SPONSORED BY IG WEALTH MANAGEMENT     Nov. 16-19, 2023

OPENING CONCERT

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SLIDE INTO THE HOLIDAYS WITH BURNSTICK AND HILLBILLY BURLESQUE
8:00 pm - 930 pm Thursday, November 16, 2023 | $25
Christ Church | 227 McLean Ave. Selkirk, MB
Sponsored by: N4 Construction

If you loved when Holiday Alley brought you William Prince last year then you’re going to really love the opening act this year - an evening of slide guitar and folk music with Juno-nominated Indigenous and Métis musical duo Burnstick and local musicians Hillbilly Burlesque.

The concert takes place at Christ Church, Selkirk Thursday, November 16th, 2023, 8:00pm - 9:30pm to launch the 4-day festival of art, light, music and culture. Limited number of tickets are $25 and available at holidayalley_burnstick.eventbrite.ca

Last year William Prince sold out in less than 48 hours and Songs and Stories from the Inland Sea live concert with Daniel Jordan was packed. What we heard from audiences was that they want more live music of this caliber as part of the Holiday Alley program. And so this year we are excited to launch the festival with a headliner concert from another Juno-nominated Manitoban act Burnstick teamed up with some incredible local talent.

Burnstick is folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife duo. Nadia, a Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, and Jason, a Plains-Cree guitarist, create an award-winning duo. Burnstick pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk music, weaving together the unique sounds of Weissenborn lap slide guitars with intriguing vocal harmonies, while allowing the beauty of simple melodies to shine through.

Enjoy a refreshment at intermission at the Wishme canteen and explore their pop up shop.

Following intermissionlocal couple Darrell Sandmoen and Angel Calnek of Hillbilly Burlesque who are often headliners in the Winnipeg Women in Blues events at the Park Theatre. Last summer they hosted Burnstick at the summer slide guitar weekend they curate and host. Sandmoen and Calnek, who are also married and have been performing for years, combine old fashioned blues and traveling-road-show sass.

Burnstick

It’s folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife. Nadia, a Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, and Jason, a Plains-Cree guitarist, create the are award-winning duo: Burnstick. Two performers whose voices and musicality blend together with ease, Burnstick pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk music, weaving together the unique sounds of Weissenborn lap slide guitars with intriguing vocal harmonies, while allowing the beauty of simple melodies to shine through. It's hard to deny the magic they create as they command the stage with their palpable performances and powerful songs.

In 2019 Burnstick released its JUNO-nominted debut album, Kîyânaw (Cree: Us), featuring thunderous singles "Pay No Mind" and CFMA Single of the Year "Some Kind of Hell", topping the charts of NCI's Indigenous Music Countdown in Canada. With this album, Burnstick encourages the reclamation of each other's respective cultures while choosing to be stronger, together.

Follow them on Instagram @nadiaburnstick @@jason_burnstick or on Facebook.

Hillbilly Burlesque

Angel Calnek and Darrell Sandmoen are Canadian music scene veterans who perform as Hillbilly Burlesque. With powerful vocals, unique harmonies and slide guitar they whip up old fashioned blues and traveling road show sass.

Sandmoen’s songwriting uncovers unusual themed stories sometimes from a perspective of lives lived in total chaos. Calnek’s specialty is heart-on-your-sleeve soulful ballads and tongue in cheek romps of Memphis Minnie style blues. It’s a mesmerizing show to put on your “I’ll remember this forever” list.

"We are so excited to perform our music at Holiday Alley again! It’s one of the best community events that’s ever happened to Selkirk, a great way to celebrate the start of our winter season and showcases the rich art and culture of our home land. Kudos to everyone involved in this festive and playful weekend. You can just feel the love!"

 

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