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October 2018

Holly Near

October 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
$40 – $45

    As Holly Near celebrates her first album in three years, Peace Becomes You, she’s building on 40 creative years and 30 recordings. Respected around the world for her music and activism, her joy and passion inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit. Equally compelling at her shows or through your speakers, her music fully engages listeners in the world around them. Holly has made a career speaking to anyone in the world who believes in peace, justice, and feminism, a wonderful spectrum of humanity. Born in Ukiah, CA in 1949, Holly began singing in high school, including work with a local folk group. She built on her performing career with acting parts on Mod Squad and appeared in a number of guest roles in seminal 70s TV shows like Room 222 and The Partridge Family. In 1970, she was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State shootings in May of that year, the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest. The song, “It Could Have Been Me” (which was released on A Live Album, 1974), was her heartfelt response to the shootings. In 1971, she joined the Free The Army Tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. In 1972, Holly was one of the first women to create an independent record company, paving the way for women like Ani DiFranco and others. Her goal was to promote and produce music by politically conscious artists from around the world, a mission that Redwood Records fulfilled for nearly 20 years. Often cited as one of the founders of the Women’s Music movement, she not only led the way for outspoken women in the music world, but also worked for peace and multicultural consciousness. Throughout her long career Holly has worked with a wide array of musicians, including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others. Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and received the Legends of Women’s Music Award. During her travels in the Pacific with the Free the Army show, Holly became a globally conscious feminist, linking international feminism and anti-war activism. She was an active participant and coalition builder in what she calls the “heady days” of 70s activism, when so many movements were gestating and jostling with one another. Another significant arena of Holly’s activism is the LGBTQ community. Her interest was both personal and political. She was one of the first celebrities to discuss her sexual orientation during a pioneering 1976 interview with People magazine. A staunch advocate for LGBTQ rights, Holly is comfortable with her own sexuality and has a clear understanding of the fluidity of sexual orientation. Holly is also a teacher, presenting master classes in performance craft and songwriting to diverse audiences. Building on this role, her historic papers are housed at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library and are regarded as an informed look at the last 40 years of social change movements. She has also become a spokeswoman within the social change music movement. During her time on the road, luminaries in the folk world have noted how her presence sets the tone for each event she joins. As she has observed, “Music can influence choices, for better or worse. A lullaby can put a troubled child to sleep but Muzak can put a whole nation to sleep. A marching band can send our children off to war. It can also have everyone laughing and dancing and loving as it leads a gay-pride parade.” Holly finds herself in a role that her amazing journey has uniquely prepared her to fill as the significance of her work over time has crystalized her iconic status. At once flattered, amazed, and centered, she graciously assumes this honoring that comes with time, proud to represent – through her voice and her music – the movements that are so fundamental to her spirit.

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Pharis & Jason Romero

October 19 @ 7:30 pm MDT
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-3Z9 Canada
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$35

Pharis & Jason Romero • The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • October 19 • 7:30pm • $35 • Roots/Country/Bluegrass

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The East Pointers

October 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$30

There’s a reason, beyond their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows, that The East Pointers have connected with audiences right across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going. The reason? The East Pointers - fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron – write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy. And it’s why listening to The East Pointers’ brilliant and hotly anticipated second album What We Leave Behind – produced by superstar East Coast-bred songwriter/producer Gordie Sampson – is akin to meeting up with an old friend. As a follow-up to 2015’s internationally acclaimed, JUNO Award-winning debut Secret Victory, What We Leave Behind shares stories previously unheard but framed by a familiar context. The album reflects on the traditions of Canadian Celtic music, where it comes from, and what it means to the people, but also strides in new directions. With a captivating balance between their traditional-sounding instrumental tunes, and catchy radio-ready songs, The East Pointers reach out with open arms to a wide range of listeners, inviting them to discover a new love of folk music. The flip side of What We Leave Behind - and indeed, of The East Pointers’ electrifying concerts – are scorching instrumental tunes that yank the freewheeling, Celtic-goosed past into the present, defying anyone to sit still in their chair. “Traditional music has always been at the core of what we do as a band,” adds Jake Charron. “There's something powerful about a style of music that has been passed on for generations around the world.” The tunes, written this past year on the road, take you on a journey, building with excitement before transforming into a full-on dance party. What We Leave Behind carves a new path for The East Pointers, as they continue to blur the lines between traditional and popular music and develop a devoted fanbase around the globe.

