Week #10: An Empty Room with Eliza Doyle – “Underground”

While you might know Eliza Doyle from the Midnight Roses, the Hard Ramblers, or the Cracker Cats, this banjo-playing songstress is now taking a break from bands to record her first ever solo album!  In this week’s Empty Room, Eliza performs her song “Underground”, with bandmate Paula McGuigan on stand up bass.  Paula and Liza Holder (Stackwall Studios) are working with Doyle on the upcoming album – in fact, Eliza is in the studio recording all this week.  No need to wait – you can discover Eliza as a solo artist by watching her Empty Room performance!  To check out Eliza with the Midnight Roses go to themidnightroses.com, and keep an eye out for more solo music.  (Eliza will also be doing a kids workshop (ages 5-8) at the Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival in August.)

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July 28 – Poetry Slam & Open Mic featuring Zoey Pricelys Roy and Kevin Wesaquate

Zoey Pricelys

Zoey Pricelys Roy

Doors at 7:30pm.  Starts at 8:00pm.
Admission by donation.
All ages.  Cash bar.

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, in partnership with Sâkêwêwak Artists Collective, Creative City Centre and the Regina Word Up team, will be hosting a Poetry Slam and Open Mic, featuring Saskatoon performance poets Zoey Pricelys Roy and Kevin Wesaquate.

The evening starts with the slam at 8 pm sharp (if you want to participate, please come at 7:30 to sign up).  Feature poets will be on at 9:00pm, with an open mic to follow.

What is a Poetry Slam?
A poetry slam is a dialogue between audience and performer. It is a competitive event wherein spoken word artists share their work in a high-spirited, fast-paced environment to an often uproarious crowd.

Slammers should come prepared with up to 2 original pieces of less than 3 minutes and 10 seconds each. No props, no nudity, no hate speech.

Kevin Wesaquate

Kevin Wesaquate

Audience members, come prepared with snapping fingers and a good pair of lungs.

*The Slam format may differ slightly from our usual slams.

Features
Zoey Pricelys Roy
is a spoken word poet, emcee and community activist. She commits herself to helping young people find a passion in literacy through spoken word and believes the power of performance has the ability to change narrow tracks. Pricelys Roy has always been deeply influenced and rooted in the hip hop culture and at an early age realized that knowledge needed to be the foundation of everything she projects.

Kevin Wesaquate is from Piapot First Nation and currently resides in Saskatoon. An Aboriginal Arts Leader at SCYAP, he is also currently the Artist/Writer-in-residence at Saskatoon Polytechnic Campus. His recent participation in events like Tonight Its Poetry in Saskatoon or with the Write Out Loud spoken word collective has cemented Kevin in the Spoken Word Poetry community. He created a writing group called the Indigenous Poetry Society and is a member with Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc. Kevin recently finished the CARFAC Mentorship program and is looking forward to a prosperous career in the arts. Kevin is also known as the ‘Poet Welder Who Spits Fire’.

July 29 – The Bystanders and Kevin Roy & Logan McKillop

The BystandersDoors open at 8:00pm.  Show starts at 8:30pm.
Admission: $5
Cash bar.

On July 29, enjoy an evening of live music as Regina’s The Bystanders share the stage with Manitoba’s Kevin Roy and Logan McKillop at the Creative City Centre.

The Bystanders are an indie-folk and roots band from Regina, Saskatchewan, whose music is best described as “prairie fresh”.  The band was formed after brothers Davin and Judd Stachoski locked themselves in an abandoned warehouse in a frosty February in 2009, and emerged with a 10-song demo disc.  The disc garnered a lot of excitement among friends and family and frequent airplay on community radio, so The Bystanders decided to take the songs to the stage, with Corey Rhiendel on bass and Nathan Streifel filling out the foursome on drums.

Kevin Roy & Logan McKillopGrowing up on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, Canada, Logan McKillop has a multitude of songs for every change in the prairie sky. Being a modern day traveling troubadour, he has seen it all; from the jungles of Cambodia, the rainforests of Peru, the highlands of Scotland, to the rugged tundra of Baffin Island, Logan’s travels and experiences have shaped his ever expanding catalogue of sound. With an eclectic blend of influences from raw folk, smooth jazz, energy fueled bluegrass to lonesome country, Logan McKillop will appeal to audiences’ young and old. With a tune for every occasion, whether it’s a whiskey soaked Saturday night or a quiet Sunday afternoon, his honesty in storytelling will leave you captivated. His debut album titled “Prairie Sky” was released on March 23rd, 2013.

reverbnation.com/loganmckillop

Everyone loves a good story. Winnipeg alt-country troubadour, Kevin Roy, shares his songs as if telling a story for the first time over morning coffee.

He sings earnest tales and comedic balladry with heartfelt melodies and hook-driven choruses. His tall-grass poetry paints images of Canadiana and experiences of the roads he has travelled. If Lyle Lovett and Blue Rodeo went on a fishing trip together in the Canadian Shield, they just might pen the next Kevin Roy album.

www.kevinroymusic.com

Week #9: An Empty Room with Rosie and the Riveters – “Milk and Honey”

This week’s Empty Room is a little less empty than usual with quartet Rosie and the Riveters taking the stage.  These 4 sassy dames’ harmonies are sweeter than milk and honey in this performance of their original tune “Milk and Honey”.  Let this quartet take you back in time, then plan ahead and pre-order your copy of Rosie and the Riveters’ new album today! rosieandtheriveters.com

After enjoying the sweet harmonies of Rosie and the Riveters, don’t forget to check out the other Empty Room videos!  Subscribe to our youtube channel to watch every episode.  Tune in to CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the audio from the latest Empty Room recording on the Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger!

