Archive for December, 2010


Classic WIJBF & St. John’s Jazz Festival Posters

December 21, 2010

In the past nine years we have had some great posters. Here is a small selection of some the best.


Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Launches Recycling Drive

December 16, 2010
Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues has partnered with Evergreen Recycling to launch its winter recycling drive. You will not only be helping the environment but also the work of WJB. 

Drop off your recyclables to any Evergreen Recycling location and ask the clerk to donate the proceeds to the Wreckhouse account. Alternatively you can drop your recyclables off to us at our offices at 90 O’Leary Avenue.

All money raised will go towards future projects in education, performances and the operation of Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues.

We would like to thank you all for your support of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues.


What’s Christmas Without Jazz?

December 14, 2010

In this festive season there are many things that get us in the Christmas spirit. One of those things is music.

There is a long tradition of Christmas Jazz by a wide array of artists. We have compiled a small list of some of the best regarded Jazz Christmas Songs and albums.

  • Ella Fitzgerald – Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – This album recorded in 1960 includes some of the most popular Christmas songs sung by a true jazz legend. This album is a must for any music lover.
  • Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas – What is Christmas without Charlie Brown. The music from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special brings back the memories of Christmas as a child.
  • Oscar Peterson – An Oscar Peterson Christmas –Recorded in 1995, Petersen has worked his magic on some Christmas classics. This is not only a great Christmas album but a great jazz album too.
  • Louis Armstrong – Christmas Through The Years – An album which features some Satchmo classics. A great album to play with friends and family.
  • Various – Very Best Of Christmas Jazz – A compilation album that features many Christmas jazz classics and features artist such as John Coltrane, Count Basie, Ramsey Lewis and many more. This is certainly the pick of compilation albums.

You can find and purchase all these albums at the new Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Store on Amazon. Click here to find a selection of Christmas albums and the albums of some of the 2010 WIJBF performers


The MusicNL/FACTOR Christmas Soiree, Monday, December 20th 7:30pm – 11:30pm The Ship Pub – 265 Duckworth Street

December 13, 2010

Please join the MusicNL crew for our first MusicNL/FACTOR Christmas Soiree!

As many of you know we have been holding the weekly MusicNL/FACTOR open mic at the Ship for the last few months. We decided to hold our first Christmas party in conjunction with the open mic. There is no cover and there will be snackables and Christmas cheer. This is also not an exclusive to MusicNL event. All are welcome!

Thanks to our sponsors Molson/Coors Brewing Company and FACTOR!

Also BIG thanks to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for their continued support.


Showcasing Artists Announced for East Coast Music Week 2011

December 13, 2010

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) announced today at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown the artists who will perform on the official ECMA stages as part of East Coast Music Week 2011 taking place April 13-17.

Showcase performers submitted their names to the ECMA between August 23 and October 1, 2010 with the selections determined by juries of industry professionals representing the four Atlantic Provinces plus one National or International juror.

“East Coast Music fans are in for a really big treat come April,” says Campbell Webster, chair of the ECMA 2011 Event Committee. “The talent and diversity featured on these stages is really incredible and there is so much more to come with partnered stages being announced in the New Year.”

Below are the artists selected to perform on the official ECMA stages during East Coast Music Week 2011:

Songwriter’s Association of Canada (S.A.C.) BLUEBIRD NORTH STAGE presented by the Charlottetown Airport Authority – Venue: The Guild
The S.A.C. gratefully acknowledges the support of The SOCAN Foundation and the Government of Canada through the Creators’ Assistance Component of the Canada Music Fund

Host: SAC Special Guest Dan Hill
Chastity (PE), Terry Penney (NL), Thom Swift (NS), Tanya Davis (NS), The Mountains & The Trees (NL), Alex Madsen of The Divorcees (NB)

Molson Canadian ROCK STAGE – Venue: Delta Prince Edward

Mark Bragg & The Butchers (NL), Ross Neilsen & The Sufferin’ Bastards (NB), Carmen Townsend (NS), Three Sheet (NS), English Words (PE), The Stanfields (NS)

RISING STAR SHOWCASE – Venue: Delta Prince Edward

Andy Brown (NB), Rik Reese & Neon Highway (NB), Meaghan Blanchard (PE), Haunted Hearts (PE), Jay Smith (NS), Ryan MacGrath (NS), Matthew Hornell & The Diamond Minds (NL), Sherman Downey & The Ambiguous Case (NL)

MRSB ROOTS STAGE – Venue: Delta Prince Edward

Jimmy Rankin (NS), The Navigators (NL), Ian Sherwood (NS), Kim Dunn (NS), Ian Janes (NS),
Cynthia MacLeod (PE), Richard Wood (PE)

SOCAN SONGWRITER’S CIRCLE – Venue: Delta Prince Edward

Rose Cousins (NS), Lennie Gallant (PE), Jessica Rhaye (NB), Brooke Miller (PE), Jenn Grant (NS)
SOCAN special guest artist will be announced at a later date.


