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BLUE MOON MARQUEE LIVE FEBRUARY 4TH, 2018

Posted by on Feb 3, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Don’t Miss Blue Moon Marquee Live at the Olive Sunday February 4th at 8pm.  Tickets $10

Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea ,British Columbia. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves. Artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Jonson, Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, Memphis Minnie, and Django Reinhardt are deeply infused in the soul of their music.
Blue Moon Marquee is primarily a live duo with the energy and sound of a full band. Colette, the rhythm section, not only commands the upright bass but also brings the swing with her feet on the kick drum, snare and high hat, all while singing harmonies. Cardinal is of the screaming and hollering blues ilk with distinctive thick and smoky vocals that barrel out like a raging bull. His guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz tinged blues.

 Appreciated for their authenticity, Blue Moon Marquee have been nominated for a Maple Blues Award as best new artist of the year, 2016. The duo were also the most requested band for the 2016 TD International Jazz Festival circuit across Canada, which they will return to in 2017. Their songs have a heavy dose of atmosphere and texture with a penchant for poet characters and gritty settings. It is this connection to the working class that draws so many people to their music, crossing many of the usual genre, age and cultural bounds. Most importantly, they make every song their own. After four years of playing together, the group has developed a distinct, personal voice that can be heard in each song. The result is an infectious mix of early blues, jazz, country, and popular songs with a contemporary and relevant feel, which is highly listenable and great for dancing. Blue Moon Marquee’s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and the way Colette’s tones lift A.W.’s mystique is something that enthralls audiences from back room bars to festival stages to the velvet seated theaters.

BELLA CAT-Tonights The Night Tour

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Entertainment | 0 comments

Try to imagine two of the world’s most soulful and unique voices, Janis Joplin and Eartha Kit now imagine them producing a beautiful love child and that would be as Clyde Stubblefield dubbed her “The Princess of Soul” BELLA CAT.

Bella Cat hails from Chelsea, Quebec. She found her natural raw talent at age 12 and eventually discovered her love of Blues and Soul music thanks to the help of an early vocal coach and parental support. As a young adult she decided to get busy composing her own original takes in those genre’s.

After her 1st independent release (Bella Cat Corrupted) she has been compared to a unique combination of Janis Joplin meets Eartha Kit and is instantly recognizable as an original powerhouse that should be a contender on the international stage. Upon seeing her live, new Canadian producer Neal Sundet immediately decided she should be working with his old friend and award winning producer Jack Letourneau. Jack recognizing her talent, decided to put top studio musicians together for the backing tracks and even enlisted iconic drummer Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s original drummer) to lay down some grooves. After recording with her and hearing ‘Tonight is the Night for Freedom’ he dubbed her “The Princess of Soul”. Additionally Jack brought in 4 time Grammy award nomanee Billy Branch on harmonica and back up singers Mae Koen (Aretha Franklin) and Shay Jones (Nine Inch Nails). The result as you can hear on this new single are compelling and visceral. Timely lyrics delivered with passion and fury leave you wanting more. More is what is coming from Bella Cat!

TICKETS $10

SHOW 8PM

CALEB HART & THE ROYAL YOUTHS LIVE IN CONCERT OCTOBER 14TH 2017

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Entertainment | 0 comments

No matter how many changes the music industry experiences, the one thing that always remains, is the power of a passionate live show. Caleb Hart has the ability to bring something fresh, honest and powerful every time he steps on a stage.

A natural born performer since he was a young boy growing up in Trinidad & Tobago; Hart has been taking his music across Canada and around the world to The Caribbean, Australia, USA and New Zealand full time since 2012. Along with racking up well over 700 shows in that time, he has also released 5 records, 6 singles, and won prestigious awards from Edmonton Folk Fest, the Western Canadian Music Awards and more. However, all of the sales, stats and awards are just the background to Harts mission to spread songs of hope and unity wherever he goes. Whether touring with a band or as a solo performer, Hart carries a singular ability to bring the audience together for the show and beyond.

His debut solo EP album Island Soul was released worldwide in June 2017. After another busy summer of touring festivals and venues across western Canada this summer, Caleb Hart & The Royal Youths are set to release their debut EP album ‘origiNation’ in the fall and will be touring Western Canada alongside soulful roots rocker Buckman Coe.

