Founded in summer 2011, Stadacona Soul is an R&B/pop trio known for smooth arrangements of hits by many artists including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Adele, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars and The Band Perry.
Darius Wilson who is best known for his stylings on the Hammond Organ and Rhodes Electric piano anchors the group. Darius has over 15 years of experience in the music industry and has recently been playing keyboards for pop artist Greg Sczebel. Darius has been a part of 2 Juno award winning albums with Sczebel and has also played for up and coming artists such as James Murdoch and Sixwest.
Jim Mitchell is first and foremost a trombonist, but picked up the bass in high school to help out the school’s junior jazz band. Since then he has played electric and double-bass with numerous rock, jazz, soul, and rockabilly bands. Jim Mitchell is an elementary band teacher in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
On saxophone, Cameron Church has had the privilege of playing with some incredible musicians including The Temptations, Lew Soloff, Tommy Banks and has been a soloist with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Cameron performed for Carnival Cruise Lines and is now teaching band for Prairie South School Division.
Sharon Church is the final piece of the puzzle that makes Stadacona Soul groove. Sharon has been performing since a very young age and has won many awards for acting as well as singing. While touring with a gospel trio she was fortunate to win a Saskatchewan Country Music Award as well as be nominated for a “Shai”, one of Canada’s national gospel awards. Most recently Sharon was selected as her class valedictorian when she
graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts. For this performance, Stadacona Soul will be joined by four musical friends.
TUESDAY 6:30 P.M. & 8:00 P.M
Saskatchewan Youth Choir
Established in 2014, the Saskatchewan Youth Choir (a program of Saskatchewan Choral Federation) is an auditioned choir for singers age 15 to 20 from around the province. The choir provides an exciting opportunity for talented singers to sing in an SATB balanced choir under the direction of a renowned Canadian Choral Conductor. The choir met for intensive rehearsals of 2 to 3 days in August, October and January to work on and refine the repertoire in preparation for the final concerts and tour weekend in March. This year’s choir included singers from Asquith, Eston, Grand Coulee, Gravelbourg, Prince Albert,Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current and Vibank.
The 2016/2017 choir is under the direction of David “Duff” Warkentin who is known for his ability to take whatever raw vocal talent he has been given and turn it into a fine group of singers. He has worked as Music Director at Rosthern Junior College, conducted the University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers, and Saskatoon Chamber Singers. He currently directs the Station Singers in Rosthern and the Saskatoon Symphony Chorus in addition to his involvement with the Saskatchewan Youth Choir this year.
Wednesday 6:30p.m. and 8:00p.m.
Swift Current Jazz Orchestra
“Southwest Saskatchewan’s Big Band”
The Swift Current Jazz Orchestra is a community-based, non-profit jazz ensemble that showcases the talents of local musicians. Under the vision and direction of Greg McLean, the jazz orchestra showcases a typical jazz ensemble instrumentation of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section that creates a traditional “Big Band” sound. Sharing their love of jazz music, SCJO members include local music teachers, business professionals, university and high school students, and active musicians from the Swift Current area.
Greg McLean is a freelance musician, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. Following 35 years as a high school instrumental director, the last 21 years of which were spent at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, McLean realized that there were many SCCHS alumni musicians who wished to continue to play in a jazz ensemble. In January of 2015 he formed the SCJO and is the Artistic Director and lead trumpet for the ensemble.