Western Canadian Music Award Winners, Sweet Alibi, have been captivating audiences across Canada. The Winnipeg-based folk/pop band infuses its signature harmonies with influences of everything from folk to country to soul, without a hint of shame. Sweet Alibi's Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Quesnel, and Michelle Anderson share personal experiences that are genuinely felt in song. Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 describes the band: "If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child, you would name it Sweet Alibi". Audiences have been raving nationwide about the band’s performances at Winnipeg Folk Fest, Juno Fest, Canada Day in Ottawa, and many concert series. Currently you can find the band touring material from their CFMA/WCMA nominated release We’ve Got To (produced by Rusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities).
Sweet Alibi formed in 2009 when long-time Winnipeg friends Jessica Rae Ayre and Michelle Anderson joined forces with Winnipeg newcomer, Amber Quesnel. Jessica brought soul and blues, Amber brought folk, and Michelle brought jazz and classical influences. From the start, Sweet Alibi put a solid focus on three-part harmony from all three members and complemented that with Jessica on guitar, Amber on guitar and ukulele, and Michelle on guitar and banjo. The band eventually found they were very comfortable in moving seamlessly among R&B, folk and pop.
The band's soulful, folk-pop-blended debut, produced by ex-Crash Test Dummies member Mitch Dorge, was released in 2011. The album earned the talented trio a nomination for best vocalist at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Western and eastern tours soon followed, with an added rhythm section. The ensuing years that led up to the release of their current album were a very tumultuous time with personal struggles for all the band members. This motivated them to create a more introspective and inspirational sophomore album by answering their own nagging question about whether there would be a follow up album at all. Released in November of 2013, the album “We’ve Got To... " was the answer. Further touring of the current release rewarded the band quite handsomely:
• an appearance at Junofest 2014 in Winnipeg on March 29/14
• winner for Roots Group Recording of the Year at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards
• a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards
• performances at some of the most recognized festivals in Canada
Keep your ears to the ground for the November 2015 release of Sweet Alibi's third album, Walking in the Dark. Walking in the Dark is a collection of songs written by Jess, Amber and Michelle over the last few years, and captured flawlessly by Juno-winning producer, Murray Pulver (The Brothers Landreth, Crash Test Dummies). Walking in the Dark is a melodically rewarding exploration of relationships, heartache, loss of loved ones and the search for balance when living life on the road. Sweet Alibi’s powerhouse vocal harmonies and memorable songs have never been stronger.
Tickets are $20 (all proceeds to the artist), BYOB if you wish.
Please RSVP to Ed Sands at 403-938-3013.