The first evening of Yorkton’s new Sidewalk Concert Series was held last night (Thursday).
The series, arranged by the Yorkton Arts Council (YAC), will feature 13 half-hour performances at private driveways around the city through July and August, explained Tonia Vermette Administrator with the YAC.
Vermette said because of limits on the size of gatherings the dates and locations, are not being publicized, adding they are designed to be a localized, neighbourhood events.
The concerts have been organized in-part to replace the park parties which have usually been organized by the Community Development, Parks & Recreation Department City of Yorkton for summer entertainment, said Vermette.
The first concert featured Saltcoat’s Katie Morgan.
The 17-year-oldMorganis a winner of Saskatchewan's Next Star competition, and has quickly gained a reputationfor her powerhouse vocals, rock inspired music and multi-octave vocal range.
Her “recent single ‘Leave’, was co-wrote withindustry veteran Jesse Weiman, who also took on production duties for the song,” noted a provided bio.“The single gained acclaim acrossthe world,scoring aspot on anumber of international playlists and blogs, and was hailed as ‘one of the most beautifulsongswe have discovered’ (Cheers to the Vikings).”
As a performer, Morgan’s heartfelt connection with the audience and high energy performances has grabbed the attention of fans and industry alike.
Touring in Canada, she has headlined The Grand Slam of Curling and played shows including International Women's Day celebrations.
With a recent signing to Johnson Talent Management (Toronto, ON.) and a synchronization deal through Brew House Music (Los Angeles, California), there is a bright future ahead.
In addition to Morgan, upcoming concerts will be performed by Angus Vincent, Jackie Guy and Mark Holt.
Funding for the program is provided by Saskatchewan Lotteries.