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Our Sounds for March & April 2016

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 10:58am

Lucinda Williams. The Ghosts of Highway 20. 2 CD set $18.99. 2 LP set $35.99. Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, also cuts deep into the spirit of those who have spent their lives traversing it. Williams, a longtime traveller up and down Highway 20 and whose 35-plus-year career has its foundations in blues and honky-tonk, gospel and soul, folk and rock, brings the stories of these people to life in this deeply felt, deeply affecting 14-song collection that cleaves close to Wiliams' past and present. (Sony. February)

Matt Andersen. Honest Man. CD $15.99. LP $20.99. A powerhouse perfomer with a rich, soul-filled voice, the New Brunswick bluesman has built a formidable following the old fashioned way, touring world wide and spreading his reputation through word of mouth. Along the way he managed to net three Maple Blues Awards and a JUNO Award nomination for Weightless (2014). Written around drum beats that takes the music to a new level, the ten songs that make up Andersen's eighth full-length album explore both the political and the personal. (True North. March)

Daniel Hope. My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin. CD $14.99. April 22, 2016 would have been the 100th birthday of violin legend Yehudi Menuhin. In celebration of what would have been Menuhin's centenary, Daniel Hope, internationally renowned violinist in his own right, dedicates a complete album to his former mentor and close friend. The album is a beautiful selection of works, mostly commissioned by/for Yehudi Menuhin, including Takemitsu's Nostalghia, Reich's Duet for 2 Violins and String Orchestra and Henze's Adagio. (Deutsche Grammophon. February)

Bill Frisell. When You Wish Upon a Star. CD $15.99. Both deeply reverent to his source music and profoundly personal in his approach, guitarist Bill Frisell draws upon the classic film and television music we have heard on screen and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see. Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel performs with singer Petra Haden, violinist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, and drummer Rudy Royston in re-imagining these time-honoured gems. (Sony. March)

This article taken from the March/April 2016 edition of our newsletter, The Bookseller.

Categories: Music, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases

Books of the Season 2015 is now online

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 9:54am

The 2015 edition of our annual holiday catalogue, Books of the Season, is now online. Browse it here.

You can also subscribe to the Books of the Season and The Bookseller email list.

Categories: Store News, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter, Books of the Season

Vinyl Styl Turntables

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 4:39pm

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 Two

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

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Event News

Jazz Fest: Part One

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

Categories: Music, Winnipeg, Event News
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