Well here we are in Valemount BC after a tremendous stay in Jasper - busking and playing shows in front of the Athabasca River at the Pine Bungalows and at the Jasper Community Habitat for the arts. We met so many awesome people - the wonderful folks that call Jasper home, and the lovely sojourners from far away places...thank-you Jasper Alberta! Now we're in Valemount BC hangin' out with the spawning salmon, the bald eagles and some curious deer...what a gorgeous spot! A perfect place of tranquility to reboot :) We'll be playing an acoustic show later this evening at the Pavilion in the beautiful Yellowhead campground - but right now I'm in my tent just enjoying the sound of the rain. What a spectacular tour this has been so far!!
Well, how cool is this!! The Whiskey Jerks were paired up with the Decemberists!! Make sure you check out all of the fabulous music across the country on this year's CBC Searchlight, the talent is overwhelming- and don't forget to vote for your favourites!)
That's right, beautiful people - we'll be putting on a show this Friday at the Refinery here in Saskatoon - so brace yourself for some sweet tunes, stories, fun, and flamenco! Ya!!!
Yup! This Friday - that'd be February 26th - The Whiskey Jerks are playing the Underground Cafe as part of their Roots series, and it's gonna be FUN FUN FUN!! The best part about it is that it's an all ages gig and will be fun for the WHOLE family! Lots of great music and story-telling to boot. And speaking of story-telling...
Hello all you beautiful folks tuning into The Whiskey Jerks website! Since our upcoming shows won't be until the New Year, and with Christmas drawing nigh, I figured that I'd share with you some insight into our song Time Travelling Jesus - 'tis the season after all!
Who the heck is Time Travelling Jesus? Well I guess there's been some mysterious characters that just randomly show up in the Old Testament, you know, to bless the patriarchs and such. But who the heck are they? There are some Christians that make the claim that these characters are just one extra special guy - and that guy is Jesus, travelling through time and space just to hang out with some interesting mortals, because Jesus can do that apparently. Not unlike Dr. Who, but I digress...
Now I was thinking, if Jesus really could travel through time and space, who would the folks be that he'd actually like to hang with? I mean, Jesus was a pretty cool guy, and smart too, so he'd naturally only want to hang with the cool kids in history - like Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, St. Hildegard von Bingen, the Buddha, Dostoevsky, the Pharisees, Eva Cassidy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Nicola Tesla, Boethius and Charles Bukowski, just to name a few. So next question is, who are these folks, and what makes them so cool?
Tune into the next Whiskey Jerks Time Travelling Jesus installment to find out....
What an amazing opportunity and a tremendous evening! Here's what The Whiskey Jerks' beautiful violinist Anna Bekolay had to say about the evening:
"I played with The Whiskey Jerks at the Saskatchewan Wearable Arts Gala (SWAG) on Saturday night, Nov 14th, 2015. What an honour to be involved in this Spectacular Night – I found it so very uplifting and so very well done!! SWAG was a feast for all the senses. Beautiful music accompanied dancers modelling the wearable art pieces – there were over 50 pieces in the show done by over 40 artists.
The evening began with a short film about the building of the Jack Millikin Centre at Ness Creek – the fundraising goal of SWAG. We were then treated to a fashion show of Art Bras – the silent auction pieces in support of Free Flow Dance & the Rosebud Burlesque Club. Meghan Lofgren delighted us with her rendition of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” during this portion of the show. Danny Papadatos mc’d the night with great flair – he also modeled one of the Art Bras. Danny did a fantastic job of getting the crowd’s energy up and of managing to keep energy moving when a “stall” was needed in the show.
Variety and Innovative Inspiration are the words that come to mind to describe the pieces involved in the show. There were incredibly beautiful pieces, strange and odd pieces, pieces that appeared to have come from another world, graceful pieces, and funny pieces too – all in 3 categories: Headpiece, Corset and/or Cod Piece, and Open. The Wearable Art Pieces and the Music Selections from the night are still inhabiting my mind and will accompany me through my daily life for a while yet – wonderful music that suited the art pieces so well! The music and the way in which the dancer-models modeled the pieces brought every piece to life.
We were treated to Flamenco music and dance as well as to some fun modern dance during the show.
I did a bit of violin improvisation over the instrumental version of an Imogen Heap song while some of the art pieces were being danced across the stage. The Whiskey Jerks opened the 2nd half of the show and there was an extra special treat when Celedonio Garrido & Kari Alba did some Flamenco singing and dance to my tune Café Paris!!
