Sound Cheque Showcase 2017

Date: November 5, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

Announcing the Arts Humboldt Sound Cheque Showcase 2017

Arts Humboldt wants to showcase local amateur talent and send one lucky winner down the path to a possible recording career.

Complete contest rules are available here (2017 Sound Cheque Guidelines) but in a nutshell:

1. Applications for the showcase will be accepted until October 20, 2017
2. Submitted videos will be reviewed by Arts Humboldt and the contest judges where they will select three entries to participate in the live Showcase event.
3. The Soundcheque Showcase event will be November 5, 2017 so participants will have time to sharpen their act before taking the stage in front of the judges.
4. The Soundcheque Showcase will be a live performance of two songs each from the three participants. The event will be open to the public and a panel of judges only will select one winner.

The winner of the Soundcheque showcase will be coached and recorded by professional producer, Randy Woods at his recording studio in Saskatoon. The approximate value of this prize is $2,500!

Tom Savage in Concert w. Special Guest Clea Parsaligan

Date: September 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm  to  9:30 pm

ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT OUT IN HUMBOLDT! Come to the Humboldt Golf Club for live music, ambience, food, and a few beverages on Tuesday, Sept. 26! Kingston, Ontario’s Tom Savage will be bringing over 20 years professional touring experience to the stage, and Humboldt’s own Clea Parsaligan will open for Savage in her public debut.

All ages may attend.

Tom Savage is classified as a country/folk artist, but throw in a hint of a bluesman growl and the influences of Springsteen, Hendrix, and Page and the combination results in many flavors. Savage has performed and toured for over 20 years and is currently touring to promote the release of his ninth CD.

Clea Parsaligan is in her final year of school in Humboldt and will be lending her sweet voice and guitar-playing skills to a handful of cover songs ahead of Savage’s peformance.

MEAL & DRINKS DEAL – Concert Ticket + Build-Your-Own-Burger (includes 2 salads) + 2 Bar Tickets for only $28.00. Bar tickets good for beer or highballs. AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE ONLY until Monday Sept. 25. Purchase at SHOPPERS DRUG MART or by calling or texting Brian Gest at 231-8284. Must be legal drinking age to purchase this deal.

CONCERT ONLY – Adults $15.00, Students $10.00. Available in advance OR at the door. Purchase at SHOPPERS DRUG MART or by calling or texting Brian Gest at 231-8284

BUILD YOUR OWN BURGER – $10.00 (but don’t forget the “deal” option above). There will be no other menu items available this night, sorry.

Cocktails and burgers at 6:30 p.m. Show starts with Clea Parsaligan at 7:15 p.m. RUSH SEATING only.

Learn more about Tom Savage at Tom Savage’s website

Belle Plaine + Blake Berglund

Date: June 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm  to  11:00 pm

FUNDRAISER FOR COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE.

Presented by Arts Humboldt & The Community Gathering Place
7:00 doors | 7:30 show
$20
Tickets available from:
– Brian Grest (306) 231-8284
– any member of Community Gathering Place Executive
– Shoppers
– at the door, if not sold out.

On Facebook? The event page is here and the artist’s page is here Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

In the same way that most of their decisions are made, Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund agreed to collaborate during a game of cribbage after a couple pints of beer. The Grant MacEwan alumna jazz singer and university drop-out cowboy songwriter don’t only compliment each other vocally, but their onstage chemistry is infectious. They’ve individually released numerous studio albums, toured nationally and developed brands recognized industry wide, while always staying true to their Saskatchewan roots. Belle and Blake debuted their take on two Zachary Lucky penned tracks in September 2015. The production of their ’70s inspired 7” vinyl (overseen by Jason Plumb) lead to each artist working with Plumb separately on upcoming albums. Blake Berglund’s ‘Realms’ in Fall 2017 and Belle Plaine’s as-of-yet untitled in Spring 2018.

Raised in the farming community of Fosston, Saskatchewan, Belle Plaine’s distinctive sound draws from her musical background: classical vocal training, jazz/contemporary music study and a history of live performance reaching back to her country upbringing. Her singular and textured voice lends itself to various styles of music, from outlaw country to 1940s’ swing. Belle Plaine was named Emerging Artist at the 2014 Regina Mayor’s Arts and Business Awards.

Raised in the Moose Mountains, deep in Saskatchewan’s southeast corner, Berglund confidently launched his career as a teenager by drawing on the defining experiences of his youth: classical piano training, a fervent love of the Seattle grunge rock movement and the responsibility of tending 200 horses on his family ranch. It was all the education he needed, realizing at a young age that a musician’s career is based around hard work. Berglund was named Roots Artist of the Year at the 2017 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards.

