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The Sacred Side of Jazz

July 2, 2013

Sacred Side of Jazz

St. David’s Church is proud to host Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues festival special guest, Michael Daigeau at our annual jazz service.  Mr. Daigeau, renowned trombonist, composer, and arranger, will be joined by well-loved local musicians Brian Way – piano, Scott Mansfield – drums, Mark Peddle – bass, Katie Hopkins – vocals, and our own minister, Jonathan Dent on the Saxophone to play jazz music in the setting of an informal Christian worship service.  Please join us.  ALL are welcome!

St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 98 Elizabeth Avenue

11:00am, Sunday July 14


Come Volunteer at the 2013 WIJBF!!!

June 20, 2013


WIJBF brand with city scape

It’s that time of year once again. Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues is looking for volunteers to help out with the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival. This year’s the festival is going to feature some fantastic talent such as 8 Ball Aitken, the Mike Murley Septet, Roberto Lopez and the Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra, and none other than the legendary John Scofield. This year is shaping up to be one of the best yet, but we need the help of our amazing team of volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues. Volunteering is a great experience, you get to meet lots of fellow jazz enthusiasts, make some great connections, and take in some of the best concerts in St. John’s this summer, for free! So if you or anyone you know is interested in being a part of this amazing experience please contact, or call us at 739-7734. And please keep check our website for information on our upcoming volunteer rally.


Check out our website at WWW.WRECKHOUSEJAZZANDBLUES.COM for more details. Don’t miss the 2013 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, taking place July 10-13 across downtown St. John’s.



Amazing Sextet Tunnel Six at the 2011 WIJBF

July 7, 2011

Tunnel Six is comprised of six incredibly talented up-and-coming musicians from the US and Canada.  While they have only been playing together for a few years, their chemistry with each other is undeniable on stage.   The band performs original material composed by all of its members that incorporate strong storytelling and improvisational aspects into the music, which makes for a very interesting performance.  Tunnel Six are well on their way to the top, having already toured extensively from Montreal to Portland in 2010.

Tunnel Six is an amazing group on the rise to fame and are sure to put off a spectacular performance at the 2011 WIJBF.

Get your tickets to see Tunnel Six here.


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!


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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