky? One of Saskatchewan’s hardest working singer songwriters, The King of Good Fortune, Zachary Lucky kicks off our 2013-14 season as well as his 40-date fall tour with the release of his latest CD The Ballad of Losing You. The night begins with Little Criminals and The Karpinka Brothers each playing an opening set.
$15/20
Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series Award: Rose Cousins (Halifax, NS) with opener Rachel Sermanni (Carrbridge, SCT)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 8:00 pm

Sept 25-CousinsThe winner of the 2013 Juno for Roots and Traditional Album Solo, Rose Cousins returns to the Bassment stage.   Often compared to Canada’s most beloved songwriters, Rose is known for performances featuring songs of great meaning and stories of great mirth.  Scottish singer songwriter Rachel Sermanni will play the opening set.

$15/21 Buy tickets online here!Sponsored by CFCR

 

Roots Series: Foam Lake

Friday, September 27, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 1.28.44 PMSince travelling up Highway 16 to the big city, the Ross brothers, Paul, Barrett, Tyler, and Kalen, have made a considerable impact in our music local scene with infectiously catchy rock n roll tunes laden with synth textures, dynamic rhythms, contemplative lyricism, and luscious guitars.

$15/20 Buy tickets online here!Sponsored by CFCR 

Piano Series: The Pram Trio (Toronto) CD Release

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 1.31.36 PMCombining elements of the traditional jazz piano trio with contemporary styles of music both within and beyond the boundaries of jazz, the Pram trio features Jack Bodkin-piano, Mark Godfrey-bass, and Richard Piasetski-drums.  The trio’s Bassment debut will feature the release of its first CD Visitor’s Parking.

$17/23    Buy tickets online here!Sponsored By Yamaha Piano Centre

Roots Series: LeE HARVeY OsMOND (Toronto)

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 8:00 pm

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The leader of 90’s band Junkhouse and a member of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Tom Wilson comes to town for a night of psychedelic folk-rock.   His latest release The Folk Sinner was short-listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.     NO FREE PASSES

$32.50/37.50    Buy tickets online here!Sponsored by CFCR       
Presented by the SJS and Roadside Attractions

Big Band Series: The U of S Jazz Ensemble

Friday, October 4, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 8.20.09 PMThe U of S Jazz Ensemble has commissioned and premiered many new works for large jazz ensemble, released 5 CDs in its ‘Bumper Crop’ series, and performed throughout western Canada.   Comprised of music and non-music majors currently attending the U of S, the Jazz Ensemble will play jazz standards and original compositions.

$10/15Buy tickets online here!Sponsored by Saskatoon Academy of Music

Jazz Diva Series: Joanna Borromeo (Calgary) and Tim Vaughn

Friday, October 11, 2013, 9:00 pm

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Although she had a successful freelance career playing keyboards with everyone from Divine Brown to Raffi, Joanna Borromeo chose to move to front and centre and now is enjoying a thriving career as a jazz singer-songwriter. Joanna will be backed by a tight trio led by Saskatoon guitar wiz Tim Vaughn.

$17/23Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Piano Series: The Benny Green Trio (New York)

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 8.33.07 PMMaster musician Benny Green is one of the world’s most respected jazz pianists and is ranked sixth in Gene Rizzo’s Fifty Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time (by the way – the top four are deceased).  Benny will be joined by world-class musicians David Wong-bass and Kenny Washington-drums.   NO FREE PASSES      

$30/40 Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Concorde Group Corp., and Yamaha Piano Centre

Roots Series Joe Fafard / Roots Series: Joël Fafard & Joel Schwartz A Tune to Art: Sculpture and Song

Friday, October 18, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 8.45.21 PMHigh art meets deep roots as an Order of Canada-winning sculptor and his Juno-nominated musician son present a unique concert and visual art show.   Sculpture and Song showcases new works by Joe Fafard and a new duo project by Joël Fafard that sees him teaming up with Toronto guitarist Joel Schwartz for some muscular, plugged-in renditions of Southern roots classics.   Don’t miss this showcase of two generations of artistic talent.   NO FREE PASSES

$23/28 Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Singer Fest

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:00 pm

If you are a fan of jazz vocal standards, our Jazz Singer Fest is a night you won’t want to miss.  With Paulette Andrieu, Colleen Carr, Neil Currie, Shelly Ewing, Rebecca Griffith, BJ Harris, Donna Hay, Maureen Kennedy Butler, Robyn Knight, and Gillian Snider, this night promises to be a celebration of great voices and great songs.   The Kim Salkeld Quartet will provide swinging and sensitive backing.

