June 5, 2019
by Don McSwiney
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It finally happened!

Thanks to our friends at TIPPA’s – an artisanal Gin distillery, who recently released a smooth, delicious small-batch gin in honour of our 25th Anniversary! The Dino’s Gin is made to our (cough) exacting standards and is perfect in your next “Dino-Martini”, Tom Collins or just sip it neat. We’re thrilled!

May 13, 2019
by Don McSwiney
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The Dino Martinis celebrate 25 years with Stampede City Sessions.

Get dressed to the nines, and get ready for the swingin’ cocktail party of the year, June 22.

It’s been 25 years since the Dino Martinis first mixed their unique cocktail of swing, fun and Vegas glam … which seems like a pretty good excuse to throw a party!

On Saturday, June 22, the band will showcase many of their much-loved original songs during a special edition of Stampede City Sessions in the beautiful Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre Theatre (1515-93 St. SW, Calgary, AB.) The program will be recorded for a one-hour special that will air on Spokane’s PBS affiliate KSPS TV, who service the NW United States and Western Canada. Stampede City Sessions also airs on East Tennessee PBS and WKNO Memphis PBS with a total potential reach of 3.3 million households. The Episodes air just before Austin City Limits on Saturday evenings on KSPS and just after ACL on East TN PBS.

The Stampede City Sessions show is part of a year which will also feature the band (fittingly) launching their own branded (refined and very smooth!) gin, hand-crafted by Tippa, an Okotoks-based, artisanal, small-batch gin distillery.

It’s been a wild quarter-century-cocktail party for the Dino Martinis. They’ve released three popular original music discs, appeared on several international compilations, played Japan and toured Canada, the United States and Europe.

The group has played for members of the Japanese royal family and Hollywood royalty – sharing the stage with Tom Hanks (and annoying Glenn Frey.) They’ve played iconic rooms like LA’s Brown Derby and the Viper Room, and played Windows on the World, on the top of the World Trade Centre, shortly before 9-11. The Dinos continue to play regularly as Alberta’s leading wedding, corporate and gala band.

 “It’s been a terrific ride to this point,” reflects the band’s leader, guitarist and songwriter Brent Kawchuk. “But I like to think it’s all because we really love the music – swing, jump blues and soul. I think that’s always translated. Like Louis Prima and many of our favourite performers, we also believe our job is to make every party, every night we play unforgettable, and I think June 22 will be another of those nights.”

The Dinos will transform the Webber Academy theatre into 50’s era Casbah lounge in Las Vegas. The Dinos have invited their pals The Love Bullies to share the bill for a night that will shake and stir everybody in the audience.

Current Dinos ( Brent Kawchuk guitar, Loree MacDonald and Diana Thomas, vocals, Demetrio Navarro keyboards, Scott Lauchlan, drums and Don McSwiney, bass) will be joined by original lead singer Nico Brennan and former drummer Tyler Hornby. The band has also invited swinging trumpet-playing crooner, Johnny Summers, and members of his fabulous band to share the stage with them. There will also be cameos from fellow quarter-centenarians the Heebee Jeebies, former Calgary poet laureate / singer songwriter Kris Demeanor, multiple award winner Kate Stevens and many more.

“We’re wait to see our fans who have been asking us to play our own material again in a public show,” says Kawchuk, “You won’t want to miss this one, it’s going to be a helluva night!”

More information:

Don McSwiney

+1(403) 408-9701

January 3, 2017
by Don McSwiney
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What a party!

Now that was fun! Thanks to everyone who came out to kick 2016 out the door and welcome in a fun (and snowy) 2017. It was fantastic to see the dance floor packed all night! Can’t wait to do it again next year!!! Thanks to the fantastic staff at Original Joe’s Avenida who made it happen!

Calgary's premiere party band and wedding band the Dino Martinis, on stage at Original Joe's in Calgary

The Dino Martinis at Original Joe’s in Calgary.

Lead singers of Calgary premiere party and wedding band the Dino Martinis

Our lovely chanteuses! Loree MacDonald and Diana Thomas, NYE 2016

December 21, 2016
by Don McSwiney
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Thanks to our friends at Boardwalk Properties!

We had such a fantastic time with our friends from Boardwalk Properties at their holiday party in December of this year! Here’s what they had to say about us (we feel the same way about you!)

1. Did the entertainment meet your expectations?

COMMENTS: Yes, absolutely!  You guys were fantastic and everyone really enjoyed the music!

2. Would you book this act again or recommend it to others?       

COMMENTS: Yes, absolutely!

3. Do you have a favourite part of the entertainment experience you would like to share with us?

COMMENTS: You were a great group to work with.  I love that you guys also go out and interact with the crowd to get more people to join in on the fun.  J

 4. Did you experience any problems? (agency dealings, artists, set-up, payments, dress, attitude, etc?)                           

COMMENTS:  Nope.  Everyone was great to work with and very helpful!

Book the Dinos for your next function! Contact PM Gigs for more info! 

December 20, 2016
by Don McSwiney
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New Year’s Eve party sold-out!

Wow, that didn’t take long!  Thanks to everyone who bought tickets for our New Year’s Eve bash at Original Joes in Avenida, we sold the final ticket over the weekend, and we’re now looking forward to kicking off the New Year with all of you! Looking forward to seeing you all there!!

October 24, 2016
by Don McSwiney
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Christmas 2016 booking fast!

Why not add a little bit of fabulous to your christmas party this year?

Why not add a little bit of fabulous to your christmas party this year?

Need a party band for your Christmas event? We’re pretty busy but there are a couple of choice weekend dates left! So if you’re looking to book Calgary’s best Christmas party band (at least according to our moms … and hundreds of satisfied fans) then drop us a line!