Home for the Holidays Concert Announcement, and Playlists

Online concerts Dec 20-21

by SaskMusic

December 17, 2020 in SaskMusic News

Home For the Concert

Free Online Concerts

SaskMusic invites you to tune in for two homegrown concerts aiming to spread holiday cheer across the province, with songs both original and traditional performed by local artists. 

Premiering on SaskMusic's Facebook page and YouTube channel, here are performers on each show: Please see more info on each performer below.

Sunday December 20, 7pm CT

Alyssa Taryn, Andrea An, Anna Haverstock, Connor Hewson, Dale Avison, Dallas & Phil Boyer, Dara Schindelka, Dominique Fréchette, Eli Barsi, Melodie Gliem, Michael Hughes, Patti Layne with Wendy Thomson, Resonance, Ryan Hicks, Sammy Lee Folkersen

Monday December 21, 7pm CT

Aaron Arcand, Brian Paul D.G. and Friends, Cameron & Crawford, Carmelle Pretzlaw, Dillon Currie, Falynn Baptiste, Glenn Sutter, Greg Orrē, Jivin' Jackie & Big Baby T, Katelyn Lehner, Shayla Souliere, Tyler Gilbert, Winsome Kind


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Concert Artists

Aaron Arcand (North Battleford)
Aaron is an Indigenous musician and rock artist from Beardy’s First Nations, and currently living in North Battleford. He’s lead singer and guitarist for the band Feedback, along with brother Bryan on bass guitar and sister Allison on the drums. Around 2006 Aaron started working on the first Feedback album, writing the lyrics and ideas of the rhythm and lead tracks of our songs to our music. Comfort, Feedback’s album was released in 2008, such songs as “Took It All Away”, “She’s My Babe” and “Damn Sexy.” They toured for about 3 years and then decided to take a break to raise their families. During this time, Aaron set up a recording place in his basement to record a Christmas cover album, later releasing original Christmas single “To Show Us The Meaning Of Christmas.”

Alyssa Taryn (Regina Beach)
Raised in the lakeside resort town Regina Beach, Alyssa grew up with music in the air and on the lake. Her indie folk/pop sound with sweeping melodic lines and thoughtful lyrics showcase Alyssa’s powerhouse vocals and attention to emotional detail. For the past decade, Alyssa has been a performer between two worlds: one as a classical soprano performing on the operatic stage; the other as a singer/songwriter belting it out in the underground pubs of Toronto. Her debut EP Home, touched on this divide, showcasing her versatility as a musician and strong capability as a cross-genre vocalist. Alyssa is also voice teacher and runs her studio, Authentically You Vocal Studio, which focuses on coaching children and young adults in finding and fostering their authentic voices through vocal empowerment and development of healthy vocal technique.

Andrea An (Saskatoon)
Andrea is a Vietnamese-Canadian singer/songwriter, a multi-talented pop, R&B, and country artist. She started taking piano lessons at age six and by the time she was a teenager, she had also taught herself to play guitar. Andrea has generated over 500,000 views on YouTube and Facebook and played festivals like the Trifecta Music Festival and the Country Thunder VIP area. She captures themes of love, heartbreak, self-empowerment, and reflection. Her voice can be a quiet, falsetto birdsong that raises goosebumps, or a belted out, raging symphony of broken hearts. Andrea An is on a mission to share her music with the world - and to show that it’s possible for women of colour/Asian-Canadians to be visible in the Canadian music industry. 
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Anna Haverstock (Saskatoon)
Anna Haverstock and her full band play upbeat alternative rock tunes that are sure to get you dancing! Her debut full length record, “Coasting In Dreams” was released in summer of 2018, described as "strong" & "radio ready". CBC Radio 3 even compared her to Serena Ryder.
Brian Paul D.G. and Friends (Saskatoon)
Singer-songwriter Brian Paul D.G. and his ever-evolving complement of musical friends offer a dynamic synergy of some traditional, and mostly original vocal/acoustic compositions with a focus on storytelling, improvisation, sincerity, clarity, universal poetry and potentially all-inclusive harmonies.
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Cameron & Crawford (Saskatoon)
Prairie sisters Trish Cameron and Wendy Crawford are the multi-instrumental singer/songwriter duo Cameron & Crawford. Their music covers a few genres while following inspiration and joy. The sisters started co-writing in 2014 while up at the family cabin at Jackfish Lake. They started performing in 2016 and started recording their originals in 2019, having released four singles to date, and are currently recording material for their first album. Christmas song “A Lovely Time of Year” is the first song they released.

