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Frankly Female

Come to the X for another set from our "Girls are Back in Town" concert, recorded live at the CBC Galleria in Regina, with the frankly fabulous Juno-nominee Suzie Vinnick whose voice, unparalleled musicianship and sheer presence is the essence of "woman", plus we'll have the funny observational poems of Sharon MacFarlane, read by the amazing Maggie Huculak.

 

A Listen to the concert, courtesy of CBC R2's Concerts on Demand

A Saskatoon native living in Toronto, Canada, 2012 Juno nominee Suzie Vinnick is a multiple award nominee this year. She up for Canadian Maple Blues Awards in the Female Vocalist, Songwriter, Album of the Year and Acoustic Act of the Year catagories, Canadian Folk Music Awards for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year, her album with The Marigolds entitled That's the State I'm In is nominated for 2011 JUNO , and she's won a whole bunch more....

 

 

Listen to Suzie play at the Jeans Joint in Red Deer Alberta.

 

Suzie has toured nationally with Stuart McLean's The Vinyl Café, has performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf.

She performs powerfully on her own and with some of the best players in the business.

She was also the voice of Tim Horton's for 5 years.

Tonight, along with numbers from her past work, she's going to perform tunes from her new acoustic blues Cd Me and Mabel (dedicated to her beloved guitar--Mabel).

If you missed Suzie concert-mate Belle Plaine, when we played her, catch the whole Belle Plaine section of the Girls Are Back in Town again here, courtesy of CBC Radio 2's Concerts on Demand. Suzie's concert should be up very soon.  

 

Sharon MacFarlane was born 1939 in Beechy, Saskatchewan where she has lived all her life. She and her husband live on a farm. She began writing in her 40s and has published a book of short stories: Driving Off the Map.

Driving Off the Map is a collection of tales that have either appeared in various regional,national, and feminist publications or been broadcast on CBC radio. The author displays an awareness of western problems. The theme of rural depopulation is a consistent thread, as characters cope with its consequences. In "Ice Road," a bank teller must cross an ice road because "[t]here is no doctor in her town now and no hospital."Abuse, unemployment, and aging are other problems that challenge MacFarlane's westerners. "Sharon MacFarlane is a formidable observer of, and advocate for, theCanadian West. Given the correct medium, she could become W.O.Mitchell's successor." (Canadian Book Review Annual)

 She began writing poetry about 5 years ago.

 

Last seen in Regina in The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon, Maggie Huculak brings almost 30 years of extensive experience in theatre, television and film performance to our studio. She has performed in most theatres in Toronto, with leading roles at Stratford and Shaw Festivals. She is a six-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee. And she was the iconic voice of television documentary series, Canada: A People's History.

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