Archive for October, 2010


MusicNL 2010 Award Winners

October 29, 2010

The Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL) are pleased to announce the 2010 MusicNL Award Winners announced last night at Gros Morne Academy in Rocky Harbour.

MusicNL 2010 Award Winners

Amelia Curran – Winner of Album of the Year – “Hunter, Hunter” , Feamle Artist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for “The Mistress” & Folk/Roots Artist/Group of the year

Sherman Downey winner of Male Artist of the year

Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds winner of Group of the Year,  Molson Pop/Rock Artist/ Group of the year, Entertainer of the Year & Rising Star New Artist/ Group

Duane Andrews & Dwayne Cote winner of the Coast 101.1 Instrumental Group/Artist of the year

Joe Belly winner of Country Artist/ Group of the year

Pathological Lovers winner of Alternative Artist/Group of the year

Jerry Stamp winner of Gospel Artist/Group winner

Sandy Morris winner of Side Musician Award

MusicNL Industry Award Winners

Music Educator – Fergus O’Byrne

Outstanding Company – Fred’s Records

Volunteer Of The Year – Michael Worthman

Media Person – Tom Power

Industry Professional – Tony Murray

For more information don’t hesitate to contact the office at 709-754-2574 Jen Winsor


The Suzuki Talent Education Program Present The London Gold Group in Concert in St. John’s

October 26, 2010


Sponsor of the Week: Coast 101.1FM

October 26, 2010

The 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival would not have been possible without the support of our corporate and media sponsors.  To show our appreciation for their support, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) will be showcasing a different sponsor each week.  This week’s sponsor of the week is Coast 101.1 FM.

Coast 101.1 is proud to feature the only Jazz & Blues shows on commercial radio in St. John’s.  The Friday Night Blues Block 8pm-10pm is a combination of Atlantic Canadian Blues with The Blues Own and international blues with House of Blues.  Sundays, The Coast features our own Cool Jazz On The Coast hosted by local musician Bill Sharpe from Billy & The Bruisers.  Cool Jazz On The Coast gives St. John`s an accordion free alternative to wake up a Sunday morning.  Coast 101.1 is proud to be a part of the Jazz & Blues community in St. John`s.

Coast 101.1 had a solid presence during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.  From Wednesday to Sunday, Coast 101.1 hosted the Happy Hour stage outside on the deck at the Martini Bar.  Audience members enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and were captivated by performance by the Kelly Ann Evans Band, the Brad Jefford Trio Plus, the Al Robman Quintet, and more.  As a long-time media sponsor, Coast 101.1 is a mainstay of the promotion and implementation of Festival events.

WJB would like to acknowledge and express gratitude for the contributions of Coast 101.1 FM, the Sponsor of the Week!


Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Looking to Fill Seats on Board of Directors

October 20, 2010

As Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues moves into its 10th year of operation, it is looking to fill vacant seats on its board of directors. Making the commitment to be a board member takes dedication, but it is so very rewarding as the board of directors is the guiding force behind the perpetuation and appreciation for Jazz, Blues and World music in Newfoundland. WJB is looking to recruit up to four new board members. Several will be general directors but WJB is also looking for two people capable of fulfilling specific positions including:

  • Secretary: manages the minutes of the BOD meetings; responsible for ensuring effective management of the organization’s records and legal documents.
  • Vice-President: acts as president in his or her absence; reports to and works closely with the President to assist with ensuring the organization is achieving its mission and objectives.

WJB is looking to recruit the very best and the brightest members in the St. John’s community. Artists, Educators, Administrators and all others who have a strong belief in the mission and vision of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues are strongly encouraged to apply.

The following criteria will be used when evaluating nominations:

  • Community: applicants should have a strong track record of successfully collaborating with, enabling others and earning the respect of the community.
  • Character: applicants should have proven themselves a person of high character, with a history of acting honestly, fairly and openly when in leadership roles.
  • Experience and Expertise: if the applicant is being proposed for a specific role, they should have strong experience and expertise in that area.
  • Success: applicants should be able to point to a history of success and leaving previous roles in a better state than when they arrived.
  • Diversity: having a variety of social and cultural identities represented on the board is important in ensuring WJB provides members of the St. John’s community with diverse programming and initiatives.