Belle and Blake represented Saskatchewan alongside Rah Rah and The Sheepdogs at the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone festival, completed a joint tour of the Canadian East Coast and wrapped up the endeavour on VIA Rail’s “Artists On Board” series. 2015 saw them travel to Australia, and individually complete tours across Canada. They have been direct support for the legendary Dwight Yoakam and are splitting time between Regina, SK and Nashville, TN.

Belle and Blake continue to play morning games of cribbage, and aside from occasional skunkings, Blake’s pegging continues to improve.

Back in Humboldt – Kayla Howran & Dylan Ireland in Concert

Date: May 12, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm  to  10:30 pm

3 REASONS TO COME TO THE HUMBOLDT GOLF CLUB CLUBHOUSE THIS FRIDAY:
– LIVE MUSIC! Kayla and Dylan are back, in concert!
– WING NIGHT! $5.99 for 10 wings (other menu items available)
– BAR IS OPEN, including great ambience and atmosphere!
You’ll also be supporting Arts Humboldt, the Humboldt Golf Club, and the growing live music scene in Humboldt! Jump to the Facebook Event page here and invite your friends.

This Friday night (May 12) why not save your appetite and thirst for another great night of music, food, and drink at the Humboldt Golf Club! The concert features Ontarios’s Kayla Howran & Dylan Ireland making their third visit to Humboldt. Anyone who caught their first two visits will highly recommend you catch them! The concert starts at 8:00 p.m., but feel free to get there any time over the supper hour for great food and beverages (also served during the concert).

Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, by contacting Brian Grest (text 306-231-8284), at the Humboldt Golf Club, or at the door. Rush seating. All ages may attend (contact Brian Grest for student pricing).

Both Kayla Howran and Dylan Ireland are touring in support of their new albums – Kayla Howran’s “Spare Parts” and Dylan Ireland’s “Every Other Night“. Together, their styles encompass a mix of country, rock, roots, folk, and more. Copies of their new CDs will be available for sale at the concert.

Make it a date night – ambience, live music, food service, glass of wine – or come as you are. No need to drive to Saskatoon!

Check out more on Kayla Howran and Dylan Ireland on Facebook, or by Googling their names (links to reviews, videos, etc.).

Kayla Howran Bio:

Kayla Howran just finished her sophomore album, Spare Parts, with producer Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo fame. They recorded at The Tragically Hip’s Studio, The Bathouse, in Kingston, ON. Kayla leaned away from the classic honky tonk country sound of her first album, Pistol, and headed in a more alt-country direction with Spare Parts. .

Kayla was born and raised in Peterborough, ON in a very musical family. Her earliest memories consist of campfires and her uncles singing the Eagles, or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, or something of the sort. Her uncle Ray gave her her very first guitar when she was in the 8th grade. He said if she didn’t learn an entire song from start to finish within a certain amount of time, then he would take the guitar back. So she did. Then she learned one after another after another until she started writing her own songs. When she was 18 her and her best friend drove across the country looking for adventure with the guitar in the back seat. After much moving around over the course of the next three years, Kayla finally landed herself in Toronto.

After moving to Toronto, Kayla found a foothold in the country and rockabilly roots of the Queen Street music scene. She and her band, The Fellas, began playing at The Cameron House and quickly established one of the hottest weekly residences on Queen Street. Every Friday night Kayla’s powerful vocals would fill the bar as she and The Fellas spurred on a dance floor full of patrons with bourbon-soaked two-steps, meandering tales of love lost, and everything in between.

Kayla recently moved back to Peterborough where she wrote the majority of Spare Parts. She says there’s something about a small town that helps her focus and that the big city had far too many distractions to ever get any work done. And the calm of her hometown mixed with the talent and creativity amongst the other local musicians has been priceless and inspiring.

Kayla has shared the stage with Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and Andy Maize of the Slydiggers. She was backed at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto by Daniel Romano and his band opening for Jim Cuddy and Danny Michel. She performed with NQ Arbuckle and Justin Rutledge at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, and her band has opened for JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge among others.

In 2013 Kayla lent her vocals to a track on Canadian progressive rock band, Protest The Hero’s record, Volition. In 2014 that record won a Juno.

Kayla has a rare ability to lean on her influences without imitating them, which lends a genuine quality to her music that is often absent from many of her contemporaries.