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!

Roots Series: The Steve Brockley Band (Montreal) with opener Kristen Berkel

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 8.57.53 PMBringing its brand of folk music to our stage for a night of acoustic ballads, low-down, gutbucket grooves, and high-energy rockers, The Steve Brockley band features Steve-guitar/vocals, Kevin Bertram-bass, and Leon Power-drums/mandolin.  Saskatoon’s Kristen Berkel plays the opening set.

$15/20   Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Travelers Series: The Shuffle Demons (Toronto)

Friday, November 1, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 1.26.21 PMWhat do you get when you combine 3 amazing saxophonists dressed in wacky clothes, a crazy dancing drummer, and a killer upright bass player and have them sing songs about Buses, Roaches and Hockey while spending half their time playing in the audience? You get The Shuffle Demons, Canada’s originals ambassadors of funky street jazz.

$23/28Buy tickets online here!

Roots Series: David Essig (Toronto) with Paddy Tutty

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 1.28.13 PMWith 20 solo albums, 60 albums as producer, and a 40-year music career, David Essig is truly a living legend.   David is one of Canada’s finest interpreters of folk, bluegrass, and country blues and is also revered as one of our greatest slide guitarists.   Traditional folk singer Paddy Tutty opens the night.   $17/23 Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Diva Series: Heidi Munro (Prince Albert)

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 1.32.10 PMPrince Albert vocalist Heidi Munro has a no holds barred vocal style that is honest, powerful, and full of emotion.   While her initial successes in the music business were in country music, she has become a seasoned singer with a repertoire of some of the best blues and jazz tunes of all time.   Heidi is backed up by some of the best musicians in the province including Rich McFarlane, Kim Salkeld, Glenn Ens, Gent Laird, and Barrie Redford.

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: Paper Lions (Charlottetown, PEI) with Kirby Criddle

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 8:00 pm

Nov 12 Paper LionsCanadian indie-rockers Paper Lions formed in high school in 2004.   Since then, they have released 6 albums with their seventh release My Friends due out this fall.  The band won the 2006 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and was a finalist in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.  Saskatoon’s Kirby Criddle plays the opening set.

$20/25   Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series: Eileen Laverty

Friday, November 15, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 1.38.47 PMKnown for delivering heart-rending ballads and for her comfortable repartee, Eileen Laverty has performed across Canada and Ireland entertaining all ages with her upbeat messages, strong vocals, and heartfelt lyrics.   She returns to The Bassment with bandmates Jesse Brown, Greg Hargarten, Corey Hildebrand, Glenn Ens, and special guest, Kimbal Siebert.  NO FREE PASSES  

$20/25   Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series: The Midnight Roses and Annabelle Chvostek

Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 1.55.07 PMScreen Shot 2013-08-24 at 1.43.49 PMA singing debut at age seven with the Canadian Opera Company, a three year gig as a member of the Wailin’ Jennys, and a 2013 Juno nomination for Best Roots and Traditional Album are just a few of Annabelle Chvostek’s musical accomplishments.   The Midnight Roses have a captivating mix of old fashioned raw grit, fresh instrumentation, and roots country twang wrapped in stunning harmonies presented with genuine honesty.

$17/23    Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

The SJS Jazz Education Workshop (Day 1 of 3)

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 1.57.44 PMOpen to student and community jazz ensembles of all ages and ability levels, this educational workshop and performance opportunity includes daytime adjudication sessions and evening performances.   Our adjudicators for the inaugural SJS Jazz Education Workshop are two of North America’s most respected teachers and musicians:  trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and bassist Steve Haines.  Both adjudicators will sit in with the participating ensembles on all three of the evening performances. For more info contact Dean McNeill (dean.mcneill@usask.ca) or  Nick Fanner (nfanner@sasktel.net)

$10/15 Buy tickets online here!
With the generous support of The Saskatoon Foundation
Title Corporate Sponsors:  Yamaha Canada & St. John’s Music
Sponsors:  Saskatoon Band Association, Sask Lotteries, Sask Culture, Musicraft

