Final Concert – April 8 Pharis and Jason Romero and Steve Fisher

The final concert of our 37th season at the Nick will feature Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher.

Tickets for this concert are on sale now through 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.

Pharis and Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason Romero

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis and Jason Romero have a classic story. When a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds. A Wanderer I’ll Stay is the latest in a string of critically acclaimed albums, nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards, and winning the 2016 Roots and Traditional Juno Award. Raising a family while developing an evergrowing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason have made time to carve out new songs, heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains, and put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs.

Steve Fisher

Steve Fisher

Initially inspired by Mississippi John Hurt, Steve moved into bluegrass, playing with bands such as Rocky Road, the Hot House Bluegrass Band, the Sheep River Rounders and his current band, Restless Lester. He also performs with a collection of musicians known as the Steve Fisher Group and as a guitarist with singer/songwriter Cori Brewster. Still learning, his main influences are Doc Watson, John Hurt, Clarence White, and Tony Rice and he’s a big fan of Davy Graham, Nic Jones, Pierre Bensusan, Pat Metheny and Ry Cooder. At the Nick Steve will be joined by upright bass player, Erik Smistad.

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Next Nick Concert March 25 Oh Susanna and Beth Portman

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

Tickets for this concert are on sale now through 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.

Oh Susanna

Oh Susanna

Suzie Ungerleider began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills. A nominee for both Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards, Oh Susanna won the CFMA as Best English Songwriter. She has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs are tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. These are tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts. Oh Susanna’s album, Namedropper, is a killer collection of songs written for her by some of Canada’s best songwriters and was nominated for a CFMA for Solo Artist of the Year. Her newest CD A Girl In Teen City will be released this spring. Oh Susanna will perform at the Nick with James Booth on guitar and Eli Abrams on bass.

Beth Portman

Beth Portman

Beth Portman is influenced by her love of early film. An award-winning animator, music played a major role in her two films for the National Film Board — Cactus Swing and Fair Phyllis, with a madrigal soundtrack featuring her lyrics. Beth is a founding member of the world-beat, a cappella sextet Juba, who toured from Yellowknife to Harare, Zimbabwe. Beth presents a personal perspective to life and love through original music and lyrics described as, “clever, touching and sassy”. Her debut album, Lovin’, was released in 2011. She recently released Take a Trip, with her band, The Good Find.

Tickets for the final concert of our season are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

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Next Nick Concert March 11 John Wort Hannam and Joel Fafard – Sold Out!

Our next concert at the Nick with John Wort Hannam and opener Joel Fafard is 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.***

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.

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Born in Jersey, Channel Islands and raised in Southern Alberta, John earned degrees in Native American Studies and Native Education and taught Grade Nine on reserve for five years. Since quitting his teaching job, he’s been nominated for a Juno, three Western Canadian Music Awards, a North American Folk Alliance Award, and three Canadian Folk Music Awards —winning in 2010 for Contemporary Album of the Year. John Wort Hannam is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of common folk through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and this vast country of ours. With a keen eye for the quirky and lyrics that create stories behind the songs, this born storyteller shares the personal and the profound. Thriving on live performance, John Wort Hannam is truly happy when he is on the road playing and connecting personally with an audience. For his Nick performance John will be accompanied by Jason Valleau on upright bass, Jon May on drums and John Ellis on dobro and mandolin.

Joel Fafard

Joel Fafard

Joel Fafard performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. He sings with the sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new generation bluesman and tells hilarious between-song stories. His latest album, Cluck Old Hen, breaths new life into numbers like Spoonful, and Come on in my Kitchen. When he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he earned both Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and a Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Instrumental Album for his 2006 collection …and another thing…

Tickets for the following winter 2017 concerts are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

March 25:  Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

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Next Nick Concert February 25 The Slocan Ramblers and Northern Beauties – Sold Out!

Today’s concert at the Nick with The Slocan Ramblers and opener Northern Beauties is 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.***

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 Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers

Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocan Ramblers build on their reputation for energetic live shows and impeccable musi- cianship. The Slocans are Frank Evans on banjo, Adrian Gross on mandolin, Darryl Poulsen on guitar and Alistair Whitehead on bass. The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with the sawdust-thick vocals of singer Frank Evans. They understand that if you polish up the music too much, you lose the raw excitement that makes it so vibrant. This is roots music without pretension, music intended to make you feel something, music to get you moving in a crowded bar. The Slocan Ramblers recorded Coffee Creek, nominated for a 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award as Traditional Album of the Year, the same way they perform on stage: standing up, leaning into the music, and pushing harder and harder for that edge just beyond.