She sings with the conviction of someone who has lived every bit of joy, agony, and heartbreak contained within her songs. However, it is Kayla’s voice that truly sets her apart. Powerful enough to rise above the din of a packed hall, yet with a softness that evokes the tender emotions of transfixed onlookers, Kayla controls the mood of the room with the skill of a baton-wielding maestro.

Dylan Ireland Bio:

Propelled by raw lyricism and earthy production, Dylan Ireland’s debut solo album Every Other Night is a powerful statement from an artist ready to carve out new folk-rock terrain.

The Peterborough, Ontario-based singer/songwriter has already made his mark on the Canadian music scene through his former band Express And Company. Their 2013 album, Ontario, contained the single “Carry Me Along,” which received heavy airplay on CBC Radio 2 and 3, and helped land showcases at the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Peterborough Folk Festival—he earned the Emerging Artist Award at both—as well as South By Southwest.

With Every Other Night, Ireland has entered a new phase, building upon his past work with a fresh and fearless songwriting approach now all his own. Co-produced by Ireland and James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Michelle McAdorey, Matthew Barber), Every Other Night’s stellar cast of contributors includes guitarists Jim Bryson and Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards), drummer Loel Campbell (Wintersleep) and bassist Anna Ruddick (Daniel Romano, Bry Webb, Randy Bachman).

Overall, the album is not so much a transition from leading a band to being a solo artist, as it is merely another step in Ireland’s musical evolution. As Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor told him, why have a band when you’ve got a rock star name?

What the 11 songs on Every Other Night display more than anything is the confidence that only comes from taking complete control of your creative identity. And in many ways, the album is also a testament to how Ireland has dealt with personal challenges over the past couple of years.

“That’s certainly a theme on the album,” he admits. “A lot of it is quite personal, referring to my battles with anxiety, depression and addiction. But there were other things I had in mind for this album. I knew during the writing process that I wanted to explore more mature, bigger, alt-rock sounds. I’m very proud of the Express And Company album and what it achieved, but this time I was looking to try a different, less folky approach.”

Shawna Caspi Live in Humboldt

Date: May 3, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm  to  10:00 pm

Sobeys and Arts Humboldt are proud to help THE COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE with a fundraising concert on Wed. May 3 at the CGP. Shawna Caspi is an amazing guitar-picker and folk vocalist, and she’s added Humboldt as one of her dates! See more about Shawna below!

Admission is $15. Rush seating only. Tickets are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, The Community Gathering Place, from Brian Grest (call or text 231-8284), from any CGP board member, or at the door.

Coffee/tea/dainties are included in ticket price. A huge thanks to SOBEYS for sponsoring the dainties part of the evening!

Presented by Arts Humboldt (http://www.artshumboldt.com/), Humboldt Sobeys, and the Community Gathering Place.

Shawna Caspi is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist. Shawna performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth teller, she has toured across Canada and the eastern USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument. Humboldt is one of her four shows in Saskatchewan, sandwiched between shows in Illinois, New York, and Virginia. Learn and see more about Shawna, including videos of her performances, at http://www.shawnacaspi.com/.

Pat Temple & The Hi Lo Players

Date: April 20, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm  to  11:00 pm

Get the “club” atmosphere and ambience in Humboldt! Pat Temple & the Hi Lo Players bring their Rockabilly/Western swing music to the Humboldt Golf Club on Thursday, April 20!

The band starts at 8:00 p.m. The golf course RESTAURANT and BAR will be open before the show (and during the show), so we’re hoping you’ll consider coming early and having a meal and a drink before the show starts!

Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Humboldt Golf Club, at Shoppers Drug Mart, from Brian Grest (call or text 231-8284), or at the door. Rush seating. All ages welcome (minors will not be served alcohol, of course).

Pat Temple is from Reaboro, ON, about 150 km northeast of Toronto. His music is a blend of Western Swing, Jump Blues, Rockabilly and Roadhouse Soul. He has over 30 years of performing experience, including his 90’s cult hits ‘Salamander Bones’ and ‘Playin’ Havoc With My Heart’ (). Visit Pat Temple on YouTube. The combination of the music and the venue will create an atmosphere you won’t regret being part of!

Learn more about Pat Temple at his website.

Find the Facebook event page here.

Billy Joel & Elton John Tribute Show

Date: March 31, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm  to  10:30 pm

HERGOTT ELECTRIC, HSA CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS, AND HERGOTT FARM EQUIPMENT proudly present the BILLY JOEL & ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE SHOW on Friday, March 31 at the Humboldt Legion Hall. Doors open at 7:00 for cocktails and showtime is 8:00 p.m.

This world-class tribute band is a three-piece band and includes TWO professional pianists/vocalists performing the Billy Joel and Elton John songs we all know!

