We chatted with Dawson Creek singer Catherine Johnson, a Toronto transplant who will be performing at the Kiwanis Band’s Old School Saturday Night Concert Feb. 4 and in an upcoming production of Colosseum opening Feb. 14, 24 and 25 in Fort St. John.
Talk to me about the Peace Region music scene.
It seems quite diverse even when looking at DC and FSJ, to say nothing of the high end acts Encana rolls to the area with, or niche but popular live spots like Rolla Pub or the Old Church.
What makes it so special? Does the area attracts and or foster musicians in an unique way?
- Locals tell me that music got them through the winter and/or out of trouble. Cover bands rule but the most successful bands blend in some original tunes.
What got you interested in music/singing/performing. Talk to me about your background, how you decided on your sound/direction and what brought you to where you are now on the musician/performing front?
- My five siblings and I entertained each other with Motown etc. in the 70s and as we grew older we shared our growing tastes with each other, which was very lucky for me. I gave up a corporate life about five years ago because being a part-time singer wasn’t enough.
Who are some of your favorite performers and why.
- Stevie Wonder and Prince astound me with their versatility. Hayley Williams of Paramore is a current fave.
What have you been involved in music wise around the Peace? Anything coming up? Live concerts, other projects.
- Earth, Wind & Snow is headlining the 3rd Annual Old School Saturday Night on Feb. 4th at Sudeten Hall.
Did you grow up in this area? If so, what has kept you here. If not, what brought you here?
- May 2017 marks my second year since I followed my future husband to DC for his job. Before that I had never spent more than three weeks away from my home town of Toronto.
What are your thoughts on the Colosseum project, the setlist, the melding live music and theatre somewhat in a bit of a new way.
- Part of me wishes I weren’t involved so I could enjoy this experience as an audience member. Thankfully, most of me is thrilled to help provide the musical backdrop to an evening of unique dinner theatre.