From bricks and mortar, to rock and roots, folk have been engaging with the arts at the West End Cultural Centre for 25 years. Since renovating the former church on 586 Ellice Avenue, the WECC has grown into an arts facility that draws the attention of national and international touring acts, fosters local artist development, and is a hub for community arts initiatives. This year, the 25th Anniversary brings together the strong local music community to celebrate with two days of concerts.
Local punk group Propagandhi, who had formed just a year before WECC opened their doors in ‘87, will be kicking off the weekend on October 19 along with the haunting sounds of rock trio This Hisses and grindcore act Head Hits Concrete sharing the bill.
The October 20 concert showcases a collaborative performance by some of Manitoba’s established and upcoming folk and roots acts, featuring The Wailin’ Jennys' Nicky Mehta; expat Nancy Reinhold (formerly of Wyrd Sisters); Dry Bones' Nathan Rogers and JD Edwards; Daniel ROA; Ismaila Alfa; Nathan's Keri Latimer; Sam Baardman; Cara Luft; Lloyd Peterson; Scott Nolan; Oh My Darling's Vanessa Kuzina and MJ Dandenau; Chic Gamine's Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks, and Ariane Jean; Red Moon Road; Greg MacPherson, and more.
The WECC is nominated this year for Live Music Venue of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
For more information and tickets to the 25th Anniversary shows visit www.wecc.ca