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chasepadgettChase Padgett – SIX GUITARS
August 27, Thursday

Tickets $25

1 performer becomes 6 different guitar players each with their own voice, views and music (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country). Each character shares their humorous and heartfelt songs and stories as the show reveals how music brings us all together.

“5 stars, Chase Padgett's Six Guitars is nothing short a storytelling masterpiece. The play will leave you doing two things: laughing until you cry, and lifting your jaw to its proper position.” – The Edmonton Sun.

“Chase Padgett’s achievement in 6 Guitars is so virtuosic it had me on my feet.”– Georgia Straight, Vancouver

Since the show’s premiere in 2010 6 Guitars it has earned numerous awards, rave reviews and standing ovations all over North America. It has relentlessly sold out houses in every festival it has appeared in and won Pick of the Fringe for both Edmonton and Vancouver.

www.sixguitars.com
link for the trailer here

hiresScottCookbyOscarSunScott Cook
August 28, Friday

Tickets $20

Alberta, Canada's prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling DIY songwriter with heart forever on sleeve. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, soul and country with spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. Cook has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, touring extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is currently on tour in support of his fourth release, One More Time Around, which Canada's premier roots music magazine Penguin Eggs calls "as much a manifesto as a musical work," teeming with "wry observations and hopeful life lessons." Its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers".

Fellow Canadian songwriter and three-time Juno winner David Francey sums it up: "Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on."

www.scottcook.net

robertmichaels1Robert Michaels
September 4 & 5, Friday & Saturday

Tickets $32

This country’s most accomplished Latin Jazz guitarist has won two Junos, achieved platinum and gold status with record sales, has legions of fans who are drawn back time and time again to every show & you simply must see him.

“Flamenco’s version of Led Zeppelin axe-god Jimmy Page.” Ottawa Sun

“The people in the crowd are spellbound.” “...they watch him, they listen, they are caught as Michaels music travels past the neck of the guitar and creates his signature sound. A sound so intense the listeners must hold their breath.”Toronto Star.

A repeat visit to the Dream Café with a shot of espresso or two, they are ready to take you on a journey, hold onto your seats.

robertmichaels.com | www.facebook.com/RobertMichaelsArtist

BrentTyler2Brent Tyler
September 11, Friday

Tickets $15

Honesty & love, hope & healing, authenticity & forgiveness.

Brent Tyler has an intricate and skillful guitar style combined with a disarming and soulful voice befit of his literal seven-foot stature. He balances the soft subtlety of honest and introspective folk music with catchy and powerful soul-roots hooks and melodies born of his childhood influences and contemporary crushes. Self-taught from the age of 9 years old, Tyler's percussive guitar style was influenced heavily by the likes of James Taylor, Martin Sexton, and Dave Matthews. With a voice that bellows the foundation, yet dynamically delicate and sincere, Tyler's blend of guitar and voice sounds like a whole band. Tyler's giant delivery has evolved from imitative influence into his very own versatile, powerful, and dynamic style, drawing people in with his physical stage presence, story-telling ability, and surprisingly elastic vocal range. Looking to connect the dots with reciprocal energy in his performance, Tyler's music is lyrically textured with real life.

www.brentyler.com

ALBUMCOVER640x640Blake Berglund & Belle Plaine

September 12, Saturday

Tickets $15

Prairie Sweethearts Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund are releasing a collaborative double-single, gold-toned 7” vinyl record on September 4, 2015 supported by a double-bill tour from Regina to Victoria. The release pays homage to fellow Saskatchewan songwriter Zachary Lucky. The couple recorded two tracks from his back catalogue: “Town to Town” (radio release August 4, 2015) and “Saskatchewan”.

Blair’s musical contributions have lead to associated albums being nominated for Grammy, Juno, and Western Canadian Music Awards and not only do his touring efforts take him east to west, but also north to south performing everywhere from Kugluktuk, Nunavut to as far as Tennessee.

www.blakeberglund.com | www.belleplainemusic.com

ERICBIBB017211Eric Bibb

September 17, Thursday

Tickets $34

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

The son of renown NYC folk singer Leon Bibb, Eric grew up around musicians like Pete Seeger, Odetta. Richie Havens, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. If that wasn’t enough, his uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and his godfather was singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson. Bibb launched his career in Europe, gaining notoriety at blues and folk festivals in London, Cambridge and Dublin, and eventually settled in Sweden where he worked as a music and voice teacher. He has played festivals around the world including Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival in the U.K., and landed opening slots on tours with Robert Cray and Ray Charles. Bibb has been nominated for a Grammy and four W.C. Handy awards (now the Blues Music Awards) and his songs have been featured on TV shows including “The District,” “Casualty” and BBC's “Eastenders.” Released in 2006, “Diamond Days” became Bibb’s biggest selling album to date. The album entered both Australian and US charts. Bibb was nominated for “Acoustic Artist of the Year” in the 2008 Blues Music Awards. His latest release is titled “Blues People.” Joining Eric for the night is Michael Jerome Browne, fabulous player from Montreal.

