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Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues Launches Recycling Drive

December 16, 2010
Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues has partnered with Evergreen Recycling to launch its winter recycling drive. You will not only be helping the environment but also the work of WJB. 

Drop off your recyclables to any Evergreen Recycling location and ask the clerk to donate the proceeds to the Wreckhouse account. Alternatively you can drop your recyclables off to us at our offices at 90 O’Leary Avenue.

All money raised will go towards future projects in education, performances and the operation of Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues.

We would like to thank you all for your support of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues.


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


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


Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues’ Executive Director leaving post

October 15, 2010

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) is undergoing some changes at the top. Our beloved founder and Executive/Artistic Director, Kirk Newhook is leaving his post with the organization. Kirk has always been an important advocate for arts and culture in St. John’s and at the centre of diversifying the music scene in our vibrant city for almost a decade. He took his dream of expanding the musical heritage of St. John’s and created an organization and festival that has become a cornerstone event in the city’s cultural offerings. He has lead WJB through its formative years, and leaves a healthy and robust organization ready to move into the next phase of development. We owe Kirk a tremendous debt of appreciation and gratitude.

Kirk leaves WJB to take on a new role as a Sun Life Financial Advisor. Of his experience with Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues, Kirk said: “I am very proud of the contribution that the Festival has made to the local, national and international music scene.  It’s taken a tremendous amount of hard work, but I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by hundreds of great people; performers, volunteers, staff, directors, sponsors, government funders, industry colleagues and family who have shared in the vision and helped to build and sustain the momentum that’s now unstoppable. I am comfortable with my decision to step down from the ED role because of the stability that the organization has achieved, and feel very confident that the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival will continue on well into the future.”

Although this will bring about great change in the organization be assured that, “We’re not going anywhere”, says Jim Price, president of the WJB Board of Directors. “Kirk has planted a seed that has allowed the festival to grow over the last 9 years. The organization is determined to see our vision realized and continues to contribute to the artistic community of St. John’s for many years to come”

Taking over as Executive Director is Liz Dunbar, the former Marketing & Operations Manager. “I am honoured and excited to take on this new role with WJB. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with this enthusiastic community and hope to foster the amazing growth the jazz, blues and world music community has seen over the past decade in Newfoundland. I look forward to many more years of outstanding music and community spirit.”

Kirk Newhook will become the festival’s volunteer Artistic Director. “Kirk will continue to bring a strong artistic focus and continuity to our festival’s programming, while Liz will continue to achieve WJB’s long-term goals,” says Jim.

Among the challenges Liz hopes to tackle as Executive Director of WJB is expanding the art form’s audience. “We must connect with younger audiences and make jazz less intimidating”. She will work closely with Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, as well as Kirk to ensure that the Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival continues to be a landmark event in Newfoundland’s cultural landscape.

The organization has already started planning for the WIJBF’s 10th anniversary in 2011 and hopes to confirm some of its headliners before the New Year.


For more information please contact:

Liz Dunbar at 709-739-7734

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