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"Canada Reads Soundtrack Winner"

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"Review -- CATHLEEN LESPERANCE -- Gypsy As I Go"

Cathleen Lesperance

It is interesting listening to Cathleen Lesperance's full-length debut; Gypsy As I Go, that she is a self-taught musician – not that that is so rare – but in this case she didn't start playing guitar, or writing until she was into her 20s.
The late start hasn't seemed a huge hindrance for this Saskatchewan gal. This CD was actually recorded in Prince Albert.
So what does Lesperance offer us. Well this is music somewhere in the folk/roots, at times near country vein. She keeps the instrumentation bare bones, relying instead of her voice, which of course is the bread and butter of folk artists. For someone who wasn't performing at the age of five like many artists, Lesperance has an obviously natural songstress voice. It may not have the range of a classically trained performer, but there is a conversational honesty to it that works in this genre.
To Lesperance's credit, she also penned the nine songs here. There might not be the next great folk anthem here, they don't have that kind of lasting message, but again, there is honesty in the words. You can tell Lesperance wants to simply tell stories, and the words flow as a result.
There are several nice songs here, the title cut and Thomas Berry leading the pack. Overall this is a very nice first effort by a Saskatchewan artist, who you have to believe will grow musically with greater experience at her craft. A nice way to start, and certainly worth a listen.
You can check her out at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 23, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada - Calvin Daniels

"Spring Thaw Prairie Run/Camp for Kids"

Join Saskatchewan artists Underneath the Fray and Cathleen Lesperance as they perform on a short run of local Saskatchewan coffee houses to showcase their own original songs.

Also, to celebrate Canadian National Parks 100th Birthday in the month of May, they'll throw into the mix a slideshow of original photographs by Cathleen Lesperance featuring photos from Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia to Nahanni National Park in the NWT.

Thursday, May 26 Regina Show starts at 8:00 pm
Java Express Coffee House
4114 Albert Street S.

Friday, May 27 Swift Current Show starts at 8:00 pm
Urban Ground Coffee House
167 Central Avenue N
Swift Current

Saturday, May 28 Saskatoon Show starts at 8:00 pm
Caffe Sola
38 23 Street East

Admission by donation (suggested $10) at door.

CDs and original photographs will be available for sale.

Coffee House for Camp

Amy's On Second Restaurant
2990 2nd Ave West
Prince Albert, SK
Sunday, May 29 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Coffee, Dessert and Musical Entertainment
Tickets $20 each (tax receipts for donations over $10)

ALL money raised goes towards sending local children to summer camp.

A recent recipient of a Saskatchewan Arts Board grant, Cathleen Lesperance will be sharing songs and new poems from her recent self-directed residency in Banff. In the theme of summer, part of the evening will be original photographs from various Canadian National Parks to celebrate Parks Canada's 100th birthday.

Featuring a sneak peak of new songs from Cathleen's next album, set to be recorded in Halifax this summer. This will be her last show in the area for awhile.

This event is being organized by Elizabeth Moar and Sandy Scott as part of their annual fundraising drive to send over 100 children to camp each year.

Purchase tickets from Jan at 763-3989
or from St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
or call Amy's on Second at 763-1515 - Margaret Ullrich

"Mondragon: Cathleen Lesperance"

You are invited to Cathleen Lesperance's first Winnipeg show "Hometown Downtown" featuring songs from her debut album Gypsy As I Go and a few new songs at Mondragon Bookstore and Coffee House, 91 Albert Street, on Saturday, October 23.

Also part of the evening will be a slide show featuring some of her original photographs and her first short film titled Tree Tree.

Doors open 7:00 p. m.
Acoustic solo show starts at 8:00 p. m.

Tickets $10 each - Reserved seating
For more info: (204) 946-5241

CD's and photocards will be available for sale.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg! - Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate

"Performing to a sold out venue"

Cathleen Lesperance (left) performing to a sold out venue at New Ground Café in Birch Hills, SK.

