Master of Ceremonies Curtis Peeteetuce
Curtis is Cree from the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. Since 2001, he has had the honour of working with many talented artists in theatre, radio drama, music and film. Selected highlights include Persephone Theatre (Bannock Republic, A History of Breathing), SNTC (Where The Blood Mixes, Thunderstick) CBC (Out in the Cold, Red Moon) and Rabbit Fall, season 2. Curtis is the playwright of the popular rez Christmas story series, which has been presented since 2001. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Saskatoon & Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Male Performance for the role of Floyd in Where the Blood Mixes and has been nominated as a playwright and sound designer. Curtis is the current Artistic Director at Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company.
11:30 am North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes and Drums
The North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes & Drums is an attached volunteer band to the North Saskatchewan Regiment. Most of the band do not belong to the reserves, but volunteer their services. 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 in 1962. The band plays 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.
12:00 pm Piper Van Beek
Piper Van Beek is a 14 vocal student studying under Sheila Scott. She will be taking her Voice Level 6 exam this year.
12:20 pm In With the Old
Northern Saskatchewan’s In With the Old seamlessly combine raw talent and prairie camaraderie with a passion and respect for the music from the past. Young and dedicated, they take a unique approach to memorable old tyme music through gifted harmonies and infectious songwriting all told through a small town perspective. Visit: www.facebook.com/inwiththeoldband
1:30 pm Allyson Reigh
Sweet and soft, Allyson Reigh’s music lives somewhere between breezy pop and campfire folk. To date, she has released two albums, won a handful of songwriting competitions, and has written music that is currently being performed by choirs across North America. These days she can be found performing as a solo act or as a member of 1940s inspired band, Rosie & The Riveters. Visit www.facebook.com/allysonreighmusic
2:30 pm Stephen Maguire
The eight-piece Memory Lane band has been entertaining audiences both young and old with their tribute to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, doing all the classics from artists like Buddy Holly, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Roy Orbison, Glenn Miller, Doris Day, The Platters, The Beatles and many more. Orchestrated by musical director Roy Sydiaha and fronted by the Irish-born and 2014 SCMA Country Music Person of the Year Stephen Maguire, who is known for his storytelling and friendly banter. Just off a 20-date tour, we are thrilled to have them at Art in the Park! Visit www.stephenmaguirelive.com
4:15 pm Bruin
Ever since he was young, it was clear that Bruin was destined to be a part of the country music world. As a baby, he would easily be mesmerized by the upbeat sound of Marty Stuart’s, “Hey Baby”, along with the tunes other popular country music artists played on the television at the time. It was his strong connection with the music of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, though, that truly had him hooked on country music, and ultimately inspired him to start playing. By the time he attended his first concert (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) at the age of three, Bruin had already mastered air-strumming on the flyswatter and belting out his favourite tunes. At the age of nine, after showing rhythmic ability, Bruin received his first drumset; passed down from his uncle. He started drumming regularly at his church services, playing alongside his mother, the church’s organist. Bruin received his first guitar, as a gift that following Christmas, and started taking lessons a couple years later. He began accompanying his younger sister, a fiddle player, around their hometown and area, performing at care homes, hospitals, festivals, and museums. Bruin received only a couple year’s worth of guitar lessons before he started teaching himself. Growing up as a huge Dirt Band fan, it only made sense that he spent hours learning Nitty Gritty covers that he could add to his already large catalog of Dirt Band hits. He is still known today as the kid who can sing any Nitty Gritty tune requested. Soon after, Bruin started to diversify and began penning his own songs.
At that time, the idea of playing music as a career had not yet been formed. Being known by some, as a true “Renaissance Man”, Bruin excelled in many other aspects of his life, other than music. He received several art and academic awards, as well as numerous awards being a six-time national qualifier in the sport of Tae Kwon Do. Bruin had many options, but was unsure as to where he would direct his future. It wasn’t until after graduating high school (with distinction), that Bruin elected to pursue a career in music.
Bruin created a small room in the basement of his parents’ home in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, in which he could practice, write and record music. With his computer, and only a small budget spent on recording equipment, Bruin would spend days recording songs. He elected to perform all of the instruments and vocals himself, as well as solely doing the mixing/mastering. Being quite the perfectionist, Bruin currently produces his own demos, which quite possibly can rival that of even some professional recording studios. This is especially what caught the eye of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member, John McEuen. McEuen took quite an interest in Bruin and was impressed in Bruin’s ability to play multiple instruments, and his talent for arranging and producing. McEuen was also appreciative of the caliber of Bruin’s songwriting skills, listing Bruin as one of the top writer’s he’s heard in a long time. “It means alot,” Bruin says, “in knowing that my style is not only appealing to my younger generation, but to generations older than mine as well.”
So far, the Saskatchewan native has performed across western Canada and even into the United States, sharing the stage with award winning country music artists such as Hey Romeo, Codie Prevost, George Canyon, and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; soon to be adding Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis to the list when he will be performing with the country legends this spring. He also made his way down to Nashville, TN, where he spent time songwriting and rubbing shoulders with some of the most reputable figures in the music industry.
His sound is definitely one which is fresh to the country music scene; combining the feel of classic country with a modern twist. “I believe if Nitty Gritty were to be formed as a band today,” he says, “this is what they would sound like.” The 22 year old is taking the country music world by storm with the release of his debut album, “Dirt Junkie”, and one certainty is that his name will definitely be one worth remembering.