COMING EVENTS

Stand Up Comedy with Lars Callieou and guest Alex Fortin
Friday, Feb 12
Lars Callieou has done almost all there is to do in Canada. He has a comedy special currently airing on the Comedy Network, appearances at the Just for Laughs and Halifax Comedy Festivals and his comedy radio show was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award. Lars has been on CBC’s The Debaters, XM Radio and Shaw Cable. From his humble beginning in a pub to headlining his first club, Lars Callieou has compiled an impressive list of comedy credits and has received countless awards. In America, Lars was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, he’s traveled overseas multiple times to entertain the servicemen and women and he’s appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Boston Comedy Festival and played Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas. At the end of last year, Lars toured with Miss Joan Rivers for a second time. She even requested him personally, “Get the funny Canadian kid again.” Lars has gone on to open shows for the likes of Mitch Fatel, Kevin Pollack, Aries Spears, Russell Peters and Mike MacDonald. Lars will be joined by Alex Fortin, who is a Stand up Comedian from Edmonton Alberta. He started performing at the age of 19, and in just 4 short years has become one of Western Canada's most accomplished young acts. His honest stories and truth seeking rants have landed him appearances in The Okanagan Comedy Festival, The Edmonton Fringe Festival and The Main Event at The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas.   //   Showtime: 9pm | Cover: $20   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Stand Up Comedy with Lars Callieou and guest Alex Fortin
Saturday, Feb 13
Lars Callieou has done almost all there is to do in Canada. He has a comedy special currently airing on the Comedy Network, appearances at the Just for Laughs and Halifax Comedy Festivals and his comedy radio show was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award. Lars has been on CBC’s The Debaters, XM Radio and Shaw Cable. From his humble beginning in a pub to headlining his first club, Lars Callieou has compiled an impressive list of comedy credits and has received countless awards. In America, Lars was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, he’s traveled overseas multiple times to entertain the servicemen and women and he’s appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Boston Comedy Festival and played Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas. At the end of last year, Lars toured with Miss Joan Rivers for a second time. She even requested him personally, “Get the funny Canadian kid again.” Lars has gone on to open shows for the likes of Mitch Fatel, Kevin Pollack, Aries Spears, Russell Peters and Mike MacDonald. Lars will be joined by Alex Fortin, who is a Stand up Comedian from Edmonton Alberta. He started performing at the age of 19, and in just 4 short years has become one of Western Canada's most accomplished young acts. His honest stories and truth seeking rants have landed him appearances in The Okanagan Comedy Festival, The Edmonton Fringe Festival and The Main Event at The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas.   //   Showtime: 9pm | Cover: $20   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Valentines Day with Slow Leaves
Sunday, Feb 14
Come by Fratters for Valentines Day! We've got a special 3 course dinner prepared for $25 per person, or feel free to order one of our delicious menu items! There will be $3 OFF all our steaks, and 1/2 OFF bottles of wine! Slow leaves will be performing at 8pm. $5 cover. 3 course meal as follows: Your choice of a Caesar salad or Artisan Greens salad to start, and your choice of our Chicken Francisco stuffed with sauteed mushrooms and onions, topped with a white zinfandel sauce, our Antipasto Cannelloni, or the option to upgrade to our Steak and Lobster as your entree (vegan option to come). Finally, finish with your choice of a Red Velvet heart shaped cupcake, or Tiramisu for dessert!   //   Entertainer for the evening: Slow Leaves is the recording name of Winnipeg's Grant Davidson. He has garnered a reputation as much for his honest lyrics and stirring voice as his intimate stage performances and confessional story- telling. His country-tinged folk music is deeply rooted in the genuine and honest, rich in melody and sung from the heart of downtown. For more information, click here: http:  //  slowleaves.com   //   Showtime: 8pm | Cover: $5   //   Come celebrate Valentines Day with Fratters! Enjoy 1/2 OFF bottles of wine and $3 OFF all our steaks, and the music and songwriting of Slow Leaves to make for a perfectly romantic Valentines!   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

CLOSED for Family Day!
