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March 2019

Porteau & ursidae with Flint & Feather

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
McHugh House, 1515 Centre Street SW
Calgary, AB Canada
$10

Join Vancouver folk artists Porteau & ursidae as they perform at the McHugh House as part of their Water’s Gate Tour of Western Canada with Calgary duo Flint & Feather The performers invite Calgary local vendors to participate in a mini market, creating an evening of music, art, and community. Presented by Have Heart Creative. ALL AGES. Visit Facebook event page for artist and vendor links: https://www.facebook.com/events/2564958350244857/ 

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Don Stevenson Presents the Music of Moby Grape

March 24 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 8:30pm Don Stevenson Presents the Music of Moby Grape Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 * Before co-founding Moby Grape, the legendary rock group from the 60’s, Don Stevenson and Jerry Miller were band mates in the Seattle group called  “The Frantics” which enjoyed local fame and records produced by Dolton. In 1966, virtually at the very beginning of the San Francisco music scene, Don and Jerry relocated to San Francisco and, with the addition of Bob Mosley, Skip Pence and Peter Lewis, formed what would become “Moby Grape”. Don Stevenson held the beat on the drums and Jerry Miller was the lead guitarist in the four-guitar band. All five band members sang, wrote and played their own original music which was a new and innovative combination of rock, blues, jazz and country according to the Rolling Stone.  The group was dubbed the “Beatles of San Francisco”. The Grape signed with Columbia and recorded four albums released between 1967 and 1969. During this period, Stevenson co-wrote three of Moby Grape’s best known songs, “Hey Grandma” and “8.05”, both from the self-titled Moby Grape album (1967) and “Murder In My Heart for The Judge”, from the Wow album (1968). The latter song was covered by both Three Dog Night and Lee Michaels.  Robert Plant covered “8:05” and The Move played “Hey Grandma”. Don’s solo composition of “Can’t Be So Bad” was recorded by Joe Cocker. Fifty years later Don Stevenson continues as a relevant artist, songwriter and performer in the international music scene. He’s recorded and released multiple solo albums. In 2018 Sireena Records of Hamburg, Germany released Don’s latest, “Buskin in the Subway” which is now available in North America.  For this performance Don teams up with veteran Toronto musicians to present “The Music of Moby Grape” and more.  Don’t miss this rare evening of Country Rock, Blues and good old Rock and Roll played by this legendary artist and his band. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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The Life and Music of Joni Mitchell

March 25 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Monday, March 25, 2019 | 8:30pm The Life and Music of Joni Mitchell Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00 Dr. Mike Daley is a musicologist and sought-after lecturer known for his encyclopedic knowledge of musical history. He is also a longtime professional musician, working with the likes of Jeff Healey and the Travellers. In this new discussion and concert series, Mike discusses the life and music of Joni Mitchell, Canada’s own legendary singer-songwriter. Mia Sheard, known for her popular Joni Mitchell Tribute at Hugh’s Room Live, will join Mike and Jill Daley to perform several of Joni’s most iconic songs. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Enter The Haggis

