For Parenteau, he said the nominations are a testament to the work he has done to create music despite the last two years which have been difficult for musicians due to COVID-19.
“Always playing songs on the radio, not giving up on what I do for a living and turning around and saying I’m done. It made me work even harder. That’s what I did for COVID and that’s why I kept releasing music. Just being nominated is reward enough for me.
Another recognized Prince Albert artist is LJ Tyson, who is up for Aboriginal Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Home On A Rainbow.”
“It’s the first time I’ve been nominated for a Sask. Music Award, it’s a cool feeling,” he said, adding that it’s more of an honor to be recognized as an Indigenous artist and a member of the LGBTQ community.
“Most of the time it feels like we’re shouting into the void and you don’t really know what’s going on and if people are paying attention. It makes us feel seen and heard and me being part of both of those groups. minority, it means a lot to be nominated for an award like this.
Another local artist nominated is multi-instrumentalist Patrick Moon Bird, who is up for Electronic Artist of the Year, Indigenous Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for ‘Going Through the Motions’. “.
“Absolutely amazing to be honest, I’ve always looked up to these people I’m grouped with and to be at the level where they are is mind-blowing,” he said.
Crooked Foot (aka BFA Beats) was also nominated for Instrumental Artist of the Year.
Along with being honored for their music, these artists say they are also proud to represent the city of Prince Albert, which they call home.
“I’m so grateful that over the years Community Town has supported me and always celebrated my wind with me,” Tyson said. “I keep the AP very close to my heart when I’m recognized in ways like this.”
“I’ve always been proud of where I come from. It makes me very proud every time I’m nominated for anything, especially to say I’m from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and always will be,” added Parenteau.
The 2022 Saskatchewan Music Awards return to in-person celebrations after two years of virtual performances, at Darke Hall in Regina on December 11.