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Christelle brings China Groove to Park Theatre The name Christelle Dussault may not ring a bell, but the local singer-songwriter has been busy building a following in town, while at the same time expanding her career abroad.

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Christelle brings China Groove to Park Theatre

The name Christelle Dussault may not ring a bell, but the local singer-songwriter has been busy building a following in town, while at the same time expanding her career abroad.

Christelle Dussault

Dussault, whose voice has been compared to that of rock powerhouse Ann Wilson, has been writing and recording with veteran producers in Los Angeles, including the Matrix, a production team that has collaborated with music stars such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Jason Mraz, Shakira and Avril Lavigne, among others. She has also been making moves in China, where she performed at the Mango Music Festival in Hunan.

Local fans will get a chance to see her festival set Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Park Theatre at the China Groove event, where Dussault will be performing her original music live against a synched backdrop video from her time on stage at the Mango Music Festival. She will then perform a second set featuring a selection of cover songs by artists such as Heart, Melissa Etheridge and Sass Jordan.

Tickets for the all-ages show are $20, available at ticketfly.com. Doors are at 8 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m.

Erin Lebar

Supplied Winnipeg musician Keri Latimer will host a songwriting workshop on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the West End Cultural Centre.

Keri Latimer songwriting workshop

There are few working Winnipeg musicians today who have penned as many memorable songs as singer-songwriter Keri Latimer.

From her work as one-half of alt-folk outfit Leaf Rapids to her longtime involvement in folk group Nathan — both with husband Devin Latimer — her writing has garnered her numerous awards, including a Juno and a Western Canadian Music Award.

Latimer has also performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, adding her skills on the theremin to their rich orchestration. She has performed throughout North America and Europe for a wide range of crowds, both as a solo artist and with a number of different acts.

In other words, those looking to hone their own songwriting skills would be well-served by Latimer’s songwriting workshop on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the West End Cultural Centre.

Latimer will take a break from composing an album of music for theremin, for which she received funding from city, provincial and national arts councils, to conduct the songwriting workshop from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free of charge; to register, email community@wecc.ca or call Jessee at 204-783-6918.

Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson


Honeymoon Suite with Haywire at Club Regent Event Centre

Two of Canada’s hottest bands from the 1980s will share the stage on Saturday, Feb. 2, as Honeymoon Suite and Haywire roll into town for a show sure to feature plenty of nostalgic hits.

Bruce Bumstead / Brandon Sun files Honeymoon Suite will perform at Club Regent Event Centre on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Formed in Niagara Falls, Ont., in the early 1980s, Honeymoon Suite landed their first big hit with the song New Girl Now, which won them a contest put on by a Toronto radio station for unsigned bands. By June 1984, their debut self-titled album had been released, which featured New Girl Now in addition to rockers such as Stay in the Light, Wave Babies and Burning in Love.

Over the course of the next decade, the band would chart a number of times in Canada, with songs such as Feel It Again, What Does it Take and Love Changes Everything getting heavy rotation (and still getting play on Canadian radio stations today). The band now features only one original member, singer-guitarist Johnnie Dee, but also includes principal songwriter-guitarist Derry Grehan.

In 1991, the band released Monsters Under the Bed, touring throughout the 1990s fairly regularly, but their next album, Lemon Tongue, wouldn’t drop until 2001. Since then, the band has been fairly active both in the studio and on the road, boasting a “classic” lineup that includes Dee, Grehan, drummer Dave Betts and bassist Gary Lalonde.

The pride of Charlottetown, P.E.I., Haywire had more modest success in their heyday. While songs such as Dance Desire, Bad Bad Boy and Black and Blue from the 1986 album Bad Boys made a pretty big splash in Canada — the 1992 song Buzz spent time on the charts as well — a myriad of primarily business/contract-related issues kept the band from achieving more widespread international success. Despite those issues, the band has continued to tour regularly since, with the bulk of the original five-piece lineup still intact.

The Honeymoon Suite and Haywire double bill at Club Regent Event Centre sees doors open at 7 p.m., with the show getting underway at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30, and are available at ticketmaster.ca.

Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson


Supplied Tequila Mockingbird

Throwback Thursdays at the WECC

The West End Cultural Centre is continuing its Throwback Thursdays series tonight with past local favourites Tequila Mockingbird and Quinzy.

Tequila Mockingbird was an essential part of Winnipeg’s late 1990s, early 2000s music scene. The five-piece released their debut album, Any Shape or Form, in 2000, with songs that “are a marriage of fiery rock and deep groove, to form a truly new sound somewhat familiar, but incomparable to anything else; delivered with honesty and soul,” according to a vintage bio on the event’s Facebook page.

It’s been years since Tequila Mockingbird has performed a show together, and former frontman Matthew Tapscott will be flying in from Toronto to sing with the band.

Supplied photo (L-R) Dave Pankratz, Jason Pankratz, Sandy Taronno and Jamie Taronno in this throwback Quinzy press photo.

Indie-pop quartet Quinzy became a constant on the Winnipeg scene following the release of their much beloved 2005 LP pleasebabypleasebabybabybabyplease. The band — made up of two sets of brothers, Sandy and Jamie Taronno, and Jason and David Pankratz, who are cousins — “cut their teeth” with weekly Thursday night gigs at Hooligan’s (now the Handsome Daughter, the most recent of many iterations), and continued to release numerous EPs and develop a popular holiday show, Quinzmas, which became an annual tradition for many city music fans.

Quinzy has been on hiatus for several years, playing a handful of sporadic shows around town while the band members continued to work on other projects. At the WECC show tonight, original member Brian James will join the band to crack out some deep cuts.

Tickets are $20, available at the WECC and eventbrite.ca. Doors are at 7:15 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m.

Erin Lebar


supplied Comedian Chanty Marostica brings The Chanty Show to the Park Theatre on Friday, Feb. 1, and is also celebrating a Juno Award nomination for comedy album of the year.

The Chanty Show returns to the Park

Chanty Marostica brings a brand-new Juno Award nomination to Winnipeg on Friday, Feb. 1, for The Chanty Show at the Park Theatre.

The 35-year-old Toronto comedian, who grew up in Winnipeg and began a career in comedy performing at open mics and self-produced shows in the city, was nominated for comedy album of the year for the 2018 record, The Chanty Show.

“I’m over the moon,” Marostica emailed Tuesday after hearing the news. “I’ve honestly been crying all morning!”

“This is so, so, so huge for trans visibility and for all the queer kids out there who are wondering if there is indeed a place for them in this industry.”

The Juno nod is the latest accolade for the trans comedian. In 2018, Marostica was named Sirius XM Canada’s Top Comic, an award that came with $25,000 cash and a host of Just for Laughs spots in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia.

The Chanty Show has new material, but producing shows is nothing new for Marostica, who produced several shows at the Park Theatre and at other venues when living in Winnipeg. Adding producing and promotion wasn’t just resumé building, however. Marostica says, at the time, producing shows was more like career survival.

“I’ve been producing for so long because when I lived in Winnipeg, there was only one woman on a lineup and I wouldn’t get all the shows that I wanted,” Marostica remembered. “I had to produce my own shows. I had to. I have always had to make my own opportunities because they aren’t there for marginalized communities. I took on the producer role to make sure I was working.”

Those early comedic and producing experiences gave Marostica the confidence to move to Toronto and try the same thing there. Marostica found out there was a growing audience interested in humour about queer and trans experiences.

“As I’ve just came out as trans, I have a lot of new material about that because my comedy has had to evolve as I’ve started transitioning,” Marostica says. “It’s been really challenging but also so fun to say, ‘I’m a man now.’

“There are some people who don’t want to hear that… but I’ve found that a lot of people my parent’s age… they get it. Humour is a great way to explain something to someone.

“Making it funny to my community and to people outside of my community is a challenge. Laugh at my jokes, not at (trans culture),” Marostica says.

Marostica and special guests will perform two sets on Feb. 1 at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets for each set are $20, available at the Park Theatre or online at ticketfly.com.

— Alan Small

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