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City admin suggests more consultation before council makes final decision on potential La Colle Falls tourist site

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The City of Prince Albert should hold further talks and complete an archeological assessment before applying to make the La Colle Falls area a historical site.

That’s according to a report from Prince Albert Community Services Director Jody Boulet that was written at city council’s request and included in the agenda package for Monday’s executive committee meeting.

Boulet wrote that the City would need to take multiple steps to develop the property, but the archeological assessment and consultations with PAREDA, local rural municipalities, and Indigenous groups were the biggest.

“Due to the size of the site and its potential for both settler and Indigenous significance, an archaeological assessment by a professional is recommended,” Boulet wrote. “As the land in question is located within the RM of Prince Albert, any Municipal Heritage Designation would come from the RM, and consultation with the RM in this regard is required. Only with municipal level designation can the City proceed with the applications for Provincial and Federal designations, and pursue any related funding opportunities.”

Attempts to develop the La Colle falls site were made in 2009, 2013, 2019, and 2020. The most recent involved the RM of Garden River, who wanted to create a day park in the area.

Boulet wrote that the City could consider a low impact approach if council determines it would cost too much to turn it into a historical tourist site.

There is increased regulation on all properties that receive a Heritage Designation, Boucher wrote, and that may require significant investment. Instead, the City could create a trail network with signs pointing to a viewing point for the La Colle Falls site.

Boulet wrote that this would leave the site undisturbed, while still giving tourists and hikers a chance to view it.

Regardless of what direction the City takes, Boulet wrote that any efforts to increase foot traffic at the site would likely lead to more unwanted visitors.

“The pursuit of a heritage designation should only come as the result of significant consultation on the matter, determining if the costs, risks and rewards balance,” Boulet wrote.

“An additional important step would be to consult with Tourism to evaluate the Tourism potential and any regional support or advice available through PAREDA regarding the potential development of La Colle Falls and Area. Through this consultation there may be both short and long term opportunities worth investigating for future recommendation to members of Council.”

The La Colle Falls report is one of five items on the consent agenda for Monday’s Executive Committee Meeting. Council will also hear an update on the City’s Strategic Plan, and a presentation from the committee spearheading Prince Albert’s efforts to host the upcoming Men’s World Cup of Softball.

Prince Albert Ukrainians to mark 2 years since Russian invasion with prayer and reflection

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Pray for Ukraine scheduled for Saturday

It’s been nearly two years since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, and a group of Prince Albert residents wants to make sure the people affected by that war aren’t forgotten.

Local Ukrainians plan to recognize the two-year mark on Saturday night with an evening of prayer and reflection at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Prince Albert. Veselka Ukrainian Culture and Heritage Club president Charlene Tebbutt said it’s important to make sure Ukrainian newcomers and residents with friends and family still in the country know they are not alone.

“Two years on we’re still very much aware of what’s happening,” Tebbutt said. “We definitely want to be there for those who are directly affected (or) who have family members directly in Ukraine and are impacted, but also people who are just feeling the weight of the war and the struggle that’s happening.”

Veselka and St. George partnered with the Barveenok Ukrainian Dancers to host the event. The evening includes not only prayer, but also speeches, poetry readings, and performances by the Barveenok Dancers and Veselka Choir.

Two years on, Tebbutt said the war inspires a whirlwind of emotions in many local Ukrainians.

“A lot of people are just really saddened to see what is happening, especially if they are here and so far away,” she explained. “It’s a sad time for them and it’s difficult to understand, so there’s a lot of emotion.”

Veselka and other Ukrainian organizations have stepped up to provide everything from cultural activities and entertainment for newcomers displaced by the war, to fundraising events designed to help Ukrainians hit hard by the fighting.

Tebbutt credited local Prince Albert resident Sonja Jahn for heading up most of those efforts to make Ukrainian newcomers feel at home. Tebbutt said the goal is to help wherever they can.


“They’re settling into a new place. They’re learning a new way of doing things, a new city, having to find jobs and get settled and have their families learn about Prince Albert, so I think all around it can be fairly overwhelming,” she explained. “As a club, we’ve been trying to find ways to bring them in and show our support and get to know them because really, we want to get to know them and make sure they feel welcome.”

Saturday’s evening of prayer and remembrance is just one of several events planned across the province as Saskatchewan Ukrainians commemorate two years since the start of the invasion.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress’ Yorkton Branch also has a prayer service planned. Ukrainian organizations in Regina and Saskatoon have also planned Canada Stands with Ukraine Until Victory events.

