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Colin James | Jeff Johnston & Jeff Dyer | After Funk | Brianna Gosse | Denis Parker & The Modern Saints | Ouroboros | Hear/Say | Steve Maloney | Kubasonics | Nick Earle & Joe Coffin | Bill Brennan and Andrea Koziol | Mary Barry Trio | Brad Jefford Trio+ | Katie Hopkins | Scott Goudie & Mark Belbin | Johnston & Lear | Linda Jaine Trio | Dunungbe | Tiber Reardon & Steve Ash | Chris Pond & Sam Westcott | Festival Finale Jam with Wreckhouse All Stars |

Colin James


Saturday, September 24, 8pm @ The St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Colin James – Up Close and Personal

Tickets are $45, including tax and surcharge. Buy Now!

Colin James has worn many hats during his long and storied career. Mentored by the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan, Colin became a star almost over-night when he first hit the music scene 26 years ago. Since then, this iconic 6-time Juno Award winning Canadian has topped the charts as a pop vocalist, recorded an acclaimed blues album and led the swing revival with his Little Big Band. He has performed for the Queen, sold multi-platinum many times over and continues to sell out shows coast to coast.  In many ways Colin has been Canada’s quiet superstar – going about the business of making consistently excellent music, all the while etching out his own unique and important place in musical history.

Colin James announces new album, “Blue Highways”, Oct 14 via True North Records



Jeff Johnston & Jeff Dyer

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Friday, September 23, 7:30pm @ The LSPU Hall with special guests Bill Brennan and Andrea Koziol.

Tickets are $30 +HST and surcharge. Available online, by phone at (709) 753-4531 ext 200 or in person at The LSPU Hall. Buy now!

Celebrate the release of the long time coming “Old Devil Moon” album from seasoned musicians, Jeff Johnston & Jeff Dyer. It’s been 25 years since “double Jeffredy” released their last record!

Active on the music scene for over twenty-five years and considered “clearly in Canada’s top ranks” (Toronto Star), Jeff Johnston has performed and recorded with many of the worlds best, including John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Sheila Jordan, Don Alias, Archie Shepp, and Slide Hampton. His music has been described by critics as “outstanding in every way” (Globe and Mail) and “music at the contemporary cutting edge…immensely and immediately satisfying” (Jazz Times Magazine). He has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe including the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and as a regular at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The recipient of numerous awards from the Canada Council, FACTOR, Heritage Canada and The Quebec Arts Council, Johnston in 1984 received the prestigious R. Murray Shafer award for composition. He has twice been nominated for both the Juno Awards and the East Coast Music Awards. Johnston honed hisOld Devil Moon craft in New York City under the tutelage of renowned composer and pianist Richard Beirach (1984-1990). Now based in Montreal, Johnston divides his time between teaching, performing and composing music for film.

Jeff Dyer is a singer, composer, arranger and producer. His main interests are Jazz, R&B and Brazilian music. In many different units, he has performed across Canada, in Europe and the United States. He has 4 albums to his credit and has performed extensively on TV and Radio including an 8 part CBC radio series “The Dyer Band/ Live at the Hall”. He also does studio work that includes composing themes for TV and radio and commercial work.  

After Funk

After Funk 2016Thursday, September 22, 10pm @ Factory. Performing with Hear/Say.

Friday, September 23, 10pm @ Factory. Performing with Ouroboros.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

After Funk has been causing a ruckus on the Ontario music scene with their unique sound and infectiously fun shows since their inception in March of 2011. The Toronto based power-funk group consists of Yanick Allwood (keyboards & vocals), Jaime Rosenberg (drums), Justin Bontje (bass) and Phil Tessis (guitar) who are frequently joined by a horn section and other collaborators. Their self titled debut EP was released in January of 2014 and was mixed and mastered by Alan Evans of Soulive. An increasingly busy touring schedule led to opening spots for groups like Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Dumpstaphunk, Kung Fu, The Nth Power and Walk Off The Earth. The band was also selected as Electric Forest’s Instrumental Forester and played two sets at the festival where they were featured alongside The String Cheese Incident, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Zeds Dead, Flying Lotus Stephen Marley and more.

Jaime Rosenberg – Drums
Yanick Allwood – Keys/vocals
Phil Tessis – Guitar
Justin Bontje – Bass

Brianna Gosse

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Buffet Brunch & Concert. Two seatings: 9:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm-2:30pm

Tickets are $35 + HST and gratuity, at the door. Children 12 and under $20+. Reservations recommended – (709) 752-1100.