The SJS Jazz Education Workshop (Day 2 of 3)

Friday, November 22, 2013, 8:00 pm

PIC13005 Steve HainesOpen to student and community jazz ensembles of all ages and ability levels, this educational workshop and performance opportunity includes daytime adjudication sessions and evening performances.   Our adjudicators for the inaugural SJS Jazz Education Workshop are two of North America’s most respected teachers and musicians:  trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and bassist Steve Haines.  Both adjudicators will sit in with the participating ensembles on all three of the evening performances.  For more info contact Dean McNeill (dean.mcneill@usask.ca) or  Nick Fanner (nfanner@sasktel.net)

$10/15 Buy tickets online here! With the generous support of The Saskatoon Foundation Title Corporate Sponsors:  Yamaha Canada & St. John’s Music Sponsors:  Saskatoon Band Association, Sask Lotteries, Sask Culture, Musicraft

Wycliffe Gordon/Steve Haines Quartet (Day 3 of 3)

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 8:00 pm

SJS Jazz Education Workshop clinicians Wycliffe Gordon and Steve Haines team up with local musicians Brett Balon-piano and Arlan Kopp-drums to play a show that promises to be the highlight our our first Jazz Ed Workshop.

8:00pm $17/23  Buy tickets online here!
With the generous support of The Saskatoon Foundation
Title Corporate Sponsors:  Yamaha Canada & St. John’s Music
Sponsors:  Saskatoon Band Association, Sask Lotteries, Sask Culture, Musicraft

Jazz Jam with The David Fong Trio

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 8:00 pm

If you sing or play an instrument, make your way down to our Jazz Jam where musicians of all ages and levels are welcome to sit in.    

No Cover       
Sponsored by St. John’s Music and the Saskatoon Foundation
  

Jazz Diva Series: Nuela Charles (Edmonton)

Friday, November 29, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-24 at 1.53.08 PMCrowned by the CBC as ‘the future queen of Canadian soul’, Nuela Charles’ music crosses boundaries and unites musical genres – be it hip-hop, pop, jazz, R&B or soul.  Nuela’s first full-length album A Different Kind of Fire was nominated for a 2011 Western Canadian Music Award for Urban Recording.

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: David Myles (Toronto)

Saturday, November 30, 2013, 9:00 pm

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Having forged his own path by embracing modern and vintage pop, folk and soul music, David Myles’ accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In 2012, he won the SOCAN Award for Folk/Roots and the East Coast Music Award for Songwriter of the Year.   With a reputation for being a great showman with flawless musicianship and unforgettable stories, Myles is rapidly gaining an ever-increasing audience. NO FREE PASSES  

$23/28 Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR  
Presented by the SJS and Roadside Attractions

Roots Series: Jon Bryant (Halifax) with Sykamore

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8:00 pm

JonCanadian singer-songwriter Jon Bryant mesmerizes with a diverse collection of folk, Americana and bluegrass songs. On his latest release What Takes You Jon demonstrates that he has a way with words and music that is simultaneously soothing and surprising. Sykamore (Jordan Ostrom) plays the opening set. $12/15 sponsored by CFCR

Piano Series: 2nd Annual Saskatoon Foodbank Pianothon

Friday, December 6, 2013, 4:30 pm

The Saskatoon Foodbank Pianothon features some of the city’s best jazz pianists in an evening of non-stop ebony and ivory melody and rhythm.  A partial list of confirmed players includes:   Brett Balon, Bryn Becker, Jesse Brown, Joe Campbell, Sheldon Corbett, Maurice Drouin, Irene Elliot, Don Griffith, Cass Hovdestad, Martin Janovsky, Marion Mendelsohn, Kristof Mercier, Luke Newman, Ross Nykiforuk, Ken Pizurny, Ray Stephanson, and Matt Wolsfeld.

Suggested Cover:  non-perishable food items       
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Root Series: Meaghan Smith (Toronto)

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 8:00 pm

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Singer-songwriter Meaghan Smith is the only member of her family that can’t read music and yet she is also the only one pursuing a career in music.   Described as a combination of Bjork, k.d. lang, and Doris Day, Meaghan’s first recording The Cricket’s Orchestra led to her 2011 Juno Award for Best New Artist.

