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6:30 pm

Yani Borrell + Dance lesson with AfroLatino & DJ Suave

December 6 @ 6:30 pm - December 7 @ 2:30 am EST
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas West
Toronto, M6K1T9 CA
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On Friday we are taking off on a trip to CUBA with the GREAT Yani Borrell and his fantastic salsa band! ?Admission: $59 dinner & show prix fixe or $15 at the door. ?? Book your dinner/bottle service table ?? 416 588 0307 or info@lula.ca ?? More Info: http://bit.ly/2OcRigZ ??? The complimentary beginners dance lesson with Albena De Assis from AfroLatino Dance Co. at 9 pm is a perfect party starter! No partner or previous experience required? DJ Jimmy Suave will be spinning a dance floor friendly mix of salsa, merengue, bachata and top 40. Doors Open: 6:30 pm / Afterwork Party 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm / Dance Lesson: 9 pm / Show Starts: 10:15 pm.

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7:30 pm

Boreal “Songs for the Snowy Season” in Brampton

December 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Like a glowing fire and a steaming mug of hot chocolate, Boreal’s “Songs For The Snowy Season” is the perfect antidote to a cold winter’s night. Award winning singer-songwriters Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley will be joined by their new band mate Angie Nussey to perform their show "Songs For The Snowy Season". With glorious voices, stunning harmonies, humorous stories and top-notch song writing, Boreal celebrates the coming of winter and the spirit of the holiday season. Angie and Tannis and Katherine have dug up old songs and written new ones about winter. Their lyrics conjure up vivid sights and sounds that so many Canadians would recognize: pine branches bending low, squirrels’ footprints in the snow, winter’s hush, the heave-ho of shovelling, the sound of slap shots off the boards, the angel truck drivers who lead us home in blizzards. Their love of harmonies, their combined song writing skills, their tour de force voices, and the joy they feel singing with each other all make for an unforgettable event. Join the others who make it a tradition to come every year to welcome winter at one of Boreal's shows. "Boreal is the perfect blend of three amazing talents into one body of heavenly harmony, humour and class! We love them!" Ginny Clements, Innisfil Live Music, Innisfil, Ontario “Boreal throws a cozy blanket around their audience with beautiful harmonies and heart-warming songs.” Folkway Music Part of Brampton Folk Club's concert series - http://www.bramptonfolk.ca/upcoming_events/index.php Tickets are $18 for adults ($15 for students and seniors), available at the door, at the St. Paul’s church office, or through reservations by calling 647-BFF-FOLK (647-233-3655), or by emailing info@bramptonfolk.ca. Tickets are also available for $18 through the City Theatre Box Office (905-874-2800).

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8:00 pm

Craig Cardiff (Wakefield, QC) Friday, December 6th

December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:01 pm EST
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Craig is returning to the legendary Blacksheep Inn for an evening performance. Doors: 8:00pm Show: 8:30pm Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door *All ticket sales are final, no refunds or exchanges

