Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell
Posted on May 7, 2009The Songwriters Association of Canada has announced it will stage its first local Bluebird North event in Winnipeg on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne Street). Showtime is 7:30pm.
Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a musical showcase that brings together Canada’s most inspiring songwriters during an intimate and interactive evening. The audience will hear each performer share their songs and stories in an acoustic, informal environment.
"It’s an insider’s look at what inspired their original songs, straight from the artist’s mouth," explains event producer, Chris Burke-Gaffney (CBG Artist Development/Vatikan Records). Burke-Gaffney is working closely with his S.A.C. colleagues to organize the Winnipeg evening, keeping it consistent with Bluebird North events in other cities like Vancouver, Ottawa and St. John’s.
Bluebird North is based on Nashville's famed Bluebird Café, which opened in 1982. The venue is well-known for helping launch the careers of Garth Brooks, Ashley Cleveland and Pam Tillis.
Hosted by veteran radio host, Howard Mandshein (92 CITI FM, 101.5 UMFM), this year’s Bluebird North at the Park Theatre will exclusively feature Manitoba talent:
Folk singer/songwriter and seasoned raconteur, Heather Bishop
Pop songwriter and Free the Children musical ambassador, Keith MacPherson
Classic rock icon and Harlequin front man, George Belanger
Fiery, young fiddle virtuoso and songwriter, Sierra Noble
The Winnipeg event coincides with the S.A.C.’s 25th anniversary, building on its success elsewhere. "After a continually successful run of Bluebird North in Vancouver, run by Shari Ulrich, we are excited to bring this popular songwriter ‘sing and tell’ showcase to Winnipeg with the help of Manitoba Music and local producer Chris Burke-Gaffney," says S.A.C. Executive Director, Don Quarles.
Tickets are $12 at the door (or $10 for Manitoba Music and S.A.C. members who show their card).