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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.

Sofiella Watt & The Huckleberry Bandits Live August 12th 2015

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

Live 9pm Showtime!! 10$ Advanced tickets. Call for reservations.

The Burying Ground Live August 10th 2015

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

Live at the Olive Bistro & Lounge, The Burying Ground!! 9pm Showtime 10$ Advance Tickets call 780-852-5222 to reserve.

Cecile Doo-Kingue @ The Olive Bistro! Live Blues 9pm – July 9th

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

An exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer.

Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour, Angélique Kidjo and Eric Andersen. In 2008, Cecile and Gern f. of USWM started Chick Pickin’ Mondays, a night promoting women singer-songwriters.

June 2010, Cecile released her debut solo album Freedom Calling to critical acclaim. In 2011, CBC commissions Doo-Kingué to write Home, a song on immigration. Gris, released in 2012, also praised by press and music lovers alike, earned Cécile the 2013 Fondation SPACQ Edith Butler Award for Excellence in Franocphone Songwriting. Doo-Kingué has toured both albums extensively across Canada and Europe, firing up clubs, listening rooms and festivals alike with her face-melting playing, rich vocals, and sharp and genuine banter with her audience.

February 2015, Doo-Kingué releases her third solo album Anybody Listening Pt. 1: Monologues, the first chapter of a trilogy exploring blues, roots and life in their myriad of aspects (Monologues solo acoustic, Dialogues full band, Communion live).

Powerful, sexy and raw, Cécile Doo-Kingué’s lyrics and sound, live or recorded, make for an enthralling and intimate communion.

Sofeillla Watt and Huckleberry Jim Live July 3rd!!!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

“If we were a wanky wine label, we would read something like this:
…a motley mix of winsome folk, bruised with blues and infused with banjo, with heady jazz notes, a hint of country, and spicy gypsy undertones.”

Sofiella Watt is an independent folkstress hailing from East Coast Australia. She is a self taught guitarist and banjo plucker, songwriter, bread baker, vagrant, and washboard enthusiast.

She collaborated briefly with other like-minded vagrants Lara Amos and Michael Brown, to record her first EP in 2010 turning her raw and quirky solo sound into something a little bit bigger. After playing festivals such as Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival, and Wingham Akoostik; Sofiella launched off to Europe in search of more stories.

Come see the duo live at the Olive 10$ cover charge. 9pm start.

Ross Neilsen Band Live!!!! June 18th @ The Olive Bistro

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

For the first time Ross brings his band to the Olive Bistro. Live Blues at its best!! Join us June 18th for dinner and blues.

Greg MacPherson Live May 31st

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

Governed by an overwhelming thirst to express keenly and well, resolute in his desire to have his voice heard: Greg MacPherson has spent the better part of the past two decades with his head down, charging. From seedy biker bar in North Carolina to sold-out club in downtown Hamburg, MacPherson has toured widely and relentlessly, pausing every so often to record and release a critically acclaimed album, work a shift at a day job, or take a deep breath.

Neither worn thin nor rendered a cynic, MacPherson has developed a voice, singular, significant, and strong. Sharpened over six full-length albums, his deft musical observations on love, desire, fear, and doubt are built upon a vision of hope — the honest perspective of a man who has insight into the trembling beauty of even the basest thing, and possesses the rare ability to tangibly present this insight.

The sonic quality of MacPherson’s songs is in line with the unadorned state of his observations: arrangements are minimal and purposeful; guitars, bass, and drums are played with conviction and dynamic awareness. MacPherson’s singing voice — broad, mountain-rending – crowds a room, drives itself into one’s chest and remains there long after the night’s last cymbal has crashed.

This is music of sincerity, of focused and truthful beauty — not gathered from the fluff of impermanent trend, but shaped from the dirt and tears of human existence. Posterity will deem Greg MacPherson one of the great songwriters of his generation — we would be remiss to not attend to the work of such an artist while he is right here in our midst.

-Jesse Michael Hill- 2011~CBC

Catch Greg Live at The OLIVE BISTRO 5$ Cover Charge

Last Ditch on the Left May 28th

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Entertainment, News | 0 comments

Winnipeg duo Last Ditch On The Left bring a chemistry to their music and live performance that is impossible to deny. This allure; along with their haunting harmonies, and their songs that focus on love, love lost, tragedy, and social issues; has been the enduring force in this year of change, challenge, and consummation. 2014 has been everything that was hoped when Last Ditch On The Left departed Winnipeg as part of the Via Rail Artist On Board program, en route to Toronto to record their highly anticipated debut album with Juno nominated producer David Baxter in March. April and May saw them on a fortuitous tour of Germany and Switzerland, supporting Canadian troubadour Matt Epp and further expanding their market landscape. After a summer of festival performances, a recent sponsorship from Dr. Martens, and the furtive construction of their album drop, a HomeRoutes house concert circuit tour of Alberta in October will be followed by their hometown album release extravaganza at The West End Cultural Centre on November 29th. 2015 will kick off with an album release tour of Europe in March 2015.

Tickets 10$