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JANUARY 12, 2009

ECMA 2009 Manager Of The Year nominee Jeff Liberty included ZWERG on his Top 10 To Watch for 2009 list at canadaeast.com! http://kvstyle.canadaeast.com/arts/article/533793

JANUARY 8, 2009

ZWERG is opening for THE SUPERFANTASTICS at Harrison Trimble High School tomorrow, Friday Jan. 9th. Show starts at 5:30pm in the HTHS Cafeteria.
HTHS - 80 Echo Drive, Moncton, NB

JANUARY 1, 2009

Happy New Year everyone!!

ZWERG is playing a 2-hour set at Thandi's Restaurant/Bar in St. John tomorrow night (Friday, Jan. 2). Come on down!
33 Canterbury Street
St. John, NB
ZWERG plays from 8-10pm.

DECEMBER 18, 2008

ZWERG (aka. Mr. Betts) and his Moncton High School Music students will perform 2 songs in the MHS Christmas Assembly tomorrow, Friday the 19th.

DECEMBER 6, 2008

this coming tuesday, december 9th at 5pm, come see and hear ZWERG at the baby grand live and on the big screen at the Delta Fredericton!
5pm - The Delta Fredericton - 225 Woodstock Road Fredericton, NB

DECEMBER 4, 2008

tonight, ZWERG is opening for moncton rockers The Silent - 9:30pm, The Paramount Lounge, Moncton, NB.
also performing is moncton's tim richard.

NOVEMBER 26, 2008

This Friday, November 28th, ZWERG (aka Mr. Betts) and his Grade 10 and 11 Music students will perform Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" in the first period assembly (school starts at approximately 8:30AM).

NOVEMBER 13, 2008

ZWERG will perform covers by Coldplay and Metallica tonight at Moncton High School's Coffeehouse featuring Underleaf and Phil Flowers.

OCTOBER 12, 2008

-this Wednesday, October 15th, ZWERG will perform at the Moncton High School Folk Night Coffeehouse. Cover is $5 and the show will take place in the Moncton High School Cafeteria, starting at 7:00pm.

-ZWERG will also be performing a 2-hour set at Thandi's Restaurant in St. John, NB on Friday, November 7th. ZWERG will play from 8pm to 10pm, with a 15 minute intermission there-between. Cover charge TBA.

OCTOBER 8, 2008

on Thursday, October 9th, at approximately 1:30 PM, ZWERG and his Moncton High School music students will perform "Nothing Else Matters" by METALLICA in the MHS Homecoming Assembly, prior to the Pep Rally. The event will take place in the Moncton High School Gym.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2008

ZWERG is playing POP MONTREAL 2008 on Friday (Oct. 3), at 11pm, at Bar Fly, 4062 St. Laurent.. Come on down and say hi!

Cute write up from POP MONTREAL: http://www.popmontreal.com/en/popsched/artist/2322

AUGUST 22, 2008

ZWERG will perform at Monctonian photographer Nick Gaines' "111 Faces" exhibit unveiling on September 1st. The party will go down at 16 Church Street, right beside St. James' Gate Pub. ZWERG takes the stage at 10pm.
-ZWERG will also be playing POP MONTREAL 2008! Details tba.

JUNE 29, 2008

apologies for having deprived z-FriEnDz of Z-nEwz for such an extended length of time, but eldon has been running around like a ZWERG with his head cut off!

-first order of z-NeWz is the WONDER-tastic WikiMonctonLocals ZWERG-profile created by longtime ZWERG friend, the small but mighty and ever-handsome son of the norse and francs, Eric Normandeaux:

colossal kudos to Eric for such a work of disciplined effort and time consumption!! -on the acting front, eldon had his first bed scene (yikes) on an episode of "G-Spot" which shot in halifax last month, and is excited BUTT apprehensive about seeing his em-bare-ass-ing assless ass on High-Def TV.

he also just wrapped shooting a pilot for CBC in st. john this weekend, entitled "Dead To The World", in which he plays an american soldier ordered to assist in overtaking canada. eldon also learned not to "drink and act" while shooting The Divorcees' charming new video for "Nearly Fell".. check out his over-acting at:
-peace and love to all this summer from ZWERGoh!

APRIL 17, 2008

ZWERG will be performing one cover song at tomorrow morning's Moncton High School Assembly during the school's Period 1 time slot (8:45AM-ish).

MARCH 29, 2008

ZWERG opens for JESSICA RHAYE tonight at the Riverview Arts Centre. Article in the Moncton Times & Transcript:

MARCH 25, 2008

ZWERG will be opening for ECMA Industry Award winner JESSICA RHAYE this coming saturday, march 29th, 8pm at the Riverview Arts Centre (Riverview High School) in Riverview, NB.
please come on out and support these New Brunswick artists!

