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

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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!!!

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“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

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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

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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

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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$

Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane May 4th

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Gordie Tentrees returns to the Olive along with Jaxon Haldane Touring for the release of Gordies Fifth Album ” Less is More”, set to release April 23rd in Canada.

Playing Live at the Olive Bistro & Lounge 8pm Monday May 4th. Tickets 10$.

“This is the fifth album by a man who really should be a household name, thanks to the excellence of his vocal and writing skills and his ability to create atmospheres and arrangements perfectly suited to his writing, something not all great singer songwriters are able to master.”

Deeply personal and moving, melodic and uplifting and lyrically rich – these are the songs that will tear your heart out, one note at a time. In this case brilliant Canadian singer-songwriter Gordie Tentrees offers the perfect example with his sixth album, Less is More. The former boxer (three-time Golden Glove champion), youth worker and mentor presents an incredible soundtrack to a storied past with songs of triumph, heartache and redemption. Produced by Juno award winner Bob Hamilton who also contributes textured beauty with tasteful tones, the album features Tentrees blend of folk, roots and blues sounds on 11 tracks including “Camelot Hotel“, written by Mary Gauthier. Tentrees plays dobro, guitar, harmonica, porchboard bass with stellar accompaniment from Aiden Tentrees on upright bass & Fabian Brook on guitar and fiddle. The album also includes guest appearances by Patrick Hamilton, Annie Avery, Lonnie Powell and the voice of east coast darling 2015 Juno nominee Catherine MacLellan.
In the three years since his last release North Country Heart, Tentrees wrote more than 30 songs for his new album, mercifully letting most of them die before hitting the tape. Says Tentrees, “I was selective. I wanted to make an album I knew I could make, if I invested all my time and energy.” New album keepers include “Somebody’s Child”, written after watching the bombs go off at the Boston Marathon, all while wondering if his wife had crossed the finish line, and “Tired of Time“, the heartbreaking story of a man who dies of brain cancer years before his prime, while watching his family grow. Themes of despair turn to courage in “Wheel Girl”, an ode to northern hero Jessica Frotten who went from accident victim to wheelchair athlete. Tentrees’ attraction with the downtrodden human continues in “Broken Hero”, a collection of vivid shots of everyday heroes, and include the story-driven hit “Love in Ink“, co-written with childhood friend Oliver Greer. Love rings true in ‘Keno City” and “Wrong Town”, and album highlight “Dead Beat Dad” may be the first recorded confession of a struggling father urging on his male mates to make a difference.
Most of Tentrees’ past three years were spent on the road, with concert dates from Spain to Texas, which keeps through in the title track “Less is More”, written in Holland after sleeping in the same bed as Townes Van Zandt on his last European tour before he passed. Dancing outside the music industry box against all odds, Tentrees’ boasts multiple award nominations, hundreds of concerts, thousands of road miles and multiple tours with the likes of Steve Poltz, Fred Eaglesmith, and Kelly Joe Phelps. There is no end in sight for Tentrees with upcoming 2015 performance dates in Australia, UK, Europe, Canada and the USA.

“Tentrees is a talent on the move, and moving in good company.”

“Tentrees’ delivery is so relaxed and unpretentious it’s impossible to not get drawn into his world, sounding like a young John Prine.”

“In the rough cut vein of Kelly Joe Phelps or Fred Eaglesmith, Tentrees is gifted.”

Doc MacLean National Steel Big X Blues Tour April 11th 2015

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Doc MacLean released the critically acclaimed CD, Narrow House, in September 2006. Produced by Colin Linden, the recording featured bassist Larry Taylor and drummer percussionist Stephen Hodges, former section of the Tom Waits band. Driven by MacLean’s distinctive vocals and bare fingers National guitar, Narrow House plotted an emotional remapping of contemporary, Delta rooted music. (see Reviews for more info).

