Our 2018-2019 39th Annual Season!

Here are our confirmed headliners to date.

September 29:   Trent Severn

October 27:   Laura Love

November 10:  Lennie Gallant

November 24:  TBA

January 12:  Dan Bern

January 26:  The Young Novelists

February 9:  John Reischman and the Jaybirds

February 23:  Dave Gunning and JP Cormier

March 9:  Coco Love Alcorn

March 23:  Carlos del Junco

April 6:  Madison Violet

2018-2019 Season Tickets

Season Tickets for our 39th annual season are now on sale.  Individual tickets will cost $253 for eleven concerts.  To confirm availability, please send a query to <info@thenick.ca>.

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Final Nick Concert – April 7 – Jack Semple and Maddie Storvold – Sold Out!

Our final concert at the Nick for our 2017-2018 season will feature Jack Semple and opener Maddie Storvold.

Tickets for this concert are now sold out.

***Sometimes patrons purchase tickets they are unable to use and these may become available at the door on the night of the concert. If you have tickets you wish to sell or, if you hope to secure such tickets, please let our door volunteers know. Patrons with extra tickets could also contact our Facebook and Twitter links.***  

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

Jack Semple

Jack Semple

Jack Semple is one of those rare guitar players who leaves a crowd speechless. Listening
to and watching Jack play fills one with a sense of having witnessed an event in time, one not soon to be forgotten. Jack Semple is an absolute virtuoso of his art form, playing with unparalleled feeling and total technical control. His solo recording career has resulted in the release of ten albums. He has been twice nominated for a Gemini Award for his soundtrack work on the television series Incredible Story Studio. Semple won a Juno award in 1991 for best roots recording and two Western Canadian music awards for Qu’Appelle and In the Blue Light. His music is like Stevie Ray Vaughn meets James Brown meets Robben Ford. He was selected for the rst round Grammy Award ballot of the 2017 Contemporary Blues Album for his recording Live at Mt. Baker R&B Festival.

Maddie Storvold

Maddie Storvold

Maddie spent her youth traveling and playing music in bars and hostels, from Toronto to Thailand, Amsterdam to South Africa. She has released her debut LP The Old Brag of My Heart. With striking nuance and depth in her poignant lyricism, emotive finger picking, and a honeyed, impassioned voice, she seeks to tell us a story, to move us, and to touch a fragile part of the human spirit. The Edmonton Folk Festival wrote: “the clarity of Maddie’s voice could very well be drifting out of a Greenwich Village folk club in the early 60s. Maddie’s songs are political and deeply empathetic.”

Our 2018-2019 39th Annual Season!

Here are our confirmed headliners to date.

September 29:   Trent Severn

October 27:   Laura Love

November 10:  Lennie Gallant

November 24:  TBA

January 12:  Dan Bern

January 26:  The Young Novelists

February 9:  John Reischman and the Jaybirds

February 23:  Dave Gunning and JP Cormier

March 9:  Coco Love Alcorn

March 23:  Carlos del Junco

April 6:  Madison Violet

2018-2019 Season Tickets

Season Tickets for our 39th annual season are now on sale.  Individual tickets will cost $253 for eleven concerts.  To confirm availability, please send a query to <info@thenick.ca>.

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Next Concert – March 24 – Qristina and Quinn Bachand and Amelie Patterson

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Qristina and Quinn Bachand with opener Amelie Patterson.

Advance tickets for this concert and our final show, Apr 7, with Jack Semple and opener Maddie Storvold, are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

Qristina and Quinn Bachand

Qristina and Quinn Bachand

Siblings Qristina & Quinn Bachand have won Irish Music Awards for Top Traditional Group
and Top Duo. They’ve received sixteen nominations for Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards and Vancouver Island Music Awards. Multi-instrumentalist Quinn is a Slaight Scholar at Berklee College of Music in Boston, while fiddler Qristina has an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick. Qristina & Quinn have developed their own ‘voice’, fusing styles such as Old-Time, Celtic, Folk and Jazz. Their new CD, Little Hinges, features a hint of grunge, a dash of noir, a healthy sprinkling of Celtic and a dollop of rootsy goodness, engaging contemporary listeners with jaw-dropping effect. While their performances speak to the heart of traditional roots music, they introduce their own new approach. They artfully meld heart-swelling, stomp and clap Celtic Roots with progressive Indie Folk, with results that are provocative, stimulating and thoroughly intoxicating.

