FUNDRAISER FOR COMMUNITY GATHERING PLACE.
Presented by Arts Humboldt & The Community Gathering Place
7:00 doors | 7:30 show
Tickets available from:
– Brian Grest (306) 231-8284
– any member of Community Gathering Place Executive
– at the door, if not sold out.
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In the same way that most of their decisions are made, Belle Plaine and Blake Berglund agreed to collaborate during a game of cribbage after a couple pints of beer. The Grant MacEwan alumna jazz singer and university drop-out cowboy songwriter don’t only compliment each other vocally, but their onstage chemistry is infectious. They’ve individually released numerous studio albums, toured nationally and developed brands recognized industry wide, while always staying true to their Saskatchewan roots. Belle and Blake debuted their take on two Zachary Lucky penned tracks in September 2015. The production of their ’70s inspired 7” vinyl (overseen by Jason Plumb) lead to each artist working with Plumb separately on upcoming albums. Blake Berglund’s ‘Realms’ in Fall 2017 and Belle Plaine’s as-of-yet untitled in Spring 2018.
Raised in the farming community of Fosston, Saskatchewan, Belle Plaine’s distinctive sound draws from her musical background: classical vocal training, jazz/contemporary music study and a history of live performance reaching back to her country upbringing. Her singular and textured voice lends itself to various styles of music, from outlaw country to 1940s’ swing. Belle Plaine was named Emerging Artist at the 2014 Regina Mayor’s Arts and Business Awards.
Raised in the Moose Mountains, deep in Saskatchewan’s southeast corner, Berglund confidently launched his career as a teenager by drawing on the defining experiences of his youth: classical piano training, a fervent love of the Seattle grunge rock movement and the responsibility of tending 200 horses on his family ranch. It was all the education he needed, realizing at a young age that a musician’s career is based around hard work. Berglund was named Roots Artist of the Year at the 2017 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards.
Belle and Blake represented Saskatchewan alongside Rah Rah and The Sheepdogs at the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone festival, completed a joint tour of the Canadian East Coast and wrapped up the endeavour on VIA Rail’s “Artists On Board” series. 2015 saw them travel to Australia, and individually complete tours across Canada. They have been direct support for the legendary Dwight Yoakam and are splitting time between Regina, SK and Nashville, TN.