Post- release, MacLean has toured constantly, performing 200 plus road dates each year. His legendary road trips in Canada are documented on a series of blogs…

http://vagabondblues.blogspot.ca (2014)

http://gotluckyblues.blogspot.com (2013)
http://bluesemergency.blogspot.ca (2012)
http://badboybluestour.blogspot.com (2011)
http://darkerwaysbluestour.blogspot.com (2010)
http://centurybluestour.blogspot.com (2009)
http://nationalsteelblues.blogspot.com (2008)

http://bigroadbluestour.blogspot.com (2007)

http://www.transcanadabluestour.blogspot.com (2006)

MacLean’s recent schedule has included club and concert dates with Joe Murphy, Guy Davis, Big Bill Morganfield, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, BB King, Duke Robillard, Lucky Peterson, Magic Slim, Tony Furtado, Downchild, Slick Ballinger, Colin Linden, Los Lobos, Johnny Winter and others. In Canada his relentless touring has reached nearly every area, and has seen him paired up with Juno/Maple winning artists such as Big Dave McLean, Michael Pickett, and Morgan Davis for headline theatre, concert, and festival appearances. (to hear a live track, play “Jimmie Lee Jackson’s Blues” and “Feel Like Goin’ Home.”) Fall 2013 and 2014 featured tours with Mississippi’s Libby Rae Watson, and an increased emphasis on southern shows and festivals.

2015 sees Doc back in the studio with Colin Linden producing. It is also the “X” year of the National Steel Blues Tour, so special events and appearances are planned.

Six years of Doc’s National Steel Tours have been sponsored by Long & McQuade, Canada’s largest music retailer, and have featured blues masterclasses and workshops in it’s many locations from coast to coast. His intimate knowledge of the blues has also seen him featured in numerous documentaries, and in an increasing number of educational, in-the-schools presentations.

Son of a civil rights lawyer and a fiddle player, MacLean was by his early teens playing harmonica and washboard in coffeehouses and festivals, and was appearing on radio and television variety shows. In 1972 he formed a duo with another young musician, Colin Linden, (Grammy nominated producer and recent Dylan guitarist) and became a frequent and popular opener for Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Muddy Waters, and John Hammond.

In his travels Doc met and became friends with many older musicians including Son House, Tampa Red, ‘Sippi Wallace, Yank Rachel, Robert Pete Williams, Rev Robert Wilkins and Bukka White. His youthful work as an accompanist included tours and performances with Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, Blind John Davis, Sunnyland Slim, Little Brother Montgomery, Rev Pearly Brown, the Carter Family and Sam Chatmon.

MacLean, who now resides in Toronto, has appeared at many of the larger North American folk and blues festivals. Radio and television appearances have included national programming such as CNN Today, PBS Morning Pro Musica, CBC 90 Minutes Live, Touch the Earth, Morningside, Canada Live, and Saturday Night Blues. Now appearing most often as a solo performer, he is equally comfortable at a folk festival workshop, priming a rowdy blues festival crowd, or telling a story in a hushed theatre. In his father’s footsteps, Doc’s concerns for social justice have lead him to perform in the prisons, soup kitchens, picket lines, and hospices of the many communities he passes through.

Doc MacLean remains a bit of a blues hobo, performing on the street when the opportunity or need presents itself. A constant traveler, he will come to your town if he is invited. Call now, life can be short.

Showtime 8:30 pm Tickets 10$ Reservations recommended.(Limited Seating)

Grant Simpson Brings Ragtime Jazz to the Olive Bistro March 20th & 21st 2015

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Come out and enjoy dinner and an evening of Vintage Jazz, Blues, Ragtime, Stride, Stomps, Struts & Vaudeville with Yukon’s Grant Simpson!

Simpson’s background in folk, jazz and vaudeville, travel and history, combine to create tantalizing and sometimes hilarious original ditties.

He will be performing both Friday March 20th and Saturday March 21st.

Show: 7pm-9pm
No Cover Charge