Archive for April, 2010


Tanya Tagaq to Perform at the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival

April 27, 2010

WJB is proud to announce Tanya Tagaq as a performer at the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival in St. John’s Newfoundland. Tagaq has a unique and distinctive style that fuse  traditional Inuit throat singing with modern popular musical styles.

Read what others have written about Tanya Tagaq:

“Like Bjork, Tagaq makes music that is both decidedly unusual and universally appealing on a most primal level. Her innovative, solo style of throat singing seeks to push the boundaries of emotion and to express the primitive instincts she believes still reside deep within our flesh. She describes her evolution over the past six years as a process of going deeper and deeper into her performance to the point where she virtually “leaves her body” and lets the expression take over.”

“‘Indescribable’ is not an appropriate word to begin an artist’s bio, nor is it suitable as a description of a musician. The problem is this: when Tanya Tagaqs’ music fills your ears, she is genuinely one of those rare artists whose sounds and styles are truly groundbreaking. ‘Inuit throat singer’ is one part of her sonic quotient. So are descriptions like ‘orchestral’ ‘hip-hop-infused’ and ‘primal’…but these words are not usually used collectively. In the case of Tagaq, however – they are.”

BJORK, TANYA TAGAQ & RAHZEL who is it (live)
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Its Lucky Number 7. Win your WIJB 2010 Festival Pass!

April 27, 2010
It’s week Seven of the great Wreckhouse giveaway contest! This week’s contest prize is a 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival Pass and a copy of ‘Brotherhood’ by Blackburn. You can read about the album here.

Week Six’s contest winner is Melissa Hogan. Melissa wins a 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival Pass and a copy of ‘Momentos Cubabanos’ by Luis Mario Ochoa.Thank you to all entrants. The answer to last weeks Question was Manouche Jazz

To win the a 2010 festival pass and CD this week you have to answer the following question:

What was the name of the park where Kellylee Evans held an impromptu performance of her song ‘lost’? (As posted on  our blog).Email your answer to

Keep up to date with the latest news from Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues;

Thanks to all the people who have signed up to our social networking sites as well as the newsletter.

Winners of week seven’s contest will be drawn at random on Tuesday May 4th. Contest details and winners will be  posted on our blog (

Good Luck! We look forward to hearing from you!

NB: Unfortunately, we are only able to offer this contest to residents of Canada.


Universal Language Launches Friday, April 30th

April 27, 2010

WJB Volunteer Ashley Collins is celebrating the launch of her social media marketing business this Friday, April 30th with a songwriters’ circle and live show at the Fat Cat Blues Bar. The business, dubbed Universal Language, coordinates online promotions for such local artists as Chris Kirby, Shawn Beresford and Jerry Stamp. Universal Language will manage internet resources such as facebook, myspace and twitter accounts, demonstrating the power of these new mediums in the world of Jazz & Blues today.

Ashley Collins-Long

After 1½ years of coordinating social media on a volunteer basis for Kirby, Ashley was convinced to take on the responsibilities full-time and branch out to other musicians and performers. The potential for growth is also great, as artists rely more and more on social networking media to promote their performances and recordings. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is proud to support Ashley in her endeavors as we work together to sustain the jazz & blues community in St. John’s.

The Universal Language launch this Friday will feature a songwriters’ circle at 9:30 with Chris Kirby, Jerry Stamp, Shawn Beresford, Cody Westman, John Cossar and Bryan Oram. Later that night you can catch a showcase featuring Harvey Klok & the Second Hand Band followed by a full set by Chris Kirby & the Marquee + guests. You can find out more about Universal Language and what it can do for you by visiting its website,


Volunteer of the Week

April 27, 2010

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Carmel Dooley.

Ever since WJB’s volunteer program came into existence, Carmel Dooley has been a force to be reckoned with. Since 2005, Carmel has faithfully assisted WJB in a variety of contexts, from attending merchandise tables to overseeing the box office and door. While volunteering, Carmel is never far away from friend and former Volunteer of the Week Rowena Williams – their friendship is an inspiration for WJB’s volunteer program.

Carmel’s enthusiasm for volunteering is so great that it spills over into all the other major arts festivals taking place in the St. John’s calendar. Most recently, she was spotted behind the scenes at the Juno’s festivities, working her magic. Additionally, she donates her time to the Folk Festival, Women’s Film Festival and (whenever possible) the East Coast Music Awards.

A Bay Bulls native and former nurse, in her spare time Carmel enjoys photography and painting. WJB would like to extend its thanks to you Carmel, our Volunteer of the Week!


Artist of the Week: Jeanne Rochette

April 27, 2010

Jeanne Rochette

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Come Support the Musicians of the Future at the Rotary Music Festival

April 27, 2010

Rotary Music Festival is an annual, non-competitive event run by a team of dedicated music educators and supporters. This not-for-profit endeavor has played a pivotal role in the development and enhancement of music education in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

You can watch these buddy young musicians all week at Holy Heart Auditorium. For a full schedule visit


Dare to Dance in Newfoundland & Labrador

April 26, 2010

In honour of International Dance Day, April 29, DanceNL invites all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to DARE TO DANCE.

Take 5 minutes out of your day. Boogie in the backyard. Do the lancers in your living room. Salsa with your sweetie. Do the cha cha with your children. Twirl, leap and spin for 5 minutes on Thursday to celebrate dance in all its forms.

And tell us about it! Drop an e-mail. Check out our website. Upload a video on our Facebook group. And happy International Dance Day!

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