Archive for April, 2010


Have you won your Festival Pass Yet? Why not Enter Contest Week 6

April 20, 2010
It’s week six of the great Wreckhouse giveaway contest! This week’s contest prize is a 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival Pass and a copy of ‘Momentos Cubanos’ by Luis Mario Ochoa You can read about his album here.
Week fives contest winner is Ellen Haskell. Ellen wins a 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival Pass and a copy of ‘Guts & Garbage’ by Kirsten Price.

Thank you to all entrants. The answer to last weeks Question was The Yellowbelly.

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

By what name is Gypsy jazz also known by?

Remember all the answers to our contest questions can be found on our blog at

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 this newsletter.

Winners of week six’s contest will be drawn at random on Tuesday April27th. 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.


Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Volunteer Party

April 20, 2010


Twice a year, Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues throws a wicked party in honour of the contributions of all its volunteers.  This Thursday, April 22nd, stop by Eastern Edge Gallery on 72 Harbour Drive and check out WJB’s volunteer extravaganza!

There will be free pizza courtesy of Boston Pizza, some refreshments compliments of Corby Distilleries and Molson Canada, and lots of snacks all on the house. Plus, there will be live music and a slide show of photographs chronicling our volunteers in action.

The festivities begin at 5:30.  If you’re not a volunteer, this is a great chance to visit us and find out more about our volunteer program.  If you are a WJB volunteer, come party down with us and bring a friend!

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Adam Reid

WJB Volunteer Coordinator


CSC Volunteer Week Festivities Continue!

April 20, 2010

This week is the Community Service Council’s (CSC) Volunteer Week.  From April 18th to 24th, all across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador there are recognition events and volunteer parties on the go.

Adam at the Volunteer Expo

For example, on Monday April 19th, the CSC organized a Volunteer Expo at the Village Mall, where local non-profit and charitable organizations had booths set up to spread the word about their volunteer programs.  Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues was there, and the response was fabulous! (see photo of Volunteer Coordinator Adam Reid on site at the Expo).

Looking ahead, on Wednesday, April 21st, the CSC will host the St John’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Night at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland.  The event begins at 7:00pm, and all Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Volunteers are cordially invited.

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues would like to take this opportunity to thank the CSC for all its hard work in providing this opportunity to recognize the hard work of all the volunteers in the community!


Artist of the Week: Rinse the Algorithm

April 19, 2010

Here are a small selection of videos of music by Rinse the Algorithm.


2010 JUNO Award Winners for Jazz, Blues and World Music

April 19, 2010

The JUNO award ceremony was held here in St. John’s Newfoundland on Sunday, and despite poor weather and travel problems it was a night to remember.  Below is a list of with video of the key winners in the world of Jazz, Blues and World Music.

Michael Buble – Winner of JUNO Fans Choice Award, Single of the Year,  Album of the Years for ‘Crazy Love’, Pop Album of the Year for ‘Crazy Love’ .

Jazz inspired music sensation Michael Buble picked up four awards on a productive night for the native of Burnaby, British Columbia. Buble has won and been nominated for numerous JUNO’s in his short career, with last night being by far the most successful (four wins from six nominations).

Ranee Lee Winner of Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for “Ranee Lee Lives Upstairs’.

This was Ranee Lee’s fifth nomination for a JUNO yet only her first win. In a prestigious career Lee has been awarded honor of The Order of Canada as a member in 2006 for her contributions to music in her long and distinguished career. Ranee has also won awards for her acting and is an accomplished writer of children’s books.

For the full list of Vocal Jazz Album of the Year Nominees with video click here

Charles Spearin Winner of Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year

A member of the band Broken Social Scene, Spearin is no stranger to the JUNO Awards, previously winning two awards. This album, which is based around the spoken word recordings of his neighbors in Toronto talking about happiness. ‘The Happiness Project’s” success has come as a refreshing surprise.

To view bios and video of all other Best Contemporary Jazz Album nominees click here

Terry Clarke Winner of Traditional Jazz Album of the Year

Terry Clarke is an accomplished drummer who has played with the likes of Oscar Peterson, John Handy and Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Born in British Columbia and now based in Toronto, Clarke’s musical careers dates back  to the 1960’s. Despite this long and illustrious career this is Clarke’s first album release as a band leader.

To read about the other traditional Jazz Nominees click here

Jack de Keyzer, Winner of Blues Album of the Year

Jack de Keyzer won a  JUNO for Best Blues Album in 2003 for ‘6 String Lover’.  British born de Keyzer has been performing for over thirty years, with his music taking him across the globe.  An accomplished guitarist he has appeared on numerous albums by artists such as Bo Diddley, Etta James and Blue Rodeo.

To read bio’s and watch video of the other Blues Album of the Year Nominees click here.

Dominic Mancuso, Winner of World Music Album of the Year

Toronto born Dominic Mancuso’s album ‘Comfortably Mine’ is an exploration of his cultural roots in Southern Italy. Dominic takes the traditional and fuses it with his modern Canadian influences in and innovative way to produce this album.

To watch Video and read about the other nominees click here.

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Artist Submission for 2010 Festival Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival Now Closed

April 16, 2010

The deadline has now past for artists wishing to submit to the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival. Thank you to all who expresses interest.

If you wish to submit to the 2011 festival then you can do so starting September 2010.


Kellylee Evans Performing ‘Lost’ in Brooklyn

April 15, 2010

The first artist announced to play at the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival was Kellylee Evans. Here is a taste of what you can expect with this wonderful video of Kellylee performing with a group of musicians in Forte Greene Park in Brooklyn.

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