WHAT IS PULSE?

Pulse Music Journal is Saskatchewan’s hub for music indulgers. We ‘eat/sleep/breathe’ the music and entertainment industry – plug into our outlet while we highlight new music, recap live performances, and interview the biggest names, local legends, and the newest initiatives surrounding our local music scene. We are honoured to be a leading cultural staple in the Saskatchewan music and entertainment scene.

WE SUPPORT SASKATCHEWAN’S ENTERTAINMENT & MUSIC SCENE

Whether it’s reaching out to a newly released project, musician or creating a spotlight for local talent to be heard on any of our stages, as well as opportunities to be heard opening for larger acts on a full-venue stage. We look forward to assist and launch newest concepts that strongly support the local music in this province. The local music scene is super important to us – we are a small province, but we have big dreams. Let’s grow and support each other – putting Saskatchewan on the map for premium music and entertainment experience.

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY

Saskatchewan has grown to be known as a melting pot for genuine, creative and talented human beings. From brick and mortar record stores and venues to musicians and creatives, Saskatchewan has made it easy for music enthusiasts to indulge. The Saskatchewan music community is filled with so many talented and amazing people which has made it easy for Pulse Music Journal to exist. Over the last couple months, we have released articles and spotlights each week – shining a little light on what makes our music community special. We look forward to a whole lot more!

Approaching the end of “2020” we reconnect with Flatland Funk, Coors Event Centre, Shantaia, Capitol Music Club, Ariel + Sean, Broadway Theatre, The Hourhand, Black Cat Tavern, Factor Chandelier, and Amigos Cantina. These past Pulse Music Journal guests give their take on why the Saskatchewan Music Community is such a great community to be apart of.

We also chat with Adam Harrison of The Vinyl Exchange. The new owner shares how he became the owner of the ‘go-to’ downtown shop, why vinyl is such a timeless way of listening to music, pushing music into the physical hands of the listener, the vinyl rarities he has come across, and the best selling genres in the store! Check out the interview below, and be sure to check out Vinyl Exchange while you are downtown Saskatoon.

Pulse Music Journal is please to announce that we are supporting the Saskatchewan music community this holiday season. We have purchased merchandise, gift cards and goodies from local artists, performers and venues – AND we are giving it ALL away to lucky fans, ONE DAY AT A TIME.

Follow the instructions each day on our Instagram and Facebook, and be sure to tune into Pulse Music Journal all week for more opportunities to WIN! 

One Bad Son Prize Pack includes:

A fully stocked VIP Booth at the 2021 One Bad Son Christmas Show⁣, Gift from Molson Coors 306⁣, Limited Edition Coors Event Centre by Emily Only Design SaskVenuesProject Tee⁣, One Bad Son Tank (x 2)⁣, One Bad Santa Tee by Shane Connery Volk⁣, OBS Snapback Hat⁣, Stickers from One Bad Son, Short Stories from Saskatchewan (illustrated by Shane Connery Volk⁣), ‘Black Buffalo’ Vinyl by One Bad Son⁣, and ‘Made in the Name of Rock N Roll’ Vinyl by One Bad Son⁣.

Winner of the prize pack: Rosanna MeeMee

*please contact dana@coorseventcentre.ca to claim your prize!

Flatland Funk Prize Pack includes:⁣

⁣2 guestlist spots to Coors Event Centre, a prize pack from our friends at Molson Coors, Certified Headbanger Sweatshirt from Flatland Funk, and a Coors Event Centre x SaskVenuesProject Tee designed by Emily Only Design! ⁣ ⁣

Winner of the prize pack: Nicole Cowie

*please contact dana@coorseventcentre.ca to claim your prize!

Shantaia Prize Pack includes:⁣

⁣$25 gift card to Capitol Music Club, a prize pack from our friends at Molson Coors, Had A Good Weekend Sweater from Shantaia, That’s Just My Two Cents Tee from Shantaia, Facemask from Shantaia, Mesh Snapback from Shantaia, and a Signed Photograph of Shantaia! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

Winner of the prize pack: Ruth Lynn (@ruth.desjarlais)

*please contact dana@coorseventcentre.ca to claim your prize!