$20/25   Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Travelers Series: The Prairie Collective

Friday, December 27, 2013, 9:00 pm

The Bassment showcases four young musicians who all grew up on the prairies, but have gone on to study and perform throughout Canada and beyond. The evening will bring these four musicians together on their home soil to showcase original compositions from each member as well as performing some fresh takes on the classic jazz standard repertoire. The Prairie Collective is Efa Etorma Jr. – drums, Chris Pruden – piano, Nate Renner – guitar, and Soren Nissen – bass.

$17/23    Buy tickets online here!         Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: The Barrelmen with special guests Heather Aiken and Todd Peters

Saturday, December 28, 2013, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 11.22.31 PMHad enough turkey and cranberry sauce?   Need a break from your relatives?   The Barrelmen’s post-Christmas show is sure to get you back to normal. Barrelmen Berkeley Buchko, Jodi Giesbrecht, Tyler MacKenzie, and Craig Wilson will be joined by special guests Heather Aiken and Todd Peters.

$15/20   Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR     

Roots Series: Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt (Austin, TX)

Friday, January 3, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 11.27.51 PMSinger songwriters Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt often tour individually in different directions around the world in support of their solo musical projects. But since they are also a romantic couple, they occasionally tour together, passing the guitar back and forth, singing harmonies on each other’s tunes, adding sparks to the kerosene, and generally burning down the house.

$17/23    Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR       

Roots Series: Kacy & Clayton with Mitch Grier

Friday, January 10, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 11.33.42 PMStill in their teens, Kacy & Clayton are releasing their latest CD – The Day is Passed and Gone.   The recording features four originals, a hefty sampling of traditional folk tunes, Clayton’s thumping guitar rhythms, and Kacy’s angelic vocal inflections.  Mitch Grier plays the opening set.

$17/23    Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series:Too Darn Hot with special guest Shelly Loeffler

Friday, January 17, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 11.42.47 PMSinger Wilma Groenen, storyteller Bonnie Logan, and guitarist Scott Triffo present a delightful romp through sultry songs, risque stories, and hot licks that will get you tingling. Hilarious and poignant, the show explores innuendo-filled tunes from the ’20s and ’30s interspersed with stories ranging from awkward first dates to the joys and agonies of relationships.  Together, this trio is absolutely Too Darn Hot.  Shelly Loeffler will open the evening, sharing poetry from the beat poets right through to some of her own.

$15/20   Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by CFCR 

Roots Series: Dave Gunning (Halifax)

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 11.46.45 PMAlthough he has ten albums, a Juno Nomination, and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, Dave Gunning is relatively unknown in western Canada.   Gunning‘s shows are sprinkled with anecdotes about notable characters from his hometown of Pictou, NB.

Did you know Dave Gunning just won Hockey Night In Canada’s Song Quest? You can check out his winning tune online here. Or you can hear the song live and in person on Thursday night at the Bassment!

$17/23   Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by CFCR   

The Bob Klassen Octet with Grant Currie – Opening set (8:30) played by the Friesen-Wong Quintet.

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9:00 pm

Bobby Klassen, Joe Campbell, Bobs                                              Led by Bob Klassen, the elder statesmen of all Saskatchewan jazz musicians, The Octet plays charts from the great jazz library of the legendary arranger and composer Don Watson. Bob is joined by Dave Anderson-trumpet, Sarah Anderson-trumpet, Sheldon Corbett-sax, Bruce Wilkinson-bass, D’Arce McMillan-drums, Kim Salked-piano, and Grant Currie-vocals. The Friesen-Wong Quintet featuring Silas Friesen-trumpet, Eric Wong-tenor sax, Irene Elliott-piano, Emmett Fortosky-bass, and Ethan McKibben-drums plays the opening set at 8:30.

$15/20 Buy tickets online here!

Please note that this picture of Bob Klassen, Joe Campbell, and Bobs Caldwell was taken several years ago by by Bobs Caldwell.

Roots Series: Aaron Adair with special guest Kirby Criddle

Friday, January 31, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 11.53.54 PMA songwriter with a unique soul, Aaron Adair has recently released his first full-length solo album.  Containing elements of soul and funk, AANALOG is a groove record with vintage instruments, infectious melodies, deep bass and drum combinations, and a feel-good horn section. Kirby Criddle plays the opening set.