March 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 8:30pm Enter The Haggis Advance $20.00 / Door $25.00 * For the better part of two decades, Toronto’s Enter The Haggis has combined bagpipes and fiddles with a rock rhythm section to create a distinctively eclectic sound, praised by The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Their songs offer singalong melodies and deep, meaningful lyrics which tell the stories of everyday hard working people, often faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Signature songs like “One Last Drink”, “Gasoline”, “Down With The Ship” and “Lancaster Gate” have had hundreds of thousands of plays on social media, appeared in Hollywood movies, and have been performed and recorded by artists around the world. Enter The Haggis is clearly comfortable on the stage and develops an easy rapport with audiences, sharing the stories behind their songs and laughing through tour anecdotes. The show is exciting and dynamic, featuring unpredictable and spontaneous moments. One song might feature drummer Bruce McCarthy taking a drum solo on Trevor Lewington’s guitar strings, while the next song breaks down into a fierce battle between fiddle and harmonica. Sometimes during an encore, the band will leave the stage entirely to perform acoustically standing on chairs in the audience. Enter The Haggis’ commitment to putting on a great show every single night has made them a favorite at festivals and performing arts centers across the US and Canada. As a result, ETH shows have become an annual tradition on some of the most prestigious stages on the continent. The band has also brought hundreds of fans on eight tours of Ireland, forging deeper friendships with their supporters while exploring ancient landmarks and natural wonders across the country. The next trip is planned for October 11th–19th 2019. Enter The Haggis has appeared on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “A&E’s Breakfast With The Arts”, and was the feature of an hour-long PBS concert special which aired for months on more than eighty affiliate stations across the US. The band’s legions of die-hard fans (the self-described “Haggis Heads“) have crowdfunded the last four ETH albums, and played a huge part in propelling the most recent full-length record to its debut at #9 on the national ”Billboard Heatseekers” chart. The group’s friendly, welcoming attitude is responsible for the close relationship it has with its supporters, and all five band members truly enjoy taking time after every show to meet with people one on one. Enter The Haggis is currently trading off between touring and working on its tenth studio album in Toronto, set for release late 2018. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Lorraine Klaasen

March 27 @ 7:30 pm MDT
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-3Z9 Canada
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$35

Lorraine Klaasen • The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • March 27 • 7:30pm • $35 • World

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Danielle Knibbe CD Release

March 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 8:30PM Danielle Knibbe Advance $15.00 / Door $20.00 * Blending folk, roots, and country sensibilities, Danielle Knibbe’s songs win, and then all too often, break your heart. There’s an intimacy and familiarity to her music; her stories may not be about you, but you’ll think they are. Tackling topics like mental illness, loss, heartbreak, estrangement, and countless others, Danielle Knibbe has developed a following by being as genuine and open in her songwriting as she is onstage. Her songs invite the listener into what feels like an intimate conversation between friends. Her knack for penning insightful yet straightforward lyrics has already gained her recognition, earning her a spot at the Banff Centre for the Arts inaugural Singer-Songwriter Residency. Although she was one of the youngest songwriters in the program, she was given the nickname “The Lyric Doctor” due to her natural instinct for getting to the heart of a song. Her new album The Ribcage & The Heart is full of examples of Danielle’s lyrical skill,with three of the songs having been selected for print in American Songwriter’s monthly lyric contest. This new album, mixed by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat) and featuring Fats Kaplin (John Prine, Jack White), showcases the depth, insight, passion, and potential of this up-and-coming songwriter. Get your tickets immediately to the special CD release party by Danielle Knibbe. * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Brock Zeman + David Olney

March 28 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 8:30pm Brock Zeman + David Olney Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 * David Olney “Americana Pioneer” singer-songwriter/recording artist, stream-caster and actor David Olney is well-known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful live performances. One listen to the brand new album, “This Side or The Other,” and you’ll know David Olney is a man familiar with the wandering life and yearning heart of a poet. After more than 30 years in music, he’s had as many incarnations as you can imagine. His resume has expanded to include acting, poetry and a popular weekly streamcast. All of this adds to Olney’s strength as a songwriter’s songwriter, and one of Nashville’s founding fathers of Americana music. “…There’s a lived-in authenticity to David Olney’s voice that is beyond so many of the young pretenders around these days. Beneath the gruff exterior lies a big heart capable of tenderness… He is the real deal.” Brock Zeman When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre. What gives Zeman’s stories force isn’t that he’s just singing a narrative – he’s living it. Over the course of his career, Zeman has released 12 studio albums, one live record, toured North America extensively and received praise from numerous press outlets. “His songs have more depth than can be realized first time through, which only enhances with each listen,” wrote Penguin Eggs. Zeman has also won a slew of songwriting awards, including 2nd place at both 2016’s Unsigned Only Competition as well as the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his track “Pulling Your Sword Out Of The Devil’s Back.” In 2017 he returned to ISC as a finalist with his song “Dead Man’s Shoes.” “I was inspired to write from the feeling I got when I listened to music,” Zeman recalls about his childhood. “I always hoped I could pass on the same overwhelming feeling to others.” * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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Five Alarm Funk

