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Some of Our Best Friends are Singers V2

Join the Wednesday Night Big Band at Ironwood for a fun night of big band jazz, featuring vocalists Wendy Lomnes, Erin Elies, Kevin Waites, and the ‘Here Comes Treble’ vocal ensemble.

We’ll be performing selections from Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Harry Connick Jr., Diane Schuur, Shirley Bassey, and more!

The Ironwood Stage And Grill
All Ages
Cover Charge: $20
Make a reservation for your table by calling 403-269-5581 (ticket price added to your bill)

Band members
Vocals: Wendy Lomnes, Erin Elies, Kevin Waites, and the 'Here Comes Treble' ensemble
Saxes: Larry Blenkin, Erin Elies, Paul Evans, Karen Heaton, Mireille Robinson
Trombones: Jacqueline Abbott, John Abraham, Shelley Langdon, John Towell
Trumpets: Michael Hynes, Jon Mossing, Dave Prentice, Keven Waites
Rhythm: John McRory (guitar), Alex Netelenbos (bass), Bryan Niblock (drums), Rod Schmidt (piano)

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WNBB Fall Show is October 18th at Dickens

We're excited to be starting up the band in early September, and our first show is at Dickens Pub on October 18th, 2023. Hope to see you there! Save the date, and stay tuned for more details.

WNBB Christmas Concert Dec 11 2019 at Dickens

The Wednesday Night Big Band is coming back to Dickens for a "Christmas and More" show. $15. Dec 11, 2019. Our amazing vocal ladies vocalists MJ de Waal and Wendy Lomnes will sing some of our favourite Christmas songs. John de Waal will be playing drums for us this gig, and we’ll let him show off. A couple of Dave Prentice original arrangements are planned, including the Easter Christmas favourite Jesus Christ Superstar. Come enjoy Dickens and the band, music makes the season!

Please respond on Facebook to help us spread the word!

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WNBB October 23 At Dickens

The Wednesday Night Big Band returns to Dickens Pub for our fall opening show. MJ de Waal and Wendy Lomnes will both be there on vocals.

8PM, $15 at the door. More details to come!

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WNBB Upcoming show May 22 and a crossover DSPB show May 10

Two exciting news items from the Wednesday Night Big Band:

First, this Friday, May 10th, three of the WNBB members will be performing with Delirium Street Party Brass at the Blind Beggar Pub. If you haven’t seen Kevin, Dana and John hit the pop and songs hard with a brass band (no guitars!), you should treat yourself to this. It’s a fundraiser for Inn From The Cold and there are four other bands, including a Green Day tribute band "Bleeds Green" and other cover and punk bands. Three featured vocalists with Delirium! More information and a ticket link on Delirium’s website.

Second, we are pleased to announce the WNBB’s season ending show at Dickens Pub on May 22nd. We’ll have a great selection of big band instrumentals and vocals. A Stan Kenton tune "Decoupage" in 5/4 (think "Time Out" but Kenton), Skylark, perennial funk favourite "Raisin' The Roof", Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "The Look of Love", "Sister Sadie" , "Start A Fire" from the movie La La Land, and many more! More information next week.

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PS. if you want a better feel of what Delirium Street Party Brass is all about, here’s a video:

Spring Concert at Dickens

The WNBB Big Band has a great show planned for you for the first day of Spring on March 20th, at Dickens Pub. We will feature two new arrangements: Selections from Jesus Christ Superstar by our own Dave Prentice, and This Could Be The Start Of Something Big by our own Dana Kaukinen. Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal will be singing with us. We’ll also be reviving some old favourites, including Spain and Chuck Mangione’s Land of Make Believe. Mr Pat Beliiveau will be joining us!

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Christmas and More with the WNBB at Dickens

The WNBB Big Band plays Dickens Pub on December 12th. Come out for great big band jazz including some of your favourite Christmas songs.

Fall 2018 Concert at Dickens October 24

Join us on Wednesday for our fall show! Dickens Pub, 9th Ave and 9 St SW Calgary, $15, 8PM.

Movie and Broadway Big Band Music tomorrow night at Dickens

A reminder from the WNBB that our concert of TV, Movie and Broadway music is at Dickens Pub in less than 24 hours, Tuesday the 12th of June at 8PM.

We have music from La La Land, including our version of Start A Fire:

Hope to see you there!

Here are some pick up lines from "Start A Fire" to try out at Dickens to see if they work:

"I don’t know what your name is but I like it."
"I don’t know what you came to do, but I want to do it with you".
"Feel the heat of passion, baby, light up the night"

Movie music Featuring La La Land June 12

Come to Dickens Pub June 12 13. We are excited to announce our Movie themed concert. We’re playing a number of original arrangements of songs from the La La Land movie, with Wendy Lomnes, MJ de Waal and Kevin Waites singing. Ron Wrigley will be tinkling the keys playing Ryan Gosling’s role in the movie.

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Other songs from these shows and more!

West Side Story
Tango and Cash
Funny Girl
The Detectives
Wizard of Oz
Sweet Charity
Girl Crazy
Gay Divorcee
Daddy Long Legs
Swing Kids
The Pink Panther

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Promo Video featuring "Sisters"

Come see us March 21 at Dickens! Here’s a little preview, this song was recorded live at Dickens in December 2017.

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Some clips from the WNBB Big Band, come see us at Dickens!

Spring Concert March 21 at Dickens

Join us on March 21st 2018 for our special spring concert at Dickens Pub. Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal will be singing with us. Mark your calendars and save the date! More details to follow as we finalize our program!

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WNBB Big Band at Dickens November 1

The Wednesday Night Big Band returns to Dickens Pub on November 1st. We’ve been working on a great set of new songs and old favourites. Wendy Lomnes and MJ de Waal are both singing with us!

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Door: $15.

Great food, staff and beer at Dickens, so come early and say hi!

Jazz Walk at Ironwood June 18

The WNBB big band has been invited to play Calgary’s Summer Jazz Festival. We are playing as part of Jazz Walk generously sponsored by TD Canada Trust and the Inglewood BIA. Popular, family-friendly, free events throughout the beautiful Inglewood/9th Avenue Strip.

Come see us at Ironwood Stage and Grill at 2PM, after the wonderful young JazzYYC lab band.

Pat Belliveau will be joining us to reprise his seminal role as our baritone sax player. Wendy Lomnes and MJ de Waal will be appearing on vocals.


Less than 24 hours until our show at Dickens

Don’t forget about The Wednesday Night Big Bands concert at Dickens Pub in less than 24 hours! We have a great set of music and vocals for you, with Wendy and Mari Jo singing with us. Say hi to spring and enjoy the food, drinks, service and music at Dickens!


May 31 at Dickens

The Wednesday Night Big Band returns to Dickens Pub on May 31, 2017, 8:00PM, Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal singing.


From Jazz With Love Feb 15 at Dickens

Calgary’s WNBB Big Band invites you to "From Jazz With Love" at Dickens Pub February 15th 8:00PM $15. Our wonderful vocalists Mari Jo de Waal and Wendy Lomnes will be interpreting your Valentines Day feelings. 8:00 PM start, but come early for cheap beer, good food, and to say hi to the band!

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Big Band Christmas Show Dec 21 at Dickens Pub

Ladies and Gentleman, all of us from the Wednesday Night Big Band wish you a wonderful holiday season. We hope to see you on Wednesday, at Dickens Pub. We have an exciting show with Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal singing with us. Of course we’ll have some holiday favourites and some great big band tunes including standards, original arrangements, and fan favourites. 8PM to 10PM. Come early for food and Christmas Cheer.


WNBB Dickens Jazz Big Band Christmas moved to Dec 21

The Wednesday Night Big Band’s show at Dickens Pub has been moved to Wednesday December 21st. We’ll still have Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal singing for us. We’ll throw in a few extra Christmas tunes!

If you need to schedule a Christmas Party, please contact Chris at Dickens! Dickens has room for your dinner party, and tell Chris you want to stay and listen to big band jazz at 8PM.

WNBB at Dickens Dec 21 with MJ de Waal and Wendy Lomnes

The Wednesday Night Big Band will return to Dickens Pub on Dec 21 2016. We will have both of our amazing vocalists, Mari Jo de Waal and Wendy Lomnes. With both vocalists on the bill, and a few Christmas and holiday songs in the mix, this will be a show not to miss.

