Back of the Bus
Back of the Bus, features Jim Walls, Sheila Vaadeland, Anna Bekolay, Kathi Davis-Lepage and Paul Runalls. Based in Central Saskatchewan and formed in 2003, the band offers classic and contemporary folk music with Scottish, Irish and East Coast roots. The band’s beginnings were in the back of a bus on a pipe band trip, where the late evenings were filled with songs and fun. Back of the Bus plays at ceilidhs, private functions, parties and banquets as well as Burns’ nights and Folkfest.
Carol Cochrane & Hal Schrenk
“Carol Cochrane‘s music is refreshing, with great hooks. She has shown she has more than one musical dimension.”
Carol has been nominated for two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards and has drawn comparisons to Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrissette and Amanda Marshall. Her strong, confident voice equals her strong, confident songwriting.
Independent actor, writer, director, musician and producer Curtis Peeteetuce is from the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. Since his debut in 2001, Curtis has performed in numerous plays, staged readings, festivals, radio drama, and film. Curtis was the Writer In Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library for 2006-2007. His last stage appearance was in the very popular Bannock Republic at Persephone Theatre. His play An Act of Elusion firstpremiered at the Live Five Independent Theatre 2009/2010 Season in Saskatoon. It is currently being requested by communities and organizations for presentation, including Healing Our Spirit Worldwide in Honolulu, Hawaii. When not busying himself as an artist, Curtis spends time at home with his beautiful son Mahihkan. Later this year Curtis will be producing Toronto At Dreamer’s Rock by Drew Hayden Taylor at Persephone Theatre’s Backstage.
Five years ago local musician Gillian Snider branched out from the secure world of choral music to start a serious and loving relationship with jazz. She has entertained across Canada from Saskatoon to Quebec City, playing house concerts, cafes and raucous bars. She continues to perform with musicians she loves, from classical repertoire and jazz to grass roots and gypsy/kletzmer thrash. Now Gillian brings her smoky jazz vocals and accordion to the Art in the Park stage.
North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes & Drums
Formed in 1942 by the late lt. Colonel Angus MacNeil of the Saskatoon Light Infantry reserve force during WW2, their name was changed to the present, North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes & Drums, in 1962. An attached volunteer band to the North Saskatchewan Regiment, most of the band do not belong to the reserves, but volunteer their services. Playing at parades all over Saskatchewan and many Saskatoon charity runs/walks, their awards include Best Band in the Prince Albert Parade, 1st Prize in Pipe Bands and Best Band Overall in the Saskatoon Exhibition Parade. Don McDonald is the Pipe Major.
Scott Duffee & Nathan Baker
Sash weaving, Metis jigging, and occasional fiddling, are all activities that Scott Duffee enjoys while staying connected to his Metis heritage. Scott has been privileged to dance the Red River Jig at various festivals, the most recent being a performance for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch Run and the 2009 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver. Scott currently has two full-size finger-woven sashes featured in the Clearing a Path: Exhibition of Traditional Indigenous Art, which has travelled extensively throughout Saskatchewan, and is currently on display at the RCMP Heritage Museum in Regina.
Nathan Baker has been playing the fiddle since he was 8 years old, performing everything from old time tunes to classical music. Now seventeen, he graduates from Holy Cross in June. He has been awarded numerous years at the John Arcand Fiddlefest and has performed on CTV’s Indigenous Circle. He has been part of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra for 3 years on the viola and the Prince Albert Youth Orchestra for 4 years on the violin. Nathan is also involved in teaching: leading fiddle workshops over the past several years, currently instructing at Long and Mcquade, and scheduled to teach at Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party this summer.
Wilma Groenen wraps her powerhouse vocals and passionate delivery around everything from grinding blues and swinging two-steps to weeping ballads. Aside from being an amazing blues and R&B singer, Wilma’s accomplished songwriting and social commentary has made her a much admired and beloved performer across Saskatchewan. Doug Scarrow has been playing guitar in the blues and rock scene in Saskatoon for many years, and can be seen playing at Bud’s On Broadway with Winnipeg’s Big Dave McLean. Doug provided the musical inspiration for many of Wilma’s lyrics on her CD Eat the Sky. Ernie Kurz is a great blues harmonica, guitar and dobro player, and his harp licks complement Wilma’s voice and energy. Glenn Ens brings over 35 years of drumming experience to the band, and together with Gary Smith, who has been Wilma’s bass player for twenty-six years, holds the rhythm together like a rock, coaxing the crowd onto the dance floor. Roy Sydiaha contributes precise percussion and vocals. Rod Salloum is not only an excellent keyboard player, but also a dynamic singer. Anna Bekolay provides a hint of gypsy flavour with her violin and soaring soprano.
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. ww.myspace.com/youngjamesmusic