Amalie Patterson

Amalie Patterson

Over the past four years, Amelie Patterson has completed two music residencies at the Banff Centre for Creative Arts. She has been involved with not-for-profits advocating for mental health and addiction, including The Prophets of Music, Pink Shirt Day, and I Will Survive. Serving as Banff’s first Poet Laureate, Amelie leads as a strong ambassador for women songwriters. With a soulful and clear voice, this honest and tenacious troubadour’s music traverses territories from blues to folk rock. Her debut album Roll Honey Roll went on to win YYC Alternative Recording of The Year in 2017.

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Next Concert – March 10 – Sultans of String and Benjamin Dakota Rogers – Sold Out!

Our next concert at the Nick will feature The Sultans of String with opener Benjamin Dakota Rogers.

Tickets for this concert are now sold out.

***Sometimes patrons purchase tickets they are unable to use and these may become available at the door on the night of the concert. If you have tickets you wish to sell or, if you hope to secure such tickets, please let our door volunteers know. Patrons with extra tickets could also contact our Facebook and Twitter links.***  

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

Sultans of String

Sultans of String

Their CDs have received three JUNO nominations and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Violinist Chris McKhool and guitarist Kevin Laliberté earned this year’s Ontario Songs From the Heart Instrumental Award for Road to Kfarmishki. McKhool and Richard Bona also won the Folk Music From Around the World award for the song Sing for Kwanzaa. With their CD, Subcontinental Drift, they serve up a blend of ragas, reels and rumbas with special guest, sitar master Anwar Khurshid who will perform with them at the Nick. Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, Sultans of String celebrate musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.

Benjamin Dakota Rogers

Benjamin Dakota Rogers

His introductory album, Wayfarer, and sophomore album, Strong Man’s Address to the Circus Crowd, each earned Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for Young Performer of the Year. This fall, Benjamin received the Folk Music Ontario Songs From the Heart, Roots and Blues Award for The Soldier Song. With strong influences stemming from traditional music and the east coast, Benjamin’s hard-driving fiddle technique is transformed into his own contemporary style. With his unique voice, Benjamin’s third album, Whisky & Pine, delivers reflective emotion and warm harmonies. His poetic ballads blend flawlessly with his rousing guitar and fiddle compositions for an engaging live performance.

Tickets for the following 2018 concerts are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.    

Mar 24:     Qristina and Quinn Bachand with opener Amelie Patterson

Apr 7:       Jack Semple with opener Maddie Storvold  

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Next Concert – February 24 – Valdy and Carter Felker – Sold Out!

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Valdy with opener Carter Felker.

Tickets for this concert are now sold out.

***Sometimes patrons purchase tickets they are unable to use and these may become available at the door on the night of the concert. If you have tickets you wish to sell or, if you hope to secure such tickets, please let our door volunteers know. Patrons with extra tickets could also contact our Facebook and Twitter links.***

All Nick concerts are held at the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 2nd St. N.W. Doors open at 7:00 and showtime is 7:30.

Valdy and Six String Nation Guitar

Valdy and Six String Nation Guitar

Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal, has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for decades. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life. It’s music that, in every note, echoes the mountains and the sea, the cowboys and the fishermen, the oil well roustabouts and the loggers. He’s remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, an amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968. Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 16 CDs, albums and 8-tracks. He received two Juno Awards (from a total of seven Juno nominations), has four Gold albums to his credit, and was invested as a member of the Order of Canada in 2012.

Carter Felker

Carter Felker

In 2015 Carter won the Upstart category of the Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Contest with Drink the Water. His CD, Everyday Life, released in 2016, pieces together stories of people we know. There’s the grocery clerk numbed by the daily grind, the person who bought the house and all the toys during good times and watched them slip away. Carter Felker’s eyes have seen the length of the wheat fields through many winter mornings, and the stretch of the sun through many short lived summers. He has labored, he has lost, and he has loved. Ben Comeau will accompany Carter on bass.

Tickets for the following 2018 concerts are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.    

Mar 10:     The Sultans of String with opener Benjamin Dakota Rogers  

Mar 24:     Qristina and Quinn Bachand with opener Amelie Patterson

Apr 7:       Jack Semple with opener Maddie Storvold  

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