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Holiday Big Band Show Dec 15 Dickens

December 15 we’ll return to Dickens Pub. We have Wendy Lomnes joining us on vocals, with a stellar collection of big band Christmas songs mixed in with some fantastic instrumentals. Check Facebook or subscribe to the Mailing List for last minute information. Invite your friends!

Show is at 8PM. Dickens is at 1000 – 9th Ave SW, Calgary.

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Reminder: Thursday 25 family friendy outdoor big-band jazz

A reminder everyone Thursday (tomorrow) night at ContainR is our outdoor show. It’s a family friendly Big Band Show. Here is what you need to know:

  • Starts at 6:30 (music at 7:00)
  • Weather forecast is hot! Hello summer! Bring a hat.
  • Map and venue pictures below (so you can find us), 1020 2nd Ave NW
  • The LRT is right there! Bike path too! If you really want to drive there is street parking, or a City lot a block and a half away at 1056 Memorial Dr NW.
  • Pay What You Can cover charge -- don’t stay away just because you are broke and can’t make rent! Satisfaction guaranteed or you don’t pay!
  • Wendy and Mari Jo are singing.
  • We are very excited about our setlist, we have great songs in a number of styles.
  • This is the first in a series of events over the summer, with different genres and focus, see poster below.
  • Bicycle powered sound from OpenStreets! If someone in your family needs some exercise, bring them along to pedal the generator. They are also bringing their "Fender Blender" in case you need a bicycle powered beverage.
  • Our business friends in Kensington have been super supportive, so please wine, dine, and shop in the 'hood before and after.

We can’t wait to see you!


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New outdoor Music & Market Series opens June 25 with WNBB


Next week on the evening of Thursday June 25 we are proud to open the brand new Music and Market Square. This is a unique summer event series for Calgary:
All Ages
Pay What You Can cover charge
Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30
Together with local vendors

Stay tuned for the official announcement in the next few days. There are eight Thursday Night events planned for this summer, we get to be first!

We have a great music lineup for this event. Wendy and Mari Jo will be on vocals. Bring your sweetie, your folks, your children, some dancing shoes. No barrier, no tickets, no prices, consider this your opportunity to directly support community local music.

The venue is ContainR, right near the Sunnyside LRT Station. It’s an Art Park.

Does anyone remember 20 years ago when the WNBB played the band shell in Riley Park? This will be like that, only 1) A Weeknight, 2) Kickstarted by a community donor, but sustained by your Pay What You Can cover charge, and 3) A few blocks further east.

Come support the band and show your love for the musicians and for live outdoor friendly urban music events!

UPDATE: Here is the Facebook event page and the weather forecast looks great! We will have Pedal Powered Sound from Open Streets Calgary.

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Videos from last night

What fun last night at Dickens! For those that weren’t there, there was some video taken and posted on Facebook. See below:

PS Tonight, February 26, Marco, John2 and Dana of the WNBB are going to play with Delirium over at the Cafe Koi "Jazz n More" open mic. Ron is hosting on Piano and Wendy plans to be there too! Who knows who else from the band might show up. So if you chickened out last night because of a little bit of snow, turn over a new leaf and come say hi to some of us tonight.

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WNBB Big Band at Dickens February 25

The Wednesday Night Big Band will be returning to Dickens Pub on February 25th, 2015. Hope to see you!

Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal will be joining us on vocals. We have a number of new songs for your listening pleasure including a couple by New Zealand’s Alan Broadbent. Great food and good times at Dickens. $15 Cover, 8PM downbeat (come early for food, drinks and socializing.)

Wendy's CD Release

Tomorrow (Sunday) our great vocalist Wendy Lomnes has her CD Release Party. 7PM at the National Music Centre. Please support Jazz in Calgary, Wendy, and the great people at Koi by attending and buying her CD.

Next show Nov 26 at Dickens

The next public performance by the Wednesday Night Big Band will be November 26 at Dicken’s Pub. We’ve been working on some new (and previously neglected) songs from our library. Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal will be on vocals. Please save the date and invite your friends. Here is the Facebook Event, please do the Facebook "Join" and "Invite" routine. Thank you, and we'll see you there.

June 4 Dickens Pub

We are playing June 4th at Dickens Pub. Mari Jo de Waal and Wendy Lomnes will be joining us on vocals. Show will be at 8:00 PM. This will be our last show before our summer break, so we hope you all come out.

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