MARCH 2, 2008

happy March everyone!
new ZWERG articles and reviews posted at http://www.zwerg.ca/press.html

FEBRUARY 14, 2008

ZWERG played a girlfriend-stealer in the latest video from ECMA 2008 Country Artist of The Year, The Divorcees (who beat out George Canyon and Jimmy Rankin for the coveted award). the vid is for the song "Nearly Fell", and was directed by Tim McDonough for LATECOMER Pictures - Raised by Media. it was shot and produced by Jason Levangie, Darcy Fracher, Rob Fournier at Doc Dylan's in Moncton. ZWERG had a ball on set hanging, talking music, and shooting ALL night last saturday/sunday with longtime friends Alex Madsen, Steph Mann, and high school bud Brock Gallant, as well as with new palz Jason Haywood, Turtle, MNB director Jolene Keats, and ECMA-nominated photog Jocelyn Vautour, etc.. look for the vid later this year on MuchMusic's "Going Coastal", and on country station CMT.

FEBRUARY 10, 2008

big thanx to everyone who made it out to support ZWERG on the ECMA Discovery Stage this weekend! ..great timez!

FEBRUARY 1, 2008

ZWERG will be showcasing on the ECMA Discovery Stage this Friday, Feb. 8th, from 7:00-7:30 pm, at Sweetwaters in Fredericton, NB. if you can make it, come on down! it'll be a great party!

JANUARY 31, 2008

tremendulous article on ZWERG by nelson hansen in this week's [here] magazine, with photo by bones! pick up a free copy anywhere in and around moncton, fredi, or st. john.. or read it "here" (hehe):

JANUARY 19, 2008

ZWERG gets a mention on Emm Gryner's blog:

JANUARY 15, 2008

now that i have your attention, please take a minute to check out the latest demonstration of the demented brilliance of Moncton photographer Nick Gaines, starring ZWERG.

JANUARY 12, 2008

ken kelley wrote this great review of the new ZWERG lp in the latest issue of [here] magazine (pick up a free copy any where in and around moncton):
"With the release of his third full-length effort, Moncton's own Jason Betts AKA Eldon Thiele AKA Zwerg crafts 13 tracks of electronic-tinged songs high-lighted by 'Test The Spirits' and 'Poppy Corpses.' Far from being an exclusively electronic release, Zwerg does branch out to live instrumentation on songs 'Lucky To Be An Alien' and 'To Stand, Kneel.' And while this might not be my cup of tea, kudos to Thiele on a musically diverse set of tracks and the colourful artwork and layout which accompanies the CD."

JANUARY 11, 2008

john salib made this oh-so kewl ZWERG ad:
thanx john!

JANUARY 3, 2008

ZWERG giveaway!!!!!
as a thank you to everyone in this group who helped make 2007 such a successful year for ZWERG, eldon will be sending out a FREE, personalized 'iNTo tHe 4tH diMenSiOn' cd to the first 30 peops who message him their snail mail address, and a name they'd like him to address it to! so act now and drop eldon a line for a free cd!!!
or: eldonthiele@yahoo.com

- DECEMBER 24, 2007-

Froehliche Weihnachten - Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays
from all of us in the ZWERG camp.

You can now request ZWERG at your favorite radio stations.
We have compiled a list of great stations, along with their contact and request info.
Get off the couch and request ZWERG now...

Thanks a bunch and
Happy New Year to all of you!!! You guys rock !

- DECEMBER 1, 2007-

happy december everyone! in honor of the imminent yuletide season, a video of ZWERG performing a Christmas song has been posted. the performance is dedicated to the late Jeremy Cunningham (1988-2005) and his family.
The video is posted in the "Z-viDz" section.

- NOVEMBER 27, 2007-

Charlotte at "Music 2 Work 2" reviewed some tracks from the new LP in her October 26 blog at: http://music2work2.blogspot.com/2007_10_01_archive.html
thanx Charlotte!

- NOVEMBER 20, 2007-

"iNTo tHe 4tH diMEnSiOn" moved up from #16 to #11 on the CAPR charts in Sydney this week! http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/capr.cfm

- NOVEMBER11, 2007-

1) "iNTo tHe 4tH diMEnSiOn" debuted at #5 on Cape Breton University's CAPER radio last week, and is at #16 this week.
2) ZWERG was runner up in 2 categories of the toronto exclusive magazine awards:

-NOVEMBER 10, 2007-

subscribe to the ZWERG blog on myspace for all the latest ZWERG newz.. http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ConfirmSubscribe&friendID=34673290

-NOVEMBER 7, 2007-

ZWERG's new lp 'iNTo tHe 4tH diMEnSiOn' is "Pick of the Week" in this week's issue of BOOM magazine! grab a free copy anywhere around Moncton!