www.ericbibb.com

EPKBillBill Bourne
September 18, Friday

Tickets $20

The traditional image of a spiritual seeker does not usually conjure top hat, boots, shades but like any living tradition, it’s open to change. Born into a musical family with deep poetic roots, Bill Bourne is a gifted and creative musician. An activist for social justice and an 8 time Juno Award nominee and winner, this one man tour de force has been critically acclaimed across the western hemisphere for his recordings and live performances. Long highway miles between moments of communion and magic have given his music and his vision a kind of breadth and depth that is rare. The road, both paved and metaphysical, runs through all his music. He has seen more of this country and several others than most of us ever will. You can hear it in his music, steeped in Cajun, Celtic, World Beat, Flamenco, funk - and a lot of blues. There is also a perspective that is not the world-weariness one could reasonably expect, but rather a deep connection with both a river of song and an energy that is distinctly spiritual. It is a generous, sensual kind of spirit, in the way his fingers stroke the strings on that flat-top, the intimate tremor in his voice and the way the music itself dances.

Bill feels like a brother as he calls in ‘the tribe’.

www.billbourne.com

conniekaldor01Connie Kaldor
September 22, Tuesday

Tickets $28

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

www.conniekaldor.com

ron5Ron Sexsmith
September 24, Thursday

Tickets $30

Ron Sexsmith is a major contemporary writer/artist who has amassed a sizable and consistently enthralling body of work since making his major label debut in 1995 with his self-titled album on Interscope, followed by such eloquent musical gems as Other Songs (1997), Blue Boy (2001), Retriever (2004) and Time Being (2006). Each has its own particular character but is connected to the rest by the overarching intelligence, impeccable taste and understated emotionality of this single-minded voice in the pop-cultural wilderness. As one new fan put it in a comment on iTunes, Sexsmith’s music “wins you over with a silk punch.” Well put.

For Ron Sexsmith, there’s always a trigger to an album, something that sets in motion the songs he’s writing not exactly as a concept, but certainly a theme or feel. His last album, Forever Endeavour, was born of a health scare while its predecessor Long Player, Late Bloomer was born of disillusionment. 2015’s Carousel One, however, finds Sexsmith in surprising territory for a man often pegged as a downbeat balladeer: he’s actually contented.

www.ronsexsmith.com

DavidVestDavid Vest
October 10, Saturday

Tickets $30

Fabulous, foot-stompin' roots-rocker & boogie-woogie piano player, who can just as effortlessly play beautiful jazz & country

Although he’s a Maple Blues Award winner who now lives in Canada, David Vest is an authentic, Southern-bred boogie-woogie piano player, blues shouter and world-class entertainer. His first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest, was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year. In 2014, newly signed to Cordova Bay Records, he will be touring widely to promote his highly-anticipated new release, Roadhouse Revelation. "Who would have thought you could be a buzz act when you’re almost 70 years old?" ~ Brian Blain, Toronto Blues Society

Born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1943, David grew up in Birmingham near Tuxedo Junction. He played his first paying gig in 1957, and by the time he opened for Roy Orbison on New Year’s Day 1962, he was a seasoned veteran of Gulf Coast roadhouses and honky-tonks.

www.davidvest.ca

stevehill4nbSteve Hill
October 24, Saturday

Tickets $26

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. Throughout his lengthy and intense live shows, Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, with his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and, with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. With roots in blues, rock and a little bit of country, Hill performs his original songs, blues classics and, quite often, raucous renditions of Jimi Hendrix tunes. This performance will be a Trio.

Steve was the big winner in January at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto, winning all four awards he was nominated for “Entertainer Of The Year”, “Electric Act Of The Year”, “Album/Producer Of The Year” and “Guitarist Of The Year”. He was also nominated for the 2015 Juno-Awards this weekend in Hamilton for “Blues Album Of The Year”.

www.stevehillmusic.com
video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSevSTdUeqQ

DSKB11289601264Dave Sinclair & Keith Bennett
October 31, Saturday

Tickets $22

Harmonica and guitar duo play a mix of blues, gypsy jazz and pop

Dynamic harmonica and guitar duo Keith Bennett and David Sinclair are coming. Both Bennett and Sinclair are veterans of the Vancouver music scene. Both musicians currently perform in a number of bands — and when they play together as a duo, their lively mix of blues, gypsy jazz and pop gets audiences moving.

