An accomplished Métis singer, songwriter, speaker and actress, Andrea Menard crosses cultural and language boundaries by speaking from her heart. She has released 4 award-winning albums and 2 made-for-television programs, debuted her own symphony show, spearheaded a positive music initiative called the Music Messengers, and has performed and spoken all over the world.
One of the stars of the Netflix series, Blackstone, Andrea is a five-time Gemini-nominated actress, a 15-time music award winner, and her TEDx Talk called Silent No More has reached over 100,000 views.
An advocate for reconciliation, unity and ending violence against women, Andrea has performed for Royalty, Prime Ministers, Governor-Generals, residential school Survivors, families of the missing and murdered Indigenous Women, and even sang her song “Peace” to the world’s NATO Generals.
Andrea's traditional name is Grandmother Wind.
At a recent keynote address to an early childhood education conference, acclaimed family entertainer, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message. “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child.”
A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 45 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed “Mr. Multi-Media" by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Children’s Albums, countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America, composing the music for APTN/YTV’s Tipi Tales, and writing the score and hosting the TV documentary The Simple Way (focused on the relevant, world-wide topic of voluntary simplicity). He has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the North American family entertainment scene. And whether it’s through CDs, videos, books or television, his cornerstone philosophy remains the same: absolute trust that his work can make a difference.
The first children’s entertainer to headline at the Los Angeles Amphitheater, this four time recipient of the Parents’ Choice Award and the man Los Angeles Parent called the “Canadian Minister of Positivity” has successfully transformed children’s entertainment into a family affair. Offering his broad talents to speak to the family unit and express his feelings about where the world is going and what children are learning. Lessons learned through the challenges and rewards of parenthood are translated into all that he does.
His pre-music experience working with troubled youth set the stage for what was to come; providing an understanding of the trauma of child abuse and the ability of music to heal. Those learnings, along with the untimely passing of his 12- year-old sister with Down’s Syndrome and subsequent passing of his father a year later, sparked a period of deep soul-searching and life-changing decisions. Inspired by his sister’s pure love of music, the man who had planned to become an economist, made a choice to become a performer. Lucky for us, he did.
More than the music, the four-time Juno winner (equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Children’s Album and eight-time nominee’s body of work is about energy and emotional connection. The guy who crawled magically out of that hollow log for 12 seasons and nearly 900 episodes in the hit CBC TV show Fred Penner’s Place receives fan mail to this day from some of the 55 million American viewers where the show ran for four years on the U.S.’s Nickelodeon. Always building on a common theme rooted in integrity and a “belief in what I can do” he has created a lasting impact that crosses the generations and continues to grow.
From the small screen to the live stage; from writing songs to composing scores; this seasoned performer’s ability to blend his considerable talents has garnered critical acclaim and a host of awards. Like the precious ingredients in your favourite feel good soup, his combination of warmth, ease, enthusiasm and grace bring nourishment too often lacking in these turbulent times.
In 2000, the Canadian Institute of Child Health honoured Fred for his contribution to the well-being and safety of children. He is also a humble recipient of the Order of Canada, the highest recognition given to a Canadian citizen and the Order of Manitoba, a similar award from his home province. One of his albums, Happy Feet was named Best Children’s Album of the Year by the U.S.A’s Entertainment Weekly and he is the first ever winner of the Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Children’s Recording.
His visibility has allowed him the privilege and joy of using his voice to “bring something of value” as a spokesperson for organizations like UNESCO, World Vision, UNICEF and the National Conference on Down Syndrome, which he chaired. In 2005, Fred journeyed to Zambia, Africa with World Vision to host a program for Child Sponsorship in the Western World.
