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Fundraisers for St. James Hall - and we do mean FUN!
Thursday November 17, 2016

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This week's shows are Fundraisers for renovations in the hall. We need to raise funds as soon as possible in order to make vital improvements in ventilation, flooring, and general comfort in the hall. There will be a Donations table at these shows, where you can make a donation to St. James Community Square and receive a tax receipt for any amount $20 and up. If you can't make it to a show, you can make a secure donation of any amount over $5 (NOT $100 as it says) by clicking on the big blue button at the bottom of the page at For information on donating by phone or post, please contact the St. James Square office at 604-739-9373.

1. The Acoustic Guitar Project, Thursday November 17th 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 west 10th Avenue)

This special concert is part of a global music platform and concert series that inspires musicians to write an original song and record it live in one week. The project takes place in over 50 cities around the world. Six local artists are chosen to share one very special Martin acoustic guitar. Each artist has one week to write and record a brand new song with the guitar. They sign it, take their photo with it, and then pass the guitar onto the next artist.

The purpose of the project is to inspire creativity by simplifying its process to the bare essentials, to encourage a deeper connection between the artist and their art, and to tell truthful, meaningful stories. It features Michael Averill, Sadie Campbell, Kristina Lao, Joline Baylis, Tanya Gallagher and Chicken-Like Birds. Come and celebrate the end of the project on Thursday November 17th, where you’ll meet the chosen songwriters, hear the new songs, and the stories behind them. This concert showcases a wide range of musicians all using the same instrument – from raggy-time blues, soulful folk, acoustic rock, to heart-warming roots. Experience what one acoustic guitar can create!

For tickets and more information about these fine performers click here

2. Jim Byrnes, Paul Pigat & Friends, Friday November 18th 8pm, St. James Hall (3214 west 10th Avenue)

Jim Byrnes and Paul Pigat will be joined by Simon Kendall (piano), Keith Bennett (harmonica), Marcus Mosely & Will Sanders (of The Sojourners) on vocals, and more! They will perform songs from the Chess Records catalogue, notably Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Fontella Bass and more!

You can hear a sneak preview on Friday morning's Early Edition on CBC Radio One at 7:50amMargaret Gallagher of CBC's Hot Air interviewed Jim and Paul at St. James Hall on Wednesday and they played a couple of songs "unplugged". I was there. It was great fun!!

This show is SOLD OUT. Huge thanks for your amazing response to a show we only announced two weeks ago!! I hope you've booked your tickets already! See you there!!

3. Poster Contest - Win Tickets To A Show!!

Each month we launch a postering campaign with a composite poster of the next few events. Competing for poster space around town can be challenging. We have a great professional crew working with us and hundreds of these posters go up around town. But sometimes those posted outdoors don't last long as the next poster crew swoops down and covers them up. 

If you see this poster - or the next one - snap a photo of it and email it to us at to win tickets to a future show.

4. Radio - and TV - Waves

CBC Early Edition Friday 7:50am Jim Byrnes & Paul Pigat on CBC Radio One 88.1fm and 690am 

The Saturday Edge On Folk, CiTR fm 101.9 and from 8am to noon, every Saturday. On this week's show I'll have some more Leonard Cohen songs, some Leon Russell, new music from Rory Block's new Bukka White tribute album, Kobo Town, Michael Cleveland, John McSherry, David Bromberg, Kate Rusby, Ange Hardy, John Prine, Shannon Quinn, Lady Maisery, Wake The Dead, Sarah Jarosz, Heidi Talbot and many more. I hope you can join me!

Austin City Limits, KCTS TV, Saturday (I think. It's supposed to be on all PBS stations this weekend, so check your listings.) The Americana Music Awards 2016 with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Bonnie Raitt and more! 

Radio Rogue is always available online - any time at all - when you need a boost of Roots Music.