All of these artists will be available for bookings as part of the Manitoba Arts Network Fall/Winter 2018/19 Performing Arts Touring Season.
From folk-roots and country, to classical, dance, and theatre, there’s a little something for everyone, including the kiddies and those of us who could use a little more magic.
Dance | Manitoba
Gearshifting Performance Works is a not-for-profit organization, and a registered charity, dedicated to contemporary dance. Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works has presented shows annually in Winnipeg since 2000 and toured extensively. The work has been self-presented and produced on hundreds of occasions, as well as presented by nationally and internationally recognized companies, presenters, museums, festivals, and art galleries. Select credits include: Today Art Museum (Beijing), Xi’an Art Museum (Xi’an), The Joyce SoHo (New York City), The National Gallery of Canada, The National Arts Centre’s Prairie Scene, International Solo Dance-Theatre Festival (Stuttgart), The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and collaborative projects with Visual Artist, Wanda Koop. For Manitoba tours, the company presents an energetic program of short works performed by an ensemble of dancers.
Friday April 5, 2019 Steinbach Arts Council, Steinbach, MB
Theatre/Comedy | Manitoba
2016’s CANADIAN COMEDY AWARD WINNERS for BEST LIVE ENSEMBLE, and 16-time ‘BEST OF FEST’ winners, James & Jamesy tour Canada annually with their wildly successful British Comedies: 2 for Tea, High Tea, O Christmas Tea, and James & Jamesy in the Dark. James & Jamesy is Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles in collaboration with David MacMurray Smith. Their shows are truly fun riffs on British farce that are steeped in playfulness, meticulous physical comedy, and an unabashed love for the unexpected. With lovable characters, rich emotion, and fantastical trips of the imagination, the duo creates immersive performances that remind adult audiences of the children they once were – and still are. Since 2013, their performances have delighted over 60,000 Canadians coast-to-coast and have been performed at many of Western Canada’s premiere theatres. They were the top grossing show at the Winnipeg Fringe in 2016, and are considered “one of the most popular fringe duos ever” by CBC.
Saturday October 13 2018 – The William Glesby Centre – Portage la Prairie, MB
Monday December 10 2018 – Kaleidoscope Concerts – Roxy Theatre – Neepawa
Thursday December 13 2018 – Souris District Arts Council – Souris, MB
Friday December 14 2018 – Eastern Manitoba Concert Association – Pinawa Community Centre – Pinawa, MB
Country | Manitoba
Don Amero is a powerful stylist, Juno nominee, and engaging storyteller. His first four albums generated nine national and international awards, as well as one Juno nomination in 2013 and two in 2016. His tireless work ethic, talent, ambition, and determination have also made him an inspiration to Aboriginal youth. Raised in the notoriously tough North End of Winnipeg, Don faced his share of adversity growing up. Yet, despite the poverty, gangs, drugs, and violence that surrounded him, his life was tempered by love, support, and faith in a higher power. With silky vocals, a lovable stage presence, and a soulful sound that’s been likened to Ed Sheeran and John Mayer, Don brings his own brand of percussion‐style guitar play and delightful approachability to every corporate function, gig, and festival he plays. Don will be showcasing with Amero Little Christmas with a few original songs, as well as his own take on some more familiar and traditional Christmas songs.
Tuesday March 5, 2019 – Souris District Arts Council – Avalon Theatre – Souris, MB
Wednesday March 7, 2019 – The Pas Arts Council – The Pas, MB (to be confirmed)
Friday March 8, 2019 – Eastern Manitoba Concert Association – Pinawa Community Centre – Pinawa, MB
Saturday March 9, 2019 – The William Glesby Theatre – Portage la Prairie, MB
Chloé Dominguez & Janelle Fung
Fung make even the most complex music written for these two instruments seem effortless and fluid. This duo truly brings a beautiful presentation of the cello and piano literature. Come revel in the fanciful and imaginary worlds created by the magic of music. Let cellist Chloe Dominguez and pianist Janelle Fung take you on a sublime and mystical journey inspired by fables: from Russian folklore, to Italian commedia dell’arte, to a child-like fantasy of princess and prince. This program delves into the hearts and minds of great composers like Beethoven, Stravinsky, Janacek, Louie, and Frank. Hear what happens when fairy tales and music merge, blend, and blossom. The combination of cello, with its intrinsic singing qualities, and piano, with its infinite colour palette, instill a profound dimension to these works. This concert will charm, enchant, and move audiences- seasoned or newcomers- to the rich sonorities of this instrumental duo.
