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Wreckhouse Workshops!

July 5, 2013

With the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival less than a week away, we want to make sure you get the most our of this year’s festival.  As always we have 4 nights of the best Jazz, Blues, and World Music in the world, but this year we also have the exciting opportunity to present you with two workshops from trombone veteran Michael Daigeau, and guitar master John Scofield!

Scofield Color 1John Scofield Workshop

Thursday July 11 – 2:00pm @ ACC Barbara Barrett Theatre ($25)

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.  He has recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s also played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, and Herbie Hancock among many jazz legends.  Now an adjunct professor of music at New York University, John Scofield has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the next generation, and any up-and-coming musicians should not miss out on this great opportunity to hear from a pro.

Michael Daigeau 2Michael Daigeau Masterclass

Saturday July 13 – 2:00pm @ Rocket Room ($10)

Michael Daigeau is an extraordinary musician, and one of the most sought-after horn players out there. He has played with just about every big name in music, including Doc Severinson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Phil Collins, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn and Stevie Wonder, Tupac, Ashanti, and countless other bands and orchestra’s. Any wind players out there, do not miss this chance to not only listen to this industry titan speak, but you can also sign up to participate in the masterclass and play for him!  Anyone interested in taking part in this workshop should contact Brian Way at to sign up!  There are a multitude of accompanists available for performers and ANYONE is more than welcome to participate.


Don’t miss either of these fantastic workshops at the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, July 10-13 in Downtown St. John’s.  For more information on our artists, or the festival schedule, check out our website at or email




October 9, 2012

Charlie A'Court
Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Charlie A’Court will take the stage at the Fat Cat Blues Bar, St. John’s, NL on Saturday, October 13th, at 9:30pm. Presented by Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues, this is A’Court’s final stop on his CD release tour. Charlie is celebrating the release of his latest CD titled Triumph & Disaster and will be joined on stage by Chris Kirby (keyboard), Paul “Boomer” Stamp (drums) and Paddy Byrne (bass).Cover charge is $15 at the door.

A’Court’s first studio recording in six years, Triumph & Disaster is produced by Chris Kirby. The album features 13 brand new original songs from Charlie A’Court and an impressive line up of co-writers including Ron Hynes, Kim Wempe, Jamie Robinson, Jason Mingo, Dave Simpsom and Chris Kirby, along with a brilliant cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”.

”The album title is a tip of the hat to the late, British author, Rudyard Kipling and his acclaimed poem, IF, says A’Court, “The excerpt reads – If you can meet with Triumph & Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same – the line refers to a balance between high and low emotions.” A’Court plays with a delicate balance of emotion touching on feelings of jubilation, redemption, isolation and absolute love for another.

Winner of the2007 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album Bring On The Storm and 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album Color Me Gone, A’Court has walked the line between blues and adult contemporary.

A’Court’s 2009 release, Live At The Marigold, was nominated for Blues Recording of the Year and Male Solo Recording of the Year, while earning him the honour of being named Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards.

Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, A’Court’s music and passionate voice stir up the listeners’ emotions, touching the very core of audiences around the world. A’Court has toured extensively throughout Canada and abroad with headlining performances at the Stan Rogers’ Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest (USA), and Woodford Folk Fest (AUS), and has shared the stage with high profile artists such as James Cotton, Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Procol Harum, Colin James, Dan Aykroyd and Delbert McClinton, among many others.

Music critic, author and CBC radio personality, Bob Mersereau had this to say about Charlie A’Court’s new Triumph & Disaster CD:
The Nova Scotia singer-guitar player gets funky and soulful, with the help of his like-minded producer, Newfoundland’s Chris Kirby. Most strikingly, this means a lot of impassioned vocals from A’Court, who slides into his role as smooth soul man with ease, obviously enjoying the rich sounds behind him. Singing high and mighty, rising into falsetto, getting into the groove, or slaying us with tenderness, it’s a singing tour-de-force….Guitars ring out, the organ pulses, cymbals splash, and somebody borrowed the microphones from Stax Studio for the horns. It’s the kind of disc I never thought I’d hear out of the East Coast, Southern soul instead of Northern blues, and I’m sure glad it came out so well.”
Read the full review here:—triumph-disaster.html <—triumph-disaster.html

Don’t miss Charlie A’Court’s “Triumph & Disaster” CD release, Saturday, October 13th at The Fat Cat, St. John’s, NL. Presented by Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues. Show time is 9:30pm. $15 at the door.