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Whitehorse

October 20 @ 7:30 pm MDT
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-3Z9 Canada
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$50

Whitehorse • The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • October 20 7:30pm • $50 • Roots/Pop/Rock

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Matthew Byrne

October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$22

Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew Byrne’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements. Matthew’s music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut, Ballads . Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. With his second album, Hearts & Heroes, receiving Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. Matthew Byrne released his highly-anticipated third album, Horizon Lines on August 11th, 2017. This newest collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ... “Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country.” - PENGUIN EGGS MAGAZINE “His reverence and respect for his material, along with his unabashed exploration of new songs and his staggeringly beautiful voice, makes for the rarest and most vital type of folk performer." - TOM POWER, CBC MUSIC “It’s increasingly rare to find male traditional singers who are not just good, but GREAT! Matthew is certainly in that truly great category.” - BRIAN O’DONOVAN, WGBH BOSTON “Matt’s interpretation of traditional songs is somehow fresh and ancient at the same time. And his voice is friggin’ perfect.”- ALAN DOYLE “A voice as true as a compass needle.” - JAMES KEELAGHAN

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Kayla & Matt Hotte

October 23 @ 2:00 pm MDT
St. Albert Community Hall, 17 Perron Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-1E5 Canada
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$15

Kayla & Matt Hotte • St. Albert Community Hall • 17 Perron Street• 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • October 23 • 2:00pm • $15 • Bluegrass/Country

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Jann Arden These are The Days Tour

October 25 @ 7:30 pm MDT
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-3Z9 Canada
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$100

Jann Arden These are The Days Tour • The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • October 25 • 7:30pm • $100 • Pop

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Irish Mythen

October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$24

Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada. "This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here." And she did just that. Her latest release, the self titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins coming from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and Socan. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, the Rolling Stone, and a plethora of online publications world wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of 'Must See Artists'. Irish has three full-length albums and two EPs to her name. Recent Highlights Concert at the Sydney Opera House 2017 Australian Tour with Melissa Etheridge 2016 Saturday night main stage Bluesfest in Australia 2016 and 2017 Closing the Philadelphia Folk festival 2016 Winner of Roots Album of the year East Coast Music Awards 2016 Nominated for international folk artist of the year by FAI 2017 What's Been Said "I had no idea what to expect when this five foot nothing lady took the stage, all smiles and twinkling eyes and guitar. Then, she opened her mouth and out flew a voice that came straight from the Heavens with all the power and the glory and the truth of someone destined to be a singer. I’ve been blessed with seeing and hearing a lot of talented musicians in my life, but I have never experienced anyone quite like Irish Mythen. She is a force of nature and a gift from Almighty Herself." ~ Lisa Schwartz, Philadelphia Folk Festival "I was amazed at your ability to hold such a massive crowd as if it were a tiny one." ~ Dougie MacLean, Artist "By vote, the three most requested artists to return to Mariposa Folk Festival have been 1) Joni Mitchell 2) Gordon Lightfoot and 3) Irish Mythen." ~ Mike Hill, AD Mariposa Folk Festival

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Joe Jencks & Maria Dunn at TNMH

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Take Note! Music House, given upon reservation (downtown Barrie, near the courthouse)
Barrie, ON L4M 1J5 Canada
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$25

