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Suzie Vinnick and Downchild Blues Band at Red Deer Memorial Centre Red Deer Wednesday


Suzzie Vinnick

Downchild Blues Band a natural progression for Suzie Vinnick

By Rob Gilgan

For local folks that caught her in one of her house concerts of a few years back, Suzie Vinnick’s appearance with the Downchild Blues Band will be a refreshing memory. For the rest of us? A brand new treat. The Saskatoon native, who now calls the Niagara region home, is thrilled to be back on the road, in western Canada, and opening for this landmark band.

“I’ve known them for years,” Vinnick explains, and while she’s never shared a stage with them before, it feels like a natural progression for her. Originally, she was booked to open for the band in Ottawa and when the promoter learned she would be touring western Canada this fall, at the same time as Downchild, the decision was made to add her to the whole western tour. She’ll appear solo at the Memorial Centre in Red Deer on October 30, warming up the crowd for Donnie Walsh and the boys.

Vinnick is touring in support of her most recent album, Shake the Love Around, a 12 song set released in March of 2018 that’s left reviewers scrambling to find new words to express how well this artist showcases the diversity of the blues genre. The album’s title comes from the lyrics of All IWanna Do, a song she wrote with Steve Strongman, one of several collaborations on the disc.

Another, Drift Away, was written years ago, with Matt Andersen. “I would perfrom it at some of my shows and often, people would come up and comment on how it spoke to them,” she says, “It happened often enough, I reached out to Matt and asked if he’d be alright with me including it on Shake the Love Around and he gave his blessing.” Drift Away is one of those blues tunes that’s uplifting and validating. “When you’re going through a tough time, just breathe, you know,” Vinnick says, describing the song’s essence.

While Shake the Love Around dips into a variety of musical and lyrical styles, at its heart, it’s predominately a blues album, “There’s a bit of a blues angle to everything,” she adds. The single of the same name features a selection of Vinnick’s guitar heroes while showcasing her multi-instrumental prowess. The tour-de-force blues singer enjoys her time in the studio and the process of collaborating with other songwriters. “Sometimes it’s a better way to get a song completed,” she explains, “It depends, honestly, on what we come to the table with.”

She’s happy, not just with the album, but how it’s been welcomed across the country. She’s looking forward, after the fall touring, to share it with her many fans in Atlantic Canada. “I haven’t been to the east coast with it yet,” she says, knowing the album will be appreciated by the region’s seasoned blues enthusiasts. It’s not just fans that find Vinnick’s music and performance so noteworthy, as her career has been highlighted by many covet-worthy awards.


These include: 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama, finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards (she has been nominated for 21 so far!), won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Her most cherished sits in front of her, on her desk, reminding her of her prairie roots: the 2019 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Special Recognition Award. This award takes her from winning an emerging contest at 19 and then follows her journey through the music business, including several appearances at the festival. “I was so thrilled and truly honoured with this award. It came with a two-hour show and I was able to bring on a bunch of players I’d worked with over the years,” she adds.

Thrilled and honoured also describes the invitation to open for Downchild Blues Band; she remembers, as a teen, seeing the Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live and discovering the Toronto band she’ll be celebrating with here, on October 30.

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Rob Gilgan

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“…This is a great show. I mixed it last year and it was awesome!…” Carl Stretton

If you’re a music fan in the city, you probably know Carl Stretton.  He’s been mixing bands, playing bass, hosting jams, and supporting music for decades.  So when he says a show is awesome, I generally pay attention.  Here’s some more from Carl:

“Blues fans old and young (all ages) are welcome. Some great players on this tour. Big Hank with a great lineup. Some Canadian greats. Jack Lavin from Powder Blues Band on bass, Dennis Meneely of Streetheart and many bands, Saxophonist Dave Babcock from Edmonton… The ensemble is pretty stellar and a great blues dance party is guaranteed. Family friendly. Fun Times!”

Here’s a video that shows you all you need to know.


Big Hank Lionhart and the R&B Kingpins are going to fill your ears and spirits with the glorious gift of Christmas Blues!  Featuring a brand new line-up, fresh songs and a whole lot of good cheer this will be the ‘don’t miss’ show of the Holiday Season.

This show is a collection of traditional Blues Christmas tunes from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s 50’s, and 60’s, by the likes of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Charles Brown, Etta James and more.

It’s not the standard collection of carols; rather it’s a tribute that gives you a look into the souls of the fabulous music legends sharing their Christmas Blues. A refreshing take on a holiday concert, it has played to sold-out houses and received rave reviews across British Columbia for the past 4 years.

Call 403.406-6592 to reserve your ticket today!  $15 cover.