Northern Beauties

Northern Beauties

Northern Beauties perform Western Folk—a distinct, bluegrass-infused contemporary folk sound featuring the harmonies of lead singers Todd Stewart on guitar and mandolin, and Craig Aikman on guitar and banjo, along with Charlie Hase on pedal steel and weissenborn. They performed at the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Block Heater Winterfest and at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. The band was honored with a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Group/Duo of the Year and earned a pair of Calgary Music award nominations for Singer/Songwriter of the year and Roots/Folk recording of the year.

Tickets for ALL of the following winter 2017 concerts are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

March 11:  John Wort Hannam with opener Joel Fafard 

March 25:  Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

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Next Nick Concert February 11 Shari Ulrich Trio and Paul Woida **12:45 Today 5 tickets left!!**

Our next concert at the Nick will feature the Shari Ulrich Trio with opener Paul Woida.

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.

Tickets for this concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

**As of 12:45 today, just five tickets were left unsold.  If any of these remain they will be available, first come, first serve at the door tonight.**

Shari Ulrich Trio

Shari Ulrich Trio

Shari Ulrich has released 21 albums as a solo artist and as part of various “supergroups”, which have earned her 2 Juno Awards. Shari was one-third of the infamous Pied Pumkin String Ensemble. In ’76 Shari joined Valdy as part of The Hometown Band with whom
she sang Joe Mock’s stunning Flying. In ‘89 she began her collaboration with friends Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes in UHF and later teamed up with Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor to form a new trio, BTU. A project with Barney in bluegrass band, The High Bar Gang, was nominated for a 2013 Juno Award. Shari’s recent release, Everywhere I Go won the Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. Joining Shari for her Nick performance will be her daughter, Julia Graff, on violin, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin and vocals and High Bar Gang member, Kirby Barber on bass and vocals.

Paul Woida

Paul Woida

Paul Woida is a singer-songwriter and master looper, recording and playing back in real time, using instruments and emotive vocals. A graduate of Grant MacEwan
University in both Composition and Drum Set, he has the ability to com-
bine complex rhythms and harmony which, via the looper, results in a sound close to that of a full band. He placed first in the 2015 Edmonton Landmark Showcase Competition and is also involved with the 2016 EPower Anti-bullying Campaign which tours schools across Canada. He wants to inspire people, and be a positive role model for all ages.

Tickets for ALL of the following winter 2017 concerts are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

February 25:  The Slocan Ramblers with opener Northern Beauties

March 11:  John Wort Hannam with opener Joel Fafard 

March 25:  Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

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Next Nick Concert January 28 Catherine MacLellan and Over The Moon

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Catherine MacLellan with opener Over The Moon

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.

Tickets for this concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Catherine MacLellan is the daughter of the late Gene MacLellan, the acclaimed songwriter who wrote Snowbird and Put Your Hand In The Hand. After releasing her debut album in 2004, Catherine earned immediate critical acclaim, labeled Critics Favourite New Discovery by Penguin Eggs magazine. Her latest release, The Raven’s Sun, takes the listener further along her journey in song, delving deeper into the territories of life, death and transformation and shines a light on the musical chemistry between Catherine and guitarist Chris Gauthier, catching them both at their best. Catherine has been awarded multiple East Coast Music Awards, Music PEI Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards including 2015 CFMA’s for Contemporary Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year. She was also awarded the 2015 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Solo album of the year. She will be accompanied at the Nick by extraordinary guitarist, Tim Leacock.

Over The Moon

Over The Moon

Multi-instrumental vocalist and Association of Country Music in Alberta Award winner Suzanne Levesque met Craig Bignell, Canadian Country Music Award win-
ner at a musical jam. Suzanne was a member of The Traveling Mabels and
Craig was the percussionist for Susan Aglukark. Now, with the simplicity offered by an array of acoustic instruments playing roots-based songs that highlight their blending vocals, they’ve just released their first self titled CD. They are opening a bunch of shows for Charlie Major this fall and will open and play with Susan Aglukark in the new year. Over The Moon— uncluttered, simple and sweet.

Tickets for ALL of the following winter 2017 concerts are now on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

February 11:  Shari Ulrich with opener Paul Woida 

February 25:  The Slocan Ramblers with opener Northern Beauties

March 11:  John Wort Hannam with opener Joel Fafard 

March 25:  Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

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Next Concert January 14 Little Miss Higgins and Ariana Brophy

Our next concert at the Nick, January 14, will feature:  Little Miss Higgins with opener Ariana Brophy

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.