Carmelle Pretzlaw (Regina)
Regina violinist Carmelle Pretzlaw received years of musical training from Regina’s Conservatory of Music with various teachers, including Elman Lowe and Dr. Howard Leyton-Brown. She earned her bachelor of arts from Trinity Western University, and her master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Regina where she studied with Ed Minevich. She has performed and recorded with multiple Saskatchewan artists (Poor Nameless Boy, Jason Plumb, Jeffery Straker, Belle Plaine, Nick Faye, to name a few), and enjoys collaborating in her string quartet, Pile of Bows String Quartet, performing and arranging popular music. Carmelle’s also plays section violin with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, teaches violin, and plays bass guitar, drums and piano. She’s involved with her church’s worship bands and previously directed Christmas productions with choir and orchestra. By day, Carmelle works at SK Arts as an administrative coordinator.

Connor Hewson (Connor & the Musicians) (Regina)
This year, Connor & his musician friends released their debut single entitled Glide. The song has since been played on CBC Saskatchewan, featured as the Earshot Digital Distribution Song of the Day, and a finalist in the 2020 Yangaroo DMDS Indie Spotlight Contest. Since the debut, Connor has been working on finishing an EP with Brad Prosko Production. COVID has delayed this process, but he hopes to finish it as soon as possible. In the meantime, Connor continues writing and playing music as his wife and two sons dance and twirl around the kitchen. He is also currently co-writing and recording music with his two good friends Mike Harmel and Brad Vance (Government Town).
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Dale Avison (Humboldt)
Dale has played Clarinet for over 53 years, including performing in the Melfort Kinsmen Band program under director Bob Latimer, the Humboldt Community Band, Little German Band, as part of the orchestra for musicals at the Sutherland Theatre, and with joined Maxine Moore & Friends for concerts to raise funds for the MS Society. Dale has performed frequently as a guest accompanist for the St. Peter’s Chorus and is a member of their house band. As a soloist, Dale has performed with recorded accompaniment as “Clarinet Expressions” for seniors’ lodges, private and public functions, and more, and as a clarinet clinician for high school bands in the area. Dale recently joined Kevin & Michele Ackerman to form The Rose Quartz Trio.
Dallas & Phil Boyer (Saskatoon)
Dallas & Phil have been playing Métis music for the last 25 years. Dallas began playing at the age of 6, and since then they have travelled across Canada and USA entertaining people for dances and gatherings. Since COVID 19 started, they have began providing shows on their Facebook page to ease minds during this time.
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Dara Schindelka (La Ronge)
Dara has made her home in beautiful northern Saskatchewan. Her music reflects who she is...honest, earthy, courageous and joyful. Dara is filled with passion and purpose and on a mission to make her message and her music come to life.
Dillon Currie (Swift Current)
Since their formation in 2013, Dillon has been the lead singer of Saskatoon rock band League of Wolves. The hard-hitting group has since added multi-Juno Award winning guitarist Leot Hanson, toured Canada many times and shared the stage with prominent Canadian rock figures such as The Trews, The Glorious Sons, Yukon Blonde, The Beaches, and The Tea Party. In 2019, the group signed with Inside Pocket Music via Warner Music Canada, and released a self-titled EP plus 2020’s “Skullcreek Sessions”. Since the COVID-19 crisis, Dillon has enjoyed spending time with his wife and two young children in Swift Current, writing new songs with his band, and is excited to begin recording his first solo project, written during and inspired by the pandemic, in 2021.
Dominique Fréchette (Bellevue)
Dominique began her vocal training in 2017, and sings exclusively Francophone music. In April 2017 she participated in the Assiniboia Music Festival where she was noticed for her performance and personality, obtaining first place in the ‘Folk Song or Folk Ballad, Any Voice’ and ‘Vocal Solo, Popular Repertoire, Any Voice’ categories. From 2017 on, Dominique has performed at events including travelling to Quebec in 2018 to audition for the Petit Festival de Granby, the choir for the midnight mass at the Co-Cathedral of Gravelbourg, and on stage with numerous artists such as Shawn Jobin, Mario Lepage, La Raquette a Claquette, la Famille Campagne, Annette Campagne, and Solange Campagne. Dominique is now under the tutelage of Alexis Normand, including working on a new video project.
Eli Barsi (Moosomin)
Eli is originally from the prairies of southeastern Saskatchewan Canada. Her music career started early on and has led to many years in the entertainment business. Eli is a diverse entertainer, musician, songwriter & producer as well as a landscape artist and new author. Throughout the last three decades she has written and recorded a large body of work, performed full time, celebrated independent success on USA, Canadian & European radio, as well honoured with many awards both sides of the border. Eli is a 'Carter Scratch' guitar picker and her style of music includes a mix of well-crafted originals & tasty standards in the styles of roots, Americana, bluegrass and trad country.
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Falynn Baptiste (Saskatoon)
The preservation of the Cree language has always been important to singer/songwriter Falynn Baptiste. She grew up on the Red Pheasant Cree Nation and has strong family roots connecting her to Cumberland House SK. Falynn has been singing from a young age, performing songs, often hymns sung in the Cree language to audiences all over Saskatchewan and Alberta. Her first album, "A Cree Christmas," was released in early December. “Christmas is a time to celebrate and remember those who have gone, cherish the memories of yesterday and to teach our traditions to the children who will shape our future.” Having been raised with the language, she was taught to believe Indigenous languages have great power and meaning. “There is something about hearing the Christmas music translated into the Cree language that connects to the listeners.” Preserving the language and inspiring others to learn/embrace Indigenous languages is a focus for Falynn.