Interested applicants may submit a resume accompanied by a cover letter identifying areas of interest and at least two references to:

James Price

President, Board of Directors

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues


In Short – Around the Internet and World of Jazz, Blues and World Music

October 19, 2010

Kellylee Evans on CBC – Kellylee Evans was interviewed this week on CBC radio about her new album ‘Nina’, a tribute to Nina Simone. You can listen to the full interview here.

The International Song Writing Contest Deadline Extended – The International Songwriting Competition has extended its entry deadline to Dec. 3, 2010 find out more at their website at Link

John Lennon Song Writing Contest – In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Sonicbids has launched a song writing contest bearing his name. Find out more and submit your entry here

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues now Accepting Submissions for the 2011 Festival – Artists wishing to submit to perform at the 2011 WIJBF are now able to do so. Application forms and further details on funding and the submission process are available here

Early Bird Submission Dealine for JUNO’s is October 22nd – Find out more by clicking here.

Forget jazz flute — jazz triangle is where it’s at – Watch this amazing video where you realize music can be made in many different ways, Click here

R.I.P Marion Brown – Renowned saxophonist Marion Brown passed away this week aged 75. Read more

Musician’s to aid Igor Relief Effort –
On Tuesday October 19th a who’s who list of musicians’ from Newfoundland & Labrador will be performing at Mile One Centre in aid of relief efforts for Hurricane Igor. Included in the line up is previous festival performers Billy and the Bruisers. Find out more about this great event, Click here.

Celebrate Small Business Week – Drop in to the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board between  12-2 on October 21st in the main boardroom of the CNLBSC to (located at 90 O’Leary Avenue) to celebrate your successes and network with other small businesses/small business stakeholders. Please RSVP to NEA REDB at (709)-753-5554

The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper – The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper is a an online resource that compiles all the stories relevant to Newfoundlanders found on Twitter in one place. The site is updated daily and covers topics such as news, arts & entertainment and education. To take a look Click here.

New and Reissued Jazz Released Today – Click here

Any suggestions on what we should include in next weeks edition contact


Free Workshop for Musicians – Corner Brook, Oct 25th.

October 19, 2010

Are you a musician in the Corner Brook area?

The Newfoundland Labrador Musicians’ Association and SOCAN are hosting a FREE WORKSHOP on musicians rights, income streams and professional services.

Learn how to collect your royalties from live performances, TV and radio plays of your songs from Tim Hardy of SOCAN

Learn about pension, using contracts, insurance coverage, income sources, referral services, and more from Jordan Young of the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association.

Arts and Culture Center Lobby

University Driver, Corner Brook

Monday October 25th


More info?


Society of Composers, Authours, and Music Publishers of Canada

Newfoundland & Labrador Musicians’ Association

Canadian Federation of Musicians


Festivals Never Sleep

October 19, 2010

The 2010 WIJBF was a resounding success but we are not resting on our laurels. Preparation has already begun to build on our world class festival for 2011. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is excited to extend an invitation to all current and potential donors and sponsors to join us to celebrate another milestone: the 10th anniversary of the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival!

An early investment will help to provide opportunities to aspiring artists, educate young jazz, blues and world music enthusiasts, create employment, diversify and grow the city’s cultural heritage, and promote St. John’s as a world-class cultural tourism destination. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is more than the festival; it presents a year round calendar of events and is significant contributor to the music and arts community in Newfoundland.

In the coming weeks, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues will re-tool its sponsorship structure to provide even better flexibility, ingenuity and value without sacrificing the previous opportunities to actively engage our audience and enjoy a solid return on your investment. That’s part of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues’ commitment to and appreciation for its supporters. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues looks forward to your enduring support as together we build upon the fabulous success of the past ten years.

To find out more about sponsorship and how to get involved with Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Please contact us,

Liz Dunbar ,  Executive Director, ,

Ben Waring, Marketing & Communications

Festival Never Sleeps PDF


Back by Popular Demand… the Hottest Ticket in Town… Hot Jazz, Cool Night is back!

