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New Year's Eve at the Wickaninnish Inn 2013

Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub is pleased to announce our return to the Wick for a fabulous New Year's Eve bash! The Contraband Swingclub will be swingin' the night away in style- as usual! Come on out for a fun time, luxury beyond belief and stormy oceanic sights like you've never seen! Fancy!
Check out the Wick's link to see the details: www.wickinn.com/newyears
 

Wintertime is here again!

Well, snow on the ground proves it! This time of year is fabulous for writing material and playing the odd gig to pay the bills. Have a great winter everyone- hopefully see you out to a show or two!
 

Here comes the fall...doodeedoodooo...here comes the fall...

There are lots of exciting shows upcoming this fall, winter & spring. As well as some fun awards nominations and ceremonies to attend. One such highlight is the Halloween weekend on Gabriola Island; Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub will be rockin at Silva Bay (Oct 30th), and there will be a fabulous B+W classic horror film soundtrack performed live Oct 29th at the Roxy Theatre, also on Gabriola Island. The Contraband Swingclub is really looking forward to the opportunity to see the crashing waves whilst ringing in the New Year at the Wickanninnish Inn in Tofino, too! That's a ways off though so we'll see you out at shows lots until then- keep an eye on the website gig listings for more info-Cheers!
 

Summer 2010!

Lots is happening these days...canoeing, gardening, and the Contraband Swingclub! The summer has some great gigs coming up for the Swingclub... keep an eye on the gig listings for word on those shows. I hope to see you out and about this summer!
 

The Contraband Swingclub Rides again on Gabriola Island, Sat May8th, Silva Bay

Come see Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub for the first show of the year! We have two smart lookin new horn players to eye up, and alot of great licks to wow you with! Silva Bay is the location of this excellent party, Saturday May 8th, 9pm, $5 cover (that's a really good price! heck, it's not even a buck a band member...) Come one, come all, come one's all!!
 

Two-time JUNO nominee, 2010! (sort of)

Two of the projects I recorded with in 2009 have been nominated for the 2010 JUNO Awards!! The Kerplunks is a project I started with Tina Jones, Aaron Cadwaladr and Phil Wipper. Our second album, Walk On, had been nominated in the Children's Album of the Year category! The second project is Slide to Freedom 2, a project with Doug Cox, Salil Bhatt, Ramkumar Mishra, John Boutte, and myself, Dinah D. STF2 is nominated in the World Music Album of the Year category!
 

February Shows!

2010 proves to be filling out quite nicely! Please check the gigs tab for listings for these great shows: Dinah D performing Solo Bass/Voice during Random Acts at the Port Theatre and the Olympic 2010 shows with The Kerplunks. Please join my email list (contact page) for a full description of each event, with details and running commentary to boot.
 

2010 Bass Odyssey- A new year full of fun times!

Check out the "GIGS" tab to see where we can meet up next- see you out to a show soon!
 

New Years with The Contraband Swingclub in Tofino!

Come join five members of Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub for some fine food, good wine, and storm watching from the warmth of the Wickaninnish Inn's Pointe Restaurant. Here's the website for more info: The Wickaninnish Inn look for 'events' for details.


The Contraband Swingclub Rides again on Gabriola Island, Sat May8th, Silva Bay

Come see Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub for the first show of the year! We have two smart lookin new horn players to eye up, and alot of great licks to wow you with! Silva Bay is the location of this excellent party, Saturday May 8th, 9pm, $5 cover (that's a really good price! heck, it's not even a buck a band member...) Come one, come all, come one's all!!

Two-time JUNO nominee, 2010! (sort of)

Two of the projects I recorded with in 2009 have been nominated for the 2010 JUNO Awards!! The Kerplunks is a project I started with Tina Jones, Aaron Cadwaladr and Phil Wipper. Our second album, Walk On, had been nominated in the Children's Album of the Year category! The second project is Slide to Freedom 2, a project with Doug Cox, Salil Bhatt, Ramkumar Mishra, John Boutte, and myself, Dinah D. STF2 is nominated in the World Music Album of the Year category!

February Shows!

2010 proves to be filling out quite nicely! Please check the gigs tab for listings for these great shows: Dinah D performing Solo Bass/Voice during Random Acts at the Port Theatre and the Olympic 2010 shows with The Kerplunks. Please join my email list (contact page) for a full description of each event, with details and running commentary to boot.

2010 Bass Odyssey- A new year full of fun times!

Check out the "GIGS" tab to see where we can meet up next- see you out to a show soon!

