“Indescribable: The Whiskey Jerks defy genres with their six-person ensemble”
— Matt Olson: The Star Phoenix


Playing venues and festivals from Vancouver to Ottawa, along with regular rotation on CBC, CKUA, CFCR and numerous other community radio stations across Canada, the U.S and Europe, The Whiskey Jerks’ sound is rife with originality, sweet vocal blends, and a distinct whiskey-soaked sensibility!

The Whiskey Jerks came together when Gillian Snider, who no longer wanted to drink alone, felt it was time to expand upon her one woman accordiana show. After convincing the talented Anna Bekolay (violin), James Diakuw (clarinet), Nevin Buehler (upright bass), Peter Abonyi (guitar) and Aidan Weiman (drums) to join her on her misadventure, The Whiskey Jerks soon began to create their own distinct niche, blending klezmer, rock, gypsy-folk and jazz with clever lyrics, stories, and an honest prairie sound. They now have two full-length albums under their belt for your listening pleasure: Neat (2014) and Baba Was A Bootlegger (2018)

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Baba Was A Bootlegger

by The Whiskey Jerks

Join The Whiskey Jerks as they take you from the Canadian Rockies in Mad River Valley to the arid desert sands of the Sahara in Charlene, from a small Saskatchewan farm in Baba Was A Bootlegger to the heart of Union Station in Toronto...and more! This second full length album promises to take you on a musical ride that you won't forget!



by The Whiskey Jerks

If you combine a bit of klezmer, a bit of rock,  a bit of jazz-schmazz and good old-fasioned prairie gypsy folk - THEN throw some cocky lyrics and good story telling into the mix, what you get is The Whiskey Jerks debut album 'Neat.'!


Saskatoon's Whiskey Jerks give fusion another lively sound with Neat, a shotgun wedding but happy marriage of jazz, rock, blues and lots of klezmer music. This album can start and close the party, reeling and rocking all the way.

— The StarPhoenix