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Sponsor of the Week – TD Bank

June 21, 2011

SPONSOR OF THE WEEK: July 21, 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 for their support, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) will be showcasing a different sponsor each week.  This week’s sponsor of the week is TD Bank.

At TD Bank, they measure success not only by their ability to achieve business goals, but also on the impact they have in strengthening communities. Successful corporations need a healthy, vibrant society to flourish, and TD Bank`s community investments are among the ways in which they strive to achieve this.

Across the country, TD Bank provides serious support to the Canadian Jazz & Blues scene.  For example, TD Bank is a major sponsor of jazz festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Fredericton, Halifax, Winnepeg, Victoria, and Vancouver.  For the past three years, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues has proudly worked with TD Bank to put St. John’s on the forefront of the Canadian jazz scene, and the contributions of TD have been essential to the success of the 2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.

WJB would like to acknowledge and express gratitude for the contributions of TD Bank, the Sponsor of the Week!


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.


Fourteenth Annual Maple Blues Awards: Nominees

November 1, 2010

Entertainer Of The Year


Johnny Max Band

Matt Andersen

Monkey Junk

Shakura S’Aida

Electric Act Of The Year

David Gogo


Jack de Keyzer

Jimmy Bowskill Band

Monkey Junk

Matt Andersen During the 2010 Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Festival

Acoustic Act Of The Year

Braithwaite & Whiteley

Harrison Kennedy

Harry Manx

Little Miss Higgins

Matt Andersen

Male Vocalist Of The Year

Bob Walsh

Duane Blackburn (Blackburn)

Harrison Kennedy

Jim Byrnes

John Mays (Fathead)

2010 WIJBF Performer and Maple Blues Award Nominee Treassa Levassuer

Female Vocalist Of The Year

Dawn Tyler Watson

Erin McCallum

Robin Bank$

Shakura S’Aida

Treasa Levasseur

New Artist/Group Of The Year

Arsen Shomakhov

Chris Antonik

Erin McCallum

Hupman Brothers

Mike “Shrimp Daddy” Reid

BB King International Artist Of The Year

Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band

Duke Robillard

Janiva Magness

JJ Grey & Mofro

Mavis Staples

Recording Of The Year

Brown Sugar (Ruf), Artist: Shakura S’Aida, Producer: Jim Gaines

I Need A Hat (Linus), Artist: Downchild, Producer: Don Walsh

Love, Lost and Found (Electro-Fi), Artist: Mel Brown, Producers: Mel Brown, Alec Fraser & Andrew Galloway

Midnight Memphis Sun (NorthernBlues), Artist: JW-Jones, Producer: JW-Jones

Things About Comin’ My Way-A Tribute To The Music Of The Mississippi Sheiks (Black Hen), Artists: Various Artists, Producer: Steve Dawson

Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Alec Fraser

Chris Whiteley

Danny Brooks

Ellen McIlwaine

Joe Murphy

Ken Whiteley

Michael Fonfara

Paul James

Rita Chiarelli

Stephen Barry

Terry Wilkins

Tom Lavin

Guitar Player Of The Year

Garrett Mason

Jack de Keyzer

Steve Dawson

Teddy Leonard (Fathead)

Tony D (Monkey Junk)

Harmonica Player Of The Year

David Rotundo

Guy Bélanger (Bob Walsh)

Paul Reddick

Roly Platt (Buttery & Platt)

Steve Marriner (Monkey Junk)

Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year

Graham Guest

Julian Fauth

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Lance Anderson (Shakura S’Aida)

Michael Fonfara (Downchild)

Horn Player Of The Year

Al Lerman (Fathead)

Chris Murphy (Maple Blues Revue)

Chris Whiteley

Johnny Johnson (Johnny Max Band)

Pat Carey (Downchild)

Drummer Of The Year

Bucky Berger (Fathead)

Chris Nordquist (Jim Byrnes)

Geoff Arsenault (Easley Stevenson Arsenault)

Matt Sobb (Monkey Junk)

Vince Maccarone (Johnny Max Band)

Bassist Of The Year

Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)

Alec Fraser (Fraser Daley)

Brandi Disterheft (Women’s Blues Revue Band)

Gary Kendall (Downchild)

Keith Picot (Twisters)

Songwriter Of The Year

Harry Manx

Jolene “Little Miss” Higgins

Paul Reddick & Colin Linden

Sue Foley & Peter Karp

Treasa Levasseur


Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Looking to Fill Seats on Board of Directors

October 20, 2010

As Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues moves into its 10th year of operation, it is looking to fill vacant seats on its board of directors. Making the commitment to be a board member takes dedication, but it is so very rewarding as the board of directors is the guiding force behind the perpetuation and appreciation for Jazz, Blues and World music in Newfoundland. WJB is looking to recruit up to four new board members. Several will be general directors but WJB is also looking for two people capable of fulfilling specific positions including:

  • Secretary: manages the minutes of the BOD meetings; responsible for ensuring effective management of the organization’s records and legal documents.
  • Vice-President: acts as president in his or her absence; reports to and works closely with the President to assist with ensuring the organization is achieving its mission and objectives.