A striking, live performance artist with notable presence and soul. - Rene Prefontaine

"Lesperance Recording Her First Album"

Northern News Services
Published Monday, October 01, 2007

FORT SIMPSON - Cathleen Lesperance had to think about what influenced her musically. She said she wasn't subject to encouragement or praise as many musicians are. She generally wasn't immersed in a musical environment, either. But she remembers the musical way of her parents before they split up when she was very young. During her first few years growing up in Winnipeg, her father played the guitar and the harmonica, and her mother used to sing. "For me at a very young age music was about family," she said. "I think that I was just drawn back to it ... it was internal." She began playing in 1997 when she lived in Edmonton for a year. "My goal was just to get up and play at a coffee shop," she said. Lesperance played a few times before moving up to the NWT, where she worked in several communities. Based in Fort Simpson as a dental hygienist, she also worked in places such as Rae Lakes, Wekweeti, Whati and Snare Lake. She would occasionally spend weekends in Yellowknife, where she found opportunity to play at places such as Javaroma and the now defunct Cave. In 1999, her friend recorded a "scratchy" demo for her, and in 2000 she played at Folk on the Rocks. "I got my nerve while living in the North," she said.

Feeling as though she had accomplished her goals, she put her guitar down and didn't pick it up until 2006 when a friend convinced her to try out for a festival. Though she didn't make the cut, she said she got the bug back.

That summer, her father was very ill in hospital and she spent most of the season in his hospital room.

Down the hall, there was a room set up for family members that had a piano in it - an instrument that until then, she had never played. She said when she needed a break from her father's room, she'd go down and play.

It wasn't only the piano that influenced her that summer. She met a woman, a few years younger than Lesperance herself, was terminally ill and in the same hospital wing. She was moved by the woman's story, and a woman in a nearby room enjoyed hearing her play.

"The whole experience of crossing paths with her made me think about myself," she said, adding she'd wondered if she would regret not playing. "I just thought to heck with it, I'm going to make a CD."

Her father passed away in August 2006. She never found out what happened to the woman, but plans to find out so she can tell her family how she touched someone's life.

She is now back to doing two things she loves: playing music, and working in the North. Living in Saskatchewan, where she is recording her CD with studio musicians, she travels to Fort Simpson several times a year for weeks at a time.

The CD is a compilation of songs that vary in style from blues to country to folk.

"My music is not written to entertain ... it's moody music, it's hopeful too. It definitely has a haunting quality to it."

She hopes that the next time she is in the NWT, which will be in November, she will have her CD prepared and a few tunes on hand to play at the First Friday Coffee House in Fort Simpson. - Laura Power

"Much needed help for The Foodbank"

The Prince Albert Share a Meal/Food Bank use mirrors the increase in food bank usage nationwide.

Food Bank Canada is reporting an increase of 9.2 per cent around the country, which Ron Bergen president of the local food bank said he sees here too.

“In Prince Albert things appear to be booming pretty good, but down on the lower end those people are the ones that aren’t being carried along,” Bergen said.

One reason the food bank is so popular here is because the area has a high transient population, he said.

“Some of these people that do come in, come in here and find that it is very expensive to get something to rent. The next thing they know they’ve got themselves into some problems and their over to the food bank or having the meals in the afternoon.”

Bergan said the food bank has an added stress because it also serves meals, something that is unique to Prince Albert.

A $130,000 expansion is in the works for the facility, which includes a much needed update to their kitchen. Bergen said they have applied for a grant to fund that part of the project but is asking for the public’s assistance raising the money.

He said Prince Albert businesses are very supportive, but he is hoping for more donations for the expansion.

The food bank has spent upwards of $9,000 purchasing food this year, but Bergen said a number of fundraisers and donation drives are helping.

“Our shelves are full. I wish we had a lot of these things just before summer (when) we wouldn’t have to put out so much money of our own.”

The latest effort to ease pressure at the Food Bank is the Boreal Sky Concert Series — a trilogy of music shows organized by local singer/songwriter Cathleen Lesperance.

The first concert is to take place on Nov. 21 at Great Western Coffee featuring Shayne Lazarowich and Abraham Lancaster form 7 p.m. to 9 p. m.

The two following shows are Jan. 23 and Mar. 13.

