MUSIC FOR THE GUT is a Musical Variety Show that started under the creative coordination of the Hughton Family in Saskatoon. This event has been raising funds for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada since 2011. The Winnipeg Chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada would like to invite you to join us for the 1ST ANNUAL MUSIC FOR THE GUT WINNIPEG taking place on Thursday, May 4 at The Park Theatre.
Join our special guest Jay Semko of The Northern Pikes as we help to raise awareness and funds for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
The concert will include performances from local artists including The Piano Kings, Kenzie Jane and Two Hip and more!
Your contribution to the event will help raise funds for critical Crohn’s and colitis research, bringing medical breakthroughs and better treatments into our community, as well as improving the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases.
Featuring: Jay Semko of The Northern Pikes, Piano Kings (Ultimate Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel), Kenzie Jane, Jana Zens and The Sisler/W.C. Miller Alumni Choir, RYAN ACOSTA, TWO HIP and JD Edwards
Jay Semko – Singer, Songwriter
Jay formed the Northern Pikes, a guitar based pop rock group featuring twangy, atmospheric guitars and unique three part harmonies, with Bryan Potvin, Merl Bryck, and Don Schmid. After releasing 2 independent albums which charted highly on College and Indie playlists in Canada and the USA, the Pikes signed an international record contract with Virgin Records, and the band’s career went to another level, releasing a total of seven albums on the label and touring across North America.
As a member of the Northern Pikes, Jay was awarded four Gold records and one Platinum, with sales of over 1 million units worldwide. The Northern Pikes had a number of Canadian hit singles, including Teenland, Things I Do for Money, Wait for Me, Hopes Go Astray, She Ain’t Pretty, Girl with a Problem, Kiss Me You Fool, Twister and Believe. Two of these, Things I Do for Money and She Ain’t Pretty, appeared in the USA Billboard Charts, and many of the band’s videos charted in the Top 5 on MuchMusic, including Girl with a Problem, which reached #1. The band received 8 Juno Award nominations, and Jay received two Canadian Music Publishers Association Awards, for Teenland and Girl with a Problem. During the course of their career, the Northern Pikes have released twelve albums. In 2012 the iconic Canadian band was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
In 1993, Jay recorded “Mouse”, the first of many solo albums, and branched into a new facet of his music career, composing for film and television. Jay is known worldwide as music composer on the internationally syndicated TV series, “Due South” created by Academy and Emmy Award winner Paul Haggis (for which Jay received two nominations in Canada’s Gemini Awards – Best Music Score in a Dramatic Series) and has won the MMPIA Blizzard and SMPIA Awards for Best Music Score as music composer for the movie, “Paris Or Somewhere”. In 2013 Jay was nominated in the Canadian Screen Awards (formerly the Geminis) for his work on the TV series “Dust Up’ in the category of Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series. Jay has composed music for many other dramas and documentary series on Discovery Channel, CBC, Global, APTN, Showcase, History, and others, and has had many of his songs and compositions featured in film and television – “Trailer Park Boys: the Movie”, “Men With Brooms”, “Being Erica”, and “Cedar Cove” are some recent examples.
Jay has released nine solo albums, firmly establishing him as one of Canada’s premiere songwriters – in 2009 Jay was a finalist in the Gospel/Inspirational Category of the internationally acclaimed John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “Jesus Is Gonna Help Me”; in 2011 Jay was nominated as Songwriter of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Awards for “Before You Leave Canada”; in 2012 won the SCMA Award for Roots Album of the Year (“Force of Horses”), was a finalist in the international Independent Music Awards Gospel Song category for “Drop You In The Water”, was nominated in the Best Solo Roots Recording category for “Sending Love” in the Western Canadian Music Awards, as well as being inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame with his band mates in the Northern Pikes.
Jay’s latest album, “Flora Vista”, released on Inner Expression Records, is a rootsy musical road trip through love, loss, spirituality, addiction and recovery – “Flora Vista” was the 2015 SCMA Awards winner for Roots Album of the Year. Jay continues to tour, and his solo acoustic concerts are legendary for their laughter, tears, and sheer love of music and life.
Piano Kings presents the ultimate tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel. Experience the music of these two music icons like never before. Featuring all the hits performed by a 6 piece band, this live music experience is one not to be missed!
Mixing sounds of RnB, Jazz, Folk, and mouth-trumpet, Kenzie Jane has developed a unique style and original sound. She has performed and recorded with Grammy nominated Fresh IE, played Winnipeg Folk Fest, toured western Canada, and was in the top 25 National finalists in CBC’s Searchlight contest in 2016. Kenzie is currently working on the release her new EP “Love Me From Scratch.”
Jana Zens and The Sisler/W.C. Miller Alumni Choir
The Sisler/W.C. Miller Alumni Choir, directed by Jana Zens, is made up of Ms. Zens’s former students from W.C. Miller Collegiate in Altona, MB, and Sisler High School in Winnipeg. These singers jumped on the opportunity to be a part of a choir since many of them are now busy attending college or university, and/or working and miss the joy and sense of community that singing in a choir brings. Jana Zens was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2005. Jana currently teaches visual and performing arts at John M. King school, and directs vocal jazz at Sisler High School.
Ryan Acosta started singing at a very young age and hasn’t stopped since. He sang in his church choirs, at birthday parties, and for different events for family and friends. When he went to Sisler High School, he was given the opportunity to continue growing in singing when he was chosen to be a part of Sisler’s Jazz Choir, JazzAM, under the direction of Ms. Jana Zens. He continues to sing at home, at friends’ debuts and anywhere. He is currently dancing with Sikat Dance Company, and is looking forward to dancing and singing his way through life. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2014, and received treatment all throughout high school. With treatment, Ryan gained the confidence to continue doing what he loved while learning to live with Crohn’s.
Jay Buchanan & Chelsey Young have both been making waves in the Winnipeg music and theatre scenes separately and have since banned their talents together on many different projects. Some including Life’s Lyrics, the 2015 Winnipeg Fringe Festival hit musical, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Trial by Jury, as well as having a sold-out show at the 2016 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival paying tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
Jay finished a Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree at the University of Manitoba in June 2015 and Chelsey is currently enrolled in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. Since forming the folk-jazz duo Two Hip, Jay & Chelsey have been busy writing original songs/arrangements to be featured in ‘HIPisodes’ on their YouTube channel and in local performances. They combine lush harmonies with poeticism while utilising a broad variety instruments. Their beautiful storytelling abilities are complimented by their unique musical blend of folk, jazz, and popular music.
JD Edwards’ name is a staple in the Manitoba music scene. He is a master of collaboration and best known for his work with The Small Glories, Dry Bones and leading the infamous Winnipeg group The JD Edwards Band with his infectious and heartfelt songwriting and vocals. With a truly original voice and a knack for crafting amazing songs, JD is able to capture every audience with an honest and personal touch. From gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, JD’s voice has a sound that embraces diversity. JD’s eclectic songwriting style draws from a wide variety of musical experiences, honing a loud and gritty repertoire heavily influenced by Country, Blues, R&B, and Soul. Delivered with a contagious optimism and energy, each performance JD is able to draw in listeners with a real sense of musical purity.