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The Odds of the Willing

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We're Off the Map this week on SoundXchange, with Kenneth T. Williams and his views on a life in the arts as a gambling addiction plus Jason Plumb and the Willing give us a performance of prairie proportions.

Photo Credit: Chris Haynes



jason group.jpgJason Plumb and the Willing

Jason Plumb is a Saskatchewan musical treasure, with a history of penning well crafted songs that speak to love, life, and often... living in this great prairie province.

From his early days as the frontman for the Juno-award winning band 'The Waltons' to his more recent years as a solo artist, Jason Plumb has consistently been one of Saskatchewan's biggest musical ambassadors to Canada - both as songwriter and performer. He's been an important part of the Canadian musical landscape for over 20 years.

Jason's last CD release was the 2009 'Wide Open Music: Songs for Saskatchewan', but in this concert we hear him and his "willing" group of bandmates perform brand new material that will be included on a forthcoming 2011 release.

CBC's own Jian Ghomeshi describes Jason as "one of Canada's best singer-songwriters", and the British music magazine 'Q' has gone so far as to say "Songwriter Jason Plumb is not only one of Canada's best tunesmiths, but possibly one of the World's". It's not surprising then, that Jason was selected as Saskatchewan's 'Great Canadian Song Quest' artist last year.

This performance took place in TV Studio 2 at the CBC Regina Broadcast Centre, and it was part of CBC Saskatchewan's Culture Days celebrations. If you'd like to hear it again, go to Concerts on Demand, CBC Radio 2's listening post.

Best of all, Jason is a Riders fan...


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Kenneth T Williams (from playwrightsguild.ca)

Kenneth T. Williams  is an award-winning Cree playwright and journalist. His plays Gordon Winter, Bannock Republic (also just released in print), Thunderstick, Suicide Notes, AWOL: Aboriginals Without Official Leave and Three Little Birds have been professionally produced and acclaimed across Canada.He also writes film scrripts, novels, theatre for young people, and the occasional column for CBC Radio (for bus fare). He is the first Aboriginal writer to earn an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Alberta. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.