COLUMN: Linda Jensen — April 17, 2014

Linda Jensen
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On April 22, the Saskatchewan First Nations Winter Games presents Derek Miller and special guests. Derek Miller is a singer/songwriter born on the Six Nations of the Grand River Mohawk Territory in Canada.

His sound is a unique blend of roots, rock and blues.

Country superstar Willie Nelson likes Miller’s work so much that he recorded a duet with him for Miller’s 2010 album Double Trouble. Later that year Derek Miller performed to huge audience acclaim at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

He has released ten albums and shared the stage with Blood Sweat and Tears, George Thorogood, Smokey Robinson,

The Neville Brothers and fellow aboriginal artist Buffy St. Marie to name just a few. He has garnered two Juno Awards, two Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards and four Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.


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The annual Prince Albert Barveenok Ukrainian Dance Festival will be held on April 25, 26 and 27.  Dancers from across the province will perform.  On April 30, the Barveenok Dancers will present their year-end recital.


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On May 2,  Andino Suns will perform as part of the Saskatchewan’s Own Series. The Andino Suns’ music is a fusion of the traditional sounds of the Andes Mountains and rock and folk of the Canadian Prairies. They play common instruments such as guitars, harmonicas and drums but also some of the traditional instruments of the Andes Mountains.

Four of the seven musicians are sons of Chileans forced to leave a fascist regime in Chile.  This background has influenced their music that delivers messages of freedom. They use their music to protest against social injustice and to promote solidarity with those oppressed in the world at large. They also sing songs that are a lot of fun. Their concerts are high-energy events that have people up on their feet and dancing.

In 2013, the Andino Suns released their first full length, self-titled album and music video. They showcased at JunoFest, Ness Creek Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival and the Cold Snap Music Festival in British Columbia.

Their second album is about to be released.  It is called ‘It’s Time to Rise’.  The album maintains the upbeat Latin rhythms of their first album but also explores new sounds. It is a high energy, inspirational and very musical album.

Please note that the Box Office will be closed for Easter vacation on April 18, 19, 20 and 21. You can, however, purchase tickets 24 hours a day at

See you in the theatre.


Organizations: Own Series, Canadian Prairies, Box Office

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada, Andes Mountains New Orleans Chile British Columbia

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