WHOOP & HOLLAR 2018: Saturday, August 25th
2018 event schedule*
*SCHEDULE AND PERFORMERS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
12:00 pm - GATES & CAMPGROUND OPEN
12:45 pm - OPENING REMARKS
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm - Johnny Dietrich & Kicking Up Dust
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - The Song Circle (workshop): featuring Jada, Heather Jean Jordan, Colton Nikkel, Micah Zacharias
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm - MacTague & MacAnallen
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm - Casati
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm - Brothers Zed
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - SUPPER BREAK
6:45 pm - INDIGENOUS INVOCATION
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm - The Young Pixels
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - High Gravity Stew Brew (workshop): featuring Casati, Chris Messytone, Gareth Rice, MacTague & MacAnallen, The Young Pixels
9:15 pm - 10:15 pm - The Deeds
10:30 pm - 11:30 pm - Dustin Harder’s Prairie Soul
11:45 pm - 12:15 am - Househand Shake
12:15 am - JAM SESSIONS & CAMPGROUND PARTIES CONTINUE
Harlequin Hangout (RED BARN):
- JAMMING ANYTIME -
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm - Northland Rail Service
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm - Northland Rail Service
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm - Lindsay Fialka
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm - Lindsay Fialka
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm - Acoustic Open Mic
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm - Turn a Phrase
9:00 pm - 9:15 pm - Turn a Phrase
10:15 pm - 10:30 pm - Proper Operation
11:30 pm - 11:45 pm - Proper Operation
12:15 am - Public Jam Session
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Portage la Prairie, MB - Blues/Folk/Funk/Roots - 5:15 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
What can you say about two brothers with a love for music....
Brothers Zed is Rob Zabowski (acoustic guitar & vocals) and Kevin Zabowski (drums & percussion). Born and raised on the prairies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, these musical siblings have been entertaining crowds at various venues and festivals for over 30 years.
Drawing from likes of influential songwriters like Paul Simon, Steve Earle, John Mellencamp, and Ryan Adams, the brothers original music combines their own style of roots and world music with blues and folky funk. The Brothers have been busy working on their upcoming mid 2018 album release as well as looking forward to their upcoming shows performing their own blend of acoustic covers and originals.
Bros. Z.....reminding you that in Canada it's pronounced Zed.
Winnipeg, MB - Folk/Jazz/Singer-Songwriter - 4:15 pm, 8:00 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
Like three hearts beating in perfect time, the music of CASATI is a living thing, constantly changing, evolving and reinventing itself. Grace Hrabi, Jesse Popeski & Quintin Bart search for stories waiting to be told and collaborate in bringing them to life. Songs about love found or lost, cautionary tales of time slipping away or even a whimsical tune about bicycle rides.
CASATI began as The Grace Hrabi trio, arranging jazz standards and dabbling in songwriting on their release Afraid of Heights (2014). As the band made collaborating on original music their priority CASATI found its own voice as a unique blend of folk and jazz that strikes a balance between sincere and direct words supported by musical inventiveness. CASATI brings their music to life with lush three part harmonies and rich textures created with ukulele, guitar, double bass sometimes a hurdy-gurdy.
Audiences have come to expect complete honesty from CASATI and the trio unwaveringly delivers in their lyrics and banter. The band tells stories to set the tone of the songs, engaging the audience before a single note has been played. The lyrics are not used to mask the meaning but to elaborate on it. CASATI’s songs cover a range of emotions, from realizations that took years to put into words to moments of pure happiness and humour, painting a complete picture of life.
CASATI focuses on making every piece a collaboration between all three artists. It is extremely important to the trio that each arrangement represents all three artistic voices and therefore some arrangements can take months to develop. The culmination of these pieces is captured on CASATI’s debut album, “There Will Be Days,” released April 2017.
Winnipeg, MB - Alternative/Pop/Rock/Reggae/Roots/Soul - 9:15 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
Deeds not words. Canadian lead singer and songwriter Dan Scram often gets asked how he came up with the name The Deeds : “The Deeds means actions not words, service without boasting.” This is a mantra he tries to live by in his day-to-day and it is precisely this type of honest approach to life that he also takes to his songwriting.
