Brooke Palsson (Nevin Giesbrecht)
I saw a pineapple ukelele in the window of Long and McQuade and I decided that I needed it.
—Brooke Palsson, actress and singer
She's known as a ukelele-toting singer/songwriter and for her acting roles in Flashpoint and Less Than Kind.
In fact, when Brooke Palsson takes on an acting role, the producers often take advantage of her singing skills as well.
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Palsson studied classical singing when she was younger. "I remember my first singing festival," she says. "I got off the stage after and I just told my mom 'this is what I need to do. It might not be what I'm supposed to do but I need to do it anyway.'"
Palsson says she had to work really hard to become a musician but her passion helped her to achieve her goals.
"I think for most people it's definitely an escape so as an artsy person you're kind of a misfit in the world of regular people. It gave me the chance to enjoy the uniqueness about myself."
Palsson went from classical singing to piano to trumpet to - you guessed it - ukelele. "I wanted to play guitar but I was nervous. I would compare myself to the greats of guitar. So I thought ukelele would be a great introduction to it. I saw a pineapple ukelele in the window of Long and McQuade and I decided that I needed it."
Palsson practised the ukelele for hours on end. "I did a program with Keith MacPherson about a year ago and they asked that we put in a minimum of eight hours practice a month. I did 90 hours. It had become a little bit of an obsession but I really do enjoy it."
The release of her EP is delayed due to Palsson's involvement in the CFC Actors Conservatory in Toronto, under the leadership of Kiefer Sutherland.
"Acting was never something I really thought to pursue as a kid but Less Than Kind happened at 14 and after that I thought maybe this is what I should be doing."
Hear Brooke Palsson at 3 p.m. on the Railbridge Stage at the Forks, on Canada Day. Before then, catch her on SCENE on Air with host Ismaila Alfa on Saturday June 29. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.