November, 2018 – Southwest Showcase -Deloraine, Manitoba
Thursday November 1, 2018- Steinbach Arts Council – Steinbach, Manitoba
Awarded as the BC Touring Council’s 2015 Touring Artist of the Year for her role as “classical pianist,” Sarah Hagen shines equally in small halls and on big stages. With an enthusiastic career taking her all the way to Carnegie Hall as a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Sarah has combined her excellent playing and sense of fun into “Perk up, pianist!”, a stand-up, or rather, sit-down piano-filled comedy. Described as “one of the best hours I’ve ever spent at the Fringe” [The Coast (Halifax)], “Perk up, pianist!” Is a uniquely charming music and storytelling experience through which “Hagen reminds us the beauty of how an honest solo performance can make you so easily fall in love with its performer.” [Montreal Rampage]
Thursday March 7 2019 – Minnedosa Performing Arts Commitee – Minnedosa United Church Sanctuary – Minnedosa, MB
Friday March 8 2019 – Gladstone District Arts – Gladstone Community Centre – Gladstone, MB
Saturday April 6 2019 – The William Glesby Centre – The William Glesby Centre – Portage la Prairie, MB
Thursday April 11 2019 – Souris District Arts Council – Avalon Theatre – Souris, MB
Friday April 12, 2019 – Golden Prairie Arts Council – Carmen, MB
April 2019 – Steinbach Arts Council – Steinbach MB
CASATI’s music is a unique blend of folk and jazz that strikes a balance between sincere and direct words, supported by musical inventiveness. CASATI brings their music to life with lush three-part harmonies, and rich textures created with ukulele, guitar, double bass, and even a hurdy-gurdy. Audiences have come to expect complete honesty from CASATI, and the trio unwaveringly delivers in their lyrics and banter. The band tells stories to set the tone of the songs, engaging the audience before a single note has been played. The lyrics are not used to mask the meaning, but to elaborate on it. The songs cover a range of emotions; from realizations that took years to put into words, to moments of pure happiness and humour.
Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane
Powerful, soul-inspired, and moving vocals are what you can expect when listening to the music of Jayme Giesbrecht. She got her start singing in church at 11 years old, but was quickly recognized in the Winkler-area as a gifted vocalist, and “the little girl with the big voice”. Jonathan Alexiuk currently spends months at a time as a cocktail pianist on cruise-lines like Princess and Holland-America. He played multiple instruments with the Air Command Band from 2004- 2007, and has performed and recorded as a pianist, trumpeter, saxophonist, trombonist, drummer, and is a largely self-taught arranger. The duo met at a Manitoba Choral Society event in 2009, where they hit it off musically, and decided to join forces to bring their jazz and gospel styles together! Audiences are always delighted, and moved to hear the musicianship of this dynamic duo.
Friday February 8, 2019 – Eastern Manitoba Concert Series (EMCA) – Pinewa, MB
Saturday February 9, 2019 – The William Glesby Theatre – Portage la Prairie, MB
Her voice is as smooth as her worn in leather cowboy boots. Her music is as country as the gravel roads around her hometown in Dauphin, Manitoba. The Juno award nominee strikes a chord by finding the commonalities in us all. Her songs will leave your toes tapping and your heart smiling. Dorion’s latest release, “Small Town Stories,” garnered her some hard-earned attention. The album received nominations at the 2014 JUNO Awards, 2014 WCMA’s, and 2013 & 2014 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Honesty, emotion, and work ethic are some of the defining attributes of Dorion. These, coupled with her gift for songwriting and her versatile voice (at times reminiscent of greats like Dolly Parton), are what sets this country crooner apart.
Spring 2019 – Winnipeg River Arts Council, Lac du Bonnet, MB
The Swinging Belles
Jazz/Blues/Family | Newfoundland
The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family! The Swinging Belles feature child educators and performers, Laura Winter and Erin Power, joined by guitarist extraordinaire, Duane Andrews. This show is about getting kids and parents out to have a dance and enjoy some swing country and jazz … kid style. As primary school teachers, both Laura and Erin know first-hand the joy that kids feel when they can boogie to some good-time music, and, as parents, Duane and Erin know the importance of enjoying the music that our kids are listening to! The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling, and lots of dancing!
Friday January 18, 2019 – Eastern Manitoba Concert Series (EMCA), Pinewa, MB
John Wort Hannam
Roots/Traditional | Alberta
Perhaps it’s the growing list of accolades, which these days include a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Album of the Year, a Galaxie Rising Star Award, and a Kerrville New Folk title, or perhaps it’s the lofty comparisons reviewers have made to Tom Russell, W.O. Mitchell, and Margaret Laurence. Whatever it is, Lethbridge-based, folk-roots musician, John Wort Hannam Trio is making music with a new-found confidence these days. 15 years into his career, and he is far-and-away writing his best material yet. John has released six recordings in 13 years with performance highlights that include winning the Kerrville, Texas New Folk Song Competition, collaborating with the Calgary Philharmonic, composing the 50th Anniversary song for his alma mater, University of Lethbridge, composing the 2012 Alberta Winter Games official song, and playing the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
Saturday January 12, 2019 – The William Glesby Theatre – Portage la Prairie, MB
Friday October 19, 2018 – Gladstone District Arts Council, Gladstone, MB
Thursday November 8, 2018 – Minnedosa Performing Arts Council, Minnedosa, MB
Saturday November 9, 2018 – Carberry Plains Arts Council – Carberry, MB
Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Kaleidoscope Concerts – Neepawa, MB
Friday April 12, 2019 – Burrows Trail Arts Council, McCreary, MB
Saturday May 18, 2019 – The William Glesby Centre – Portage la Prairie, MB
The Janzen Boys
Friday October 19, 2018 – Gladstone District Arts Council, Gladstone, MB
Saturday November 9, 2018 – Carberry Plains Arts Council, Carberry, MB
Thursday March 14, 2019 Kaleidoscope Concerts, Neepawa, MB
Saturday May 18, 2019, The William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie, MB
Friday October 19, 2018, Gladstone District Arts Centre, Gladstone, MB
Saturday May 18, 2019 – William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie, MB