The Whiskey Jerks

Categories: Groups and Duos, Songwriters/Composers

Genres: Blues, Folk, Jazz, Rock


Gillian Snider
121 Avenue G North
Saskatoon, SK, S7L 1Y7

Phone: Show phone number


Playing venues and festivals from Vancouver to Ottawa, along with regular rotation on CKUA, CFCR and CBC (and charting on numerous other radio stations across Canada, Great Britain and Eastern Europe), The Whiskey Jerks’ sound is rife with originality, sweet vocal blends, and a distinct whiskey-soaked sensibility. The Whiskey Jerks came together when Gillian Snider, who no longer wanted to drink alone, felt it was time to expand upon her one-woman accordiana show. After convincing the talented Anna Bekolay (violin), Sarah Scharf (clarinet), Nevin Buehler (upright bass), Peter Abonyi (guitar) and Aidan Weiman (drums) to join her on her misadventure, The Whiskey Jerks soon began to create their own distinct niche, blending klezmer, rock, country-blues, gypsy-folk and jazz with clever lyrics, stories, and an honest prairie sound. They now have two full-length albums under their belt for your listening pleasure: Neat (2014) and Baba Was A Bootlegger (2019)




  • Neat.

    Various Artists

    February 2015

    If you combine a bit of klezmer, a bit of rock, a bit of jazz-schmazz and good old-fashioned prairie gypsy folk - THEN throw some cocky lyrics and good story telling into the mix, what you get is The Whiskey Jerks debut album 'Neat.'!

    Saskatoon's Whiskey Jerks give fusion another lively sound with Neat, a shotgun wedding but happy marriage of jazz, rock, blues and lots of klezmer music. This album can start and close the party, reeling and rocking all the way.

    — The StarPhoenix

  • Baba Was A Bootlegger

    Various Artists

    December 2018

    Join The Whiskey Jerks as they take you from the Canadian Rockies in Mad River Valley to the arid desert sands of the Sahara in Charlene, from a small Saskatchewan farm in Baba Was A Bootlegger to the heart of Union Station in Toronto...and more! This second full length album promises to take you on a musical ride that you won't forget!


Baba Was A Bootlegger

From Baba Was A Bootlegger

Wall-Eyed Clyde [Live at the Bassment]

From Baba Was A Bootlegger

Wealthy Poet (written by Geoff Berner)

From Baba Was A Bootlegger

Union Station

From Baba Was A Bootlegger

Time Travelling Jesus

From Neat.

Nesslin Lake

From Neat.

Conversation At The Yard

From Neat.

Solomon's Creek

From Neat.


  • Run

    Shot in Gillian's Living Room in 2016, Myron Glova did a great job capturing The Whiskey Jerks performing their song Run - watch for the cameo appearance of the famous 'Wall-Eyed Clyde' at the very end of the video!