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Cam Neufeld and the Rd to Django Collective

Demmitt Hall, Demmitt

Cam Neufeld -violin Clint Pelletier- guitar Lisi Sommer - Vocals Billie Zizi - guitar and vocals Don Ross - clarinet Farley Scott - bass Geoff O'Brian- percussion
The Road to Django is a show that celebrates the life of Django Reinhardt (Jan 23, 1910 - May 16,1953) and the music of the Roma. It was put together after Cam Neufeld attended the Django fest in Samois France in 2010 that celebrated Django’s 100th birthday.

Following the gypsy trail from India through Persia, Turkey, the Balkans, and Spain, ending with the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, this show will take you on a musical journey through exotic lands to the swing era of the Quintet of the Hotclub of France!

$25 advance $27 at the door Age limit: All ages

Billie Zizi and the gypsy jive

Shaw Convention Center Edmonton , Edmonton

Come One, Come All! On May 9, 2014, you and your guests will be immersed in a big-top experience like no other; one that will transport you to the romantic age of bygone dustbowl carnivals. Like stepping into a storybook, you are sure to come alive within the dazzling confines of CASA Carnival!

Our celebration will open with effervescent cocktails and roving performances in a bustling carnival environment. Mingle with more than 500 fellow revelers amid impossible feats of magic, mysterious fortune tellers and intimate circus performances while your guests sample tantalizing midway treats and examine the tempting lots to be found on our auction tables. For a sweet and eclectic take on dustbowl jazz, sway along to original music, swing standards and fits of balkan insanity courtesy of Edmonton based Billie Zizi and the Gypsy Jive! You will share in the philosophy, "eating is a discovery" with award winning Chef Simon Smotkowicz' three course feast worthy of applause.

Ringmaster Fred Keating will lead you through an enchanted evening of performances and accolades of CASA’s work in the community, and auctioneer Garry Meyer will direct a thrilling live auction experience where your guests have the opportunity to bring home lavish prizes in support of children’s mental health.

The evening’s festivities conclude with our finale act, a sumptuous cocktail lounge complete with captivating live entertainment where remaining merrymakers may bask in songs and drink and savour the magic of the evening well into nightfall.

“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”

― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circu

$2000 for a table of 10.. individual tickets avalable as well

Billie Zizi and Cam Neufeld Train Roots Tour

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Edmonton to Halifax and back

Edmonton to Halifax and back.. Itinerary: Edmonton to Toronto train - April 6 - 8

The Central, 603 Markham St, Toronto, April 8 , 9 pm Cameron House - 408 Queen St W, Toronto Ont short tweener set for Scott Cook 7pm East Village Arts Co-op , 757 Dundas St London Ont

Montreal - Halifax train April 16 -17

Canso Bar - April 21 Canso Nova Scotia House concert at Lenny's and Heather's April 24th -P.E.I. House concert in Charlottetown,April 25 P.E.I.

Halifax to Winnipeg train - April 27th to May 1st

Florian Vorreiter Lutherie concert series May 3rd http://www.vorreiterguitars.com/?page_id=226 Winnipeg to Edmonton train May 5 -6 www.billiezizi.com www.camneufeld.com

Cam Neufeld and Billie Zizi are a father daughter duo whose musical inclinations span a broad horizon. From Gypsy Jazz to folk to canadian fiddle tunes this duo has traveled as far as Turkey, Romania and France in search of new sounds. Cam has played his own style of fiddle music in clubs and festivals across the prairies and around the world. Cam's daughter, Billie Zizi, had an early start in music playing electric guitar her band "the rotten socks" at age seven. Since then she has gone on to front her own project as well as backing up her dad is several others. Billie Zizi finished the Jazz Guitar Program at Grant MacEwan in 2012 and is currently recording her first solo album.

The richness of traditional Canadian fiddle music in proximity to Billie's smoky jazz vocals and quirky original folk music creates a beautiful and odd pairing of old and new. he Duo will be travelling across canada as part of Via rails 'Artists on the Rails' in April 2014.

Age limit: All ages

Billie Zizi birthday bash, album fundraiser and tour kickoff

Sugar Swing Ballroom, 10545 81 ave, Edmonton

Help support a great local artist who plays great indie and swing music! Billie Zizi, a sweet talent in Edmonton. You've got many reasons to go: birthday bash, album fundraiser and tour kick off!

Set 1 @ 7pm: Concert-style. This set will feature Billie Zizi's original music. It will showcase the talents of Bramwell park, Moses Gregg and special guests Kirstin Elliot and Matt Blackie. The music performed will be the material that has been recorded for the album. Not to be missed.

Intermission: Short swing dance lesson! We break away the chairs and open up the space for a fun, short dance lesson. Stick around!

Set 2 & 3: Swing dance party. We kick the party into high gear with two sets of Gypsy Jazz and Swing music performed by Billie Zizi and the Gypsy Jive. Featuring Cam Neufeld, Jamie Philp, Farley Scott and Bramwell Park. Put on your dancing shoes everyone! Let's have ourselves a ball.

http://billiezizi.com/music

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Age limit: All ages

Cam Neufeld and the Rd to Django Collective

Sloan Auditorium, North Battleford

The Road to Django Collective celebrates the life of Django Reinhardt and the music of the Roma. The show is tailored to fit the event, from intimate concerts to Balkan and swing dance parties, from solo performances to festivals with up to 14 musicians and 8 dancers. This show draws on a talented pool of musicians each of whom provide their unique musicality and energy to make and shape this original and exciting show.