Tickets are $15.
- Stephanie Froese

"Belgium Rootstime "Gypsy As I Go" CD Review-May 2008"

Vrouwelijke singer-songwriters is altijd al een ras apart geweest. Sommigen kunnen ons meteen bekoren en anderen slagen er zelfs na meerdere cd’s nog niet in. Wat zijn onze criteria om het kaf van het koren te scheiden? De originaliteit van de melodieën is er zeker één maar ongetwijfeld ook de stemkwaliteiten en de inhoud van de teksten. We proberen even onze gezonde aandacht voor de looks terzijde te laten, hoewel we niet kunnen of willen ontkennen dat we altijd een loens kijkje nemen naar de hoesfoto’s. We blijven tenslotte toch maar mannen, hé. Cathleen Lesperance uit het Canadese Saskatchewan is met verve geslaagd voor al deze criteria (inclusief de looks) en zij verdient daarom even in het zonnetje geplaatst te worden met haar knappe debuutalbum “Gypsy As I Go”. Je hoeft ons natuurlijk ook niet altijd klakkeloos te geloven en kan je altijd laten overtuigen via een beluistering van de tracks uit het album op de website van CD-Baby via bijgevoegde link. Deze jongedame heeft een aangename stem die ze knap hanteert bij het zingen van mooie luisterliedjes die vlotjes voortkabbelen en waarbij je een heerlijk gevoel van rust en van ongerept genieten krijgt. Songs als “These Things Remain”, “Highway” en “Thomas Berry” mogen van ons altijd even passeren door de boxen. En de titeltrack “Gypsy As I Go” is zelfs van zo’n goede kwaliteit dat we er graag een klassieker willen van maken en bijvoorbeeld Emmylou Harris of Natalie Merchant vriendelijk zouden willen verzoeken om er hun versie van op te nemen. De negen liedjes zijn van een minieme instrumentatie voorzien, ze zijn haast akoestisch en kunnen probleemloos in de categorie ‘easy listening’ worden ondergebracht. Enkel “Little Boy Blue” heeft enkele zachte rockinvloeden en toont aan dat het niet altijd akoestisch moet zijn voor Cathleen Lesperance. “What Comes Around Goes Around” is een prachtsong op een zacht bedje van gitaar, congas en viool die onder je vel kruipt om er niet meer van onder uit te komen. Op pianoklanken wordt afgesloten met “Josephine”, een ode aan een bevriende, terminaal zieke liedjesschrijver. De heldere en zuivere stem van Cathleen Lesperance completeert de sfeer op dit album en krijgt elke nog twijfelende luisteraar over de brug. Er staan maar negen liedjes op deze plaat maar als die stuk voor stuk mooi zijn nemen we dat er graag bij. Beter zo dan inboeten op kwaliteit en dat is een boodschap die deze zangeres volledig begrepen heeft. Ter informatie: Cathleen was gedurende 13 jaar tandtherapiste. Wij denken dat de volgende 13 jaar geen tijd meer beschikbaar zal zijn voor de uitoefening van dit beroep. Zij is voorbestemd om die periode als zangeres op zoveel mogelijk podia te verschijnen. Wij hebben genoten van "Gyspy As I Go" en - mits jullie permissie - genieten we nu graag nog even verder. Heel sterke plaat.
(valsam) - Roostime Magazine- May 2008

"Playing for Food for Others"

Matt Remenda plays for the last installment of the Boreal Sky Concert Serries organized by Cathleen Lesperance to raise money for the Share-a-Meal Food Bank.

After the bringing in double the goal amount in the first two concerts, Organizer Cathleen Lesperance hopes the last of the Boreal Sky Concert Series can reach close to $2,000 for the Share-a-Meal Food Bank. The three part concert series wrapped up Sunday night at Great Western Coffee.

Series Three featured Robert O'Neil and friends with Matt Remenda. - paNOW

"Cathleen Lesperance to Perform at Evergreen Artisan Market"

Local Recording Artist, Cathleen Lesperance, will be performing Saturday, November 12th at the Evergreen Artisan Market in the E.A. Rawlinson Centre. She is also one of the artists selling their work throughout the weekend.

Most people hearing Cathleen sing for the first time would be forgiven if they believed that she has always been singing.

