Gillian Snider / Accordion, Vocals
Anna Bekolay / Violin, Vocals
James Diakuw / Clarinet, Vocals
Nevin Buehler / Upright Bass
Peter Abonyi / Guitar
Kevin Buzinski / Percussion

we are the whiskey jerks


Comprised of some of Saskatoon's most talented and eclectic musicians (complete with two postgraduate philosophy degrees, several music degrees, and a bartender thrown in for good measure), The Whiskey Jerks have created a sound that is rife with originality, sweet vocal blends and a distinct whiskey-soaked sensibility. Blending klezmer, folk, rock, country-blues, gypsy-punk and jazz, with clever, cocky (and yes, at times sensitive) lyrics infused with an honest prairie sound, the Whiskey Jerks will always keep you guessing...and dancing!





February 6th, 2016: House Concert in Saskatoon SK 8pm SOLD OUT

January 22nd, 2016: The Whiskey Jerks play the Meacham Community Hall @ 221 Main Street, Meacham SK, doors open at 7, concert at 8 

January 19th: The Capitol Music Club Saskatoon SK - Open Stage, hosted by Devon Cuddy 10:40pm

January 17th: The Capitol Music Club

Saskatoon SK - Ness Creek Auditions 2-5:30pm

November 14th 2015: The Whiskey Jerks play the Saskatchewan Wearable Art Gala at Saskatoon's historic Roxy Theatre, 320 20th St.West   www.jackmillikincentre.com/the_events/saskatchewan_wearable_art_gala

October 31st: Halloween House Concert Extravaganza, Saskatoon SK 8pm - check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1633514070269292/

October 24th: Vangelis Tavern Saskatoon SK 10:30pm https://www.facebook.com/vanglistavernsaskatoon

September 12th: The Jasper Folk Music Festival Sept. 11-13

September 11th: Blue Chair Cafe @ 9624- 76th Avenue, Edmonton AB. For ticket and reservation information go to www.bluechair.ca 8:30pm

September 10th: The Root: Community Emporium @ 4901 - 50th Avenue, Lloydminster AB. For ticket information go to www.therootce.ca 8pm

August 23rd: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Buskers Stage, 6:45-7:15pm http://www.shakespeareonthesaskatchewan.com

July 30th: The Underground Café, Saskatoon SK with Geoff Berner 8pm www.undergroundcafe430.ca

July 29th: The Artful Dodger, Regina SK with Geoff Berner 8pm www.artfuldodgerarts.com

July 15th: The Taste of Saskatchewan, Kiwanis Park (601 Spadina Cres. East) Main Stage - 6:30pm

July 11th: Vangelis Tavern @ 801 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon with The Bass Invaders (solo) - 9pm

July 2nd: The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival @ The PotashCorp Freestage - 4pm

June 13th: Cherry Tree House Concert Series presents The Whiskey Jerks w/ Ernie's Pan Fried Blues - 8pm www.cherrytreehouse.ca 

May 10th: Capitol Music Club @ 244 1st Avenue North, Saskatoon - 9pm

April 24th: Vangelis Tavern @ 801 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon with David Simard and Chris Page- 10pm

April 4: House Concert @ Cathy Bohachik's, Saskatoon - doors open at 8pm

Upcoming shows


You heard it good folks! The Whiskey Jerks are heading out on their first mini tour into Alberta and we cannot wait! Luckily we have wonderful folks like Baba and Grant on CKUA playing our music to get the good people of Alberta primed to see us live - and we can't wait to meet you! You can catch us Sept. 10th at the root: community emporium in Lloydminster (4901 50 Ave.), September 11th at The Blue Chair in Edmonton (9624 76 Ave NW) and then September 12th at the Jasper Folk Music Festival in Centennial Park in the heart of Jasper. Alberta here we come! YAY!!

Six String Nation Guitar: Last February Peter, James and I had the opportunity to hang out with Jowi Taylor and the Six String Nation Guitar - and Peter had the once in a life time opportunity to play this extraordinary instrument live on CFCR 90.5fm: www.sixstringnation.com/?p=3021298

It was an amazing feeling having our photograph taken with something so essentially Canadian. And there's photos on our media link!!