The sound mastered by these guys is a team effort, plainly displayed in their immaculate performances. Its the combination of heart shared by each member of the band, and a flawless synchronicity of talent, skill, and simply soul. Jessy Savage http://www.jessysavage.com/features/caleb-hart-and-the-royal-youths-road-to-riff

The Royal Youths formed on Vancouver Island in October 2015 as a one time backing band for Caleb Hart. Since then they have grown into an incredible band that brings their own unique funky reggae into every room they pl

The Burying Ground Live in Concert June 12th

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Entertainment, News | Comments Off on The Burying Ground Live in Concert June 12th

If you’ve ever yearned to be transported into times bygone or just needed a balm for your old soul, The Burying Ground will take you straight into the sweetest broken-hearted foot-tapping realm of your dreams, an experience considerably cheaper than building a time machine. Starting out as a duo in early 2014 and hailing from Vancouver, BC, Woody Forster (vocals, resophonic guitar), and Devora Laye (vocals, washboard, saw, kazoo) have been charming modern hearts all over western Canada, lending new life to old songs while composing original tunes that sound straight out of the 20s and 30s. Spinning Ragtime, Jazz, and early Blues and Country into a musical tapestry that will keep you warm on your most lonesome nights. Woody’s deep, whiskey-soaked, smoke-ringed rasp and Devora’s sweet feather touched honeycomb bell tones will roll you into an old time reverie.

Shedding light on aspects of the human experience that resonate into the modern day, The Burying Ground is not just your great-grandpappy’s band, as they touch on mental health, the traumas of war, social justice, sorrow, strength, determination, and good old fashioned lost and found love. They’ll break down your pain while having you up and dancing away your blues.”

Music 8:30pm

Advance Tickets $10~Door $15

THE BLUE MOON MARQUEE LIVE IN CONCERT SATURDAY MAY 27,2017

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea ,British Columbia. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves. Artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Jonson, Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, Memphis Minnie, and Django Reinhardt are deeply infused in the soul of their music.

Blue Moon Marquee is primarily a live duo with the energy and sound of a full band. Colette, the rhythm section, not only commands the upright bass but also brings the swing with her feet on the kick drum, snare and high hat, all while singing harmonies. Cardinal is of the screaming and hollering blues ilk with distinctive thick and smoky vocals that barrel out like a raging bull. His guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz tinged blues.

Appreciated for their authenticity, Blue Moon Marquee have been nominated for a Maple Blues Award as best new artist of the year, 2016. The duo were also the most requested band for the 2016 TD International Jazz Festival circuit across Canada, which they will return to in 2017. Their songs have a heavy dose of atmosphere and texture with a penchant for poet characters and gritty settings. It is this connection to the working class that draws so many people to their music, crossing many of the usual genre, age and cultural bounds. Most importantly, they make every song their own. After four years of playing together, the group has developed a distinct, personal voice that can be heard in each song. The result is an infectious mix of early blues, jazz, country, and popular songs with a contemporary and relevant feel, which is highly listenable and great for dancing. Blue Moon Marquee’s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and the way Colette’s tones lift A.W.’s mystique is something that enthralls audiences from back room bars to festival stages to the velvet seated theaters.

Jeff Lang Live January 30th 8pm

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

On “Carried in Mind” the trademark qualities of Jeff Lang’s playing resonate stronger than ever, displaying not only a guitarist of gob-smacking talent, but a songwriter of the highest order. Each protagonist draws us into their world, leaving us wondering what will happen when the song ends, and what might have transpired just before. We witness grand acts of cowardice present in songs like ‘Frightened Fool’ alongside the humble stoicism seen in ‘Mama, Why You Holding Back Now?’. The interplay of temptation, resistance and surrender dances just as wildly around vast landscapes and domestic environments, moving from the country’s red centre to a lover’s bedroom. The blood, fear and velocity of songs like ‘Running By the Rock’ are well met by the cool quiet of ‘Fisherman’s Farewell’. Sounding as ancient as a traditional folk ballad, ‘Newbridge’ details a heartbreaking act of matricide, in which Lang returns strikingly to singing in the female voice, showing all too well how aware he is of the ironies and often untold violence of this world. It’s a stark juxtaposition with the tender lullaby ‘Way past Midnight’, which soothes us after the epic journey that is Carried In Mind.

As with most of Lang’s collection, it was recorded live in the studio, with long time musical partners in crime Grant Cummerford (bass) and Danny McKenna (drums). The addition of Garrett Costigan on pedal steel feels so natural that one might mistake his presence on earlier albums. Alison Ferrier’s brief appearance singing backing vocals on the track she co-wrote with Lang breathes harmony and stillness into the album, which is ripe with the rhythms of work, life, and loving.

Of his new recording, Lang says, ‘…(this is) a batch of brand-new, reconditioned, rust-removed, freshly ventilated, instinct-driven musical conversations between sleep-deprived, cheaply-clothed, (mostly) freshly-shaven, (partially) clean-living, flinty-eyed gentlemen wielding precision instruments with all due care and respect.