New Years with The Contraband Swingclub in Tofino!

Come join five members of Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub for some fine food, good wine, and storm watching from the warmth of the Wickaninnish Inn's Pointe Restaurant. Here's the website for more info: The Wickaninnish Inn look for 'events' for details.

Swingclub Ballyhoo Party and Dr.Caligari

Halloween should be a national, statutory  holiday and costumes should be mandatory at least a few more times in a year...Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub are playing a Halloween Ballyhoo Party at the Community Hall on Gabriola Island (Oct 31st, 09) Tix $12 @ Gabriola Artworks, $15 @ door. NO MINORS. Also, Dinah D and Corbin Keep will be performing a live soundtrack to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at The Roxy on Gabriola Island the night before (Oct 30th) Tix $13 @ Artworks. Several costumes are better than just one... Come out and get spooky Friday Night (30th), then get wild and dance on saturday(31st). Costume prizes at both shows!

Martinis and Music......

Martini Night keeps rolling around. The last Saturday of every month to be exact! The Martini Foursome is a 4 piece ensemble that plays specifically martini music. "What does this mean", you might ask. It seems that martini music is anything that aids the consumption of a martini. The band generally goes for the semi-dry martini with 3 olives. This we agree on- we also agree that almost any martini can make the music go down easier too! Expect smooth tunes, a few slightly excitable tunes, and the odd danceable number. Every last Saturday of every month at Silva Bay Resort & Marina on Gabriola Island. Martinis are served throughout the evening with music starting around 9PM(summer) and 8PM(winter).

Dinah D & Aaron Cadwaladr playing for the FOLKS!

The Victoria Folk Music Society audience is one of the BEST listening audiences out there! Aaron and I have played on eachothers' albums and been working together for the last 5 or so years. We're crazy excited to be doing a duet show on Sunday June 21st(Solstice!)- we will take a round-robin approach and trade off songs and stories all night. Ahhhh...just like my living room! The Folk Society's website is: http://www.victoriafolkmusic.ca/

The Contraband Swingclub swingin it home!

It's always nice to fall into your own bed after a serious night of Swingclub debauchery! The Swingclub play Silva Bay marina on Gabriola Island on June 20th, 09- ringing in the summer solstice! Come party down with us cause you know we love company and can't party all by ourselves! Actually we can and have,  but that's not the point-- See you there!

Swingclub plays the Tofino Food & Wine Fest!

Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub is highlighted this year(09) at the 7th Annual Tofino Food & Wine Festival. This is one of my favorite shows of the year- and it's SO exciting to be bringing the whole Swingclub out to play it with me! I think that guitarist Aaron Cadwaladr and I have played the TF&WF for at least 5 of the 7 years running! Hope to see you there!

CD Release a SMASH hit! 

Dinah D's Contraband Swingclub would like to thank everyone for coming to our awesome CD release party! MOST DEFINITLEY LIVE was launched in such style that we cannot even put the event into words in this short space! If you are itchin to have a copy of this fabulous CD in your hands you can visit our online distributor by going to our 'Music' page and clicking on 'Buy this CD'. We look forward to hearing feedback so please don't be shy about letting us know what you think! A special thanks to Penny White(for being fabulous!), Derek and Sarah(from the Gabriola Sounder),and CHLY 101.7(Radio Malaspina). You all are fabulous music supporters and I am glad you are in my life!

Most Definitely Live

The CD Release Party on March 21st(2009) !!!!The first day of spring seems like a fine time to launch a new CD! The Contraband Swingclub will be raring to swing the night away during their "Most Definitely Live" release party. Come join the fun, buy CDs, party with the band, get a custom 'swingclub' shirt. Looks like we'll be having the CD release party at the Gabriola Island Community Hall. Tickets will be $10, $20 includes preliminary swing dance lesson with Gwen Spinks from Wanna Dance. http://members.shaw.ca/wannadance/Wanna_Dance.html . $15 party only at the door. There will be a bar too! Tix on sale at Gabriola Artworks- call them 250-247-7412
 

DD's New Website Hits The Air

Welcome Fans!!.....exciting times in tinytown! This website is so shiny that the stickers haven't worn off yet. And that will take some serious wear and tear... Please take a moment to fill out my contact page so I can let you know when myself or one of my many projects is crawling up your street. I am planning to use this site for awhile. Thanks to Anthony Clark at Drift Industries for this incredibly well designed website. Also special thanks to Penny White at Penny White Consulting for all of the excellent photos you see on this website and so many others. I hope you can taste the champagne- cause I can...!!!

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