To that end, his latest album, “Hear The Music” was released in April 2017. The album was produced by long-time collaborator Ken Whiteley and recorded in Toronto, where Fred lives with his spouse, voice/acting coach and director Rae Ellen Bodie (whom he married in 2016 and who co-wrote two of the songs on the album). “Hear The Music”, which Fred created for three generations of his fans, includes guests such as Ron Sexsmith, Terra Lightfoot, Alex Cuba, Basia Bulat, Jackie Richardson, The Good Lovelies, Fred’s four children and a wealth of Canada’s best musicians.
Standing on an already firm footing in television and always excited about where the mystical journey will take him next, Fred is also making room for the possibility of another series or documentary.
A humanitarian always conscious of the “delicate balance required to create a positive influence that fosters healthy self-esteem in the life of a child”, his work is infused with a steadfast commitment to communicating with children and families in a clear, non-condescending way. “More than just fun”, this multi-talented artist has the wisdom and humility to know that the importance and the meaning of what he does can reach deeply into the lives of others.
An internationally celebrated artist, Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal MusicCanada) continues to dazzle the country music world with her infectious love of country music. Acclaimed in 2017 as the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008 (Drive Me Away - #3), and the first female Canadian country artist since [her childhood idol] Shania Twain to achieve PLATINUM single status (with “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), she has achieved not one, but three Top 10 hits with her respective singles, “Kiss Me Quiet”, “Take Me Home” and “Drive Me Away” and recently receive a GOLD award for “Kiss Me Quiet”.
A multiple 2015 and 2018 JUNO Award nominee and crowned the 2017 JUNO Award winner for Country Album of the Year, Moskaluke is also a three-time consecutive Canadian Country Music Association recipient for “Female Artist of the Year” (the first resident of Saskatchewan in the history of the awards to achieve this title), a 2017 SOCAN Award winner and in the summer of 2017 was presented with five SCMA Awards including “Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year”. With a growing fan base, she now has over 32 million views on YouTube to date and in 2016, Moskaluke had the #1 Most Played Song (“Take Me Home”) at Canadian Country Radio and was the top spun Canadian female artist for the second year in a row.
Moskaluke released her highly anticipated brand new EP “Past The Past” in November (2017). Collaborating with sought-after, Grammy nominated producer/songwriter Corey Crowder (Chris Young, Cassadee Pope, Eric Paslay); the EP reflects Moskaluke’s textured vocals and emotive sensibilities across all seven tracks. From the progressive yet familiar “Past The Past” to “Kill Your Love” (the 2nd single from Past The Past), her ability as a vocalist and her tenacity has shaped not only her character but come alive throughout her performances, earning coveted spots on the road with Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi as well as a headlining performance at the 2017 Boots and Hearts music festival in addition to high profile interviews and performances including CBC q with Tom Power (twice) and a 60-minute home movie with CMT/Corus to name a few.
Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows each year across Canada and abroad. He’s recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, had a music video chart in the top 10 nationwide and has toured internationally playing pianos in places as far away as Mexico, Chile and Peru. His folk-pop hooks and rootsy story-telling have been featured in film, TV, and theatrical productions while he maintains a touring schedule in venues ranging from house concerts to theatres and festivals. Additionally, Straker has performed concerts of his songs with several symphony orchestras including the orchestras in both Regina and Saskatoon. On the international stage, Jeffery was the winner of the Vina Del Mar International Song Competition in Chile in 2014 representing Canada where he performed each night to a live audience of 20,000 and a TV audience of 150,000,000 viewers across the Spanish-speaking world. Originally from small town Saskatchewan (Punnichy - population 300), the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm.
Jeffery’s latest album Dirt Road Confessional (May 2017) launched at #5 on the iTunes Canada singer songwriter charts, & has played on CBC radio and college radio across the country. The recording saw him booked on his first European tour and earned him a debut performance at Canada's National Arts Centre in Ottawa. This recent recording, as well as several of his earlier albums, have drawn comparisons to the likes of Harry Chapin, Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne and a young Billy Joel.
The artist has launched seven albums over the last 10 years to both warm critical and fan response with several climbing into the iTunes Canada top 10 singer-songwriter charts. A new album is in the works for launch in 2019.
