Past Events

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

St. Patrick's Day Concert

Benefit for Mary's Kitchen Starring Jack Joyce, Barb Hickey, Wendy Woodland, Leo Fagan, Jerry Rex, Ivan Emke, Ben Hynes, Kay Jordan, Sr. Ray Rex, Father White and Colin and Gina Spencer.

Thursday, March 01, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Open Stand Up: the threequel

ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH, COMEDIANS! Open Stand Up returns to give you another swing of the ol' figurative bat! Is our metaphor going to be more in line with baseball or whack-a-mole? THAT'S UP TO YOU. Put your funny money - or your foot - where your mouth is and sign up to perform a five minute set of your own material, thus settling the debate once and for all amongst your friends about whether you're REALLY funny or not! We have no real stakes in that race but hopefully you'll avoid the tomatoes... Not that there will be tomatoes. Or any thrown vegetables. I'm still speaking in metaphors, I promise. (Swearsies.) Event is, as always, Pay What You Feel, just avoid feeling like pennies. I am still begging you NOT to bring your children. Judging by our track record some material will undoubtably be offensive to some. Viewer discretion is advised. You have been warned.

Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Cornerbrook, NL - Daniel Champagne LIVE at Swirsky's!

CORNERBROOK, NL ✨ recently described as 'the finest guitar player of his generation' - the Australian born & Nashville based virtuoso brings his world tour and brand new album 'Fault Lines' back to Canada playing Swirsky's February 12! 🎶 WHAT THE PRESS SAY.. “The word Prodigy seems to entirely fall short of this soft-spoken young man’s skills, he coaxes sounds and melodies out of his instrument that literally drop jaws.” The Calgary Herald, CANADA “Today I saw the future of Folk – Festival goers flocking in their thousands towards the main stage to witness a young musical phenomenon from Australia dish out an absolute show-stopper.” The Firefly Column, USA “Daniel Champagne is a crossroads. Fusing the strong traditions of Blues, Folk and other roots art with pop showmanship and admirable lyrical ability. I firmly believe that he will become an ambassador for roots music in a time where it desperately needs representation.” The Indie Blender, CANADA “reinventing roots guitar” Rhythms Magazine, AUSTRALIA “Watching Daniel Champagne perform is a once in a lifetime experience. He is a true prodigy that plays like no one else could possibly play unless they spent at least two lifetimes studying the art.” BW Review, NEW ZEALAND ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’, AUSTRALIA

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Stand Up @Swirsky's VIII

Tell your mama, tell your papa, tell your sister and your friends! Following a hiatus, the tried and true Stand Up @Swirsky's series is back! This time around we've got East Coast kids Andrew Kay and Lindsay Barron on deck. Barron is a goofy young man with a love for telling jokes: spontaneous, wild, carefree and hilarious. Meanwhile, buckle up, because Andrew Kay is here to guide your minds through a portal of humour. With reflections, nonsense, and a story or two, you'll want to listen in. After they've got you warmed up - and laughing sufficiently hard - brace yourselves for the headliner, Mike Hammond, whose been a powerhouse comedian since his start in 2012. His high energy stories are ripped from real life in a roller coaster ride filled with parental disappointment. This is a show you do not want to miss! As always, Jordan Sheppard will be our questionable MC for the evening. Door opens at 8:30 pm. Cover is $10. Viewer discretion is advised. Very, very, VERY not suitable for children. Will more than likely be offensive to some. We respectfully ask that you don't bring your own rotten fruit. I'm trusting you on this.

Thursday, February 01, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Open Stand Up: the redux

We're back! Still beating yourself over the head because you missed your one chance to prove how funny you were last open comedy night? Or maybe kicked yourself for not showing up to see how funny people were (or weren't)? Well fear not, friends! Open Stand Up is returning monthly! Once more we offer you a chance to work those comedic muscles and master the funny bone - if you don't chicken out first. And yes, that is a challenge. No pressure. Except, like, all of the pressure. Get in contact with Jordan Sheppard OR show up at 8:30 to sign up for a five - yes, you heard us, FIVE - minute set. If you think you can do longer we're not SAYING we don't believe you... but we do reserve the right to be pleasantly surprised when/if you don't bomb hard. We're always surprised though, so don't take it personally. No cover once again but Pay What You Feel, so long as what you feel isn't bottle caps or pennies. We can't buy groceries with bottle caps (or pennies). Material will DEFINITELY be offensive to some. Has not and will not ever be suitable for children. Viewer discretion is advised. (I really need to get a TV ratings stamp for this thing...)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Open Stand Up at Swirsky's

