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7:00 pm

The Brother Brothers at The Exchange

December 5 @ 7:00 pm EST
The Exchange Regina, CA + Google Map
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8:00 pm

John Reischman & The Jaybirds

December 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm PST
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$28

Like the powerful mandolinist and composer at its helm, John Reischman and the Jaybirds fashion a stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now in their 20th year, with seven acclaimed albums and two Juno nominations, the Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned and 21st-century contemporary. Bluegrass Unlimited calls John Reischman “one of the world’s undisputed masters” of the mandolin, famed for outstanding tone and taste. Many of his dozens of original instrumentals have become popular favourites for sessions and covers, such as the jam standard Saltspring. He has three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums and has recorded on many other projects, including the Grammy-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. John also plays Latin-based jazz and choro music with highly regarded finger-style acoustic guitarist/composer John Miller; the duo has released three superb albums. John began his career in the San Francisco Bay area in the early ’80s with the eclectic Good Ol’ Persons bluegrass band. He was an original member of the legendary “new acoustic” quartet, the jazz-influenced Tony Rice Unit, renowned for highly skilled instrumentals. John moved to Vancouver in the early ’90s and in 1999 formed the Jaybirds. Of their latest album, Folk Radio UK said “On That Other Green Shore showcases an accomplished, experienced band at the peak of their powers, with musicianship of the very highest order.” Peghead Nation called it “one of the most beguiling bluegrass-rooted recordings of 2017.” Los Angeles, CA-based guitarist Patrick Sauber joined the Jaybirds in 2017. The veteran performer has played with, among others, Doc Watson, Richard Greene, John Jorgensen, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien and John Fogerty. He played on the 2016 Grammy-nominated album The Hazel and Alice Sessions by Laurie Lewis, and appeared in the film A Mighty Wind with Christopher Guest. Bluegrass Unlimited describes Patrick’s playing on John’s tune Daylighting the Creek as “a glorious flatpicking solo that hews back to the glory days of early bluegrass guitar.” Chilliwack, BC-based Trisha Gagnon is portrayed by Sing Out! as “one of the most versatile” and “irresistible” lead vocalists in bluegrass, her strong and distinctive style ranging from “mournful and plaintive” to “hopeful and yearning.” Trisha anchors what Dirty Linen magazine calls “gorgeous three-part harmonies.” She’s also known for songwriting, dating back to her early days with the award-winning B.C. bluegrass band Tumbleweed. Her solo album includes guests Vince Gill and Peter Rowan. Nanaimo, BC-based Nick Hornbuckle has developed his own voice on the five-string banjo – a two-finger roll unlike other contemporary banjo players. “Nick Hornbuckle’s banjo can be downright spine-tingling,” said the L.A Daily News. His solo album 12×2 ( /-1), was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2015, and Nick is a composer who also digs for rare old-time gems. His sprightly instrumental Wellesley Station on the new Jaybird album “showcases Nick’s sharp picking and sense of melody,” said Green Man Review. Spokane, WA-based Greg Spatz is hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler Magazine. Audiophile Audition says Greg’s “virtuosic playing is flawlessly delivered time after time,” while Bluegrass Unlimited says he “lays down some seriously fine bluegrass fiddle” on the latest Jaybirds release. His strong chops have made him a popular fixture down through the years on the West Coast, where he’s played with iconic mandolinist Frank Wakefield, resophonic guitar master Rob Ickes, and many others including Laurie Lewis, Bryan Bowers, and Eli West and Cahalen Morrison. Greg also plays and records with Mighty Squirrel, has a solo album called Fiddler’s Dream and a duo recording with his wife called All Along the Sea, and is an award-winning novelist.

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Mark Reeves

December 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, 234 Main St
Winnipeg, R3C 1A8 CA
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Powerhouse soul, blues and R&B vocals and guitar. Mark Reeves brings his band back to Times for a another great evening of dancing and fun. A breath of fresh air, Winnipeg’s Mark Reeves is a classic example of one of those rare, blazingly talented independent artists who leaves unsuspecting audiences slack-jawed and eager for more. Like some kind of caffeinated single malt whiskey, Reeves’ bluesy roots rock goes down smooth and easy, but packs a powerful kick that can’t help but move you. Anybody who loves R&B will immediately be inspired by Mark’s infectious, dance-all-night groove thang - but there are profoundly beautiful moments, clever lyrical humour, and an unpretentious musical wisdom that makes you sit back while you catch your breath.