Monday, Feb 15
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Claude Godin Groove Ensemble
Wednesday, Feb 17
A dynamic and versatile musician, Claude Godin creates mood and memories with music. Coming from an extremely musical family, Claude Godin was immersed in music from early childhood. Initial training began with inspiration from his father who often held jam sessions at the family home. He diligently focused on the basics and grew as a musician over the years. Focused and driven to perfect his art, Claude became well versed in Alto, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones as well as the Clarinet. Claude invested time training with a variety of bands across the country while developing a love for what he calls ‘rootsy’ styles of music such as Jazz, Latin, Blues and Funk. He has performed, as an opening act and/or appeared with the likes of Bo Didley, The Platters, Powder Blues Band, Jack Semple, Matt Andersen, Matt Minglewood, Kim Mitchel, Fred Eagleswith, Ian Mitchel & the Bay City Rollers, Big Dave McLean, Amos Gareth, David Ward, Russell Broom, Donald Ray Johnson, J.W. Jones Blues Band, Elmer Ferrer, Kenny Blues ‘Boss’ Wayne, Legends of Rock N Roll, Tim Williams, just to name a few. For more information, click here: https:  //  www.facebook.com/claude.godin.58?ref=ts&fref=ts   //   Showtime: 8:30pm | Cover: $5   //   Hang out online with us! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Dave Babcock & the Nightkeepers
Thursday, Feb 18
The Nightkeepers represent something different on the Canadian blues scene. They’re an exciting Edmonton-based band that lights it up every night with their high-octane blues style. Their tight 4-piece line-up includes some of Canada’s finest blues players, featuring the soulful voice and wailing tenor sax of bandleader Dave Babcock, the fiery guitar playing of Alex Herriot, the keyboard wizardry of Bruce Mohacsy on Hammond B3 and the powerful grooves of drummer Bill Hobson. Horn man and singer Dave Babcock won the Calgary Blues Music Association’s ‘Horn Player of the Year’ Award in 2013 and has appeared on two Juno Award-winning albums. Guitarist Alex Herriot is a founding member of Maple Blues Award-winning band The Rockin’ Highliners and plays the blues with an intensity matched by few. Bruce Mohacsy’s prowess on the Hammond B3 adds to his reputation as a consummate musician and top-notch keyboard player. Co-owner and producer at Crowtown Productions, Bill Hobson is an experienced and respected drummer, best known for his work with Tacoy Ryde. The Nightkeepers released their debut album “Dusk Till Dawn” to two sold out crowds at the Yardbird Suite in 2011. "Dusk Till Dawn" received significant airplay on CKUA Radio in Alberta, peaking at 16 in the Top 30 Album Charts in July of 2011 and finishing the year at 55 in their Top 100 Albums of The Year. Their album garnered frequent airplay on CJSR Radio in Edmonton and tracks from "Dusk Till Dawn" have also been featured nationally on Holger Petersen's "Saturday Night Blues" show on CBC Radio. Inspired by the saxophone, guitar, organ and drum combos that topped the R&B charts in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, The Nightkeepers sound is influenced by the likes of Bill Doggett, Junior Walker & The All-Stars and Jimmie Vaughan’s Tilt A Whirl Band. Whether they’re playing in a small nightclub or on a festival stage, The Nightkeepers always put on a great show, performing their unique brand of original and vintage blues, R&B and instrumental music. Recent performances include Festival Place, the Winspear Centre, the Winter Roots & Blues Roundup III, the Underground Music Society in Peace River and the Pembina River Nights Festival. "Babcock and his quartet have taken their cue from the golden years of rhythm and blues sounds in the mid-20th century. Some of the bandleader's favorites from that era include Junior Walker, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Bill Doggett. Filling out the album are four originals in a similar vein written or co-written by Babcock, including a new take on the bouncy song he penned with Amos Garrett back in 1989, Bert's Boogie. Touching on the innovations of the era, some tracks lean closer to rock 'n' roll or jazz but either way the sounds are delightful." Roger Levesque - Edmonton Journal, Jun. 3/11.   //   Showtime: 8:30pm | Cover: $15   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra
Friday, Feb 19