Week #8: An Empty Room with Jen & John – “Crazy”

This week, the Empty Room series features Jen & John’s performance of “Crazy”!  Jen Lane and John Antoniuk (a.k.a. Smokekiller) are both established solo artists from Saskatoon, but when they combine their talents, they form the duo Jen & John.  The two will be hitting the road  together on July 27 for a Western Canadian tour.  Check out their Empty Room video to get a taste of what you would see on that tour, then check their websites for dates and more music!  www.jenlane.com www.johnantoniuk.com

Scroll down to read about past Empty Room artists or watch all the videos on youtube!   Tune in to CBC Radio every Monday at 8:15 a.m. to hear the audio broadcast on the Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger!

Week #7: An Empty Room with Kirby Criddle – “You Are A Cyclone”

Saskatoon’s Kirby Criddle is our 7th featured artist, performing her song “You Are A Cyclone” to an empty room at the Creative City Centre. Kirby recently performed to a live audience in this same space at our June 20 Behind the Songs.  Whether you were at that show or not, you can now see her Empty Room performance from anywhere.  On July 4, Kirby will be perform alongside Alexis Normand (last week’s Empty Room feature) and Theresa Sokyrka in the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Songwriters’ Circle.  The show will be held at Village Guitar and Amp in Saskatoon.  For more information on the July 4 show click here and for more information on Kirby Criddle go to: www.kirbycriddle.bandcamp.com.

To see more videos from the series, go to our youtube channel (and click subscribe so you don’t miss any upcoming episodes – this is only week 7 of 24).

Listen to CBC Radio’s Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the debut of each Empty Room track before you see it!

Week #5: An Empty Room with Belle Plaine – “Squared Up”

This week’s episode of an Empty Room features a performance of “Squared Up” by Saskatchewan songstress Belle Plaine.  It seems only fitting that a song about touring be released while Belle and her longtime collaborators Jeremy Sauer and Elizabeth Curry are away on tour.  This month-long tour takes their classic country, swing and folk music performance to urban and rural communities in the Maritimes.  Fortunately, this Empty Room video allows the rest of us to see Belle perform from anywhere!  For more information on Belle Plaine and upcoming tour dates, go to www.belleplainemusic.com.

Five down, nineteen to go – subscribe to our youtube channel to watch every episode!  Tune in to CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the audio from the latest Empty Room recording on the Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger.  If you missed any previous episodes, head to youtube to catch up.

Week #4: An Empty Room with Keiffer Mclean – “Yesterdaisies”

This week’s episode of an Empty Room features Keiffer Mclean in a performance of his song “Yesterdaisies”.  Keiffer performed in our Behind the Songs series on May 30, along with Colter Wall (last week’s Empty Room feature).  If you weren’t able to attend that performance, you don’t want to miss this video!  You can follow Mclean on his upcoming “Jive Turkey”, you’re there?! tour by following him on instagram (@keiffermclean) or checking out his website.

Still 20 more weeks of videos to come, so subscribe to our youtube channel to catch every episode!  Tune in to CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the audio from the latest Empty Room recording on the Morning Edition with Stefani Langenegger.  If you missed any previous weeks, scroll down or head to youtube to watch all the videos.

June 18 – SaskMusic and JazzFest Regina present: Classic Jazz Stylings with Alex Pangman

Alex Pangman

Alex Pangman

6:00-7:30pm.  Free (pre-registration required).  Cash bar.

SaskMusic and JazzFest Regina present ‘Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing’, Alex Pangman in an exciting and intimate presentation.

Alex, with bandmates Chris Banks (bass), Glen Anderson (drums), Peter Hill (piano) and Ross Wooldridge (clarinet and tenor sax) will lead a discussion on vocal techniques and unique performance practices using live examples and personal stories. Attendees will be encouraged to spur the discussion with questions related to composing music, improvisation, and general stage strategies to help artists deliver an engaging performance.

Performers and fans alike are invited to attend this free event.  Please pre-register by contacting SaskMusic: info@saskmusic.org or call 1-306-347-0676.

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Week #3: An Empty Room with Colter Wall – “Sleeping On The Blacktop”

The third instalment of the Empty Room series features Colter Wall in a performance of his song “Sleeping On The Blacktop”.  The song is on Colter’s debut EP, which will be released on iTunes tomorrow (June 2) and physical copies will be available Thursday June 4. Colter will be joining Danny Olliver (featured in Week #2 of Empty Room) on an Eastern Canadian tour over the summer.  For more on Colter Wall, check out his Facebook page.

To see more Empty Room videos, visit our youtube channel and to be among the first to hear upcoming Empty Room recordings, tune in to CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am.  The audio from each episode will be broadcast every week on the Morning Edition with Stefani Langenagger.