The Yorkton Arts Council is thrilled to announce that our Stars for Saskatchewan Series is back for the 2021-2022 season. We will be presenting a five-show season with a great variety of performers (See details below).
The new series comes after a season cut short by Covid-19, and a season cancelled completely last year.
"We're very excited to be presenting in person concerts again this season," Performing Arts Coordinator Marc Holt said in announcing the return of the series. "We have waited a long time to share the experience of seeing these amazing artists with you again."
Tickets are available now and can be purchased online through TicketPro or by phone at 1-888-655-9090; or at the Yorkton Arts Council office located at 49 Smith Street East in the Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre. Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm.
Ticket options for this year include season tickets, individual tickets, and bundles of three shows.
All performances take place at the Anne Portnuff Theatre in the Yorkton Regional High School. Shows are at 7:30 pm, and doors open a half hour previous.
Important information about Covid-19 precautions and mandates
As you have likely heard, the Government of Saskatchewan has implemented a province-wide mask mandate. Additionally, as of October 1, events such as our concert series will require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative test dated within 72 hours. We expect that the vaccination or negative test requirement will be in place at least until the New Year.
We are not sure about the length of the mask mandate, which is why our board and staff have made the decision to require masks to be worn at our first two shows of the year; Amy Bishop on October 27 and Over the Moon on November 15. This policy will remain in place regardless of any changes to government restrictions.
We will review this policy in December and decide at that time if we will extend it into the New Year. We thank you in advance for your co-operation with these important safeguards..
March 3, 2022
Blue Moon Marquee currently makes their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea in British Columbia. A.W. Cardinal and Jasmine Colette (a.k.a. Badlands Jass) write and perform original compositions influenced by early blues, swing, jazz and ragtime.
Blue Moon Marquee’s passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark. It’s something that enthrals audiences from back-room bars to festival stages, to velvet-seated theatres. Jasmine Colette, the rhythm section, not only commands the upright bass but also brings the swing with her feet playing drums all while singing harmonies. A.W. Cardinal’s distinctive thick and smoky vocals barrel out like a raging bull. His guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz-tinged blues.
Recent nominations include Blues Artist of the Year, 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards; Indigenous Songwriter of the Year, 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards; Indigenous Artist of the Year, 2018 WCMA; New Artist of the Year, 2013; Maple Blues Awards (2016). Known for their authenticity, this versatile act presents as duo, trio or quartet.
April 26, 2022
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed Songwriter of the Year by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft - maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.
The JUNO-Award-nominated artist is inspired by both loss and love; his songs are an ode to the classic styles of Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon. You might also recognize his music from being featured in critically acclaimed television programs such as Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Royal has also toured with legendary artists Bonnie Raitt and David Gray.
Royal Wood hasn’t let the pandemic slow him down. He and his wife Alison had their first child Henry John Royal. He recently released his Live at Massey Hall album and is currently wrapping up his busy year by recording his new full studio album remotely in Toronto. The new album will be released in January 2022 and will coincide with a headline tour of Canada and the US.
May 5, 2022
Equally at home on the musical theatre and opera stage and in the recording studio, past member of Grammy-winning Chanticleer. Terry Barber has been a soloist for the best venues around the world, from the Metropolitan Opera to Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall and can be heard on recordings with artists ranging from Madonna to Jewel and Cyndi Lauper and even the London Philharmonic.
Terry’s most recent solo album, a re-imagination of Freddie Mercury’s biggest hits, was considered for 8 Grammy nominations. Hear the hits that made QUEEN’s lead singer famous… and get to know Freddie Mercury as international countertenor Terry Barber shares details about the legend’s life. We Are The Champions, Love of My Life, Hammer to Fall, You’re My Best Friend, The Great Pretender, Barcelona, Don’t Stop Me Now, Who Wants to Live Forever, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody and more!
Performed October 27, 2021
Amy Bishop’s voice is a combination of smooth pavement and rough gravel, with the ability to charm listeners with her sweet tones; yet stun audiences with the ability to hit any high note.
Amy appeared on the inaugural season of CTV’s The Launch where she dazzled all of Canada with her amazing performances. Hailing from Calgary, Amy began her music career around campfires, at block parties, and in church choir.
Knowing a career in music is no guarantee, Amy decided to practice other trades, but her passion for music prevailed, leading her to collaborations with Moby and opening for April Wine, Farmer’s Daughter, and Chris Cummings. Amy has an instinctive ability to craft stories into song and deliver them with sincerity and beauty.
Performed November 15, 2021
Longview Alberta’s roots/swing duo Over The Moon are totally immersed in real cowboy country. When you set up home in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, it’s inevitable there will be a strong sense of place - and the rhythms of the land when you start to make music.
The couple’s debut album Moondancer was mostly written and recorded on the ranch where they live, and the resonances are there for all to hear, reflecting the pulse of life living in a territory that is rugged and beautiful. It’s a wild ride from 40’s western swing to Appalachian old-time, to cowboy blues, all featuring their meant-to-be vocals and a wide array of acoustic instruments.
Suzanne and Craig treat their audiences like a living room full of close friends coming over for a night of music and fun stories. They’re very down to earth, rural people, and their music is uncluttered, simple and sweet!