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Blenders Music announces lineup for 2018-19 concert series

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The 2018-19 Blenders Music concert series will bring a wide range of live music to the Lyric Theatre stage in Swift Current.


The lineup for the new season, which was announced on Aug. 9, includes established and rising stars from across the Canadian music scene.
“We're really excited about the lineup this season,” Cultural Festivals Director Sheri Florizone said. “It's been an interesting process, being involved from the very beginning, because when I came on last year the line-up has already been set and I was just running the show after that. I had a chance to contribute to the selection of the line-up and that's been really fun.”
There will be 13 concerts during the season and the lineup covers a wide variety of music genres.
“There's a little bit of something for every taste,” she said. “We've got folk, we've got blues, we've got pop, rock, reggae, soul. You name it, we've got a little bit of it.”
According to Florizone the scheduling of artists to perform at the Blenders Music concert series will largely be determined by two factors.
“It's routing and reputation,” she said. “The routing has to work to come through. Sometimes they're travelling from Regina to Calgary or what have you, but also Swift Current has a reputation for being a fantastic, respectful crowd. The Blenders Music series has been going for a number of years now and they've really built that reputation of having a wonderful audience, a fantastic venue with the Lyric Theatre, and just an all around great experience for the artists and of course the audience as well.”
The 2018-19 Blenders Music series kicks off on Sept. 29 with a performance by the six-piece Calgary band The Northern Beauties. The group won the 2016 Western Canadian Music Award for best roots group/duo of the year as well as the 2016 YYC Music Calgary Award for folk recording of the year. Band member Todd Stewart has also built a solo career and he will perform a separate set during the evening.
Roots musician and guitarist Colin Linden will be at the Lyric Theatre on Oct. 9. He has previously played on this stage in his other role as a member of the very successful trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and is returning for a solo performance.
The Juno award winning folk rock band Whitehorse will be playing on Oct. 19. The duo brings together the musical talents of husband and wife Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland to create a musical identity of dizzying guitar playing and vocal chemistry.
Calgary singer-songwriter J.J. Shiplett will return to the Blenders stage on Nov. 3. His distinctive gravelly voice combines with lyrics to create a connection with audiences.
The Nov. 30 concert will feature the alt-rock sound of the six-piece Winnipeg band, The Treble. Their music is characterized by strong melodies and anthemic harmonies.
The Saskatchewan trio Étienne Fletcher, named after the group's lead vocalist, will play at the Lyric Theatre on Dec. 8. Two members of the group are former members of the band Indigo Joseph. Fletcher combines his French and English roots in his music, which ranges from rock and blues to folk and pop. He has received the people's choice award and songwriter's award at Nouvelle Scene and Chant'quest in 2015.
The first show in 2019 will feature The Royal Foundry on Jan. 12. This award-winning electro-alt-pop band from Edmonton will entertain with their upbeat sound that features daring instrument pairing and catchy song making.
The Jan. 18 appearance by The Jerry Cans promises to be a memorable experience. This five-piece band from Iqaluit, Nunavut categorizes their music as Inuktitut rock and roll. Their music is inspired by their hometown and by life in the high Arctic. They combine traditional Inuit throat singing with indie folk-rock and they want to help to preserve the Inuktitut language through their music.
Three-time Juno nominated singer-songwriter and producer Danny Michel will perform on the Blenders stage on Feb. 9. He has a wide musical vocabulary that that combines folk, rock and world music. He has been releasing songs from his new album since June.
Shred Kelly, a previous crowd favourite at Blenders, will be back in Swift Current on Feb. 23. The alternative folk-rock band from Fernie, B.C., is known for their high-energy live shows and their fourth album Archipelago, their most ambitious project yet, is now available.
Calgary singer-songwriter Mariel Buckley will perform on March 9. She has opened for k.d. lang in 2017 and has been called the new Loretta Lynn. She brings a new intensity to the lyrical authenticity of classic country music to create a new roots alternative.
Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Dylan Menzie will play at the Lyric Theatre on April 5. He uses his sprawling vocal range and striking guitar-playing to share his music with audiences. In 2016 his breakout single Kenya was the number one song on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 for two weeks and he was a finalist in CBC's annual Searchlight competition.
The 2018-19 Blenders Music concert series will conclude on May 4 with a performance by Caleb Hart, who lives in Grande Prairie, Alberta, but grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. His reggae beats have been infused with a variety of musical influences, varying from gospel and soul to pop and rock, and he creates a passionate live show.
Individual tickets and season passes for the new Blenders Music season are available on Aug. 10 at Pharmasave in Swift Current.
Individual concert tickets range from $30 to $40, depending on the show, and season passes are $365.
“I really want to encourage people to take advantage of the season pass,” Florizone said. “You're getting about two free concerts to the season at that price and then you always got your ticket and you're ensured a seat at the Blenders Music concerts.”
For more information about the concert series, go to the Blenders Music website at www.blendersmusic.ca

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