We Continue to Pray for Ukraine begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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‘The timing couldn’t be better’: PA Food Bank gets $25,000 boost

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The Prince Albert Food Bank received a much needed boost from SIGA and the Northern Lights Casino on Thursday, and not a moment too soon.

SIGA and Northern Lights donated $25,000 to the food bank Thursday morning. Food Bank executive director Kim Scruby said the donation was a welcome surprise.

“This is amazing for us and the timing couldn’t be better,” he said.

“I was really surprised in a really good way.”

Over the last fiscal year, the food bank has provided 11,416 food hampers, while also running a summer meal program. Combined, they’ve served 112,279 meals to residents in the Prince Albert area.

Scruby said they’ve seen a significant increase in demand, but thankfully haven’t run out of food. However, it has stretched their budget.

“We’re facing the same pressures with inflation as everybody else is, so this is incredible, and the timing couldn’t be better,” he said. “This kind of community support is the only thing that keeps our doors open.

Scruby said this is one of the most significant donations the PA Food Bank has received in its history.

“It will go a long way,” he said. “The timing couldn’t be better. We discovered in the last thaw that we need a new room … so this is certainly going to help. It frees up other money to fill-up the shelves for the community.”

Northern Lights Casino GM Angela Isbister said they’ve noticed many local residents struggling with the cost of living, and wanted to help out. She said they’ve supported the PA Food Bank in the past, so donating to them again was an easy decision.

“Over the last year we’ve seen the increased need out there in Prince Albert and Area for food hampers and food programs,” Isbister said. “Northern Lights Casino and SIGA wanted to step up to help the Prince Albert Food Bank in filling that need for families.”

Thursday’s donation was just one of several SIGA planned as part of its $225,000 Community Investment Food Security Strategy. The organization plans to donate to food banks in every community with a SIGA casino.

SIGA President and CEO Zane Hansen said they wanted to invest in the community, and supporting the food bank was a great way to do it.

“We’ve got seven properties across Saskatchewan and have been very fortunate,” Hansen said. “Our customers and the markets have been so good to us, (and) nutrition is a big part of what we like to support as a company.”

Educational artist brings pow wow colours and energy to the Winter Festival

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Jessica Rabbitskin has always loved teaching, and although she isn’t in the classroom anymore, she’s still doing her best to educate the next generation about Indigenous culture.

Rabbitskin was one of three dancers giving a pow wow demonstration at the Prince Albert Winter Festival Family Days Cultural Event on Wednesday. Rabbitskin said it’s a great way to teach people about Indigenous culture and promote healthy activities.

It’s also a chance for her to get back to doing what she loves: teaching.

“It’s one of my things I like to do,” said Rabbitskin, who previously worked as a school teacher before starting a new career as an educational artist. “I like to educate. I like to share. I like to talk to kids. I like to see that interest in their eyes.”

Rabbitskin started pow wow dancing when she was 12 before quitting for many years. She returned to dancing briefly before quitting again to focus on creating dancing regalia and homeschooling her children.

After watching her children at pow wows, Rabbitskin felt the urge to start dancing again, but she wanted to do more than just perform. She wanted to teach, while also growing closer to her family.

“It’s really awesome to dance. It feels really good to be able to dance for people, (and) I love it when my son is with me,” she said. “It’s a family thing. Family is everything to me, so it’s really good for us to be together too. This is like a healing thing for us, when we hear that drum, when we dance to that drum, and it’s a ceremony in itself.”

Rabbitskin’s 17-year-old son, Leander Dreaver, joined her for the pow wow demonstration at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre on Wednesday. Dreaver said there was a time when he never would have considered learning traditional Indigenous dancing. However, he struggled with alcoholism and depression in his early teenage years, and turned to dance as a positive activity.

Now, Dreaver urges other teenagers to seek out elders and learn traditional ways as a healthy activity to fight back against despair.

“I know a lot of people my age think there’s nothing to do, there’s nowhere to go, I’m stuck at home, and they think no one understands, no one gets it, because everyone who tries to help, they’re all adults and no teenager wants to listen to an adult,” Dreaver said. “I didn’t. I was always saying, ‘you don’t understand,’ or, ‘you don’t know.’ Coming from me, a 17-year-old teenager who went through suicidal thoughts, went through depression, fell into alcohol to try and wash it away and almost lost my life because of what I was feeling and what I went through, this (dance) really does help.”

