Music

Acoustically Inclined

Acoustically Inclined

This year marks 30 years since the beginning of the A.I. adventure and though each member has gone on to make their own successful solo careers, they are flying home from various locations across the world to bring back the music that started their careers. This reuniting concert will not only be a magical recreation and in some case re arrangement of the songs fans came to love, but also a reunion of tribe and Winnipeg pride. This will be a musical party filling the West End Cultural Centre with hundreds of fans the band came to know as family.

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Leaf Rapids

Leaf Rapids

It started the way all good things do, with a story, one that emerged from the time-shrouded attics of Keri Latimer’s family history. A tale of the great-grandmother she knew only as tiny and soft-spoken, a gentle soul who only spoke Japanese. Who would have guessed that once, in her youth, that same little old lady stabbed a man with a pair of barbershop shears? 

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Jeremy Fisher

Jeremy Fisher

“If I knew what I was doing, I’d be doing it every day,” says Ottawa-based singer, songwriter and producer Jeremy Fisher. “Most of the time I’m chasing ghosts and running into walls, so when I get my hands on a song that feels right and provokes emotion in others it can feel like the first time and that’s exciting.” 

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Off The Wagon & The Duhks

Off The Wagon & The Duhks

GRAMMY and JUNO award winners, seeing The Duhks live is nothing short of a spiritual experience. A syncopated bluesy banjo number seamlessly follows a Cajun two-step; an old-time jaunt nestles comfortably next to a gospel performance. One of the most musically adventurous bands to come from the roots scene in the past decade, The Duhks return to the stage is definitely a cause for celebration.

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JD McPherson

JD McPherson

When he talks about his new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, there’s no glimmer of self-adulation, or even the confidence one might expect of a veteran artist. Instead, there’s a snapshot of McPherson’s creative process bringing the record to life, a journey filled with fear and change, then boldness, and, eventually, catharsis. This record chronicles a series of upheavals, frustrations, roadblocks, and kismet—a cross-country move, failed creative relationships, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity, and learning to love making music again by letting go.

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Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers

Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers

Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime.

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Royal Canoe

Royal Canoe

Royal Canoe doesn’t sound anything like ‘Royal Canoe’. The name elicits thoughts of pine trees, plaid jackets and stomp-clap-whoas. ”We’ve always hoped that once people actually hear us and see all of the synths on stage that the band name can just become an empty vessel to fill with the music we make,” says singer, Matt Peters.

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Crystal Method

Crystal Method

Throughout the past two decades, the musical landscape has continually merged, morphed, and matrixed, fractured in countless directions while intersecting at the most unexpected points. Electronic music underwent a renaissance in the aughts, rising out of the warehouses and blank spaces and overtaking the biggest festival fields in the world. THE CRYSTAL METHOD followed a similar trajectory since their formation in 1993. The Grammy Award®-nominated, platinum-certified trailblazing duo—Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland—set the stage for the genre-mashing electronic sounds that fuel the current zeitgeist.

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