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The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage. Jim’s uncanny ability to mirror John’s voice combined with his clean-cut look takes you back to the time when “Take me Home Country Roads”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Sunshine”, “Calypso” and “Annie’s Song” topped the charts, and his popular music had the heartfelt message of caring for the earth and caring for each other. Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times of war and environmental crisis.
Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver’s music in sold out shows throughout the US and Canada as well as out to sea and has emerged as today’s top performer of Denver’s vast legacy of multi-platinum hits. He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. In October 2007, the 10th anniversary of John’s passing, Jim brought a landmark concert to the stage in Aspen, Colorado. It included many of John Denver’s former band members, some of them for the first time in a tribute show.
Curry’s philosophy is summed up in the words, “These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people. The care you give to someone you love is the best care. Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal.”
For more about JIM CURRY’S TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER visit jimcurrymusic.com.
The Great Canadian Songbook is a show that highlights some of the greatest Canadian songs of the past and present taking audiences on a musical journey from Bon Vista to Vancouver Island! Drawing from a wide array of music and a variety of genres, features performers Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly and Diyet, combine stories, music and projections, to provide the audience a stylistic overview of Canada's greatest hits! Featuring the music by Leonard Cohen, Stan Rogers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray & Stomp'in Tom Connors in addition to contemporary artists including, Bare Naked Ladies, Blue Rodeo and original songs by the Great Canadian SongBook performers.
Singer Ken Lavigne is a singer, songwriter, storyteller and consummate entertainer. Recognized early for the outstanding timbre of his lyric tenor voice as well as the ease and agility with which he sings, Ken’s career has taken many artistic directions that includes current touring shows: The Road to Carnegie Hall, with 30 shows each year in North America.
Tiller’s Folly continues to make music that is both distinctly Canadian and firmly rooted in the acoustic tradition as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary in 2017! They are modern day storytellers of lore, uniting past with the present. Tiller's award winning productions continue to expand and refine their potent mix of acoustic & electric based, Celtic influenced Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass 'and beyond.'
Diyet - Born in a tent, raised in a two-room cabin, classically trained in opera, now an alternative folk artist. This Sub-Arctic-Southern Tutchone-Japanese-Tlingit-Scottish-Yukoner is your typical Canadian - the result of a long cold winter. Diyet’s music is like her life - a mix of this and that but deeply rooted in the values of a traditional northern life. Her debut album, The Breaking Point, went on to receive nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Songwriter of the Year” at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards in 2010 and 2011, “Album of the Year” at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and remained on the Canadian Aboriginal Music Countdown for 24 weeks.
From the mid-’80s to the early-’90s, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Northern Pikes were responsible for some of the catchiest and most heart-felt singles and videos to come out of Canada at that time. Fast forward some 20 years later and the vocalist/guitarists from each of these bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto.
This realization led to Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath) getting together to hang out with a couple of guitars for some casual jams, and the conclusion: “This sounds good! Let’s do some shows!”
In February of 2015, the pair, now officially calling themselves Kane & Potvin, decided to see if that live chemistry would extend to the studio. They booked in time with Darryl Neudorf (Blue Rodeo, Neko Case, Lindi Ortega, Jill Barber near Orangeville, Ontario – coincidentally, the location of Bryan and Kevin’s first show together.
From the first rehearsal, Kane said both musicians saw that there was potential to present songs from the Pikes, the Grapes, as well as their respective solo material, in a way that listeners would find both fresh and familiar.
Over the year the duo has hit the road as often as possible, playing shows from coast to coast, and performing a mix of Northern Pikes, Grapes Of Wrath, solo songs, and, of course, debuting new Kane & Potvin material.
They’re back and ready to get Blue Frog hoppin’ again after last year’s three SOLDOUT shows. The Legendary R&B Allstars was formed in the late 1970’s as a testament to their love of Classic R&B. Since their first show opening for Long John Baldry, the group has shared the stage with James Brown, War, Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, and the Allman Brothers.
The Allstars line-up features some of the best in Vancouver talent:
Tom Harrison, Vancouver Province: “R&B is alive and well and living in Vancouver!”
One of Vancouver's Finest and Funkiest…Classic R&B at it’s best!
Many Blue Frog regulars enjoyed the incredible concert last year with THE NYLONS, featuring vocalist Micah Barnes. Now Micah returns to Blue Frog on his New York Stories National Tour.
Before joining The Nylons and touring the world, MICAH BARNES became a much-loved singer songwriter on the Queen Street scene, cutting his teeth in Toronto’s cabarets and jazz clubs. However, it was recording with the A Capella Pop act that vaulted Micah into the global music scene, ultimately landing him in SoCal, launching a solo career touring the U.S. which led to his #1 international club hit “Welcome to My Head” and coverage in Rolling Stone Magazine as “an Indie artist to watch”. Returning to his jazz oriented roots resulted in a series of critically acclaimed solo recordings, including his most recent “Domesticated”, which saw Micah returning to tour Canada.
With his new collection, New York Stories, MICAH BARNES pays homage to the rich musical history of the Big Apple using the rhythms of the Cotton Club, the Brill Building, The Apollo Theatre and classic Broadway. The recordings are stripped down in classic jazz style. The result is an assured collection of deeply personal and sophisticated songs that remind us that the deepest of musical traditions are always contemporary. The first single “New York Story” shot to the top of the Jazz charts in both Canada and the US. It also resulted in Micah being named the Toronto Indie Awards Best Jazz Act of 2014.