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Manitoba Skylines – World Premiere

December 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave
Winnipeg, R3B1Z8 CA
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Manitoba Skyline - World Premiere, featuring Scott Nolan, Glenn Buhr, and the Fallen Angels Orchestra Scott Nolan is “a master songwriter, musician, and performer… a true Canadian treasure." -Big Dave McLean Glenn Buhr, one of Canada’s leading composers, is director of the Integrated Musical Arts program at Wilfrid Laurier University, founder and original designer of the WSO New Music Festival, and an accomplished jazz pianist. ----- With Glenn Buhr and Scott Nolan’s recent homecoming to Winnipeg we’ve been restored with two of the prairies’ greatest veteran musicians. While this is cause for cheering, the project on which these apples-to-oranges artists are immediately embarking is raising eyebrows: an ambitious series of collaborations pairing Nolan’s troubadourial genius with Buhr’s singular gifts as an orchestrator and composer. If classically trained Beatles producer George Martin had in fact been a fifth member of the band, at times they may have yielded something like the musical fruits of this partnership. On the immediate horizon, in the world of this multifaceted project, is a spectacular orchestral-folk concert 8pm, 5 December at the intimate West End Cultural Centre. Flanked by the 12-piece Fallen Angels Orchestra, Nolan and Buhr will premiere nearly a dozen new songs directly from WECC’s floor, while audiences drink in the scene from their seats on the stage and surrounding floor. We’ll hear Nolan’s famous working-class poetry rooted in the Manitoba landscape and Buhr’s wry songs about anarchists and evolution, both set to fresh, impeccable orchestral arrangements by Buhr. What may seem like an unexpected collision between the pop and classical worlds is, in fact, a natural development for these two eclectic musicians. Nolan’s many years touring Canada and the US thrilled tens of thousands. However, it left the artist feeling understandably fatigued – primarily with life on the road, but also with the arrangement styles common to so many roots acts. Now that Nolan has settled back in Winnipeg, he’s opened his own recording studio, the Song Shop. The space’s emphasis on experimentation and collaboration brought Buhr and Nolan together with the Penderecki String Quartet last June to record new music, of which the WECC concert will be the world premiere. Buhr is also making his way back to Winnipeg after decades as Professor of Music Composition and Improvisation at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. While works like his ballet Beauty and the Beast continue to be remounted to the delight of audiences across Europe and Asia, Buhr – no stranger, as an accomplished jazz musician, to nightclubs and bars– has largely moved towards subversive rock music in recent years. Buhr and Nolan’s December concert will offer one of the most memorable and entertaining evenings of contemporary Canadian music in the prairies this year. It will also mark the launch of DreamPlay; a virtual art gallery, music platform, and record label, which will be the launch pad for Nolan and Buhr’s new recordings and videos. More details to come in the near future from Buhr and Nolan’s team about this innovative new platform, highlighting the best in prairie music. Doors - 7:15pm Show - 8:00pm Tickets Advance - $30.00 Door - $35.00 Tickets available at Eventbrite or by contacting the WECC box office.

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The Barrelmen

December 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
The Bassment, 202 4th Avenue North
Saskatoon, S7K 0K1 CA
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Back to play their annual December gig at The Bassment, The Barrelmen – Berkeley Buchko, Jody Giesbrecht, Tyler MacKenzie, and Craig Wilson – consistently deliver great original tunes, some fine singing and playing, and a rockin’ party. Just to make sure everyone is on the same page, sometimes the Barrelmen’s ultra-enthusiastic audience is louder than the band! Sponsored by Community Radio CFCR

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8:30 pm

Luke McMaster: The Christmas Show

December 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 8:30pm Luke McMaster: The Christmas Show $25 Advance / $30 Door * Celebrate the joy of the season with internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Luke McMaster and his band as they take you on a journey through the music of classic Christmas with a Motown twist.  Enjoy Luke’s soulful take on holiday classics like Silent Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Baby Please Come Home, as well as Luke’s own chart topping holiday favourites including Raise A Glass (Top 10 in Canada, two years running), and Merry Christmas Beautiful (Top 3 Hit on Billboard AC). Take a trip through the hallowed halls of Motown with favourites like Signed, Sealed, Delivered, My Girl, and Ain’t No Sunshine sprinkled with stories from Luke’s ground breaking ICONS OF SOUL project which features music he’s written and recorded with Motown legend Lamont Dozier (80 Top 10 Motown hits) and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals (Groovin’, Good Lovin’). A Motown Christmas with Luke McMaster is just the ticket to kick your holiday season off right! Luke McMaster Award-winning Canadian singer and prolific songwriter Luke McMaster has graced the stage and shared the studio with the best of the best in the music industry. He’s written and produced music for such stars as Rihanna and Nick Lachey from the Backstreet Boys and performed in the opening act for Christina Aguilera. He’s entertained our Canadian troops in Afghanistan, toured across North America with Grammy-nominated piano sensation Jim Brickman (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John etc.) and most recently, served as an artist ambassador for the Government of Ontario, promoting tourism during the Sochi Winter Olympics. website: https://www.lukemcmaster.com youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhok6IV81Mo   * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.

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Rosina Cove & VISSIA iHuman Fundraiser

December 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm EST
The Empress Ale House, 9912 82 Ave
Edmonton, T6E 1Y9 CA
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MUSIC STARTS 8:30PM $10 suggested donation 18+ iHuman is all about creating workable pathways for #yeg youth to live healthy lives. www.ihuman.org iHuman's mission is to work with marginalized and traumatized youth through crisis intervention, arts mentorship and life skills development. At iHuman, youth explore their own identity and create their own compelling future. The authentic culture at the iHuman Youth Society is one of acceptance, openness and a genuine willingness to support youth. The focus is to offer youth opportunities to meet with iHuman professional staff and other social agency personnel as required, to engage in harm reduction activities, and participate in arts-related activities that foster positive self-worth and encourage reintegration into the community.

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