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.
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.
With special guest Gregory Alan Isakov
Singing his own story.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Once named one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste Magazine, Josh Ritter has perfected his trademark heart-rending wordplay with the release of his seventh album, The Beast In Its Tracks.
Recording his personal journey of scorned solitude to his valiant discovery of a silver lining, Idaho-born Josh Ritter exposes his vulnerability with graciousness and relentless honesty. Having built a praised career on tender balladry, this singer, songwriter, guitarist, and author has an unprecedented sensibility in delivering deeper truths.
Josh Ritter makes his Arden Theatre debut with two intimate and compelling performances.
California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio
Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $40
Guitar virtuosi from Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the USA crisscross the universe of rock, jazz, world music, and classical in this dazzling acoustic exploration.
Two of the most sought-after guitar ensembles in the world, California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio, return to the Arden Theatre to shatter stylistic expectations of what is possible when six guitarists share a stage.
Each trio has earned critical acclaim and wide notoriety for their zero-compromise musical approach and intricate arrangements. Together, they fuel a fearless fire of power and intensity that burns any boundary that limits the string instrument.
Turtle Island Quartet
presents The Art of the Groove
Bowing a new language of cross-genre music.
Friday, February 14, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $38
Two-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Turtle Island Quartet, has been a bold player in redefining chamber music for strings. Praised by Yo-Yo Ma for its authentic, groundbreaking esthetic in fusing contemporary jazz stylings with classical traditions, Turtle Island Quartet strikes a brilliant balance that is anything but standard.
As mavericks in cutting edge arrangements, their presentation of The Art of the Groove explodes with driving rhythms and staggering improvised pieces.
Featuring works by Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix, Dave Brubeck to Bob Dylan, this string quartet shakes up conventional with astounding ease.
Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna,
Rose Cousins & Chloe Albert
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Extraordinary experiences, extraordinary songs.
Rooted in authenticity, enduring memories, and passionate delivery, four incredibly talented artists join in concert on this rare occasion to articulate insightful experiences through song.
Each with their own powerful perspective and innate vulnerability that continues to push them forward through the chapters of life, Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna, Rose Cousins and Edmonton-based Chloe Albert own the stage with emotional punch. Separately, these lauded musicians have earned international praise for their lyrical economy and voices that evoke comfort in conviction. Together, these storytellers shine even brighter with anecdotes of universal truths.
Chic Gamine & Oh My Darling
Friday, February 28, 2014
Nostalgic soul with a modern twist.
Sweet, weaving voices and effervescent harmonies fill the theatre in this irresistible double-bill. Chic Gamine and Oh My Darling each hail from Winnipeg but possess their own strikingly original sound.
Stylish and mischievous, Chic Gamine tease and tempt with exquisite harmonies that embody gospel, soul, and ’50s doo-wop. Adding equal parts simplicity and sass, this Juno Award-winning group of songmakers spans the musical map with class.
The spunky style of country-roots quartet Oh My Darling is a lexicon of influences. From Prairie roots to old-time Appalachian, their mesmerizing material is a throwback to simpler times, but traced with fiery flair.
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Le Vent du Nord
Swinging and jigging toward a new horizon.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $30
The spirit of the past is a driving force behind Le Vent du Nord’s joyous blend of Celtic folk. Blazing a path that pushes their traditional Quebecois roots in striking global directions, this quartet of prodigious instrumentalists and singers is winning critical acclaim for their revitalizing style.
Le Vent du Nord have earned multiple Juno Awards for their joie de vivre sound while keeping one tappin’ foot firmly rooted in the past. Get ready for the energy and delight of a mid-week kitchen party, as Le Vent du Nord performs catchy tunes from their 10th anniversary release, Tromper le temps.
Vivid scenarios unfolding from tune to tune.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $36
This veteran American songsmith has, for nearly 50 years, offered his unique cinematic perspective on chronicles of humanity. Tom Russell’s brilliance as a musical poet captures an unsaturated ingenuity, past and present, that places him in a category all his own. His tried and tested path of producing a thematically rich collection of Americana, rock, country, and Mexican folk tunes has stood the test of time with the release of his 27th album, Aztec Jazz.