The arrival of her debut album, “Gypsy As I Go” in 2008 marked her late entrance to the musical path with the album recorded with local Prince Albert musician Rich McFarlane, now of Mosaic Music.

Prior to the recording and release of her first album, she had very little musical experience, apart from a few eclectic early performances.

With a father who played guitar and a mother who sang at family parties, Cathleen comes by her musical ability naturally, although growing up she rarely sang and did not study music. A self-taught guitar player and singer, Cathleen’s voice is a contrast of both vulnerability and sheer force, with a soulful depth stretching beyond her years as a performer.

Her voice has been described by Belgium Rootstime Magazine as “..a clear and pure voice…destined to appear on many stages” and Yorkton this Week described her songs as “….there is honesty in her words…you can tell that she just wants to tell stories and the words flow as a result….”.

Picking up some fantastic reviews, the title track “Gypsy As I Go” was described by Belgium Rootstime Magazine as “..the title track is of such good quality that we could hear Emmylou Harris or Natalie Merchant do a cover of it..” In early 2011, her song “Highway” from the debut album won a CBC Saskatchewan Canada Reads contest when paired with the novel “Unless by Carol Shields”. Although the novel did not win the contest, the win resulted in wider exposure for Cathleen and the inspiration for a new song “Stormy Seas” from her upcoming album.

She now makes Prince Albert, Saskatchewan home and with the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board , is currently recording her second album, titled “Brilliant Bright”. Featuring 12 new original songs, it will be released in early 2012 with plans for a CD Release tour. - paNOW

"St. Paul's Rallies to Send Kids to Camp"

By Sarah Stone
paNOW Staff

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church is raising money once again for a cause that is near and dear to them.

For more than 15 years the church has been sponsoring local kids to go to camp through their fundraising campaign The Tri(athalon) to Send Kids to Camp.

“I think it is important for every young person to have a very positive experience, particularly in the summer time when they are not in school, and summer camp is often one of those places that young people experience a sense of community and experience being away from home the first time,” said minister of St. Paul’s, Sandy Scott.

Every year the event grows. He said the past six years have shown the most growth, helping more than 80 kids each summer. Last year the campaign was able to send 100 kids from Riverside and Westview Community Schools. This year the program is trying to expand its reach even wider.

“For the first time in this program we’re working with folks from Mistawasis. There’s a Presbyterian church out there and we’ll partner with them to hopefully sponsor some kids from Mistawasis First Nation—maybe 20 or 30 kids,” he said.

“Camp makes a huge difference in the lives of young people.”

To help raise the funds St. Paul’s will be hosting a number of events in the next couple of weeks.

Today there is a garage and bake sale at the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scott said they are also hosting a concert May 12 at St. Paul’s led by local musicians.

Participating in the concert for the second year, Cathleen Lesperance, said this is a deserving cause to donate her time to.

“I’m a huge believer in the fact that kids need mentors … and I think that summer camp creates those opportunities for kids,” Lesperance said.

Lesperance herself reminisced about all the good times she had when she was a young camper.
“They’re exposed to different experiences; positive experiences … and it’s fun. Who doesn’t like going to summer camp. I just think it’s great.”

The evening of music, entitled Songs for Kids will feature songs from Lesperance’s latest album Brilliant Bright. Playing alongside her are local talents Matt Remenda and Wade Fehr.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or call St. Paul’s at 764-4771.

Scott said the fundraising campaign is dedicated to sending as many kids to camp as possible and he hopes the community will come out to support this important cause.

“They’re free to be kids and they enjoy themselves and often it can be a foundational experience helping them grow-up and mature.” - Sarah Stone

"Belgium Rootstime "Brilliant Bright" CD Review- April 2012"

