Entertainment series concludes season
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
The Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series concluded its 2017-2018 season April 11 with the vocal stylings of Barbra Lica, a rising star in the Canadian jazz scene.
Lica was accompanied by Joel Visentin (keyboards, accordion, and vocals), Mark Godfrey (bass, vocals), Tom Fleming (guitar), and Will Fisher (drums).
“It was a really nice way to wrap up the series. A really beautiful performer, tight band… they really love what they’re doing and they just made it look effortless.
It was a really good crowd. A really appreciative crowd,” commented entertainment series committee chair Alyson Martin.
Lica’s third release, I’m Still Learning, was nominated for a 2017 JUNO Award.
“This crowd, they were unbelievably warm… laughing in all the right spots and clapping in all the right spots. It was just a joy to play for them,” Lica said after the show.
“It’s so beautiful up here. Everybody’s just been so polite, and inviting, and warm,” she added.
Commenting on her performance, she shared, “We did some oldies from the last album that we did, which we’re celebrating our Juno nomination. We did some brand new stuff that we’re planning for a big Nashville recording in June, and we threw in a few things for good measure to tell a story or two.”
Audience members got a sneak peek at next season’s line-up.
“A lot of emerging artists, a lot of artists that people again, without being part of a series line-up, you might not know to go and see them. It’s going to be a great series next year,” Martin said.
Next season’s Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series will feature Juno award winning singer-songwriter William Prince, a performance by the Toronto Dance Theatre, Raine Hamilton – billed as sounding like a string quartet plus Sarah Harmer, plus Joni Mitchell, blues duo Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, guitar wizards Don Ross and Calum Graham, Buying the Farm, a co-production of the Manitoba Theatre Centre and Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Martin concluded by stating that the Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series will continue presenting at Queen Elizabeth District High School until space is ready for them at the new Sioux North High School.