Retro-tinged holiday classics.
Friday, December 13, 2013
The vintage sound of Canadian singer-songwriter Meaghan Smith has already earned the rising star a Juno Award and the privilege of touring with k.d. lang. Her music takes you to a colourful and imaginative place of unfettered joy.
A musician with a deep love for the holidays, Meaghan drew inspiration from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s to create a modern collection of original songs and standard favourites that sparkle with merriment.
On a cold wintry night, warm up to her rich and sophisticated voice performing contemporary, re-imagined Christmas tunes from her album, It Snowed.
The Craig Brenan Big Band performs
Duke Ellington's The Nutcracker Suite
Shaking up the traditional.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Some of Alberta’s finest jazz musicians, many of which are award-winning recording artists, comprise The Craig Brenan Big Band.
Led by trombonist, composer, and educator Craig Brenan, this ensemble of musicians presents a lively, jumpin’ jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite as arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Its legendary score, Dance of the Reed Pipes becomes Toot Toot Tootie Toot, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is rechristened Sugar Rum Cherry, and swingin’ solos add a festive twist to other classic holiday favourites.
The Craig Brenan Big Band heats up the Arden’s Christmas season with brass a blazin’.
PPS Danse presents
Danse Lhasa Danse
A voice to the movement through music.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $38 Adult / $25 Student
Quebec’s PPS Danse merges dance, words, and music into one voice to embody the spirit and soul of the late musician, Lhasa de Sela. In this original tribute directed and choreographed by Pierre-Paul Savoie, 17 artists come together on stage to present a work that is interdisciplinary in form, and a reflection of humanity in content. Lhasa was a woman of great wisdom and spirituality, and her luminous, poetic music allowed listeners to celebrate life with confidence and without hesitation.
Danse Lhasa Danse is a spectacle of impassioned elegance; a heartfelt homage that resonates with emotion.
Wistful tales of life and love.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 7:30 PM | Sorry, sold out
Rife with sincerity and wisdom of a seasoned soul, Royal Wood wears his heart on his sleeve. His smooth voice sings with an air of folksy romanticism, offering genuine admissions and compelling messages.
Exceeding his own potential with the release of We Were Born to Glory, this multi-instrumentalist crooner crafts moving melodies into a sophisticated class all his own. A 2013 Juno nomination for Wood’s sterling collection of songs adds to his celebrated road of accolades and accomplishments.
As a masterful balladeer and popsmith, Royal Wood imparts distinguished and textured elements into his music; respected qualities reminiscent of his name.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Side-splitting comedy and drumming virtuosity
Quebec’s turbo-charged percussive trio electrifies crowds with its frenzied rhythms and deliriously funny sketches. Armed with drumsticks, their trademark blue barrels, and a limitless imagination, BAM! Percussion presents an explosion of drumbeats matched impeccably to comedic scenarios.
Appearing like characters straight out of a cartoon, their transcultural humour and contagious energy will have audience members aged 3 to 83 laughing to the point of tears! For nearly 15 years, BAM! has shared fun and foolery with audiences around the world and their beat of the drum shows no sign of slowing down.
Young Drunk Punk
Monday, January 27, 2014
Comedian, writer, director and legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch combines stand-up, live music and assorted autobiographical insights in Young Drunk Punk.
Chronicling his journey from wild early days as a ‘young punk’ in ‘80s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days and futon nights in ‘90s Toronto, to becoming a ‘pajama-clad dad’ living in the Hollywood Hills.
From scowling teenager to father of two, this evening of comedy, peppered with moments of surprising poignancy, proves that although this infamous Kid may be all grown up, his singular brand of humour and signature wit remain firmly intact.
Understated power soaring with arresting melodies.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Spellbinding with her sweet and smoky voice, Malian artist Fatoumata Diawara sings for peace, hope, and empowerment. Quietly powerful in her native Wassoulou language, Fatoumata’s acclaimed debut album, Fatou, propelled her onto the world stage for its contemporary folk sound incorporating Afro-Western cultural influences and haunting mix of blues beats.
As a celebrated child star, she toured as a singer and dancer for renowned artists Oumou Sangaré and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
The future is promising for this celebrated young talent whose gorgeous, hypnotic music, self-composed and arranged, breathes natural warmth and effortless charm.