$15/20  Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Piano Series: The Pianomen: David Fong, Don Griffith, Kim Salkeld, and Ray Stephanson

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8:00 pm

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What do you get when you combine 2 grand pianos and 4 jazz piano players with 8 hands and 40 fingers? You get The Pianomen, a showcase of some of Saskatoon’s best “piano professors” who play everything from jazz to blues to boogie-woogie.

$15/20  Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Roots Series:JP Cormier (Cape Breton, NS)

Friday, February 14, 2014, 9:00 pm

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Described by Chet Akins as “one of the most important guitarists of his generation”, JP Cormier has a 30-year music career that includes 13 solo albums and 12 ECM Awards.  In addition to singing, writing, and teaching, JP plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, drums, and piano.   

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!
   Sponsored by CFCR

 

Jazz Jam: The Brett Balon Trio

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 8:00 pm

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If you sing, play an instrument, or just love to listen to jazz, make your way down to our Jazz Jam where musicians of all ages and levels are welcome to sit in.

No Cover   Sponsored by St. John’s Music and the Saskatoon Foundation

Fiddle Series: JJ Guy, James Steele, and Celeste Smith

Friday, February 21, 2014, 9:00 pm

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Award-winning fiddler JJ Guy has four solo albums and has been featured in festivals, concerts, and fiddle camps from NB to BC.   Having won the top prize at the 2013 Canadian Grand Masters, James Steele is a rapidly rising fiddle star.   Celeste Smith is another up-and-comer with solid performances in the last 10 John Arcand Festivals.   All three are accompanied by Saskatchewan’s Dynamic Duo of fiddle backup – Lionel Gilbertson (piano) and Don Sawchuk (guitar).

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!
 Sponsored by Great Western Brewing

Vocal Jazz Series: Broadway Unplugged featuring The Saskatoon Summer Players

Friday, February 28, 2014, 9:00 pm

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Saskatoon Summer Players is celebrating 50 years of musical theatre.  Broadway Unplugged recreates the ambiance of winter evenings of old with a Broadway twist.  Pianist extraordinaire Wes Froese and the Saskatoon Summer Players perform your favorite tunes inviting you to sing along and have some fun!                              
$15/20 NO FREE PASSES Buy tickets online here!

Co-presented by the Saskatoon Summer Players and the SJS; Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Piano Series: David Braid’s Octagon Chamber (Toronto)

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

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A perennial favourite at the Bassment, David Braid returns with an all-star octet featuring some of western Canada’s best jazz musicians as well as a set list of new compositions.   David’s guests will be Dave Anderson (trumpet), Craig Brenan (trombone), Jon McCaslin (drums), Dean McNeill (trumpet), Anna Millan (horn), John Taylor (bass), and Scott Whetham (tuba).  (Members get 25% off food this evening between 5:30 and 10:00.)

$20/25   NO FREE PASSES Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

The SJS gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the U of S Department of Music and the U of S College of Arts and Science Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity.

Roots Series: Old Man Luedecke (Chester, NS) with Jordie Lane (Los Angeles)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8:00 pm

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With a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, and pop hooks, Juno Award-winning Old Man Luedecke makes his Bassment debut playing songs from his latest album, Tender Is The Night.    Australian Jordie Lane is known for captivating audiences with playful charm, rhythmic finger picking, and most of all, THAT VOICE.

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!
 Sponsored by CFCR

Fiddle Series: The Fretless (Toronto)

Friday, March 14, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 5.41.44 PMBursting on to the Canadian folk scene winning the 2012 Canadian Folk Music awards for Ensemble of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year, The Fretless – Karrnnel Sawitsky, Ivonne Hernandez, Eric Wright, and Trent Freeman meld the worlds of folk, Celtic, and chamber music.
$20/25 NO FREE PASSES

Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by Great Western Brewing

The Diana Panton Quartet (Toronto)

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

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If you missed Diana Panton’s spellbinding Bassment debut in 2012, you must not miss her this time. Blessed with ethereal vocals, exceptional song selection, and heartfelt renditions, Diana surrounds herself with the best musicians in Canada: Don Thompson-piano/bass, Reg Schwager-guitar, and Phil Dwyer-tenor sax/piano.

