Saskatoon Musicians’ Association Gala

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 8:00 pm

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The SMA presents a celebration of the talents of many of our city’s professional musicians. With everything from progressive rock to roots, jazz, country, classical, and pop music, the gala promises to be a memorable night of music and fun. Featured performers are Jesse Brown, Kirby Criddle, Joel Grundahl Trio, Tucker Lane, Jay Semko, SSO Concert master Michael Swan, and a few special guest appearances.
$25/30 Get Tickets

Presented by the SMA & the SJS

Big Band Series: U of S Jazz Ensemble

Friday, October 9, 2015, 9:00 pm

oct 9 U of S Jazz EnsembleThe U of S Jazz Ensemble has toured in Canada and the United States, commissioned and premiered many new works for large jazz ensemble, and released six CDs. This concert features a cameo appearance by two-time JUNO Award-winning pianist and composer David Braid.
$10/15          Get Tickets
Presented in conjunction with David Braid’s fall 2015 U of S College of Arts and Science Artist in Residency. Sponsored by Great West Brewing

Blues Series: Steve Hill (Montreal)

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9:00 pm

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Dubbed the ‘meanest guitar player in Canada’ and known for intense live shows, JUNO Award-winner Steve Hill sings and plays guitar standing, while his feet play bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hat. With deep roots in blues, rock, and country, Hill performs originals, blues classics, and the occasional raucous rendition of a Hendrix hit.

$20/25 Get Tickets

Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Roots Series: The Steel Wheels (Harrisonburg, VA)

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8:00 pm

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From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels captures audiences with a heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Making a much-anticipated third visit to The Bassment, this dynamic four-piece string band blends old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound.
$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by CFCR
Presented by NorthAmericanaFest and the SJS

Roots Series: The Claire Lynch Band (Nashville)

Friday, October 16, 2015, 9:00 pm

oct 16 ClairLong recognized and praised as a creative force in American acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer continually pushing the boundaries of bluegrass. The International Bluegrass Music Association chose her as the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year and Dolly Parton maintains that Claire has “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”

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Jazz Series: Chunk Of Funk

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8:00 pm

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Recreating the sound of the jazz, blues, and funk organ groups of the ’60s, Chunk of Funk plays original tunes as well as the hits of Hammond B3 guru Jimmy Smith. Chunk of Funk is Sheldon Corbett (sax) Rich McFarlane (guitar), Don Griffith (organ), and Arlan Kopp (drums).

$15/20 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Piano Series: Mike Evin (Toronto)

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 8:00 pm

oct 18 mike evinThe joyous spirit of Canadian piano-pop songwriter Mike Evin pulses through his music, uplifting and soulful. Evin weaves hook-laden melodies, playful vocals, and driving grooves to create danceable pop gems and hopeful musings on life and love.

$15/20 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre


Roots Series: Red Moon Road (Winnipeg)

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 8:00 pm

oct 22 red moon roadFrom living rooms to folk fest stages, the members of Red Moon Road – Sheena Rattai, Daniel Jordan, and Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner – have charmed audiences with their lush and lively take on modern roots, peppered by bright stage banter, exquisite harmonies, and masterfully told stories.
$17/22 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Sarah Farthing CD Release

Friday, October 23, 2015, 9:00 pm

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Smoke-and-honey-voiced songstress Sarah Farthing’s sound nestles into the sweet spot between folk-rock, roots, and blues, with just enough swagger to avoid the usual cliches of the female singer songwriter. Sarah’s Bassment debut will feature the release of her full-length album, When Your Answer Comes.

