Upcoming Entertainment | Previous Entertainment

Showtime 8 pm | Tables are yours from 6 pm | Reservations & Ticket Sales - (250) 490-9012

RitaChiarelliDeniseGrantPhotographyRita Chiarelli
September 26, 27 & 28, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Tickets $ 40

Rita Chiarelli, Canada's most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist, has just released the soundtrack for her award winning documentary, Music From The Big House, her 9th recording. With a JUNO (a Canadian Grammy) award and 4 subsequent JUNO nominations, she is known across Canada as the "Goddess of the Blues". Chiarelli is a gifted songwriter and an entertaining performer, but it is her soaring 3 octave voice that sets her apart from her peers, inspires awe and often tears in her audiences, and causes critics to gush.

" a voice so blue it could make the angels weep"...

"a voice that can growl at her demons or soar with the angels, a gift for lyric, an ear for melody and the heart to combine them”.

Over the past decade Rita Chiarelli has won every major Canadian blues award, including multiple Maple Blues awards, CBCs Great Canadian Blues Award, Toronto Independent Music Awards, Hamilton Music Awards, Manitoba Blues Society and the Hamilton Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Most recently Rita was awarded the prestigious Maple Blues ‘Blues With A Feeling Award’ for Lifetime Achievement.


vdj300Edit3Van Django
October 3, Friday

Tickets $24

“They have it all – musicianship, musicality, humor and that swingin’ Django sound.

Sit back, relax, and be transported to 1930’s Paris” Scott Wilson, Jazz Yukon

Van Django’s music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA and Europe. Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche, and bassist Brent Gubbels.


P1340174dbcreditMarkMaryanovichDel Barber
October 8, Wednesday

Tickets $20

Drifting songs that sweep across the prairies. Del Barber isn’t simply a songwriter penning catchy hooks — he is telling warm, sincere and timeless stories with a tune in his heart and guitar in hand. He is an enticing folk artist drawing from his upbringing on the expansive Canadian prairies, weaving in and out of charming and witty anecdotes and into song. Barber has two Western Canadian Music Awards to his credit so far. Performing with his band this time around.

Del Barber’s winsome, lonesome balladry leaves dusty footprints on the floor, traces of country-folk traditions that guide back to the late greats of songwriting history. Headwaters, Barber’s third album, picks up the trail with a set of prairie parables that lead through finely crafted confessionals and twang-kissed tales of desires lived, left and lost.

His capacity to weave experiences and characters stem from a keen understanding of narrative, phrasing and metaphor, which get tied together by his polished finger-style guitar work, warm hometown melodies and his intoxicating personality. Carrying on in the tradition of legends like Townes Van Zandt, Greg Brown, Neil Young and John Prine, Del Barber breathes new life into old forms with a cutting sense of humour, a hint of cynicism, and songs that span the gulf between the sacred and the profane.

“Headwaters (his latest cd) is the finest work yet from one of Canada’s most promising young troubadours. Four stars.” Winnipeg Free Press


johnellisslideshow8350GaryComeaunewpic1Gary Comeau & John Ellis
October 10 & 11, Friday & Saturday

Tickets $20

Multi instrumental & songwriting talents of Gary & John in an intimate back porch setting....

Gary Comeau is a singer-songwriter and musician of unusual diversity and talent.  Playing a range of instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion and piano, he delivers originally crafted, high energy, New Orleans-style rockin' roots and blues. Although Gary’s own roots are French-Acadian, ...he was born and raised in Nova Scotia..., his soul seems to have taken a long and inspiring detour through Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. And while Gary does not consider himself to be a cajun or zydeco artist per se, those styles have certainly influenced the music he's written and recorded.

John Ellis… The studio might be Ellis’ workplace, but the stage is ultimately his home. He currently tours with Juno Award winning country band Doc Walker as their right hand man, showing off his precision and immense versatility on pedal steel, banjo, keys and background vocals. With several CCMA and BCCMA nominations in the Instrumentalist categories, John is one of the top pedal steel players in Canada and is consistently on-call as a multi-instrumentalist for several of Canada’s finest touring ensembles.

  - piano, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, cigar box guitar, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, vocal

- guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, cigar box guitar, vocal

RussellDeCarleRussell Decarle
October 17, Friday

Tickets $24

Russell was here in the spring and put on a great show, can’t wait to have him back.

As lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, deCarle is no stranger to awards and accolades. Over their career the 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles. As a songwriter deCarle has also been honoured with two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards.

Held together by equal measures of heartbreak and hope, and featuring performances from some of Canada’s most accomplished instrumentalists, Under the Big Big Sky plays like the soundtrack to a vintage film. A fluent mix of blues, jazz and R&B tinged western swing that pays homage to some of Russell deCarle’s all-time favourite artists while remaining simultaneously fresh and familiar.

Looking at his solo output thus far, however, he describes it as “more of a torchy-bluesy affair”, particularly on his first solo album launched three years ago called Under the Big, Big Sky.


carolyn345Carolyn Mark
October 18, Saturday

Tickets $15

Carolyn Mark is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter.   She has recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the duo The Corn Sisters with American colleague Neko Case, as well as with the bands the Vinaigrettes, Jr. Gone Wild, Showbusiness Giants, the Fixin's and the Metronome Cowboys. She has also provided backing vocals on recordings by The Buttless Chaps, Greenfield Main, Neko Case, Frog Eyes, and Blackout Beach. First time on our stage but this woman is well known across the country.

That total lack of respect for all the rules about everything is what makes a Carolyn Mark show a True Experience. It is not like watching television, or even Youtube. It is spontaneous, unpredictable, full of humour and rueful truth. And the songs are deceptively, expertly crafted missiles of equal parts nasty observation and strange comfort.  The world would do better to hear them.  So before you go out there and sing bloody bloody “Hallelujah” one more time, think about singing “Edmonton” instead.  ”Hey, do you remember me? Oh yes, we’ve met before.  I’d like to ride your coat-tails, or just nail them to the floor.” Geoff Berner


rockySeanSean Hogan
October 24, Friday

Tickets $ 20

Sean Hogan is a soulful singer, songwriter, and recording artist, who has released his own music, his own songs for over 17 years. Now across 6 albums worth of material in Canada and the USA, he has won multiple awards including multiple CCMA music awards, and has had dozens of top 20 hits and some top 10 hits. His latest album is titled "Phoenix", and joins his critically acclaimed previous releases in setting a new fresh point of departure for his stylistically divergent multi- genre inflicted sound and style.

“When Phoenix rises, it’ll surprise both fans and newcomers with the quality of the music, the voice and the emotional appeal” – Lenny Stoute, Cashbox Canada

“His most soulful numbers yet … classic Hogan” – Bruce Leperre, Winnipeg Free Press

“When you make an album this good it transcends genres … well written, soulful tracks … If there is a better country album than this in 2012, I will be surprised” – John Emms, Music Journalist and Radio Host


image3843780highresThe Bills
October 25, Saturday

Tickets $24

“Their sound is panoramic, mischievious, fiercely unpretentious – and musically splendid” – Boston Globe

From the beautiful West Coast of Canada comes this extraordinary quintet, renowned among fans of all ages for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, exuberant live performances, evocative songwriting, and a refreshing sound that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization.

Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows – these are the vehicles for the Bills’ unique sonic approach.  With individual band members sporting world-class credentials in folk/roots, jazz, classical and world music, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic music supergroup…

You’ll hear the influences of global roots and rock alongside hints of Chopin, Stan Rogers and Django Reinhardt. But you’ll ultimately hear The Bills, doing the magical thing that they do.

Marc Atkinson – mandolin, guitar, vocals; Adrian Dolan – fiddle, accordion, piano, vocals; Chris Frye – guitar, lead vocals; Richard Moody – violin, viola, vocals; Scott White – upright bass, vocals

thebills.ca  | www.youtube.com/thebillsplaymusic

MG7257Jeremy Fisher
October 31, Friday

Tickets $20

Don’t let the title fool you. There isn’t a single sour note on The Lemon Squeeze, the latest from beloved Canadian singer-­‐songwriter Jeremy Fisher. After developing a devoted fan base through five folk-­‐influenced releases, Jeremy boldly ventures in a new direction with The Lemon Squeeze. This is clear from the opening track, “I Love You…So”;

A tight pop tune owing more to Ben Folds than to any folk artist.