Tom Russell’s gritty and earthy voice lends itself powerfully to the tales which populate this venerable musician’s new realm of gripping works.
Northwest Dance Project
Bold. Dynamic. Fearless.
Sunday, March 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $35 Adult / $20 Student
The stage is set for Oregon-based Northwest Dance Project, one of the hottest dance companies in North America. Earning international awards and acclaim, this ever-emerging collective is the face of breathtaking artistry.
Passionate, versatile, and masterful technicians perform stunning works from prolific Vancouver artists Wen Wei Wang and NWDP Artistic Director Sarah Slipper, and other renowned European dance makers.
These riveting, original contemporary dance works were created specifically for Northwest Dance Project, and can’t be seen anywhere else. Capturing moments of extraordinary beauty, raw emotion, and the complexity of the human condition, this dynamic program will leave you speechless.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Fueled by passion and social awareness, Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph delivers edgy songs that speak to the soul. Providing a voice for many, Joseph is a versatile performer with a reputation for making music that is relevant and essential.
Releasing over 30 albums in a career spanning just as many years, he has been hailed worldwide as a raconteur, engaging in complex narratives but with a poignant approach. Martyn Joseph’s intelligently constructed shows resonate with raw energy and charisma.
He returns to the Arden with Tyres Rushing by in the Rain, a new album of Bruce Springsteen covers and hidden musical gems.
Propelling forward with Scotland’s past.
Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 7:30 PM | $35
A bedrock of talent for over four decades, Battlefield Band is among the most relevant interpreters of Celtic music today. Firmly in command of their art, the quartet of gifted, Grammy-nominated artists prove time and again that they are at the forefront of a great revival of Scottish music.
In their latest album, Room Enough For All, Battlefield Band distills their own unique spirit and uncanny chemistry with invigorating instrumental colour and enthusiasm. Enchanting pipes, fiery fiddles, and blazing bouzoukis blend to create an inspiring fusion of ancient, yet modern sounds that are distinctively Battlefield.
Old time jazz and vaudeville blues.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Chanteuse of a myriad of musical styles — roots, gospel, jazz, folk, and big band — Maria Muldaur has owned a time-traveled sound for over four decades. Her 1974 megahit, Midnight at the Oasis, sparked her rise to fame and an adventurous odyssey into recording nearly 40 albums.
An integral musician in the American folk music revival period in the early ‘60s, Maria Muldaur has long been influenced by queens of the classic blues: Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Victoria Spivey.
Her trilogy of Grammy-nominated albums that pay tribute to the legends she salutes, reflect the Dixieland past, yet with her own sassy style.
Maria Dunn &
John Wort Hannam
Songs of the human experience.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and authentic songs about resilient, ordinary people, Juno-nominated Maria Dunn finds a celebrated balance between roots music and her Scottish-Irish heritage. Her fifth album, Piece By Piece, pays tribute to women working at a historical Edmonton garment factory.
Fort MacLeod’s John Wort Hannam jumped from educator to songwriter, weaving his natural storytelling style into intriguing musical landscapes of the human heart. Powerful and poignant, this Canadian Folk Music Award winner humbly showcases his exceptional skill as a wordsmith in his new release, Brambles and Thorns.
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Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien
Infectious camaraderie, impeccably made music.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Unbridled confidence, sheer spontaneity, and exuberant energy will flow freely when Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien team up to close the Arden season.
Outstanding country and Americana songwriters and instrumentalists, each revered for their mile-long accolades as soloists and collaborators, have an undeniable synergy that explodes when the duo performs together.
False modesty oozes from their highly anticipated release, We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This, a handful of intensely engaging originals sprinkled with covers of roots music’s biggest legends. This follow-up album to their first collaboration, Grammy-nominated Real Time, proves that these two artists were meant to perform with each other.