$15/20 Get Tickets

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Piano Series: The PianoMen featuring Four “Piano Professors” David Fong – Don Griffith – Kim Salkeld – Ray Stephanson

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00 pm

Combine two grand pianos, four piano players, eight hands, forty fingers, hundreds of songs, and what do you get? You get The PianoMen, a showcase of some of Saskatoon’s illustrious ‘piano professors’ playing everything from jazz to blues to boogie-woogie. Please note that this night marks the debut of the Firor family’s Yamaha C7 grand piano.
$17/22           Get Tickets           Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Roots Series: Nathan Rogers Trio (Winnipeg)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 8:00 pm

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With an impeccable folk music pedigree (father Stan and uncle Garnet), singer songwriter Nathan Rogers has one foot planted firmly in folk music’s traditional roots and the other reaching into its dynamic future.


$20/25 Get Tickets
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Jazz Travellers Series: Joey DeFrancesco Trio (Philadelphia) Please note that tickets are going fast for this show!

Friday, October 30, 2015, 9:00 pm

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The undisputed Master of the Jazz Organ, Joey DeFrancesco was a child prodigy born into a family of jazz musicians. By the time he was five, Joey was playing the organ hits of Jimmy Smith. At age ten, he was playing gigs in Philadelphia with Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones. And when he was sixteen, Joey was signed to an exclusive contract with Columbia Records. His list of musical partners is vast and varied: George Benson, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Steve Gadd, John McLaughlin, David Sanborn, John Scofield, and Jimmy Smith. With two Grammy nominations and thirty-three albums as leader, Joey DeFrancesco makes his Bassment debut as a seasoned musician at the height of his creative powers.      
$50/60 NO FREE PASSES Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concord Group Corp.

Roots Series: The Dead South (Regina)

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 8:00 pm

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Blending elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock, The Dead South is known for high-energy live shows and for pushing the boundaries of what is possible for acoustic instruments. The band features Nate Hilts’ gritty vocals and aggressive guitar strumming, Scott Pringle’s soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Colton Crawford’s blazing banjo licks and steady kick drum, and Danny Kenyon’s prominent cello melodies. Now based in the Kootenays, Saskatoon-born singer-songwriter Steph Cameron makes her Bassment debut with an opening set.
$17/22 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Stephen Fearing (Halifax)

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 8:00 pm

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In addition to his work in Fearing & White and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing is a JUNO Award-winning solo artist. Mixing powerful lyrics, creative arrangements, and brilliant guitar playing, Fearing has built a loyal and dedicated international audience.

$20/25 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Lee Harvey Osmond (Tom Wilson)

Friday, November 6, 2015, 9:00 pm

Nov 6, 2015 LHOLee Harvey Osmond, aka Tom Wilson, aka one of three Rodeo Kings, is touring in support of his 3rd LHO album Beautiful Scars. The strength of the songs not withstanding, Beautiful Scars is a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time.
$34/39            NO FREE PASSES                  Get Tickets
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Presented by Roadside Attractions and the Saskatoon Jazz Society      

Piano Series: Tom Van Seters Trio (Brandon, MB)

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:00 pm

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Jazz pianist and composer Tom Van Seters has been an active force on the Canadian music scene for more than 20 years. Currently teaching music at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Tom is joined by Jim Vivian (bass) and Anthony Michelli (drums).
$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Jazz Singer Series: Forever Young – A Centenary Celebration of Sinatra with Robert Young and the Big Beat Band (Calgary)

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 7:30 pm

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Celebrating the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra, Calgary vocalist Robert Young performs a night of the legendary crooners’ classic tunes. Under the direction of Calgary Jazz Orchestra’s leader Johnny Summers, the Big Beat Band features arrangements with the feel of the original Nelson Riddle and Count Basie recordings.

$25/35 NO FREE PASSES Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: Slocan Ramblers (Toronto)

Friday, November 13, 2015, 9:00 am

nov 13 SlocanA huge hit at this summer’s Ness Creek Festival, the Slocan Ramblers are deeply rooted in the bluegrass tradition, fearlessly creative, and possess a bold, dynamic sound. The Ramblers have built a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship, and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a die-hard fan.
$20/25     Get Tickets
Presented by NorthAmericanaFest and the SJS
Sponsored by CFCR

Jazz Singer Series: Melissa Lauren Quartet (Toronto)

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 8:00 pm

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Singer Melissa Lauren has made the transition from veteran swing “crooness” to songwriter. Strongly influenced by jazz and blues, Melissa is touring to promote her sophomore CD, Your Mess. The Quartet features Nathan Hiltz (guitar), Tyler Emond (bass),
and Sly Juhas (drums).

