Happy Canada Day!

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:36am

McNally Robinson Booksellers is a Canadian company, and we're proud of it. That's why we're always excited when July 1st rolls around, because we're all too happy to celebrate our wonderful nation.

So from Canada's largest independent bookstore: Happy Canada Day!

Please note that in honour of our fine country, we will be closed on July 1st.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Jim Crace Wins 2015 Impac Dublin

by Brock Peters - Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 9:44am

One of the world's most lavish literary awards, the Impac Dublin, has been awarded to British author Jim Crace for his novel Harvest (2013). Nominations for the €100,000 (~$140,000) award were put forth by libraries from 39 countries, and the 2015 award was chosen from 142 entries.

Harvest is the "timeless and unsettling" tale of a small village in England whose very survival is threatened by the sudden and ominous arrival of a series of strangers. It had previously been shortlisted for a number of literary prizes, including the Man Booker and the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize.

You can see the shortlist here, and if you've got some time to spare you can peruse all 142 nominees here.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Jazz Fest: Part Three

by Brock Peters - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 at 7:05pm

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.

Descriptions courtesy of www.jazzwinnipeg.com.

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Event News

Jazz Fest: Part Two

by Brock Peters - Monday, Jun 15, 2015 at 6:50pm

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.

Descriptions courtesy of www.jazzwinnipeg.com.

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Event News

Jazz Fest: Part One

by Brock Peters - Friday, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:06am

The Winnipeg International Jazz Festival kicked off yesterday, with an exciting roster of stars like Esperanza Spalding, Buddy Guy, and Dave Holland. But if you're anything like me, what's most exciting is watching local musicians - fellow Winnipeggers - as they display some of the enormous musical talent our city has to offer.

Here are a some of the local artists you can catch in the coming week - there are so many, we'll be featuring them in three parts! All of them have a significant connection to Winnipeg, and all of them have albums available for sale in our store!

Mira Black's Mrs. Jones - Sunday June 14, 4:00 pm, Old Market Square
Three sassy soul singers for whom nothing is taboo... while they rise to the discipline of jazz, the heart of R&B, the sex of funk and a whole lotta of fun on any stage.

Doug Edmond - Tuesday June 16, 8:00 pm, Winnipeg Free Press Cafe
Singer, songwriter, pianist and flutist, Doug Edmond plays jazz and roots music. Doug is often found “…betwixt a number of genres and influences."

Jimmy Greene Quartet - Thursday June 18, 7:30 & 10:00 pm, Maw's Beer Hall
Jimmy returns to Winnipeg performing songs from his newest release, Beautiful Life, with David Bryant (piano), Luke Sellick (bass) and Jimmy MacBride (drums). Beautiful Life is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter.

Monika Wall - Thursday June 18, 8:00 pm, Winnipeg Free Press Cafe
By connecting the sounds of many cultures, Monika Wall has created her own jazz-based vintage cabaret music. Classically trained and jazz-inspired, she will sing songs that are grounded in roots and spirituals at this year’s TD International Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

Keith Price Trio - Thursday June 18, 10:30 pm, Winnipeg Free Press Cafe
Price is known for his simple and expressive approach to improvisation and his warm, spacey guitar tones. His original material is melodic and introspective, connecting with ideas and feelings that are of a spiritual nature.

Descriptions courtesy of www.jazzwinnipeg.com.

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Event News
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