March 29 @ 7:30 pm MDT
The Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N-3Z9 Canada
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$35

Five Alarm Funk • The Arden Theatre • 5 St. Anne Street • 780-459-1542 • ardentheatre.com • March 29 • 7:30pm • $35 • Funk/R&B/Soul

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Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$28

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland On Sunday) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fRoots), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to twenty-one countries on five continents. Máire and Chris made their début as a duo on the main stage at the 1987 Cambridge Folk Festival. Highlights from their career since then include a 1988 tour of Australia as special guests of Siamsa Tíre - the Irish National `Folk Theatre - in celebration of Australia's Bicentennial, at the invitation of Bob Hawke, then Prime Minister of Australia; a concert in the Ottoman Çiragan Palace as part of the Istanbul Harp Encounter in 2010; a concert with revered Japanese percussionist Stomu Yamashta and Ensemble Kabul in Nijo Castle (the Shogun's Palace), Kyoto, Japan; many wonderful trips to Italy; a magical concert at the castle in Malcesine, Italy, overlooking a moonlit Lake Garda; four Irish Folk Festival tours of Germany in the late 80s and early 90s; four major tours of Australasia as part of the Guinness Celebration of Irish Music. Guinness Australia issued a special edition of their can for the Guinness Celebration of Irish Music tour of Australasia 1990, showing Máire and Chris’s names and listing all the very prestigious tour venues! More recently, their schedule has included headlining appearances at festivals in New Zealand (Whare Flat Folk Festival), Ireland (The Gathering Festival) and the USA (North Texas Irish Festival), and extensive touring there and in the UK. They toured in Australia (twice), the USA (four times), Canada, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and the UK, performing at thirty-seven festivals. What's Been Said: “Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - THE IRISH TIMES (Ireland) “Did things I have never heard a harp do before... Astonishing... an extraordinary event” - CLASSICAL GUITAR (UK) “Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation brought an extended standing ovation... Newman has the great gift of being informative and hilarious simultaneously” - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN “This celebrated duo took the place by storm. Stately Carolan tunes, jazzy Django-ish numbers, dazzling Doc Watson style flat picking fliers, driving Irish dance tunes - this pair can nonchalantly do the lot. Guitar players applauded and went sadly home to burn their instruments!” - THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH (Ireland) “So moving - technical brilliance and beauty that brings tears to the eyes" - IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE "The mood is ever changing - sometimes haunting, sometimes boisterous but always magical. The pair's imaginations know no bounds..." - THE BRISBANE COURIER-MAIL "Spectacularly good and technically brilliant guitar and traditional Irish harp duo at the forefront of the renaissance of Celtic music. Simply stunning" - TIME OUT "I watched (with a mixture of fascination, awe and sheer delight) as their fingers danced on the strings, weaving strands of melody together like ivory spiders on speed. Their introductions to the various pieces were every bit as delightful in their own right as the music itself. I found myself wishing they could stay, and not for musical reasons; their personalities are every bit as charming off stage as on. I think they took a bit of my heart with them when they left. May they return with it soon." - HARP BEAT (San Francisco)

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World Music Ensemble presented by Alchemy Festival of Student Work

March 29 @ 8:00 pm MDT
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB Canada

Director Rod T. Squance, Teaching Assistant Bahar Bingol. UCalgary students will perform the music of cultures from throughout the world, some in very traditional forms, others in experimental combinations. They will draw from various traditions, including Trinidadian steel drums, Balinese theatrical and ceremonial music, Indian classical music, Pakistani popular music, Japanese taiko drumming, Mexican mariachi, Turkish and Albanian traditional music, Persian classical music, and Javanese gamelan. Tickets are $13 (adults) and $10 (students/seniors) and are available online. Performances marked with * are free

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