Following the gypsy trail from India through Persia, Turkey, the Balkans, and Spain, ending with the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, this show will take you on a musical journey through exotic lands to the swing era of the Quintet of the Hotclub of France! North Battleford Show

Cam Neufeld – violin A long time fixture in the Edmonton music scene, Cam has played his own style of fiddle music in clubs and festivals across the prairies and around the world. From the street to the concert hall, his musical journey has spanned the gamut of styles from traditional fiddling to jazz . Cam has spent the last three years tracing the route of the gypsy’s from India through Turkey, the Balkan’s, France and Spain and studying and composing music inspired by this journey.

Billie Zizi – guitar and vocals Billie Zizi’s music spans a broad range of styles from straight ahead acoustic gypsy jazz to Balkan beats to electro live looping. A recent graduate of the jazz program at Grant MacEwan, Billie had been fronting the band Billie Zizi and the Gypsy Jive, playing with Nadine Kelman and the Black Wonders and pursuing a solo career.

Clint Pelletier – guitar A protege of his father, Freddie Pelletier, Clint has toured extensively across North America and Europe. After settling back into Edmonton he has become one of the most sought-after freelance guitarists in the Country, Folk and Jazz scenes. In the Rd to Django show, his fiery guitar work pays homage to Django Reinhardt.

Don Ross – clarinet Don’s rich musical background includes numerous recordings and broadcasts of traditional masterpieces and new work. A seasoned soloist, session player, conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Don Ross brings the sound of the Balkan clarinet to the show.

Farley Scott – bass Having played with a long list of luminaries including k. d. lang , Ellen Mcilwaine, Lester Quitzau, Dawn Chubai, Terry Morrison, Johnny Winter, Otis Talyor and many others, Farley brings his vast experience and creativity to the show.

Geoff O’Brian – percussion Fluent in many styles, Geoff plays darbuka, cajon, and drum kit laying down the powerful rhythms and energetic percussion needed to keep the dance floor hopping.

Lisi Sommer – vocals A vocal power house, reminiscent of the queen of the gypsies, Esma Redzepova, Lisi sings in 6 languages with a passion and virtuosity that always brings the house down!

Get your tickets now for this great show.

$20 members $25 non-members

Cam Neufeld and the Rd to Django Collective

The Artery, 9535 Jasper Ave , Edmonton, Alberta

Cam Neufeld and the Rd to Django Collective present: Two nights.... Balkan and Swing Dance Party Saturday night - 9pm Tales from the Gypsy Trail Sunday night concert -8pm Following the gypsy trail from India through Persia, Turkey , the Balkans, and Spain , ending with a celebration of Django Reinhardt on his 104th birthday, this show will take you on a musical journey through exotic lands to the swing era of the Quintet of the Hotclub of France! 1 Concert +1 Dance party +14 Musicians + 2 Birthday cakes = 2 Epic Nights ! See you there! The Artery 9535 Jasper Avenue Edmonton AB tickets - $22 advance -$25 @ door Contact Marianne for tickets - 780-424-4768

advance $22 at the door $25 Age limit: All ages

Cam Neufeld and the Rd to Django Collective

The Artery, 9535 Jasper Ave , Edmonton, Alberta

Cam Neufeld and the Road to Django Collective present: Two nights.... Balkan and Swing Dance Party Saturday night - 9pm Tales from the Gypsy Trail Sunday night concert -8pm Following the gypsy trail from India through Persia, Turkey , the Balkans, and Spain , ending with a celebration of Django Reinhardt on his 104th birthday, this show will take you on a musical journey through exotic lands to the swing era of the Quintet of the Hotclub of France! 1 Concert +1 Dance party +14 Musicians + 2 Birthday cakes = 2 Epic Nights ! See you there! The Artery 9535 Jasper Avenue Edmonton AB tickets - $22 advance -$25 @ door Contact Marianne for tickets - 780-424-4768

advance $22 at the door $25 Age limit: All ages

Jan5

Jim Findlay Trio

Blue Chair Cafe, Edmonton, Alberta

Dec31

Cam Neufeld and the Rd to Django Collective

McDougal United Church, Edmonton, Alberta

Dec15

Jim Findlay Trio

Blue Chair Cafe, Edmonton, Alberta

Jazz Brunch from 10 am - 2pm

by donation

Dec14

Back Porch Swing

La Crema Cafe, St Albert Alberta

Dec7

Back Porch Swing

Private function , Edmonton AB

Dec6

Back Porch Swing

Christmas fund raiser, Red Deer, Alberta

Nov29

Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble

Convocation Hall, U of A campus, Edmonton

7:30 pm

Billie Zizi and the Gypsy Jive

Blue Chair Cafe, 9624- 76 ave, Edmonton

Hot Jazz! Gypsy Swing! Edmonton based Billie Zizi and the Gypsy Jive provide a sweet and eclectic take on gypsy jazz. Combining original music, old swing standards and balkan flavors its a show you don’t want to miss! Billie Zizi, vocals/guitar Jamie Philp, guitar

Farley Scott, bass Dwayne Hrynkiw, percussion Cam Neufeld, fiddle

$15 Age limit: All ages