$30/40 No Free Passes Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by the Concorde Group Corp.

Guitar Series: Steve Dawson (Toronto)

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 8:00 pm

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An indelible fixture on the Canadian musical landscape, two-time Juno Award winner Steve Dawson is touring in support of his latest album Rattlesnake Cage.    Steve’s new tunes touch on blues, bluegrass, improvisation, and the “American Primitive” school of guitar.  Steve will be accompanied by bassist Keith Lowe.

$17/23  Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Roots Series: Rosie and the Riveters

Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:00 pm

march 21 rosie (2) A powerhouse vocal collective, Rosie and the Riveters return to the Bassment for their annual two-night stand. Featuring vocalists Farideh, Alexis Normand, Melissa Nygren, and new member Allyson Reigh, The Riveters invite music lovers to revisit the spirit of Gospel music with a side of folk and the charm of the 1940s.

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Vocal Jazz Series: Solstice

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2014-01-11 at 5.56.05 PMWith some of the finest jazz vocal stylings in the business and a song list of blues, jazz, R&B, and pop favourites, Solstice returns to the Bassment for a show that promises to be endearing, energetic, and entertaining. Solstice is Michelle Auser, Rod Bell, Bob Cowan, Grant Currie, Jean Currie, Lynne Mondue, Lori Newman, and Pam Pander.
$17/23 Buy tickets online here! Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Jazz Diva Series: Melissa Lauren (Toronto)

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Influenced by jazz and blues, Melissa Lauren has developed an original style of her own. Her latest album The Other Side is a collection of original compositions and jazz standards. Melissa will be accompanied by Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Mark Cashio (bass), and Arlan Kopp (drums).  (Members receive 25% off food orders between 5:30 and 10:00!)

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Big Band Series: 4th Annual High School Big Band Nights

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:30 pm

High school jazz bands from around the province take the Bassment stage for a two-day festival of big band sounds. Wednesday features bands from Marion Graham, Bedford Road, Lloydminster’s Holy Rosary, and North Battleford’s Comp. Thursday night has bands from Bishop Mahoney, Centennial, and Walter Murray.

$7/10
Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Prairie Meats

Piano Series: The Florian Hoefner Quartet (New York) with special guest Jamie Donlevy

Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:00 pm

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$20/25  Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Guitar Series: The Amos Garrett Jazz Trio (Calgary)

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:00 pm

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One of the truly great and most innovative guitarists of all-time, Amos Garrett has worked with Emmylou Harris, Paul Butterfield, and Bonnie Raitt and his legendary solo on Maria Muldaur’s hit Midnight at the Oasis was deemed by Stevie Wonder to be ‘the second best solo in rock history’.   Amos’ latest project explores the bluesier and more melodic side of jazz with band mates Keith Smith (guitar) and Greg Carroll (bass).

$30/40 NO FREE PASSES  Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Jazz Jam: The Brett Balon Trio

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8:00 pm

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If you sing, play an instrument, or just love to listen to jazz, make your way down to our Jazz Jam where musicians of all ages and levels are welcome to sit in.

No Cover   Sponsored by St. John’s Music and the Saskatoon Foundation

Piano Series: Omer Klein (Germany)

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Born in Israel, Omer Klein is a virtuoso pianist, a respected bandleader, and a prolific composer. He has performed in more than 15 countries with stops in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Milan. Klein is joined by Haggai Cohen Milo on bass.
$20/25  Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Fiddle Series: Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys (Charlottetown, PEI)

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 8.37.21 PMWith an exhilarating live show, award-winning Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar.  Crazy Legs MacKeeman is famous for his ‘unique’ dance style mixed with great traditional fiddle.

$17/23Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Great Western Brewing

Jazz Jam: The David Fong Trio

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:00 pm

David Fong 45If you sing, play an instrument, or just love to listen to jazz, make your way down to our Jazz Jam where musicians of all ages and levels are welcome to sit in.
No Cover   Sponsored by St. John’s Music and the Saskatoon Foundation

Roots Series: Shane Philips (Vancouver Island) with Jim McLean

Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 8.44.52 PMBorrowing from folk, reggae, blues and beyond, Shane Philips blurs the boundaries of expectation and music into an altogether unique soundscape. A one-man-band, Shane plays didgeridoo, aslatua, djembe, Weissenborn-style guitar, and electronic kick drum. Saskatoon’s Jim McLean opens the night.