Paying homage to one of the greatest musicians of all time, the is a 9 piece ensemble performing the hits penned by the legend himself. The RCTO was formed by Musical Director John Gray, bassist and leader on the Calgary Jazz scene, who has toured with the Ray Charles Orchestra. The city's finest musicians recreate the one-of-a-kind sound of Ray Charles and perform such hits as 'Georgia On My Mind', 'MaryAnn', 'Hit the Road Jack' and 'Let the Good Times Roll', among them. Featuring Mr. Thomas Alexander ( The Voice ) on lead vocals, the group includes a solid rhythm section, a killer horn section and two backup singers known as “Soothe Your Soul” The is quickly becoming well-known to Alberta audiences. Their tight sound, danceable rhythms and inimitable repertoire have captured audiences whose tastes run from Jazz to Blues, Country, Soul, R&B and Gospel. For more information, click here: www.raycharlestributeorchestra.com   //   Showtime: 9pm | Tickets: $20   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Ray Charles Tribute Orchestra
Saturday, Feb 20
Paying homage to one of the greatest musicians of all time, the is a 9 piece ensemble performing the hits penned by the legend himself. The RCTO was formed by Musical Director John Gray, bassist and leader on the Calgary Jazz scene, who has toured with the Ray Charles Orchestra. The city's finest musicians recreate the one-of-a-kind sound of Ray Charles and perform such hits as 'Georgia On My Mind', 'MaryAnn', 'Hit the Road Jack' and 'Let the Good Times Roll', among them. Featuring Mr. Thomas Alexander ( The Voice ) on lead vocals, the group includes a solid rhythm section, a killer horn section and two backup singers known as “Soothe Your Soul” The is quickly becoming well-known to Alberta audiences. Their tight sound, danceable rhythms and inimitable repertoire have captured audiences whose tastes run from Jazz to Blues, Country, Soul, R&B and Gospel. For more information, click here: www.raycharlestributeorchestra.com   //   Showtime: 9pm | Tickets: $20   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Jeff Jensen
Wednesday, Feb 24
Most people are in for a shock the first time they experience a Band performance. It starts with the trio mixing an eccentric blend of soul, rock, and American roots music with a deep blues influence. Suddenly Jensen feels the spirit, transforming into a whirling dervish of sight & sound as he bounds across the stage, barely able to contain himself as he wrenches stark, biting six-string explosions from his guitar. His passion is there for all to see, a rare occurrence in these times of buttoned-down music-making. At first, the sheer emotional force he creates can be a bit overwhelming. Then you realize that all art is an expression of the soul, of the power of the life-giving force that created the universe. And Jeff feels it is his responsibility to make the effort to communicate his passion with each member of the audience every night. After all, music is art, and art is the physical form of emotion. In 2015, Jensen released the vibrant Morose Elephant album that captures the flavor of the band’s creative force. Combining seven originals with covers of songs from Memphis Minnie and Amos Milburn plus a traditional gospel hymn, Jensen articulates the depth of his musical vision with help from a number of friends including Victor Wainwright, Reba Russell, and Annie Harris. The disc received even more critical acclaim as the band’s previous release, Road Worn and Ragged (2013), both produced by Jensen. This led to two consecutive Blues Blast Music Award nominations in the Sean Costello Rising Star category (2014/2015). For more information on Jeff, click here: http:  //  jeffjensenband.com   //   Showtime: 8:30pm | Cover: $10   //   Hang out online with us! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Boots and the Hoots presents: "The Pinecone Opry" feat. Mariel Buckley and the Jealous Hearts
Thursday, Feb 25
The haunting, alt-country melodies of Mariel Buckley are not easily forgotten among the polished, typical tunes of modern country music. Amidst the sea of neon-Nashville superstars, Buckley offers a crunchy, roots alternative. Fresh from her 2015 Calgary Folk Music Festival debut; Buckley is in the early stages of planning her second full-length album. The disc will be a follow up to the celebrated ‘Motorhome’, which garnered praises nation wide from CBC, CKUA, CJSW, and CJSR; as well as the ever reputable ‘No Depression’ Magazine. She's been referred to as "...the next Loretta Lynn..." with "...hints of Bruce Springsteen and Patsy Cline all rolled into one." Although the comparative musical shoes to fill are quite sizeable, Buckley brings a magnetic stage presence to every show; pushing her abilities above and beyond to earn her slot in the Canadian Roots scene. For more information, click here: http:  //  www.marielbuckley.com Boots & the Hoots will be there as well, hootin' and hollerin' the night away! For more info on Boots and the Boys, click here: http:  //  olboots.bandcamp.com   //   Showtime: 8:30pm | Cover: $10   //   Hang out online with us! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Stand Up Comedy with Brian Stollery
Friday, Feb 26