While his band has gone through a few personnel changes and stylistic approaches over the years, Dan feels he’s finally found the soulful roots-rock sound he’s been looking for. With multi-instrumentalist (keys, accordion, woodwinds) Jeremy Rusu (Ron Paley Big Band, Calvin Volrath), lead guitar player Pierre Freynet (The Lenny Chet Breau Band), drummer Brennan Saul (Brasstronaut), and veteran bassist Jordan Gentle on his team, the band chemistry is tangible and Dan’s songs really come to life. Soulful melodies and funky bass lines make The Deeds a unique blend of styles.
A third, live-off-the-floor studio album is currently in the works, set to be released later this year. A follow-up tour will have The Deeds leaving their hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and touring western Canada in 2018-2019.
JOHNNY DIETRICH & KICKING UP DUST
Portage la Prairie, MB - Bluegrass/Country/Country Rock/Hillbilly/Métis/Singer-Songwriter - 1:00 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
Johnny Dietrich is a Métis/singer/songwriter born and raised in Portage la Prairie.
During his long career he has played in different country/country rock bands in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Johnny has recorded and released two successful CD’s with two of his originals hitting #1 and #2 on the top 40 National Aboriginal charts in Western Canada.
Johnny describes his music as a mixture of hillbilly/country/country rock and bluegrass. John’s latest venture is his trio “Kicking Up Dust” with his sister Colleen Bryce on vocals, harmony and guitar. She is also a part of “The Sharpe Sisters". Good friend Ken Wettlaufer on vocals, harmony and bass guitar. Ken also plays with the Band "Hicktown".
DUSTIN HARDER'S PRAIRIE SOUL
Winnipeg, MB - Blues/Métis/Rock/Soul - 10:30 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Dustin Harder is a proud, intrepid Métis singer/songwriter with strong Manitoba and Yukon roots that fearlessly chases his dreams with songs to reflect his adventures. Dustin Harder’s hard-hitting guitar riffs of rockin’ prairie soul roots and blues and smooth vocals deliver this dusty blues outfit their singer/songwriter. Dustin Harder has been hard at work with the release of his new music that reflects his prairie roots and his travels through northern and western Canada.
The passion and intensity that Dustin Harder pulls through his guitar is immediately apparent, and backed by an unrelenting rhythm section they are the complete "something for everyone" Band. Dustin got into music through exposure, being around instruments such as guitars that were his Uncle and great Great-Grandfather’s. They both noticed his affinity for the guitar and taught him chords, songs and riffs. They encouraged him to practice with the lights out to enhance his musical ear.
When Dustin was 19 he hitch-hiked from his hometown of Winnipeg to the Yukon on a mission for gold that his Grandfather had dreamt of many years prior. He did find gold (ask him how) but he also managed to find his musical soul through busking and as a hired live performer that went on to spur his dreams of becoming a Recording Performing Songwriter.
Portage la Prairie, MB - Folk/Singer-Songwriter - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm (Harlequin Hangout)
Moving around multiple Manitoba small towns often as a child, Lindsay lived the life of a gypsy. She chose writing poetry and songs to express her feelings about life’s hardships and harmonies, and although she had taken piano lessons for several years, found the keys did not connect with the songs, so the music did not come to life.
Finally, in Lindsay’s senior year of high school she moved to Portage la Prairie, got her first guitar and taught herself some chords. For once, she didn’t have to think about the words - they just flowed right off her tongue. Quickly attached to the liberation of playing guitar, Lindsay’s song writing began to bloom.
Her music is influenced by mostly old blues and old country songs. Raised on a farm for a good portion of her childhood, you can find subtle hints of twang in some of Lindsay’s songwriting and melodies. Knowing that music can heal, she shares her wisdom of life’s ups and downs with the hope others out there could possibly relate.
The universe is “one song”, and Lindsay is just dancing and singing her way through, trying to find her path. With her music, she invites you to sing and dance along with her.
HIGH GRAVITY STEW BREW + CHRIS MESSYTONE & GARETH RICE
Whoop & Hollar's signature super group! - Featured Artists and Genres - 8:00 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
High Gravity Stew Brew is back, and as the name implies, you will be in for a real medley of great music! This year at Whoop & Hollar, music lovers will be blown away by the unique sounds that will be heard during a one-time collaboration of the following performers in a "fusion workshop": Casati, MacTague & MacAnallen, Chris Messytone, Gareth Rice, and The Young Pixels.