Drummer Rene French and dancer Wilbur Campbell rounded out the pow wow demonstration group on Wednesday. The performance was one of many activities Family Day organizers brought in from Feb. 20-22 to promote Indigenous and Metis culture.

Tuesday’s event included a storytelling workshop with local author Leah Dorion, while Thursday’s activities include a hoop dancing demonstration.

Family Day coordinator Eleanor Crawford said the response has been excellent so far.

“It’s important to have that out here,” she said. “The aboriginal people the Metis people, that’s who’s done a lot of the trapping and fishing and events that date way back, so this is kind of an original thing. We’re just trying to bring it back and re-create it.”

The final Winter Festival Family Day runs Thursday, Feb. 22 from 1-4 p.m. at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre.

Sounds of summer: PA Minor Baseball players hit the turf for annual winter camp

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There may still be snow on the ground and ice on the river, but Prince Albert youth baseball players are already fielding grounders and catching fly balls in preparation for summer.

PA Minor Baseball began their three-day winter camp on Tuesday, coinciding with the start of MLB training camps in Arizona and Florida. Prince Albert Winter Camp volunteer organizer Corey Borthwick said the program is primarily a development camp aimed at getting players ready for try-outs in March.

“We really try to get the players focused on their fundamentals—just simple throwing and receiving drills, basic drills in terms of hitting and trying to simplify things,” Borthwick explained. “(It) gets them to create good habits that will help them during the year.”

Players from the 11U and 13U divisions took part in morning sessions on Wednesday, while players from the 15U and 18U divisions hit the Alfred Jenkins Field House turf for the afternoon.

Borthwick said baseball in Prince Albert dipped in popularity in previous decades, but has started to rebound in the past few years. Borthwick also sits on the PA Minor Baseball board. He said they’ve tried to upgrade Prince Albert’s baseball facilities and make the sport more popular in the community.

One of the big changes he’d like to see is the creation of a AAA program that would draw players from Prince Albert and the northeast. Borthwick said he’s not sure why the north central and northeast regions do not have a AAA team, but considering the talent available in all communities, he’s confident it could work.

A group of Prince Albert Minor Baseball players take part in an infield drill during the Prince Albert Minor Baseball winter camp on Wednesday. — Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

“That will be something that maybe we’ll try to develop in the next few years,” he said.

“Baseball in Saskatchewan, it’s still going strong. We’re still one of the top provinces in terms of baseball development and showings at national tournaments, so that’s also a great thing as well.”

Kole McGregor was one of many youth baseball players taking part in the winter camp on Wednesday. Like Borthwick, he’s excited to get the baseball season going, regardless of the weather.

“It feels good,” he said. “Baseball is probably my best sport, so I like being out here more than any other sport I play. It feels really nice to be out here to play with all my friends.”

McGregor will play in the 18U division this year. He’s hopeful the winter development camp will give him a boost when the season starts, and lead to plenty of wins in May, June, and July.

“I’m here to have fun, play hard … and hopefully win provincials this year,” he said.

Great Canadian Roadtrip artists eager to roll into Prince Albert

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Doc Walker
Michelle Wright

Even after more than 30 years in the Canadian Country Music scene, Jason McCoy still gets some surprises.

The two-time Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Male Vocalist of the Year received an unexpected one last year when he was inducted into the CCMA Hall of Fame. The induction was so unexpected that McCoy assumed he was in trouble when the organizers called to congratulate him.


“I was sitting with my wife and I got a call from the CCMA last summer,” McCoy remembered. “I said to her before I picked it up, ‘have we paid our CCMA membership dues?’ I figured that’s why they were calling, right? (In) September the awards were coming up … and they told me I’d been nominated. It’s been quite a ride. I didn’t know what surreal meant until this happened.”

McCoy is no stranger to awards, having received 19 CCMA Award nominations, and multiple JUNO nominations as well. He also received multiple awards with Clayton Bellamy and Christ Byrne when the trio performed as The Road Hammers.

Despite the history of nominations and wins, McCoy said the Hall of Fame induction still hasn’t sunk in yet.

“I’m still 12 years old in my bedroom learning how to play a G-chord, in my mind,” he said. “You always just work and work, then you lift your head up and it’s like, ‘wow, this is pretty cool.’”

After more than three decades in the music industry, McCoy is still as eager to tour as ever. He’ll be in Prince Albert on Feb. 28 along with two other award-winning Canadian country music acts: Doc Walker and Michelle Wright.

