2016-2017 Guitar Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Corrine Vacon on winning our 2016-2017 Guitar Raffle.

Corrine and guitar

Corrine Vacon and guitar

2016-2017 Nick Guitar

2016-2017 Nick Guitar amidst Easter snow

The Beaver Creek Dreadnought guitar and trail pack bag, was generously donated by Mike MacLeod and The Acoustic Guitar.  Mike is one of the founders of the Nick and was our sound man for many, many years.  Thanks Mike!!

All proceeds from the Nickelodeon Guitar Raffle will be used to support ArtsCan Circle, a registered charity dedicated to linking creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk in Canada.

ArtsCan Circle hopes to encourage self-esteem amongst Indigenous youth in isolated communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts. ArtsCan Circle sends teams of volunteer musicians & artists to remote Indigenous communities engaging groups of children and youth in workshops to facilitate creative expression and teach skills in playing musical instruments, song-writing, visual arts and performance arts.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Nick guitar raffle!

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Winter 2017 Tickets on Sale Now!

Here’s a PDF of our 2017 Nick Winter Newsletter!

Nick 2017 Winter Newsletter

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

January 14:  Little Miss Higgins with opener Ariana Brophy

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 Nick Concert – October 15 – The Small Glories and Andrew Smith

Our next concert at the Nick will feature The Small Glories with opener Andrew Smith.

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 through Brown Paper Tickets.

The Small Glories

The Small Glories

They are a study in contrasts. Cara Luft, wholesome, ebullient and engaging; and JD Edwards looking like a cross between a biker and long-haul trucker. At first glance few would peg them for a highly creative musical partnership. And yet, with a dozen criticallyacclaimed albums between them, they have teamed up to form The Small Glories. Juno Award winner, co-founder of folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys, Cara Luft has earned a solid reputation as an exciting live performer, accomplished guitarist, clawhammer banjo player, and insightfully honest songwriter. Her style of presentation combines her appealingly infectious personality and wild sense of humour with mesmerizing songcraft. Fronting the JD Edwards Band since 2006, JD is a versatile singer/songwriter who has earned praise far and wide for his down home, straightforward songwriting style and superb vocal ability in a variety of genres, from country and blues to folk and rock.

In September it was announced that The Small Glories had been honored with two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for English Songwriter of the Year and New Emerging Artist of the Year.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Andrew first caught our ears as a member of Smith, Funk & Strauss and later in an accomplished indie-folk duo with his son Zachari. Their second CD Stumbling Horse was released in the spring of 2014 leading to Canadian and European tours. Andrew is an accomplished singer songwriter, and captivating tap-style guitarist. His instrumental CD escape velocity won him the Okanagan Instrumental Artist Award and has been nominated for many international awards. He is one of the few Canadians to have won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition with his songs Rite of Passage and Holes in the Night Sky.

NICK FALL NEWSLETTER PDF 

Here’s a PDF of our Nick Fall 2016 newsletter.  This is an interactive document. Clicking on the pictures of the performers on pages 2-4 links to their sites.   Nick 2016-2017 Fall Newsletter

Tickets for the following winter 2016 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

October 29:  James Keelaghan with opener Scott MacKay

November 12:  The Once with opener The Andrew Collins Trio 

November 26:  The Marc Atkinson Trio with opener  Natasha Sayer

Vocal Harmony Workshop With The Once

Newfoundland’s multi-award winning folk trio, The Once, is acclaimed for its stellar vocal harmonies. Come share an intimate day with Geraldine, Andrew and Phil; learn their insights, techniques for building and performing vocal harmony.

Saturday November 12, 2016
9:30 – 2:30 pm Dalhousie Community Centre, 5432 Dalhart Road N.W.

$100, (plus service fee) Limited to 30 participants.

To purchase a ticket, visit the Calgary Folk Club website.

The Once will perform at the Nick that evening.

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2015-2016 Guitar Raffle Winner!

Steve Slemon

Steve Slemon

Congratulations to Steve Slemon from Edmonton, whose name was drawn at our last club to win the 2015-2016 Nick Guitar Raffle.  Steve is a member of our main stage crew at the Canmore Folk Music Festival.

Our thanks, as always, to Nick founding member, Michael Macleod at The Acoustic Guitar for donating the guitar to the Nick.  This year, once again, all proceeds from the guitar raffle will go to support ArtsCan Circle.