GUESS WHO'S BACK BACK AGAIN STAND UP'S BACK TELL A FRIEND Jordan Sheppard and Stand Up @Swirsky's returns! Featuring some people we KNOW are going to be funny, like up and coming comedian Kelly Farmer! And then some people that we're willing to take a chance on - YOU. This time we're focusing on giving first timers a chance to stretch their figurative comedy wings. Contact Jordan and book yourself a five minute slot if you're interested in putting together a mini-set. Ever thought you might be funny? WELL HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO PROVE IT. No cover but we encourage a "Pay What You Feel" donation system... which, in hindsight, is potentially disastrous. Or hilarious. We'll see how it goes. (Please don't give us bottle caps.) Viewer discretion is advised. Will DEFINITELY be offensive to some. Not suitable for children. Oh god, please don't bring your children.

Friday, January 05, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Bill Simms at Swirsky's

A singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Bill Simms hails from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, but is now living in Toronto, Ontario. His music ranges stylistically from folk to country, blues, and soul with a variety of side trips in between, and lyrics along for the ride that utilize both his cheeky sense of humour and honest sincerity. Bill holds a diploma in Music Industry and Performance as well as a Degree in Jazz Studies and has performed with various artists including The Stephenville Theatre Festival Band, Sarah Beatty, The Heavy Horses, and Evan Smith.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Blues Jammy Jam

Wednesday Blues Jam happens every Wednesday. (Surprise! Who knew?) There's no cover! There's only wonderful people and wonderful music. There's heat and the roof doesn't leak... as far as we can tell. Come down with all of your friends. Parents maybe. And your enemies. Even people you feel indifferent about. Find a homeless man off the street. Bring an instrument! Don't bring an instrument! Who cares? See if I care! (I care. Please come.)

Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne

Two of Newfoundland's most respected performers combine instrumental prowess and humorous repartee, to cover a broad spectrum of Newfoundland folk culture, including songs, stories and dance tunes. Their repertoire includes rousing sea shanties and work songs, poignant ballads, comic ditties, folk tales and recitations, and toe-tapping jigs, reels and polkas on a variety of instruments.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Late show added! Brian Aylward and Mike Lynch

The early show sold out, so we had to add another. This is a hot ticket, so please buy in advance.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Comedy: Brian Aylward and Mike Lynch

SOLD OUT! But we added a late show at 10:30.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Stand Up Comedy: Cedric Newman

Jamaican born and Montreal bred, smilesmith Cedric Newman comes armed with a heavy-hitting style, fine-tailored to make your stomach hurt. This decade old veteran to funny business has graced stages from Stockholm to Cape Breton; his character securing his place as a finalist in the 2009 Laugh Off.Cedric draws from observations of the mundane and from the versatility of the idiosyncratic. He crushes cultural barriers, bringing new and animated angles to the otherwise familiar. With Vicky Mullaley. $15 advance/$20 at the door

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Roxanne Potvin @ Swirsky's

Her discography will take you on a stylistic journey from blues and r&b to bare bones soul and atmospheric folk, melded into her own roots-pop sound.With one JUNO nomination and seven Maple Blues award nominations, international tours, major festival, TV and radio appearances across the country and abroad, Roxanne continues to carve her unique place in the Canadian roots music landscape.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Al Tuck

Bring up Al Tuck’s name to any Canadian music insider, and you’d better find yourself a comfortable chair. Feist suspects that he might just be a living legend. Jason Collett called him the greatest songwriter of his generation. He is an awesome encyclopedia of popular music, a roving troubadour and after almost 20 years in the business is one of Canada’s true hidden musical treasures. $10 advance/$15 door

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Dave Panting and Greg Simm

Dave Panting (Figgy Duff/Rawlin's Cross) and Greg Simm (Prairie Sea) bring their guitars and voices to our intimate stage. The music has been described as, " A string driven ride down the folk music backroads of the British Isles, Canada and the US ". The show is a balanced mix of folk songs and instrumentals stretching from the 16th century to contemporary stylings [including originals written by Dave Panting]. The tunes are brought to life by lively arrangements and stories. Tickets $17 advance/$20 at the door.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Fiddlehead Soup at Swirsky's Theatre & Music Hall

Fiddlehead Soup will be sharing their toe-tapping yet thought-provoking blend of not-quite-celtic, not-quite-folk, not-quite-world songs and tunes. A great night of music that isn't yet on your playlist, but soon will be! $10 at the door.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Daniel Champagne

One reviewer recently wrote – 'Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical' ( The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road. Tickets $15 advance/$20 at the door.