Jill Straker has been a part of the Telemiracle Cast since 2012. She was born and raised near Punnichy, Saskatchewan and hails from a musical family. Jill is the backing-vocalist (and sister!) to Singer/Songwriter/Pianist, Jeffery Straker. Jill has performed with Jeffery across the country with stops ranging from festivals to intimate house concerts to theatre shows. A major highlight in 2018 was performing with Jeffery and the full Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
Currently residing in Regina, Jill has worked at the Co-op Refinery in Regina for 10 years and has been actively involved with fund-raising through her work and within the community. As a single-parent to her young daughter Piper, she stays busy with various activities that include dance, swimming and yoga.
Jill is excited to be back as part of the National Cast for Telemiracle 43!
Mac Shepherd, singer-songwriter and accomplished musician (Piano & Guitar) is garnering international attention from renowned producers, Messy - Ariana Grande and Timberland - Justin Timberlake) as he is in the midst of recording his debut CD. He is the touring keyboard player for Beverley Mahood, recently completing a Canadian Christmas tour as a featured artist. Not a bad beginning for a 17-yr old, grade 12 student .
In a word…..”dazzling”……..in two words…….”absolutely captivating”…….It would be easy to run out of words when searching for a narrative to describe this complex, award-winning entertainer.
Beverley Mahood is a songwriter, singer, performer, actress, humanitarian, model and television host who has built an impressive, multi-platform career on a foundation of undeniable talent, unstoppable work ethic and that charismatic, yet unexplainable “it” factor. Born in Belfast, this proud Canadian (“I can’t wink, I can’t whistle, but I love my hockey!”) and gifted artist splits her time between Ontario and Nashville so that she can easily access the heartbeat of Canada’s music and entertainment scene, while keeping an active hand in one of the most vibrant songwriting communities on the planet.
Beverley’s discography lists a string of albums since her critically acclaimed debut, “Girl Out of the Ordinary”. In addition to “Moody Blue” (2004), “Unmistakable” (2009), “Hope & Gasoline” (2015) and a couple of very successful Christmas albums, Beverley also worked with music giant David Foster to form the country trio Lace, and released several chart-topping singles under that name. While her albums are as diverse as the entertainer herself, there is a common thread throughout Beverley’s music that speaks to authentic, relatable lyrics and memorable melodies. Her work is guided by a mantra that only sounds simple: good songs win. Beverley’s music has garnered her dozens of nominations (including five Juno noms); and a shelf full of awards including three CCMA wins for ‘Female Independent Artist’, CMT’s ‘Indie Artist of the Year’, and numerous Ontario Country Music Association awards. Beverley’s most recent music outings have included the radio hits “Hope and Gasoline” and “New Religion”, which only confirms that country radio continues to embrace her music. Her significance as an artist, influencer and Canadian success story is reflected in the fact that she was recently re-appointed to the Canadian Country Music Association Board, as an Appointed Director for the second consecutive year.
One of Beverley’s most personal and meaningful pursuits is songwriting, and she has enjoyed building rewarding writing relationships with some of Nashville’s finest. In addition to writing most of her own albums, she is extremely proud to have a credit on the Celine Dion cut “Come To Me”. Another significant milestone: Beverley’s song “Chariots of Fire” was recently used in the 2016 US presidential campaign. “My songs deal with life – mine and the people I meet along the way”, Beverley says. “Some are about challenges, but I’ve met optimistic, inspiring people as well, so somehow it all gets covered.”
Beverley rates performing as a true passion, and has toured with many iconic stars such as George Strait, Tim McGraw and Kenny Rogers. Every Christmas season since 1997 she has toured across Canada with Order of Canada artist and activist Tom Jackson’s ‘Huron Carole’. She has also been involved with a handful of exclusive events, which have included performing for the G8 World Leaders (2010); the American/Canadian Military in Afghanistan (2004, 2010, 2011); the Royal Family (2012); and appearing on Beijing, China Television for an Aids Awareness program that reached 100 million people. In 2010 Beverley was a celebrated guest at the G20 Canadian Woman of Distinction luncheon – a true honor and career highlight.