Chris Messytone and Gareth Rice are two performers from Portage la Prairie who will be bringing the accordion and keyboard (respectively) to the workshop's rhythm section!
From the heart of the prairies emerges master of the accordion Chris Messytone. Creating a strong balanced sound and hot blazing musical stew, he can take you to another dimension.
From ethnopop to Celtic, Cajun, rock, world, modern international European folk, and zydeco, close your eyes and be transported around the world. Tap your toes as Chris rocks the accordion, then let him draw you into a calmness through his hypnotic tunes.
According to Vancouver’s Georgia Strait, Chris is the "Ashley MacIsaac of the accordion." If that is not enough, let him astound you with his unique ability to give you a new musical experience in playing the accordion and keyboard simultaneously, adding unique textures and depth to his sound.
With original songs and instrumentals emanating from ethnic and world influences, Chris has the ability to rock the accordion and tailor his performance to captivate all kinds of audiences and styles of music, whether it’s familiar tunes or his creative innovations. Chris is a brilliant composer, a singer with a gravelly raspy voice, a songwriter that touches people’s lives, and part of the group The Messytones.
Gareth is a talented young musician from right here in Portage. He is a classical pianist who has entered local adjudicated music festivals and won awards doing so. Gareth also takes the keyboard to another level by playing beautiful instrumentals covering all types of genres, from blues to ragtime to soundtracks. After recently graduating from high school, Gareth hopes to pursue studies in music and go on to live his passion of making music.
Winnipeg, MB - Folk/Indie - 11:45 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
Househand Shake is the love between 4 individuals expressed with their music. In the songs are shared stories of the past, the present and the hopeful future. Sarah Greco and Quinton Poitras harmonize and lead their stories with their given family: Tanner Link and Darrell Anderson. With histories listening to Bob Dylan, Etta James, Rage Against The Machine, Frank Zappa and Shakey Graves Househand Shake’s songs have a wide range sure to have you moving in one way or another.
"We had just spent about a year in search for musical connections & experiences with like-minded people but came up short. We had thought that with a population of over 4 million we were bound to find some people to share our passions, Darrell was in a way our saviour; He was coincidently connected to Quinton's family and he melded with us so ridiculously easily. So we stopped looking in the big city for our connections because it was right with us in our own home. As our time was shared we realized our connections were strong and so were the jams.
Our songs began to come into their own and we gave ourselves a title ‘Househand Shake’ as in, our house together where we shake hands and dance our own shake. We called this our collective ego. It was clear at this point that the west coast had nothing more to offer, all of us being from Winnipeg, it was time to head back home where the music scene was thriving and genuine.
Then at the end of the summer of 2017, we met our fourth missing piece Tanner Link (lead keyboard, guitar, percussion), We missed him while we were away and he’s the person we needed with us, he is so much more than a incredible positive energy. With all the love in the world we put together our efforts and now reside in a home not too far away from Osborne Village, where we constantly play music just to spread the motivation to get you to move, shake and feel the love that is all around us."
Winnipeg, MB - Singer-Songwriter - 2:00 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
One of four local performers to join "The Song Circle" songwriters' workshop on the mainstage, Jada is an emerging young artist who is ready to share her talents and new material with you.
Jada brings a variety of emotions with her music and makes you feel them through her gentle tune and energetic vibe. Jada’s music speaks to topics that matter; her lyrics will give you pause for thought. And in a way that will have your toes tapping. Jada grew up in rural Manitoba. Her childhood experiences ground her music in a truly grassroots way.
HEATHER JEAN JORDAN
Portage la Prairie, MB - Folk/Singer-Songwriter - 2:00 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
One of four local performers to join "The Song Circle" songwriters' workshop on the mainstage, Heather Jean Jordan is new to the Portage la Prairie area (previously based in Banff, AB) and now part of our blossoming local music scene.
Heather Jean Jordan’s fresh and timeless sound will charm you back to a time long past - one you didn’t know you remember, and won’t soon forget.
Shrouded in mystery, and clouded by confusion, Heather Jean Jordan’s beginnings are of some contention. She claims to be Manitoba born and raised, but beyond this rumours abound…
Was she raised by polar bears in the Great Canadian North? Played into existence by a laughing fiddler? Some say she was taken in by a kindly family of Reader’s Digest Songbooks who fed her on Blues & Broadway, Country & Classical, then released her back into the tall grass prairie when she proved too difficult to handle.