The title refers to the kind of hauntings that prey on everyday people, growing from common stuff, things that seemed innocuous at the time: a half-heard comment that stays with you after most other events from that night in that bar have sunk back into the blotting paper; words that ricochet between your memory and the paranoid voices in your head, back-and-forth, over-and-over, until they’ve spun around enough to have mutated into something possibly more sinister; something more laden with secret meanings than you might have a right to speculate on. The title deals with memories. As do many of the songs, in their own way.

Of the limited edition disc that will be released alongside the album, he continues, ‘I thought it might be interesting for people who enjoy Carried In Mind to hear some of the songs in a different setting, stripped back to a single instrument for example, or even done in a different style.’. This is why ‘Running By the Rock’ appears backed only by a fan-driven harmonium, hanging in time and space, and why ‘Jack-A-Roe’ is given an acoustic treatment with lap steel to contrast with the band arrangement on the album. Jeff will be playing Live at The Olive Bistro Saturday January 30th. Tickets are 10$ advance and 15$ at the door. Call 780.852.5222 to reserve your seats.
“Seeing Jeff Lang was like being at church for three hours – a totally sacred event. He’s the man as far as I’m concerned.”
John Butler

“Australia’s best roots-music artisan.”
Rolling Stone

“Psychedelic, Sahara-swept solos, distorted natural harmonics and eye-poppingly virtuosic lap steel work. This is the real deal, folks.”
Rave Magazine

WIL live Saturday December 12 2015

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

Tickets 18$ advance 22$ @the door. Contact The Olive for tickets 780.852.5222

The Dead South Live Sunday November 30th 2015 8pm

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. With Nate Hilts’ gritty vocals and aggressive guitar strumming, Scott Pringle’s soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Colton Crawford’s blazing banjo licks and steady kick drum, and Danny Kenyon’s prominent cello melodies, The Dead South blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of boot-stompin’ acoustic music.

The Dead South has been hard at work since they formed as a band, having played several notable shows, some of which include: showcasing at Reeperbahn Festival 2014, Canadian Music Week 2014, Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival, Juno Fest 2013 – 2014, Grey Cup Festival 2013 where they opened for Serena Ryder, Saskatchewan Party Premier’s Dinner, The Works Art and Design Festival, All Folk’d Up Festival, Frontier Days Festival, Long Days Night Festival, Picker’s Cup Festival and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

On top of playing shows, The Dead South released an EP in June 2013 titled The Ocean Went Mad and We Were to Blame. Following the success of their debut release, The Dead South returned to the studio and recorded their first full-length album, titled Good Company, which was released in April 2014 to a capacity crowd at local venue, The Owl. Shortly after the release of Good Company, The Dead South showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto where they caught the attention of Jörg Tresp of Devil Duck Records (based out of Hamburg, Germany). He immediately signed the band, released the album in Europe, and has booked the band for numerous overseas tours.

Earlier in 2014, The Dead South entered the 104.9FM The Wolf Queen City Rocks battle of the bands competition where they won, coming out ahead of 24 other bands. Soon afterwards, they were selected to represent Saskatchewan in the nationwide CBC Searchlight competition for Canada’s best new artist. They subsequently received local and national recognition along with airplay on 104.9FM The Wolf , CBC Radio 2 and several other radio stations, some of which include CJTR Regina Community Radio, CFCR Saskatoon Community Radio, and CBC Radio 1 in Saskatchewan.

The Dead South has been interviewed and featured in many newspapers across the province, some of which include the Leader Post, The Verb, Metro, Bridges, and QC. They have been on Global TV and CTV several times promoting their music and shows. The band was also on the cover of City Slicker, a Regina magazine, which featured a band profile after having won Queen City Rocks.

Since the inception of the band, The Dead South has continually pushed the energy of their live shows, as well as pushed what is possible between four ordinary acoustic instruments. The unique abilities and viewpoints of each band member make The Dead South an impossible band to duplicate, and a fixture of the Regina music scene that will not soon be leaving.

The Dead South is: Nate Hilts, Scott Pringle, Colton Crawford, Danny Kenyon and will be performing live at The Olive Bistro & Lounge, Sunday November 30th, 10$ cover Charge. Reserve your seats through The Olive 780.852.5222. Cheers!!!!!!