RESERVED SEATING. Seating is configured around tables. A seating chart is posted below.

Tickets are $25.00 each and will be available at SHOPPERS DRUG MART starting Tuesday March 8.

BUT until then: “BEAT THE BOX OFFICE” – reserve your seats by calling or texting Brian Grest at 231-8284. Great way to ensure you get a better choice of seats and to ensure you and your friends can sit at the same table. Grest will arrange delivery and payment at a later date.

The bar will be open all night, including cocktail time before the show (7:00 – 8:00), intermission, and after the show for those who’d like to stay and socialize a bit. All proceeds from bar sales go to the Legion. Plan a safe ride, please! Minors may attend this event (will not be served alcohol, of course).

Net proceeds from Arts Humboldt events (if realized) are invested into the arts in Humboldt and area, including setting aside funds to help furnish and/or equip the proposed future performing arts facility. It would only be fitting if we could get a great turnout!

Huge thanks to HERGOTT ELECTRIC, HSA CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS, AND HERGOTT FARM EQUIPMENT for helping to bring this show to Humboldt!

Feel free to call or text Brian Grest (231-8284) if you have any questions.

Classic Hit Song Tribute Show – Billy Joel and Elton John.

Seating Plan

The Pink Unicorn – Live Theatre in Humboldt

Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm  to  9:30 pm

PROFESSIONAL LIVE THEATRE in HUMBOLDT!

Arts Humboldt is proud to be bringing Fire in the Hole Productions’ THE PINK UNICORN to Humboldt’s Community Gathering Place for one night only on Friday, March 24. Showtime is 7:30, doors open at 7:00. RUSH SEATING only; arrive early for best seat selection. Scroll further down for more details about the play itself.

Tickets are $20.00 each and are available:
– at SHOPPERS DRUG MART
– from Brian Grest (text 231-8284) or any other Arts Humboldt executive member
– at the door (if seats are still available)
Because the number of seats is limited and having PROFESSIONAL live theater in Humboldt is rare, it is recommended you buy tickets in advance.

Coffee, tea, and dainties will be served at intermission. There will also be a gift basket raffle. Feel free to stay for the after-play discussion with the audience, led by director Aaron Hursh.

Net proceeds from Arts Humboldt events (if realized) are invested into the arts in Humboldt and area, including setting aside funds to help furnish and/or equip the proposed future performing arts facility. It would only be fitting if we could sell this show out!

Feel free to call or text Brian Grest (231-8284) if you have any questions.

ABOUT THE PLAY:

What’s a mother to do when she finds out that her daughter will be attending high school as ‘gender neutral’? Elise Forier Edie’s The Pink Unicorn is a funny, clever and heartwarming tale of a mother’s boundless love for her child. Timely and timeless, The Pink Unicorn features Live Five founder Kristi Friday in a tour-de-force performance. Aaron Hursh (director), Emma Thorpe (stage manager).

Click this link for Cam Fuller’s (Star Phoenix) behind-the-scenes article and video clip.

Click this link for CTV Saskatoon’s interview with The Pink Unicorn actress Kristi Friday.

Click this link for an interview with The Pink Unicorn Director Aaron Hursh.

Pink Unicorn Event Poster

Kayla Howran/Express & Company

Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 pm  to  10:30 pm

Go “clubbing” right here in Humboldt! Make it a date night!

BOLT FM and ARTS HUMBOLDT are at it again! TWO ACTS for the PRICE OF ONE!

Come to the “Club” (Humboldt Golf Course clubhouse) to catch a night of ambience and intimate live music, featuring both Kayla Howran and Express & Company!

Kayla and Dylan (Express and Company) played a concert in Humboldt in mid-September, on their way west, to rave reviews (just ask anyone who was there!). We were taken with their talent and personalities, and they were taken with our enthusiam and hospitality and hoped to do it again on the way back home to Peterborough, and of course we said “yes!” This will be a full four-piece band performance.

$20.00/person. Licensed event (minors may attend). There will be no food menu this time, sorry, but snacks will be on the table for you as part of your ticket price.

Advance tickets available at Shoppers Drug Mart (Humboldt) or by calling/texting Brian Grest at 231-8284. RUSH SEATING only.

Kayla Howran and Express & Company mix country, rock, roots, and more. Add the beautiful setting at the Humboldt Golf Club clubhouse plus a full bar service, and you’ll get the feel of an intimate big city club, right here in Humboldt. Make it a date night – ambience, live music, glass of wine, no need to drive to Saskatoon!

