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Wed, Sep 06



Vervacious - Jazz & Blues Special Event

For one night only, The Basement hosts Kami Desilets and Vervacious - a jazz and blues throwback for a true speakeasy experience!

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Vervacious - Jazz & Blues Special Event
Vervacious - Jazz & Blues Special Event

Time & Location

Sep 06, 2023, 8:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, 3740 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3K 1A1, Canada

About The Event

Doors: 7pm

Showtime: 8pm 

Vervacious is a journey back to 1955 through 1960 inspired by jazz, pop, & blues standards sung by the Queens of the Verve record label; The inimitable "Lady Day", Billie Holiday, and "The First Lady of Song", Ella Fitzgerald. Hometown theatre & cabaret creator Kami Desilets (Canada, Mexico, UK) provides a unique sound heavily influenced by both women, while Winnipeg born, international musician & arranger Jonathan Alexiuk makes the music to match as they weave a tapestry of timeless songs to enchant the audience to a forgotten era. Vervacious is truly a step back in time.

So dress yourself up, find the secret entrance, and join Kami Desilets on vocals, Jonathan Alexiuk on piano, Chris Berti on double bass, and Jim Johnston on percussion at The Basement Speakeasy for a one time only jazz & blues concert like they had back in the days of old.

(Vervacious is in it’s second evolution- having been performed originally in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with Kami Desilets & international jazz trio The 6' Away at Cabaret house Incanto Vallarta during the 2022 holiday season)

Video Highlights: Weather medley - Stars Fell - video highlights - audience highlights -

Reviews: "Old time gin joint music and style. Must experience!" -Lydia Damato, Incanto Vallarta

"Wow! Haven't heard jazz like this in years! Vervacious is a hit!" -Stolie, Chicago singer/songwriter

"Finally able to catch Kami Desilets' new show Vervacious last night at Incanto. What a wonderful evening of jazz and blues as she and her backup band treated us to the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Highly Entertaining, I can't recommend it enough. You need to see this show." -Jim Davis


Kami Desilets (creator/vocalist) is a Winnipeg born theatre & music performer/producer who has spent the last decade on the cabaret scene in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She has recently relocated to the West-Midlands of England and has immersed herself in the blues and rock community. She's home in Winnipeg for a hot-minute tour, performing all of her favourite genres- Jazz & Blues, 60’s & 70’s classic rock and soul, 80’s & 90’s hits, burlesque, and some good old rock & roll. Check out her upcoming gigs here -->

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jonathan Alexiuk (arranger/pianist) has been performing professionally since 1996. He is a prolific arranger of vocal & instrumental music; his arrangements have been played by the Ron Paley Big Band, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Memory Lane Orchestra, Those Guys, the U of W Downtown Vocal Jazz Choir, the Air Command Band, among many others. At various times, he fills the roles of clinician, adjudicator, instructor, accompanist, and album producer. When not performing locally and around southern Manitoba, he regularly entertains on both the Holland America and Princess cruise lines, putting his vast musical repertoire to use.

Doors: 7pm

Showtime: 8pm 


  • General Admission

    This ticket gets you into the event. You will be seated by our lovely hostess in a great table or bar top with a great view of the stage. If you are with a group please let us know on your registration form so we can make sure you are all seated together.

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  • VIP Couch - 4 Person

    This ticket gets up to 4 people into the event. This ticket reserves your group onto a private couch in a great viewing area. One of our very best seats in the Basement for any show. Please arrive by 10 minutes to showtime!

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  • VIP Couch - 2 Person

    This ticket allows 2 people into the event. This ticket reserves your spots on a private couch with tremendous sitelines. These couches are among the best seats in the Basement for any show.

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  • Bar Top

    You will be seated at the Bar Top with our amazing Bartenders!

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