$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.


Fiddle Series: The Rural Roots Trio

Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2:00 pm

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The Rural Roots Trio plays music from the one-room school dances of old with a modern flair. The Rurla Roots Trio is award-winning fiddler JJ Guy from Lintlaw, award-winning fiddler Lucas Welsh from Blaine Lake, and back-up pianist Cathy Sproule from Lafleche.
$15/20 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Great West Brewing

Roots Series: The Bombadils (Montreal)

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 8:00 pm

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Trained in classical and jazz performance, The Bombadils first connected over a shared curiosity surrounding Celtic and bluegrass traditions. With a sound described as chamber-folk, the Bombadils specialize in flute, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and harmonized singing.

$17/22 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Jon Bryant (Halifax)

Friday, November 20, 2015, 9:00 am

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With vocals that at times are as dusty and quiet as the dawn and that occasionally charge forth with the power and earnestness of a horse chasing the sun, Jon Bryant draws you into his songs with his simple, authentic sound. He returns to the Bassment with his dynamic four-piece band.

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Piano Series: Michael Cain (Brandon, MB)

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 8:00 pm

nov 21 michael cainCurrently teaching music at Brandon University, Michael Cain is one of those artists deserving wider recognition. A one-time child prodigy, he’s performed and recorded with an impressive roster of jazz stars that includes Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Bobby McFerrin, Charles Neville, Joshua Redman, and Steve Swallow.

$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Roots Series: Daniel Champagne (Nashville)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 8:00 pm

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Daniel Champagne picked up the guitar at five, started writing songs at twelve, and left home to become a professional musician at eighteen. Now regarded as a leading light in roots music, Daniel has a reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws, and breaking guitars wherever he goes.

$15/20 Get Tickets
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Big Band Series: SJS Jazz Education Workshop featuring Al Kay & Ashley Summers

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 8:00 pm

nov 26 AAParticipating ensembles work under the guidance of world-class musician/educators, Al Kay and Ashley Summers. Watch for the pros to “sit in” as workshop bands take the stage at the Bassment each night. Saturday night’s final set will showcase the talents of both Al Kay and Ashley Summers.
$10/15 Get Tickets


Generously supported by title sponsors St. John’s Music and Yamaha Canada. Other sponsors are the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Band Association, Sask Culture, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Musicraft, SJS, U of S Department of Music, U of S EMAP, and Great West Brewing.

Blues Series: Jack Semple (Regina) B.B. King Tribute

Friday, December 4, 2015, 9:00 pm

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Temporarily trading his trusty Fender Stratocaster for his somewhat dusty Gibson 335, Jack Semple brings his B.B. King Tribute back to town. Possibly the best show at Club Jazz during this year’s Jazz Festival, the Tribute will feature all of B.B.’s hits interpreted by one of Canada’s most gifted musicians.

$23/28   NO FREE PASSES   Get Tickets
Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Roots Series: Scott Richmond

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 8:00 pm

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The songs of Scott Richmond draw heavily on the country music of his rural Saskatchewan youth as well as his years spent travelling in Latin America and the southern United States. Scott’s 2014 debut album, Come What May, is a collection of emotionally charged folk songs and was recorded in Nashville under the guidance of noted of producer/engineer Gabe Masterson.

$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by CFCR

Piano Series: Saskatoon Food Bank PianoThon

Friday, December 11, 2015, 4:30 pm

dec 11 PianoThonThe Food Bank PianoThon offers you an opportunity to donate to a worthy cause while listening to a plethora of Saskatoon piano players: Fred Ballantyne, Brett Balon, Bryn Becker, Jesse Brown, Sheldon Corbett, Grant Currie, Neil Currie, Maurice Drouin, Irene Elliot, Don Griffith, Martin Janovsky, Marion Mendelsohn, Ross Nykiforuk, Ken Pizurny, Kim Salkeld, Melodie Stephanson, Ray Stephanson, and Matt Wolsfeld.