Exploring alternate – and often unique – entertainment platforms has been just another day at the office for Beverley, and provided her with many one-of-a-kind experiences and opportunities that have only served to broaden her audience. These have included touring with the ‘Vagina Monologues’; a regular spot on TSN’s ‘Off The Record’; acting as a celebrity model for Bootlegger; TV commercial work with Smokey Robinson & Boyz II Men; a lead role in the 2014 TV movie ‘Changing Seasons’; time on City TV’s ‘Breakfast Television’; and numerous TV shows for CMT including the family series ‘Pick A Puppy’, which has achieved international success with Beverley as its’ host.
With a dedication to community that rivals her love of music, Beverley is a devoted supporter of charitable endeavors, with a focus on children. “As artists, we have the privilege of a voice and a stage. We have a responsibility to use that privilege so those without can be heard. Children need that voice.” She is also the spokesperson for the Pink Mitten Campaign (Cancer Research); has worked with Canada’s Food Banks since 1997; and just marked her 20th year with CTV’s Telemiracle. “I am very grateful to have worked with special people – like Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath – throughout the course my career………..absolutely magical!” A recipient of the United Nations ‘Outreach Award’ in 2004, Beverley was also recognized by the CCMA in 2014 with it’s prestigious ‘Slaight Music Humanitarian Award’ for her philanthropic work.
Moving forward in 2017, Beverley continues to follow her muse and is preparing to record and release new music that will reflect the depth of her songwriting and her evolution as an artist.
BRAD JOHNER & THE JOHNER BOYS
Audiences first met Brad Johner in 1988, when a partnership with his brother Ken began a 14-year-long musical success story. The Johner Brothers were named "Duo of the Year" by the Canadian Country Music Association in 1991 kicking off a string of awards. After being crowned 'Entertainer of the Decade' and releasing a remarkable 26 singles from six hit albums, Ken retired from the music business in 2002. With an unparalleled dedication to his music and his wide fan base, Brad turned solo the following year and to date has released 6 CD's to his credit.
Brad has performed coast to coast in Canada, the Carribean, Japan, Bosnia and The Netherlands and has even performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Despite 76 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards, 3 Canadian Country Music Awards, 4 Juno nominations, 12 CD's and 18 music videos, Brad remains a devoted husband to his wife Rhea of 26 years and father to their five sons. As music is in the genes, for the past six years Brad has performed hundreds of concerts with his sons as “Brad Johner & The Johner Boys”. Their 'live' show is full of energy, stories and comical wit that few performers have come to master as they are astute professionals and true gentlemen of the stage.
Chris Henderson’s blend of modern country sound, with strong traditional roots has helped him become one of Canada’s busiest Country Recording Artists. Since his debut album released in 2008, the former high school teacher has been touring the prairies and Canada relentlessly, and has released 13 singles to National radio including, “Don’t Miss Your Kiss Goodbye” (peaked at #47 on BDS Charts), “I Sure Hope He Loves You” (#51) and “My Regret” (#47)
The veteran singer/songwriter released his third studio album in March of 2017, and has been nominated for 31 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards including the win for ”Male Vocalist of the Year” in 2017, and “Songwriter of the Year” in 2014. He has been featured in “Country Weekly Magazine” in Nashville, “Country Music News” and on the cover of “Lifestyles”, as well as many other publications across North America. He's also due to released his fourth studio project in the spring of 2019.
Henderson has appeared on stages such as the Craven Country Jamboree, Big Valley Jamboree, Boots & Hearts, Dauphin’s Country Fest, The Gateway Festival, the Telemiracle cast, and more. He has also showcased at the CCMA’s for the songwriter series, the WCMA’s, and was recently named to the CCMA Board of Directors.
