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This Week in Short: 11th January 2011

January 11, 2011

Whats going on at your local Arts & Culture Centre?

  • Is Music Like a Drug? Researchers at McGill University in Montreal think it could be. Read the article in the LA Times, click here
  • Whats on at Newfoundland & Labrador’s Arts & Culture Centres – There are numerous events being held across the province at the Arts & Culture Centres. Find out whats on local to you, click here
  • Festival 500 has a new Website – Take a look here
  • St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival now Accepting Submissions – Find out how to submit to the 2011 festival, click here
  • MUN Music Student Carollers have raised over $2500 for the Canadian Cancer Society! – You can still donate on their website, click here
  • Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 10 January 2011 –Click here
  • Find out who topped the Jazz airplay jazz album chart this week, Click here
  • 100 Greatest Singers of all Time –  Rolling Stone Magazine has compiled a list of who they regard to be the 100 greatest singers of all time. See if your favorites are listed, click here
  • WJB’s Posters Through the Years – Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues has had some wonderful posters promoting the festival and the organisation. Take a look at a small selection of some of the best.
  • From Cuba to Canada -Read this globe and mail article about Alex Cuba and his life in Smithers B.C, a far cry from his Caribbean homeland. Read the article here
  • The Grammy Nominees in Jazz, Blues, Gospel and World Music – Find out who has been nominated in the categories of Jazz, Blues, World Music and Gospel and follow links to watch video of the nominees. Click here
  • On Twitter? – There are a multitude of jazz organizations and performers who use Twitter to keep there fans and patrons informed. Find out who is on and how to connect by clicking here Remember you can keep up to date with the latest news with Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues on our Twitter account at



Select Jazz, Blues and World Music Artist Nominated for Grammy’s in Other Categories Part 1

December 6, 2010

There are a number of Jazz, Blues and World Music artists nominated in non genre specific categories.

2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival performer  Alex Cuba follows up on his Best new artist win at the Latin Grammy’s with a nomination in the Best Latin Pop Album Category. 2010 Has become a real break out year for Alex and we feel very privileged to have seen him first hand this summer.

In the Category of ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ the multi talented Norah Jones is nominated. Nominated for the song ‘Chasing Pirates’ (see Below) Jones has been fusing her jazz influences into her music for many years.

Canadian Michael Buble is nominated in the ‘Best Male Vocal Performance’ for the song ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ (watch below).

There are also some legends of rock and Blues nominated. Jeff Beck is nominated in numerous categories including ‘Best Pop Instrumental’,  ‘Best Rock Instumental’ and ‘Best Rock Album’. Jeff Beck is also nominated in the cataegory of ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group’ for his colaboration with Joss Stone for the song ‘I put a Spell on You’ a cover of the ‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic (see below).

Former band mate Eric Clapton is also nominated for ‘Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance’ for ‘Run Back to Your Side’ (see a track from the album below).

The Brian Setzer Orchestra are nominated in the ‘Best Pop Instrumental Performance’  for the track ‘Sleepwalk’ from the ‘Don’t Mess With the Big Band Live’ album.


Congratulations to 2010 WIJBF Performer Alex Cuba on his Latin Grammy win

November 17, 2010

Watch the video of Alex winning the New Artist Latin Grammy.


Alex Cuba at the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival

August 23, 2010

Alex Cuba played to a packed house at the Majestic Theatre during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival. Here are a selection of photos from the night.

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Alex Cuba & Matt Andersen Shows Sold out Online but Tickets Still Avaliable on the Door.

July 15, 2010

The online allocation for tickets for for the shows by Alex Cuba on Thursday July 15 and Matt Andersen on Friday July 16 has sold out. There will still be an allocation on the door but turning up early is advised. The box office will open approximately one hour before the show (Dogberries  take the Stage at 8:30pm). Pass holders are also advised to turn up early as there is also an allocation in that regard.

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The Majestic Theatre, Duckworth Street, St. John’s

May 27, 2010

Artists Playing at the Majestic Theatre;

Tuesday 13th July: Jeff Dyer Bill Brennan Quintet (8:00-9:30pm), Terry Clarke Trio w/ Don Thompson and Phil Dwyer (10:00-12:00pm) Buy Tickets

Wednesday 14th July: Phil Yetman – Havana to Canada (8:00-9:00pm), Bill Brennan Banda Brazil Buy Tickets

Thurday 15th July: The Dogberries (8:00-9:30pm), Alex Cuba (10:00-12:00pm) Buy Tickets

Friday 16th July: Rowdy Blues (8:00-9:30pm), Matt Andersen (10:00-12:00pm) Buy Tickets

Saturday 17th July: Mopaya (8:00-9:30pm),  H’Sao (10:00-12:00pm) Buy Tickets

Want to see it all? get a Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival Pass

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2010 WIJBF Performer Profile: Alex Cuba

May 27, 2010

Thursday July 15, @ Majestic Theatre, 10:00-12:00am

Singer-songwriter Alex Cuba hails from Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and resides in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. Alex is on the vanguard, crafting a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey. Not tied to tradition, this Cuban-Canadian prefers his vintage Gibson over el sencerro (cowbell) anytime.

With a heart as big as his retro ‘fro, Cuba takes it all in stride and focuses on what he does best: crafting songs that cut through linguistic and cultural barriers like a machete through sugarcane.

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