RFF PLAYLIST PLAYGROUND


I have been working at the Regina Folk Festival for three years now and I'd volunteered for and attended the festival for many years before that. Music has been a constant in my life. No matter what I'm doing I've got a tune for it, even if that means that over time those songs become so situational that I can't listen to them in any other context (lookin' at you "I hate airplane takeoffs" playlist). I've always loved connecting with friends by creating playlists for them or sharing songs I think they'll enjoy, so getting the chance to connect with communities through music at the RFF has been a real treat!

This playlist is for taking a moment when the world feels too big. These are songs for taking smaller bites of a fresh strawberry to enjoy it just a little longer, for savouring a splash of cold hose water on a hot day, and for noticing an inch of growth on a plant you love.

"FOMO" by Peach Pyramid - Reason: This song gets my shoulders swaying and helps me to breeze past any fear of missing out. As I've had to make my world smaller for a while this song serves as a good reminder that standing still doesn't always mean missing out.

"Before the World Was Big" by Girlpool - Reason: This song comes along as I walk through my neighborhood more often than I have in many years. I pass my elementary school, the house of a childhood friend who has long since moved away, and remember the tiny things I used to love. Did said childhood friend and I have matching dresses in different color schemes that we wore together - it was the 90s, of course we did.

"Stay High" by Brittany Howard - Reason: Brittany Howard is a powerhouse vocalist that I can never get enough of and I highly recommend checking out all of her projects. This song feels like waking up from a long nap and slowly feeling into your waking body, like hugging someone you haven't seen in a long while, and like enjoying the last bits of sun as it melts into pinky-purple hues.

"I Never Liked Your Friends" by Alexandria Maillot - Reason: Alexandria Maillot is an artist that I was really looking forward to seeing this summer. Maillot's voice, blended with the strings that joined her on her latest album, creates a haunting introspective sound that's perfect for swimming through your thoughts.

"Wasted" by William Prince - Reason: I don't think I can listen to this song without feeling emotion welling in my throat. It makes me want to get up and dance while also making me want to curl up in a blanket in my favourite chair.

"Patience" by Adult Mom - Reason: Adult Mom has been one of my most listened to artists for quite a few years, and this song of theirs is my favourite love song. The tiny - sometimes unremarkable - things that we come to appreciate daily about the people around us often define who and how we love.


My name is Dan Shier (He/Him) and I'm one of the board members of Queen City Pride. I've been with the Pride Festival for 9 years now and am a passionate volunteer and advocate for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. I've also been an ongoing volunteer with the Regina Folk Festival and have designed the park signage for RFF since 2012.     

 

Growing up, I didn't always listen to the top 40 songs on my local radio stations. As someone who is part Japanese, I was drawn to a different kind of music than what everyone around me was listening to. I received mixtapes (and mix mini discs) from my relatives in Japan of all the current pop songs of the time. I would listen to the same few songs over and over because that's all I could get my hands on. Back then, it was really hard to access music from another country. Music licenses and regional restrictions on copyrights meant I couldn’t just download the latest hit from a music store or walk into HMV like everyone else. These days with the globalization of the music industry and the popularity of K-pop and J-pop spreading across the Pacific, it's become much easier to enjoy this kind of music and I continue to enjoy Japanese and Korean music today. I see it as a way of keeping my roots nourished and cared for while I find myself longing to visit that part of the world once more. 

"Likey" by TWICE - Reason: Twice is a Korean girl group composed of 9 members. While their primary genre is k-pop, a lot of their albums are released in both Korean and Japanese. For me, "Likey" was the gateway for my introduction to Korean pop music. What drew me to this song, even more, was that the music video was filmed in Vancouver, BC. It was perhaps the perfect blend of Japanese/Korean/Canadian that got me hooked and Twice remains one of my favourite Korean groups.

"Feel Special" by TWICE - Reason: A more recent song by Twice, "Feel Special" is an uplifting song about getting up when the world is putting you down. I find myself listening to every new Twice song that comes out on constant repeat and it never gets old. I'll cruise around in my car, music turned up loud, and singing the lyrics not caring if anyone is watching (even though I don't know Korean).

