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Music for a holiday Eve

Christmas.jpgMerry Christmas Eve from Soundxchange. We know you just want some music tonight, so we have wonderful concert, from wonderful group of Saskatoon musicians, who combine their talent with a shared belief that individuals can make their communities a more compassionate, kinder, and respectiful place--Songs for Supper...featuring Ferideh, Jay Semko and Kim Fontaine among many others!

Hoover and Son, Library of Congress

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One morning four years ago Chris Brinklow, a musician and teachers aid at one of Saskatoon's Community Schools, was faced with a Grade 4 student.  The student reluctantly admitted his Mom had no food in the house and he was crying because he was hungry.

Chris decided that instead of just feeling bad about it, he would do what he could to help.  He brought together ten singer/songwriters who donated their time and talent to put on a concert where the money donated at the door went to The Saskatoon Food Bank.  The musicians showed up - gladly - willing to support a cause they believed in.  And four years later this concert for the Food Bank is still going strong.

The format, two songwriter's circles of five solo musicians, lends itself to performances where impromptu backup complement the live, immediacy of the 'un-plugged' sound.  The audience is treated to mostly original music chosen with the Christmas season and the Food Bank in mind.  

In this second half of the concert, the featured artists are smokekiller, Jen Lane, Chris Brinklow, Kim Fontaine and Jay Semko.

smokekiller, known to his friends as John Antoniuk, has showcased at SXSW, nxne, and Canadian Music Week. He was a national finalist in 2009 for the Radiostar Songwriting Competition.

Jen Lane stands out in the crowded world of Americana female vocalists.  Having recently showcased at nxne, SXSW, and Canadian Music Week, the rest of Canada can now discover the voice western Canadians have been onto for several years.

Chris Brinklow is a Saskatoon songwriter who writes about life, love, and everything in between.  He's also the heart and soul behind the Songs for Supper fundraiser.

Kim Fontaine has toured Canada and showcased at some of the world's most prestigious recording events including SXSW and the North American Folk Alliance.  She has also made a name for herself as a songwriting mentor.

Jay Semko is known worldwide as the singer, songwriter and bassist with Canadian pop legends The Northern Pikes and as a twice Gemini-nominated composer for many film and television productions.  Jay is a Canadian music icon.

One morning four years ago Chris Brinklow, a musician and teachers aid at one of Saskatoon's Community Schools, was faced with a Grade 4 student.  The student reluctantly admitted his Mom had no food in the house and he was crying because he was hungry.

Chris decided that instead of just feeling bad about it, he would do what he could to help.  He brought together ten singer/songwriters who donated their time and talent to put on a concert where the money donated at the door went to The Saskatoon Food Bank.  The musicians showed up - gladly - willing to support a cause they believed in.  And four years later this concert for the Food Bank is still going strong.

The format, two songwriter's circles of five solo musicians, lends itself to performances where impromptu backup complement the live, immediacy of the 'un-plugged' sound.  The audience is treated to mostly original music chosen with the Christmas season and the Food Bank in mind.  

In this second half of the concert, the featured artists are smokekiller, Jen Lane, Chris Brinklow, Kim Fontaine and Jay Semko.

smokekiller, known to his friends as John Antoniuk, has showcased at SXSW, nxne, and Canadian Music Week. He was a national finalist in 2009 for the Radiostar Songwriting Competition.

Jen Lane stands out in the crowded world of Americana female vocalists.  Having recently showcased at nxne, SXSW, and Canadian Music Week, the rest of Canada can now discover the voice western Canadians have been onto for several years.

Chris Brinklow is a Saskatoon songwriter who writes about life, love, and everything in between.  He's also the heart and soul behind the Songs for Supper fundraiser.

Kim Fontaine has toured Canada and showcased at some of the world's most prestigious recording events including SXSW and the North American Folk Alliance.  She has also made a name for herself as a songwriting mentor.

Jay Semko is known worldwide as the singer, songwriter and bassist with Canadian pop legends The Northern Pikes and as a twice Gemini-nominated composer for many film and television productions.  Jay is a Canadian music icon.

 

To hear the whole concert, or view more photos, click here for CBC Radio 2's Concerts on Demand and Songs for Supper.

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