Attention to detail is what has made Brian Stollery one of Western Canada’s most sought after corporate comedians. Brian’s self-effacing humor, clever word play, and witty commentary on current events, continues to delight audiences wherever he performs. His performance has been called "quick-witted, intelligent and instantly appealing.". Brian Stollery has performed at festivals including the ‘CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival’ and ‘Global Comedyfest’ in Vancouver and he was the first winner of XM Satellite Radio’s ‘Canada’s Next Top Comic!’ For more information on Brian, click here: http:  //  brianstollery.com   //   Showtime: 9pm | Cover: $20   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Stand Up Comedy with Brian Stollery
Saturday, Feb 27
Attention to detail is what has made Brian Stollery one of Western Canada’s most sought after corporate comedians. Brian’s self-effacing humor, clever word play, and witty commentary on current events, continues to delight audiences wherever he performs. His performance has been called "quick-witted, intelligent and instantly appealing.". Brian Stollery has performed at festivals including the ‘CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival’ and ‘Global Comedyfest’ in Vancouver and he was the first winner of XM Satellite Radio’s ‘Canada’s Next Top Comic!’ For more information on Brian, click here: http:  //  brianstollery.com/   //   Showtime: 9pm | Cover: $20   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Refugee Awareness & Benefit hosted by ETA
Monday, Feb 29
Refugee Awareness & Benefit hosted by Red Deer Empathy to Action (E.T.A). 6 musical performances by Roses and Smoke, Underside Pattern, Jeremy Doody, Dominique Adams, Ryan Carnduff and James Adams. There will also be a silent auction, and a short presentation about Private Sponsorship of Refugees. ETA will be sponsoring two refugee families.   //   Showtime: 6pm | Tickets: $10   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Kane & Potvin
Wednesday, Mar 02
From the mid-’80s to the early-’90s, The Grapes Of Wrath and The Northern Pikes were responsible for some of the catchiest and most heart-felt singles and videos to come out of Canada at that time. Fast forward some 20 years later and the vocalist/guitarists from each of these bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto. This realization led to Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath) getting together to hang out with a couple of guitars for some casual jams, and the conclusion: “This sounds good! Let’s do some shows!” Making their live debut in March of 2014, the two immediately knew they were on to something and have kept at it, playing some 40-odd shows across Canada that first year to enthusiastic audiences. The duo even released a self-titled live recording from one of their house concerts in response to the overwhelming number of fans asking for something to take home. In February of 2015, the pair, now officially calling themselves , decided to see if that live chemistry would extend to the studio. They booked in time with Darryl Neudorf (Blue Rodeo, Neko Case, Lindi Ortega, Jill Barber) near Orangeville, Ontario – coincidentally, the location of Bryan and Kevin’s first show together. From the first rehearsal, Kane said both musicians saw that there was potential to present songs from the Pikes, the Grapes, as well as their respective solo material, in a way that listeners would find both fresh and familiar. Over the year the duo has hit the road as often as possible, playing shows from coast to coast, and performing a mix of Northern Pikes, Grapes Of Wrath, solo songs, and, of course, debuting new material. Still true to their rock roots, continue to heap pop sensibilities generously throughout, but today the lyrics are deeper and richer – tenanted with life stories that can only be accumulated over time. Both artists seem to have found a trusted songwriting partner with which to explore these experiences. For more information click here: http:  //  www.kaneandpotvin.com/home.html   //   Showtime: 8:30pm | Cover: $15

Marshall Lawrence
Thursday, Mar 03
The Band is a 70's infused Blues/Rock Power Trio featuring Maple Blues Award Nominee and Canadian Independent Music Award Nominee, "Doctor of the Blues" on Guitar and Vocals. Marshall has been inducted into the American Heritage Blues of Hall of Fame® as a Great Blues Artist from Canada. Marshall has been described as a Neo-Delta visionary (Living Blues magazine). He has been compared to Woody Guthrie (Living Blues magazine) as well as Taj Mahal, Roy Bookbinder and Corey Harris (Rootstime magazine). Marshall has co-produced and released 4 CDs “Where’s the Party” (2003), “The Morning After” (2008), “Blues Intervention” (2010), and “House Call” (2013) to wide critical acclaim and is currently recording his 5th CD to be released early 2016. For more information, click here: http:  //  marshalllawrence.com/   //   Showtime: 8:30pm | Cover: $10   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Trevor Alguire