"Sugarless GiRL" by CAPSULE - Reason: CAPSULE is a Japanese electronica band that was a staple of my time spent at the University of Regina. I can't remember how I discovered them but once I did, they took over my playlists and listening to them gives me flashbacks to late nights in the print media studio cramming to get projects and assignments finished. CAPSULE's sound has evolved from their earlier 2000s albums (which had a very electronic take on French/Japanese 50s 60s sound) to more recent albums that are more abstract electronica. I really enjoyed the variety and CAPSULE would eventually introduce me to Perfume, another Japanese music group produced by the same record producer, Yasutaka Nakata.

"ねぇ" (Nee) by Perfume - Reason: Perfume is by far one of my top Japanese music groups and I have the Spotify stats to back me up on that. This three-part group not only has some catchy electropop songs but their meticulously choreographed music videos and concerts are one-of-a-kind. Every Perfume song is super rhythmic and while this is a playlist, I highly recommend looking them up on YouTube to see how they perform each song with precision and timing. Their songs are so happy and bright and I think that's what I love about them. There were songs that helped me when I was hyper-focused on a project or working out but also songs that were calm and relaxing.

"Future Pop" by Perfume - Reason: Perfume has also been around for such a long time (they formed in 2000) and their techno, bitpop, unique Japanese sound continues to keep me looking forward to their next release. Future Pop is another favourite of mine that's a bit more recent. I like how it kind of starts slow and relaxing but then really builds up into something exciting and inspiring. I hope it's telling of the evolution of this group from their early beginnings to an always influential music group that's pushing the envelope when it comes to blending music and performance.

"the Love Bug" by m-flo, BoA - Reason: m-flo is a late 90s early 2000s Japanese hip hop/techno group that I feel could be compared to Daft Punk but a little less electronic and more Japanese :p I grew up with m-flo when it was just two members: DJ Taku and MC Verbal. At the time, they were producing songs in collaboration with other popular vocalists. These songs were part of the "m-flo loves..." project and included other Japanese artists I was listening to at the time which is perhaps how I stumbled upon m-flo and from there discovered other artists and their music. I really liked m-flo for their use of hip hop in their songs; it was something unique that I don't think other artists were doing and the use of occasional English lyrics was cool, too. The group also features a 3rd member, Lisa, who rejoined the group in 2017.

"きらきらキラ" by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Reason: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (KPP) is the personification of what I think a lot of folks think of when they imagine what the hyper-cute, kawaii, Harajuku, weird Japan looks like. KPP is also produced by Tasutaka Nakata from CAPSULE and therefore shares a lot of similar sounds in that techno, EDM, J-Pop genre. But KPP takes things to the extreme with her fantastical outfits, acid-trip style music videos, and sugar-high colours. Her music was even featured in the 2016 motion picture "Sing". While KPP isn't my go-to artist, I did have a point in my life where I obsessed over the music and whenever it comes on I enjoy the memories it brings back. We all need something sweet once in a while, right?

"POSITIVE feat. Dream Ami" by tofubeats, Dream Ami - Reason: Tofubeats... I don't know, it's hip hop, house, techno and the beats are really good. I don't know much about them other than I think I discovered their music while watching Japanese commercials and really liking the background music for one of the ads. Some of the songs are slow and relaxing, some of them go for that French cafe or villa sound while others are totally modern electro pop. I really like the variety. This is another group that likes to partner with other artists for vocals and I think that's something I really like about it is it sounds likes like you're listing to a whole compiled playlist of different artists but the sound and style all go together.

"First Love" by Hikaru Utada - Reason: Back in the 90s, I was often given the Japanese music I should listen to by others. I didn't know who the different artists were but I trusted my relatives to create tapes and discs for me to take back to Canada with me. While these songs don't compare to the sounds of today (I think Kpop has become the popular genre even in Japan) it's still really nice to listen to these throwbacks and remember some of my first Jpop songs. Hikaru Utada's story is really cool; she was born in the United States to Japanese parents. She started writing music at an early age and traveled to Tokyo with her father often. She often mixes English and Japanese lyrics in her songs and is known internationally for writing and producing four theme songs for the video game series Kingdom Hearts.

"Around the World" by Monkey Majik - Reason: MONKEY MAJIK is a pop-rock band that was formed in 2000 in Sendai Japan that features two Canadian brothers who are the lead vocalists and guitarists, and two Japanese members who cover drums and bass. I get goosebumps whenever I listen to their song "Around the World". It throws me back to one of the last times I got to travel to Japan. I really, really like the songs that incorporate both English and Japanese lyrics interchangeably throughout and I feel like I'm having a unique experience listening to it as someone who can understand both the English and Japanese parts. It's also kinda cool that the music is a bit different from the usual Japanese pop I'm used to listening to. There's a bit of Western flavour to it.