However uncertain her origins, her music sings clear and true. It is the tune you wake up whistling, the tall tale told by a crackling fire, the sweet song of a meadowlark on a clear summer day. If you find yourself waltzing from room to room, filled with the longing for a warm hearth, don’t be alarmed - these effects are only natural. Heather Jean’s music is good for the soul.
Portage la Prairie/Winnipeg, MB - Singer-Songwriter - 2:00 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
One of four local performers to join "The Song Circle" songwriters' workshop on the mainstage, Colton Nikkel spent some of his life in Portage la Prairie and has recently returned to sharing his love of music with audiences in Winnipeg and beyond.
Colton has over a decade of experience performing live music and song writing. He has been writing and collaborating in a wide variety of areas of music and art. You can catch him playing in rock bands in the downtown Winnipeg scene, busking on the streets, performing at music clubs as a song writer, or just jamming and having fun with his friends.
NORTHLAND RAIL SERVICE
Kitchener, ON - Bluegrass/Folk - 1:45 pm, 3:00 pm (Harlequin Hangout)
The historic Great Northern Railway ran through the present-day Whoop & Hollar grounds between 1909 and 1928. Making a stop along this historic railway, all the way from Kitchener, Ontario, is none other than Northland Rail Service!
Northland Rail Service is a bluegrass trio with Dave Pike on lead vocals, banjo, and guitar. Dave is joined by Keenan Reimer-Watts on fiddle and Taylor Esch on the "middle" - a cello that he's rebuilt to play like a bass. On stage, their energy is contagious as they tear through old-time and bluegrass classics and originals with glee. Their three-part harmonies round out the sound and harken back to the good old days and the cabin on the hill. As seasoned live performers, they've toured across Canada, performed at multiple festivals big and small, radio, TV, bars, and private events.
TURN A PHRASE
Winnipeg, MB - Alternative Rock - 7:45 pm, 9:00 pm (Harlequin Hangout)
Turn a Phrase is an alternative rock band from Winnipeg. It was started in early 2017 by Winnipeg musicians Bobby Fraser (Guitar, Vocals) and Beau Turner (Vocals, Guitar). The two musicians have a long history together both attending high school together and playing in the band Opium for the Angels.
Since the inception of Turn a Phrase the band has played more than a half dozen shows throughout Winnipeg and Manitoba. They released their first single Rain on March 4, 2018 and they have started recording their first EP.
All of Turn a Phrase's music is available on their Facebook, Bandcamp and YouTube channels.
THE YOUNG PIXELS
Kenton, MB - Alternative/Garage/Indie/Pop/Rock - 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
The Young Pixels are Danny and Tricia Turner, a married garage-pop duo from rural Manitoba. The pair switch equally between electric guitar, drums and harmonizing vocals to create a simple rock 'n roll sound that is both gritty and melodic. "Cool, heart-tugging crunchy guitar-based indie rock...think Neil Young and Pixies."-(Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 host, CBC Searchlight.)
The Pixels' upcoming EP, "Fever of Becoming" is an introspective offering for the truth-seeker, thinker and dreamer. It explores themes of identity, worth, purpose, belonging and ambition. It's the story of the human desire to move toward the dream that calls, the limitations we all must face, and who we become along the way. For the Turners, it's the challenge to balance artistic yearnings with family life and responsibilities. The EP is set for release April 13, 2018.
The band was formed shortly after the birth of their first child 10 years ago. Since then, the duo has released 3 albums and an EP, and played venues and Festivals across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Their songs have recieved national radio play on CBC Radio One and been featured in a short film, and their album "For The Love" reached number 3 on the University of Manitoba charts.
When not making music, the couple live an unschooling and organic farming lifestyle with their 3 young sons near Kenton, Manitoba.
Portage la Prairie/Winnipeg, MB - Alternative Folk/Singer-Songwriter - 2:00 pm (Cottonwood Mainstage)
One of four local performers to join The Song Circle songwriters' workshop on the mainstage, Micah Zacharias is an alternative folk musician from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In addition to being an experienced singer-songwriter and keyboardist, Micah stylistically incorporates percussion and synthetic effects into his music to create a fresh and exciting sound. Micah brings an infectious enthusiasm and a unique perspective to the stage, which makes for an intriguing and enjoyable experience for audiences of all ages and musical tastes