Week #5: An Empty Room with Belle Plaine – “Squared Up”

This week’s episode of an Empty Room features a performance of “Squared Up” by Saskatchewan songstress Belle Plaine.  It seems only fitting that a song about touring be released while Belle and her longtime collaborators Jeremy Sauer and Elizabeth Curry are away on tour.  This month-long tour takes their classic country, swing and folk music performance to urban and rural communities in the Maritimes.  Fortunately, this Empty Room video allows the rest of us to see Belle perform from anywhere!  For more information on Belle Plaine and upcoming tour dates, go to www.belleplainemusic.com.

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June 18 – SaskMusic and JazzFest Regina present: Classic Jazz Stylings with Alex Pangman

Alex Pangman

Alex Pangman

6:00-7:30pm.  Free (pre-registration required).  Cash bar.

SaskMusic and JazzFest Regina present ‘Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing’, Alex Pangman in an exciting and intimate presentation.

Alex, with bandmates Chris Banks (bass), Glen Anderson (drums), Peter Hill (piano) and Ross Wooldridge (clarinet and tenor sax) will lead a discussion on vocal techniques and unique performance practices using live examples and personal stories. Attendees will be encouraged to spur the discussion with questions related to composing music, improvisation, and general stage strategies to help artists deliver an engaging performance.

Performers and fans alike are invited to attend this free event.  Please pre-register by contacting SaskMusic: info@saskmusic.org or call 1-306-347-0676.

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Regina JazzFest presents Synchronicity Jazz, June 12, Doors at 7:30, Free


Synchronicity Jazz features the flute of Judy Young and the classical guitar sound and vocals of Don Waite. Audiences will hear many familiar jazz, blues and Broadway standards as well as Latin tunes. Judy and Don have been performing together since 2002. Judy is classically trained in piano and flute and has taught in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Don has studied classical guitar and voice and began teaching classical guitar at the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts in 1976. Synchronicity Jazz has performed for Regina JazzFest and at various venues throughout southern Saskatchewan including clubs, restaurants, festivals and care homes. Please come and enjoy our mellow tones.

A Series of Tubes, January 20th, Doors at 7:30, $10

The CCC is proud to present to one of Toronto’s most exciting young instrumental groups, A Series of Tubes, in concert on January 20th at 8pm. Tickets are only $10 at the door!

A Series of Tubes is an exciting Toronto-based instrumental trio that references jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and electronica. They are performing as part of a tour through Alberta and Saskatchewan in support of their self-titled debut EP. Since late 2011, A Series of Tubes have been performing in Toronto at its most prominent creative venues – including Toronto’s premier jazz club, The Rex – and continue to collaborate with many of the city’s most acclaimed musicians including Juno winning saxophonists Mike Murley and Kelly Jefferson. The band is led by Ian Sinclair, a jazz musician born and raised in Saskatchewan but who has studied and performed all over North America as a keyboardist and pianist, having been part of a group that won the industry standard Down Beat Magazine Award for Best College Jazz Small Group. He is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, the only school in Canada to offer this degree. Mark Godfrey on electric bass and Mackenzie Longpre on drums are among the most in-demand young rhythm section players in Toronto, having played in jazz and pop venues with many of Toronto’s most enduring acts in those genres. The band is proud to be touring the Canadian prairies in supporting of their recently released self-titled debut EP.


Brandi Disterheft, November 1, Doors at 7:30, $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

From her deep, resonating upright bass lines and potent improvisations to her ambient and dreamy voice, it is clear that Brandi Disterheft, an accomplished musician hailing from Vancouver and currently residing in New York City, has a healthy respect for the jazz tradition. The Creative City Centre is excited to announce that Brandi will be performing on our stage on November 1st at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $15 advance, and $18 at the door.

Still in her twenties, jazz contrabassist, singer, composer, Brandi Disterheft, has captivated audiences in Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Haiti and even Carnegie Hall. It’s not only her fiery bass playing that make audiences stand-up and holler, but also her innovative live shows as she sings in both English and French showcasing her ambient and dreamy voice.  Winning a JUNO for her debut album, Brandi is currently signed to Montreal’s Justin Time Records with whom she had the honor of recording with Oliver Jones and Hank Jones on the album Pleased to Meet You that won a Grammy in 2011.  Having recently been under the apprenticeship of Miles Davis’ bassist, Ron Carter, this native-born Vancouverite was also Radio-Canada’s 2010 Ambassador and Revelation Recipient. Presently continuing her studies in orchestration at Juilliard, Brandi has released her third album Gratitude in September 2012 featuring an all-star New York City line-up and heralds this promising talent from the north.

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Beth Arrison, October 13, Doors at 8:00, $10

Beth Arrison is making  a stop at the Creative City Centre on October 13th. Doors will open at 8pm and music will start at 8:30. Tickets only $10.

Beth Arrison, born and raised in the prairies,  is a jazz musician often heard on the  CBC. After a promising start with debut release, Modest Charms, Arrison relocated  to California where she worked in the film industry while gigging during evenings.  Returning north to record Chasing Butterflies, she settled in Whistler, BC &  currently performs with grammy award recipient & percussionist Israel Berriel.  Arrison received high praise from legendary producer Bob Ezrin who acted as  engineer advisor on her latest session.
“It’s another excellent, late-night event that makes beautiful use of a voice that  sounds like vaporized honey, planting it in a garden of dreamy but slightly askew  sonics.” – Mike Bell, Ottawa Citizen