Point of interest – Express & Company’s drummer – Matt Greco – will be making his FOURTH stop in Humboldt in less than two years having appeared three other times with the Chris Culgin Band (including the free concerts in the park 2015 and 2016). Come welcome Matt back to Humboldt!

PLEASE NOTE: Our friends at the Community Gathering Place are also hosting a fundraising concert on this same night (Cash Back – a Johnny Cash/June Carter tribute duo). Check out their event at their facebook event page. Please consider supporting them if our show is not for you!

Read further for bio and links for Kayla Howran and Express & Company:.

Kayla’s subtle side (with Dylan accompanying)

Kayla’s edgy side:

Express & Company

Kayla and Dylan from Express & Company (check out Matt Greco on the drums)

Kayla Howran Bio:

Kayla Howran just finished her sophomore album, Spare Parts, with producer Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo fame. They recorded at The Tragically Hip’s Studio, The Bathouse, in Kingston, ON in June of this year. Kayla leaned away from the classic honky tonk country sound her first album, Pistol, had and headed in a more alt-country direction with Spare Parts. The album will be available to purchase in physical copies September 9th, 2016 with an official release to follow before the end of 2016.

Kayla was born and raised in Peterborough, ON in a very musical family. Her earliest memories consist of campfires and her uncles singing around them the Eagles, or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, or something of the sort. Her uncle Ray gave her her very first guitar when she was in the 8th grade. He said if she didn’t learn an entire song from start to finish within a certain amount of time, then he would take the guitar back. So she did. Then she learned one after another after another until she started writing her own songs. When she was 18 her and her best friend drove across the country looking for adventure with the guitar in the back seat. After much moving around over the course of the next three years, Kayla finally landed herself in Toronto.

After moving to Toronto, Kayla found a foothold in the country and rockabilly roots of the Queen Street music scene. She and her band, The Fellas, began playing at The Cameron House in September 2010, and quickly established one of the hottest weekly residences on Queen Street. Every Friday night Kayla’s powerful vocals would fill the bar as she and The Fellas spurred on a dance floor full of patrons with bourbon-soaked two-steps, meandering tales of love lost, and everything in between. The Kayla Howran Band now plays the first Friday of every month on that same stage and tends to perform in a more roots/alt country genre.

Kayla recently moved back to Peterborough where she wrote the majority of Spare Parts. She says there’s something about a small town that helps her focus and that the big city had far too many distractions to ever get any work done. And the calm of her hometown mixed with the talent and creativity amongst the other local musicians has been priceless and inspiring.

Kayla has shared the stage with Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and Andy Maize of the Slydiggers. She was backed at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto by Daniel Romano and his band opening for Jim Cuddy and Danny Michel. She performed with NQ Arbuckle and Justin Rutledge at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, and her band has opened for JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge among others.

In 2013 Kayla lent her vocals to a track on Canadian progressive rock band, Protest The Hero’s record, Volition. In 2014 that record won a Juno.

Kayla has a rare ability to lean on her influences without imitating them, which lends a genuine quality to her music that is often absent from many of her contemporaries.

She sings with the conviction of someone who has lived every bit of joy, agony, and heartbreak contained within her songs. However, it is Kayla’s voice that truly sets her apart. Powerful enough to rise above the din of a packed hall, yet with a softness that evokes the tender emotions of transfixed onlookers, Kayla controls the mood of the room with the skill of a baton-wielding maestro.

Express and Company Bio:

Released spring 2013, their debut full length album ‘Ontario’, which embraces sounds of traditional Canadian roots rock, has been in rotation on over 125 stations across North America. In summer 2013 their debut single ”Carry Me Along’ spent 14 weeks on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 alongside names like Mumford & Sons, David Bowie and Blue Rodeo, reaching as high as #5. While also reaching #1 on CBC Radio 3 R3-30 and Rock Charts.

Express & Company have toured across Canada from P.E.I to Dawson City, and south to Austin Texas for SXSW 2012.
As a touring band, they have graced stages across Canada including Mariposa Folk Festival, NXNE, SXSW, Halifax Pop Explosion, and a Home Routes concert series throughout the Yukon Territory. Sharing stages with the likes of The Sadies, Whitehorse, Tom Wilson, Joel Plaskett and Greg Keelor, has allowed a true, organic sound to develop.

Their debut full length album was released March 26th 2013 and is available on iTunes, in select HMV stores across Canada, and on the 7th Fire Records website.

Dylan Ireland (lead singer) just recently finished in the studio with producer James McKenty of The Spades, and his sophomore album, Silver Screen is duo to be released before Christmas 2016.