Here is the perfect escape from this never-ending cold snap! Join Wiggins Pro-Ductions at Black Pirates Pub on Friday, January 10 for Winter Blast—an all-local showcase featuring some of Thunder Bay’s best local talent, including Jean-Paul De Roover (post-pop), Don’t You(,) Mean People? (instrumental post-rock), The Straight and Narrow (rock n’ roll) and Nick Sherman (acoustic folk rock).

With an innovative and original approach to music, Jean-Paul De Roover is much more than just a solo artist. Live looping with guitars and a voice used as an instrument this multi-instrumentalist constructs his songs piece by piece before your eyes. Beginning in silence his performance could lead anywhere as he builds it live, inviting his audience to become a part of the unique final product. See and hear for yourself why De Roover was voted Thunder Bay’s best musician in The Walleye’s 2013 Readers’ Survey.

Don’t You(,) Mean People? is a local post-rock trio made up of Mack Davis (bass), Taylor Price (guitar) and Alex Cummins (drums). Since their beginning in 2011, these three gentlemen have released a six-track album, titled EP!!, which is available at their shows. This past summer, the guys toured the southern Ontario circuit and are currently playing making their rounds in the local downtown scene. This spring, they will be gearing up for a new musical release as well as planning another Canadian tour.

The Straight and Narrow is a three-piece rock band featuring Matt Simko (guitar/vocals), Brook King (bass/vocals) and Derek Baker (drums). The band draws from a variety of classic and modern rock influences to create something of our own, while simply enjoying the process of doing it. “We write music because we enjoy it, we drink to be merry, we work hard because it’s noble, we joke because we can, and we hope you can join us by supporting our cause in any way possible,” explains Simko.

Nick Sherman’s songs are characterized by an uneasy, yet always fluid transition between unabashed joy and sorrow. This tension between major and minor is rooted in Nick’s distant memories of his grandfather strumming a guitar in a cabin on the trap line or back at home in the community—the comfort of revisiting these moments are intertwined with the knowledge that they will never happen again

Doors open at 10 pm, cover is $5 and age of majority required. For more information visit, RSVP on Facebook at