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KAESHAMMER1Michael Kaeshammer - SOLD OUT
July 23, 24, 25 & 26, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Tickets $48

Michael has become part of the Dream’s summer menu. It may be year nine for repeat visits & it is always a treat to host this young piano wizard.

“Kaeshammer’s performances, on record and on stage, are an invitation to join the party. He doesn’t play at you. He plays with you. At one of his shows, you’re all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band. “The boogie-woogie pianist best known as a must-see live act reaffirms his true colours here: he’s an R& B hound, particularly if there’s a New Orleans roll to the beat. We knew that, but the double-time rhythm and sassy horns of fast-and-fabulous opener Rendezvous state the case with unprecedented eloquence, while Kisses in Zanzibar lays down a slightly steadier second-line shuffle from the Crescent City. Pop often takes the centre stage, while jazz rarely gets forgotten for long, but there’s a more joyous, authoritative swing to this disc than we’ve heard on any of the pianist’s previous work. And don’t miss the gorgeous, deeply moving instrumental remake of the Impressions’ People Get Ready, one the reasons this is Kaeshammer’s best yet.” Bernard Perusse, Montreal Gazette


ZakiyaZakiya Hooker
July 30 & 31, Wednesday & Thursday

Tickets $36

Singer-songwriter par excellence and daughter of legendary Blues icon John Lee Hooker. Her beautiful silky-rich voice, her jazzy Blues sounds and her fine combination of sass and soul stage presence have mesmerized audiences around the world. Her performances are a sheer treat of witty, funny and emotionally deep Blues entertainment. As soon as Zakiya Hooker steps on the stage she becomes one with the audience and the love affair begins.......... Zakiya Hooker is carrying her father's seminal Blues torch confidently into the genre's future and truly is John Lee Hooker's living legacy!!!


For more information on Zakiya Hooker and her work, please also visit her website and enjoy some of her many YouTube publications, as well as this recent video clip with footage from some of her European performances: www.bozasbrothers.com.ar/zakiya/zakiya_hooker.html

IMG19032Chic Gamine
August 1, Friday

Tickets $18

If you think there is magic now, move in a little closer, close enough for Chic Gamine to cast a spell on you. We swear there’s some sort of enchantment in the quartet’s jazzy vocal grooves, in their bewitching conjuration of vintage R&B and smoky blues. Imagine a smooth-singing 1960s girl group, but with a dose of spirited Franco-Manitoban flair to boot. It is truly a beguiling combination. Born in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighbourhood, the quartet makes do with sparse instrumentation. Instead, singers Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks and Annick Bremault lift their luscious voices over percussionist Sacha Daoud’s percolating rhythms. And as lively as they are on record (check out their long-awaited sophomore album, Closer) they’re even more bubbly onstage: bending genres, touching hearts, and having a ball along the way.

With Motown souls, French Pop spirits, and Rock and Roll hearts the band has enchanted fans and critics alike with their close harmonies and infectious tunes. In 2009 they picked up a Juno for Roots Album of the Year for their self-titled debut.


MikeFarrisMike Farris
August 5 & 6, Tuesday & Wednesday

Tickets $34

In music there are those special artists that seem to transcend genre and defy categorization. From time to time one hears a voice that can stop you dead in your tracks and shake your very foundation to the core. Mike Farris is that artist and he has that voice.

In June of 2007 Farris released the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights which married old time roots gospel sounds with his own unique arrangements that were mainly inspired by New Orleans, Stax and the blues.  The music was both spiritual and personal for Mike as it dealt with individual struggle but it also had a commonality that music fans from all walks of life could enjoy. In 2008 he won the Americana Music Association's “New & Emerging Artist of the Year” award and started to make a name for himself as a dynamic performer.

"Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own." Buddy Miller 





JimByrnes20122Jim Byrnes
August 9 & 10, Saturday & Sunday

Tickets $32

Jim Byrnes has become a regular treat at the Dream Café. Jim is a great story teller, musician, actor and more. For more than thirty years, Jim Byrnes has woven roots so deeply into the Northern Blues scene that it’s difficult to remember that this quintessentially Canadian icon was raised in St. Louis and that his instantly recognizable gruff as sandpaper, sweet as honey voice was not always an essential part of the country’s musical landscape.

Joining Jim on guitar will be Lindsay Mitchell (from Prism).

“...smoldering intensity...deeply soulful...” - British Blues Connection

“...a voice that sounds like it saw creation and followed the devil down to hell...” - Americana UK

“...Byrnes is a veritable national treasure, and if you like the blues you should know about him...” - Uptown

“It’s cross-breeding of soul and country, which recalls Otis Redding or Percy Sledge...” - Vancouver Province

“...a modern twist on the blues tradition...backed by a killer band, dominated by soulful vocals...” - Naird Newsletter


leonredboneLeon Redbone


LittleMissHiggins2Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five
August 14, Thursday

Tickets $26

From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whetherit’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way. This is all too true on her most recent award winning album, Across The Plains (2010).