The performers are travelling through the prairies on The Great Canadian Roadtrip, which includes three stops in Saskatchewan. McCoy said he played ‘every corner’ of the province while trying to break into the music industry, and always enjoys coming back.

“I love Saskatchewan,” he said.

“Saskatchewan’s home to some really great country fans and there’s a lot of great homegrown Saskatchewan talent, so to have us in is a big honour.”

Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw formed Doc Walker in 1994, and have since gone on to win a JUNO Award and 14 Canadian Country Music Awards.

Wright has won more than 40 major awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

McCoy said the decision to join forces with both acts for The Great Canadian Roadtrip was “a no brainer.” He also said it’s been fun to perform with two other celebrated acts he knows well from his time in the music industry.

“I think the biggest thing is we’ve all been doing it a few years so there’s no ego,” McCoy said with a chuckle.

“We’re just there to have fun. We got all that rock star ego stuff out of our system decades ago.”

McCoy said it’s becoming more and more popular to see package musical tours where two or three acts band together and perform together on stage. As long as fans want to see it, he said all three Great Canadian Roadtrip acts are happy to keep performing.

“We only get to go out if there’s demand, so it all comes down to fans,” he said. “If they didn’t want to hear us, we wouldn’t be playing, so thank you very much. I always say that without the fans, it would just be a rehearsal, so thanks for making it a show.”

The Great Canadian Roadtrip opens at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. Tickets are available at earc.ca.

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Local artist and educator headed to Prince Albert Women’s Hall of Fame

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A longtime staple of the Prince Albert arts scene is headed to the PA Women’s Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame selection committee named painter, beadworker, writer, and illustrator Jennifer Brown as the 2024 inductee on Monday. Prince Albert Council of Women President Chrissy Halliday said Brown is an ideal inductee due to her commitment to the community through local arts and education.

“It started when she was very young within her family, and it’s something she has continued well into her adulthood,” Halliday said.

“I’ve been part of the council of women for 15 years at this point. I’ve never seen so many letters of support from so many different people in our community.”

Brown is well-known across North America for her artwork. Her list of accomplishments includes a hand beaded hat which was presented to the Pope in 2022, the creation of two Michef language books, and several Metis colouring books.

Halliday said Brown has been a great role model for younger women looking to break into the arts.

“She’s been involved with so many things since she was young,” Halliday said. “Even just talking to her on the phone last Friday, informing her that she was our inductee, I got a real impression that she is very happy to work with younger people and get them involved in a lot of the same things that have inspired her and changed her life.”

Brown also spends large amounts of time as a volunteer. She helps maintain the ice at Parkland Hall, and volunteers her time teaching Japanese exchange students.

Brown has also served on a number of boards, including the Mann Art Gallery board, which she currently chairs.  She has also served on the Metis National Council, the Metis National Youth Advisory Council, the St. Michael’s Parish Council, the Prince Albert and Area Teachers’ Association, and is an executive member of the Northern Prairie Indigenous Peoples Collective Incorporated.

Halliday said some years there is a lengthy debate about who to induct, but this year Brown stood out.

“Some years it has been a really big discussion,” Halliday said. “This year it was like, ‘no, that’s our girl.’”

Brown will be inducted at 2 p.m. on March 10 at the Coronet Hotel. The induction coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8.

The UN theme for this year is ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate progress’. Halliday said it’s an important reminder that governments, businesses, and other organizations need to back their words up with action.

“There’s always a lot of talk about getting more women involved, getting more women into power, but there’s not a lot of action,” Halliday said. “I think the theme this year is really trying to inspire that action to keep those themes of getting women involved, getting women in higher levels of power, getting women in positions where they can support themselves, their families, their communities.”

@kerr_jas • jason.kerr@paherald.sk.ca

‘Nobody has a list of them’: blind and low vision support group aims to reach out in 2024

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A support group dedicated to residents who are blind or have low vision hopes to generate some awareness one year after its founding.

The PA Blind and Low Vision Support Group began operating in 2023 with the goal of advocating for local residents struggling with severe vision problems. Group moderator Don Horncastle said the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) estimates there are 1,800 people in the Prince Albert area who are blind or low vision, but contacting them has been a challenge.

“Nobody has a list of them,” said Horncastle, who was forced to retire due to vision loss. “We don’t know who we are, and there’s no representative group that speaks on our behalf or advocates on our behalf.”

