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Madison Violet live at the Bassment in Kamloops Thursday April 23rd 8:00pm

The Bassment Kamloops, 2095 Glenmohr Drive, Kamloops

Live at the Bassment in Kamloops on April 23rd we have one of the most prolific singer songwriter duos in Canada. After 20 years together, Juno nominated singer-songwriting duo, Madison Violet, are as much wanderers as they are musicians. It is a career filled with endless roads stretching into the horizon, winding through changing landscapes, each kilometer traveled carrying with it the promise of inspiration. Perhaps that is the secret of what has made Madison Violet such an enduring band. Because with each new town, each new venue, their curiosity grows, their love of music deepens, their desire to push musical boundaries expands.

It is believed that the spark that ignited Madison Violet’s irrepressible curiosity came from an unlikely source; while sitting in Brenley’s grandmother’s kitchen in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, filled to bursting with family, friends, instruments (and maybe even a foe or two), and miles from their adopted home of Toronto, Ontario, two musicians looked at each over the flickering light of the old wood stove and knew that theirs would be an unconventional journey. Inspired by their heritage, emboldened by their vision, Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern decided that they would create a sound that would have it’s roots in their past while continually exploring new sounds. From the beginning, the multi-instrumentalists have carried authenticity with them like a talisman, writing all of their own music and lyrics, believing that the best way to connect to their audiences was to treat them like old friends sharing a secret and a smile. As vocalists they have an innate ability to break your heart, slyly knowing that their soaring harmonies will mend it, often all in the span of one song.

The shared belief in themselves and their fearlessness to follow their dreams did eventually pay off and accolades and awards soon became synonymous with Madison Violet; including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year and a Critic’s Choice Award from Country Music People’s Magazine. Their songs have been featured in the notorious music magazine MOJO’s Top 10 Playlist, and received a mass of acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine and NPR, and have earned the duo the Grand Prize in the Maxell John Lennon Song Writing Contest (which was voted on by a panel of distinguished artists including Elton John, Tim McGraw, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias and Mary J.Blige). Madison Violet were on Germany’s WDR's list of ‘Best Bands of All Time’ and with a bit of a departure from their rootsy sound, their single ‘These Ships’ was released in 2014 on one of the largest dance labels in the U.S., Ultra Records, garnering over 1,000,000 plays on Spotify. Madison Violet has 9 studio albums to their credit including the new Christmas classic “Sleigh Bells in the Snow” featuring their friend and collaborator Ron Sexsmith, singing on Frosty the Snowman.

In early 2019, Madison Violet will release their latest album “Everything’s Shifting”. The album is a heartfelt examination of how memory can splinter a heart, how loss shapes perspective and how sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t have love without regret. It is an album to be listened to on the open road, with the windows rolled down: a love letter to their fans, from two wanderers who continue to follow the melodies wherever they lead.

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Adrian Chalifour live at the Bassment in Kamloops Saturday May 16th, 8:00pm

The Bassment Kamloops, 2095 Glenmohr Drive, Kamloops

BC's Adrian Chalifour has been sharing his distinct brand of heart-driven music for the past 7 years - notably as the driving force of BC indie band Towers and Trees before stepping out on his own in 2019 following a national TV appearance on CTV’s The Launch. His music has taken top prize in the 2019 Unsigned Only competition, charted on Canadian radio, and has graced festival and venue stages across Canada over years of touring. His new album JOY is a culmination of the changes and tensions that bore it: the unraveling of a band through age and distance, and his own journey into fatherhood and a newfound desire to show his daughter that dreams are always worth pursuing. Lyrically Chalifour digs deep into the constant cycle of old ends and new beginnings that form the strata of our lives, ultimately arriving at a simple, rhetorical(?) question: Does everything return to joy?

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Graham Nicholas live at the Bassment in Kamloops Saturday June 27th, 8:00pm

The Bassment Kamloops, 2095 Glenmohr Drive, Kamloops

Graham Nicholas has created an emotionally resonant world inhabited by troubled and love hungry characters. Never alienated for their insecurities, his characters are instead respected by the empathetic voice of an honest songwriter.

"John Prine would be proud.

On Dial Tones and Pretty Notes, his latest full- length album, Graham Nicholas has created an emotionally resonant world inhabited by troubled and love-hungry characters. Never alienated for their insecurities, his characters are instead respected by the empathetic voice of an honest songwriter. The album finds Nicholas honing in on his concise form of storytelling and refining his irreverent sense of humor. Coupling the narratives with a backing band that hearkens back to the likes of The Heartbreakers, The Travelling Wilburys, and The Byrds Nicholas’ songs have found the right balance of warmth and grit. Not only has Graham Nicholas maintained an extensive and country crossing touring schedule, he has also shared the stage with the like of Ron Hynes, Catherine Maclellan, Old man Luedecke, Del Barber and Daniel Romano.