Suggested Donation: $10 or two non-perishable food items
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Jazz Singer Series: Maurice Drouin’s Jazzy Christmas

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8:00 pm

dec 12 13 Maurice DrouinThe most entertaining musician in town, Maurice Drouin surrounds himself with the best musicians he can find. The result is a pleasing variety show featuring wonderful singers, musicians and stories, and all your favourite Christmas songs.

$25/35  NO FREE PASSES   Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Fiddle Series: Karrnnel and Friends

Friday, December 18, 2015, 9:00 pm

dec 18 Karrnnel #3Back for a Christmas visit, fiddle wizard, recording artist, teacher, producer, and composer, Karrnnel Sawitsky is changing the face of fiddle music. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Karrnnel has been playing fiddle for close to thirty years and has toured North America as part of the legendary Sawitsky Family Fiddlers and the ground-breaking virtuoso string group, The Fretless.

$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Great West Brewing

Jazz Singer Series: Vesti & The Vexations

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 8:00 pm

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The Queen of Saskatoon Soul, Vesti Hansen, and partner Cam McConnell have been faithfully preaching the R&B gospel for over twenty-five years. Backed by a tight, four-piece rhythm section, two back-up singers, and a three-piece horn section, Vesti will belt out all the great R&B hits.

$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: The Barrelmen

Saturday, January 2, 2016, 9:00 pm

Jan 2 The Barrelmen #2Faceoff specialist Berkeley Buchko, musical cowboy Jodi Geisbrecht, towering Tyler MacKenzie, and Mr. Handsome Craig Wilson are The Barrelmen. Saskatoon’s original country-folk-rock, back-porch troubadours, the Barrelmen take the stage for a night of songs, stories, and instrument swapping.
$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by CFCR

Fiddle Series: Ellestad Wiik Duo (Norway)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 8:00 pm

jan 6 Ellestad Wiik DuoMoving from Canada to Norway in 2008, Hardanger fiddler Laura Ellestad immersed herself in traditional Norwegian fiddle music. She teamed up with Magnus Wiik, a guitarist with a specialty in American old-time music. Laura and Magnus have since built a unique repertoire of Norwegian and North American folk tunes.

$15/20 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Great West Brewing

Blues Series: The BC Read Big Band

Friday, January 8, 2016, 9:00 pm

jan 8 BC ReadSaskatoon’s King of the Blues, BC Read brings his nine-piece powerhouse blues machine to the Bassment stage for a night of blues originals and classics. The band also features local heroes Dangerous Doug Scarrow (guitar) and the Mayor of Nutana, Sheldon Corbett (sax).

$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Braid Flooring

Jazz Series: Lost In The Stars – A Tribute to Guido Basso featuring Dean McNeill and Chad Linsley

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8:00 pm

jan 9 Dean McNeillJUNO Award winner and Member of the Order of Canada, Guido Basso is a Canadian jazz legend. Join Dean McNeill (trumpet/flugel horn), Arlan Kopp (drums), Gent Laird (bass), a local string quartet, and special guest, Montreal-based pianist Chad Linsley, for an evening of stimulating chamber ensemble music paying tribute to the undisputed leader of Canadian flugelhornists.

$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: Big Stuff with Carla Carignan & Heidi Munro

Friday, January 15, 2016, 9:00 pm

jan 15 Big StuffTruly a “stacked deck” of some of the most seasoned and versatile musicians and vocalists in Saskatoon, Big Stuff recreates the innovative and formative sounds of Motown, R&B, and disco of the 70′s. Big Stuff is Carla Carignan, Tom Chunick, Sheldon Corbett, Glenn Ens, Greg Knowles, and Heid Munro.