WJB is looking to recruit the very best and the brightest members in the St. John’s community. Artists, Educators, Administrators and all others who have a strong belief in the mission and vision of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues are strongly encouraged to apply.

The following criteria will be used when evaluating nominations:

  • Community: applicants should have a strong track record of successfully collaborating with, enabling others and earning the respect of the community.
  • Character: applicants should have proven themselves a person of high character, with a history of acting honestly, fairly and openly when in leadership roles.
  • Experience and Expertise: if the applicant is being proposed for a specific role, they should have strong experience and expertise in that area.
  • Success: applicants should be able to point to a history of success and leaving previous roles in a better state than when they arrived.
  • Diversity: having a variety of social and cultural identities represented on the board is important in ensuring WJB provides members of the St. John’s community with diverse programming and initiatives.

Interested applicants may submit a resume accompanied by a cover letter identifying areas of interest and at least two references to:

James Price

President, Board of Directors

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues


In Short – Around the Internet and World of Jazz, Blues and World Music

October 19, 2010

Kellylee Evans on CBC – Kellylee Evans was interviewed this week on CBC radio about her new album ‘Nina’, a tribute to Nina Simone. You can listen to the full interview here.

The International Song Writing Contest Deadline Extended – The International Songwriting Competition has extended its entry deadline to Dec. 3, 2010 find out more at their website at Link

John Lennon Song Writing Contest – In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Sonicbids has launched a song writing contest bearing his name. Find out more and submit your entry here

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues now Accepting Submissions for the 2011 Festival – Artists wishing to submit to perform at the 2011 WIJBF are now able to do so. Application forms and further details on funding and the submission process are available here

Early Bird Submission Dealine for JUNO’s is October 22nd – Find out more by clicking here.

Forget jazz flute — jazz triangle is where it’s at – Watch this amazing video where you realize music can be made in many different ways, Click here

R.I.P Marion Brown – Renowned saxophonist Marion Brown passed away this week aged 75. Read more

Musician’s to aid Igor Relief Effort –
On Tuesday October 19th a who’s who list of musicians’ from Newfoundland & Labrador will be performing at Mile One Centre in aid of relief efforts for Hurricane Igor. Included in the line up is previous festival performers Billy and the Bruisers. Find out more about this great event, Click here.

Celebrate Small Business Week – Drop in to the Northeast Avalon Regional Economic Development Board between  12-2 on October 21st in the main boardroom of the CNLBSC to (located at 90 O’Leary Avenue) to celebrate your successes and network with other small businesses/small business stakeholders. Please RSVP to NEA REDB at (709)-753-5554

The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper – The Newfoundland Twitter Newspaper is a an online resource that compiles all the stories relevant to Newfoundlanders found on Twitter in one place. The site is updated daily and covers topics such as news, arts & entertainment and education. To take a look Click here.

New and Reissued Jazz Released Today – Click here

Any suggestions on what we should include in next weeks edition contact


Festivals Never Sleep

October 19, 2010

The 2010 WIJBF was a resounding success but we are not resting on our laurels. Preparation has already begun to build on our world class festival for 2011. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is excited to extend an invitation to all current and potential donors and sponsors to join us to celebrate another milestone: the 10th anniversary of the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival!

An early investment will help to provide opportunities to aspiring artists, educate young jazz, blues and world music enthusiasts, create employment, diversify and grow the city’s cultural heritage, and promote St. John’s as a world-class cultural tourism destination. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is more than the festival; it presents a year round calendar of events and is significant contributor to the music and arts community in Newfoundland.

In the coming weeks, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues will re-tool its sponsorship structure to provide even better flexibility, ingenuity and value without sacrificing the previous opportunities to actively engage our audience and enjoy a solid return on your investment. That’s part of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues’ commitment to and appreciation for its supporters. Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues looks forward to your enduring support as together we build upon the fabulous success of the past ten years.

To find out more about sponsorship and how to get involved with Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Please contact us,

Liz Dunbar ,  Executive Director, ,

Ben Waring, Marketing & Communications

Festival Never Sleeps PDF

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