Can a province’s music scene change your life?

Can a province’s music scene change your life?

Songs transfer us. Albums transfer us. However can the music from a whole province change our lives?

The track Previous Wooden Bridge by Regina’s Native Onlyz modified mine.

Ten years in the past, I used to be tasked with creating an all-Sask. soundtrack for a skating rink in Downtown Regina. As I gathered a whole lot of native folks, nation and rock songs, listening to their track was an awakening. It opened my eyes to the vastness of music being made proper right here in my very own yard. An awakening that will quickly result in a decade of dedication inside our native music business.

Get this: I am not alone.

From Cape Breton with Love

A 1970s style photograph of a tall, red grain elevator in front of a train
Named after the well-known composer, the hamlet of Mozart absolutely embraced music. (Mozart-Saskatchewan/Fb)

Wendy Bergfeldt, host and producer of CBC Cape Breton’s Mainstreet, says music mattered in Mozart, Sask., the group the place she grew up. On prime of the hamlet being named after a well-known composer, there have been bands all over the place, an area fiddle-maker and an inspiring trumpet-playing mayor in a close-by city.

“Whenever you grew up in Mozart, you knew that music was vital. You knew that that was the basis of the group. There was a corridor there, there was a stage, there have been dances on a regular basis,” Wendy stated.

The neighbouring city of Wynyard, Sask., was additionally very musically inclined, she stated.

“There have been little dance combos all over the place. There was a Mr. [Jim] Bjornson who made and performed fiddles. There have been saxophone led bands and accordion led bands. Forrest Pederson was the mayor of Wynyard. He additionally performed in a band.”

She stated the mayor performed trumpet, which made her wish to do the identical.

“So that is what I did, identical to Forrest.”

That group would ceaselessly form the best way Wendy thought of music.

A woman stands smiling in front of a blurred out lake
Rising up, Wendy Bergfeldt’s life was surrounded by music in her group. (CBC)

Understanding media’s significance

Wendy was later impressed to get into media by a Swift Present radio DJ.

“The very first skilled gig I ever had was at a radio station the place Artwork Wallman was the massive determine. He was the host of the present and his love of nation music, and individuals who reside in Southwest Saskatchewan will know this, was unparalleled,” she stated.

Artwork’s impression on Wendy’s profession could be life-changing.

Red album cover with large black text. A an in the cowboy hat is featured on the bottom left
In 1980, Artwork Wallman launched this album the place he sings one in every of his favorite songs, the Ray Value hit Loopy Arms. (

At the moment, after 20 years of heavy involvement in media, music and her group, Wendy has a bio like no different.

An East Coast Music Awards lifetime achievement recipient, this radio host can be co-presenting a paper with Mi’Kmaq custom bearers on the Society for Ethnomusicology convention in Ottawa concerning the artistic burst of vitality in Unama’Ki, Cape Breton.

The Saskatchewan track that reminds Wendy most of residence? 1967’s Lure of the Arctic by Wroxton’s Smilin Johnnie and Eleanor Dahl.

Protecting native music historical past on document

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For freelance native music historian Kaley Evans, Saskatchewan-made music is one in every of a sort. (CBC)

For Kaley Evans, a Saskatoon-based freelance native music historian, one fortunate discover — a Prince Albert-created album known as Roving Saskatchewan by Jim Munro — modified his entire life. It wasn’t simply Jim’s music that impressed Kaley. He quickly discovered about what Munro meant to different artists within the space.

“I sort of bought fortunate stumbling on him first as a result of he is to me, the highest of the pyramid,” Evans stated.

Munro recorded himself and different artists in his basement. 

“This was within the late Nineteen Sixties and 70s and he is doing these things completely on his personal. There’s zero infrastructure within the province for music at that time other than a pair actually pushed people who kind of figured it out on their very own,” Evans stated. “That is sort of the mentality I like. The very best is these people who had been pushed and simply completely did it themselves.”

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In 1971, Jim Munro launched an album that sparked Kaley Evans love for native music historical past. (

Evans would go on to create his personal archival Sask-focused on-line and on air present Prairie to Pine.

So why has Evans determined to dedicate a lot of his time and abilities to preserving Sask-made music?

“Numerous it’s actually implausible stuff, so it is fairly unique to my ears. I’ve listened to a ton of music in my life and and the easiest of this Saskatchewan stuff is one-of-a-kind to me,” he stated..

Meet the Gardipy’s

The Saskatchewan track Evans cherishes probably the most got here courtesy of a First Nation duo who wrote a quintessential nation track on a subject all of us love to speak about — the climate.

The artists had been Henry and Dolores Gardipy, from the Prince Albert space, and the document was Meet the Gardipy’s, launched within the early Eighties.

“On the entrance cowl, you possibly can see the 2 of them carrying these ribbon shirt nation outfits and posing behind an acoustic guitar and wagon wheel,” Evans stated. “You see that and simply know that it is going to be one heck of a document.”

He says the album has a basic nation sound from that period, with good songs and nice singing.

“This one observe Our Love is Just like the Climate simply sort of defies its period. An completely excellent little love nation love track. A kind of stormy love songs that individuals like a lot, no pun supposed,” Evans stated.

A wagon wheel and acoustic guitar sits behind a husband and wife posing on an album cover
Henry and Delores Gardipy of Prince Albert wrote what Kaley felt is an ideal nation love track. (prairie2pine/YouTube)

Saskatchewan-made music has had fairly a big impression on so many lives by the a long time. Culturally various and traditionally important, the place we got here from helps outline the place our music business will go for years to return.

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An inspiring dialog with CBC’s Wendy Bergfeldt and freelance Saskatoon native music historian Kaley Evans


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