West End Cultural Centre: NEW CONCERT SERIES COOKIN': LOCAL MUSIC, LOCAL FOOD WITH THE WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE AND JAZZ WINNIPEG, Performances September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

ANNOUNCING NEW CONCERT SERIES COOKIN': LOCAL MUSIC, LOCAL FOOD WITH THE WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE AND JAZZ WINNIPEG

September 3, 2020

The West End Cultural Centre and Jazz Winnipeg are excited to join forces to present a series of dinner and concert shows this September and October in Winnipeg, called Cookin': Local Music, Local Food. The series is supported by presenting sponsor Manitoba Liquor Marts.

Seven bands and seven delicious meals make up the series, with the first show on Friday, September 18 featuring a concert from Leaf Rapids and dinner from Feast Cafe Bistro in Winnipeg's West End. Upcoming performers also include Dr. Henry Band, Papa Mambo, Phillipe Meunier with Onna Lou, Helen White, Breeze with the Nu-Frequency Band, and a release party with Kelly Bado for her new album Hey Terre.

"The West End Cultural Centre is elated to collaborate with Jazz Winnipeg for Cookin': Local Music, Local Food. Our organizations have a long relationship and we're excited to work together to welcome so many talented and diverse musicians to the WECC stage," said Jorge Requena Ramos, Artistic Director at the WECC. "In light of ongoing COVID-19 guidelines, audience members will be able to enjoy dinner and a show knowing our commitment to safety and physical distancing protocols."

"We're honoured to partner with the West End Cultural Centre to further our commitment to showcasing local artists and highlight local restaurants and chefs," said Michael Wolch, Jazz Winnipeg's Artistic Producer. "It's an opportunity for Winnipeggers to catch a great show and dine on fabulous food with a line-up that includes soul, Latin, folk, and jazz performances in a safe and classy dinner theatre environment."

As a pillar of the West End community, Feast Cafe Bistro's menu features modern dishes rooted in traditional First Nations food. Additional culinary partners will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

To maintain appropriate physical distancing, seating for this series is limited with only 50 tickets available for each event. Guests will be welcomed at 5:30pm with dinner served at 6:00pm and music starting at 6:30pm. Tickets are $60.00 and include dinner and one drink. Tickets to the public go on sale Friday, September 4 at 9:00AM at wecc.eventbrite.ca.

Cookin': Local Music, Local Food
Fridays from September 18 to October 30, 2020
Doors - 5:30, Dinner - 6:00pm, Show - 6:30pm
Tickets: $60.00 at wecc.eventbrite.ca
Venue: West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue

Performer schedule

September 18 - Leaf Rapids

September 25 - Dr. Henry Band

October 2 - Papa Mambo Trio

October 9 - Philippe Meunier Quartet featuring vocalist Onna Lou
October 16 - Helen White

October 23 - Breeze with the Nu-Frequency Band performing Stevie Wonder
October 30 - Kelly Bado album release party for Hey Terre

About the West End Cultural Centre

Primarily a music venue, the WECC is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes local, national, and international artists by fostering artistic development. We present, enable and encourage live music and artistic expression and provide a meeting place for artists and the community. Learn more at wecc.ca.

About Jazz Winnipeg

Jazz Winnipeg is a charitable, non-profit organization promoting the art of jazz through community engagement and education, concert presentations and the annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. Learn more at jazzwinnipeg.com.

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Media contacts

Matt Duboff

Marketing & Promotions Coordinator, West End Cultural Centre
marketing@wecc.ca or 204.783.6918

Laura Friesen
Marketing & Communications Manager, Jazz Winnipeg
marketing@jazzwinnipeg.com

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About the performers
Cookin': Local Music, Local Food

The project Leaf Rapids is Keri Latimer's (of Juno-winning band Nathan) opportunity to croon about vultures circling their prey, barbershop stabbings, and love letters from smallpox quarantines in her disconcertingly sweet voice. Leaf Rapids' sound has been described as 'Cinematic Folk' and includes the eerie sound of the theremin. Add in a stellar band - Chris Dunn (Ridley Bent) on guitar, Devin Latimer on bass, and Joanna Miller (Scott Nolan, Corin Raymond) on drums and backup vocals - and you've got a sonic treat not to be missed. Their latest album, Citizen Alien, was released in May 2019 to critical acclaim and has been charting steadily on the Canadian National Earshot Roots/Blues Chart with the number one position for June and July. In 2019 Leaf Rapids toured Germany and the Netherlands and performed at seven Canadian summer music festivals.