Listening to ‘Mint Juleps’, the fifth album by two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter. That’s not to say that Jeremy Fisher lives in the past. On the contrary, the Ottawa-based musician’s craft is deeply imbued with a modern insight that has made him a strong and enduring musical storyteller. He thus inhabits a one-of-a-kind space in this current musical landscape as a rather timeless troubadour.


brentparkinBrent Parkin
November 1, Saturday

Tickets $20

Brent Parkin is a veteran of the Winnipeg music scene and has been playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for well over 40 years. Brent's music is a mix of Chicago style Blues, Swing, Roots music with some Country and Roots Rock and Roll thrown in for good measure. Brent will be performing at the Dream as a trio.

His cd “Vintage Rhythm” was Nominated for the 2011 Western Canadian Music Award "Blues Recording of The Year"

It is the great Amos Garrett who without hesitation calls Parkin "a guitarist's guitarist" It is Tom Lavin of Powder Blues who refers to Brent as "Canada’s Duke Robillard".

Downchild's Don Walsh who states, "Brent Parkin is one of a handful of Canadian artists who has been keeping this music alive and well in our country for almost as long as we have."

"Brent is one of this countries best blues guitarists." Peter North CKUA Radio - Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival


conniekaldor01Connie Kaldor
November 5, Wednesday

Tickets $32

Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. A contradiction in terms. She is a Juno-award winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary. Her live performances are legendary and her fan base broad and fiercely loyal. People come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. 

It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings.

“A masterful performer, wildly funny one moment, deeply personal the next.” The Boston Globe  

Dynamic delivery, excellent songs from the Canadian Prairie queen. “…quirky, often wickedly funny” - Regina Leader-Post


devincuddyDevin Cuddy Band
November 14, Friday

Tickets $24

Devin Cuddy’s music has a style its own, one that shouldn’t work, but somehow does.  His unique blend of New Orleans Blues and Country effortlessly marries the two musical ideals with a distinctive element of Canadiana so eloquent, that

it leaves one pondering why no one has done this before. In Toronto’s growing pseudo-country scene Devin’s new take on the genre pushes the limits of what people think they want to dance to on a Saturday night.

Coming from a lifetime surrounded by song, Devin Cuddy noted in the Winnipeg Free Press that “my passion for music grew out of being surrounded by it for so long,” noting he and his siblings developed their musical tastes by picking through their dad’s (Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy) vast collection of CDs.”


BigDaveJimBSteveDjpegBlack Hen Roadshow Review
November 19, Wednesday

Tickets $40

Black Hen Music is pleased to present this special musical revue, featuring some of the Canada's leading roots musicians who've come together to deliver an amazing night of classic blues, done the way it used to be. Helmed by Black Hen label head and virtuoso string player Steve Dawson, the Roadshow also stars multi Juno Award winner and Canada's 2013 Blues Vocalist of the Year, Jim Byrnes, plus Winnipeg's consummate road warrior, Big Dave McLean. With first call bassists Jeremy Holmes holding down the bottom, Byrnes, Dawson and McLean will take the stage en masse for a great night of soulful blues belting, virtuosic guitar picking and tales tall and true. The seasoned musical heavyweights are celebrating their three new albums, all of which are coming out on the Black Hen imprint this year. Steve Dawson's Rattlesnake Cage is a virtuosic tour de force that has been garnering rave reviews from critics everywhere since its release in February. Jim Byrnes' St. Louis Times hit the streets in May and is already being hailed as his finest album to date, as he pays homage to his home town and some of the legendary artists who came from there. And Big Dave McLean is just completing his latest gem, with Dawson handling the production duties from his newly opened studio in Nashville Tennessee. Playing songs from these three albums, as well as the best selections from their vast personal repertoires, The Black Hen Travelling Roadshow Revue is sure to be a one of the most memorable nights of entertainment you will experience this year.

jamestbyrnes.com | stevedawson.ca | davemclean

Working on dates with:

Brickhouse, Jack Semple, Black Umfolosi, Jory Kinjo,
…………Ben Waters 2015, Guy Davis…………………..

Tickets will go on sale when we post the dates on the Website  

Tickets must be purchased well in advance Visa & M/C accepted by phone

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

- Rumi


The Dream Cafe | 67 Colourful Front St. | Penticton | V2A 1H2 | Canada