Since its founding a year ago, the PA support group has made presentations at City Hall advocating for more accessible infrastructure, like audible crosswalks. They’re also trying to start more recreational programs for blind and low vision residents, like blind curling.

However, Horncastle said it’s been a challenge to contact people who need the support. He said the services for blind and low vision residents are there, but many residents either don’t know about them, or can’t afford them.

“It’s being done, but at what cost,” Horncastle said. “A lot of blind people aren’t well financed. If you live in rural Saskatchewan or outside of the main cities, for just about every medical procedure… you’ve got to go to Saskatoon or wherever. Well, how are you going to get there if you can’t see?”

The PA Blind and Low Vision Support Group stepped up their advocacy efforts earlier this month to coincide with the Canadian Council for the Blind’s White Cane Week. The annual event takes place during the first full week of February, and aims to provide information about services available to residents with severe vision issues.

Horncastle said it can be tough to find out what services are available, something he knows from experience. Initially, he struggled to get involved, but soon became active in events like a local Blind Bowling League after reading media reports about it.

 “I know when I first went blind, I spent three years sitting at home going nowhere because I didn’t know about these services,” Horncastle remembered.

“All of a sudden my phone was ringing saying, ‘here’s something you can do.’ Getting tied into (blind bowling) got me tied into a whole bunch of other things. Then, that got me into the CNIB.”

Horncastle said one of the biggest concerns heading forward is public transportation. He said blind and low vision residents can ride the PA paratransit services for free if they have a CNIB card.

He said if paratransit services cut weekend or evening routes due to cost, that’s going to prevent low vision or blind residents from getting involved in the community.

“We can’t even go to City Hall and complain because the bus has been caught off by five,” he said with a chuckle. “Going down by cab is going to cost money, and then you’ve got to get home again.”

Horncastle was forced into retirement twice before age 65 due to vision issues. He said the peer support group has helped people learn from the shared experiences of other members, which allows them to stay active and social, despite their vision loss.

The PA Blind and Low Vision Support Group has had lots of success this past year, he said, and now they’re hoping to build on that for the future.

The PA Blind and Low Vision Support Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Margo Fournier Arts Centre at 2 p.m. For more information, call Don Horncastle at 306-314-1860.

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Mintos close out regular season home schedule with 4-2 win

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The Prince Albert Mintos ended their last home game of the 2023-24 regular season on a high note with a 4-2 win over the Warman Wildcats on Saturday.

The win moves the Mintos within two points of the Swift Current Legionaires for fourth spot in the SMAAHL standings with just three games to go before the playoffs.

“It was almost into that playoff type style (game),” Mintos coach Tim Leonard said after the win. “(The) kids worked hard. We made a bad turnover in the first period to give them that first goal. After that, I thought we cleaned it up and played a pretty solid game.”

Will Whitter led the way for Prince Albert with a goal and an assist, including the game winner less than three minutes into the third period. Whitter said the club is peaking at the right time, but needs to remain focused to stay successful.

“I think we’ve been playing decent for the last few games,” Whitter said. “We cut down on the mistakes. (That) really helped us, and we scored when we needed to.

“We just need to limit the penalties. We’re all working hard. We all want it in here, and Brady (Holtvogt) played awesome tonight. If we all play good, we’ll go far.”

Taite Donkin and Konnor Watson had second period goals for the Mintos, and Abinet Klassen added an empty-netter late in the third to seal the win. Beckett Hamilton and Liam Bursaw had the goals for Warman.

Brady Holtvogt made 25 saves for Prince Albert in a winning cause, while Corben Schnurr stopped 35 shots in the Warman goal.

Leonard said the Mintos got stronger as the game went on, and were able to force more turnovers in the second and third periods, which led to more scoring chances.

With just three games to go until the playoffs, Leonard said they club’s goal remains the same: making opponents work for everything they get.

“Every game we want to get better and improve and cut down on those bad mistakes and the bad turnovers and just be tough to play against,” “If you’re tough to play against, you’re going to be tough to beat.”

Hamilton opened the scoring for Warman roughly five minutes into the first period after Cade Hynd forced a turnover at the Minto blueline. Hynd fed the puck cross-ice to Hamilton, who snapped a wrist shot over Holtvogt’s shoulder to make it 1-0.

The Mintos answered back early in the second when Donkin corralled a loose puck and slid it under a diving Schnurr to make it 1-1.

Watson put the Mintos ahead for good with less than a minute to go the second period. Whitter raced the length of the ice and stripped a Warman defenceman of the puck before feeding it out front to Watson, who was all alone in the slot.