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Four Winnipeg-based musicians - and friends - are the brains behind the vibrant and energetic Afro fusion jazz band, Dr. Henry Band. With each member bringing years of musical experience, they are able to dabble in various music styles. They're distinguished by their African heritage and the infusion of Afrobeats into their music. Dr. Henry Band believes in growth and building artists, which is why they use their platform to promote artists from different musical genres. They have played for well known local and international artistes, hosted shows, and have performed on stage at popular events. You can catch them playing at your favourite local restaurants, bars, events, and festivals.

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As soon as you mention Papa Mambo, people react with excitement. Created by Chilean-born classical guitarist Rodrigo Muñoz in 1989, Winnipeg's Papa Mambo started out as a spirited party band and soon became recognized as one of the most skillful, exciting and important innovators in Canada's Latin music scene. The group features some of Winnipeg's most sought-after musicians. This ensemble (with up to 10 members!) has played the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival almost every year in its 31-year existence as well as the Montreal Jazz Fest, the Vancouver Jazz Fest, The Halifax Jazz Fest and The Winnipeg Folk Festival mainstage amongst others, and has three CDs to its credit plus several original singles. Papa Mambo has also also embraced Afro Cuban music on a symphonic level, having performed sold-out shows both with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Under the leadership of the charismatic Muñoz, the band delivers the goods each time they play.

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Winnipeg guitarist Philippe Meunier combines Latin music, flamenco and jazz standards with modern instrumentation and fusion elements. His group features singer-songwriter Onna Lou, born in Argentina.

Over the years, Philippe has performed across Canada and traveled to Spain where he took his inspiration. For the past twenty years, he has taken part in many recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and he appears on many compact disc recordings.

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Seasoned jazz singer and pianist Helen White enjoys performing in every location - whether it's a big show in a theatre with an 8-piece band, an intimate cafe setting, or a living room playing solo. She is a regular at all the main jazz venues in Winnipeg and has been a guest artist with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra six times. White has recorded three full-length studio albums (two of original material) and in 2020 will be recording her much-awaited next jazz album. With a Masters in Jazz Performance (Canada) and a BA Hons in Creative Music Sound Technology and Performance (Cambridge, UK), White taught for two decades before changing course and working in the insolvency field. She has performed in many festivals over the years and particularly likes supporting local arts (and raising money for local charities) and playing in fancy hotels while dressed up for 1940s! She runs regular variety nights for her former students and singer friends to perform with a live professional band in different venues around town. She is privileged to have played with many of the very finest local jazz musicians in Winnipeg.

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His Guyanese heritage, early life in London, England, and immigration to Canada as a youth all helped make Breeze the artist he's become. Although he is the younger brother of singing star Eddy Grant (Electric Avenue, Gimme Hope Johanna), Breeze has been forging his own career independently from the start. He's a self-taught musician who started by playing in local bands and later toured Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. In the 90s Breeze co-founded production and independent label Steel Hipp Records, which continues to operate in Japan. He has been privileged to share the stage with many industry greats, including opening for James Brown and Motown Records' The Funk Brothers. Breeze also has several international and local production credits to his name, including a production credit on Canadian Idol winner Ryan Malcolm's platinum-selling debut album, and has been a touring musician for many recording artists. He operates BatCave Recording Studio in Winnipeg where he continues to produce and create music for artists of all genres.

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With influences from her African heritage, la chanson française, and American gospel, Kelly Bado's music is an intoxicating blend of soul, world and pop. This World Music Artist of the Year (Western Canadian Music Awards, 2018) crosses cultural barriers to bring people together in joy and hope. Her striking vocals and uplifting melodies make for a performance that stays with the audience long after the show is over.

Whether receiving public accolades from Sir Paul McCartney as a semi-finalist on La voix, or rocking showcases at the International Folk Alliance in New Orleans, Kelly takes nothing for granted. She is a hard-working artist, dedicated to her craft, and committed to bringing a positive message through her music to as large and diverse an audience as possible. Her new album Hey Terre is set for release October 30, 2020 as part of the series Cookin': Local Music, Local Food with the West End Cultural Centre and Jazz Winnipeg.