"poker face" by Ayumi Hamasaki - Reason: Ayumi Hamasaki is like my Britney Spears. Her first album came out in 1998 and she became immensely popular during her career. She would appear on talk shows, commercials, product endorsements... pretty much everywhere. I think that while my peers were all over Britney, I was probably in my own world following Ayumi instead.

"Dreamland" by BENNIE K - Reason: BENNIE K is a female duo that started in 1999. Vocalist Yuki and rapper Cico met in Los Angeles and their musical style is mostly urban. Again, another group that likes to mix English and Japanese in their music. Dreamland and many of their other songs are upbeat, happy, and energetic.

"サンライズ" by BENNIE K - Reason: I'm finishing off this playlist with サンライズ (Sunrise) to leave us on a high note :) thanks for listening!


A dear pal of mine got me to volunteer on the Signage crew in 2009 and I have been hooked ever since. Community? Festival? Concerts? Winterruption? Gimme more as Britney Spears would say. Currently, I am on maternity leave but usually I am lucky enough to call myself the communications and volunteer manager.    

 

Jams on top of jams. The Boogie Zone isn’t a place, baby, it’s a mindset! Let these songs take you there.

 

God Has Nothing to Do With This So Leave Him Out of It“ by backxwash - Reason: Thank you Polaris Prize shortlist for backxwash. This song is incredible and took me at least 20 listens until I could guess who the sample was. This album is worth a full listen. Multiple times. [Editor’s note: This album isn’t on Spotify but we’ve linked to it on Bandcamp]

“The Guillotine” by The Coup – Reason: These cool and unique beats paired with Boots Riley’s lead vocals? *chef’s kiss*

“On the Floor” by Perfume Genius – Reason: Lyrics always hit like a mean left hook with this guy.  A song that is delicate and devastating and still at the same time makes you want to groove.

“ringtone” by 100 gecs – Reason: This song is fun. This band is fun. 10/10 would put them on every playlist.

“JU$T” by Run the Jewels ft. Pharrell – Reason: If you are unfamiliar with this duo consisting of Killer Mike and El-P then you are in for a real treat. Like many others, I’m grateful this one-off collaboration between pals has continued to turn out some really hard hitting, super relevant and thoughtful music.

“Goodbye Queen” by Jaime Wyatt – Reason: I saw this song described as “whiskey-soaked honky tonk” and I can’t get that phrase - or this song - out of my head. I wouldn’t usually say I am a country music fan but with artists like Wyatt, Lil Nas, Orville Peck and Kacy Musgraves on heavy rotation I think I can now claim that title.


TD is a proud sponsor of RFF!

The TD playlists are the favourite songs of TD employees living in Regina, Yorkton, and Saskatoon. They look forward to attending the RFF each year and are happy to be part of the creative virtual and physical distancing events this year.

"Long Live The Night" by The Reklaws - Reason: It's a great summer song!

"Ready Let's Go" by DARKMINDS - Reason: It's a fav!

"CHAMPION" by Bishop Briggs - Reason: It's another fav!

"Footloose - From "Footloose" Soundtrack" by Kenny Loggins - Reason: The 80s!

"It Ain't My Fault" by Brothers Osborne - Reason: Because it's not my fault.

"My Best Friends Girl" by The Cars - Reason: She was my best friend too.


I work in Quality Improvement at Ranch Ehrlo Society, where I coordinate the accreditation process, assist in drafting policies and procedures and facilitate ongoing improvement initiatives for residential, clinical education and community programs for at-risk youth, adults and families. I am also currently completing a Master's degree in Administration at the University of Regina, having previously completed a degree in Psychology and an Education degree. I have volunteered with the RFF for the last 10 years, mostly in the Children's Area. In 2019, I was the Children's Area Team Lead. It's one of my favourite events in the city. I love to paint, sing ,dance, attend concerts and travel.

I am not one for country music, but I love these.

"I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)" by Alabama - Reason: Peppy and perfect to sing along to.

"Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban - Reason: Awesome for a road trip.

"Body Like A Back Road" by Sam Hunt - Reason: Smooth and sexy.

"Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band - Reason: Just a happy tune for showing gratitude.

"Long Time Gone" by The Chicks - Reason: Inspirational song from a group of strong and talented women.