$17/22 Get Tickets
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Jazz Singer Series: Gillian Snider & Neil Currie with EFUZE

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8:00 pm

jan 16 Gillian NeilTwo of the city’s finest jazz singers, Gillian Snider and Neil Currie, join forces for a night showcasing inventive arrangements of jazz standards and unique vocal harmonies. Gillian and Neil will be backed-up by EFUZE which features Ben Christa (drums) and Lloyd Tomczak (bass).

$15/20 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

Roots Series: Alex Cuba (Smithers, BC)

Friday, January 22, 2016, 9:00 pm

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Cuban born and raised, JUNO Award winner Alex Cuba came to Canada in 1994. With sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks, and powerful guitar riffs, Alex’s music is a compelling blend of Latin and North-American pop and funk. Bring your dancing shoes.

$34/39    NO FREE PASSES    Get Tickets

Sponsored by CFCR
Presented by Roadside Attractions and the SJS

Jazz Travellers Series: Florian Hoefner Quartet (St. John’s, NL)

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8:00 pm

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An award-winning jazz pianist and composer, German-born Florian Hoefner has toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. Florian is joined by Sam Anning (bass), Peter Kronreif (drums), and Seamus Blake (tenor sax).
$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Concorde Group Corp.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country

Fiddle Series: Fiddle Feast

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 8:00 pm

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Featuring some of the finest fiddle players in the country – JJ Guy, Nate Douglas, Troy MacGillivray, Gordon Stobbe, and Eric Wright – the Fiddle Feast guarantees your fiddle appetite will be satiated.

$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Great West Brewing

Roots Series: Outside the Wall – Pink Floyd Tribute

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 8:00 pm

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One of North America’s best Pink Floyd tribute bands, OTW returns for their annual two-night Bassment gig. Expect great vocals, blistering solos, and amazingly accurate renditions of Pink Floyd’s timeless classics.

$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by CFCR

Piano Series: Martin Janovsky Orchestra

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:00 pm

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With a first-rate set list and some of the finest players in the province, Martin Janovsky’s Orchestra has become a Bassment favourite. The orchestra features vocalists Jana Janovsky and Kathryn Schulz as well as Sheldon Corbett (sax) and Rich McFarlane (guitar).

$17/22 Get Tickets
Sponsored by Yamaha Piano Centre

Roots Series: Còig (Cape Breton, NS)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 8:00 pm

feb 2 coigAn all-star ensemble of award-winning East Coast musicians, Còig (Ko-ig) is one of Cape Breton’s most captivating young bands. Twin fiddlers Chrissy Crowley and Rachel Davis are joined by multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen and pianist Jason Roach. Còig’s debut album, Five, won the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year.

$20/25 Get Tickets
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Roots Series: Catherine MacLellan (Summerside, PEI)

Friday, February 5, 2016, 9:00 pm

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The daughter of revered Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan, Catherine MacLellan returns to the Bassment accompanied by guitarist Chris Gauthier. Catherine will perform selections from her five albums, including the 2014 JUNO Award-winning The Raven’s Sun.

$20/25 Get Tickets
Sponsored by CFCR
Presented by NorthAmericanaFest and the SJS

Jazz Singer Series: Broadway in Love 2

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 8:00 pm

BroadwayLove snipSaskatoon Summer Players and the Saskatoon Jazz Society are once again teaming up to present Broadway in Love 2 in honour of Valentine’s Day. Calling on the talents of many local performers, Broadway in Love 2is a cabaret style performance featuring well-known love songs and songs about love from some of Broadway’s best musicals. Bring a loved one, and join in the singalong songs!                           $22/27 Get Tickets

Presented by Saskatoon Summer Players and the SJS

Roots Series: David Francey (Elphin, ON)

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 8:00 pm

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Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, David Francey is a truly authentic folk singer with a discography of 9 critically acclaimed CDs documenting the lives of working people. A natural storyteller, Francey’s wry humour, astute observation, and openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.
$25/35 Get Tickets
Sponsored by CFCR