OnStage ’09

Outdoor Stage:

12 pm       Opening Drum Ceremony:  lead by Dieter Braun Indian in the Machine
All drummers, festival participants and the public are invited for the Art in the Heart opening ceremony.  The drummers will drum, while festival participants and the public join hands in a circle.  We’ll set our intentions for a harmonious, creative, heart-filled festival.

1 pm         Malika Sellami
2 pm         Cidne Treen
3 pm         Young James
4 pm         Ray Elliott
5 pm         Paul Tobin & Brian Mc Areavey
5:35 pm    Circling Over Shannon

Indoor Stage:

12:30 pm   The Peat Fire Flame
1:30 pm      Troubadours du Bois
2:30 pm      Shakespeare in a Day Onstage
3:30 pm      Ben Who! International Magician & Illusionist
4:30 pm      Anastasia Winterhalt

Master of Ceremonies: Wilma Groenen

Wilma Groenen has been living in Caswell Hill for 12 years and has been part of the music scene in Saskatoon for 30 years. 

Wilma is an enthusiastic supporter of community and culture.

Dieter Braun Indian in the Machine


Dieter Braun is this year’s drum co-ordinator at the Art in the Heart festival. This summer his drumming activities have included: Drumming workshop and three nights at the Ness Creek Drum Circle, Drumming on the Saskatchewan River with Soul Shakers, Drumming at the Fringe and even a wew website too:  Saskatoon Drum Circles (www.saskatoondrumcircles.com)

Dieter has quietly become one of the most read online Saskatchewan artists and probably qualifies as one of the most visited Aboriginal online artists in Canada.  His Indian in the machine website  (www.indianinthemachine.com) focuses on 2012, spirituality, higher consciousness and detoxification had logged in almost 75000 page views in July….and his blog adds another 8000 page views too for July.   Dieter is also a regular contributor at one of the internet’s largest independent news website www.fourwinds10.com

Dieter markets and distributes ionic foot bath plates, colloidal silver/high frequency products, as well as native-style drums (Drum-making workshop Sunday September 20th). For more information visit his website and/or contact Dieter at: indianinthemachine@yahoo.ca

Malika Sellami

Malika Sellami is a free spirit, a new soul, and a traveller. Growing up in Quebec City, Malika studied education, specializing in arts and drama. After teaching for a few years and realizing that this was not where she belonged, she took to the road to roam the world, giving up her dog and all her material belongings. After two and a half years Malika decided to get outside of her travelling comfort zone so that she could devote herself to a project that keeps her passionate: performing her own music! She has finally settled down long enough to call Saskatoon home, a place where she feels happy and more creative than ever – a place where she has finally discovered what she wants to do with her life and her talent. In July 2009, Malika released her first EP: “Manifest some Love”, an handmade art  project which expresses her upbeat melodic songs, about self growth and manifestations of Love. She just came back from a tour in eastern Canada with Gillian Snider, another local Saskatoon artist and plans to hit the west coast sometime in the spring.

Cidne Treen


Cidne Treen has been involved in music since the age of 5, when she started to play the violin. Since then, she has taken up the bass, drums, double bass, and various other instruments. She is now devoted to playing the guitar and vocals, and spends all her spare time trying new ways to improve on both. Cidne has one album self titled “Cidne Treen” featuring Terry Hoknes.

Young James

Young James features singer / songwriters T.C. Young and Davy James who each have over a dozen years under their belts playing in assorted indie rock bands in Saskatoon, Calgary, and Vancouver. Individually, they have entertained audiences from dive bars to arenas, and have released enough independent recordings to be worthy of a box-set. The band also includes another local music veteran, Jesse Johnstone on drums and banjo. T.C.’s brother Brett Young completes the lineup on bass and harmony vocals.

Young James’ self-produced, self-titled debut album blends the country-influenced folk rock of 1970’s California with distinct prairie sounds and imagery.  It has received critical acclaim from Saskatoon’s local arts press and radio.  www.myspace.com/youngjamesmusic

Ray Elliott

Ray Elliott is a lead vocalist, lead guitar and songwriter. His music is a mix of folk, bluegrass and rock.


Paul Tobin & Brian McAreavey

Paul recorded his new cd All Night Blue in February, 2009, in Nanaimo B.C. with producer Gary Wik, and engineer “extraordinaire” Rick Salt.  His songs are about his life, his tributes and memories. The sound is crisp and clean, the vocals heartfelt and poignant. He also includes a very original version of “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, and a tribute version of “World in Motion” by Brian Plummer.

Brian has been a professional musician for 30 plus years.  He has played with the Sailkats, High Country Band, Willie P. Bennette, and he also played with Tom Jackson in the Huron Carol Food Bank Benefit Series for 7 years.  Currently Brian is touring with Paul Tobin in support of Paul’s new cd.

Circling Over Shannon

Circling over Shannon are driven by the two fiery fiddles of Lighthouse Penguin alumni Skye Lennox and Ryan Spracklin, fuelled by the high octane strumming of Michael Hughes on bouzouki and guitar, and accelerated by the frenetic freestyle playing of Matt Bradford on bodhran drum.

 Skye Lennox is a veteran of the Celtic music scene in Saskatoon. Skye fiddled with Siamsa, Saskatoon’s favourite Celtic band of the nineties, and was a founding member of the Lighthouse Penguins. Skye is currently the only certified Irish fiddle instructor in Western Canada and takes great pleasure in imparting her fiddle knowledge and experience to some 30 students of all ages.