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Don Alder live at the Bassment in Kamloops Wednesday July 15th, 8:00pm

The Bassment Kamloops, 2095 Glenmohr Drive, Kamloops

As winner of the 2015 Domenic Troiano Guitar Award (CDN), 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol (held in London, UK), 2010 Guitar Superstar contest (LA, USA) and the 2007 International Fingerstyle Championships, Don Alder (from Vancouver, BC) has earned his place as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world. Alder’s music also speaks for itself; his 2009 CD “Not A Planet” was nominated for two prestigious Music Industry Awards. His music is a unique combination of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration – some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don's phenomenal finger style playing and rich voice captivate. Don is also recognized as one of the of the world's top harp guitarists. His new album “Armed & Dangerous” was released Sept 1st, 2015. It pays homage to the popular “Walking Dead” television series, Alder blends his signature technical prowess with deep emotion and expression. The CD sounds more like an improvised, spontaneous performance rather than a meticulously recorded set of songs and Alder’s unique approach on the guitar is captured with the intensity of a live concert

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Sean Ashby live at the Bassment Kamloops Saturday August 22nd, 8:00pm

The Bassment Kamloops, 2095 Glenmohr Drive, Kamloops

Chances are, if youve had a radio on today you have heard his guitar playing. As one of North Americas go-to guitarists, Sean Ashby has played and recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, Ginger (former Grapes Of Wrath),and many more. Ashby, is a singer /songwriter/guitarist/producer who released his debut album Brass and Gold on Black Sparrow/Universal in April of 2008.

Sean has 5 solo albums out . After 10 years as leader of the award winning band Jack Tripper. Sean Ashby has am impressive musical palette. His solo albums have received favorable reviews in important Canadian publications such as Exclaim magazine and the Vancouver Province, and received airplay on college radio and across the country on CBC radio.

McLachlans guitarist on the original Lilith Fair, as well as the Mirrorball and Afterglow albums , Ashby appeared with her on Just Like You (Cats In The Cradle) for D from Run DMCs solo CD. Also with Sarah, he received two 4 x platinum US discs and one diamond Canadian disc for studio and live CDs. He has appeared on the Grammy Awards twice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno five times, SNL and David Letterman three times, as well as other major TV shows. Seans guitar playing has appeared on CDs with sales in excess of 10 million copies worldwide... so far.

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Ben Sures live at the Bassment in Kamloops Wednesday September 23rd, 8:00pm

The Bassment Kamloops, 2095 Glenmohr Drive, Kamloops

A singing troubadour, a dazzling acoustic guitarist, a humorous, heartfelt story teller who plays folk, blues, roots, Americana, comedy, and rock? A cheeseball Canadian trying to play his instrument like a West African, Sinti swing style guitarist? A crooner, balladeer, country picker, funny songwriter, slide player?

These are all true descriptors, but stripped to the core Ben Sures is a talented and distinctive songwriter. Not one shaped by commercial radio, but by stories he’s collected travelling across North America, The UK, Europe, and Beirut. These are the stories that his audience automatically warm to, and ask him about during intermission. Throw in 20 years of festivals, concerts, living rooms, bars, neighbourhood parties, afternoon matinees, parties, outdoor shows, and travel and you’ve got a potent sonic recipe.

As a product of Generation X, Ben has a dizzying number of influences. He started out in a New Wave band in Junior High, busked endless Neil Young songs, grooved to Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, spent time immersed in the oeuvre of Pink Floyd alongside Benjamin Darvill aka Son of Dave. He went further back to Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, and George Formby, and discovered Django Reinhardt via his father. Throw in all of the great music he witnessed every summer at The Winnipeg Folk Festival: Odetta, Stan Rogers, Guy Clark, the sounds of bluegrass and Metis fiddling, Dave Van Ronk singing Brecht, D’Gary and a very deep immersion in the writing of Woody Guthrie.

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Annual S.P.C.A. Fund raiser live at the Bassment Kamloops Friday October 23rd, 8:00pm

The Bassment Kamloops, 2095 Glenmohr Drive, Kamloops

It's time again for our annual fund raiser for the local SPCA here in Kamloops. The will be headlined by the Bad Husbands , Kamloops newest acoustic pop/rock band, interspersed with guest artists all night. The SPCA always needs supplies so bring towels, blankets, dog and cat food (dry and wet). Toys of all kinds for animals and of course the cash. All donations will go directly to the new SPCA. We hope that you and your friends can make it out and change the lives of the animals in our city.

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