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!
  Sponsored by CFCR

International Jazz Day featuring the Mark DeJong Quartet

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 9.06.44 PMIn celebration of International Jazz Day, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and the Saskatoon Jazz Society present a free performance by the Mark DeJong Quartet at the Bassment. This show features Mark DeJong (saxophone), Aaron Young (guitar), Soren Nissen (bass), and David Freeman (drums/percussion).

No Cover 

Presented by the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and the SJS

Roots Series: Jeff Scroggins & Colorado (Lyons, CO)

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 9.14.29 PMA high energy, high mountain bluegrass explosion, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado showcase the  fiery style and lightning fast banjo licks of leader Jeff Scroggins.   Colorado also features Tristan Scroggins (mandolin), Greg Blake (vocals/guitar), Annie Savage (vocals/fiddle), and KC Groves (bass).

$20/25   NO FREE PASSES
Buy tickets online here!

sponsored by CFCR
presented by Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Time Music and the SJS
 

Jesse Brown CD Release

Friday, May 2, 2014, 8:30 pm

may 2 jesse #2Saskatoon musician Jesse Brown has a thriving piano studio, plays keyboards for Eileen Laverty, and can be heard occasionally playing a shift at The Bassment’s Piano Fridays.   Jesse has recently been busy writing and recording a collection of introspective piano miniatures.  With influences from Chopin to Vince Guaraldi,  Heartwork is inspired by strength, kindness, perseverance, respect, and love.    $15/20   Buy tickets online here!      Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Piano Series: The Michael Cain Band (New York/Brandon)

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 9.23.14 PMAlthough currently teaching at the University of Brandon, Michael Cain has played piano for many major jazz artists including Jack DeJohnette, Bobby McFerrin, Christian McBride, and Stanley Turrentine. The MC band plays a mix of jazz, electronica, funk, and soul, and includes Shannon Chapman (vocals/tenor sax), Donn Navidad (bass), and Michael Dunn (drums).

$17/23 Buy tickets online here!

Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Fiddle Series: Everything Fitz

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Featuring the high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing of four of Canada’s finest young musicians, Everything Fitz has roots in Canadian old-time fiddle and Ottawa Valley step dancing. The Fitzgerald family play jigs, reels, bluegrass, swing standards, Celtic, and gospel, all the while executing some amazing dance routines.

$20/25 Buy tickets online here! NO FREE PASSES
Sponsored by Great Western Brewing

Guitar Series: The Björn Thoroddsen Trio (Iceland)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 8:00 pm

May 14 BjornOne of Iceland’s leading jazz guitarists, Björn Thoroddsen has worked with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Robin Nolan, and Tommy Emmanuel. Since picking up the guitar at the age of 10, Bjorn has been playing pop, jazz, rock, blues, country and whatever style of music he feels like playing at the time. The trio features Winnipeg’s Richard Gillis on trumpet and Saskatoon’s Gent Laird on bass. $17/23 Buy tickets online here! Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Songwriter Night Part II

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

Saskatoon has become a hotbed for songwriters and seven of our city’s finest young songwriters are featured in this show:  Kristen Berkel, Berkeley Buchko, Kirby Criddle, Ray Elliott, Jody Giesbrecht, Shawn MacKenzie, Tyler MacKenzie, and Fabian Minnema.

$15/20  Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Roots Series: Brandy Zdan & Scott Nolan (Austin, TX/Winnipeg, MB)

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Considered one of Canada’s finest songwriters and performers,Scott Nolan is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist, having worked with modern Americana tastemakers The Holmes Brothers, Hayes Carll, and Gurf Morlix. Armed with a red Harmony Rocket guitar, a reverb-drenched Silvertone lapsteel, and a Hohner accordion, Brandy Zdan paints a deep and soulful soundscape.

  Sponsored by CFCR         $17/23   Buy tickets online here!  