Since the release of her multiple award winning debut recording AERA in the summer of 2014, Newfoundland native Brianna Gosse has been steadily turning hearts and ears with her charm, musicality and incredible voice. Whether performing with a full band, or simply as solo guitar and ukulele, her songs breathe a resonance that has graced airwaves, stages and events from St. John’s to Kansas City and steadily making fans at all stops in between.

Moving along from the pop and soul vibe of AERA, Brianna has been doing more solo gigs and developing her acoustic songwriter side while still maintaining the sense of melody, fun and sophisticated musical composition that has been the hall mark of her style to date. With a slate of new songs and a steady lineup of excellent gigs to test them out on, a studio stop and follow up album is in the near future for sure.

Denis Parker & The Modern Saints

Parker Modern Saints-Black-Sheep Thursday, September 22, 7:30pm @ The LSPU Hall with special guests Nick Earle and Joseph Coffin.

Tickets are $25 +HST and surcharge. Available online, by phone at (709) 753-4531 ext 200 or in person at The LSPU Hall. Buy now!

Denis Parker & The Modern Saints started out as a casual acoustic jam with sideman JC Clarke and Mick Davis and Elliot Dicks of St. John’s premier rock outfit the Novaks, and just kept picking up steam until the self titled debut was cut and released a few months later. Modern Saints has an explosive feel about it that that hearkens back to vintage rock and roll and the live blues albums in the old style we all love so much. It’s brooding, groove based, electric rock from the darker side of the rails. No ice, no polish, more whiskey, more shine.


Ouroboros 2016

Friday, September 22, 10pm @ Factory. Performing with After Funk.

Ticket are $20 at the door.

Every music festival should bring Ouroboros to their patrons in the summertime. They’re awesome and irresistible.” – Vish Khanna, Exclaim!

Ouroboros is a five-piece band from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, currently thrilling audiences with the unexpectedly raw, energetic sound of horns and percussion. Combining tight instrumental harmonies with vocals and drums, Ouroboros is a versatile musical force that draws from a smorgasbord of melodies and grooves from around the world: Heavy beats of West Africa, folk traditions of Eastern Europe and a healthy dose of jazz and funk. This is music that makes you move.

Ouroboros released their self-titled debut album in May, 2015, and completed their first Eastern Canadian tour in September. In October, Ouroboros took home Instrumental Recording of the Year at the 2015 MusicNL Awards and went on to win two local People’s Choice Awards and a spot on the shortlist for the Overcast’s Borealis Music Prize. Ouroboros’ debut album has also been nominated for Jazz Recoding of the Year for ECMW 2016.

At home in bars, school workshops and at festivals, notable performances include the St. John’s International Sound Symposium with special guest saxophonist Jessica Lurie, the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Lawnya Vawnya, C2 [Commerce + Creativity] Conference Montreal, Upstairs Jazz (Montreal), the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and two runs of Wonderbolt Circus’ original production Bolt Out of the Blue.

Ouroboros is Greg Bruce (alto sax, clarinet), Susan Evoy (alto sax), Chris Harnett (tenor sax), Nicole Hand (baritone sax), and Andrew McCarthy (Drums).


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Thursday, September 22, 10pm @ Factory. Performing with After Funk.

Ticket are $20 at the door.

Hear/Say’s roots are set within the most easterly coast of Canada, amongst the rocks of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. In the summer of 2010, Adam Martin (vocals) and Adam Hefferman (guitars, vocals) met whilst working in an industrial park on the graveyard shift. Late one night, the two began writing hip hop hooks into the wee hours of the following morning, and the following days, and the following weeks. With all of the excitement, they recruited members  Keith Harding (drum set) and Whitney Rowe (percussion), which formed an integral sonic backbone to the machine that is Hear/Say. Since then, with the addition of Greg Bruce (bari sax) and Wade Tarling (synthesizers) the group has become much more than a hip hop band, they’ve become a family, whose dynamic and energetic stage performances have gained them devoted fans and rising momentum in Canada’s east coast music scene.

