She has also released a new video for the song "Lone Migration," and in an effort to get to know her a little better, SCENE asked Demetra Penner to answer Five Fast Questions.
Who are you dying to work with, that you have never had a chance to?
Easiest question ever...Daniel Lanois.
Finish the sentence: I really know I am back in Winnipeg when...
I meet new people and they happen to know my family, a bunch of my friends, my landlord, my producer, and maybe even some details about my personal life...Winnipeg is very tight knit!
If you were showing a visitor around Winnipeg, what special place would take them to?
The Thunderbird House sweatlodge. Winnipeg is the heart of the continent. When you enter the lodge it is as if you are inside the heart of it all. They play a drum that symbolizes the heartbeat, it is such a special place.
It is nice to be able to go and ground out, purify the body and spirit and send out good energy to the surrounding area and beyond. It is a place of healing. My studio is five minutes away.
Winnipeg musician Demetra Penner (Jared Falk)
What music are you listening to right now?
I just got home from a tour of Western Canada. Our staples were Daniel Lanois' Shine for quiet prairie mornings, Bry Webb for afternoon drives through the mountains, and Bjork and Radiohead for the crazy drives through the night.
To mix it up we'd throw in some Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Lake Forest, Dance Mix '95, Simon and Garfunkel, Jane Siberry, and Lhasa de Sela. Also notable was an eight hour stretch in which my childhood best friend joined us and hours were passed listening to oudist Yurdal Tokcan as we drove through mountains covered in sage.
Give us the story behind the "Lone Migration" video shoot.
I had the idea to shoot a very simple video of me just walking through diverse landscapes. I take little trips to The Fort Whyte Center when I need a quick retreat from the city and feel like spending time in the forest or by some water. I thought that this would be a perfect place to shoot the video!
The video was shot in one evening and the weather was perfect. The sky was preparing to storm, the clouds were wild and we even got a shot of lightning in one frame. My favourite part about Fort Whyte is the bison and regrettably they were not able to get them in the video. They were far away having dinner...