MUSIC THAT FEEDS THE SOUL BY ELIZABETH IRELAND PHOTOS BY NICOLE BELHUMEUR
eidi Munro is a respected multi-genre singer-songwriter, recording artist and performer with a self-managed career that spans decades in western Canada. Heidi was raised on a farm in southern Saskatchewan and has made Saskatoon her home base for the past six years. She has “fallen in love” with the city, its beauty and her continued fan support.
As the mother of three adult children, Heidi always put family first so, despite many offers, she remained in Saskatchewan. Heidi is described by her promotions manager Cindy Stark as a “one woman army!” Her musical versatility ranges from country to blues, jazz and everything in between. Over drinks at Heidi’s favourite d'Lish by Tish Café in Saskatoon, she is a whirlwind and it’s easy to see that her musical career will be going strong for the next 30 years. Heidi currently performs about 50 to 60 live dates a year. In late February, Heidi produced and performed Back to Black – The Passion of Amy Winehouse. Almost a year in the making, her sold-out performance was a tribute to the late British singer to raise mental health awareness. Held at the Broadway Theatre, the show included “extraordinary” Canadian musicians like Sheldon Corbett, Jack Semple, Scott Patrick and Dave Chobot. Back to Black was proudly sponsored by the Discovery Group of Companies and its Prairie Pay It Forward Fund for mental heath awareness. It was described by the AFM 553 musicians’ union as a “breakthrough performance!” “My intent is for mental health to be looked at on a very real level and be treated with compassion and acceptance for every walk of life. Because mental health challenges are also prevalent in the performing arts community, this is an area I’m very passionate about,” says Heidi. Does she feel connected to Amy Winehouse? “I think of my own late 20s as a performer with that pressure to work and not let my musicians, buyers and fans down, despite whatever I was dealing with in my personal life. I absolutely still feel that pressure today, but with age comes versatility and the ability to challenge myself and work at my craft.” Heidi has multiple projects on the go. The duo with Scott Patrick featuring new original material and unique arrangements of covers has been described as “collective star power.” Scott is the lead singer, guitar player and songwriter of the successful Saskatchewan country group, Wyatt. During this summer’s SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, her solo project Heidi Munro and the Real Groovy Band played the Bessborough Gardens on June 26. She calls the evening’s genre “Americana, blues big horn sounds. It was great.” How does Heidi describe the Saskatoon music scene? “Fantastic, I’ve never played a gig here where the room isn’t full. In terms of the city’s nightlife, I support venues that support live music. It’s important for feeding my soul! My favorite live, intimate music venue is the Bassment.” Find out more about Heidi and her show dates with affiliated bands at heidimunromusic.com.