Saskatchewan Festival of Words concert series featuring Dayna Manning, Clerel, Vivek Shraya, and Priyanka

2022 Concert Series

at the Mae Wilson Theatre
Four great nights of Canadian music are coming to Moose Jaw!

This year's Concert Series features Dayna Manning, Clerel, Vivek Shraya, and Priyanka.
​ These artists have dazzled audiences across the country, and you could experience them next. 

Doors open 30 minutes before each show.
Vivek Shraya Saskatchewan Festival of Words concert
An Evening with

Vivek Shraya

June 25, 2022
Includes a post-show interview

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, theatre, and film. Her album Part-Time Woman was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and her best-selling book I’m Afraid of Men was heralded by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel.” She is also the founder of the award-winning publishing imprint VS. Books, which supports emerging BIPOC writers.

 

A seven-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a Pride Toronto Grand Marshal and has been a brand ambassador for MAC Cosmetics and Pantene. She is a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary, and is currently adapting her debut play, How to Fail as a Popstar, for television with the support of CBC.

Clerel Saskatchewan Festival of Words concert

Clerel

LIVE
June 18, 2022

A natural-born vocalist, soul singer & songwriter Clerel nurtured his taste for melody in his coastal hometown of Douala, Cameroon, where he grew up listening to music from his parents' record collection, which ranged from church hymns and afrobeat to French chanson.

 

While he has spent much of 2020 working on a new collection of songs, Clerel has also appeared as a contestant on the nationally broadcast reality talent show La Voix (The Voice Canada), and earlier this summer was featured in the iconic Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, giving a well-reviewed performance of his original music to a live audience of over 3000 viewers.

 

Listeners from all over the world continue to fall in love with the young musician’s soulful universe and effortlessly elegant esthetic. His next musical efforts are guaranteed to put even more music lovers on notice!

Dayna Manning Saskatchewan Festival of Words concert

Dayna Manning 

An Evening of Chamber Folk
March 25 at 7:00 PM

Juno-nominated artist Dayna Manning exemplifies the very best that Canadian Folk music can be. Her cool clear voice along with her insightful songs represent a history of Canadian musical art that goes back to the early ’60s and sounds just as vital today.

 

A modern renaissance artist, Manning was recently nominated for the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards Producer of the Year" for her seventh album, “Morning Light” which features chamber-folk arrangements by Stratford Festival alumnus Ben Bolt-Martin for cello, flute, French horn, and violin. The celebrated video for her first single, "You You You" won the 2021 London Forest City Music Award for Video of the Year.

 

Manning is known for weaving history and storytelling in her work, including tributes with Canadian ties to The Band’s Richard Manuel; Father Goose himself, Bill Lishman; and may be known most for her beloved tribute to the snow day, "O Snow". In 2011, upon an inspirational request, she penned her popular song, “ Freedom” as an ode to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

 

Manning’s storied twenty-five-year career includes recording collaborations with Sean Ono Lennon, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Melanie Doane and Ian Tamblyn to name a few. Her touring performances include Lilith Fair, collaborations with Spirit of the West, and tour support for both Burton Cummings and Joe Cocker

Priyanka Saskatchewan Festival of Words concert

Priyanka

Priyanka's Taste Test
March 26 at 7:00 PM

Born in Whitby, Ontario, the journey started for Priyanka (the drag superstar alter-ego of Mark Suknanan) with a career in television. She studied at Niagara College and interned for Rogers Television and MTV Canada until she finally fought her way up to become the first web host of YTV’s "The Next Star". Nicknamed "Suki", she toured Canada as the face of "Next Star Nation" which quickly became the heartbeat of the show.

 

Her successes immediately parlayed into an even bigger platform when she was hand-picked by YTV as the face of their flagship after-school program “The Zone”. For 6 six years, Priyanka was the face of Canadian children's television, not only starring in but writing and producing her own segments for her young fans airing between such favourite shows as Spongebob Squarepants and Fairly Odd Parents.

 

In the spring of 2018, after being taken under the wing of top Toronto drag performer: Xtacy Love, Priyanka was born! She took the city by storm, sweeping the drag scene and snatching the crown in both the Miss Crews & Tangos pageant and Woody’s: Queen of Halloween. She's performed in every major city across Canada, Chicago & Dominican Republic, and most recently graced the cover of Now Toronto after being named the city's "Number One Drag Entertainer"

 

It's with that tenacity and determination that won her the first-ever season of Canada’s Drag Race on Crave where she became Canada’s First-Ever Drag Superstar.