English translation from Babelfish

“On the Internet site and in the publicity of new CD Brilliant Bright the singer and songwriter refer to Cathleen Lesperance as a resident in Saskatchewan Canada to quote from our rootstime review rootstime- of its debut CD Gypsy as I Go from 2008. In this we say that some of its beautiful songs very arranged for a covering version by Natalie Merchant or Emmylou Harris and claimed that this singer with its clear and pure voice sound was predestined to come present on a lot of stages with her songs. Cathleen Lesperance build slowly but categorically to a musical future and the new album Brilliant Bright thereby will certainly become a new milestone in her career. Because also concerning the eleven songs on this album she can be particularly proud. They are again one after the other own compositions, with which them its qualities as songs still hard to categorize. But the absolute strengths in this music are nevertheless stipulated by its fantastic voice, sound, quiet and masterful, calming down and exalting for the listener. Her poetic songwriting cover real and fictitious experiences in the love and living with profit and loss. They drag the listener effortlessly in by Cathleen Lesperance’s created world. Brilliant Bright has been taken less acoustic than Gypsy as I Go but all extra added instrumentation is soberly present and ensures a value multiplication of the songs. Our favorite tracks from this very beautiful album are the laid back jazzy opening track Grows Flowers, the ballads Hit The Ground Walking and title track Brilliant Bright, the moving piano ballad Key of Gene, Stormy Seas and last number Kettle On’. The tempo three times are forced up in the songs Fraser Lane, Thank You and Standing Still, but honesty orders us here to indicate that we hear Cathleen Lesperance rather in her emotional and romantic work. Although this artist has just started on a later age to a musical career – she goes slowly 40 years - we think that she stands but at the beginning of a long and succesful career and that we will hear still much more of her in the next years. YOU will meanwhile, however, have understood it: we belong to her most faithful fans” (valsam)- Belgium Rootstime Magazine

Op haar website en in de publiciteit bij haar nieuwe plaat “Brilliant Bright” verwijst de in het Canadese Saskatchewan woonachtige zangeres en songschrijfster Cathleen Lesperance naar een quote uit onze Rootstime-recensie van haar debuutplaat “Gypsy As I Go” uit 2008. Daarin beweerden we dat enkele van haar mooie liedjes zeer geschikt waren voor een coverversie door Natalie Merchant of Emmylou Harris en dat dit talent met haar heldere en zuivere stemgeluid voorbestemd was om op vele podia haar liedjes te komen presenteren.

Cathleen Lesperance timmert langzaam maar gedecideerd aan haar muzikale toekomst en het nieuwe album “Brilliant Bright” zal daarbij zeker een nieuwe mijlpaal in haar carrière worden. Want ook over de elf liedjes op deze plaat mag ze bijzonder trots zijn. Het zijn opnieuw stuk voor stuk eigen composities, waarmee ze haar kwaliteiten als songsmid nog maar eens weet te onderstrepen.

Maar de absolute krachten in haar muziek worden toch bepaald door haar fantastische stemgeluid, rustig en beheerst, kalmerend en verheerlijkend voor de luisteraar. Haar poëtische songteksten verhalen over reële en fictieve ervaringen in de liefde en het leven met winst en verlies. Ze slepen de luisteraar moeiteloos mee in een door Cathleen Lesperance gecreëerde wereld.

“Brilliant Bright” is minder akoestisch opgevat dan “Gypsy As I Go” maar alle extra toegevoegde instrumentatie is sober aanwezig en zorgt voor een waardevermeerdering van de gebrachte liedjes. Onze favoriete tracks uit dit weer heel mooie album zijn de laid back gebrachte jazzy openingstrack “Grows Flowers”, de ballads “Hit The Ground Walking” en titeltrack “Brilliant Bright”, de ontroerende pianoballad “Key Of Gene”, “Stormy Seas” en slotnummer “Kettle On’.

Het tempo wordt drie keer lichtjes opgedreven in de songs “Fraser Lane”, “Thank You” en “Standing Still”, maar de eerlijkheid gebiedt ons hier aan te geven dat wij Cathleen Lesperance liever in haar emotionele en romantische liefdesballads aan het werk horen.

Hoewel deze artieste pas op latere leeftijd aan een muzikale loopbaan is begonnen – ze gaat langzaam richting 40 jaar – toch denken we dat ze nog maar aan het begin van een lange en succesrijke carrière staat en dat we nog veel meer van haar zullen gaan horen in de volgende jaren. U zult het intussen wel begrepen hebben: wij horen bij haar trouwste fans.

(valsam) - Roostime Magazine- April 2012

"Coffeehouse Hosts Singer Friday"


October 3, 2012

By Calvin Daniels
Staff Writer

For Cathleen Lesperance music came later in life than for many performers, but she’s making up for lost time hitting the road in support of her latest disc ‘Brilliant Bright’.

