Past Events

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' (themusic.com.au) 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 www.swirskys.com. 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

Jazzabella

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Stand Up - Manolis Zontanos and Gary Lamkin

Manolis Zontanos lives in Hamilton Ontario, where he grew up. Since 1998, he has been honing his comedic material to a sharp edge - all the while creating a steady growing legion of fans, and a palpable buzz in the rooms where he performs. It began with an open mic night in Hamilton, although Manolis was first leery of going on stage, it soon became obvious that there was something happening with this young man. Now, constantly working on new material, Manolis' funniest sets are inspired by the humour found in everyday life. With easy-to-relate to comedy, Manolis has been keeping his audience laughing in places around the world! London, England! New York City! Manolis has done The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, performed at The Seattle International Comedy Competition, toured Sweden and Finland, and filmed his first Comedy Now. He's a well-known face of the comedy circuit in Toronto and Montreal and toured Canada extensively. He has even recently performed at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, California! While the recognition from newspapers and by the Canadian Comedy awards are appreciated by Manolis, it's just the beginning of those kind of accolades for this young rising star. He is steadily fast-tracking his way to the top. Gary Lamkin lives in St. John's Newfoundland; his birth place. He has been doing stand up since 2009, effectively honing his craft and living his passion. At the age of 16 he went on stage for the first time at Yuk Yuks in a competition called "Great Canadian Laugh Off". It was a great learning experience and it secured his thoughts in wanting to pursue comedy. His comedy can be audience driven mixed with preconceived notions and bits. He often jokes about his life experiences on stage with well guided anger. He was featured on television at the age of 18 for a stand up show called "Comedy In The City" in which he was interviewed and showcased a set. He was a finalist in "Funniest Newfoundlander" competition in 2013. He has been actively writing material and performing on stages across Newfoundland. He is pursuing his dream in hopes to one day become a renowned comedian.

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Craig Young

Originally from Francois, NL Craig Young has been playing the guitar since the age of seven and started playing in his first band around the age of thirteen. Rock n’ Roll and Country music became the main avenues of learning and a move to Alberta in 1993 allowed for Young to play lead guitar with several prominent local artists on the club scene. Eventually as a member of the Terri Clark band he relocated to Nashville Tennessee, where he was based for nearly eight years while touring extensively and performing regularly on stages such as the Grand Ole Opry and with other superstars such as Ricky Skaggs. Craig has won four CCMA awards for The Canadian Country Music Association All Star Band – Guitarist category and has had several top 40 singles, including the Top 10 Video on Canadian CMT for “You Can’t Take It With You” with the wonderful help of Miss Terri Clark. Craig now lives and performs in the St. John’s area and teaches at New Wave Music in Paradise. Craig’s latest solo release ‘Black Diamond Strings’ was named Country Album of the Year at the 2013 MusicNL awards where Craig also named Sidemusician of the Year.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Wednesday Blues Jam

Wednesday Blues Jam happens every Wednesday. There's no cover. There's only wonderful people and wonderful music. There's heat and the roof doesn't leak. Come down with all of your friends. And your enemies. Even people you feel indifferent about. Bring an instrument. Don't bring an instrument. See if I care. Please come.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Stand Up Comedy featuring Patrick Haye & Luke Lawrence

Patrick Haye has grown to be a favourite wherever he plays. He has been featured on the Panel on CBC’s, George Stroumboulopoulus Tonight. Patrick has also opened for Gerry Dee ("Mr. D"), Brian Callen (Mad TV, "Hangover"), Eddie Griffin ("Undercover Brother"), and Harland Williams (Dumb and Dumber, Half Baked) His hilarious observations, storytelling, and a keyboard musical Comedy piece has him busy performing at Clubs, Colleges, Universities, and Corporate events all over the country. Luke Lawrence is...well you know who he is. Tickets $20. Available in advance online at swirskys.com.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Cancelled: Songwriter Showcase