Glenn Sutter (Regina)
With 5 albums to his credit, Glenn Sutter (sue-ter) is a Regina folk-rocker known for honest, intelligent songs about nature, love, and the human condition. Whether he’s playing solo guitar or piano or with his band Rivertime, his songs touch on shared joys and truths, until it feels like you’re catching up with an old friend. Sometimes he writes about the storms that rumble through our troubled times, but he also shows us the sunrise and what it means to be resilient. A lifelong, classically-trained musician, Sutter released his debut CD “All You Need” in 2008, resulting in a track on David Suzuki's Playlist for the Planet (CBC Radio3); coming up to his latest album, co-produced with Orion Paradis and released in 2019, which is a collection of nature-inspired folk-rock gems called In Rivertime.
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Greg Orrē (Saskatoon)
"Greg Orrē (pronounced gregory) expresses his creativity through music, poetry, painting, video and design. The prolific, multidisciplinary artist is now sharing the comprehensive I Am In It project: three full-length albums, two poetry books, plus video projects and artwork related to each album. The first album and poetry book are now released. He recently released a pandemic inspired Christmas song, “I Might Not See You This Christmas,” and is beginning to self-record most of his sophomore LP: I Am In It, Vol. 2, collaborating again on songs with producer/mixer Josh Palmer. As the lead singer & keyboardist of Too Soon Monsoon, he’s released one LP and three EPs, toured Western Canada multiple times and performed at numerous festivals.

Jivin' Jackie & Big Baby T (North Battleford)
​Jivin’ Jackie and Big Baby T can usually be found sweating out a set of swinging New Orleans rhythm and blues. But when the holidays roll around, they love to pull up close to the fire and spread some cheer. “I Hate the Winter” is their first attempt at a seasonal song, performed in the style of movie musicals from the ‘40s and ‘50s.