After being awarded the 2012 MusicNL demo grant, Hear/Say recorded their breakout effort, the “Make a Friend” EP.  Released in the spring of 2014, the EP is a compilation of six songs. With the help of producer Scott Hammond (Great Big Sea, The Once, Russell Crowe, The Novaks, Andrew James O’Brien) and recording engineer Rob Rose, the band tried to capture every decibel of sound, and every kilojoule of energy they bring to their live shows. Hear/Say is excited to bring their brand of dance Hip Hop to the rest of Canada.

Vocals – Adam Martin
Guitar – Adam Hefferman
Synthesizers – Wade Tarling
Bari Sax – Greg Bruce
Percussion – Whitney Rowe
Drumset – Keith Harding

Steve Maloney

Steve Maloney

Saturday, September 24, 10pm @ The Factory. Performing with Kubasonics.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

Steve Maloney creates atmospheric, vocally driven music, with folk-like sensibilities. Steve and his group the Wandering Kind released their debut album in March of 2014, which went on to win MusicNL’s Rising Star of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the Borealis Prize, and received two ECMA nominations. Steve has also won numerous local music awards through the Scope and the Overcast, including “Best Solo Act”, “Best Male Vocalist” and more. The group have had the pleasure of opening for some well respected acts along the way, including; Hey Rosetta!, Wintersleep, Amelia Curran, The Wooden Sky, Basia Bulat, Bahamas, The Dardanelles, Steve Poltz, Matt Epp, and more. They are currently touring eastern Canada, with plans to start work on a new album in the winter.


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Saturday, September 24, 10pm @ Factory. Performing with Steve Maloney.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

The Kubasonics are arguably Newdoundland’s finest Ukrainian band. This ever-evolving group boldly goes where others fear to tread. Their repertoire takes listeners on a wild ride from exotic folk to garage band rock, from country twang to funk and from punk/ska to good old barn-burning polkas. Their trademark sound combines top-flight musicianship spiced with quirky humour, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and their eclectic high-energy stage show has something to please all tastes.

Before relocating to St John’s, The Kubasonics enjoyed many great successes. They’ve produced four CDs featuring their unique mix of traditional and original music that has been broadcast on four continents, and the group’s music has been featured on television, in films and on a number of prestigious compilations. They’ve performed in concerts and Festivals across North America and Ukraine, have collaborated with other performers and ensembles in a variety of exciting projects and have received awards for their innovations in traditional music.

The Kubasonics are:

Brian Cherwick: accordion, tsymbaly (hammered dulcimer), assorted other Ukrainian folk weirdness and vocals
Maria Cherwick: violin
Jacob Cherwick: drums
Darren “Boobie” Browne: guitar
Matt Hender: bass
Paul Bendsza: clarinet and saxophone

Nick Earle & Joe Coffin

Photo Credit Alex SteadThursday, September 22, 7:30pm @ The LSPU Hall. Performing with Denis Parker & The Modern Saints.

Tickets are $25 +HST and surcharge. Available online, by phone at (709) 753-4531 ext 200 or in person at The LSPU Hall. Buy now!

Nick Earle and Joe Coffin are emerging blues singer/songwriters from St. John’s, NL who have just released their debut album “Live at the Citadel House”. Adopting a distinctive style which is well beyond their years, they draw inspiration from blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters. Rich soulful vocals paired with blow your mind guitar solos are just two of the descriptions that come to mind when watching these two execute their skills. Earle and Coffin have already performed with many of Newfoundland’s top roots and blues musicians and have learned to demonstrate the utmost professionalism and style.

Bill Brennan and Andrea Koziol

Andrea and Bill 5Friday, September 23, 7:30pm @ The LSPU Hall. Performing with Jeff Johnston and Jeff Dyer.

Tickets are $30 +HST and surcharge. Available online, by phone at (709) 753-4531 ext 200 or in person at The LSPU Hall. Buy now!

Andrea Koziol and Bill Brennan had a duo for years – Chesterfield Inlet. Chesterfield Inlet performed at venues from St. John’s to Saskatoon, bringing their blend of jazz standards and original compositions to Canadian music lovers. Andrea and Bill have followed many musical paths since Chesterfield Inlet, but they continue to fuel their special bond with every opportunity they can to perform. They will reunite for this show and create a beautiful night of music.