October 18, 2010

The 5th Annual “Hot Jazz, Cool Night” promises to be an incredible night of music hosted by this province’s most famous jazz songbird, with two of the most celebrated choirs in the country, and one sizzling Big Band.

On Saturday October 23rd, this unforgettable show will feature Lady Cove Women’s Choir, Newman Sound Men’s Choir, 17-piece Big Band Jazz East, and the delightful and supremely talented vocalist Heather Bambrick. Hot Jazz, Cool Night will feature those jazz and pop classics you can’t help but hum along to…”Fly Me to the Moon”…”Orange Coloured Sky”… the hit Glee arrangement of “Lean on Me” and many more! The night will feature great solos and combinations of all three stellar groups.

“Hot Jazz, Cool Night” is a show you don’t want to miss. Saturday, October 23rd 8:00pm at Holy Heart Theatre. Admission is $24, $18 for students. Tickets available now at the box office. Reserve your seats early by calling 579-4424.


Call for Submissions – Canadian Blast! at MIDEM Jan 25, 2011 (Cannes, France)

October 15, 2010

CIMA announces a call for submissions for Canadian export-ready artists to perform at Canadian Blast! at MIDEM on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 (Morrison’s Lounge – Cannes).
This is the third year for Canadian Blast! at MIDEM, the world’s biggest indie trade fair. Artists selected for the final line-up must have a rep registered with the Canada Stand at MIDEM 2011 representing their business interests, and must have the resources to follow-through on opportunities resulting from the showcase.
Submission deadline is the 5:00 pm on Monday, November 8, 2010. The final line-up is selected by committee. Artists will be notified of their status on November 17, 2010.
For further information, please contact Kathy Hahn at or by phone to 416-485-3152, ext. 227.


Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues’ Executive Director leaving post

October 15, 2010

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) is undergoing some changes at the top. Our beloved founder and Executive/Artistic Director, Kirk Newhook is leaving his post with the organization. Kirk has always been an important advocate for arts and culture in St. John’s and at the centre of diversifying the music scene in our vibrant city for almost a decade. He took his dream of expanding the musical heritage of St. John’s and created an organization and festival that has become a cornerstone event in the city’s cultural offerings. He has lead WJB through its formative years, and leaves a healthy and robust organization ready to move into the next phase of development. We owe Kirk a tremendous debt of appreciation and gratitude.

Kirk leaves WJB to take on a new role as a Sun Life Financial Advisor. Of his experience with Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues, Kirk said: “I am very proud of the contribution that the Festival has made to the local, national and international music scene.  It’s taken a tremendous amount of hard work, but I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by hundreds of great people; performers, volunteers, staff, directors, sponsors, government funders, industry colleagues and family who have shared in the vision and helped to build and sustain the momentum that’s now unstoppable. I am comfortable with my decision to step down from the ED role because of the stability that the organization has achieved, and feel very confident that the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival will continue on well into the future.”

Although this will bring about great change in the organization be assured that, “We’re not going anywhere”, says Jim Price, president of the WJB Board of Directors. “Kirk has planted a seed that has allowed the festival to grow over the last 9 years. The organization is determined to see our vision realized and continues to contribute to the artistic community of St. John’s for many years to come”

Taking over as Executive Director is Liz Dunbar, the former Marketing & Operations Manager. “I am honoured and excited to take on this new role with WJB. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with this enthusiastic community and hope to foster the amazing growth the jazz, blues and world music community has seen over the past decade in Newfoundland. I look forward to many more years of outstanding music and community spirit.”

Kirk Newhook will become the festival’s volunteer Artistic Director. “Kirk will continue to bring a strong artistic focus and continuity to our festival’s programming, while Liz will continue to achieve WJB’s long-term goals,” says Jim.

Among the challenges Liz hopes to tackle as Executive Director of WJB is expanding the art form’s audience. “We must connect with younger audiences and make jazz less intimidating”. She will work closely with Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, as well as Kirk to ensure that the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival continues to be a landmark event in Newfoundland’s cultural landscape.

The organization has already started planning for the WIJBF’s 10th anniversary in 2011 and hopes to confirm some of its headliners before the New Year.


For more information please contact:

Liz Dunbar at 709-739-7734

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