The Country Legends Tribute Tour with Gordon Cormier & Dave Pike
Friday, September 20th at 7:30pm
Newfoundland’s Dave Pike and Gordon Cormier bring classic country music to life. Featuring the music of Charlie Pride, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash and a few Newfoundland songs, jigs and reels for good measure!
Tickets: $25 (taxes and fees included)
Great Lake Swimmers
Wednesday, September 25th at 7:30pm
Great Lake Swimmers is a beloved indie folk act in Canada and beyond.
The CBC has called them “a national treasure” and their music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at once familiar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delve deeper. Great Lake Swimmers have twice been nominated for Juno Awards, have been shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Prize, and won a Canadian Indie Award for Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group. They have shared the stage as support for such musical luminaries as Robert Plant, Feist, and Calexico, and have appeared as headliners for many of Canada’s major Folk Music festivals.
Their relentless touring schedule and countless live shows have helped them develop devoted fan bases across Canada, the US, Europe, the UK and many points beyond. Mojo dubbed them “Ambient Zen Americana” and Exclaim has described them as a “cherished blend of folk and orchestral indie pop.”
Tickets: $20 (taxes and fees included)
Contact East: Showcase 4
Saturday, September 28th 11:15-1:30pm
Theatre New Brunswick
Bridge & Wolak
Sarah Hagen & Brendan Mcleod
Each year, Contact East brings together the very best of North American Talent in music, theatre and dance to showcase and pitch their work to regional, national and international presenters.
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Rachel Beck ft. The Atlantic String Machine
Sunday, October 27th at 7:30pm
Glowing with catchy pop hooks, Rachel Beck’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals are captivating audiences across Canada. The PEI songbird’s first single, Reckless Heart, hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 in March 2018 after earning the most online votes for six weeks straight. The Atlantic String Machine is a multi award-winning classical crossover string quintet based on Prince Edward Island. As a collective, they have performed with Canadian treasures Sarah Slean, Lennie Gallant, and The Once, to name a few.
Rachel Beck featuring The Atlantic String Machine is an exciting new collaboration which invites audiences to experience Beck’s original compositions against a lush soundscape of piano, strings, and percussion. Exposed. Confessional. Connective. Beck’s warm stage presence and superb vocals envelop listeners as they collectively journey across a wide emotional range – from regret and grief to wonder and joy.
Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane
Friday, November 23rd at 7:30pm
International touring award nominated Canadian string bending song slinger Gordie Tentrees has arrived.
This road poet, multi-instrumentalist, and master storyteller brings the unexpected to stages across North America, Europe, Australia, UK & Ireland with 7 records behind him either solo or with legendary sideman Jaxon Haldane. From Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Scotland) to the National Folk Festival (Canberra, AU) his ability to hold an audience, weave melody, while juggling the dark with the light is infectious. His new 2018 release “GRIT” conveys character sketches of life struggling with adversity following up his sensational 2016 release “Less is More”, which was the top 20 International Canadian album (#12). With over 550 concerts in 11 countries during the past 3 years alone, look for him in a town near you.
“Majestic songwriting, genuine authenticity, incredible insight”Americana UK
Tickets: $20 (taxes and fees included)
Wednesday, November 27th at 7:30pm
Performer, composer, activist, musicologist — these roles are all infused into his art and way of life. His music, too, transcends boundaries: unapologetically playful in its incorporation of classical influences, full of reverence for the traditional songs of his home,and teeming with the urgency of modern-day struggles of resistance. A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Jeremy first did music studies in Halifax before taking a chance to work in the archives at the Canadian Museum of History, painstakingly transcribing Wolastoq songs from 1907 wax cylinders. “Many of the songs I’d never heard before, because our musical tradition on the East Coast was suppressed by the Canadian Government’s Indian Act.” Jeremy heard ancestral voices singing forgotten songs and stories that had been taken from the Wolastoqiyik generations ago.
As he listened to each recording, he felt his own musical impulses stirring from deep within. Long days at the archives turned into long nights at the piano, feeling out melodies and phrases, deep in dialogue with the voices of his ancestors. These “collaborative” compositions, collected together on his debut LP Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, are like nothing you’ve ever heard.
Delicate, sublime vocal melodies ring out atop piano lines that cascade through a vibrant range of emotions. The anguish and joy of the past erupt fervently into the present through Jeremy’s bold approach to composition and raw, affective performances enhanced by his outstanding tenor techniques.
“I’m doing this work because there’s only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left,” he says. “It’s crucial for us to make sure that we’re using our language and passing it on to the next generation. If you lose the language, you’re not just losing words; you’re losing an entire way of seeing and experiencing the world from a distinctly indigenous perspective.”
Tickets: $40 adults
$20 (19 & under)