When our lives are usually dominated by work or school, home chores, and taking care of ourselves or our kids, having occasional, wholesome diversions becomes important. This takes away the stress of our everyday routines and makes us more social members of our community.
Last December, there were two events that continued to make the presence of Filipino-Canadian felt in the Winnipeg community at large.
The Cavern (112 Osborne St., Osborne Village)
featuring Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds, Disraeli Dreamers, The 12/21
Pampanga Restaurant (349 Henry Ave.)
featuring The 12/21, Ragdolls, and Ardie Sarao with aLfie vera mella
The dinner show was opened by performances by the father-and-daughter tandem called Knights & Angel; a solo guitar-vocal set by Teo Mance; and an acoustic, trippy, abstract sonic art performance by guitarist-singer Ardie Sarao and vocalist/percussionist aLfie vera mella. The main support act then graced the stage next—Ragdolls, performing an Alternative Ska/Punk set that included covers from No Doubt, Pu3ska, and Reel Big Fish. Finally, the headliners—the band of brothers, The 12/21—brought the house down and wrapped the night up with their usual, lively set of original songs plus covers from a variety of bands VST & Co. (“Sumayaw Sumunod”), The Cure (“In Between Days”), Devo (“Whip It”), The B-52s (“Rock Lobster”), and The Romantics (“What I Like about You”).
February and May
This year, Winnipeg will be treated some more with Philippine-based artists who are touring North America. In February, the bands Urban Dub and Franco will play Winnipeg for the first time. This will be brought to us by Filipino TV (Details to follow). On February 14, singer Lani Misalucha will grace the stage of Club regent Event Centre. And then, come May, one of Winnipeg’s favorite vocalists/singers—Bamboo, formerly of Rivermaya, will be dishing again his beloved songs.
This will be brought to us by MCY Entertainment.
[photo credits: Arnel/Jeprox Photography; Jhayzon Paredes/204 Live Music/Jaizen Design]