I began my formal relationship with the Regina Folk Festival 9 or 10 years ago in my role as Curator of Education at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. We partnered with the festival to provide visual art programming at the festival and they provided musical magic at our yearly outdoor fundraiser Bazaart. I have been a personal fan of the festival for as long as I can remember. My family and I have developed a yearly tradition of weekend passes. We plan our summer around the festival. It has been such a beautiful thing to watch our daughters grow and learn how to understand the world and our connections to each other through music.

This is a playlist to waken and brighten your day. At the same time it is very personal; this list reflects the presence of music at the many stages of my life...these songs have always been there, uplifting and supporting me through it all.

"Wait in the Car" by The Breeders - Reason: Last Splash defined my teenage experience and when this new album came out I felt like I'd won the lottery. This song is a FORCE. I'm so excited to share it!

"Rapture" by Blondie - Reason: One of my earliest records was The Best of Blondie. Deborah Harry epitomizes 'girl power' to me. When I listen to her voice I feel I can do anything.

"Glory of the 80's" by Tori Amos - Reason: It was the 90's. Tori raised me.

"I'll Still Destroy You" The National - Reason: This song is pure poetry. The lyrics bring me warmth.

"In 3's" Beastie Boys - Reason: I was late to the Neko Case game. I heard her for the first time at the RFF and haven't stop listening since that starry magical night. Every song moves me.

"The Needle Has Landed" Neko Case - Reason: There's nothing better than a Beastie Boys instrumental as a soundtrack for your day.

 


My wife has been the Production Manager for the past 10 years at RFF. I went from not knowing anything about the RFF to one of its biggest fans.

I have music playing in everything I do. Working, driving, gym, home.

"Firebird" by Milky Chance - Reason: They played in Saskatoon a couple years back and was easily one of the best shows I’ve been to. Maybe it was the dancing vibe, maybe it was just being happy the white-knuckled sask winter drive up was over, but that show just made you feel good!

"Out of my Head" by Begonia - Reason: You don’t watch Begonia play a show, you feel it. I’ve been lucky enough to see her play 5 times in the last 6 years and I’d go again tomorrow if I could. Plus she’s super-nice, taking the time to chat with my daughter at the RFF a few years ago. I’m also a proud owner of a Begonia sweatshirt

"Road Warrior" by Allan Rayman – Reason: I stumbled upon him on CBC Afterdark. Ever since he’s become a staple in my music library, even using his playlist to put my kids to bed each night (earning me top 1% Fan on Spotify). He’s on my wish list every year for RFF          

"Let The Drummer Kick" by Citizen Cope – Reason: Fell in love listening to Cope doing hail claims in Alberta as a summer student. He’s been on my wish list forever too.

"The Carny" by William Prince – Reason: He’s the gentle giant. Like Begonia you feel the stories he tells. I find him very calming at the end of a busy day.    

"Grace, Too" by The Tragically Hip – Reason: Because Canadiana. Gord’s emotion in this song on their last show in Kingston is a feeling you never forget.


I am the Production Manager with the RFF. I have been working for the Festival for 10 years now (wow time flies!) and absolutely love making this beautiful machine run as smoothly as possible. I balance my time between work and my family; with two little ones at home. I love that they love music, and share in this RFF journey. Instead of playing "house", they often "play festival" - directing traffic, sorting recycling, talking into headsets & walkie-talkies, and having dance parties. The RFF is as alive at home as it is at work, and I love working for an organization that has such a fantastic impact on our community and next generations.

I have been reflecting a lot on my past 10 years with the RFF, so of course, I had to make a playlist that brings back my favourite memories! It's a mash of all my favourite moments, from all year round!

"Torokh" by DakhaBrakha - Reason: My award for Best Daytime Workshops hands-down goes to Dakha Brakha (with Blitz the Ambassador & Charly Hustle in 2014, and the unforgettable borscht-making workshop in 2018).

"Hallelujah" by k.d. lang - Reason: This is my favourite Festival-Moment. I've never heard Victoria Park so quiet in this moment; everyone in the entire park was listening, entranced by this Canadian-classic. I re-live this moment every night, as this song is forever on my kid's bedtime playlist.

"Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti & Spearhead - Reason: And the Best Festival Finale goes to Michael Franti - it was an absolute dance party on that stage, and I had so much fun celebrating with the amazing team of staff, musicians, and volunteers! Also, my hubby and I walked down the aisle at our wedding to this song - it's always a party when Michael Franti is in the playlist!

