Funky Cutz...Check Ça Phat Cutz of the month

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

DCBB Swingin' 40's Show @ 72 Princess November 28, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Hey Y'all! The Dirty Catfish Brass Band will be swingin', 40's style this Friday night. Check it out! The event is a fundraiser for FRAME

... but is also a good reason to head out to a fun party with DCBB! 

Friday, November 28, 2014
9:00 p.m.
72 Princess Street
Admission: $10.00
featuring Dirty Catfish Brass Band
So put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away!

¡Ay! Special guest from Trio Bembe on Check Ça on November 28, 2014

This Friday on Check Ça we will feature a very special guest for the holiday season. Amber Epp, vocalist and percussionist from Trio Bembe will stop by to talk about the band and their upcoming Christmas album release on December 1, 2014 at The Park Theatre (698 Osborne Street).

We will feature tunes from the new Trio Bembe Christmas album (choice seasonal tunes that can only make you smile!) and music from their previous releases. Tune in around 7:30 for a special feature with Trio Bembe!

Western Canadian Music Alliance 2014 Awards nominees and winners! 

BreakOut West was at the beginning of October 2014. Manitoba was well represented as nominees and there were a number of Check Ça favourites in the mix, including:

- Jeff Presslaff for The Complete Rebirth of the Cool for Jazz Recording of the Year
- Moses Mayes for Moses Mayes feat. Maiko Watson for Urban Recording of the Year
- Marco Castillo for Zabe for World Music Recording of the Year
- The Mariachi Ghost for The Mariachi Ghost for World Music Recording of the Year

We are particularly excited about The Mariachi Ghost's win in their category. Way to go guys!

Also want to make special mention to nominees Shad and Sweatshop Union in the Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year category, and The Park Theatre and West End Cultural Centre in the Live Venue of the Year category. Winnipeg rocked the 2014 BreakOut West festival - we sure know how to par-tay!

Congratulations to all the nominees and awardees!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Nuit Blanche, Funk, Jazz and more...

Join the Party!

Lots happening around Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba with Nuit Blanche. There are just too many fabulous acts to mention, so have a look at the web for what's happening where.

Word on the street is that The Infinity Project at 318 Ross Ave will feature performances from jazz-hip hop outfit Super Duty Tough Work and also from funk-ites Fauxpasfunk. Check it out. 

This week we are pre-empted for Culture Days. Check Ca will be back on the airwaves next week. 

Next week is a mixed bag: smooth latin, funky jazz, toe-tappin' funk... We had way too much fun putting the show together and hope you will enjoy listening to it! The show will feature some tracks from Caribbean and jazz music wizard Etienne Charles. Mr. Charles was in town recently for a jazz Masterclass and for some weekend concerts. Rhythm is the name of the game for Mr. Charles brand of jazz. Enjoy tunes from local jazz drummer and professor at the University of Manitoba Quincy Davis in the first hour, and Winnipeg's own New Orleans flavoured brass ensemble Dirty Catfish Brass Band in the second hour.

And do drop us a line at!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Summertime in Winnipeg


Hello-yello Check Ça-ites! It's been a long while since we've posted an update, so here goes. Lots happened over the summer: Spy from Cairo at MEME; Super Duty Tough Work bringing hip hop with a live jazz flavour; local Caribbean music along side featured performer Freddie McGregor at Soca-Reggae Fest; a slew of performers on Canada Day; The Mariachi Ghost with a special international guest at The Times Change(d) Cabaret; Jupiter Storm bringing funk and beats with style at Fox & Fiddle and elsewhere; and Curtis Nowosad with the UofM Jazz Faculty giving samples from his upcoming album (check out the grooves on Dialectics). Definitely not a quiet summer!

Special mention is deserved for the performers in the Bannatyne Street Carnaval (August 22-23). Check Ça familiar faces Marco Castillo and the Brazillian Beats, Trio Bembe, Amber Epp, and Papa Mambo all offered a bright spot on a rainy weekend. Hope everyone took in the cozy indoor performances.

Dirty Catfish Brass Band, who were on the show on June 6th, spiked to the top of CKUW's playlist charts recently. Way to go guys! Check out the delicious danceable tunes on their debut album, Brass Riot!

Lots of great shows and interviews coming up this Fall, so keep it locked to Check Ça! if you have a tip on an upcoming show or artists you think we should know about drop us a line at

keep it funky!


Friday, 11 July 2014

on the corner.... music from home

hey, hey Folks

Tonight will be a show with mostly Canadian and Manitoban musicians. With tunes from Five Alarm Funk, Curtis Nowosad, Amber Epp, Marco Castillo, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, The Mariachi Ghost and many others, it should be a fun show! If you have any Check Ca-friendly local faves, drop us a line or call us in studio during the show and we'll spin it on the airwaves!

keep it funky
J-drop out

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

2014 Jazz Fest Check Ca 101


Winnipeg International Jazz Festival June 12-22, 2014

The 25th Winnipeg Jazz Festival is well on the way and Check Ça is on the trail... Too many artists to list here, so please do check out the Jazz Fest site:

Check out some of the local heroes & Check Ça favourites with upcoming shows: 

- The Mariachi Ghost (opening for Quantic)
- Greg Lowe
- Tim Hoover (a.k.a. DJ Co-Op)
- Steve Kirby
- Karl Kohut, Jocelyn Gould & Joanna Majoko (from Soul Station)
- Jeff Presslaff and The Complete Rebirth of Cool
- Andrew Littleford (member of Dirty Catfish Brass Band)

You might also be interested in checking out the James Carter Organ Trio for those looking for something a little funkier.

Shout-outs to Check Ça favourites who have already performer: Neil Watson, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Amber Epp, Marco Casitllo, Papa Mambo, Curtis Nowosad.

... and do round out your night before, in between, and after shows at hip joints like the new MAWS Eatery & Bar on Princess (in the old Republic building), or any of the many esablishments in the Exchange.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Look what the Catfish dragged in? It's a... 

Dirty Catfish Brass Band!

For folks who don't know, Winnipeg has a New Orleans-style, funky, dance party brass band! The Dirty Catfish Brass Band has been hittin' the streets for the past 3 years or so have recently finished up their first recording. So what's a next? A big ol' party of course! Members of the nine-piece ensemble stopped by to chat about their adventures and to tell us about the CD release party planned on June 28, 2014 at the West End Cultural Centre. Check out our quick interview on the June 6, 2014 episode of Check Ça :

For folks who can't wait for the June 28th party, check out the band at the Winnipeg International Jazz Fest on June 12. And connect with DCBB on the net:

See y'all at the CD Release Party @ the West End Cultural Centre this Saturday June 28 for the Dirty Catfish Brass Band!

Keep it funky!