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The Brother Brothers

December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Ave
Winnipeg, R3B1Z8 CA
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Intimate acoustic folk anchored by butter-smooth close-harmony vocals and minimalist-yet-sophisticated arrangements - Rolling Stone Country The Brother Brothers are Adam and David Moss, identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. Using minimal instrumentation, heartfelt lyricism, and harmonies so natural they seem to blend into one beautiful voice, the siblings draw on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York for their full-length debut album, Some People I Know. The Brother Brothers’ acoustic project emerges from several years spent traveling the country, both separately and together, playing in varying ensembles and sometimes settling in separate cities. Though each writes his fair share of the discography independently, the brothers’ palpable fraternal bond produces a togetherness in these songs that few bands can offer. The title, Some People I Know, refers to the resonating personal nature of these songs. As David explains, “I think every song on the album is about a person or a character, and in a way, is a reflection of ourselves.” Track after track, this sentiment rings true; “Mary Anne” is an encouraging ode to a friend with depression. “Banjo Song” conveys a conversation with someone who gives up playing an instrument after a hurtful breakup. “The Gambler” honors an old man who makes his living at Atlantic City casinos. The duo masterfully captures familiarity in human experiences, their nomadic background making that no surprise. “Adam and I are definitely the kind of people that have trouble staying in,” says David. “We love surrounding ourselves with people that make us feel good, and grow. That's part of the beauty of living in New York and living in Austin and Boston and traveling the country – wherever you go, you've got friends and people that really shine and help you shine a little brighter.” David has bartended in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn for six years, seeing firsthand his regular customers and friends being priced out of the area. The disheartening change inspired “Frankie,” a song in which a close-knit community slowly shrinks, as a result of growing greed outside its control. The song’s powerful chorus makes a memorable statement true to folk tradition. Although young men, The Brother Brothers have boasted this sterling folk sound for decades. Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, they sang along as children to their father’s record collection of the Kingston Trio, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys. “That's where we learned to sing harmony and then one thing leads to another,” says Adam. “All of a sudden we could harmonize to anything we wanted to. It was a very natural progression.” After earning music degrees at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, the brothers set off on separate musical journeys. Adam traded in the viola for a fiddle and joined Green Mountain Grass, Austin’s premier gonzograss band. David spent a short stint in Chicago, then moved to Austin and formed a progressive folk group called The Blue Hit. Once in Austin, David discovered the music of Texas songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Blaze Foley and began writing songs shortly thereafter. In 2011, he entered (and won) the Newfolk songwriting competition at Kerrville Folk Festival. “Going to the folk festival each year has been a constant source of new friends and some of the purest inspiration we’ve ever known,” says Adam, who went on to talk about the value of artists as friends and the creative influence they can have on you. From Austin, Adam moved to Boston, where he busked in the subway in order to hone his talent as a fiddler. After a couple of years, the twins reunited in Brooklyn, where The Brother Brothers project was finally born. Before long, they accepted invitations to open tours with Sarah Jarosz and Lake Street Dive. They released an independent EP, Tugboats, in 2017, followed by a national tour with I’m With Her in 2018. Speaking about their live shows, Adam says, “I feel like there's definitely like a living room vibe. Most of our experience before we were performing as a duo was, you know, sitting around song circles with friends, playing and creating a very homey, small-room environment.” That sense of familiarity has served the siblings well on Some People I Know. After going on tour with Anaïs Mitchell’s stage production of Hadestown, David wrote “Colorado” to pay homage to friendships made on the road, brief as they may have been. Adam wrote the lively fiddle tune “In the Nighttime” in order to attract passersby in the Boston subway. By using a different microphone set-up, the track stands out on Some People I Know – and not just because of the yodeling. As the record returns to a gentle pace, “Red and Gold” harkens back to Simon & Garfunkel, while “Ocean’s Daughter” (written with Rosie Tucker) meshes the duo’s sound with klezmer music. The portrayal of a doomed relationship in Peter Rowan’s “Paper Bride” is perhaps the album’s most cinematic moment. Quietly closing the album, Buck Meek’s “Sam Bridges” is a beautifully told tale of the vagabond, and “Goodbye Old Silver,” is poetic gratitude paid to seasons’ change. The Brother Brothers recorded Some People I Know at Mark Ettinger’s Lethe Lounge in New York City with producer Robin Macmillan and engineer Jefferson Hamer. While the songs capably capture a modern snapshot of their surroundings, the album itself retains a timeless feel – something the brothers intentionally accomplished. “I just want people to listen to it once and want to listen to it again,” David says of the album. “And every time they listen to it, I want them to find something new and in some way relate it to themselves. Whether they're listening to it today or in 40 years, I hope it will make them feel just the same.” Doors - 7:15pm Show - 8:00pm Tickets Advance - $20.00 Door - $25.00 Tickets available at Eventbrite or by contacting the WECC box office.

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Emily Triggs at the Rocky Mountain Folk Club

December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Rocky Mountain Folk Club, 901 11 Ave NW
Calgary, T2M 0C2 CA
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No stranger to The Rocky & Calgary audiences as a member of the wonderful Magnolia Buckskin, Emily studied music at Montreal’s Dawson College and Elkins College, West Virginia, immersing herself in the Appalachian folk music culture. Her 2015 debut CD “When Guinevere Went Under” showcases her unapologetic and heartfelt style and unique sound in the folk/roots genre.

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Benjamin Dakota Rogers – Christmas Show

December 6 @ 8:00 pm EST
Mt Pleasant Community Centre, Mt Pleasant Rd
Newport, CA
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8:30 pm

