Tom Liske performs at Yorkton Crossing

Len Gadica warms up audience

Comedian and musician Tom Liske performed at Yorkton Crossing today.

Liske grew up in rural Manitoba and found a lot of humour in and around the farming community where he lived until about 15 years old, details his website.  

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“Events in his life unexpectedly found him living in Los Angeles for most of his high school years where his life experience broadened and he found more humour in being a "fish out of water" in his new environment,” notes his bio.

“Upon returning to Canada, Liske bounced around with living in Victoria, BC, Calgary. AB and Winnipeg, MB.  Eventually he settled in the place he really calls home - Saskatoon, SK.  

Liske's show is based on observational humour, gentle sarcasm, boyish innocence and an "outsider's" view of the world in general.  

“What makes Tom stand apart from other comedic talent is the songs.... oh, the songs that you'll be singing on the way home after his show!  When he picks up the guitar it is apparent that Tom really enjoys performing and is having as good of a time as you are,” again notes his bio.

Liske’s career includes;

  • having  headlined the Calgary Comedy Festival, Edmonton's Comedy Factory and the Rotary International Comedy Festival
  • is a veteran writer/performer for CBC radio
  • Performed with Mike McDonald, Derek Edwards, Smokey Robinson, Brent Butt , and the Smothers Brothers 

The day’s entertainment was started by the music of Len Gadica who was born and raised in Melville, and has been performing music practically his entire life.

“I first performed at a Christmas concert at age four,” he said in a recent Yorkton This Week article. “I sang and played the ukulele. My dad was an accordion player too and played for local dances as a young man. I became interested in taking accordion lessons when I was seven. At that time, before the electronic age of instruments, accordion was a very popular instrument.”

With those musical roots set so deeply, it is not surprising Gadica has stayed with music his entire life, recently releasing a new disc; ‘My Work is all Play’.

“This is my seventh old time album, and all the music on all the albums is original,” he said.

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