Andrea Koziol is a soul singer/songwriter and improviser from Toronto. She has 5 solo CDs to her name, and she’s met some pretty incredible people in her musical wanderings across the continent. Andrea maintains a busy career as a studio vocalist, and voice over actor, while continuing to create new work for a number of projects including the electronic funk duet Bartholomaus (with producer/bass guitar legend Ian de Souza), and the folk/roots duo Tarbelle (with guitar/banjo master Joel Schwartz). These days she also finds herself singing in front of orchestras across North America with the symphony pops ensemble Jeans n’ Classics. She’s a lucky sod.

Bill Brennan is an accomplished pianist and percussionist, a composer, improviser, musical director, producer, teacher and tea lover…among other things. Every time Bill steps up to the piano something special happens; he has the innate ability to make people feel music rather than simply listen to it. Bill can make a song sing, and his sensitivity to singers is unparalleled. His sense of humour is also unparalleled.

Mary Barry Trio

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Sunday, September 25, 4pm @ The Fifth Ticket.

Tickets are free.

Newfoundland’s Jazz Chanteuse Mary Barry is an award-winning singer, composer and graduate of Vancouver Community College’s Jazz Program. She is a bilingual artist whose music has been described as “…a goldmine of nuggets for collectors of original jazz and blues”.

 Barry has twice been voted Female Artist of the Year and Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year (Music NL). She is a four-time NL Arts & Letters Award winner, a three-time ECMA nominee and two-time recipient of the Factor Songwriter/ Publisher Demo Award. Barry took first prize in the CBC Atlantic Song Contest and was runner up in the CBC Alcan Jazz Competition (Atlantic Region).

Mary Barry is thrilled to be back at the Wreckhouse Internation Jazz & Blues Festival accompanied by her musical colleagues and friends Charlie Barfoot on guitar and Bud Gaulton on bass.

Brad Jefford Trio+

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Tickets are free

Brad Jefford learned to play the guitar while in a dream. A village of smurfs residing in the belly of a rosewood dreadnaught would use the frequency of bronze to communicate to the vast world outside. These frequencies could explain theories of the night stars, meanings of the heart’s feelings, and the rhythm and rhyme found between the lines. In this state of altered consciousness Brad could understand and speak the language of the strings with ease like that of the mother tongue.  His time in this world left him with memories of hertz colliding with the wonderful ruckus of his little blue friends singing and dancing until the mornings alarm left them silent.  Awake, these beautiful sounds are something he can only dream to recreate, but that hasn’t kept him from trying. Each day he opens his ears and heart, yearning to bring the sound of dreams to reality, hoping that one day we can hear and understand the beauty of communication.

Katie Hopkins

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Tickets are free.

Katie Hopkins is an active member of the St. John’s music scene and has made a name for herself dazzling audiences with her stylish jazz vocals. Katie sings with the award winning Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, is the featured vocalist for the Jazz East Big Band and has performed with several of the city’s notable jazz groups including the Jimmy Thomson Quartet.

Scott Goudie & Mark Belbin

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Saturday, September 24, 4pm @ The Fifth Ticket.

Tickets are free.

A funny thing happened to Scott Goudie on the way through art school, just as it happened to Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and a few others: he got the Blues. Through great alternative career paths he met touring legendary bluesmen. His first tentative steps toward mastering the guitar led him to Johnny Shines, a contemporary of Robert Johnson, who became Scott’s mentor. The rest as they say is history…

Scott W. Goudie has played guitar since the mid 60’s when he took an interest in blues and jazz.  While studying fine art in Vancouver in the early 1970’s, he met Delta Blues man Johnny Shines, a contemporary of blues legend Robert Johnson. Goudie then moved to Alabama and studied and played with Johnny Shines, specializing in acoustic slide guitar. He later met and played with John Hammond Jr. , Muddy Waters and Albert Collins to name a few.

Scott released his critically acclaimed album Renata in 1982 and released a live CD The Gig in 1997 which was nominated Best Blues CD by the ECMA. In 2007 Renata and The Gig were re-released to enthusiastic response. In 2009, Scott released another CD Acoustic Live.

Scott has played many festivals and events multiple times including The East Coast Music Awards, The Rochester International Jazz Festival, The Harvest Blues and Jazz Festival, The Ottawa Blues Festival, The St. John’s Folk Festival, The Stephenville Festival  and The Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival.

Scott has made a living as a visual artist for over 40 years and continues to work as a visual artist and blues musician both locally and internationally.

Johnston & Lear

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Saturday, September 24, 9:30pm @ The Fifth Ticket.

Tickets are free.