Michael Hughes originally hails from Glasgow, Scotland and fell in love with the Celtic music scene in Saskatoon becoming a founding member of the Lighthouse Penguins in 1999. He is a regular player at the many Irish music sessions and ceilis throughout the year, and continues to enjoy original composition with his solo project “Jellicoe Street”.

 A 3rd generation drummer, Matthew Bradford has been playing the bodhran for the past 18 years. Matthew’s drumming skills were mentored from day one by his grandfather and Siamsa bodhran player, Wayne Bradford. Notorious for his frenetic freestyle technique and roof raising solos, Matthew has had the privilege of playing with a host of great musicians. One career highlight includes being asked to stay and play the night away with fiddle and button accordion legends Frankie Gavin and Sharon Shannon at a session in Galway, Ireland.

 Ryan Spracklin has been playing the fiddle since he was a wee tiny lad. A founding member of the Lighthouse Penguins, he is delighted to be reunited with Skye Lennox to cook up a blistering unison fiddle sound. Ryan has a passion for live entertainment of all genres. It was this zeal that led him to pursue a career as a stage technician and musician. Having lived in Edmonton and Halifax, he has had the pleasure of playing with an assortment of fine celtic players, and is delighted to be back once more in his home town to soak in the vibrant live music scene the city and province have to offer.

Circling Over Shannon deliver an infectious melange of contemporary Celtic mayhem. The band is adaptable for various performance scenarios, including concert shows, Irish dancing accompaniment, house or garden parties, or pleasant background music. Their repertoire includes fiery jigs and reels, heartfelt Celtic songs, and moving airs and ballads.

For more info contact:
Michael Hughes michael.hughes@shaw.ca   phone 306-384-5175
website: http://www.myspace.com/circlingovershannon 
facebook: http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Circling-Over-Shannon/31539593335 

The Peat Fire Flame

The Peat Fire Flame is a group which plays Scottish Traditional Music, especially dance music.  The name comes from a poem, a song and a dance each called The Peat Fire Flame and from the tradition of playing music and dancing around smoky Peat Fires in Scottish Crofts or cottages.  Membership is free and open to anyone who can play a musical instrument.

Troubadours du Bois

The Troubadours du Bois was formed in the fall of 1994 to explore medieval and renaissance recorder music. Our first performances were primarily for private functions for the local historical society (SCA) and we retained this format and focus for several years. We added some harpsichord accompaniment for a few isolated vocal solos in the mid-90′s and slowly incorporated more vocal repetoire when we added a singer to our ranks in 2001. The recorders and harpsichord were augmented by a violinist in 2000. We slowly moved from being a full recorder consort to a mixed consort of recorders, violin, voice, and harp, adding more depth and stretching our versatility. We began playing for large private function medieval feasts for conventions at the local hotels as well as smaller, more intimate shows at bookstores and coffee shops. These public shows gave us more focus on period performance practices and creating performances that were designed to be more show-like than just background music. We really enjoy being able to bring our passion of early music to the public on these occasions. We have had several feature concerts around Saskatoon which have been well received. More concerts and appearances are on the schedule for the upcoming year! Our first cd is available this fall.

Shakespeare In A Day


Join Kim Searle and members of Shakespeare’s Shadows for a 2 hour workshop and a show onstage!   Learn who Mr. William Shakespeare was and what all the fuss is about… Work like an actor, participate in theatre games and warm up exercises. Speak the speech trippingly on your tongue.  Get on your feet and into the story.  Have fun exploring The Taming of The Shrew and then show off for your friends and family!

Kim Searle is the founder and artistic director of the highly successful youth theatre company, Shakespeare’s Shadows.  She has been teaching Shakespeare to children since 2003.  This September she is offering a class through The Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre, ‘Shakespeare on Your Feet : Beginners’.

Ben Who!

International Magician and Illusionist, Ben Campbell’s love of magic began more than 25 years ago.  It was at Glendale College in Phoenix where he first studied the psychology of magic.  Since then, he has delighted audiences with his artistry and illusions in both Canada and the U.S.A.  Currently, he is a member of the International Magicians Society, New York, NY and the Canadian Magic Arts Society, Toronto, ON.

Anastasia Winterhalt

Invited to sing at the inaugural Alumni Concert Series at Brandon University, Anastasia Winterhalt is a strong performer on both the operatic and recital stage. Her lyric-soprano has been described as having international appeal and her dramatic interpretations are compelling.

Most recently heard singing La Ciesca with Edmonton’s Opera NUOVA, she has also sung Countess Ceprano with Saskatoon Opera. She has also sung the roles of Fiordiligi, Malika, Mrs. Grose, Geraldine and Sandman. In excerpt, she has sung Contessa, Butterfly and Gretel. Other stage work includes singing in the chorus for the Toronto Operetta Theatre and the Saskatoon Opera Association.

Winner of the Mary Smart Scholarship (Brandon, MB), Anastasia is also the winner of numerous festival awards (Kiwanis Music Festival – Toronto, Saskatoon Music Festival).

Anastasia holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School (opera), a Bachelor of Music with a major in voice and a minor in piano from Brandon University and has studied with Richard Miller at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Since returning to Saskatoon, Anastasia has been busy establishing her private studio here in the city and is currently working on her Masters in Vocal Performance at the U of S. In addition to teaching at home, Anastasia is an active member of N.A.T.S (National Association of Teachers of Singing), has worked with choirs (Toronto), directed music theatre classes (Toronto) and given lectures to elementary schools about music and opera (Saskatoon). awinterhalt@hotmail.com



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