Entertainment Series kicks off with Juno award-winning artist
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Juno award-winning singer-songwriter William Prince set the bar high in front of a full crowd during the first Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series show of the 2018-19 season on Sept. 20.
Prince, a folk and country artist, won the Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year in 2017 for his debut album Earthly Days.
With just an acoustic guitar and his silky-smooth, deep voice, Prince was able to capture the audience and leave them in awe throughout his Entertainment Series show.
“He’s so talented and I love his voice, but he stays so calm and chill throughout the show. I loved it,” said Alyson Martin, who is the Sioux-Hudson Entertainment Series chair.
Prince was raised in Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, which is located approximately 190 kilometres north of Winnipeg. He shared with the crowd that he had been to Sioux Lookout when he was younger, and he recalled swimming all day while his dad was in town for work. Prince said it was nice to rekindle those memories from his childhood.
“It was cool to come back and refresh my memory to Sioux Lookout. It’s nice to see these staple places right near where I grew up in Manitoba while still crossing off the big cities as well,” he said.
Prior to his performance in Sioux Lookout, Prince had just finished shows in Nashville, Ottawa, Vancouver, and in Tonder, Denmark. He said he always enjoys performing in front of a full crowd, whether it’s in Sioux Lookout or Toronto.
“It’s great, and it never gets old really. I’m always thrilled when people show up to the show, and now I just don’t stress it anymore. That’s the only difference now,” he said.
His plans for the future involve two things – music and family. He’s hoping that the New Year brings a new album, with a healthy balance of touring and time with his family.
“I’m just going to keep making records. Hopefully spring of 2019 I’ll be releasing a new album and then just keep touring from there. Hopefully it keeps me in a healthy cycle where I’ll be home for a bit to see my son while still using this momentum I have where people want to hear me,” Prince concluded.
The next entertainment Series show takes place on Oct. 17 when the Toronto Dance Theatre brings performers to Sioux Lookout from their modern dance company.
For more information on dates, artists, and ticket prices, visit the Entertainment Series website: http://siouxhudsonentertainmentseries.ca/.