You can check out this amazing instrument here: www.sixstringnation.com


HOUSE CONCERTS ROCK!! Thanks so much to the hosts who bring live music into their home!! THE WHISKEY JERKS played two sold out shows - one at the abode of the illustrious CATHY BOHACHIK on April 4th and the other on June 13th at DENISE AND LOWELL'S (the wonderful hosts of CHERRY TREE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS)...SO grateful to the terrific folks who attended for their wonderful support and participation - what a BLAST!!

Hey all of you beautiful folks out there! Just thought I'd check in and let you know that The Whiskey Jerks are still plugging away here in Saskatoon, writing and learning new material, playing lots of shows and well, just plain having a grand ol' time! And it's SUMMER!!! YAY!! I have to say that we're all pretty excited about playing the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and Taste of Saskatchewan, and then we'll be sharing the bill for two shows with one of my all time favourites Geoff Berner - wow!! Does it get better than that? I'm thinkin' not...but I am a true blue fan of Mr. Berner's and I cannot WAIT!! I hope that you're all taking in the beautiful summer days, partaking in some summer cocktails on your favourite patio and preparing yourself for a lot of sweet summer festivals and live music - I know we are!

Yours in the prairies.




WhWordy folk that doe

From Ominocity's "THE BEST NEW MUSIC OF SASKTCHEWAN IN 2015 (so far)..."

The Whiskey Jerks – Neat

"Wordy folk that doesn’t skimp on the stomp or the storytelling, The Whiskey Jerks serve up a neatly complex mash-mix of instrumentation that serves as a solid foundation for a playful platter of vocals. Also, that crow is way too cute."

The Whiskey Jerks – Neat"Wordy folk that doesn’t skimp on the stomp or the storytelling, The Whiskey Jerks serve up a neatly complex mash-mix of instrumentation that serves as a solid foundation for a playful platter of vocals. Also, that crow is way too cute."

Chris Morin - Ominocity www.ominocity.com

Check out The StarPhoenix review of 'Neat.'!:

"Whiskey Jerks Start the Party

By William Robertson, For The StarPhoenix March 5, 2015

Whiskey Jerks Neat www.whiskeyjerks.com ....

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.

Check out the lineup of instruments: over drums, bass and guitar, the accordion, violin and clarinet come out to dance. As an added bonus, all six of the musicians sing, the nod going primarily to Gillian Snider on accordion and Anna Bekolay on violin.

The album opens with a swinging, rocking klezmer song about time travel, quoting a couple of lines of Amazing Grace in each chorus as they tag along with Time Travelling Jesus.

Golden Boy is a rueful jazz/pop look at kids who aren't as golden as they appear, all led by the violin and with a brilliant sax solo from helper Gregory Edmunds. Solomon's Creek has a lovely slow ache to it, while Dead-Eyed Darling, with its Celtic feel, is about the kind of fun that gets drunk up.

There's a Ray Charles bluesy feel to Rantin' Fools, about our "messed-up species," saved only by our ability to laugh. Nesslin Lake, with its strong bass line, is a nod to a retreat, a Saskatchewan paradise done in klezmer fusion style, much of which carries right through the rest of the album.

This album can start and close the party, reeling and rocking all the way."


And I must say we're pretty darned excited!! 'Neat.' has been getting some radio play on CKUA in Alberta and CFCR in Saskatoon so YAY!! And if you tune into CFCR on Monday Feb. 23rd, you can catch The Whiskey Jerks' interview on The Buzz at 5:30 in anticipation of our CD RELEASE AT THE BASSMENT ON THURSDAY FEB.26TH so DOUBLE YAY!!

News & Updates                   BookWell folks, the CD release party is coming up pretty soon, and I must say we're pretty darned excited! We've been getting some radio play on CKUA in Alberta and CFCR here in Saskatoon so YAY!! And if you tune in to CFCR on Monday Feb. 23rd, you can catch an interview with the Jerks on the Buzz in anticipation of our CD RELEASE PARTY AT THE BASSMENT THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26TH!! DOUBLE YAY!!

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