2018 Saskatchewan Country Music Association “Country Music Person Of the Year” Winner- Lisa Moen- grew up in a country music family from Outlook, Sask. Her musical resume includes opening for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, playing before the Eagles Concert at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, numerous shows at Craven Country Thunder Jamboree, Saskatchewan RUSH halftime show, 12 songs on Canadian Radio, showcases at both the Canadian Country Music Awards week, and Sask. Country Music Awards as well. She loves to release singles she has written, as her love of songwriting stems from storytelling ideas from her own life and things she’s experienced. In 2015 she won “Rising Star” Award for the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards as well as 2018 Planet S Magazine Winner of “Best Solo Act”. This vocal powerhouse and mother-of-2 has been actively writing and releasing music, music videos, playing shows and chasing her dreams!
OSMOND DAVIS BAND
In a place as flat as their prairie home, The Osmond Davis Band ensure mountain music thrives by keeping that Appalachian connection with their southern neighbours. This group of five Manitoba pickers have a common passion for bluegrass and honky tonk music. Guitar flatpicker Simon Davis and 5 string banjo/dobro player Tim Osmond sing a repertoire of music from the likes of the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs and other traditional and contemporary bluegrass standards. Joined with them on fiddle is the extraordinary Jeremy Penner, the driving mandolin of Dan Simpson, and the solid backbone upright bass of Karl Ratchinsky. Fans of bluegrass music and supercharged country will love the blend of harmonies and dynamic picking between these fine musicians.
Tim Osmond | Simon Davis | Jeremy Penner | Dan Simpson | Karl Ratchinsky
“Simon Davis’ deep, rich vocals and guitar, Tim Osmond who is amazing on the banjo, Jeremy Penner on the fiddle, Dan Simpson on mandolin and Karl Ratchinsky on bass – all accomplished musicians.”
– Susanne Hunter, Community News Commons
Leslie Stanwyck and husband Johnny Sinclair were “one twang away from a country song,” their manager used to say. The pair made two albums with pop-rock legends The Pursuit of Happiness and another seven with Universal Honey, then after relocating to Saskatoon, Sask. found themselves adding that twang to their new band, Tucker Lane.
The band — core members Leslie (vocals), Johnny (bass), Warren Medernach (drums) and Brent Carlin (guitar) — grew out of the foursome’s rootsy cover band, Undercover Pirates, which put their spin on songs by Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Black Keys, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, The Clash and others. It then seeped into their originals.
Tucker Lane’s debut album, West of Minnesota, North of North Dakota — produced by the band — is chock full of upbeat country-pop like “Same Place;” “Wishing You Were Here,” “Sentimental Fool” and “You Still Love Me” with some edgier material such as the Stones-style rockers “Think You Know (Someone Like Me)” and “What It’s All About?.” Banjo, fiddle and peddle steel are featured on nine of the 13 songs.
The couple, who met in TPOH, recorded 1988’s Love Junk and 1990’s One-Sided Love with Todd Rundgren before leaving to start Universal Honey in 1990. They had a fantastic run in both bands, a journey through music that they write about on West of Minnesota, North of North Dakota’s closing song, “What’s It About?”
“There’s been so many twists and turns in 32 years of playing music together,” says Johnny. “We’ve done it all, you name it — we’ve travelled Europe first-class opening for the Eurythmics when we were in The Pursuit of Happiness; opened for Duran Duran; did a van tour with Goo Goo Dolls in Universal Honey; did over 100 shows in one year, from playing small clubs to selling out Nassau Coliseum [in New York]. You have to wonder what it’s all about.”
To keep their musical chops up, they started playing in local clubs as an acoustic duo, Then in 2012 Johnny put together Undercover Pirates with his friend since grade 7, Brent Carlin. Warren Medernach would join in 2017. Tucker Lane’s follow up to West of Minnesota is due Spring 2019.