Charlie A’Court “Triumph & Disaster” CD Release Tour:


Sept. 28 – Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro, NS
Sept. 29 – The Guild, Charlottetown, PE
Oct. 6 – Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow, NS
Oct. 11 – The Carleton, Halifax, NS
Oct. 13 – The Fat Cat, St. John’s, NL

For music, ticket info and more please visit:

Media Contact:
Lynn Horne
Lynn Marketing & Media Relations


The Skylarks to Perform at the Fat Cat Blues Bar December 15th & 22nd

December 14, 2011


Sean Panting Album Release at the Ship 8:30pm December 1st

November 30, 2011

Sean Panting will be celebrating the release of his first album in six years this Thursday, December 1st at the Ship Pub.

There will be an acoustic show starting at 8:30 with an opening set by the one and only Katie Baggs.

At 10:30 the Panting Band (SP: Vocals and Guitar, Don Ellis: Bass and Adam Staple: Drums) will crank up the Rock n Roll.

“Sean Panting is one of the best songwriters, not only in NL, or Canada, but anywhere. It’s been a pleasure watching him grow over the years and Man of the Year is as good as anything he’s ever done – a great distillation of styles and varying sonic attacks. Congratulations Sean on another killer album!” – Mike Campbell The Carlton/Much Music

“For 25 years, Sean Panting has been an original voice in Canadian music whether it’s through his impeccable solo albums or his band collaborations. The wit of Costello, the intensity of Townshend, the straight-ahead rock of Grohl. A musical integrity all his own.” – Russell Bowers host of Daybreak CBC Alberta

“It’s not easy to get older, grow up, and keep the edge you had as a teenager. Sean Panting has made a life in rock and roll, and done it in style.” – Bob Hallett Great Big Sea

“If you don’t like Sean Panting we can’t hang out. There’s more story in two verses of a Panting song than there is in most libraries” – Mark Critch This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Available December 1st at Fred’s Records and online at itunes, Amazon and


Hip Waders at Brimstone Public House on George Street on December 17th

November 30, 2011

Hip Waders
Opener: Avalon Stanley
Dec 17th
Brimstone Public House on George St.


Doris Mason Quartet, Friday November 18 @ Masonic Temple, St. John’s

November 16, 2011


30 years of Community Work by Iris Kirby House

October 26, 2011


Choices for Youth 20th Anniversary Gala

October 26, 2011

Come and celebrate 20 years of Choices for Youth with us in the Sheraton Hotel ballroom on November 9! We’ll have performances by Andrew James O’Brien and King Nancy, plus a silent auction with amazing items from community partners and supporters.

From October 10 – November 4, there will be 20 days of previews for our 20 Items of Hope Silent Auction, with a new item revealed each day on the Choices for Youth twitter and Facebook page(@choicesforyouth /! We’ll also reveal what our big grand prize is; an entry for that is included with your ticket!

There will also be a Pledge a Program feature that evening as well as great nibbles and delicious desserts.

Don’t miss an amazing evening in support of a great organization! Tickets are $45 each or 2 for $80 and available at Fred’s Records on Duckworth Street or at the 120 LeMarchant Road location of Choices for Youth (call 754-0446 for more info or to book today!).


Krystin Pellerin talks about the up coming Ladies of Republic of Doyle event

October 26, 2011

For reservations book online at or call the Hall 753-4531


Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Fundraiser Featuring Performances by the Republic of Doyle’s Krystin Pellerin & Lynda Boyd

October 19, 2011

Get your tickets online at You can buy Tickets online at the LSPU Hall box office

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