-NOVEMBER 4, 2007-

$10,000 was raised at 'Un Show Pour Julie' last sunday night at the Capitol. here's a review of the show, en francais, with a mention of ZWERG: http://www.capacadie.com/chroniquedumonde/2007/10/29/Julie_Pallot_863.cfm
"La soirée a commencé avec Zwerg, un jeune artiste de Moncton qui semble-t-il, fait carrière à Toronto. Une révélation pour bien des gens… ça se parlait à la pause !!! Vraiment un chanteur des plus intéressants !"

-OCTOBER 26, 2007-

a track from ZWERG's "iNtO tHe 4tH diMeNSiOn" will air on CBC Radio 1's "Atlantic Airwaves" tomorrow, saturday the 27th, at 5pm. do tune in at: http://origin.www.cbc.ca/atlanticairwaves/

-OCTOBER 24, 2007-

just a reminder that ZWERG will be performing 2 songs from the new lp at 'Un Show Pour Julie' at the Capitol Theatre this Sunday, October 28th. also performing are the legendary Roland Gauvin, Isabelle Bujold, Jac Gautreau, Hert LeBlanc, Scott & Gerald Delhunty, Monette Gould, Lisa Roy, Chris Mersereau, Benoit Landry, Mike Parker, among others.. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=5527247221

-OCTOBER 20, 2007-

ZWERG is delighted to have been selected as a FACTOR jury member this coming monday, oct. 22, adjudicating grant entries in the 'Adult Contemporary' category. This is a 'first' for eldon, and indeed quite an honour.

-OCTOBER 18, 2007-

ZWERG met Tori Amos, his biggest influence, in NYC this past weekend! She was complimentary and told eldon he was prolific! (..and she should talk, eh?!)

-OCTOBER 9, 2007-

ZWERG is nominated for 2 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards! Here's the press release:

October 2, 2007


This letter is to Certify that ZWERG Has been nominated in the 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards (online) in the following categories:

MUSIC – Pop (Provincial)

Best Provincial Pop Song “To Stand, Kneel”

Best Provincial Pop CD Album “Into the 4th dimension”

Congratulations and good luck,

Toronto Exclusive Magazine
www.torontoexclusive.com Published by Canada Career Arts Corporation , Box 3, 617 Yonge St., Toronto, Ont. M4Y 1Z5

-OCTOBER 3, 2007-

ZWERG Q&A in UNB's The Brunswickan. http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=34673290&blogID=315646596 or http://www.myspace.com/zwergband and see blog.

-OCTOBER 2, 2007-

Happy October everyone! [here] interview with ZWERG, by Ashley Bursey, at: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=34673290&blogID=315315123 or http://www.myspace.com/zwergband and see blog.

-SEPTEMBER 29, 2007-

Sonicbids interview with ZWERG (about showcasing at POP MONTREAL 2005 and POP MONTREAL 2006): http://www.sonicbids.com/forum/topic_view.asp?topic_id=56304&page=1message0 -SEPTEMBER 28, 2007-

HUUUUGE compliment to ZWERG from director of POP MONTREAL, Dan Seligman: http://sonicbids.com/About/PromoterTestimonials.aspx

-SEPTEMBER 26, 2007-

1) ZWERG is a confirmed performer at 'Un Show Pour Julie' at the Capitol Theatre on Oct. 28th. For info on the benefit, visit: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=5527247221 and... http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2541372130

2) Updates made to sonicbids ZWERG site, including some downloadable high res pix. Stop by!: http://www.sonicbids.com/zwerg

-SEPTEMBER 23, 2007-

Some peops have been asking about where to see the ZWERG video online.. the clearest version is at: http://www.justenoughtv.com/videos.php?cat=MUSICVID&vidID=214 ..there's also a lovely version in the video section of this site...
..the youtube versions are kinda pixelated.

-SEPTEMBER 19, 2007-

ZWERG q&a by the beautiful, newfieful Ashley Bursey in UNB's The Brunswickan this week.

-SEPTEMBER 12, 2007-

1) Great ZWERG article by STU's Ashley Bursey in the latest issue of [here] magazine, about the new LP and the CD launch tomorrow night at the MANHATTAN. Pick up a copy at any [here] stand in and around Moncton.

2) For you early birds out there, ZWERG will be featured tomorrow morning on CBC Moncton's "Information Morning" with Rhonda Whittaker. Show airs from 6 AM (yikes!) to 8:30 AM.

3) The new ZWERG LP will be available tomorrow night at the official Moncton launch for a low price of $15; the LP is also available at http://cdbaby.com/all/zwerg ..and at Moncton stores FRANK's, SPIN-IT, and LIVEWIRE.

-SEPTEMBER 5, 2007-

Please note that the ZWERG cd launch is now taking place at THE MANHATTAN on Thursday, Sept 13th, with Moncton's FEEDBACK SCARS opening, and Waterloo's THE BOCCE closing the evening. Hope to see you there!