Friday, Mar 04
With Music News Nashville touting “Alguire has depth and breadth found in few artists on the current music scene” one can’t but notice the worldwide respect he is gaining as a powerful introspective lyricist with TC Magazine labeling Alguire as “one of Canada’s finest singer/songwriters with well crafted lyrics and a voice that knows how to deliver them”. Hailing from small town Ontario in the Ottawa Valley Alguire first drew attention in 2006 with the release of the album As of Yesterday. The album was critically acclaimed in the press with frequent comparisons to artists such as Steve Earl, Tom Petty, Blue Rodeo & Uncle Tupelo. As of Yesterday’s release landed Alguire his first record deal alongside fellow songwriters such as Steve Earle and Buddy Miller which indicates the depth of his musicianship. Alguire has since gone worldwide with consistent radio play across North America, Europe, and Australia. Two of Alguire’s songs have since been released on Blue Rose Records compilations alongside Gurf Morlix, Steve Earle & Dwight Yoakam. He opened for Martha Wainwright at Ottawa Bluesfest, performed a much coveted showcase at the Contact East Conference and, more recently, opened for Jimmy Rankin as part of the Juno awards. With deep paths now worn in the dirt worldwide from relentless touring Alguire intends to continue to travel back down those paths endlessly “telling tales of life on the road, his words painting pictures of his country and its people”. He is a great story teller with empathy and emotional depth matched by a warm, sonorous and strong voice, reminiscent of Richard Buckner, Tim Easton and Michael Hall.” – Blue Rose Records. For more information, click here: http:  //  trevoralguire.com   //   Showtime: 9pm | Cover: $10   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

Cowpuncher
Saturday, Mar 05
’s intense, high energy live show will leave fists pumping and your ears ringing with raw, authentic and anthemic songs. The royally confident five piece Calgary band is gearing up for the release of their fourth full-length album – Hustle. Working with Toronto based producer Derek Downham (Serena Ryder, Jim Cuddy, Sam Roberts) has energized ’s roots-infused guitar hooks with driving beats and pulsating electric bass lines to knock the socks – and the hats – off their devotees. Touring relentlessly in western Canada, these veteran performers have [un]graced the stages of Sled Island in Calgary, Canada Music Week in Toronto, and Dauphin Country Fest in Dauphin, MB. In 2014 they won a WCMA for Album Design of the Year and in 2015 were selected as one of the top 12 bands in Alberta’s Peak Performance Project, coming home with a songwriting prize, fresh songs built though collaboration, and a reborn drive to deliver sweaty, punchy rock ‘n’ roll. Showtime: 9pm | Cover $10   //   Hang out online with us! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters

The Real Mckenzies with guest BOID
Saturday, Mar 19
THE REAL McKENZIES are not just a band. They are an unstoppable touring machine. A road-hardened crew of traveling minstrels, entertainers and vagabonds on a never-ending quest for good times. For the past 20 years, this ferocious gang of miscreants has been captivating audiences around the globe with their addictive, uncompromising and undeniably heartfelt music. Featuring a diverse and insanely talented roster of musicians, The Real McKenzies draw on both acoustic and electric instruments to blend a potent concoction of classic punk, rock n' roll, hard folk and traditional Celtic influence. Anthemic guitars and soaring bagpipes play off each other as Paul McKenzie spins yarns of times long past and regales with tales of endless drunken revelries. Blistering punk rock boot stompers stand alongside passionate singalong ballads while good times and joyous camaraderie are all the order of the day. For more information, click here: http:  //  www.realmckenzies.com   //   The BOIDS: How do you define this made-up word? You define it as BOIDS; Montréal’s unstoppable punkrock juggernaut, channeling heartache, cosmic frustration and inspiration into a sweaty mess of pop-punk, thrash and old-school HC. For more information on BOIDS, click here: http:  //  boids.bandcamp.com   //   Showtime: Doors at 7pm, show at 9pm | Tickets: $17.50 advance, $20 day of show   //   Ticket Link: https:  //  www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1057597?utm_medium=bks   //   Hard tickets available at Fratters coming soon. Call for reservations following purchase on Ticket Fly.   //   Hang out with us online! Twitter: @FrattersVenue Instagram: @frattersspeakeasy Facebook: /Fratters