Sinclair has toured with k.d. lang and played in Sarah McLachlan's band for 10 years. He has also worked as a studio guitarist for Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams, to name just two.

Bennett, an acclaimed North Vancouver singer and instrumentalist, just returned from the World Harmonica Championships in Germany, where he placed 12th.

Go Listen: www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2kTt5ZI8o4

www.keith-bennett.com | www.davidsinclairmusic.com

bwpromo4Ken Hamm
November 13, Friday

Tickets $18

KEN HAMM is a Western Canadian blues and roots music artist with an international reputation. Emerging from early coffeehouses and Northern Ontario bluesbands, to festivals and concert halls, Ken has been playing professionally since the late 1960’s. He has a reputation as a dynamic, moving performer, mixing hot slide fingerstyle acoustic blues with original songs based on his travels and encounters.

"...Plays and sings the blues like he was born and bred in the Mississippi Delta... maintains their original character while infusing them with his own interpretive flavor." - 'Guitar Player' Magazine

"...a barebones masterpiece...this local blues musician is one of the country's finest treasures." "...the best slide guitar blues this country has to offer...a 20-song slice of joy" - Mike Devlin, 'The Times Colonist'

www.kenhamm.com

pressphoto2The Good Lovelies
November 17 & 18, Tuesday & Wednesday

Tickets $30

JUNO and four-time CFMA Award Winners – always a treat to host, they are Lovely !

With Burn The Plan a long-awaited new album, Good Lovelies are both fulfilling and defying their so-called musical destiny as a “folk trio.” What makes this Burn The Plan special is that the band’s considerable strengths – winsome songwriting, impeccable vocals, and triangulated charisma – don’t tell the full story. There’s a new spirit of adventurousness that gives Burn The Plan an extra spark; the album is permeated with textures and tones from musical worlds away.

Burn The Plan is a study in how individual voices find common ground in such a tight-knit group dynamic. What keeps the three Lovelies making music together is not just their uncanny vocal compatibility; it’s their unshakeable friendships, which supports each member contributing to the songwriting in distinct ways. The story behind Burn The Plan is something of a contradiction – while each Lovely contributed their most personal songs to date, each song is filtered through a unique process of collaboration that characterizes the band’s entire M.O, where the final result is really and truly equal.

www.goodlovelies.com

leeharvey12Lee Harvey Osmond
November 19, Thursday

Tickets $34

Greetings, music lovers. Allow us to draw attention to the new slab by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, Lee Harvey Osmond, aka Tom Wilson aka One of Three Rodeo Kings aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse. His new record is called “Beautiful Scars,” as in: “Man, that scar is beautiful,” or “She has a beautiful scar right here…” or “My scar is beautiful. It reminds me of that time I didn’t die.” The humanity of the album– produced by Michael Timmins in the intimacy of his Toronto Roncesvalle studio– is like the warmth of blood that rushes to the cut: a sudden alive jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of possibility that anything can happen next. Redolent with swooning horns and guitars that bob and weave, LHO’s voice– forever the hallmark of his sound, which spans over three decades of work– sounds, here, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world. At once evoking Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Scott and Roy Loney, “Beautiful Scars” bends and twists and stretches and squeezes LHO’s deep baritone, the producer treating it as if caged in a transistor radio, bathed in echo from above, or sunk in the muck of distortion. The strength of the songs notwithstanding, “Beautiful Scars” is a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time. “A Quiet Evil” and “The Folk Sinner” were previously long-listed for the Polaris Prize and nominated for a Juno. It’s a dynamic footprint on Canada’s songscape, a deeply personal, but universally affecting, journey across the jagged line of scars and smoothness of skin that surrounds them.

latentrecordings.com/leeharveyosmond/about/

img80962560x1748Elizabeth Shepherd
November 21, Saturday

Tickets $ 24

Elizabeth has been hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility”, praised by critics worldwide for her arrestingly original writing and soulful delivery. Along with artists like Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, and Jose James she is seen as part of a wave of jazz musicians bringing the art form to a new generation of music fans.

The three-time JUNO nominee (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) has released four widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America, Europe, Japan and Mexico. She has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit, played major festivals like Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals, shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride, and opened for Jamie Cullum at The Hollywood Bowl. Elizabeth is also the only jazz vocalist to ever have been long listed for the Polaris Prize – Canada’s most prestigious music prize.

Her new album The Signal Shepherd teams up with guitar genius and Herbie Hancock band member Lionel Loueke as she continues to create jazz for a new generation.

www.elizabethshepherd.com

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JOHN LEE SANDERS - Saturday, November 28, tickets $30

Working on dates for 2016:

Stephen Fearing, Lennie Gallant, John Wort Hannam, Black Hen Review, David Francey,

the Dream Music Festival 2016

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

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