"Breathless" by William Prince - Reason: I love love love when William Prince graces our stage, whether it's on the Mainstage, a Daytime Workshop, or Winterruption. But my favourite William Prince moment was when he did a school show tour a few winters ago. As the coordinator of the School Outreach program, I've seen a lot of RFF artists perform at schools - and this one was so beautiful, I sobbed through the whole thing (in front of a bunch of elementary school children - yeah, I'm cool like that).

"Out of My Head" by Begonia - Reason: My favourite Winterruption artist - I literally can't get this song out of my head (see what I did there?); between her vocals, her amazing band, and her mind-blowingly beautiful wardrobe, listening to this particular song takes me back to the grungy Revival Music Room and I just can't get enough.

"Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom" by Emily Wells - Reason: Emily Wells is my favourite "discovery", both as her as an artist, and as, at the time, the emerging genre of building music on stage. I remember seeing her daytime performance on Stage 3 and thinking, "How is this even happening?". Then, she came back a few years later to play Winterruption at Darke Hall, and it was such a treat!


Hi! I'm Megan and I am close to a life-long resident of Regina, after getting my start in Moose Jaw. Growing up in this city, there is always that talk about there being "nothing to do". Those words have inspired me in my work life to help plan and support events to show people how much there is to do. RFF is one of those great Regina events that I have been happy to support and see grow.

In the past few months, I have found my musical tastes resting in the "Throwback Thursday" category. Nostalgia has been a strong feeling as we watch the world change and it's been great to travel down musical memory lane.

"Jump" by Kris Kross - Reason: This song makes me think of road trips with friends in University and mixtapes - not CDs, tapes.

"Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" by Backstreet Boys - Reason: One of my first road trips to a concert was to the BSB show in Saskatoon in 1998. This song brings back amazing memories of sleeping on the sidewalk to even get the tickets, caravan-ing up the #6 in a Dodge Caravan and screaming our lungs out to those hunky boys and their dance moves.

"Step by Step" by New Kids On The Block - Reason: Another Boy Band Road Trip. This time it was to Minneapolis to see the supergroup New Kids and the Backstreet Boys. Mr. Shue from Glee was the opening act too.


I'm 6 years old and have been to folk fest with my dad!

These are songs I like right now!

"The Eagle has Landed" by Avatar - Reason: I like heavy metal.

"Look It Here" by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Reason: We have a record and dance to this band.

"Centipede" by Knife Party - Reason: I like it so much.

"Reckless Paradise" by Billy Talent - Reason: There is a motorcycle on the cover.

"Try Again" by Andy Shauf - Reason: I like it and it has the city in it

"Help Me Stranger" by The Raconteurs - Reason: Cause!

 


TD is a proud sponsor of the RFF!

The TD playlists are the favourite songs of TD employees living in Regina, Yorkton, and Saskatoon. They look forward to attending the RFF each year and are happy to be part of the creative virtual and physical distancing events this year.

  • "One Of Them Girls" by Lee Brice - Reason: Our favourites!!
  • "Keep Up" by RaeLynn - Reason: It's awesome.
  • "Like A Man" by Dallas Smith - Reason: He's an awesome artist.
  • "For My Money" by Brandon Lay - Reason: (We're a bank)
  • "Why We Drink" by Justin Moore - Reason: It's summer ;)
  • "Whiskey Glasses" by Morgan Wallen - Reason: It's fun!

I host a talk show with my co-host called Rhythm and Gist on CJTR 91.3 FM. A volunteer emcee for RFF every year.

These are tunes for bright days, hope, love and pure happiness all in one playlist.

  • "Sweet Love" by LOTi - Reason: It’s relaxing and chill
  • "Together" by Davy Sage - Reason: It talks about love, togetherness, and how the world would be a better place.
  • "Fleeting" by TOVA, Tami - Reason: It’s clean and sounds different.
  • "On My Heart" by Frances Sia - Reason: The song could put you to sleep in a good way.
  • "Your Love" by Davy Sage - Reason: Makes you love the word love.
  • "S2bu" by Angeline - Reason: When you listen to the song, you would value your relationship. 

My name is Josh Haugerud and I am the interim Executive Director of the Regina Folk Festival. I have been fortunate to be involved in this festival in a few different roles and look forward to the event every year. Here are some songs I have been listening to lately.

