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Full Circle

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It's been ten years since Saskatoon musician Jen Lane first performed at the Ness Creek Music Festival, and this week on SoundXchange, she has the help of family and friends on stage to make the circle complete.  Also, another Off the Map comedy feature, this time three hilarious Top Ten Lists from Dawn Dumont.

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Jen Lane


With a fresh album under her belt, and a touring band that includes members of the Deep Dark Woods, Jen Lane is reclaiming her role as one of Saskatchewan's most talented songwriters and performers.  Her songs tell engaging tales that make you imagine you could be hearing your own stories unfolding in her beautiful music.  Jen's songs elevate, uplift, make you ponder. and even have you tapping your toes along on occasion. Her lyrics remind you that music can be the perfect vehicle for poetry in motion.


Performing material from her new album "For the Night", this concert kicked off the opening night of the Ness Creek Music Festival.  Jen is joined on stage by her musical and life partner John Antoniuk (also known as smokekiller), her sister Meghan Lane (well known blues musician), and a host of other talented performers.


Jen first attended the Ness Creek Music Festival 10 years ago, so it's perfect full circle for her to celebrate her 10th anniversary on site while the festival itself celebrates 20 years.  Ness Creek takes place in Saskatchewan's northern boreal forest, and it's truly an 'immersion experience' for the several thousand people who make the pilgrimage to the site from their homes around the province.


You can also hear this performance on CBC Radio 2's Concerts on Demand site. 


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Off The Map with Dawn Dumont


Dawn Dumont is a comedian and comedy writer. In 2010, she became the co-host for APTN's highest rated show, Fish Out of Water. She was also featured in the 2010 CBC Comedy Special "Turtle Island Too," two episodes of CBC's The Debaters, and has performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She has written for television, radio, and the stage. Four of her plays: The Common Experience (2009), The Red Moon (Love Medicine) (2007), Visiting Elliot (2006), and The Trickster vs. Jesus Christ (2005) were produced by CBC Radio. She was a writer for APTN's animated comedy By The Rapids. Dawn is also a contributor to CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera and Revision Quest. 


Raised on the Okanese First Nation, this Cree woman is also a playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker. Dawn made the transition to arts after attaining an English degree, a Law degree, and, half heartedly pursuing a Masters in Law. Her first book Nobody Cries at Bingo, has just been launched by Thistledown Press.  


Bingo.jpgAbout Nobody Cries at Bingo:

It's all here -- life on the Rez in rich technicolour -- as Dawn, the narrator, emerges from home life, through school life, and into the promise of a great future. Nobody Cries At Bingo is a book that embraces cultural differences and does it with the great traditional medicine of laughter.

Readers are invited to witness first hand Dumont family life on the Okanese First Nation. Beyond the stereotypes and clich├ęs of Rez dogs, drinking, and bingos, the story of a girl who loved to read begins to unfold. It is her hopes, dreams, and indomitable humour that lay bear the beauty and love within her family. It is her unerring eye that reveals the great bond of family expressed in the actions and affections of her sisters, aunties, uncles, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, and ultimately her ancestors.

The book is available in stores on March 31, 2011.