Springtime in Regina. The perfect time to get out and... uhh, I guess stay in and... physically distance?
Unfortunately, given the realities of COVID-19, Spring 2020 isn’t an ideal time to get out and explore all of the good times that the Queen City has to offer. Those adventures will have to wait until it’s safe to do so, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a sonic tour of some of the great music that Regina associated artists have been putting out.
Regina’s fatherly figures of having a “real deadly time my dudes” are the Surf Dads. The band recorded a very rad “That 70’s Show” inspired music video in front of Centennial Mall, which is one of my favourite antique hunting spots in the city. You might not be able to loiter in front of a 7-Eleven at the moment, but the music video is a nice placeholder until it’s safe to do so again.
“COLD CITY” - HOT BLOOD BOMBERS
This is an older song, but I always sing this to myself when I’m shovelling my driveway on a frigid winter evening. The weather might be turning warmer soon, but this is still a certified “bop”.
“PRAIRIE GIRL” - RAH RAH
In my opinion, this iconic song has always embodied how “tough” people from Regina and Saskatchewan are. I’ll always have chills thinking about the hundreds of people singing along to this song at the last Rah Rah farewell show at The Exchange this past December.
“BUMMER SUMMER” - THE WON’TS
I think we’re all hoping we have a really fun summer, but if a “Bummer Summer” is as much fun as this song is, I’d argue that there are worse things!
“SUNSET CANYON” - FOXWARREN
This song always takes my brain to vivid sunset drives winding through canyons and valleys. Think entering the Qu’appelle Valley near Lumsden driving into Regina during a dusty and hot summer sunset. So beautiful.
“HOMETOWN HERO” - ANDY SHAUF
If you’re wondering why the singer of Foxwarren sounds eerily similar to Andy Shauf, that’s because they are the same person. Andy cut his teeth playing in small gymnasiums in downtown Regina and community centres around the Prairies. We’re all really proud of him, and he’s one of the best songwriters in the world.
“I WISH I HAD A FOOT-LONG CIGARETTE” - ELLEN FROESE
Originally from a dairy farm near Saskatoon, Ellen has spent a lot of time in Regina as of late. I don’t smoke, nor do I condone smoking... But it sure feels like the world could use a collective “smoke break” right now, and this song is a nice reminder of that.
“WALTER” - MARSHALL BURNS
One of the most prominent members of Rah Rah, Marshall released a beautiful record in late November. This is a beautiful song about true love that has made me tear up multiple times.
“CHEVY SONG” - SUNCLIFFS
Suncliffs opened for Rah Rah’s farewell show, and their amazing songwriter Lexi Buzash opened for Marshall Burns at his album release at The Artesian. Lexi is one of my favourite up and coming songwriters in Regina, and this is a very beautiful recording by Suncliffs.
“GOLDEN RING” - BELLE PLAINE FT MEGAN NASH
Belle Plaine has always felt like the heart of the Regina music scene. She’s a brilliant songwriter, and running into her and Blake Berglund at community events is always a treat. “Golden Ring” is a real good song. What more do you need?
“RIVERS AND TREES” - POOR NAMELESS BOY
This song has always served me as a special reminder that life exists outside of the city. It’s easy to get disoriented in “urban day-to-day chaos” even living in a mid-sized city like Regina, “Rivers and Trees” is a nice listen, and Joel writes great songs.
“OFFSALE GIN” - MEGAN NASH
Because sometimes you need to have a drink or a coffee or sparkling water and relax.
Megan has lived in Regina in the past, and this upbeat pop-rock roller coaster is punctuated with beautiful horn sections provided by “Swift Current Broncos turned Regina Pats Fans” Bears in Hazenmore.
Settle in, get comfortable, be kind to your neighbours, and listen to some great music from some of the world’s best bands and artists. When COVID-19 is over we’ll all file into the amazing Regina pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, stadiums, venues, museums, and other great attractions and have a really great time together exploring this town. Stay healthy, and thanks for reading!