Four years ago it was just two guys with an idea and a passion for music. Today Vive has influenced dozens of local bands and changed Saskatoon's music scene. And while they're closing the doors on Jale for now, there are bigger and better things to come down the road.
Saskatoon's rhymeminister, indie hip-hop artist Kay the Aquanaut, is set to release his full-length album Waterloo on March 31 at Amigos Cantina.
Local musicians Jesse Selkirk and Aaron Engel were brought together by necessity in 2008. Ever since, they've been working on putting out an album and are set to release their debut.
Living in Saskatoon has given Kay the Aquanaut enough inspiration for six full albums. However, for his seventh album it was the unfamiliar surroundings of Taiwan that ultimately produced the 18 tracks that became Nickelodeon Ethics.
Since their initial debut this past spring as a new new wave band with an affinity for Prince songs (hence the name), Fingerprince have been practicing like mad in preparation for their anticipated return to the stage.
Volcanoless in Canada is probably the most severe victim of Saskatoon's serial bassist Enver Hampton, whose M.O. is to play in every band ever.
After over five years of patient anticipation, Saskatoon music listeners will be treated to the Fjords' sophomore record, aptly titled Get it Right.
Jordan Kurtz, a.k.a. Fisticuffs, is the former drummer of We Were Lovers, the pianist and vocalist of Saskatoon piano pop-quartet Tuxedo Mask and, occasionally, drummer for his brother Scott Kurtz in Boycott Scott.
Take a pinch of ska, a funk-tastic dash of jazzy trumpets, reggae guitar chords and a well-seasoned portion of soulful hip-hop and you've got one of Saskatoon's new and most vibrant local bands ”” none other than Sly Business.
“Nail up the windows and close up the doors, Good Time Charlie's is no more,” laments the Deep Dark Woods' lead-singer, Ryan Boldt, in the opening line to their newest single, which is part of CBC's Great Canadian Song Quest.