  • "Daegan Harper" by Doubt it - Reason: Fun band and the song is named after one of my favourite people!
  • "Hypnodancer" by Little Big - Reason: This band reminds me of aqua, but updated for 2020. Their music videos are amazing.
  • "Dark Days" by Pup - Reason: One of my fav bands!
  • "SOS" by The Jerry Cans - Reason: Love this band, they are so fun to see live!
  • "Summertime" by Orville Peck - Reason: I saw Orville Peck on It's Alive with Brad Leone and the music just stuck with me.
  • "Land Back" by A Tribe Called Red - Reason: Political dance music.

The staff of the RFF got together and created our dream festival draft. We each took turns to build the best festival we could imagine. It didn’t matter if the band was together, touring, alive, out of our budget, not allowed in the country, or just plain unavailable. This is the dream.

You may also notice that there are more than the typical ~30 artists we bring to Regina. We figured that our dream festival maybe is longer than three days and have 50+ artists.

Most of the playlist is family-friendly but some artists use profane language and discuss some tough subjects.


RFF THROUGH THE YEARS

Step back in time with us this festival weekend! Each of the below playlists features past RFF artists! 


I've been a volunteer emcee for the CBC Saskatchewan sponsored Sunlit Stage for several years. Now, I am officially an employee of CBC and we've been a proud sponsor of RFF and RFF related events (such as Winterruption) for many, many years!

LEFT -of- CENTER: Artists taking a unique approach to their craft and music. A playlist for when you just feel like something different or for when you need yet another super fun party band fix!

  • "Kolomyjka" by Lemon Bucket Orchestra - Reason: Gogol Bordello lit the fuse for everyone's fascination with guerrilla-folk party-punk, Toronto's Lemon Bucket Orchestra is now fanning those flames and has become one of those "You gotta hear this!"/"You gotta see this!" bands.
  • "I Hate Reaching Out" by Zann Foth - Reason: I first heard of Saskatoon's Zann Foth when they played a Facebook Live set, as part of, the SaskMusic Open House concert series. Mesmerizing from start-to-finish.
  • "Western Swing & Waltzes" by Colter Wall - Reason: By now, we're all aware of this Swift Current artist with a passion for traditional country and a gift for songwriting. His signature baritone catches your attention but his songs and stories keep it. His latest single (off his upcoming August 28 album) is a masterclass in branding (literally once you see the album art) and showcasing your influences. On top, if it all, this upcoming album also features a deep cut from a relatively unknown Saskatchewan cowboy poet/bull rider from Abbey, Saskatchewan.
  • "Three Yanks" by The Western Senators - Reason: Does YOUR City have a Grammy-nominated Cleveland style polka band with over 40 years under their belt, a hit TV show and countless shows alongside Canada's King of Polka Walter Ostanek? Mine does :P This song is the band's way of paying tribute to America's King of Polka, Frankie Yankovic.
  • "Plastic Hamburgers" by Fantastic Negrito - Reason: A new single from a pioneer in genre-bending blues, hip hop, rock, folk, and funk. Full of swagger and style, it's much more than lyrics and chords for Fantastic Negrito.

I work in Quality Improvement at Ranch Ehrlo Society, where I coordinate the accreditation process, assist in drafting policies and procedures, and facilitate ongoing improvement initiatives for residential, clinical education and community programs for at-risk youth, adults and families. I am also currently completing a Master's degree in Administration at the University of Regina, having previously completed a degree in Psychology and an Education degree. I have volunteered with the RFF for the last 10 years, mostly in the Children's Area. In 2019, I was the Children's Area Team Lead. It's one of my favourite events in the city. I love to paint, sing ,dance, attend concerts, and travel.

This list is of older songs from 1990's/2000's I have always loved.

  • “Call and Answer” by Barenaked Ladies - Reason: They're just cool!
  •  “Selling the Drama” by Live - Reason: It reminds me of high school.
  • “Any Day Now” by The Watchmen - Reason: A fabulous Canadian band that is stellar live.
  • “Babylon” by David Gray - Reason: A smooth and cool jam.
  • “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn - Reason: One of my favourite songs. Makes me think of my time spent in the southern United States, specifically Tennessee and Louisiana.
  • “Hurts to Love You” by The Philosopher Kings - Reason: Met them many years ago while they were playing at The State in Regina. They were the nicest group and so talented. Love their cool and sassy tunes.