At the end of the show, when all the winners were to be announced, Kevin Buzinskishowed his perfect and dramatic sense of timing by adding drum rolls and fills to the announcements.
All in all, the evening was a great success!
Thank you to everyone involved in the show: artists, volunteers, dancers, organizers, tech crew, jurors, donors & supporters, Graham Mckelvie – artistic director: brimming with encouraging enthusiasm, and to Arnfinn Prugger & his wife Lindsay Embree for coming up with the concept in the first place and then making it a reality – not once, but twice – looking forward to next time!
An extra shout out to Graham for his work on this show – beyond the artistic directorship, you create true community with your work: thank you for giving the dance community and The Whiskey Jerks, and Saskatoon such a wonderful opportunity to truly shine."
Well done everyone!!
WOW!!! What a tremendous time we're having - we've met SO many amazing people and have had the absolute best audiences for all three of our shows! Now we're just cruisin' on back to Saskatoon....Whoa!....flat tire! Seriously...it happened while I was writing this...no worries though! Dr. Hulk Kevin, our super hero drummer is on it...
Excellent...we're back on the road!
So ya! Continuing on...
After Lloyd we headed to Edmonton to play the Blue Chair - what a beautuful beautiful venue, and much thanks to Harold for booking a bunch of unknown rag tag Saskatchewanians and making us feel so very welcome :) And all the good folks that came to our show - thank-you!! You made the entire evening such a warm and memorable one - we love Alberta!
From the Blue Chair we headed to the Jasper Folk Music Festival , where again, we received a warm welcome from everyone we met, and not only had a wonderful receptive audience, but got the chance to see and listen to some great music - Jasper Folk Festival so rocks! Thanks Matt for inviting us - YAY!!! I can't seem to say that enough :)
So, good folks, I have to say that the inaugural Whiskey Jerks Alberta tour was an absolute success - new friends, new fans, great music - who could ask for more? We love Alberta! Did I say that already?
Stay tuned for the next entry as we head back into the studio to begin recording the Jerks' second album...but what to call it? Straight Up? Rocks? The Happy Hangover?
The Root in Llodminster is a spectacular venue - wonderful staff, warm and eclectic atmosphere (and oh how The Jerks love eclectic!) and tremendous folks that come out to support live music! We had copious amounts of fun, and tried out Baba Was a Bootlegger (a brand spankin' new song) on the good and unsuspecting folks of Lloydminster :) Special thanks to Amanda for running such a great community driven establishment - a little haven for touring and local musicians, and also for local visual artists whose works adorn the root's walls (our violinist and drummer (Anna and Kevin) will happily be adorning her own home with a beautiful piece that they bought there!). Special thanks as well to Josef Jacobson, the local journalist who came out to take photos :)
Now we're off to Edmonton to play The Blue Chair and hang out with good friends - yay!!
Cheers everyone! I raise a glass to you...
Yours in the Saskatchewan prairies,
Gillian of The Whiskey Jerks
Hey Lovely Folks!
The Whiskey Jerks are finally venturing out of Saskatchewan to play our neighbouring province to the west and we can't wait! We have yet to be introduced to the good people of Alberta live, but we have been fortunate to have friends like Baba and Grant at CKUA , and Chris at CBC Alberta that are lending a hand and getting us on the Alberta airwaves :)
It's also kinda fun to get our drummer Kevin (formerly of the band The Drowned) out of his basement and on the road again - much to his chagrin, mind you, but dammit it's good for him! And his wife Anna, our illustrious violin player, agrees! Regardless, all of the Jerks - myself included of course - are super excited about our little Alberta tour and can't wait to meet everyone :) Our shows are...have you got a pen?
September 10th in Lloydminster @ the root www.therootce.ca
September 11th in Edmonton @ The Blue Chair www.bluechair.ca
September 12th in Jasper @ The Jasper Folk Music Festival www.jasperfolkmusicfestival.ca
We'll see you soon!!
They've arrived!! Yay!! The Whiskey Jerks are proud to announce that the shipment of their debut cd 'Neat' has arrived hot off the press and ready to make their way into your cd player! Our cd release is coming up next month - February 26th - at the Bassment here in Saskatoon, but you can get a sneak preview at the Spadina Freehouse this Friday, January 16th...show starts at 10!!