Katelyn Lehner (Saskatoon)
Through elementary and into high school, Katelyn received Royal Conservatory of Music vocal training, performing and doing competitions around the province. Katelyn’s debut single “Red” was released on October 9, along with a lyric video, as she performed for a sold-out audience at her release show in Saskatoon. Katelyn is excited to continue writing and recording original music with the plans of more singles to be released throughout the new year. Katelyn is also passionate about Track and Field, competing all over the country and being named to Team Canada for the Pan American Junior Games. She has just completed her University career, bringing home multiple national medals while also completing a degree in Kinesiology.
Melodie Gliem (Regina)
Melodie Gliem, lead singer, rhythm guitar player and the main songwriter of GLIEM, shares her passion through the element of music, recently performing in various online events, including the National Indigenous Peoples' Day Concert and the Ness Creek Music Festival VirtualNess. A new song single and video called "Everybody Wants To Feel Alive" was released on October 15, receiving radio play. Expressing a mix of sweet melodic sounds and rock elements, Melodie is currently recording new music and you can check her with GLIEM on Telemiracle 2021. "I draw upon subjects such as dreams and the strength of the human spirit to endure. I use a lot of metaphors inspired by nature. Music is such an intangible force that connects and brings people together and it’s something that’s been a very healing element within my life.”
Michael Hughes (Saskatoon)
Michael originally hails from Glasgow Scotland, is proud of his strong Scottish/Irish heritage, and feels fortunate to be able to continue to make music in Saskatchewan with his many talented friends and peers. Michael fell in love with the Celtic music scene in Saskatoon in 1999, becoming a founding member of the Lighthouse Penguins. In 2007, Circling Over Shannon evolved from the remnants of the Penguins, and Michael took the role of front man in this popular Celtic band. He enjoys songwriting with his solo project “Jellicoe Street”, and takes great delight in sitting in for acoustic sets with Saskatoon’s “The Wheats”. As a solo artist, he showcases his original songs, as well as some of his favourite covers. For the past 38 years his “day job” has been a Neurophysiology Technologist. A lifetime of studying the brain and nervous system has perhaps given him a unique perspective on how lucky he feels today to still be making sweet music with his friends.
Patti Layne with Wendy Thomson (Saskatoon)
Patti Layne (Fedrau) was born in Saskatoon and grew up in Watrous, singing in choirs. She had a recording career in France and continued to sing and write songs in the UK and then China. She now lives in Saskatoon. She is also in a duo, “Wild Prairie” with her sister Wendy Thomson, who will sing harmonies and also play guitar for this concert.
Resonance (Regina)
Resonance is a Regina-based musical duo consisting of Christie-Anne Blondeau (vocals) and Fred Foerster (acoustic bass). This unique combination of instrumentation explores the genres of jazz-pop music with minimal instrumentation and maximum sound. This duo is guaranteed to surprise and delight audiences with their interpretations of jazz, pop and soul music with a twist.
Ryan Hicks by Ali Lauren Creative Services Ryan Hicks (Regina)
Ryan makes melodic, cinematic alt-pop music - as if McCartney, Brian Wilson and Fleet Foxes made music for David Lynch. Hicks is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer with a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Master’s degree in Education and over 20 years of musical performance. He has released three full albums, a Christmas single and his music has been played on Sirius XM, CBC, as well as charting on campus/community folk charts in BC, AB, ON and SK.
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Sammy Lee Folkersen (Saskatoon)
Sammy Lee is a guitarist and singer-songwriter hailing from Saskatoon. Best known as a member of Saskatchewan goodtimers Bombargo, he has spent his fair share of time on stages across Canada and the USA. With the release of his own self-titled EP, Sammy has proven that on his own, he too is a musical force to be reckoned with. His influence is rooted deeply in the blues and music of the ‘60/’70s - although it seems sometimes that there are no stipulations when it comes to the music he creates and plays. Whether he is playing bass on a North American tour, or entertaining crowds with his immense skills as a blues guitarist, this young multi-instrumentalist brings a certain vintage-style of energy to any stage he finds himself on.
Shayla Souliere (Regina)
Shayla’s 2020 single, ‘Know Better’, is as much an affirmation of her belief in the power of music as a mission statement. The song was shortlisted as one of the Top 100 tracks for the prestigious CBC Searchlight contest, as one of the Top 50 Producer Picks, and ultimately featured as one of Searchlight’s Top 10 Pop HITS on CBC Music’s Instagram. She’s successfully brokered endorsement deals, ultimately accumulating over 120,000 followers across her social media. Her work ethic, powerful voice, and her unswerving dedication also landed her a coveted spot in Canada’s Music Incubator’s AE West Program in Calgary in 2019, where she worked with some of Canada’s top music industry professionals at Studio Bell.
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Tyler Gilbert (Regina)
As a Montana/Saskatchewan-based rock group, Tyler Gilbert have always striven to be a voice for the overlooked, the ones who never quite fit in, the lone kid, the underdog. From their 2008 debut EP "Vos" to 5 albums later, none of their work has been more intentionally pointed at them more than their current release "Underdog" (2019). Over the years their sound has evolved from a more folk sound to hard rock, with national tours and festivals over Canada and America, from BC to PEI and California to New York and everywhere in between, and been played on stations across Canada and Sirius XM. Their new direction is a harder, edgier rock sound, with Tyler performing alongside Mark Ennis and JD Lemire.

Winsome Kind (Regina)
There’s no mistaking the chemistry when you hear Saskatchewan husband and wife duo, Winsome Kind. Infused with personal stories and luxurious harmonies, the songs they craft reflect their continuous creative journey. For Leora and Scott, co-creating in music and love has always felt meant to be, and they have embraced life together as self-propelled artists and new parents. Their self-titled debut album garnered critical acclaim, and their second album, We Call It Home, is a compelling collection of feel-good songs and heartfelt messages which reflect their passion and urge for connection in these tumultuous times. They recently moved their little family from Vancouver BC to Regina SK to embark on a Prairie adventure.  “…the vocals warm you like sunshine, melting over your shoulders and then sinking into your heart” (Geyser Music).
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