Past performances

Saturday, June 13 • SHAUNA JANZ

Martin Matychuck (cello/bass)
Auto Jansz (lead guitar)
Adam Bay (Weissenborn slide guitar)

Opening Act:  Arwen Ainsley.

7:30 pm / sliding scale $10 to $20


Singer-songwriter Shauna Janz’s unconventional approach and folk-soprano voice has garnered her appreciative audiences and quick recognition island-wide. Recently releasing a self-recorded EP in November 2014, her song Redwood has been nominated “Song of the Year” at the 2015 Vancouver Island Music Awards. Her indie-folk sounds are described as “lyrical, soulful, warm – Joni Mitchell-meets-Sara McLaughlin” and “stunning and memorable; a unique voice that combines folk with soul”.

Shauna’s love affair with the guitar remained unrequited for the majority of her life, until the two had a chance encounter in 2005. She soon discovered a natural and very intuitive gift for the muse, and as a self-taught guitar player has been dedicated to the development of her creative expression ever since. She has received vocal training from various soprano and folk/pop teachers, most recently at the Victoria Conservatory.

With a fierce heart for creative expression, and an endearing stage-presence, audiences can expect fascinating guitar tunings, haunting melodies punctuated by driving rhythms, and set amongst both ethereal soprano sounds and strong spirited vocals.

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Join us for a very special evening – musical variety of grand proportions, as the folks over at the community-focused, Island-based Mighty Speck Records offer up a “Speck-tacular” showcase of their unique label…9 – Count’em – NINE Acts perform 12-minute vignettes each. A melange of genres your ears have not yet consumed in one evening…A veritable potpourri of Folk, Country, Rock, Hip Hop, Soul, and Blues. PLUS, by attending, you are helping this ambitious young record label to realize one of their 2015 goals – to tour across Canada! In June, they’ll tour as far as Montreal – maybe even further…and in the spirit of ol’ Sun Records, they’ll tour as a label, with at least 5 of the label’s artists being showcased on any given night. And you can help launch this exciting venture, just by showing up May 22nd and cheering them on.

The line-up:

  • Little Nectar (2015 Song of the Year Nominees @ Island Music Awards…Opened for Grammy Nominee Maria Muldaur & Juno Winner Carole Pope)
  • Jonny Miller (West Coast Soul Country…3-time Island Music Awards Nominee this year)
  • Labloom (electro-pop)
  • Chris Andres (Authentic Outlaw Country…2015 Country Recording of the Year Nominees at the Island Music Awards)
  • Jennifer Smythe (acoustic blues-soul-folk)
  • Mister Waugh (Canadian Conscious Hip Hop…Has opened for 2 Live Crew, Swollen Members, Moka Only)
  • Zoubi Arros (acoustic soul pop)
  • David Chenery (apocalyptic folk)
  • James Kasper (dynamic folk noir. Opened for Ray Charles in 1998 and for Blue Rodeo’s Bob Wiseman & Bob Egan more recently)

Doors: 6:30pm. Show: 7pm Sharp.

Admission: All Ages. $10 @ the door (you are welcome to donate a couple extra bucks if you like…Or purchase a signed CD)

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7:30 / $20

image of Cindy ChurchA stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Drawing set lists from her own catalogue and exceptional covers of tunes in performances to appreciative audiences internationally, Church has become renowned for the clarity and emotive precision of her voice and the subtlety of her approach to song interpretation and songwriting. These vocal stylings became a key element in the formation of Quartette, the striking collaboration of Church, Sylvia Tyson, Caitlin Hanford , the late Colleen Peterson, and later Gwen Swick, that would reshape the Canadian musical landscape.