Jimmy Rankin (NS), Matt Andersen (NB), The Trews (NS), The Once (NL), Ruth Minnikin (NS), Vishtèn (PE), Dave Gunning (NS), David Myles (NB), Christina Martin (NS), The Olympic Symphonium (NB), Paper Lions (PE)


Lennie Gallant (PE), Chris Kirby (NL), Dwayne Côté & Duane Andrews (NS & NL), Erin Costelo (NS), Charlie A’Court (NS), Chuck & Albert (PE)

RBC DISCOVERY STAGE presented by The Murphy Centre

7 Mile Stare (NS), Alana Yorke (NS), Andrew Doyle (NS), Arrows in the Air (PE), Ashley Condon (PE), Back Pocket Material (NS), Banded Stilts (NL), Becka deHaan (NB), Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers (NS), Bethany Bible College Chorale (NB), Big Deal (NS), Breagh MacKinnon (NS), Breagh Potter (NS), Chris Boudreau (NB), Clinton Charlton (NB), Cody Westman (NL), Connie Saulnier (NS), Craig Mercer & the Will Be Gones (NS), Cyndi Cain (NS), Dan Doiron (NS), David Wills (NB), Derrick Paul Miller (NB), Devil’s Elbow (NS), Drumlin (NS), Eleanor McCain (NB), Emmy Alcorn (NS), Fleur Mainville (NS), Godsent (NS), Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (PE), Heather Allison (NB), Jaclyn Reinhart Band (NB), Jacquie Drew & The Crew (NB), Jared Lutes (NB), Jason MacDonald (NS), John Morgan (NS), Julia Halfyard (NL), Katherine Moller (NB), Katie McGarry (PE), Kendra Gale (NB), Kristina Trites (NS), Marko Simmonds (NS), Matthew Byrne (NL), Meggie Lou (NS), Melanie D (NB), Moonshine Ramblers (NS), Naming The Twins (NS), Oh No, Theodore! (NB), Papilio (NS), Patrick Molloy & The Manifest (NL), Phil Flowers (NB), Plain Dirty Blues Band (PE), Quiet Elephant (NL), Rachel Davis (NS), Remedy (NS), Repartee (NL), Silver Wolf Band (PE), StahMeNah Vybz (NS), The Belle Comedians (NS), The Company (NS), The Disengagement (NS), The North Lakes (PE), The Repercussionists (NS), The Terry Whalen Band (NB), The Wax (NS), The Wynnes (PE), Tom Terrell (NS), Tradition (NB), TWRP (NS), Waif & The Spade (PE), ZWERG (NB)

Artists for the Soundwaves program and partnered stages will be announced in the New Year.

Tickets are now on sale for East Coast Music Week 2011 at or
ECMA Week is an annual event organized by the ECMA as a critical part of its mission statement. The 2011 event will take place in Charlottetown, PEI, from April 13-17. The ECMA is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate it is to foster, promote and celebrate East Coast music locally and globally. The ECMA currently has over 800 members.


Downtown on the Coast on Coast 101.1FM is Looking to Build its Local Christmas Music Library.

December 9, 2010

If you have Christmas albums, EPs or singles, drop a line to Denielle Han at She would love to consider your music for the month of December. They are also still looking to extend their regular season’s library. If you haven’t sent your music yet, send it along. They love to hear it!

Also, be sure to send along any upcoming shows and regular gigs that you’d like to have covered on Avalon After Dark to


The Atlantis Music Prize Short List With Video

December 9, 2010

Duane Andrews and Dwayne Côté – Duane Andrews and Dwayne Côté,

Gramercy Riffs – It’s Heartbreak,

Idlers – Keep Out,

Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds – Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds,

Pathological Lovers – Calling All Favours,

Sherman Downey – Honey For Bees

The Subtitles – Quick and Painless.

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