Whitter added the eventual game-winner on the power play less than three minutes into the third. He grabbed the puck off a scrambled faceoff in the Warmen end and fired the puck top shelf to make it 3-1.

The Wildcats made it 3-2 with 13:46 to go, when Bursaw beat Holtvogt five-hole with a wrist shot, but that was as close as the visitors got. The Mintos outshot the Wildcats 18-5 in the third period, and sealed the game with an empty-netter from Abinet Klassen.

The Mintos are off until Monday when they travel to Warman for a rematch with the Wildcats. Puck drop is 2:15 p.m.

They then close out the regular season with road games against the Regina Pat Canadians on Feb. 23, and the Notre Dame Hounds on Feb. 24.

No slowing down for Canadian country music star Aaron Pritchett

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After more than 20 years in the Canadian country music scene, Aaron Pritchett has no intention of slowing down.

The CCMA award winner and three-time JUNO nominee has a new album out, a new single on the radio, and a soon-to-be new member of the family. Pritchett’s son, Jordan, and his fiancé are expecting their first baby this summer, making him a grandfather.

“It’s so funny because when I think of my grandpa as a kid, I thought of him as an old guy, and he was in my eyes,” Pritchett said. “Now that I’m going to become a grandpa, I don’t see myself as that older person I saw my grandpa has. It hasn’t changed anything in me other than the fact I’m so excited to have a family member added, but I think me as a person, I’ve still not slowed me down.

“I still have so much energy for this grandchild that I’ll be a positive influence, I hope, but also, somebody who is excited as opposed to (saying), ‘well, I’m getting older and I’d better slow down.’ I don’t want to slow down at all, and I think having a grandchild is actually going to keep my energy level that much higher.”

Pritchett will have plenty of help keeping his energy levels up while he waits for his first grandchild. On Feb. 21, he’ll be in Prince Albert as part of his first coast-to-coast tour in five years.

Although he’s performed live concerts since then, including a more intimate gig in Prince Albert last year, Pritchett said nothing beats a cross country tour.

“It feels like it was only a year ago that we did the tour with the little blip that we had in between with COVID, obviously” he said. “(We) worried that we may never be able to play shows again, let alone go on a tour, so this is really exciting for all of us to be able to go travel together in a bus and be a road family again, put on shows for crowds in person one more time, and with a level of energy that’s even greater than it was in 2019 when we toured last.”

Joining him on stage are up-and-coming country stars Matt Lang and Cory Marks. Pritchett said he wanted a different type of show, instead of the traditional opening acts followed by a headliner. That means Lang and Marks will join Pritchett on stage throughout the night.

“I wanted to make it inclusive for everybody, and not just have an order that it needs to go in,” Pritchett said. “I wanted something different, so this show is amazing. Corey and Matt are two of the best live performers that I’ve seen in a long time.”

Pritchett’s newest studio album, Demolition, will be released later this year, but fans will have a chance to by copies at the Prince Albert show on Feb. 21. There will be one gold record for sale among those 300 copies. Pritchett said he’ll play a free house concert for the fan who uncovers it.

Pritchett has also just released a new single, ‘Just Wanna Feel It’, which he recorded at the suggestion of his son and fiancé.

“It’s a song that I found probably over 10 years ago through a publishing company that sent it to me,” Pritchett remembered.

“My son Jordan … along with his fiancé Danielle, they produced this record entirely, and when it came time to choose songs they were like, ‘what about that song you’ve been sitting on for so long? We always loved that tune. Why don’t you do it?’ ‘Just Wanna Feel It’ was probably the second song, I think, that we recorded in studio and I instantly fell in love with it. (I) went, ‘man, I can hear this on radio and I can hear people really loving this and singing it live at shows.’ It was just an easy fit.”

Prince Albert is one of 32 stops on Pritchett’s Tour. Even after 20 years in country music, he said his passion for performing is as strong as ever.

“For some reason I’ve just got this energy level that is just through the roof, especially at my age,” he said. “I’m getting older, but I’m not slowing down I just see so many great things in the future with music and the shows that it just energizes me. Seeing those crowds sing along to all the hit songs that I’ve had over the years, it’s an energy booster right there.”

Aaron Pritchett, Matt Lang, and Cory Marks will perform at the E.A Rawlinson Centre in Prince Albert on Feb. 21. For tickets, visit earc.ca.

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