“I first started to teach myself guitar when I was about 23 or 24 with an old guitar my father had given me that he bought at a pawn shop in Winnipeg,” said Lesperance who has resided in Saskatchewan the past decade. “I picked it up now and then but didn’t really start to consider learning to play for a number of years after that. I don’t have any musical background or training and so I play and sing by ear, however my father taught himself to play guitar and accordion and my mother had a lovely voice so I would guess the musical inclination comes from my parents.

“It wasn’t until I was 27 or 28 that I really sat down to teach myself chords and try to write a song. I credit the apartment I had in Edmonton where I was living at the time for my start in singing. The apartment had this cool little room under the stairs with great acoustics and I would sit there and sing and write. It was a great confidence builder because anyone would sound great in that little room.”

While not taking up the guitar or writing early, Lesperance who plays at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer in Yorkton Friday, said she has always appreciated music.

“I grew up learning to enjoy all kinds of music,” she said. “My older brothers had an extensive rock album collection and I can remember falling asleep to the music of Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Hank Snow.

“As an evolving artist, my own style leans towards folk/rock and alt country. I call it muddy music because I don’t think it fits into just one genre and I think that is a good thing.”

Lesperance is now becoming a veteran of the studio.

“I released my first CD ‘Gypsy As I Go’ in 2008 and primarily play coffee houses and house concerts around Saskatchewan as well as a few small local summer festivals,” she said. “I travelled to Iceland in 2010 and played a show with a local artist and played last years’ 2011 All Folk’d Up in Montemarte.

“With my new CD ‘Brilliant Bright’ released this past April, shows have included Prince Albert, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat along with a few small local festivals.

“It was actually amazing that I played any shows this past spring because I had a fall and broke a bone in my left hand and had to cancel an Alberta/BC tour I had booked. When I did eventually get out to play the 10 or so shows this past spring with some talented guitar players, they were dubbed the ‘Sticks and Stones Broken Bones’ mini tour.

“In fact, my next few shows are as a duo with me on vocals and light percussion and a guitar player with me while my hand gains strength.”

Lesperance said the new recording brings to completion a series of songs, some of which have existed in limited form for a while.

“Some of the songs from this newest CD have been around for a few years but weren’t fully realized in my mind as songs for an album,” she said. “’See or Grows Flowers’ would be a good example of that evolving process.

“A few wrote themselves very quickly and felt ready very early on.

“Song writing tends to happen that way for me. As either a brief flash of inspiration and I need to have pen and paper ready or they come as pieces that I mull over for sometimes months or a few years. I’m probably quite slow in my process because I’d rather not rush a song and prefer let it evolve as naturally as possible.”

Certainly getting a song to the studio is different from performing it at a coffeehouse, but Lesperance said that too becomes something of a naturally evolving process.

“I generally perform solo with an acoustic guitar so the presentation of my material is quite different in a live setting than the studio version of a song,” she said.

“That being said, I usually hear in my mind what that particular song also needs as a studio recording.”

For the new disc Lesperance said she was fortunate to receive a recording grant from Saskatchewan Arts Board.

“Although I had originally thought to record it out in Halifax where my husband is from, I had a change of heart and recorded it in Prince Albert at a studio called Mosaic Music. I wanted the CD to be all acoustic and feel as natural as possible. Some of the vocal tracks are first and only takes (‘Standing Still’ and ‘Kettle On’). I wanted the live and studio versions of the songs to be closer together than they were on my first CD and I generally wanted to give the songs more breathing space.”

The process is one which as an artist Lesperance said satisfied her.

“I’m really very happy with the finished product,” she said. “Rich McFarlane at Mosaic Music who co-produced and played lead and rhythm guitar on the recording is just easy to work with. He is such a great musician and communicator.

“When it came time to recording vocals, he would pretty much leave the room and let me do my thing. It was very relaxed.

“I think this newest recording captures my growth as a songwriter and overall musical growth. Artists grow over time and evolve into their own sound and I’m happy with the direction I’m headed.”