Little Miss Higgins (aka Jolene Higgins) was born in Brooks, Alberta, and raised in Independence, Kansas. Music entered her life early.

“When I was about four my dad bought this old piano at a local bar,” she recalls. “It was a mini grand piano. He brought it home and told me it was mine. I carved my name in the side and started taking piano lessons.”


Promo2014Oscar Lopez
August 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday

Tickets $34

Oscar Lopez's Latin guitar groove has made him a stand-out on the world music scene.

Never afraid to venture into different genres, Lopez easily incorporates jazz, blues, and even pop sensibilities into his music. But one thing remains constant: letting the passion and fire within his soul loose through his fingertips and onto the guitar strings. Lopez has earned two Juno awards and multiple nominations.

Lopez captures the sound and feel of his live performances with an intimate, acoustic set on his latest album, MY DESTINY (Mi Destino). "The music on this album illustrates the power of simplicity. I've been striving to achieve this musical goal for a long time and I am very proud of the results. Every song on this album represents the core of my heart, soul and spirit. MY DESTINY, as are Lopez's live performances, is an invitation to a very personal interaction between him and the audience. "My music is an extension of my soul and life experiences," Lopez explains. "My albums are the product of this internal and external collaboration. I revel in the thrill of watching an album take form."


HeatherBlushHeather Blush
August 20, Wednesday

Tickets $20

Heather Blush and The Uppercuts is a trio of rogue troubadours based in Calgary, Alberta. Sassy, sultry, and just plain fun, this trio performs original songs designed to knock your socks off! With energetic, audience-engaging shows, Heather is quickly becoming known for songwriting that covers all bases between witty

sarcasm and gutwrenching honesty. With “Captain” Steve Hazlett on drums and “Duellin’ Dale Ulan” on upright bass, this trio packs a punch and leaves a lasting impression.

"... there I was , in a room with Serena Ryder,  Roxanne Potvin and Kate Fenner and we were all listening to Nora Jones....I heard these ladies all wrapped up in one person....Heather Blush.....so sad for the rest of Canada who has not yet had the privilege to embrace the superb songwriting abilities and performance techniques this lady brings to the stage...my latest pick....straight up the middle....I sincerely encourage all presenters to take note and all audiences to catch a show.... ..it will only get better..." Longevity John owner / operator / janitor - Duncan Garage Showroom


BrisasDelPalmarBrisas Del Palmar
August 21, Thursday

Tickets $24

El Trio Brisas del Palmar from Santiago, Cuba was formed by Brothers Lamoru in 1999 with Rosel Lamoru as arranger, composer and guitarist. He is famous for his extensive repertoire of not only his compositions but also a large variety of musical styles.

El Trio Brisas del Palmar is a vital part of 450 Group, a prestigious catalogue of the best Cuban music groups in the Province of Santiago of Cuba at the Cuban Institute of Music. What differentiates this group from others in the catalogue is their ability to arrange and perform as well as to harmonize their voices to produce a sound that is captivating to all audiences.

The rich harmonies of Brisas del Palmar have been pleasing crowds in Santiago de Cuba since their inception in 1999. The trio proudly presents a varied repertoire of traditional Cuban music, a capellas, romantic ballads, salsa, son, guaracha, merengue, cumbia, bachata where they perfected all these type of music and original compositions, reflecting their unique style and interpretation.

EricBibb09Eric Bibb
August 29 & 30, Friday & Saturday

Tickets $34

It is an honour that Eric Bibb keeps returning to the Dream Café. A very special treat.

Eric Bibb’s debut CD “Deeper in the Well” may well have been one of the most important roots music albums of recent years. Not only does it cross genres — folk, gospel-infused acoustic blues, and down-home country — but it offers a sound steeped in the rural Louisiana where it was recorded.

Bibb’s father, Leon, was a musical theatre singer, who made a name for himself as part of the 1960s New York folk scene; his uncle was the jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Family friends included Pete Seeger, and actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson, Bibb’s godfather. He was given his first steel-string acoustic guitar aged seven. Growing up surrounded by talent, he recalls a childhood conversation with Bob Dylan, who, on the subject of guitar playing, advised the 11-year-old Bibb to “Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff”.

A four-decade career, 35 albums, countless radio and television shows and non-stop touring have given Eric Bibb a world view that’s tempered by curiosity and compassion, and the ability to see himself in other peoples’ shoes.


Ash & Bloom
September 5, Friday

Birds of Chicago
September 6, Saturday

Rann Berry - the Rhythm & Soul Review
September 20, Saturday

Rita Chiarelli
September 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday

Working on dates with:

Gary Comeau & John Ellis, Van Django, Carolyn Mark, Brickhouse, the Bills,
Jeremy Fisher, Brent Parkin, Connie Kaldor, Suzie Vinnick, Devon Cuddy, Black Hen Review, Jack Semple, Black Umfolosi, Jory Kinjo,
…………Ben Waters 2015, Guy Davis…………………..

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“We have fallen into the place where everything is music”

- Rumi


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