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!
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.
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.
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
“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
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.
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!”
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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!
The Dino Martinis at Original Joe’s in Calgary.
Our lovely chanteuses! Loree MacDonald and Diana Thomas, NYE 2016
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!!