Archive for June, 2011


The Legendary Dutch Robinson Hits St. John’s

June 30, 2011

Dutch Robinson is a name known worldwide in the worlds of jazz, soul, R & B, and beyond.  Most well-known for being the lead singer of the Ohio Players, Dutch’s career has taken him all across the globe.  He has played with  world class musicians like Tommy Motolla, Daryl Hall, John Oates, and Curtis Mayfield, and has a very long list of accomplishments to his name.  Dutch has won an unfathomable amount of awards like Artist of the Year, Best Jazz Artist, Single of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year from various organizations, has been featured on such shows as Canada AM and Soul Train, and can be heard on Cirque du Soleil’s Grammy nominated album Alegria.

Dutch Robinson is an incredible vocalist and one heck of a performer, so be sure to come see him live on July 16th, 10:00pm at the Majestic Theatre during the 2011 WIJBF.

Get your tickets to see Dutch Robinson here.


Sponsor of the Week: Newfoundland Power

June 29, 2011

The 2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival would not be possible without the support of our corporate and media sponsors.  To show our appreciation, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) will be highlighting our valued sponsors.

Newfoundland Power Inc. operates an integrated generation, transmission and distribution system throughout the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador.

For over 120 years, we have been committed to providing customers with safe, reliable electricity in the most cost-efficient manner possible. Our Company serves over 239,000 customers making up approximately 85% of all electricity consumers in the province.

The Company purchases approximately 90% of its electricity from the Crown corporation, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, and generates the balance from its own smaller hydro electric stations. Newfoundland Power is regulated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities which has jurisdiction over rates, policies, capital expenditures and the issue of securities.

Working together, Newfoundland Power and its employees are committed to providing customers with the service they expect and deserve in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Our vision is to be a leader among North American electric utilities in terms of safety, reliability, customer service and efficiency.

WJB would like to acknowledge and express gratitude for the contributions of NL Power, the Sponsor of the Week!


Sponsor of the Week: Sunlife Financial, Kirk Newhook, Advisor

June 29, 2011


The 2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival is supported by many generous corporate and media sponsors, without whom this festival would not happen.  To show our appreciation, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) will be highlighting our valued sponsors. 

Kirk Newhook is the founder and former Executive/Artistic Director of the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival. After leading the organization for nine festivals he was confident that the Festival had reached a point that it could continue successfully without him at the helm. Upon the completion of last year’s Festival he decided to step down and follow a new career path with as an advisor with Sun Life Financial. Nevertheless, his passion for the event and the music would not allow him to leave the Festival completely, so he stayed on board and donated his service to the Artistic Director role.

Of his role as an advisor with Sun Life Financial, Newhook states “I am a holistic advisor. I work closely with clients to understand their specific situation and goals. Based on their needs, I help them to make informed financial choices to build their savings and protect what they save against unexpected events and to prepare financially for the future. I focus upon life, health and wealth coverage and work to develop a life-long relationship with my clients, so that I am there to make the necessary changes to their financial plan that ensures that they stay on track to meet their goals as their situation changes. In short, I help people achieve lifetime financial security.

My clients include individuals and families, as well as businesses. I work with specialists in the area of Estate and Financial Planning, Long-Term Care, Disability Insurance, and Wealth Planning.”

WJB would like to acknowledge and express gratitude for the contributions of Sunlife Financial, Advisor, Kirk Newhook, the Sponsor of the Week!


Drumming Sensation Mark McLean at the 10th Annual WIJBF

June 29, 2011

Mark McLean began his career as not a drummer but a pianist at age 9, but at the age of 14 he decided that the drums were his true calling.  Since then his career has skyrocketed.  Starting at the age of 18 Mark played for Canadian jazz icon Oscar Peterson, since then he has been playing and recording for some of the world’s best musicians, and is now releasing an album of his own.  Mark has received praise from jazz and drumming experts alike worldwide, receiving endorsements from Regal Tip Mallets and Brushes, Remo Drum Heads, Zildjian Sticks and Cymbals, and Yamaha Drums.