Ryan Boldt Solo

Friday, May 23, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 1.13.08 PMDeep Dark Woods’ front man Ryan Boldt makes a return visit to the Bassment stage. In addition to performing his regular set list of murder ballads, lovesick hymnals and slow-dance waltzes, Ryan plans to include several Bob Dylan songs to celebrate Mr. Zimmerman’s 73rd birthday. $17/23 Buy tickets online here! Sponsored by CFCR

Barrie Redford/Ross Ulmer Quintet

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Barrie Redford (trumpet) and Ross Ulmer (trombone) are two of the province’s most noted jazz musicians.   This night features Barrie and Ross’ arrangements of the music of trumpet masters Tom Harrell and Clifford Brown.   Barrie and Ross will be backed up by Edmonton jazz veterans Charlie Austin (piano) and Mike Gillespie (drums), and Saskatoon’s Gent Laird (bass).

$15/20 Buy tickets online here! 
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: Anderson Burko

Friday, June 6, 2014, 9:00 pm

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 8.31.45 PMWith two critically acclaimed recordings and a briefcase full of catchy originals, Roy Anderson and Darrell Burko have become a Bassment institution.   Known for engaging and entertaining live shows, Roy and Darrell share songs, stories, and a stage full of instruments (including our ‘new’ vintage 1957 Hammond B3).

$15/20  Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Singer Fest II

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:00 pm

If you are a fan of jazz vocal standards, Part II of our Jazz Singer Fest is a night you won’t want to miss.  Featuring vocalists Sarah Anderson, Michelle Auser, Sylvia Bender, Grant Currie, Jamie Donlevy, Graham Michael. Alexis Normand, Jessica Robinson, Kathryn Schulz, and Tatrina Tai, this will be a celebration of great voices and great songs.   The Kim Salkeld Quartet will provide sensitive and swinging back-up.

$17/23
Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp. 

Roots Series: Laura Lee McFarlane (Prince Albert) with opener In With The Old

Friday, June 13, 2014, 9:00 pm

June 13 In with the OldScreen Shot 2014-01-20 at 8.37.28 PMOne of the prairies’ best kept secrets, Laura Lee McFarlane’s interest in fundamental human experience is reflected in the lyrics of her roots-based, melodic recordings.   A semi-finalist in the 2012 International Song Writing Competition, Laura Lee will be joined by acclaimed Eric Jonasson (drums), Mick Gratias (bass), and Rich McFarlane (guitar). Rising bluegrass stars In With The Old will open the night.

$15/20 Buy tickets online here!
Sponsored by CFCR

CLUB JAZZ CANTINA BURGER TENT NEEDS YOU!

Monday, June 30, 2014, 12:00 pm to 11:58 am

 Volunteers needed for the Cantina Burger Tent!!

We are still in need of volunteers for the Cantina at Club Jazz in Friendship Park. This is an important fundraiser for the Bassment and we still need more volunteers to make the fundraiser a success. We are looking for help cooking, prepping, and serving burgers. The perks are great live music, free burgers, and a pass to the 2014-14 Bassment show for every shift you work.

If you can help out, please contact Bob Kenny at bkenny@busfurn.com.

Sunday, June 29 – 2pm to 6 pm and 6pm to 10pm

Kyle Riabko Solo – Friday, July 25 – Two Shows!

Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:00 pm

July 25 KyleFriday, July 25 – 8:00pm – doors at 7:00pm                       Friday, July, 25 – 10:30pm – doors at 10:00pm                         Returning to Saskato on for a rare hometown visit, musician Kyle Riabko performs his original music along with selections from the Bacharach catalogue which were featured in his acclaimed Off Broadway show “What’s It About? Bacharach Reimagined”. Named “One of the Year’s Best” by The New York Times, the show received nominations for the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Lucille Lortel Awards for which Riabko was nominated as Best Actor in a Musical. The New York Times wrote, “Riabko searches out the emotional layers of the songs with impressive precision,” and New York Magazine said, “Riabko is the wonderfully appealing star”. Riabko previously appeared on Broadway in both “Spring Awakening” and “Hair”. In his teen years, Kyle recorded an album of original material for Sony/Aware Records and opened for BB King, James Brown, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Jason Mraz, and Maroon 5. Learn more about Kyle by clicking  www.facebook.com/kyleriabko or www.kyleriabko.com.     Members – $23      Non-Members $28   No Free Passes     No Food Service     Click here for tickets.