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Our Sights & Sounds: Sept. & Oct. 2017

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 10:47am

Music CDs & Records

Liona Boyd. No Remedy for Love. CD $14.99. The winner of five Juno Awards and known the world over as “The First Lady of the Guitar,” Boyd has released twenty-eight albums, spanning a wide range of styles. The central theme of her new album is love in its many incarnations, from love for the planet and animals to romantic love and love for the place she now calls home. No Remedy for Love was inspired by the melodic folk, pop and classical music she grew up with and embraces a variety of influences across its seventeen tracks. (Universal. August)

Vijay Iyer Sextet. Far From Over. CD $16.99. His fifth release for ECM since 2014 finds the keyboardist-composer and his dynamic sextet reaching a new peak. Furthering an artistry that led The Guardian to call Iyer "one of the world's most inventive new-generation jazz pianists" Far From Over features a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes boldly forward.The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive to the cathartically elegiac, with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure. (Universal. August)

See more of our Sights & Sounds, including DVDs & Blu-Rays, after the jump...

Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, movies


Record Store Day 2016

by Tyler Vitt - Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 at 4:27pm

This year, Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 16th.

And yes, McNally Robinson will be taking part in the festivities. Just like in years past, we will be featuring dozens of special LPs that are available exclusively at independent RSD retailers like us and only on RSD.

Stock will be limited for most titles, so we suggest you join us early. Depending on the crowd, we may limit your selection just so that others can have a chance to pick up some unique albums.

If you're curious about which titles we're expecting, feel free to give us a call and ask for our Music staff (Winnipeg 204-475-0483, Saskatoon 306-955-3599). We'll point out that we don't always receive every RSD album that we expect, but we can let you know what we've ordered.

Categories: Music, Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Vinyl Styl Turntables

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 4:27pm

The Vinyl Styl Groove Portable Turntable comes in four different stylesred case, black case, skull-decorated case, and pink caseand is equipped with two full range stereo speakers, stylus with protective cover, 3.5mm headphone output jack, RCA outputs, AC power adapter and a belt-driven platter allowing you to choose from 3 speeds; 33 1/3, 45 & 78 RPM.

Addendum (Dec. 2016): We are now proud to carry a new version of the Vinyl Styl players. Please visit us in-store to browse these products.

Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Giftware & Accessories

Jazz Fest: Part Three

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 at 6:10pm

We're well into a week of excellent jazz, and I'm looking forward to taking in as much as possible this weekend! Below are five more Winnipeg acts you can enjoy and support. So much of Winnipeg's talent is being showcased this Saturday, it'd be impossible to see them all without a time turner!

Chic Gamine - Saturday June 20, 7:30 pm, Maw's Beer Hall
With Motown souls, French pop spirits, and rock and roll hearts, [Chic Gamine] has enchanted fans and critics alike with their close harmonies and infectious tunes. In 2009 they picked up a JUNO for Roots Album of the Year for their self-titled debut; in 2011, their follow-up City City was nominated in the same category.

Lucas Sader Project - Saturday June 20, 10:00 pm, Cinematheque
At 24 years of age, Winnipeg-based drummer Lucas Sader has established himself internationally as a recording artist, composer, bandleader, and educator. Sader released his critically acclaimed debut album Apollo in 2012. Upon its release, Apollo was the #1 jazz album in Canada.

Jeff Preslaff Septet - Saturday June 20, 10:45 pm, The Cube Lounge
Jeff Presslaff has been writing compelling works for large and small jazz bands for decades. This show features compositions for four horns and rhythm section from the early 90’s to the present. Jeff will be on piano for this show and brings together an all-star band for the occasion.

Rosemarie Todaschuk Quintet - Saturday June 20, 8:00 pm, Winnipeg Free Press Cafe
Rosemarie’s velvety voice and dynamic stage presence kick things up with favourite jazz standards mixed with Latin, funk, blues, popular songs and — after a trip last summer to Tennessee — a focus on jazz-influenced country tunes.

Amber Epp - Saturday June 20, 7:30 pm, Cinematheque
Amber Epp’s lively music is filled with irresistible joy; “like bottled enthusiasm with an undertone of joy — her music is absolutely contagious” (Heather Bishop). Amber’s tunes combine familiar melodies with international rhythms.Amber’s album, Inside Outside, shares her magical way of carrying the elements of music that we all love — rhythm, beauty, and community — from across the globe right to your doorstep.

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Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Event News

Jazz Fest: Part Two

by Brock Peters - Monday, Jun 15, 2015 at 6:10pm

It was a busy weekend in Winnipeg, and I hope that you managed to find some time to enjoy the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. If not, never fear! Every day this week you can catch a free lunch-hour show at The Cube in Old Market Square!

Here are five more fantastic local acts that you can see at this year's festival - and if you miss them, they all have albums available as well.

Nadia Douglas - Friday June 19, 7:00 pm, The Cube Lounge
She infuses the fiery stylings of such artists as Etta James and Sarah Vaughan to create a dynamic musical treat of upbeat jazz and American standards.

I met Nadia when she was dropping off her CDs at the store, and she's a kind, dynamic person, in addition to being very talented!

Curtis Nowosad Quintet - Friday June 19, 10:00 pm, Maw's Beer Hall
A native of Winnipeg, Curtis is recognized as one of the faces of the new generation of Canadian jazz. He has performed with top musicians like Stefon Harris, Bobby Sanabria’s MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra and Kenny Barron, to name a few.

Grace Hrabi - Friday June 19, 7:30 pm, Cinematheque
Grace Hrabi’s sweet and emotional stories have been shaped by the people who have come into her life and what is left behind when they go. Her rich and dulcet voice will sing a song that your ears will hear and your heart will understand.

Mike Swickis Trio - Friday June 19, 10:30 pm, Winnipeg Free Press Cafe
Mike Swickis is a Winnipeg-based guitarist and composer and has lead his own trio for over a decade. Performing compositions that draw from both jazz and contemporary styles like rock, funk and country, Mike blurs the categorical boundaries in favour of a personal sound.

Martha Brooks & Jeff Presslaff - Friday June 19, 8:00 pm, Winnipeg Free Press Cafe
Martha Brooks, an award-winning singer and novelist, most recently appeared in concert with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra in “All My Tomorrows: The Music of Sammy Cahn” — a concept developed with her music collaborator, Jeff Presslaff. Their CD, All My Tomorrows, was recorded live at the 2013 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

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Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Event News
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