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Next Nick Concert – April 2 – Christine Lavin and Don White

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Christine Lavin & Don White with opening act Tim Williams

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 through Brown Paper Tickets.

Christine Lavin

Christine Lavin

Don White

Don White

Christine Lavin & Don White: The Funny Side of the Street: A Night of Brighter Laughter will feature music that is smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny. Quick on her feet and with a comedienne’s arsenal of irony and wit, Christine’s delightfully skewed songs cover a lot of territory. Don White, a multi-talented, one-of-a-kind iconoclast, brings a comic’s wit, and a poet’s heart to his songs and stories. They both encapsulate all that’s best about the folk scene: heart-breaking one moment and laugh-out-loud funny the next, they’re unafraid to take a hard look at all the pain and beauty of life. Together they deliver an evening of comedy and song that peers into more facets of experience, individual and national alike, than one would think possible. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll laugh some more. Two of America’s most-loved songwriters and raconteurs join forces for this fabulous and hilarious show.

Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Tim Williams: Maple Blues Award nominations, three Juno award nominations, five Betty Mitchell Awards for composition/musical direction in theatre, and many awards from Real Blues magazine attest to the high caliber of his work. Tim was named 2012 Guitarist Of The Year by the Calgary Blues Music Association and won the 2015 International Blues Challenge as Best Solo or Duo, and Best Guitarist (solo or duo). His latest CD Blue Highway offers threads from West Africa, India, Hawaii, Mexico and the Southwest. Tim’s blend of soulful vocals, wry sense of humour and awe-inspiring chops continue to win fans everywhere he plays.

NICK WINTER NEWSLETTER PDF 

Here’s a PDF of our Nick Winter 2016 newsletter.  This is an interactive document. All  blue-underlined text links to websites. Clicking on the pictures of the performers on pages 2-4 links to their sites.   Nick 2015-2016 Winter Newsletter

Tickets for the following winter 2016 concert are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Apr 16:  Patrons’ Night / Open Stage – Performers Needed!

Want to play a couple of songs on the Nick stage? Sign up for our Patron’s Night Open Stage. We’ll do three sets featuring 12 acts, four per set on the stage performing round-robin. If you are interested, contact Vic at <vicbell@telusplanet.net>.

Click here: 2016-2017 Season for our dates and confirmed headliners for next season!!

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Next Nick Concert – January 23 – Tony McManus

Our next concert at the Nick will feature Tony McManus with opening act Dana Wylie.

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 through Brown Paper Tickets.

Tony McManus

Tony McManus

Tony McManus is recognized as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar preserving the integrity and emotional impact of the music. Nominated as Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditional Music Awards, in 2002 Ceol More hit the Critic’s Album of the year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and was named Live Ireland Awards Album of the Year. The Makers’s Mark saw him showcase 15 of the finest luthier built guitars, recording a solo piece on each instrument. A challenge from mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall to learn the Bach E Major Prelude on guitar led to an exploration of classical and baroque music, resulting in his newest CD Mysterious Boundaries which contains a rendition of Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor – one of the greatest compositions of any age.

Dana Wylie

Dana Wylie

Dana Wylie is a farm girl from Saskatchewan who has travelled the world in search of home. Her struggle to reconcile the wanderer with the bumpkin, mixed with her crystal clear voice and fluid finger-style guitar playing, has resulted in a unique musical language that effortlessly straddles country and city, folk and intellectual. Her latest album, The Sea and the Sky, represents a deepening maturation of this language. As Roger Levesque of the Edmonton Journal put it, “Wylie shows the intuitive grace, smart, lyrical economy, and the ability to find insights in everything or anything that you expect of a mature songwriter.”

NICK WINTER NEWSLETTER PDF 

Here’s a PDF of our Nick Winter 2016 newsletter.  This is an interactive document. All  blue-underlined text links to websites. Clicking on the pictures of the performers on pages 2-4 links to their sites.   Nick 2015-2016 Winter Newsletter

Tickets for all of the following winter 2016 concerts are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Feb 6:   The Stray Birds with opening act Braden Gates

Feb 20:   Annie Lou with opening act Brent Tyler

Mar 5:  Del Barber and the Profiteers with opening act Dianne Quinton

Mar 19:   Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project with opening act Ruth Purves Smith

Apr 2:   Christine Lavin & Don White with opening act Tim Williams

Apr 16:  Patrons’ Night

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