Ariel and Sean Prize Pack includes:⁣

⁣$25 gift card to Broadway Theatre, a prize pack from our friends at Molson Coors, Ariel & Sean Tee designed by Devon Hanofski ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

Winner of the prize pack: Claire Peacock (@shitpeacockdoes)

Winner of a t-shirt: Brandon Harrison (@_brandonharrison_), and Blonde With A Beer (@blondewithabeer)

*please contact dana@coorseventcentre.ca to claim your prize!

The Hourhand Prize Pack includes:⁣

$25 gift card to Black Cat Tavern, a prize pack from our friends at Molson Coors, Black Cat Tee, Black Cat Patch, The Hourhand Hooded Sweatshirt, The Hourhand Tee, and a signed copy of The Hourhand’s debut EP! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

Winner of the prize pack: Jesse Anderson

*please contact dana@coorseventcentre.ca to claim your prize!

Factor Chandelier Prize Pack includes:⁣

$25 gift card to Amigos Cantina, a prize pack from our friends at Molson Coors, Factor Chandelier Bomber/Varsity Jacket, a signed vinyl copy of First Storm by Factor Chandelier (released on Apr 15, 2020), and a signed vinyl copy of Eastlake by Factor Chandelier (released on Nov 26, 2020)!⁣

Winner of the prize pack: Joel Kennedy (@joelrkennedy)

*please contact dana@coorseventcentre.ca to claim your prize!

FLATLAND FUNK

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY?

FLATLAND FUNK: Saskatchewan’s size alone makes the music community feel more intimate. We’re a small province, but the support for local artists is mighty!

Rather than be in constant competition with one another, I feel that our community rallies together often and celebrates each other’s successes instead.

“Supporting local” is not only important for retail industries, but also the music industry! I think Saskatchewan does a great job of it!

photo by Taylor Swenson Photography

COORS EVENT CENTRE

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY?

BRENNAN ELLIOTT (OF COORS EVENT CENTRE): Saskatchewan is made up of some of the most genuine and talented people. The music community doesn’t fall short of amazing. From new artists and seasoned vets to production teams and venues, everyone is willing to help when needed. The community is strong, the province is small compared to most provinces in Canada – this allows us to grow together. We are privileged to have the fans, musicians, creatives and industry leaders that this province has to offer. It’s really exciting to be where we are at right now – because I would like to say we are just getting started. During lockdown of 2020, we really got a taste of what Saskatchewan’s true colours are – talented, supportive, and really great people. As a venue, We have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with the community over the years, and we look forward to more opportunities in our room for fans, musicians, creatives and everything in between.

photo by Brennan Elliott

SHANTAIA

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY?

SHANTAIA: Saskatchewan shines when it comes to music in all genres. There is so much talent that has come from our province; so many incredible artists, groups and duo’s that represent Saskatchewan so well and so diversely! The Saskatchewan music community is stronger than ever. Organizations like SaskMusic, the SCMA, and Creative Saskatchewan to name a few, supports it’s artists and backs them up, offering big opportunities and funding options. I’m proud to be apart of this community, and representing it in Nashville, Tennessee!

photo by Nicole Romanoff Photography

CAPITOL MUSIC CLUB

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY?

MITCH LUPICHUK (OF CAPITOL MUSIC CLUB)We love operating the Capitol in Sask, we have such a tight community of great people in all areas of the music scene.

photo by Nathan Thoen

ARIEL & SEAN

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY?

ARIEL & SEAN: The People! Saskatchewan’s music scene is comprised of some of the most talented, fun, and hardworking folks. Creative spirit is not something limited to the artists that make up our scene; the promoters, writers, event planners, fans, and many more have always found new and interesting ways to make Saskatoon one of the funnest places to experience music. We’ve felt so warmly accepted by this community of awesome people. Thanks, Saskatchewan! Luh you!

photo by Devon Hanofski

BROADWAY THEATRE

photo by Brennan Elliott

THE HOURHAND

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY?

THE HOURHAND: What makes Saskatchewan such a great community to be a part of is the people. Through our journey as a band, we have met some amazingly gifted musicians, caring fans, and supportive venue staff in Saskatchewan. We have always had a great relationship with fans during and after shows. It’s great seeing people groove along to our music and even better to see those same people come to chat with us after the show. The Saskatchewan music community has always made us feel at home!

photo by Kyle Whitrow

BLACK CAT TAVERN

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY?

