The cold is creeping in around the edges and while we may not have snow quite yet, The Coffee Shop Project team is hunkering down in the corners of our favourite coffee shops with a sweet treat, warm brew and October’s Pick of The Month, Jess Reimer. Her song Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang) will give you that extra “Umph!” to get out the door and embrace the weather, providing the perfect soundtrack for the fall season.

There is no denying that an artist is a reflection of their environment, and the harsh beauty of rural Manitoba is the heart of Jess Reimer’s work. Her voice combines the grittiness of Lucinda Williams with the power of Neko Case, and can epitomize a wide range of emotions. Her soon to be released album The Nightjar and The Garden was produced with Blue Rodeo’s founding keyboardist and fellow Manitoba native, Bob Wiseman. He brought with him and ear for vintage twang and gospel infused classics. The complete picture of The Nightjar and The Garden displays an artist with many facets, unwaveringly connected to the soul of North American music, much like the album’s special guest, Ron Sexsmith, who contributes harmony vocals on several tracks.

The warmth of your favourite brew is calling, so be sure to grab your download card at any of the participating shops, and get cozy with Jess Reimer and Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang).