With 17 albums to his credit, a wall full of accolades and awards and more than 40 years in the music business, Ranville looks back over his career in an exclusive interview with Manitoba SCENE and The (204) host Rosanna Deerchild. (
Errol Ranville (Emshae Photography)
Errol Ranville has been in some very dark places, but he is thanking music for pulling him into the light.
With 17 albums to his credit, a wall full of accolades and awards and more than 40 years in the music business, Ranville looks back over his career in an exclusive interview with Manitoba SCENE and The (204) host Rosanna Deerchild. (Listen below.)
Ranville A.K.A. C-Weed is 58 now. The pull to music started with his brothers and his first band C-Weed & the Weeds in 1965. The name was eventually changed to the C-Weed Band and they had a few hits including a cover of Robbie Robertson's Evangeline.
Ranville was one of the first people to create a way of celebrating other Aboriginal artists and lay the groundwork for programs and events to recognize their achievements. He co-founded Manito Ahbee and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. He also started and continues to run the talent showcase, Manitoba Star Attractions. In 2005, Ranville was inducted into the Aboriginal Hall of Fame in 2005.
Barely a year ago, he was on his way to perform in The Pas, when he and his wife Marcie were in a serious car accident. It killed his spouse and four people from Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
"62 days in the hospital. I was five weeks where I couldn't sit up, because my sternum was collapsed and I had one vertebrae broken. It's pretty much just lying on your back, five weeks of that....an hour is a long time, a day is forever!"
He survived the accident that took the life of his beloved wife. He has also overcome his own personal demons. Now, he's about to be given the Aboriginal People's Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I'm still alive and I get to walk out of this hospital and what am I going to do?...of course music is what I do."
The ceremony takes place Friday night, Nov. 4, at the sixth annual APCMA's at the MTS Centre.
"As far as lifetime achievement I find that a little funny, I chuckle because I'm not finished!"
Listen to Errol Ranville talking to Rosanna Deerchild, the host of The (204).