The doors open at 5th Ave Cup and Saucer at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with the show starting at 7. - Calvin Daniels

"Songs Reflect Artist's Life"

Brilliant Bright
Cathleen Lesperance

I found Cathleen's biography to be somewhat like a fairy tale. A hurried and enchanting shove onto the stage, and upwards to success. Picking up the guitar in her mid 20's, she explains that she developed the ability to strum a few chords, write and sing very quickly, like these talents were waiting for her. Well, I appreciate them for being patient with her.

Cathleen has a beautifully full and woody voice. Its presence is modest, but the sound of it is humbling. Her deliverance of each lyric brings out a crisp realism to the words. Switching between a laid back, bluesy attitude and Florence the Machine/Janis Joplin power, as on "Brilliant Bright"; Lesperance's vocal control is astounding. She knows when to cut a note, push a little further, or draw out and play with the melody.

Aside from the fantastic vocal performance, the instrumentation on this record is also great, and very fun. The flat picking on the alt-country tunes is flawless and the percussion is lifting and light. The songs are fresh and work well together. And lyrically Lesperance is a very strong writer. It's refreshing to hear honesty in music, and I feel that Lesperance puts a lot of her soul into every word.

If you're interested in hearing Cathleen Lesperance's beautifully crafted songs, she will be performing in Yorkton at the 5th Avenue Cup and Saucer on Friday, October 5th. 6:30 p.m.


Yorkton this Week- October 3, 2012 - Sean Craib-Petkau


Brilliant Bright- CD- Independently released April 2012
Gypsy As I Go- CD Independently released March 2008
Grows Flowers EP -Self released 1999


Rasputin's Folk Cafe- 1999 (What Comes Around Goes Around)


CBC Radio Airplay:

-These Things Remain (Gypsy As I Go)
-Highway (Gypsy As I Go)
-Gypsy As I Go (Gypsy As I Go)
-Lipstick Envy (Gypsy As I Go)
-Little Boy Blue (Gypsy As I Go)

Canadian College Radio Airplay:

-Grows Flowers (Brilliant Bright)
-Hit the Ground Walking (Brilliant Bright)
-Brilliant Bright (Brilliant Bright)
-Fraser Lane (Brilliant Bright)
-Key of Gene (Brilliant Bright)
-Back to You (Brilliant Bright)
-Standing Still (Brilliant Bright)
-Stormy Seas (Brilliant Bright)
-What Comes Around Goes Around (Gypsy As I Go)

#9 on Folk Charts (Oct 16/2012) CJSW Calgary
Top 30 HotBox October 2012- CKCU Edmonton
#4 on Folk/Roots Charts (January 15/2013) CFBX Kamloops



Most people hearing Cathleen sing for the first time would be forgiven if they believed that she has always been singing. Born and raised in Winnipeg and now living in Saskatchewan, music runs in the family with a father who played guitar and a mother who sang at family parties. Her voice is a contrast of vulnerability and sheer force, with a soulful depth stretching beyond her short time as a performer. Her songs have seen airplay on both CBC radio and College Radio. Ottawa College Radio CKCU’s Thursday Morning Special Blend choose her song ‘What Comes Around Goes Around” from her debut CD among the Top Ten of 2008 songs.

Independently released in March 2008, the title track from her co-produced debut “Gypsy As I Go” was described by Belgium Rootstime Magazine as “..the title track is of such good quality that we could hear Emmylou Harris or Natalie Merchant do a cover of it..” In early 2011, her song “Highway” from the debut CD won a CBC Saskatchewan Canada Reads contest when paired with the novel “Unless by Carol Shields”, resulting in the inspiration for a new song “Stormy Seas” from her newest full length CD titled “Brilliant Bright” released in April 2012.

Independently released “Brilliant Bright” features an eclectic mix of folk, alt country and soul rock-roots original songs written of love and loss, rolling grey prairie skies and redemption. Co-produced at Mosaic Music in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan with award winning Recording Engineer and Professional Musician Rich McFarlane (SCMA Studio of the Year 2012, SCMA Guitarist of the Year 2012, 2003-2010) her newest full length CD features her unique and emerging voice. A gifted performer and exceptional songwriter, she is a raw and genuine talent.