I’ve been volunteering at RFF since 2012, a member of the merch team since 2013, and was looking forward to my first year as a team co-lead at the 2020 festival. I’ve made so many lifelong friends, have a delightful catalog of memories (most of which seem to include wild weather), and I end up spending my birthday at the festival more times than not.

These are a handful of my favourite songs, that don’t have much in common besides the fact that I like them all. I made this playlist while setting up a batch of sourdough, so perhaps they’ll liven up others’ quarantine baking routines.

  • “Ohio is for Lovers” by Lucy Wainwright Roche - Reason: I’ve been a fan of Rufus Wainwright since I was a kid and started to listen to his sisters a few years ago. This song on Lucy Wainwright Roche’s 2018 album Little Beast caught my eye because I initially thought it was a cover of one of my favourite Hawthorne Heights songs (Yes, I just called myself out as a former emo kid). Though it turned out to be its own song entirely, the haunting, heartbreaking vocals stuck with me and quickly became one of my faves by Lucy.
  • “Ladybird” by Mappe Of - Reason: This song just feels like a sunny summer day. It invokes a sense of whimsy and folksy magic with elements that layer and build upon each other until it reaches a beautiful crescendo that makes me smile every time this pops up on my playlist. I stumbled across this artist thanks to a Spotify recommendation and I’m hooked.
  • “The Unforgotten” by iskwē with Tanya Tagaq - Reason: Both Tanya Tagaq and iskwē are among my absolute favourites and have such an incredible stage presence. They both blew my mind during their recent performances at the RFF. Additionally, my kids LOVE this song after singing it at school, so it’s on a pretty steady rotation in our house.
  • “When I’m Over You” by LP - Reason: Who isn’t obsessed with LP right now, honestly? Her voice is perfection and her songs are honest and accessible. I could have chosen a dozen LP songs alone but chose this one from her 2018 album Heart to Mouth because of its absolutely dreamy vocals (I also adore the orange suit she wears on the album cover).
  • “Bluebird” by Pokey LaFarge - Reason: When Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three played the festival in 2012 they blew my mind and I’ve been a fan ever since. Dancing into the wee hours of the night when he played at the volunteer after party is one of my favourite birthday and festival memories. His new album Rock Bottom Rhapsody dropped in April and it’s sensational! A little more sophisticated, raw, and emotional than his earlier work, this album maintains that old timey jazz feel that I fell in love with and has quickly become my new favourite.

I have been attending the Regina Folk Festival since I moved to Regina in 2015. My favourite part is the free daytime stages! In the summer of 2019, I was a summer student with RFF working as Production Assistant. Best summer ever! Currently, I am the Volunteer Coordinator for RFF, and loving it.

This is a playlist for summertime! It's a collection of songs that have been anthems for me in summers past, as well as a few that I predict will define my 2020 summer. Pop on some sunglasses and sunscreen, and enjoy!

  • "Offsale Gin" by Megan Nash - Reason: No matter what mood I am in, this song always makes me want to get up and dance. It makes me think of hot summer days at Gateway Music Festival, drinking Hey Y’alls and being with the best of friends.
  • "Wear Sunscreen" by Peach Pyramid - Reason: This song feels like being at the beach! Imagine colourful umbrellas, clear skies, and sand in your toes. And also it serves as a great reminder to wear sunscreen. Perfect combo!
  • "Danceboy.Exe" by The Moon Runners - Reason: Some of my favourite summer 2019 memories are watching the Moon Runners play live and being a part of the energetic atmosphere they create. It's impossible not to bop along while listening! This song pairs well with pizza and friends.
  • "Danceland (Come With Me)" by The Garrys - Reason: It doesn't get more summery than this! This song has a surfy nostalgia that reminds me of high school and ALMOST makes me miss being a teenager. Almost.
  • "Fleeting" by Khari Wendell McClelland - Reason: This one doesn't necessarily fit into the summer anthem theme, but it has been in repeat in my house for weeks. Khari Wendell McClelland was one of the artists that I was most looking forward to seeing this summer. To make up for it, I'll be listening to his music all summer and sharing his music with anyone who will listen!
  • "Girl, It's Your Time" by Vivek Shraya and Queer Songbook Orchestra - Reason: This song is both empowering and inspiring. My energy is highest in the summertime, and this music helps fuel me even more. The lyrics in this song are words to live by!