2018 Schedule of Events

Thank you for attending the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Conference. Below is some information on the musical groups who performed at this year's event, as well as a link to the full conference program. See you in Regina in 2019!

SMC Entertainment Lineup

The Recess Bandits |
OrgelkidsCAN Demonstration

The Recess Bandits are a group of 10-12 year olds that enjoy playing early music on recorders, strings, Orff instruments, and now the portative organ. Since 2012, the constantly evolving group has performed at festivals, community events and music conferences. Their director “Miz Weaver,” an avid recorder player and organist, has developed the STEAM curriculum for OrgelkidsCAN, which she is piloting with her students at Chief Whitecap School. During the OrgelkidsCAN demonstration, students will build a working pipe organ in under 45 minutes. Click here to learn more about this exciting program!

Prairie Wynd Consort
Kathleen Brannen, Ted Engel, Bryan Carroll, and Janet Weaver make up the Prairie Wynd Consort. They have been playing Renaissance and Baroque music together for several years and are delighted to bring the sweet sounds of the flute a bec to SMC 2018. They will set an extra chair with a drum for anyone that wishes to join in their merry music-making!

The HumSingers
The HumSingers is an a cappella group that formed six years ago when some of its current members, under the direction of Wayne Rollack, gathered 'round a dining table simply to enjoy the camaraderie and sheer pleasure of harmonizing together. Over time, as both the repertoire and its membership grew and changed, the group decided to share their joy of singing as a service project. They continue to donate much of their time and effort to performing at numerous care homes, hospitals, benefits and fundraisers. The HumSingers' eclectic song repertoire is composed of a variety of music genres: madrigals, folk, pop, jazz, sea shanties, sacred and world music. The present group members are: bass singer Corwin Klassen, tenors Wayne Rollack and Al Bond, alto Tammy Lemay and sopranos Sandra Ellis-Rollack and Lorna Roblin. All of its members have been involved in musical experiences both professionally and non-professionally for many years.

Mountain Ridge Band
This band of outlaws first became known for their mischief and shenanigans. While rarely seen now, the band is known to live their days making music in the secluded and illusive mountains of Saskatchewan, getting together occasionally to perform at underground speak-easies such as The Bassment. The Mountain Ridge Band features “Fast Fingers Picker Padalec” on banjo, and his sidekicks, “Mad Dog Doc Carter” on guitar and vocals, “Pick Pocket Frenchie” on fiddle and vocals, “The Swindlin’ Prezident” on bass, “Black-Eyed Slick” on Pedal Steel, “Cheatin’ Lady K” on keys, horns and vocals, and “Wild Man Burnie” on drums. They are often joined by “The Jazz Bandits” horn section. And, should anyone ask, they were never seen here!

The Saskatoon Public Schools’ Indigenous Ensemble
The Saskatoon Public Schools’ Indigenous Ensemble is an extracurricular program created to provide students with an opportunity to participate in their culture. It allows students to build knowledge and skills in Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis traditional and contemporary music, song, dance, storytelling and traditional arts. The ensemble, which is co-ordinated by Saskatoon Public Schools’ First Nations, Inuit and Métis Education Unit, welcomes emerging musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers from Grade 7 to Grade 12 who have an interest in developing their skills through education and performance. Under the mentorship of master First Nations and Métis musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, artisans and production artists, the ensemble’s members work toward developing multiple artistic skills. Workshop sessions include Métis fiddle and guitar; Métis dances; male and female powwow and round dance singing; flute; First Nations powwow, round and social dancing, and performance specialty dances; storytelling; regalia making; demonstration and instruction skills; and production skills including script development and choreography. 

The Indigenous Ensemble engages youth and provides the opportunity to develop a positive sense of self and personal pride in being First Nations or Métis, as well as the chance to acquire leadership experience. The ensemble’s performances for other students and the greater community are a way for students to share their learning and the cultures of First Nations and Métis peoples.




Looking for more information on #SMC2018?
Click the link below for a PDF copy of the conference program.