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All in the (Semple) family--mostly.

Jack Semple3.jpgJoin us this week for a virtual kitchen party, with the music of guitar master Jack Semple, the lovely lilt of the Quartertones flute quartet, which includes Tara Semple, and a delicious first date from the Garden of Eden, written by Kelly-Ann Riess, and read by Kaitlyn Semple and honourary Semple, Greg Ochitwa.

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 The Quarter Tones Flute Quartet is an ensemble that takes their passion for flute and creates concerts with a wide variety of musical styles.

The Quarter Tones Flute Quartet is made up of Regina flutists, Tara Semple, Linda Lucyk, David Popoff and Marie-Veronique Bourque.

The Quartertones Flute Quartet was founded over ten years ago by Tara Semple and Linda Lucyk. The Quartertones performs a wide variety of music: sacred, jazz, classical, ethnic, baroque and modern.

They are known for their unique, beautiful sonority because they utilize bass flute, alto flute, C flute and piccolo. The members are continually looking for exciting new arrangements for their flute ensemble. They perform at venues as diverse as The Cathedral Village Arts Festival, receptions, school concerts, and the CBC. They have helped the Regina Music Festival by being part of the successful fund raising concert in the fall of 2007. They outreach to the Campbell Collegiate high school flute choir by joining with them for their annual concert. They have performed at the Festival of Trees concert at CBC in support of the food bank.

They bring together knowledge about the flute from their diverse backgrounds in Irish, baroque, and classical for a rich musical experience. They are all currently members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.


Kelly-Anne Riess is a writer and filmmaker based in Regina. She is the author of the poetry collection To End a Conversation and the local bestsellers I Love Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Book of Everything. Her films have been screened at festivals across Canada. She is currently working on the independent documentary Finding Al, which traces Capone's connection to Moose Jaw. In 2008, she was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award and in 2010 she won an Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Saskatchewan.



Jack Semple grew up on a farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan. He started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands, and later relocated to Toronto in the late 1980s to become the lead guitarist of The Lincolns, a popular funk and rhythm and blues band. He left the band after approximately two years and returned to Regina to pursue a solo career and to spend more time with his family. After his move back to Regina, Semple contributed to television and music scores and appeared in the title role of Guitarman, a 1994 television movie. Semple also commenced a solo recording career that has resulted in the release of eight albums. In 1992, Semple came to national prominence through winning the MuchMusic "Guitar Wars" contest.

Semple has been twice nominated, in 1999 and 2000, for a Gemini Award for his soundtrack work on the television series Incredible Story Studio. Semple continues to perform as a solo artist and with The Jack Semple Band, primarily in western Canada.

(from Mike Shiplack, Leader-Post, January 18, 2012) "Known for his epic and reeling guitar solos, Semple is switching up his focus in 2012 for the release of his brand new Cd...The Blue Light. Expect the same funky rhythm and blues that he always plays when he's with Chobot and Blondski, the only thing different is his focus on songwriting.

"Many of the songs are about love," said Semple. "When I think about all the issues in the world there is to talk about none of them mean more to me than the people I love. Learning songwriting is a different skill and much harder for me. I've written songs forever, but I've really been focusing on that in the last couple years. My son and I want to Nashville and got to play the Grand Ole Opry and they're churning out tunes like witches down there. You have to have drinking, hurting, Chevy trucks and mama in the lyrics of every song."

When Semple isn't on the road or playing the local bar scene he's either scoring music for film, hosting guitar clinics, playing with the Regina Symphony Orchestra or rocking out with the family in their band, Gene Pool."


The stunning Kaitlyn Semple is an actor, singer, recording artist, and a shining example of Semple-ness.










Greg Ochitwa is a going concern. The writer/star of COPE, Soundxchange regular, and irrepressible rapper, Greg O keeps himself busy. And stylish