Let’s play a game of ‘Would you rather’. Which option sounds better?

  1. Binge-watching reality TV on your couch (yet again), feeling antisocial and eating more than your fair share of Jalapeño Poppers

  2.  Braving the cold for like 5 minutes to end up in a warm and cozy venue, surrounded with the energy of people listening to some incredible music?

We vote you put on your dancing shoes and winter parka and get yourself to that music venue… YOLO, as the kids say.

Luckily, Regina Folk Festival has graciously planned Winterruption 2020, to give you the perfect reason for a winter outing. From January 22-26 enjoy a collection of live music events every evening.

Here’s your quick and easy guide on how to enjoy every night of Winterruption 2020, complete with pre-and post-show suggestions. We have literally made it so easy for you, there are really no excuses!

Wednesday, January 22 @ 8 p.m.
Good Lovelies, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald & Hannah Epperson

Location: The Exchange, 2431 8th Ave.

Mix the voices of three immensely and uniquely talented vocalists and songwriters and what do you get? A powerful, pure and organic experience. Hear it for yourself with the evening’s headliner Good Lovelies, a country-folk band from Toronto.

Pre-Show: Choose from an impressive menu of pub fare at Bushwakker Brewpub (2206 Dewdney Ave.). Many of the items are created using Bushwakker fresh beer, brewed onsite. Don’t forget to pair it with one of the many beers on tap.

Post-Show: Brave the 15-minute walk or grab a cab to Pile O’ Bones Brewing Company (1808 Cameron St.). Pick from a wide variety of beers brewed onsite, or kombucha on tap for those of you who work in the morning. Then you’ll be just in time for the late-night menu at Malinche (9 p.m. -12 a.m.) featuring chimichangas and churros. YASSS please!

Thursday, January 23 @ 8 p.m.
Begonia, Dirty Catfish Brass Band & Super Duty Tough Work

Location: The Exchange, 2431 8th Ave.

Headliner Begonia is a powerful, passionate and talented vocalist from Winnipeg. This glittery supernova balances vulnerable lyrics with a bold voice and attire to match. Her solo work is an electric mix of synth, pop and old soul. Her live performances are bound to leave you feeling empowered.

Pre-Show:  Enjoy applewood-smoked meats and other BBQ staples at Jack Keaton’s BBQ & Bar (2410 Dewdney Ave.). Think ribs, chicken, burgers and brisket… oh my!

Post-Show: Make your way downtown to Regina’s watering hole Victoria’s Tavern (1965 Hamilton St.) Enjoy half-price appetizers and a selection of $5 beverage from 10 p.m. – close.

Friday, January 24 @ 8 p.m.
Choir! Choir! Choir! at Winterruption

Location: The Exchange, 2431 8th Ave.

Let your voice be heard alongside Choir! Choir! Choir! This Toronto-based duo is known for their interactive and inclusive performances that allow the audience to be a part of the show from the very beginning. Just show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song that you love. Everyone will leave with the feeling of being a part of a powerful community.

Pre-Show: Start off the night at Nhu Y Tea Tree (1310 Broad St.) a staple in Regina for delicious Asian cuisine. Pick from Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese favourites like pho, pad Thai or lo mein.

Post-Show: Make your way to Baller’s Rec Room (2044 Dewdney Ave.) to play some arcade favourites like Mario Kart or air hockey. Feeling sporty? Practice your swing in the batting cages.

Saturday, January 25 @ 8 p.m.
Weaves, Marissa Burwell & The Won'ts

Location: The Exchange, 2431 8th Ave.

Tonight’s headliner, Weaves, can’t be pigeonholed into one single genre. One minute their songs resemble high-energy indie-pop while the next they are thrashing on drums. That’s what keeps performances from this Toronto band fresh, fun and compelling.  

Pre-Show: Kick off the night in the taproom at Rebellion Brewery (1901 Dewdney Ave.). Grab a couple of bar snacks and try out their signature beers (like one made of lentils, so Saskatchewan) all brewed onsite.

Post-Show: Looking to keep the party going into the night? Head over to Casino Regina to try your hand at blackjack or play the slots. The Casino is open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, so stay as long as you’d like!

Saturday, January 25 @ 8 p.m.
Warm & Cozy with Whitehorse * SOLD OUT

: The Artesian, 2627 13th Ave.  

Whitehorse is a rock n' roll duo from Toronto. Self-described as ethereal folk, space cowboy twang, psychedelic spaghetti western and intergalactic blues grooves… who knows what to expect! If you’re lucky enough to have already snagged some tickets, this cozy show will feature two sets and an informal meet and greet with the duo.

Pre-Show: Meet your crew at Bodega Tapas Bar (2228 Albert St.) to share a variety of tapas plates all with an international flare.

Post-Show: Walk across the street to Cathedral Social Hall (2062 Albert St.) and pick from 30 taps of locally crafted beers. Grab a few “sociables” from the menu for a late-night snack.

Sunday, January 26 @ 8 p.m.
Little Miss Higgins with Ellen Froese

Location: The Artesian, 2627 13th Ave.

From the Great Northern Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins is a vocal powerhouse with a guitar in hand playing old-time country blues mixed with a little jazz topped off with a hint of folk.

Pre-Show: Pick and choose from the sushi train at Hachi Sushi (2135 Albert St.). Grab a seat while the conveyer belt journeys throughout the restaurant delivering a variety of sushi options right to your table.

Post-Show: No matter when you find yourself at Leopold’s Tavern (2330 Albert St.) it’s likely going to be a bumpin’ good time. This can be attributed to the classic jukebox dive bar atmosphere paired with a menu of classic comfort foods. Why not try out the punchbowl poutine? We triple-dog-dare you!