Winterruption 2018 brings a blast of sound and talent
Playwright Anton Chekhov had the right attitude when he wrote, “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” There will be some ecstatic music fans in Regina and Saskatoon this month when Winterruption unleashes three nights of fabulous performances in some of the hottest venues. For the third season, the Regina Folk Festival is partnering with Saskatoon’s Broadway Theatre to feature more than 40 artists from across Canada and Saskatchewan over a single weekend, January 18-20.
Here are some of the performers who have people so fired up:
When: January 18, Regina and January 20, Saskatoon
Where: The Exchange, Regina and Emmanuel Church, Saskatoon
A voice driving the success of JUNO Award winning group Chic Gamine, Begonia (Alexa Dirks) charms audiences wherever she performs. Dirks is hailed as having a “timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous,” yet finds a “quietness, a hesitant intimacy."
When: January 18, Saskatoon and January 20, Regina
Where: Amigos Cantina, Saskatoon and The Exchange, Regina
With three albums under her belt, powerhouse Mo Kenny melds elements of “bruising rock ‘n’ roll, vivid psychedelia and haunting left-of-the-dial pop.” On her latest album, The Details, Kenney treads life’s murky waters with “self-deprecation, genuine soul-baring and typical black humour."
When: January 19, Regina and January 20, Saskatoon
Where: The Artesian, Regina and The Bassment, Saskatoon
Music icon and celebrated songwriter and storyteller, Tom Wilson has over 40 years in the industry and a stockpile of awards. From days with bands Junkhouse and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to his incarnation as Lee Harvey Osmond to his role as author (his memoir Beautiful Scars was released in November), Wilson’s artistic journey is the stuff of legends.
Delhi 2 Dublin
When: January 18, Saskatoon and January 19, Regina
Where: Louis’, Saskatoon and The Exchange, Regina
Call it hybrid, fusion or whatever, categorizing Delhi 2 Dublin’s sound will be the furthest thing from your mind at a concert. Notorious “genre-smashers,” Delhi 2 Dublin commands the show with its high-energy cocktail of hip-hop, bhangra, electronic, world-pop and traditional sounds with a bit of a twist.