JUNO Award Winning Singer-Songwriter William Prince

William Prince: An opportunity we never dreamed
of having

JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter William Prince, recipient of many Western Canadian Music Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards, has also played NPR Music’s Tiny Desk, written a song for Terry Fox and appeared on multiple national television broadcasts, all during the pandemic.

From Peguis First Nation, William Prince knows the challenges of bringing live music to rural and remote communities, and was overjoyed when we approached him for this tour.

2017 JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter William Prince.

Juno award winning, Manitoba folk and country singer-songwriter William Prince.

Yes there are a lot of negative impacts from Covid and we rarely write about the positive impacts.

For the Manitoba Arts Network (MAN) we have had our fair share of positive and negative and this is the first time I am writing an article about one of the positive impacts which is we have found many new funding opportunities to deliver exciting arts focused opportunities and projects that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do if it wasn’t for Covid and the lockdowns.

One of those new funding opportunities was a one-time grant from Canadian Heritage – Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund.

This generous fund presented us with the once in a lifetime chance to engage Juno award winning, Manitoba folk and country singer-songwriter William Prince.

We began the in person Manitoba tour in October 2022. MAN partnered with three of our members to bring William Prince to their communities: Minnedosa Performing Arts Committee, Eastern Manitoba Concerts Association (Pinawa) and Killarney-Turtle Mountain Arts Council. All three shows were almost sold out (some limited to 50% capacity).

In November we expanded the tour to Northern Members The Pas Arts Council and Churchill adding on Misipawistik Cree Nation, Grand Rapids in between.

With Omicron peaking in January, we weren’t keen on rescheduling the December concerts, so instead we chose to go digital and are launching William Prince’s digital concert on March 31st at 7pm. Recognizing the internet challenges that exist in rural and northern Manitoba, the concert will not be livestreamed, it is pre-recorded and is available over a 48 hour period.

Manitoba Arts Network (MAN) is thrilled to be able to offer this time limited digital concert, exclusively (for free) to all First Nations and Métis communities in Manitoba, participating care homes in our Concert in Care program and to the season subscribers / members of our 50 rural and northern member arts organizations.   

2017 JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter William Prince.