The Take Note! Music House presents two of North America’s strongest preservers of the spirit of folk music, Joe Jencks and Maria Dunn. Their concert takes place on Sunday, October 28 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30). Requested donation is $25, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. You may reserve your seat by emailing concerts@takenotepromotion.com (address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse). “The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions." “ an arrestingly powerful singer-songwriter from Canada who writes great historical and social commentary.” Joe Jencks and Maria Dunn have teamed up for a select number of concerts featuring songs of hope, courage, love and triumph. From Chicago, IL and Edmonton, AB respectively, these performing songwriters represent the finest traditions in music that is socially aware, musically engaged, and filled with heart and purpose. Spanning numerous musical styles and multiple generations, they bring together diverse perspectives into a unified presentation that invites people to sing, laugh, heal, and be inspired to joyfully celebrate their own journey and convictions. Maria and Joe have each won numerous awards for their work, and have been recognized internationally as preeminent in their field. Come join us for an unforgettable evening of stories and songs! Joe Jencks (www.joejencks.com) ========================== “Climb inside the songs of Joe Jencks, and you meet real people. His lilting melodies and warm, caramel tenor draw us closer to the stories he tells. Jencks finds the humanness that binds us to the people in his songs!” Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. A 20-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Jencks has released 15 CDs in that time. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Joe’s most recent solo CD – “The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From The Pen of Si Kahn” - contains 14 previously unrecorded songs from American Folk legend, Si Kahn. Joe recorded the CD in Canada, with famed producer Ken Whiteley, and the collection of songs represents a return to Joe’s more traditional Folk roots in both theme and musical styles. Celebrating the lost legends of hard working people from New England textile mills to Appalachian coal mining towns, from the Civil Rights movement to forgotten industrial towns in the Midwest. The Forgotten shines a welcome light on the lives of people whose experiences still need to be told and remembered. Jencks’ 2017 release – “Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers” debuted as the #1 CD on the International Folk DJ Chart, also garnering recognition for #1 Song and #1 Artist. Additionally, the recording spent eight weeks as the #1 CD on Sirius XM Radio’s Americana Chart. With arrangements that blend sparse acoustic performances with Copeland-like orchestral tapestries, and encompass Celtic, Blues, and Traditional Folk styles, this CD reflects the depth of Joe’s musical knowledge and diversity of influences. In addition, guest artists including: Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey In The Rock), Cathy Fink, Harpeth Rising, Tret Fure, Reggie Harris, Edie Carey, Jon Carroll and many more. This long awaited collection of songs represents Joe’s finest work to date, both as a vocalist and as a songwriter. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant “Lady of The Harbor,” Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America. Co-founder and primary vocal arranger for the harmony trio Brother Sun, Joe is also in demand as an arranger with over 30 appearances as a guest vocalist on various studio recordings. From coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall, Jencks has made a mark on the American music scene, singing and telling stories that educate, illuminate, and uplift. Maria Dunn (www.mariadunn.com) =========================== “…remarkable singer-songwriter, think of her as a distaff Woody Guthrie.” 2017 Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she sings about the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present. “…one of our most important and vital singer-songwriters.” Her latest recording “Gathering” (Nominee - 2017 Juno Award, Nominee - 2017 WCMA, Winner - Edmonton Music Prize) celebrates love—the love of family, community and humanity that connects us and fires our actions to make the world a better place. Her previous album “Piece By Piece” (Nominee – 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award) pays tribute to immigrant women working at a Western Canadian clothing factory. Maria's other independent CDs include: “The Peddler” (Nominee – 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award) and “For A Song” (Nominee – 2002 Juno Award), all produced by Shannon Johnson (of 2007 Juno-winning band The McDades). In addition to developing and touring four multimedia people’s history shows, “On The River” (with Indigenous women’s trio Asani), “Packingtown”, “GWG: Piece by Piece” and “Troublemakers: Working Albertans, 1900 – 1950”, with videographer Don Bouzek, Maria performs (solo, duo, ensemble) at festivals and theatres in Canada, Europe (UK/Ireland Tour 2017, 2015; Netherlands Tour 2011, 2010) and USA. Media features include: Bravo TV (The Carol Project), CBC National Radio (Sunday Edition), CKUA Alberta, and BBC Radio Scotland. Her songs are published in the “Rise Again” songbook, “Sing Out!” and “Penguin Eggs” magazines and recorded by other artists including Niamh Parsons, The Outside Track, and Bob Bossin.

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November 2018

Birds of Chicago

November 2 @ 7:00 pm MDT

Birds of Chicago • The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • November 2 7:30pm • $38 • Roots/Pop/Rock

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