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Blues talent Suzie Vinnick owns it at the Empress

Blues artist Suzie Vinnick performs at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Suzie Vinnick, a stand-out blues artist and unforgettable guitar player, is coming to the Empress Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
A Saskatoon native now living in Ontario, Vinnick has enjoyed a 30-year career in roots and blues that has taken her across the country and around the world.
Vinnick picked up her first guitar at the age of nine and went on to learn bass, saxophone, mandolin, lap steel, piano, and more.
Vinnick is a three-time Juno nominee, Canadian Folk Music Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more.
Her most recent successes include being awarded the 2019 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Special Recognition Award and being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama.
Vinnick’s latest album is a full band roots and blues extravaganza titled Shake the Love Around.
It is her sixth solo album and moves beyond her singer–songwriter persona to celebrate her prodigious instrumental chops — on bass, lap steel, electric and acoustic guitar, and the gorgeous National Folkstar guitar. From start to finish, the joy and power of Vinnick’s full-bodied vocals is on-target in every track.
“Singing is like sleeping and breathing for me,” Vinnick said. “If you can’t sing with feeling, you can’t move people.”
Vinnick has toured nationally with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café and the John McDermott Band, and has also performed for Canadian peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Hortons for five years.
Vinnick’s voice is one you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers, and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is worth the show.
Up-coming Centre Stage concerts:
• Colleen Brown and the Joni Mitchell Songbook on Jan. 25.
• Leaf Rapids and Blue Moon Marquee on Feb. 20.
• Braden Gates and Russell deCarle on April 18.