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June 7, 2011

Early Jazz Show! Rose and Thistle! Saturday, June 11th, 8PM

Brad Jefford Trio+ are bringing their jazzy sounds back to downtown St. John’s. Now we all know how late the live music scene starts downtown, most of the music is actually performed in wee hours of the morning. There are a number of jazz patrons that love the music but never get to see a full show because they run too late. Well this first show is for you. We have decided to break out evening into two separate shows. The first show will be at 8PM, the second will begin about 11PM.

Many large cities such as New York and Boston have these early shows and late shows happening in their bars and it’s awesome. I know how hard it is to get something new happening in this city, but if you support the early show, please send this around and spread the word. We would love to have our first early show in St. John’s be a success.

Also Don’t forget the late show..

Late Jazz Show! Rose and Thistle! Saturday June 11th, 11PM

The band for both shows will be

Brad Jefford – Guitar

Josh Ward – Bass

Andrew McCarthy – Drums

Greg Bruce – Saxophone


Watch the Hot Soup Cool Jazz Event Video

May 17, 2011

Highlights from the 4th annual Hot Soup Cool Jazz event at the St. John’s Convention Centre. The evening brings together people from all walks of life & backgrounds to support youth homelessness and poverty in our community.

Ten soups were on offer from some of the finest restaurants including Aqua, Basho, Bianca’s, Gypsy Tea Room, Hungry Heart Cafe, Portobello’s, Raymonds & Yellow Belly with two special soups made by Jimmy Pratt Memorial Soup Kitchen as well as Choices for Youth.

The evening also featured jazz sounds from Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues plus a silent & live auction with auctioneer Wayne Bartlett and CBC’s Angela Antle who hosted the night.


Calling all Musicians!! – Canadian Folk Music Awards now Accepting Submissions for 2011!

May 13, 2011

OTTAWA – WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 – The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced today that submissions are now open for the 2011 edition of this prestigious event which will be held at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, University of Toronto on Sunday, December 4th. For more information please visit or .

The SEVENTH ANNUAL CFMAs invites all Canadian folk, roots and world musicians to submit now for the 2011 awards. Featuring this year’s theme “Celebrating Festivals,” CFMAs activities will include various workshops at Victoria College with the support and assistance of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF); a special nominee showcase taking place at Hugh’s Room on Saturday, December 3rd; and the evening gala, which will be held at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, University of Toronto on Sunday, December 4th – celebrating excellence in the Canadian folk music scene today. Canadian artists who have released recordings between June 15, 2010 and June 14, 2011 are eligible to submit their work. For complete details on eligibility, applications and criteria, please visit

ARTISTS WISHING TO SUBMIT can apply directly online or by downloading the submissions form at and each artist can apply to multiple categories appropriate to their music. There are nineteen categories altogether, which includes conventional titles such as Traditional Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year, as well as two categories for world music, French, English and Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year awards, a Children’s Album of the Year Award and for the more adventurous musicians out there…the Pushing the Boundaries Award.

The CFMAs have also announced that this year they will be adding the new “UNSUNG HERO / TRAVAILLEUR DE L’OMBRE” award in recognition of the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization to the Canadian folk music scene. The recipient will be selected by a separate five-member jury, from the region where the 2011 awards will take place – in this case, Central Canada, which includes Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. For further details please visit

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE is Thursday, June 30th, 2011.

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION RATE until Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Sound integrity is important for the selection process and since current online listening is sonically inferior in many cases, the CFMA jurors prefer to listen to the CD tracks straight from the CD. This way they will get the full impact of the immense effort applied to the music as well as the artwork and packaging as a whole.


The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from the folk music community.

For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:

Media Contact:

Beverly Kreller

Canadian Federation of Musicians’ Member Services workshop Moved to Evening, May 12th

May 11, 2011

The Canadian Federation of Musicians’ Member Services workshop originally scheduled for 10 AM – 3 PM on Thursday, May 12th will now be held in a shorter format from 7-8 PM. This FREE workshop will be held at the Gower Street United Church Hall in St. John’s. This valuable session is open to all performers and working musicians. They will provide coffee, tea and baked goods for those who attend.

The workshop will explain your rights as a performer, songwriter or composer, how to use contracts to protect yourself when you perform, tour or record and details of services provided to musicians by the Canadian Federation of Musicians, services which include the musicians’ national pension plan, insurance services, co-funding for free admission public and educational concerts, touring support, visas for US performances and information services for both members and non-members.

A number of musicians were interested in the workshop but told us they would have difficulty attending on a weekday during the daytime. So they decided to reschedule and compress the event so more musicians can benefit from the session.

This event is FREE but pre-registration is recommended. Register by calling 709-722-8005 or by emailing

The Members Concert will still go ahead as planned in the Gower Street United Church Hall immediately following the workshop.

If you attend the 7-8 PM workshop you are welcome to stay for the concert which is also free of charge for anyone at the workshop.


The Skylarks 5 are Playing Their First show May 21st at The Rose and Thistle

May 10, 2011

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Denis Parker & Scott Goudie Acoustic Blues at S Lounge (Majestic) Saturday May 28

May 10, 2011


Brad Jefford Trio+, Performing at the Ship Thursday May 12th

May 10, 2011

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