"Acid folk" was born in an old garage off Clinton Avenue in Toronto, concocted by Tom Wilson from Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, a few Cowboy Junkies, and some Skydiggers. Allowing bass, hypnotic rhythms and a lot of groove into their songwriting circle, the artist collective LeE HARVeY OsMOND created a sound that would creep out of the Northern woods and across the Great Lakes into the South, the same way The Band did forty years before them.
Blue Frog looks forward to a return appearance by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, Lee Harvey Osmond, aka Tom Wilson aka One of Three Rodeo Kings, aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse. Stylized as LeE HARVeY OsMOND, LHO is a Canadian psychedelic folk project of musician Tom Wilson. The act first took shape with Wilson in his LeE HARVeY OsMOND persona, backed by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies and Josh Finlayson of Skydiggers. They wrote, recorded and released the debut album, A Quiet Evil, in 2009 on Latent Recordings. Margo Timmins, Andy Maize and Suzie Vinnick also contributed to the album. The band's current touring configuration consists of Wilson on lead vocals and guitar, Aaron Goldstein on guitar and pedal steel (who also contributed to A Quiet Evil), Cam Malcolm on bass guitar, Brent Titcomb on percussion and vocals and Ray Farrugia on drums.
When two rockabilly virtuosos come together from different sides of the world for one special night, magic is bound to happen. Join local master guitarist and singer/songwriter Paul Pigat (aka Cousin Harley) and Spanish finger picking sensation and pioneer of Western Swing and ragtime in Spain, Diego ‘El Twanguero’ Garcia for a mashup up of rockabilly, flamenco, country blues, tango, jazz, ragtime and more.
Since meeting for the first time at the Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival in Mexico in 2013, Pigat & Garcia have become kindred musical spirits, joining each other on stage and delivering performances with a complex interplay that takes most duos decades to form. With their pure musicality, combined talent and energy they’ll keep your toes tapping all night long.
The combination of Diego and Paul promises to be the highlight of 2016. Don’t miss the magic of these two guitar virtuosos!
“Hot enough to raise sweat on a chunk of granite!” ~Monday Magazine
" ... El Twanguero is a journey into the heart of the music ... " ~Rolling Stone Magazine
Blue Frog Studios is proud to host a special concert with JUNO AWARD winner JIM BYRNES. Jim’s evocative, smoky vocals and gutsy blues guitar weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today's world.
Jim Byrnes needs no introduction. From his first professional gig in 1964, over the years, he has had the great good fortune to appear with a virtual who’s who of the blues such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and Robert Cray.
Jim Byrnes’ fame as an actor has grown immeasurably from his too-numerous-to-mention TV and movie roles, highlights including television’s Wiseguy and Highlander series, and his national variety show The Jim Byrnes Show. Jim’s first love, however, is the blues.
Here are just some of Jim’s career highlights’:
Be part of this extraordinary opportunity to experience an up close & personal concert with Jim Byrnes. His shows sell out very fast.
You likely have already read about Maya Rae. She’s just 14 years old, but Vancouver jazz vocalist Maya Rae already knows exactly who she is as an artist.
Her debut album, Sapphire Birds, showcases her beguiling, understated vocal style and her totally unique repertoire, which ranges from originals inspired by life at school and home to fresh covers of jazz standards and unique renditions of favorite pop songs by artists such as Meghan Trainor and Christina Aguilera.
Joining Maya are some of Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians:
Listening to Maya Rae’s Sapphire Birds, it is difficult to believe that the singer is just 14 years old. Her vocalizing is versatile and inventive, her originals are sophisticated, and she sounds very mature, making her age seem irrelevant.
High-points of Maya's career thus far include opening a show for New York pianist and singer Champian Fulton at Frankie’s Jazz Club and garnering national radio play on CBC radio for Maya’s holiday hit song, "I'm Still Waiting For Christmas". Maya considers her singing inspirations to include Eva Cassidy, Nina Simone, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan and Ella Fitzgerald. While she has recorded some individual tracks since cutting Joni Mitchell’s “River” when she was 11, Sapphire Birds is her first full-length CD.
The recorded Blue Frog concert is an important early milestone for Maya Rae, a singer who clearly has an important musical career ahead of her.
JACK DE KEYZER is a multi Juno, Maple Blues Award winning blues guitarist who tours the world with his hot blues, sweet soul and cool jazz stylings.
Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide, from the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand blues guitarists, he has released 9 CD’s and 1 DVD. An exciting live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 120 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). Much celebrated, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album) 5 X and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards, 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition and CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat to his hot blues, sweet soul and cool jazz. World class.
“The finest blues guitarist in Canada” - Jeff Healey
“If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he’d be famous” - Bob Dylan
One of the highlight shows of 2016, LADIES SING THE BLUES returns to Blue Frog featuring five beautiful and extremely talented ladies belting out the songs of the blues greats.
Ladies Sing the Blues has become a huge success in Western Canada paying homage to the blues giants including Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Van Morrison, Jr. Walker, and many more.
Featuring some of the very best female singers anywhere: Joani Bye, Alita Dupray, Nadine States, Leslie Harris and Amanda Dean, backed by Rob Montgomery and his All-Star Band.
This stellar show features a Celebration of these Amazing Lady Singers, with an All-Star Band embracing Soul Classics, Blues, Funky R&B, and beyond. The magical energy of this show, is why it has become so hugely popular with Music Lovers, and always performs for sold-out Audiences.
The LADIES look forward to seeing you at this Musical Celebration!