Mark McLean is a powerhouse drummer, and he is sure to bring the house down when he hits the WIJBF this summer, so join him 8:30pm on July 15th at the Rocket Bakery for a drumming spectacle that is sure to leave you in awe.


Get your tickets to see Mark here.


H2 Harkness Herriott Duo Take the Stage at the 2011 WIJBF

June 28, 2011

Newfoundland’s own Mike Herriott will be coming home this summer to perform at the 2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival.  Mike will be taking the stage with expert guitarist Sean Harkness as H2 Harkness Herriott Duo.  Mike and Sean have each earned their fair share of awards and accolades in the music industry.  Mike has received a 2010 JUNO nomination, and he has played with some of  the best artists and orchestras in the world.  Sean has received endorsements from multiple guitar companies, has 22 years of guitar playing under his belt, and has played all over the world including on Broadway in Disney’s The Lion King.  Mike’s flugelhorn combined with Sean’s sweet guitar makes for a sound like no other, and a concert that will be one to remember.

Come join H2 Harkness Herriott Duo 8:15pm, July 14th at The Masonic Temple for an unforgettable concert, or take in their free workshop on Success and Integrity in Music 2:00pm July 14th at Long & McQuade.

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Cover Me Canada

June 28, 2011

Calling all Canadian Musicians and Groups – Starting June 6th Submit an Audition by Uploading Your Unique Rendition of One of Four Iconic Canadian Songs at

CBC today issued a call for online performance auditions for a major new music series,COVER ME CANADA, airing this fall on CBC-TV. Unsigned musicians and groups are asked to submit their unique versions of the iconic Canadian music we all love at From the audition pool, the most talented unsigned musicians and groups will be selected to compete as finalists on COVER ME CANADA. The finalists will compete live on television, to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for their first original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

Ambitious Canadian musicians and groups aged 12 and up who are not signed to a recording contract are invited to submit video performances of their cover versions of one of the following Canadian classics: Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot), Run To You (Bryan Adams), Life is a Highway (Tom Cochrane) and Black Velvet (Alannah Myles).

Auditions are open now until July 8 at All acts selected to be finalists on COVER ME CANADA must be able to perform live with their own accompaniment and vocals and are encouraged to demonstrate this ability in their audition videos. COVER ME CANADA is looking for Canada’s best unsigned musicians or groups covering Canada’s definitive songs.

“CBC is providing a platform for the best emerging musicians from across the country to cover Canada’s greatest songs, and a chance for Canadians to rediscover the songs that we love and feel proud to call our own,” said Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president, English Services, CBC. “COVER ME CANADA is the opportunity of a lifetime for aspiring Canadian artists. We look forward to showcasing the brightest musical talent Canada has to offer.”

“The bar is set very high for COVER ME CANADA,” says Ivan Schneeberg, co-president of Temple Street Productions, producers of COVER ME CANADA. “In order to make the cut, music artists and performers have to make the songs we all know and love entirely their own. We’re excited to see the results.”

The host and judges for COVER ME CANADA will be announced in the coming weeks. Artists, producers and the biggest names in Canadian music will be part of the excitement, with competitors getting to perform some of the greatest songs in the Canadian songbook.COVER ME CANADA is produced by Temple Street Productions based on a format co-created by 11 Entertainment and CBC.

For more information, including a full list of rules and regulations, visit:

On the web:

On twitter:  @cbccoverme


World Music Group Jaffa Road at the 2011 WIJBF

June 27, 2011

On Thursday July 14th, at 9:30pm, come take in some great world music as Jaffa Road takes the stage at The Majestic Theatre.  Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues are very excited to have such a high calibre world music group playing at this year’s festival.  Jaffa Road brings to the table a unique mix of music from all corners of the globe.  Incorporating elements of Jewish music, Classical Arabic and Indian music, electronica, rock, pop and even dub, their sound is truly one of a kind.  They have been recognized as one of the top world music groups in Canada, with their album Sunplace being nominated for a 2011 JUNO Award.


Jaffa Road is sure to put on a spectacular show at the 10th Annual Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, so come join them 9:30pm, July 14th at The Majestic for one of the best world music concerts in Canada.


Check out one of their videos at:

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