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John Antoniuk and Theresa Sokyrka at Underground Cafe
January 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival
is pleased to present:
John Antoniuk with Theresa Sokyrka
Jan. 27th at the Underground Cafe
430 20 St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X4
Doors 7:30pm – Show 8:30pm
Thanks to our hospitatly sponsor Black Bridge Brewery
John Antoniuk (Smokekiller)
John Antoniuk, aka “smokekiller”, is a singer-songwriter from Saskatoon, SK. John’s songwriting has been compared to Lou Reed, Weezer, Ryan Adams, and Wilco. “Out There” from the album “13” was selected as a National Finalist in the 2009 Radiostar Songwriting Competition. “13” was the first full length release for John with the smokekiller moniker and was mixed by Steven Drake (the Odds). John originally released two ep’s under the Smokekiller name which he compiled and re-released nationally in 2006. It was the release of the Side A ep which quickly garnered John attention as a songwriter and saw him sharing the stage with Ron Sexsmith and Hayden. In 2011 John recorded an album of new material produced by Leeroy Stagger. “Always With You” was released in September 2012 and John has been back and forth touring across Canada for the last 4 years. John has also been very busy over the last 6 years managing and performing with the Jen Lane Band. John released a duets record with Jen Lane in August 2014 titled “Jen & John”.
Theresa Sokyrka’s decision to become rootless has been the prime factor in her recent music. After making it to the final episode of her season of Canadian Idol and recording a successful album of standards, Theresa’s put out a second album: Something is Expected, consisting entirely of original music. Dodging the pop star route that seemed to be laid out for her, the 2007 release showed that Theresa’s years away from her hometown of Saskatoon had formed her sound into a mature, reflective songwriting style, equal parts classic and innovative. She enlisted the help of producers John Collins (New Pornographers, The Evaporators), David Carswell (The Evaporators) and Mike Timmins (The Cowboy Junkies) to provide the musical backdrop that would allow her songs to come through. Rich, pure, sometimes angry, but often sweetly humourous, Something is Expected did fulfill expectations, and allowed Theresa to move on with both her life and her music.