“I’m looking for a bass player with whom I can develop a relationship.” So began the first telephone conversation between pianist Gary Johnston and bassist Denise Lear back in 1993. Understanding the importance of this musical relationship was not lost on either musician with such historic examples as pianist Oscar Peterson and bassist Ray Brown, Keith Jarret and Gary Peacock and Carla Bley and Steve Swallow. But neither Denise nor Gary could foresee what was to follow.

Gary and Denise began performing as a duo and soon formed various groups with singers and instrumentalists, provided music for the theatre, concert hall and club venues and performed on TV and radio both locally and nationally. Eventually their relationship blossomed not only musically but also romantically and on July 20, 1996 they were married. Since then they have continued to pursue both musical and romantic interests together and the result has been the CD “In A Heartbeat”. Joined by Etienne Gendron on drums the trio presents jazz standards and original instrumental material composed by Gary and performed in a smooth jazz format.

Étienne 1Etienne Gendron has performed extensively as a freelance percussionist with leading orchestras and brass bands in Ontario and in 2009 was the vibraphonist for Diana Krall’s southern Ontario tour of “Quiet Nights”. More recently he has been playing with the NSO, Opera on the Avalon, Atlantic Light Theatre, The Scrunchions Percussion Ensemble, Jazz East Big Band, Spirit of Newfoundland, Sideways Hand Percussion Ensemble and Johnston and Lear.

Linda Jaine Trio


Friday, September 23, 4pm @ The Fifth Ticket.

Tickets are free.

Linda Jaine’s voice has been described as “epic” with audiences saying they could listen to her all day long. With a diverse vocal range, Linda has performed several genres of music throughout the years; beginning with the rock/alternative band, Kronic, in early 2000.

As Linda matured, her taste in musical performance moved from the allure of hard rock to a love of Motown, Blues, R&B, Funk and Jazz. After performing together at a book launch, she and former Shy Mary guitarist, Geoff Smith, formed the 5-piece band, Funk Island; which regulary performed at The Fat Cat, was featured on Out of the Fog, and developed a clear following of groove-based music lovers.

Linda Jaine continues to breathe non-traditional sounds into the local music scene with high energy funk and blues performances, including being a featured performer at Canada’s Big Birthday Bash on George Street with Billy and the Bruisers and Chris Kirby & the Marquee. As much as she loves bringing listeners on a soulful journey they can’t help but move to, for Linda there’s just something about bearing your soul in jazzy standards and love songs in an intimite setting.



Saturday, September 24, 11:30am @ Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food.

Tickets are free.

Dunungbe is a Percussion Ensemble based in St. John’s, Newfoundland who specializes in playing the traditional rhythms of the Malinke ethnic group from Guinea, West Africa. These rhythms are quite old and have been passed down from generation to generation by means of Oral tradition from Master Drummers and Dancers. The leader of the ensemble, AnthonyTucker, has spent much energy studying this music in a variety of workshops and settings all around the world but most notably with legendary alinke musician Fomoudou Konate. Another important component to this music is that, in Guinea, it reflects everyday life. For example, some of the pieces may be used for celebrations, initiations, harvests, protection, circumcisions, and as a means to settle conflicts in the village.

The traditional instruments that are played in Dunungbe include: The Djembe (goblet shaped hand drum made from a solid piece of wood, goatskin head and a rope tension tuning system) and the Doundouns (cylindrical drums played with sticks, made from a solid piece of wood, cowhide skin drumheads, and a rope tension tuning  system).

The members of Dunungbe include leader and veteran percussionist Anthony Tucker, as well as Andrew McCarthy, Bert Power and Craig Penney.

Tiber Reardon & Steve Ash

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Thursday, September 22, 11:30am @ Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food.

Tickets are free.

Steve Ash (guitar) and Tiber Reardon (upright bass) have been interpreting jazz and blues standards within St John’s for the past 7 years, offering their unique take on the jazz canon.

Chris Pond & Sam Westcott

IMG_0713Friday, September 23, 11:30am @ Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food.

Tickets are free.

Chris Pond and Sam Westcott grew up playing music together in the CBS, before both going on to study Jazz Performance at St.FX University. The duo plays a variety of popular songs and jazz standards. Their own personal sound involves thick harmonic textures and polyrhythmic material.

Festival Finale Jam with Wreckhouse All Stars

Sunday, September 25, 8:30pm @ The Fifth Ticket

Tickets are free.