Tickets for this first 2017 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Little Miss Higgins

Little Miss Higgins

From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket- sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk. Whether it’s songs about passion or songs about panties, she writes about real things in a rooted and poetic way. For her newest release, Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, she teamed up with the harmony singing Winnipeg Five. The album was nominated for a Juno for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year – Group. For her performance at the Nick, she will be joined by Sean on bass, Darwin Baker on guitar, banjo and harmonica, and Jimmie James Mckee on trumpet.

Ariana Brophy

Ariana Brophy

Ariana Brophy is the songwriting equivalent of mulled wine; sweet, nostalgic, perfectly paired with a rainy evening and a fireplace. She writes songs that weave
heartbreak, love, hope and loss onto a canvas of stylized fingerpicking. She
crafts her songs with a tuned eye for storyline and a remarkable ear for the moments a heart witnesses before the mind.  She plays to the imagery around her and explores what it means to genuinely feel.  Her first EP Ink and Water was nominated for a 2016 Edmonton Music Award, and her second EP Sweet Things is to be released in the fall.

Tickets for ALL of the following winter 2017 concerts are now on sale at  Brown Paper Tickets.

January 28:  Catherine MacLellan with opener Over The Moon

February 11:  Shari Ulrich with opener Paul Woida 

February 25:  The Slocan Ramblers with opener Northern Beauties

March 11:  John Wort Hannam with opener Joel Fafard 

March 25:  Oh Susanna with opener Beth Portman

April 8:  Pharis and Jason Romero with opener Steve Fisher 

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Next Concert November 26 The Marc Atkinson Trio and Natasha Sayer

Our next concert at the Nick will feature The Marc Atkinson Trio with opener  Natasha Sayer

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.

Tickets for this final fall 2016 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

The Marc Atkinson Trio

The Marc Atkinson Trio

Marc Atkinson is the JUNO-nominated, Western Canadian award-winning musician, leader and composer of the Marc Atkinson Trio and co-founder of The Bills. The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, awe-inspiring. Marc and the Trio have just released their fourth CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio IV. The compositions on this CD are punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive. The new CD includes 11 Marc Atkinson original compositions and one impressive rearrangement of a Russian Rag. The tunes have a fiery but elegant guitar style, infused with a catchy blend of influences. Atkinson’s picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

Natasha Sayer

Natasha Sayer

Songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Sayer has been writing music since she was a very young girl. In the opening track of her new album Notes to Self, Natasha remembers composing melodies, imagining notes dancing between Telephone Pole Barlines on epic car rides to Saskatchewan around the age of six. She currently performs with two local bands: harmony favourites Magnolia Buckskin and eclectic indie pop group The Fragments. She is known for her powerful vocals, unforgettable melodies and her ability to engage an audience. Her children’s album, Big Bad Bantam Rooster was nominated for a 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award.

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The Once with opener The Andrew Collins Trio November 12 – SOLD OUT!

The Once

The Once

This Newfoundland-based band has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots and Traditional album. Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill have released Departures, which proves to be a fitting title. The songs themselves often touch upon a sense of departure—whether it is in a poignant tribute to someone who has died, a vivid tale of murder, a song to a loved one left behind or a tune about leaving someone. The Once remains rooted in its essential musical elements. Hollett is an incandescent and captivating singer who has brought comparisons to such iconic Americana stylists as Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris. The trio’s gorgeous harmonies and spirited instrumentation supplied by Dale and Churchill utilize guitars, mandolins, banjos and bouzouki build a rich musical tapestry.

The Andrew Collins Trio

The Andrew Collins Trio

As a solo recording artist and a founding member of the Creaking Tree String Quartet and the Foggy Hogtown Boys, Andrew has earned five Canadian Folk Music Awards and five Juno nominations. Andrew has teamed up with Mike Mezzatesta and James McEleney to form the Andrew Collins Trio. Committed to the innovation of new acoustic music, this ensemble has joined forces to create a compelling body of work that blurs the lines between bluegrass, jazz, old-time, folk, celtic and classical music. Their debut release A Play On Words won the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for instrumental album of the year.

This fall it was announced that The Andrew Collins Trio had been nominated for the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Group of the Year.

Tickets for our final fall 2016 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

November 26:  The Marc Atkinson Trio with opener  Natasha Sayer

The Marc Atkinson Trio

The Marc Atkinson Trio

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