Ryan Hicks
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Ryan Hicks

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF | AFM

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Americana Singer/Songwriter




"Tonight: Ryan Hicks Presents Prairie Ocean"

Are you waiting in vain for Brian Wilson to come out with a new album? Ryan Hicks may not own a theremin or occasionally spend weeks in bed (as far as I know), but he’s definitely taking a page from Wilson’s book with Prairie Ocean, an album about memory, maturity and place.

The record, created over the span of a year and a half, traces Hick’s roots back to his childhood and youth in California and Saskatchewan. Full of vocal harmonies and Beatlesque bass lines, Prairie Ocean sometimes feels like a lost piece of dreamy early ’70s California pop (until you hit the crashing power chords of “I-5,” which feels like a Deep Purple interpretation of “Ventura Highway).

The CD release party for Prairie Ocean is being held tonight at The Artesian on 13th, featuring Squeeze of Scotch, Leland and Brass Buttons. Tickets can be purchased online for $15 or $20 at the door. - Prairie Dog Magazine

"High School Students Learn Songwriting From Saskatchewan Musicians"

At total of 17 students from all over the province made their way on slippery gravel roads to a building nestled in a belt of trees on the edge of Last Mountain Lake this weekend.

Their journey to the national wildlife area was for a songwriting program led by Saskatchewan songwriters Ryan Hicks, Megan Nash and Glenn Sutter.

New program teaches high school students how to write songs about nature

After learning how to write songs and draw inspiration from nature the students wrote a song called Hourglass.

"The idea was to see if people, given the chance to use their creative energies, would affect how they connect to nature," Sutter said.

Sutter said he felt right at home writing songs in nature. As a biologist, he often uses song as a way to examine his field of work.

"I work in the field of environmental and sustainability education, dealing with climate change. It kind of wears you down," said Sutter. "I often turn to songwriting as a way to explore that stuff on my own."

Environment Canada, Campion College and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum helped fund the project, which is free to all applicants.

Sutter was the driving force behind the Songs 4 Nature program, and said reconnecting with nature is important for everyone, but especially for the next generation.

Last Mountain Lake - Songs 4 Nature - Musicians
Jaxon Lalonde picking the Banjo during a song writers circle. (Alec Salloum/CBC Saskatchewan)

Jaxon Lalonde, a grade 12 student at St. Joseph High School in Saskatoon, had been playing music for most of his life, but had never written a song in full.

"I've had ideas for the music for songs for a long time. I've written down notes of cool lines. But now, I figured out how to put it together," said Lalonde.

While out in the national wildlife area the group went for hikes and walks in nature to help draw on natural imagery and the metaphors that are present in nature.

'Where they're coming from, is they love music. So as soon as they got together, they nerded out on music.'
- Ryan Hicks
During one trek into the prairie landscape the group decided to lay down in a field and take some time to reflect.

"I like looking at the sky and the trees. It gives me a lot more inspiration," said participant Cieran Sheard. "I like to sit on a hill, and just looking throughout the city, you get to see a lot."

Sheard and all the students were total strangers at the start of the weekend, and though the focus was on songwriting and nature the students all bonded over a mutual love of music.

"Where they're coming from, is they love music. So as soon as they got together, they nerded out on music," said Hicks.

Megan Nash - Ryan Hicks - Last Mountain Lake - Songs 4 Nature
Ryan Hicks and Megan Nash leading a song-writing session. (Alec Salloum/CBC Saskatchewan)

Hicks said when the teenagers got to know each other, spontaneous songs and performances became a norm.

"What I really came for was to meet other people who are interested in what I'm interested in," Mackenzie Sproat said.

Like so many other students this was an opportunity for Sproat to meet like-minded peers she might not otherwise be in contact with.

"The people in my life aren't really songwriters or interested in music like I am. So I wanted to meet other people and I really connected with the people here as well," she said.

Guitar - Suitcase
Tools of the trade. (Alec Salloum/CBC Saskatchewan )

When it was time to go on Sunday, every student with a still-charged cellphone was taking selfies with their new friends, exchanging numbers and adding each other on Facebook. At least two group shots were taken.

The group will reunite in early May to see the returning migratory birds and in June the plan is to hold a concert in either Wascana Park or the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. - CBC


Prairie Ocean Released July 14th, 2014

13 Ave Records



"Ryan Hicks is a dedicated songwriter with a knack for classic melodies and heartfelt lyrics. His love for his family, hometown, and nature is weaved throughout his work creating a vivid documentation of Hicks’ experience on the Canadian Prairies." - Megan Nash, 2019 Juno Nominee

"Ryan Hicks is not only a top notch songwriter and excellent performer, he also brings a phenomenal level of professionalism. A pleasure to work with and a pleasure to watch perform." - Gateway Festival

Michael Dawson of the band Library Voices has stated:

"Pulsing Colours is great. All of the songs on the album are."

Ryan Hicks makes melodic, Americana alt-pop music - as if McCartney, Brian Wilson and Fleet Foxes made music for David Lynch. Hicks is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Regina, SK. Recent highlights include touring western Canada, being played on Sirius XM's North Americana Channel, opening for Devin Cuddy, The Royal Foundry, and performing at 2018 Gateway Music Festival with his 2018 album Pulsing Colours with performers such as William Prince and and Terra Lightfoot. (Influences: Ron Sexsmith, Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Father John Misty, Radiohead.) Hicks' latest album, Dream was released in 2019. It's sonic-landscapes and lush, choral voices make it a unique Summer soundtrack to let your imagination take you away. Dream is produced by Hicks and was mixed by JUNO-award winning artist Michael Phillip Wojewoda (produced The Jerry Cans, Buffy Sainte- Marie, Barenaked Ladies). 

Ryan was just awarded Prairie Dog Magazine's Runner-Up for Solo Act of the Year and winner of Album of the year, for his new album, Dream


Here is a link to Ryan's EPK: https://www.ryanhicksmusic.com/epk

Ryan is available as either a solo artist or as a full-band. 

Here is a Youtube playlist of solo acoustic performances:


Ryan's band has a flexible formation, from a three-piece to a five-piece. 

Here is a Youtube playlist with band members :


Thank-you taking the time to consider Ryan' music as he writes heartfelt songs and provide an engaging, memorable live show. 

Please let Ryan know if you require more information or have any questions. 

Ryan Hicks 

(306) 737-6420


A link to the EPK containing hi-res pictures, information about the songs, musicians, stories behind the individual songs and more can be found here:


Band Members