Chic Gamine Live November 15th 2015 -7:30-

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

Good things come to those who wait. Nobody knows this better than Winnipeg and Montreal-based band Chic Gamine. A five-year gap between studio albums – one filled with bold adventuring and winding detours – culminates in the release of their third album, Light A Match. They emerge renewed and transformed by a path that brought into sharp focus exactly where they wanted to go.

Intensely creative and always evolving, Chic Gamine have built much since their start in 2007 – touring across Canada, the USA and parts of Europe, bringing their sound to venues everywhere, to festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival International de Louisiane, Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary’s respective Folk Festivals, France’s Transmusicales and SXSW amongst others. They’ve performed and toured opening for Mavis Staples, Smokey Robinson, Marc Broussard and Lake Street Dive. They’ve played before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second of England and their music has been used on ABC’s The Fosters and General Hospital. They’ve been a favourite on A Prairie Home Companion, CBC and Espace Musique (who chose them as one of their musical Revelations of 2009/10), and were selected as a must-see act by NPR’s Stephen Thompson at SXSW in 2012. Their first self-titled album was released in 2008 and garnered them a 2009 Juno for best Roots Album. Their sophomore album, City City (2010), was nominated for a 2011 Juno in the same category. Then came an American re-release, Closer in 2012 – mixed and mastered anew by three of Rick Rubin’s Grammy Award-winning engineers – and in winter 2014, the Holiday-themed EP they pushed on a six-week, cross Canada run with Stuart Maclean’s Vinyl Cafe, Christmas Vol. 1.

Enter Light A Match. More daring than their previous records, Light A Match shows an amped-up, fleshed-out side of Chic Gamine, one they say is truer to the vision they originally had for themselves, one they needed time to evolve into. And the challenges of making a record in a band split between two cities, five years of intense touring in a van with a child on the road and personnel changes – founding member Ariane Jean left in early 2014 for a life off the road, and in came multi-instrumentalist Benoit Morier to fill the void – would be enough to make most bands have an existential crisis.

And here they are, existing, and putting out a record that proves they’re better than ever and just as magnetic as in their fresh-faced beginning. To make this record, the band wanted a collaborator to assist in arranging and polishing the songs. They chose Montreal producer/engineer Sébastien Blais-Montpetit (Groenland, Champion, Secret Sun, etc.), to come in and play with texture and feel, pushing performances up a notch, helping the band find its groove and explore the instrumentation they’d added over the last couple of years. Drummer Sacha Daoud and bass/guitar player Benoit Morier make a first-rate rhythm section, and their easy understanding creates something both deep and exciting to listen to. Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks and Annick Bremault have one of those rare vocal chemistries, and as ever, it’s those distinct voices that carry the music. You can hear them, the three blending beautifully, and also pick them apart from each other, easily recognizing each characteristic tone and energy, every subtle shift in timbre and volume. Together, they’re unfailingly emotional and stirring.

They’ve grown and become more ambitious as songwriters too. Subjects on the record range widely, from the danceable, r’n’b oriented Maybe I Need Some Good Loving, to the abstract, atmospheric bilingual Je tombe (Where I Fall), Chic Gamine talks love and relationships, boys, daydreams and slowly going crazy. On tracks like the tongue-in cheek Girlfriend, they reference their vast experience of meeting ambiguously attached men and the women they’re presumably attached to, asking, « why’d you put my name as Andrew in your phone » and the like. Both funny and real. The raucous All Night dives into the dicey territory of those heart-wrenching 3 a.m. fights, where no one knows up from down or how it even got started in the first place. I Could Be Your Girl paints the picture of a girl whose relationship is a figment of her obsessive imagination. The title track, Light A Match, poses primordial questions: What do you do with the spark that is your life? Do you snuff it out or do you blow it into proportions undreamt of? Follow Through disarms with simplicity and emotion, and embodies the general self-reflection you sometimes get into when alone in the quietness of a disappointed or post-heartbroken slump. All told, there’s a sense of coming into one’s own here that is unmistakeable.

Off the road for the summer, Chic Gamine have been enjoying some well-deserved home time, while simultaneously gearing-up for a Fall release and tours.Time to start counting the days until their third studio album, Light A Match drops everywhere on October 23rd, 2015. So whether good things come in threes, small packages or to those who wait, with Light A Match, Chic Gamine – and the rest of us – have clearly got one very good thing on their hands.

They are performing an Intimate live show at the Olive Bistro & Lounge in Jasper Ab. November 15th 730pm. Tickets can be pre purchased via phone or in person @ The Olive 10$ advance 15$ at the door. Don’t miss out!!!!!!

Awna Texiera Live August 28th 2015

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

Awna Texiera returns to the Olive Bistro & Lounge, showtime 9pm, call for reservations.