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Dara Schindelka is a female folksinger/songwriter with a touch of the north and the pull of the Saskatchewan prairies. Her combination of powerful lyrics and soulful melodies entertain audiences large and small. Dara's music is rooted in traditional folksongs but weaves stories of her own and the unique Saskatchewan landscape that she has lived upon in both treaty 4 and treaty 6 areas.
Saskatchewan Artists to Showcase at Contact ONtour
September 2, 2022
Two Saskatchewan artists, Jeffery Straker & Dara Schindelka, were chosen to showcase in the Ontario Presents Annual Conference taking place September 14-17 in Orillia, Ontario this year. The event, Contact ONtour, is designed to bring together artists from across the nation and beyond in order to meet with and make connections with agents, bookers, venues, and community directors living and working in eastern central Canada.
SOCAN Foundation Career Development Grant Awarded to Regina Singer/Songwriter
January 15, 2022
This past month, singer/songwriter Dara Schindelka was awarded a SOCAN Foundation Career Development Grant for her upcoming album out later this year! The money goes towards studio costs and Dara is grateful for the support & thankful for SOCAN & the work they do to help musicians receive the royalties & income they deserve as Canadian musicians.
New Dara Schindelka album celebrates freedom, courage and love
April 29, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 27, 2020 (La Ronge, SK) – Northern Saskatchewan folk/roots singer/songwriter Dara Schindelka is excited to announce the upcoming release of her debut EP album release. Thou Art Loosed will be released on May 8/2020 followed by a series of online concerts.
At the age of nineteen, Dara walked away from the biggest stages in the Canadian musical theatre world. She is back performing, but this time it is her own songs and stories. Dara’s music mixes hippie anthems with deep folk roots. Joni Mitchell, Coco Love Alcorn, Marc Cohn, and Loreena McKennitt are some of the artists that have inspired her unique songs as she shares her perspective on the unpredictable journey of life.
“I decided last summer (2019) to travel and do my music. I had no following, no social media presence, not a thing other than the excitement and passion to make it happen. The songs just flowed out of me and I have felt overwhelming support by the people that have been coming to my concerts and listening to my music. I think my music resonates with so many because it comes out of a place of honesty and experience. It is an honour to share songs that others feel a connection to. For me, music is about connecting. I am a people person, so the human connection is vital for me and brings me great joy.”
The music and lyrics for the album were written by Dara alone, however the producing was not a solo effort. Riley Burr of Pine Trail Studios in Air Ronge played percussion, guitar, and bass on the title track Thou Art Loosed, as well as Ancient Whisper. He also recorded and mixed the two tracks. Love Lives Here and Wasted Time were recorded and mixed at Em Records in Calgary AB with Emre Cords on cello and Ben Rose on backup vocals and percussion. The EP was mastered by Ron Skinner of Heading North Mastering in Toronto.
TRACK LIST – Thou Art Loosed
1 Thou Art Loosed 2:56 (Dara Schindelka)
2 Wasted Time 3:26 (Dara Schindelka)
3 Ancient Whisper 2:52 (Dara Schindelka)
4 Love Lives Here 4:00 (Dara Schindelka)
Dara has already received recognition for her title track Thou Art Loosed. The video was released in time for International Women’s Day and was featured by SaskMusic. It has won best Folk/Acoustic song for March 2020 by the American Tracks Music Awards. It has also been selected for inclusion in the Love Wins Festival in New York for the spring of 2021. This female anthem was a celebration of the people of the north. It was written, produced, filmed, and performed by members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Air Ronge, and La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan. Fourteen women from various backgrounds came together to lend their voices to the song as well as Pine Trail Studios recording audio and Videaste Productions with Marvin Barbarona creating the stunning video which is featured on Dara’s YouTube channel. Her songs Wasted Time and Love Lives Here have already been featured on Women of Substance Podcasts on Spotify and iTunes. In the past year she has performed in places across Saskatchewan, and in Calgary and Winnipeg as well. She opened for Caleigh Cardinal this winter and was scheduled to perform at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards Songwriters Circle as well as at the Napatak Ramble and Country at the Creek at Ness Creek near Big River, Saskatchewan. The COVID 19 has changed her focus, as it has all people, but her music opportunities have continued. Her first livestream concert was hosted by FemFolk UK and she is featured on SaskTel’s Max on Demand channel, with her album release being streamed for that event.
ABOUT DARA SCHINDELKA
Dara was raised on the Schindelka family farm near Raymore in the prairies of southern Saskatchewan. She began taking music lessons at the age of five and it became her passion and purpose even at a young age. She sang at fairs, exhibitions, and local music festivals as a young girl and joined the Saskatchewan Express touring group as s...
Dara Schindelka Releases New Single & Music Video, 'Thou Art Loosed'
March 1, 2020
In honour of International Women's Day this March, Dara Schindelka, a singer/songwriter from La Ronge, SK has released a video her female anthem, 'Thou Art Loosed'.
This video was written, produced, performed, recorded, mixed and filmed entirely in the Lac La Ronge area. There was a powerful group of women across the north that gathered to sing with her on this project and the result was impacting. Women in the medical field, in education, in the private sector, in politics, homemakers, artists and students all came together to make this video.
Videaste Productions produced the video and Pine Trail Recording Studio recorded the music both from La Ronge as well.
Dara Schindelka will be one of the performers at the Prince Albert jam sessions on March 7th for International Women's Day.
To view her video, 'Thou Art Loosed', go to: https://youtu.be/DvVnw8pjd6w
More music & info at: www.daraschindelka.com