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Empress series features award winning acts

A line-up that features Juno and Grammy award winners is set for the Empress Theatre’s 2023-’24 Centre Stage Series.

Program director John Wort Hannam introduced the line-up for the next season April 28 prior to the final concert in the 2022-’23 concert series.


The 2023-’24 concert series opens Sept. 28 with a performance by internationally-renowned guitarist Pavlo.

Pavlo blends Greek, Flamenco, Latin and Balkan flavours with a contemporary sound in his award-winning music.

An award-winning recording artist, performer and songwriter, Pavlo has released 15 albums and recorded four PBS TV concert specials.

Diyet and the Love Soldiers

The second concert in the series features Diyet and the Love Soldiers on Oct. 12.

Diyet and the Love Soldiers perform alternative country, folk, roots and traditional music with catchy melodies and stories rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life.

Diyet was born in a tent and raised on the ancestral lands of the Kluane First Nation in the Yukon.

Ryland Moranz

Ryland Moranz returns to his home town for the third concert in the series on Nov. 10.

Moranz blends earthy folk, roots and rock influences into his original music.

The singer-songwriter and accomplished musician has toured internationally and his album XO, 1945 was nominated for a 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year.

David Francey with Terra Spencer

The concert series continues in 2024 with a performance Feb. 8 by Juno Award winner David Francey, accompanied by Terra Spencer.

Francey’s career has made him one of Canada’s most revered storyteller, singer and folk poet.

A Scottish-born carpenter, Francey for decades worked his way across Canada, taking jobs in railyards, construction sites and in the Yukon bush.

Along the way he wrote poetry and melodies, and in his 40s began to share them with others, eventually releasing 11 albums that garnered him three Juno Awards.

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys take the Empress stage Feb. 29 for the fifth concert in the series.

Led by fiddler MacKeeman, the band features pickers and singers playing everything from down-home country to reckless rockabilly.

Their high-energy shows delight audiences with MacKeeman’s own unique blend of Canadian clogging and step-dancing.

John Reischman and the Jaybirds

John Reischman and the Jaybirds close out the concert series with a performance on April 19.

A Grammy Award winner, Reischman is a foundational mandolin player, composer, band leader and educator in bluegrass, roots and folk music.

A member of the groundbreaking Ton Rice Unit, Reischman’s mastery of bluegrass, old-time, swing and Latin musical styles have earned him a global reputation as one of the finest mandolin players of his era.

For tickets, visit , call 403-553-4404 or visit the Box Office on Main Street.

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