Josh Ranville
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Josh Ranville

Band Hip Hop Singer/Songwriter


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Joshua Ranville is one more natural born performer
from Winnipeg. He was raised in Transcona where
he completed a French public school education. He
was enrolled in every music class available to his
age group since grade 6, which was when his career
as a musician began. Learning how to play classical
guitar at École Regent Park (E.R.P.) inspired him to
pick up bass guitar to play in the jazz band, which
rehearsed during lunch hours.
When he was to make the transfer from middle
school to high school at College Pierre-Elliott-
Trudeau (C.P.E.T.) he took private euphonium les-
sons with Stuart Smith so he could join the concert
band, because he had to be enrolled in the concert
band in order to play in the C.P.E.T. Jazz Ensem-
bles. In the next year when it was available to him,
he enrolled in the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz. All
while playing in the local rock band, “The Experi-
ences” with friends from school. After the end of his
role in the band, he has pursued a solo music career
by recording and promoting is own original material.
He travels to numerous northern communities all
over Canada to broaden his exposure. His travels
have also landed him speaking and mentoring gigs
where he speaks to aboriginal youth about positive
attitudes and chasing dreams and goals.
His theatre career was an
early start as well in 1998
when he played a young
residential school student
in the Manitoba Theatre
for Young People pro-
duction, The Remem-
berer. His most recent
theatre appearances in-
clude the Cranked tour
and the World Premiere
of Rich in 2008 with

- Sarasvati Productions The Pulse


- Josh Ranville (2007)
- No Worries (2008)
- The Spirit of Josh (2009)
- Electro-Instrumentals (2009)



Can assemble a full band with any sort of instrumentation for live performances of original Joshua Ranville Material.

Also plays in several other collaborations such as Space Rock band, "Night Time Day Time"

Summary of Accomplishments:
Winter 1998
• Played the young residential school student “Otis” in Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s (MTYP) main stage production “The Rememberer”.
Winter 1998 – Spring 2005
• Acting classes at MTYP on scholarship
Summer 1999
• Played a young Sheldon Kennedy in a training video production on racism for the “Department of National Defense”.
Fall 2000
• Played a young Tom Jackson as a French speaking youth MC for the opening ceremonies at the “First Annual International Conference on War Effected Children” in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Spring 2001
• Received the first “Annual Joe Bhar Award” for outstanding achievement and long standing dedication from MTYP.
Summer 2001
• Read a children’s Metis cultural story book accompanied by a live violinist in the opening ceremonies at a press conference presented by “Heritage Canada” for a live audience that included the Honorable Shiela Copps.
Fall 1999 – Spring 2002
• Grade 6 to Grade 8 – classical guitar program at Ecole Regent Park
Summer 2003
• Private euphonium lessons
2003 – 2006 (High School: College Pierre-Elliott_Trudeau)
• 4 years – Concert Band : Euphonium
• 4 Years – Jazz Band : Bass/Drums
• 3 Years – Vocal Jazz
• 4 Years – Concert Choir
• 2 years – Chamber Choir
Graduated in Spring 2006
2004 and 2005
• Received the Honor of “Most Outstanding Player in Group” at the Brandon Jazz Festival.

Winter 2005

• Was contracted as “Sound Advisor” for MTYP’s production “The Big League”.
Spring 2005
• Received a scholarship to the Jazz Camp at the University of Manitoba from the Brandon University

Spring 2005

• Was contracted as “Sound Designer” and “Musical Performer” in the MTYP Aboriginal Arts Program’s production “Wings of Darkness “.

Summer 2005

• Was selected to represent Manitoba as an emerging Aboriginal artist in the “National Artist Program” at the Canada Summer Games in Regina, Sask.

Winter 2006

• Played lead guitar in the house band for the aboriginal “Star Catcher Talent Search”.

Winter 2006

• Assisted with the “Aboriginal Artists Program” at MTYP as a mentor and music teacher

2006 – 2007

• Modeled for the Northwest Company’s “Selections” catalogue which is distributed to all northern aboriginal communities across Canada

Summer 2007

• Was commissioned by MTYP to write and perform a song for there gala, “ An Evening with Justin Trudeau”, celebrating the rededication of “The Forks” as a Historical Landmark

Winter 2008

• Played the MC “Definition” (Stan) in MTYP’s northern tour production “Cranked”. A hip-hop themed play to raise awareness of the dangers of the use of Crystal Meth. Performed in 100 schools in Manitoba from Winnipeg to Churchill.

Spring 2008

• Composed, wrote, recorded, produced, manufactured, and sold two CDs with all original material. Played all the instruments and sang all the lyrics heard in the songs.

Summer 2008

• Performed and mentored at the “Kenora Youth Prevention Services” cultural camp.
• Was invited to perform and do some motivational speaking at the “Kaa kii Ki Maa Youth Conference 2008” in Dryden Ontario, and in Wabigoon First Nations.

Fall 2008

• Played in the World Premier of the musical production “Rich”. Produced by MTYP.

Spring 2009

• Read in the Workshop Presentation of “Eden” with Sarasvati Producions.