West End Cultural Centre:
THROWBACK THURSDAYS with
IMAGINARY CITIES, September 13
The West End Cultural Centre presents:
THROWBACK THURSDAYS with
The West End Cultural Centre is thrilled to announce a new music series called Throwback Thursdays which reunites past Winnipeg bands! We are so excited to present Imaginary Cities as our first performance on Thursday, September 13th!
A few months ago, we ran a Facebook post asking which Winnipeg bands our followers would like to see reunite the most. Well, we listened! List upon list was made and endless calls and emails to track down past members of bands were sent. On Thursday, September 13th, we bring Imaginary Cities to our stage as one of the highest requested bands on the post!
Winnipeg's Slow Leaves will open the show.
Tickets are only $20 in advance and are available now at Into The Music (Osborne & Exchange locations), West End Cultural Centre and Ticketfly.com
*In partnership with Torque Brewing
Western Canadian band Imaginary Cities' debut disc Temporary Resident is so fully realized – exuberant and anthemic at times, moody and soulful at others – that it's surprising to learn that happenstance first brought primary songwriters Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas together in Winnipeg's small, but fertile music scene.
It was Marti Sarbit's voice that immediately captured multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Rusty Matyas's attention at the Cavern, a Winnipeg bar where Sarbit was fronting a Motown cover band and Matyas had come to mix the sound. Matyas, a major label veteran via his band The Waking Eyes and a touring member of Canadian indie rock stalwarts The Weakerthans, knew he wanted to write something for — or with — this innately gifted young singer if only to commit her voice to tape and hear what the results might be. The instantly compelling "Say You" was the song they soon whipped up, and one quick listen to what is now Imaginary Cities' dramatic album opener clearly demonstrates what caught Matyas's ear – and what subsequently propelled the duo to the top of Canada's college charts and year-end best-of lists.
Throughout 2011 Imaginary Cities' debut had gradually been released in various territories outside of Canada, including Europe and Australia, where they toured in their last year, backed by a band they'd assembled with other Winnipeg-based musician friends. The duo's reputation in their native country grew swiftly, particularly after they appeared at the North By Northeast Music Festival in Toronto in 2013. They won a Western Canada Music Award for Best Pop Album of the Year and were long-listed for the Polaris Prize (2011), Canada's version of Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize. Along with their own increasingly well-attended club gigs, they snagged opening slots with groups like Ra Ra Riot and Besnard Lakes. Most impressively, they were invited to join the Pixies on the entire run of their North American tour last in 2011, which put them in front of large audiences in both Canada and the U.S.
With help from our partners and sponsors Assiniboine Credit Union, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Arts Council, UMFM,
West End Cultural Centre presents Throwback Thursdays with Imaginary Cities
Thursday, September 13th 2018 @ The West End Cultural Centre
Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 door
Tickets available now