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2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival Volunteer Rally!

June 14, 2011

From July 13-16, 2011 the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival will celebrate its 10th birthday by bringing four days of great jazz, blues and world music to fans in Newfoundland & Labrador.

WJB is thrilled to announce its Volunteer Rally, where any and all persons interested in volunteering at the upcoming 2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival can sign up to volunteer at their favorite Festival events!

The Volunteer Rally will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Swilers Rugby Football Club on Thursday, June 23rd.  The Swilers Club is located at 100 Crosbie Road.

At the rally there will be sign-up sheets for the volunteer positions at each of the concerts scheduled to take place during the 2011 Festival, which runs from July 13-16.  It’s first come, first serve, and the positions will likely fill up quick!  You can check out the full Festival schedule and lineup here.  There will also be information about Festival venues as well as volunteer policies and procedures.

If you would like more information about the WJB volunteer program you can visit the volunteer page of our website or contact Marketing & Operations Manager Ben Waring via telephone (739-7734) or email (

And if you do attend, bring a friend!  As the Festival grows, so does the need for new volunteers.

Hope to see you out there on June 23rd!



June 1, 2011

St. John’s, NL – May 31st, 2011 – As the summer is fast approaching, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) is preparing to announce the artist lineup for the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival (WIJBF). Executive Director Liz Dunbar will be releasing the highly anticipated lineup on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30am at the Rocket Bakery on Water Street. She is extremely excited to reveal to the public all of the details regarding this year’s festival taking place from July 13th – 16th as once again downtown St. John’s will be flooded with the rhythms and sounds of different styles of music from all across the globe.

In what is sure to be the most exciting year yet for the festival, Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues gives the people of St. John’s a unique opportunity to experience music and culture from all around the world during 4 jam packed days of concerts, workshops, and events. Since the festival began in 2001 it has grown exponentially in size and numbers, having an increase in audience of almost 400% in previous years. In this milestone year, the WIJBF promises to be the biggest event on the St. John’s Arts and Entertainment scene in 2011!

This year’s festival is sure to have a wider variety of international music than ever before, adding to the musical diversity in St. John’s. Featuring over 100 internationally acclaimed artists and the best talent Newfoundland has to offer, the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival is sure to be one to remember.

Come join WJB on June 8th at 10:30am at the Rocket Bakery for some fantastic live entertainment as the exciting lineup for the 2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival is announced, running from July 13th – 16th in downtown St. John’s.

To keep up to date with the latest festival details, check out WJB on our website,  facebook, twitter, myspace, and wordpress.


For more information please contact:
Ben Waring at 709-739-7734


Jazz it up at the AC Hunter Library May 25th!

May 4, 2011


Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival Line-up Announced Soon

May 4, 2011

Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival are proud to announce their 10th anniversary!  Since beginning in 2002, we have been bringing jazz, blues and world musics culture and tradition to Newfoundland and this year is no exception.

We will begin to announce the 2011 performers in the days and weeks to come so keep your eyes and ears open.  On June 1, the full line-up will be announced during our Media Launch and Festival Passes and select tickets will be available online.  For further information on Media Launch please contact Ben at 709.739.7734 or by email at

Keep up to date with the latest Festival news @…….

The Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues website

WJB Facebook page

Twitter feed


2011 JUNO Nominees in the Jazz, Blues and World Music Categories

February 1, 2011

The list of 2011 JUNO nominees has been announced. Included in the nominees are several 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival performers. Kellylee Evans has been nominated for her album ‘Nina’ as has Owen Howard for ‘Drum Lore’. Creaking Tree String Quartet is also nominated in the Roots and Traditional Album of the year.

Below are the nominees in the categories of Jazz, Blues and World Music.


  • Emilie-Claire Barlow – The Beat Goes On
  • Jeff Healey – Last Call
  • Kellylee Evans – Nina (Winner)
  • Laila Biali – Tracing Light
  • Nikki Yanofsky – Nikki

Click here to watch video of the nominees for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year


  • Adrean Farrugia – Ricochet
  • Chet Doxas – Big Sky
  • Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra – Treelines (Winner)
  • Kelly Jefferson Quartet – Next Exit
  • Matt Herskowitz -Jerusalem Trilogy

Click here to watch videos of the nominees for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year


  • Earl MacDonald – Re: Visions, Works for Jazz Orchestra
  • Félix Stüssi 5 & Ray Anderson – Hieronymus
  • John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra – Our First Set (Winner)
  • Kirk MacDonald Quartet – Songbook Vol.2
  • Owen Howard – Drum Lore

Click here to watch video of the nominees for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year


  • FATHEAD – Where’s The Blues Taking Me
  • Harry Manx – Bread And Buddha
  • Jim Byrnes – Everywhere West (Winner)
  • The Johnny Max Band – It’s A Long Road
  • The Sojourners – The Sojourners

Click here to watch video of this years Blues album of the year nominees


  • Élage Diouf – Aksil (Winner)
  • Jesse Cook – The Rumba Foundation
  • Mighty Popo – Gakondo
  • Pacifika – Supermagique
  • Roberto López Project – Soy Panamericano

Click here to watch video of this years World Music Nominees


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 2

December 6, 2010

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

Billy Childs ensemble (also nominated in the category Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album ) is nominated for Best Instrumental Composition for the track ‘The Path Among the Trees’ from Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz – Chamber Music Vol. 2

There are a number of jazz related nominees in the category of ‘Best Instumental Arrangement’ including Vince Mendoza, for ‘Carlos’ arranged by John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest a track from ’54’. Monet by Ted Nash, arranged by the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra a track from the album ‘Portrait In Seven Shades’. Skip To My Lou by Frank Macchia, a  track from ‘Folk Songs For Jazzers’ (see video below).

There are also numerous nominations from the worlds of Jazz and World music in the category ‘Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)’. Nominations include ‘Baba Yetu’ aranged by Christopher Tin and featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra from the album ‘Calling all Dawns’ (see video below)

Also nominated in this category is Roger Treece for the song ‘Baby’ arranged by Bobby McFerrin from the Album Vocabularies. Vince Mendoza (also nominated in ‘Best Instrumental Arrangement’) is nominated for Based On A Thousand True Stories arranged by Silje Nergaard & Metropole Orchestra Strings. ‘Don’t Explain’ by Geoffrey Keezer is nominated and arrange by ‘Best Vocal Jazz Nominee‘  Denise Donatelli. The final nomination in this category is for ‘Imagine’ aversion of the John Lennon song by Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein arranged by ink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Konono No 1 and Oumou Sangare (see video below)

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