Ensemble Vivant

December 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Friday, December 6, 2019 | 8:30pm Ensemble Vivant $35 Advance / $40 Door * Ensemble Vivant has been thrilling audiences of all ages in concert and on Recordings for over 3 decades. A favourite wherever the group performs, Ensemble Vivant receives accolades internationally. A pioneer in the piano chamber music world, Ensemble Vivant’s exciting, innovative programming ranges from Classical to the syncopated rhythms of Ragtime, music of The Great American Songbook, Latin, and other Jazz related styles. Ensemble Vivant’s unique core instrumentation of piano, violin, viola, cello and bass, suggests and delivers these diverse musical genres, which the group has been steeped in for over 30 years. Frequently joining the core quintet are greats from the Toronto Jazz community, including Don Thompson, O.C., vibes, Kevin Turcotte, trumpet/flugelhorn; Mike Murley, sax; Nick Fraser, drums; Juan Carlos Medrano, Latin Percussion, and others. Passionate, virtuosic performances and a warm engaging rapport with all audiences add to the immense appeal of this unique, much adored group. Jazz great Rick Wilkins, C.M. commented: “This is the highest-level chamber music-making. No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making.”  Ensemble Vivant record’s for Opening Day Entertainment Group and Latin Romance is the group’s 14th recording through the registered, non-profit charity, Euterpe: Music is the Key, Ensemble Vivant is known for fostering a love of great music among our youth. Live, high calibre, interactive, inspirational performances of Classical, Jazz and related musical styles are brought to those who might not otherwise be exposed to these life-enhancing opportunities. With a principal focus on children, these musical genres are known to provide inestimable benefits to the developing brain. Euterpe’s invaluable musical initiatives have been endorsed by the scientific community and have been enriching the lives of children and their communities for over a dozen years. “Ensemble Vivant… great warmth and swing…what you get is absolute magic.” – The WholeNote “Molti bravi Ensemble Vivant!…Please return soon!” – de Blasiis CMS at the Hyde, Glens Falls, NY, USA “To my heart, your rendition of ‘Oblivion is the most touching I have ever heard. Bravo!” – Radio Classique, Montréal “Led by a remarkable pianist, Catherine Wilson, Ensemble Vivant boasts a collection of musicians whose abilities and qualifications are second to none…highlight of the Kelowna Community Concert Association series…Merci Ensemble Vivant.” – Kelowna B.C. Performing Arts “Ensemble Vivant does a fantastic job with the nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla…these musicians capture the passion as well as the verve… Wilson’s piano gives this music unerring drive and plenty of sparkle.” – Toronto Star “Beautiful, poised performances reveal the deep musicianship and light interpretive touch of these Toronto-based musicians led by pianist Catherine Wilson.”  – Toronto Star “…precisions of sonority, dynamics and rhythm that Ensemble Vivant, led by pianist Catherine Wilson, fully deliver….the intricate ensemble writing is performed magnificently…a moving experience… Wilson’s playing is evocative.” – The WholeNote “…thoroughly enjoyable…” – Boston Herald, USA website: https://www.ensemblevivant.com/ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFkq41AHX1M * Advertised pricing excludes taxes and fees.

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9:00 pm

The Barrelmen

December 6 @ 9:00 pm - December 7 @ 12:00 am 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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9:30 pm

Emily Burgess & The Emburys with s/g The Low Profiles

December 6 @ 9:30 pm - December 7 @ 12:30 am EST
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
Ottawa, K1S 3W4 CA
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Emily Burgess & The Emburys are beyond excited to present their much-anticipated NEW album 'Never-Ending Fling' at Irene's Pub on December 6th, 2019 Emily Burgess & The Emburys were named ‘Best New Group’ at The Maple Blues Awards in 2019. At the heart of this Peterborough, Ontario trio is creative songwriting, harmonies, and a group sound that is as dynamic as it is inventive. Emily Burgess (guitar/vocals), and Marcus Browne (drums/vocals) have steered the ship of this mighty little group since 2017, with Dawson McManus joining on bass in 2019. In very short order, the band has travelled every direction, criss-crossing the continent from Electric City, WA to Hubbards, NS, from Thunder Bay, ON to Atlanta, GA, wowing audiences with their big sound and unassuming nature. Joined by Ottawa natives 'The Low Profiles', Emily Burgess & The Emburys are excited for their return to the nation's capital.

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10:00 pm

Tom Waits Birthday Party

December 6 @ 10:00 pm EST
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, 234 Main St
Winnipeg, R3C 1A8 CA
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Featuring Kipp Kocay and his Nighthawk Diners, Mayor Matt Allen and the Little Buddies.

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Dennis Ellsworth & The Electric Stars + Rod Kreiger

December 6 @ 10:00 pm - December 7 @ 1:00 am EST
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle St
Halifax, B3J 2B5 CA
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After a great set opening for Matthew Sweet & The HFX All Stars during our Halifax Urban Folk Festival on Labour Day, we’re bringing Dennis Ellsworth & The Electric Stars back for his Common Senseless album release show at The Carleton on Friday, December 6th. Newfoundland-born, Toronto-based artist Rod Kreiger, who’s also releasing his eponymous debut EP, will be the opener. Show time is 10 PM and advanced tickets are only $15.

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