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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Next concert – February 10 – Irish Mythen and Cori Brewster – Sold Out!

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Irish Mythen with opener Cori Brewster.

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.

Irish Mythen

Irish Mythen

Irish has closed out the Philadelphia Folk Festival, performing after the iconic Lyle Lovett, and had tens of thousands in her hands at Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival. On the back of the latter performance, she was handpicked to open for Melissa Etheridge’s 2016 Australian run. Her self titled album earned an East Coast Music Award in 2015 for Roots Album of the Year. Her live show finds Irish combining her contemporary and catchy anthems with traditional tunes borrowed from her Irish homeland. All are woven together with a signature blend of edgy humour and heartfelt storytelling while her presence and performance magnetically draw eyes and ears towards the small-statured powerhouse on stage. Her presence and charisma simply command attention, and regardless of where she takes the stage, she delivers a sonic and emotional experience that transcends language and location; that reaches the very core of what connects us.

Cori Brewster

Cori Brewster

Cori Brewster was born and raised in Banff where the Brewster family has resided for over 120 years. Buffalo Street, Cori’s fourth CD is a collection of stories inspired by the rich history of the Canadian Rockies. It was named one of the Fab Five albums of 2009 by CKUA’s David Ward. The song My Familiar Sky, won third place in the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Contest Songs of Alberta category. Four Horses, Cori’s fifth studio project, gallops across the prairies and into deep political and environmental meditations, invoking lost landscapes and lost lives not just to memorialize, but to provoke and honour.

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

Feb 24:     Valdy with opener Carter Felker

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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Next Concert – January 27 – The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Daniel Champagne – Sold Out!

Saturday’s concert at the Nick will feature The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra with opener Daniel Champagne.  

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.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are a collection of musicians, linked by common sonic journeys and familial ties. We Make Really Party is a five-song EP that returns to the old world sounds the band became known for in its early years. With both original and reimagined roots and folk songs in English, Spanish and Italian We Make Really Party captures the band playing live off the floor in a three-day session after their 2016 summer tour. It is a record that is refined in both playing and production while honouring the band’s past musically. TMO have spent years weaving their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings. Here are the troubadours to remind you that this music (no matter what kind of device it ends up on) could not exist without warm bodies in search of harmony.

Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne

This young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a  five-year-old. He began writing songs at twelve, trained classically throughout his teens and honed his craft and developed what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. A reviewer wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’.

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

Feb 10:     Irish Mythen with opener Cori Brewster  

Feb 24:     Valdy with opener Carter Felker

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  

A limited number of 2017-2018 season tickets are still available at $115.00 each for the above five concerts. Query re availability at info@thenick.ca then send a cheque, made out to “The Acoustic Music Society”, to P.O. Box 64244 Thorncliffe PO Calgary AB T2K 6J7.

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First 2018 Concert – January 13 – Danny Michel and Erin Kay – Sold Out!

Our first 2018 concert at the Nick will feature Danny Michel with opener Erin Kay

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.

Danny Michel

Danny Michel

Let’s start by contemplating what genre we can file Danny under: rock/pop, singer-songwriter, folk, world, even classical. His thoughtful lyrics and earnest performances have earned him nominations for three Juno awards, The Polaris Prize, and The CBC’s “Heart Of Gold.” Danny’s hopeful songs find a home in everyone’s heart. In 2011, he relocated to Belize and made a recording with the Garifuna Collective, Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me, called by Billboard “One of the finest musical works of our time.” Danny’s most recent project Khlebnikov was recorded aboard the legendary Soviet-era Russian ice-breaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov, during an 18-day arctic expedition through the Northwest Passage. His recordings were arranged for brass and strings. The result is a suite of atmospheric and haunting songs about the Arctic, our planet and our place in it. Khlebnikov received two 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Producer and Pushing the Boundaries.

Erin Kay

Erin Kay

On her debut EP Into the Light Erin’s voice was likened to “honey and tabasco, swirled in a cloud of smoke.” Often touring with the Ken Stead band, Erin is preparing to release her anticipated sophomore album Silver & Gold. Erin’s not afraid of emotions and connects deeply to her songs and audiences, touching on topics about parenthood, love, loss and silver linings. Her new album speaks about transitions away from abusive relationships,
single motherhood, finding love and all the feelings that come in between. At her Nick performance Erin will be accompanied by Kyle Mosiuk on electric guitar.

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

Jan 27:     The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra with opener Daniel Champagne  

Feb 10:     Irish Mythen with opener Cori Brewster  

Feb 24:     Valdy with opener Carter Felker

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  

A limited number of 2017-2018 season tickets are still available at $161.00 each for seven concerts. Query re availability at info@thenick.ca then send a cheque, made out to “The Acoustic Music Society”, to P.O. Box 64244 Thorncliffe PO Calgary AB T2K 6J7.

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Nick 2018 Winter Newsletter

Here’s a PDF of our 2018 Nick Winter Newsletter which includes performer bios, photos, a fridge magnet page and information on season tickets.  This is an interactive document.  Click on performer photos next to their bios to link to their websites.

Nick 2018 Winter Newsletter

Advance tickets for ALL our winter 2018 concerts are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

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