You can learn more about The Krossing here.


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Celebrate Red Deer’s Downtown during CFR! Affordable Fun Experiences!!



Reverend Leonard Gaetz Bronze
Red Deer’s Downtown Business Association is teaming up with Hotels Red Deer and A Limo & Sedan Service to offer some fine entertainment this week!

Ghost & Art Alley Tour – Thursday, October 31 – 12:30 to 2:30

On Thursday, October 31, jump in our “limo” and come enjoy a guided walking tour of one of Canada’s largest bronze sculpture collections and murals created by local artists.

Participating businesses will be handing out Halloween candy during this guided tour.

Hotels Red Deer is providing shuttle services for this event.   It’s free with your ticket to participate.  Here’s the schedule for pick up!

Ghost & Art Alley Tour – South Shuttle. (pick up)

  • Pick up at Enmax Centrium from (11:35 – 11:44)
  • Enmax to Motel 6 (4min) — (11:48 – 11:54)
  • Motel 6 to Sandman (4min) — (11:58 – 12:03)
  • Sandman to Cambridge (4min) — (12:07 – 12:12)
  • Cambridge to Baymont (3min) — (12:16 – 12:21)
  • Baymont to DBA (4min) — Arrive at 12:25 p.m.

Ghost & Art Alley Tour – North Shuttle (pick up)

  • Pick up at Best Western from (11:53 – 11:58)
  • Best Western to Radisson (3min) — (12:01 – 12:06)
  • Radisson to Quality Inn & Suites (6min) — (12:12 – 12:17)
  • Quality Inn & Suites to DBA (7min) — Arrive at 12:23 p.m.

Dine Downtown – Friday, November 1 – 4:00 to 6:30

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On Friday, November 1, jump in our “limo” and discover two unique downtown restaurants!

Your ride and meal will be a highlight of your Red Deer experience!

Again Hotels Red Deer is providing shuttle services for this event.   It’s free with your ticket to participate.  Here’s the schedule for pick up!

Downtown Dining – South Shuttle (pick up)

  • Pick up at Enmax Centrium from (3:35 – 3:45)
  • Enmax to Motel 6 (4min) — (3:49 – 3:54)
  • Motel 6 to Sandman (4min) — (3:58 – 4:03)
  • Sandman to Cambridge (4min) — (4:07 – 4:12)
  • Cambridge to Baymont (3min) — (4:16 – 4:21)
  • Baymont to DBA (4min) — Arrive at 4:25 p.m.

Downtown Dining – North Shuttle (pick up)

  • Pick up at Best Western from (3:45 – 3:55)
  • Best Western to Radisson (3min) — (3:58 – 4:03)
  • Radisson to Quality Inn & Suites (6min) — (4:09 – 4:14)
  • Quality Inn & Suites to DBA (7min) — Arrive at 4:21 p.m.

Click here for information and tickets to Tribe..

Click here for tickets to Tandoor & Flame

Shop, dine or play in Downtown Red Deer during the 2019 Canadian Finals Rodeo! Email a picture of your receipt(s) from ANY Downtown businesses for your chance to win.


Participants will be entered in a draw to win back the value of their purchases, up to $500. Purchases made at any time between October 26-November 3, 2019 can be combined as one entry.

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tue19nov1:00 pm3:00 pmDiabetes Discussion Drop In1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

thu21novAll Daysun24Festival of Trees(All Day)

thu21nov6:00 pm11:00 pmFestival of Trees - Preview Dinner6:00 pm - 11:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

fri22nov8:00 pm11:00 pmFestival of Wines8:00 pm - 11:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

sat23nov9:00 am12:00 pmFestival Family Bingo - 1st time ever!9:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

sat23nov6:00 pm11:00 pmMistletoe Magic !6:00 pm - 11:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

sat23nov8:00 pmRed Deer Nov 23 - Calgary's THIRD CHAMBER - EP release show "Harvesting Our Decay"8:00 pm

sun24nov9:00 am12:00 pmBreakfast with Santa9:00 am - 12:00 pm MST Westerner Park, 4847A-19 Street

mon25nov1:30 am2:30 pmPlanning A Calmer Christmas1:30 am - 2:30 pm

mon25nov6:30 pm8:30 pmRustic Succulent Box WorkshopUnique Workshop to create Succulent Box6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

tue26nov1:00 pm3:00 pmDiabetes Discussion Drop InDiabetes Discussion Drop In1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

thu28nov7:30 pm11:00 pmA special Christmas Musical Event at The KrossingBig Hank's Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas7:30 pm - 11:00 pm MST The Krossing, 5114 48 Avenue