---This show has been postponed until a later date. Stay tuned. --- Featuring: Adam Baxter - http://www.adambaxtermusic.ca/ Len O'Neill - https://greenandgold.bandcamp.com/ James Cutler - https://www.facebook.com/james.cutler.547 Jesse Hackett - https://www.facebook.com/Jesse-Hackett-Music-188771891260590/ Cost is $10 at the door, but $7 with a donation to the local foodbank.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The March Hare: Hare Here

The March Hare comes to Swirsky's. The lineup for this show includes... Des Walsh singing Leonard Cohen, J.R. Carpenter, Al Pittman's poems (Stephanie McKenzie), Betsy Warland, Baxter & Leeland Wareham, Paul Dean, Kate Braid, Mark Callanan, Paul McKenna, Craig Francis Power, Andy Jones. Hosted by Jim Brown Tickets $15

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Wednesday Blues Jam

Wednesday Blues Jam happens every Wednesday. There's no cover. There's only wonderful people and wonderful music. There's heat and the roof doesn't leak. Come down with all of your friends. And your enemies. Even people you feel indifferent about. Bring an instrument. Don't bring an instrument. See if I care. Please come.

Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Music and Readings: National Identity(ies) conference

National Identity(ies) conference to be held at Grenfell Campus, Saturday, March 4. In conjunction with the exhibition, Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On and in recognition of Canada’s 150 th year of confederation, a day-long interdisciplinary conference looking at issues arising from the concept of Canadian national identity will be held on Saturday, March.4. There will be three panels: The Built Environment and National/Provincial Identity; Wilderness and Canadian Identity; The Arts and Canadian Identity. Presenters include faculty, staff and students at Grenfell as well as community members, Sabrina Richard, Chris Friel and Elder Calvin White. The day will conclude with an evening of music by Daniel and Stephanie Payne and readings by Robin Durnford and Nathan Elliott. The panel discussions will be held in Room FA224 on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building, Grenfell Campus. The evening of music and readings will take place at Swirsky’s, 7 Broadway. All are welcome and admission to all events is free. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Memorial University Scholarship in the Arts and the Government of Canada. For further information, please contact: Charlotte Jones cjones@grenfell.mun.ca 709 637 6209

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Wednesday Blues Jam

Wednesday Blues Jam happens every Wednesday. There's no cover. There's only wonderful people and wonderful music. There's heat and the roof doesn't leak. Come down with all of your friends. And your enemies. Even people you feel indifferent about. Bring an instrument. Don't bring an instrument. See if I care. Please come.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Carnival Wednesday Blues Jam

Wednesday Blues Jam happens every Wednesday. There's no cover. There's only wonderful people and wonderful music. There's heat and the roof doesn't leak. Come down with all of your friends. And your enemies. Even people you feel indifferent about. Bring an instrument. Don't bring an instrument. See if I care. Please come.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Wednesday Blues Jam

Wednesday Blues Jam happens every Wednesday. There's no cover. There's only wonderful people and wonderful music. There's heat and the roof doesn't leak. Come down with all of your friends. And your enemies. Even people you feel indifferent about. Bring an instrument. Don't bring an instrument. See if I care. Please come.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Standup Comedy: Colin Hollett

Tickets $20. Available online or at the door. Originally from small town Newfoundland, Canada. Colin Hollett burst onto the St. John’s comedy scene in 2009, winning the Great Canadian Laugh Off with his first time ever on stage. From there, he quickly became a crowd favorite feature through out the east coast of Canada. After receiving the highest voted video in Canada for the Russel Peters BFF Competition hosted by Sirius Sattelite radio, Colin went on to be showcased nation wide on CTV and CBC which now has him headlining nation wide from NL to BC. He's performed in a number of festivals but being personally invited to perform with Canadian Legends Shaun Majumder & Mark Critch in "The Gathering" Festival is the one he holds most dear. Colin has built a cult following over the last several years and once you see him live you'll fully understand why. Unique, charming and always funny, Colin Hollett is an act you don't want to miss and one you surely will never forget.

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Vinyl Junkies - Video Premiere and Concert

Vinyl Junkies recently recorded a music video with the College of the North Atlantic. Come out and see the results and hear the guys play live. Admission $10 at the door. Proceeds go to the Bay of Islands Ministerial Association Food Bank Network.