Thursday, August 03, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Red Moon Road

It's been a exciting year for Canadian modern-roots trio Red Moon Road. The band's latest album “Sorrows & Glories” (Sept 2015) made the 2016 Polaris Long List and was #1 on the National Folk/Roots radio charts for 6 weeks. During 2016 RMR toured the CD extensively and successfully across Canada, the US, the UK and Europe.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Angela Brown CD Release

Singer songwriter originally from Burin Bay, Newfoundland Angela grew up with all the blessings of a fishing village and a large extended family. She started playing guitar at the age of six and writing songs soon thereafter. After graduating high school Angela joined her father Reg Brown with Driftwood performing professionally on stage traditional Newfoundland/Irish with a mix of contemporary country rock. Winning singing competitions with her original songs, she wrote many more as the years progressed. She has took to the stage with many genres of music including rock, country, aboriginal, folk, traditional Newfoundland and she has influences of them all in the release of her solo album “Come Back Home.” Tickets $20 (buy in advance online and get a free CD)

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Flynn & Ferrie

Flynn and Ferrie are brothers Jamie and Gregor Flynn and their friend Craig Ferrie. Three Scottish musicians making their way across canada. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Syrian Refugee Support Group Fundraiser

The Syrian Refugee Support Group of Corner Brook will be holding a fundraiser to raise money for the sponsorship of the next Syrian family. The fundraiser will take place at Swirsky’s on Broadway on Thursday, June 29th and will feature a silent auction as well as the opportunity to taste Syrian food. There will be music as well (the Allens Road Trio; the Bay of Islands Sunday Session Band; and the West Coast Jazz Quintet). Tickets are $20.00 (children under 14 enter free); tickets can be purchased at the door or at Doors open at 6:30p.m. For more information, contact Edwin Bezzina 639-1299.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm

En Riet w/ Rough Hands and the Dave Peddle Band

En Riet, is an Ontario based folk collective with a core of three; Jeremie Albino, Ten Kills The Pack (Sean Sroka), and Tay Guitard. Together, En Riet performs its unique renditions and arrangements of the songs from each members respective projects along side their original collective written music. sounds like.... While relating to that feeling of a favourite poem on an old rough page -or- a strong sip of whisky in a dimly lit bar; the group also sets reminders of musicians such as The Staves, Shakey Graves, Bon Iver, Dylan, & The Lumineers. Rough Hands Rough Hands is a musical project from the creative mind of singer/songwriter Luke Tremblett. As a team of good friends, Rough Hands utilizes vocal harmonies and drifting, catchy melodies, that have an intricate sound based around the interconnectedness of carefully assembled indie rock instrumentation. Rough Hands contemplates the good questions, aiming to ignite the thoughts you often hide deep in the back of your mind. Dave Peddle Band The Dave Peddle Band travels the road between upbeat, Dylan-esque folk to country blues. Dave's original tunes feature memorable riffs and even more memorable lyrics: caustic wit tempered with authentic emotion, social commentary and love songs.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Make Music Happen Songwriter's Circle

This songwriter's circle is a part of the Make Music Happen, as it features the conference's four session leaders, but it is open to the public. Kelly McMichael Gary & Whit Joanna Barker Steve Maloney Tickets are just $10. They are available online at the link below, right now, and will be available in paper form at both Brewed Awakening locations soon.

Monday, May 08, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Ali McCormick and the Dave Peddle Band

Double bill: Ali McCormick and the Dave Peddle Band! Two great acts. One great price. Just $10 online or at the door. Ali McCormick grew up in the Lanark Highlands just outside of Ottawa, Ontario on an off-grid hobby farm. She was drawn to music at a young age, live music around the kitchen table a common occurrence on the farm. With a genuine love of performing, thirst for the open road and seemingly endless string of catchy songs this is an artist you can expect to see more of in the future. The Dave Peddle Band travels the road between upbeat, Dylan-esque folk to country blues. Dave's original tunes feature memorable riffs and even more memorable lyrics: caustic wit tempered with authentic emotion, social commentary and love songs.

Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 8:00 pm


Acabella share the stage with the Corner Brook Jazz Ensemble. $17 advance online/$20 at the door.