Now living in Toronto, she has acquired national acclaim as one of the best singers in the country and an international reputation for her musical adeptness across country, jazz, blues, gospel and swing styles, and as one of the finest song interpreters. From 2001 through 2003, she worked and recorded with George Koller and Joe Sealy as part of “The Nearness of You : A Tribute to the Music of Hoagy Carmichael ” which toured extensively across Canada. Currently, she continues to work and record with Quartette, and is also a core member of the powerful creative collaboration, Lunch at Allen’s, writing, recording and performing with fellow singer songwriters Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan.

image of Nathan TinkhamIf Nathan Tinkham’s name rings a bell, it’s probably because of his extensive lead guitar, arranging and songwriting work with such artists as the Great Western Orchestra, Ian Tyson, Cindy Church and Quartette, Church’s super group with Sylvia Tyson, Caitlin Hanford and the late Colleen Peterson.

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Saturday, May 16 • BEN SURES

8pm / $15


Ben Sures is a Folk, Roots and Blues singer songwriter and guitar player. He is nominated in 4 categories of the 2014 Edmonton Music Awards for: Album of the year, Blues recording of the year, Male artist of the year and in the People’s choice category.

Martin Clarke of The founder of British Blues Broadcasters called his 2013 release ‘Son of Trouble’ “a superb album!!”

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Saturday Afternoon, May 16 • DEEP LISTENING INTO SOUNDING



Listening Workshop with Tina Pearson

1 to 3 pm / $25       

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This two-hour workshop is for anyone who is interested in deepening a personal relationship with sound from the inside out. The focus is on the delicate dance between attentive listening and authentic sounding. Exercises will include listening to the body, nuances of breath, subtle movement, sonic meditation, sonic mimicry, and vocal sound games.

  • Everyone is welcome – no musical experience is necessary.
  • Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

“Tina will take you to the hEARt of sounding.” – Pauline Oliveros

DEEP LISTENING is a philosophy and practice developed by pioneering composer Pauline Oliveros. Deep Listening practice cultivates appreciation of sound, silence and “sounding” on a heightened level, expanding the potential for connection and interaction with one’s environment, technology and others in music, related arts, and everyday life. Deep Listening can enhance depth and detail of practice for artists, meditators, teachers, community organizers, ecologists, parents … Deep Listening is for anyone interested in creativity, well being, relaxation, excitement and connection with their immediate environment.

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Jon Miller Quartet
New CD Pre-Release Event: 3 Days in Winter

Cover $15  or $10 + CD$10 = $20
CD Pre-sales: $10


CD Pre-sales of “3 Days in Winter” –featuring nine new original compositions by some of the West Coast’s finest jazz players and composers– will be on sale tonight only for a special price of $10. The event cover charge is $15 but will be reduced to $10 with purchase of a $10 CD pre-sale: Cover charge and pre-sale together for $20.
CD pre-sale subscribers will get their copies of the new CD hand delivered hot off the press and will also get a reduced cover charge to the release party on Friday May 22 at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 8pm

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Wednesday, April 29 • DOC MACLEAN — the real deal blues.


7:30 pm – suggested donation $20
(with Morgan Davis who has played Merlin’s)

image of postcards

Big X Blues Tour poster

Ten years of the National Steel Blues Tour. So it’s the X year for this annual, 100 show adventure around North America. Ten provinces, twenty states. Maybe it’s the last annual Tour. I don’t know. Sometimes it flies so far under the radar that it scrapes me, bleeding, along the pavement. Stuff along the way. Stuff in the cracks between small town America and the Big Time. The stuff that is the mojo of the blues. Stuff that has very little to do with talent contests, award ceremonies, new guitars. Maybe it’s the cold beer we buy at the gas station. The smell of oil at the garage selling used tires. The taste of cheap red wine from a coffee cup beside a plywood stage. Maybe, maybe. Maybe it could be different. But, hey– grab a map and ride the blue highway with me one more time. I found these voodoo dolls in dark woods a thousand miles from Clarksdale. Rusty nails and faded, half smiles. An image captured, fleeting, to illustrate this Tour, and to protect us on this path.