VINCE GEIGER (OF BLACK CAT TAVERN): What makes Saskatchewan such a great music community is the endless support we give each other. Almost every venue communicates and has a great understanding for each other. Also the overall support from fans and many local artists. During this pandemic it has been amazing to see all the online shout outs, everybody who bought a shirt from Sask Music’s campaign and everybody who has bought a pizza from us the past year. It’s so great to see everybody look out for each other and thats what makes Saskatchewan such a great place for music.

photo by Vince Geiger

FACTOR CHANDELIER

WHAT MAKES SASKATCHEWAN SUCH A GREAT MUSIC COMMUNITY?

FACTOR CHANDELIER: Saskatchewan is a small yet mighty art community, I think because of that there are more unique interactions with support between scenes and genres.

photo by King Rose Visuals

AMIGOS CANTINA

photo by Matt Smith

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THE VINYL EXCHANGE

HOW DID YOU BECOME THE OWNER OF VINYL EXCHANGE?

ADAM HARRISON: Well, I graduated from ESB in April of 2016, and didn’t really have a job lined up or anything and I was a regular shopper here and was walking by one day and they had a sign in the window looking for new help. I figured that would be a fun job to have while I figured out what it was I wanted to do. So, I decided to drop off a resume. I got the job and after about a year and a half or so I let the previous owner ,Mike, know that I should probably start looking for professional jobs. Can’t piss around for the rest of my life working as a Record Store Clerk with a business degree type of thing. I think he had been looking for a buyer for a little while, and he offered to sell it to me, I think in December of 2017. So, I started thinking, “Well I could certainly piss around working as a Record Store Owner for the rest of my life.” So we worked out a deal, and I took over officially on September 18th, 2018. It’s sort of a serendipitous story.  

VINYL HAS GRADUALLY MOVED THEIR WAY BACK INTO A PRIMARY SOURCE OF MUSIC. WHY DO YOU FEEL THAT THEY ARE SUCH A TIMELESS WAY OF LISTENING TO MUSIC?

ADAM HARRISON: There are a number of reasons for it, I think. There’s always been a niche market for it, and it never really died. I think that’s because there’s always been people who truly believe that listening to music should be experienced and not just background noise. Listening to music on vinyl on a good stereo system sort of forces you to pay more attention. You have to flip the record every 4 or 5 songs, for one thing. Then the album sleeve gives you something to look at while you’re listening, often with lyrics and such printed somewhere inside. Plus, there might be a poster or booklet and other goodies included as well. I’ve been saying this for a while now, but I think one of the big reasons for the growth in physical record sales in recent years can be attributed to streaming. Suddenly everybody has access at almost every album that ever existed at their fingertips, which allows you to easily do a deep dive into the catalog of any artist that appeals to you. When you do that, you grow attached to certain albums which may entice you to support the artists by collecting these special things physically (with artwork & goodies, yay!). I come from a generation that was just stealing singles on Limewire with their parent’s new computer. Very few people gave a sh** about albums. You can tell this this generation coming up now does, which I love. Billie Eilish single-handedly kept our doors open last year.  

WE OFTEN SEE ARTISTS LIKE CLOSE TALKER, FACTOR CHANDELIER AND OTHER LOCAL TALENTS

PRODUCE MUSIC THAT IS AVAILABLE ON VINYL AS WELL AS BLOWING UP ON STREAMING PLATFORMS. WHY IS VINYL THE MAIN SOURCE OF PUSHING YOUR MUSIC IN PHYSICAL FORM?

ADAM HARRISON: There are still people who buy CD’s, and there’s also been an uptick in demand for cassettes. I find Punk, Metal & Rap CD’s seem to sell the best. Then there are always lot’s of Dad’s coming in to buy their Dad Rock CD’s. I do also find that some stuff that sells well on Vinyl doesn’t sell as well on CD. That seems to be the case for a lot of the Indie/Alternative Rock stuff for whatever reason.  

NOTHING BETTER THAN LISTENING TO CLASSIC ROCK ON VINYL. IS THIS THE BEST SELLING GENRE IN THE LOONIE BIN AND NEW SECTIONS?

ADAM HARRISON: It’s probably the best selling, but they’re also the most common. The Pop/Rock section is the biggest in the store, because pretty much every collection that comes in has a copy of Bat Out of Hell, Rumours, Dark Side Of The Moon, 4 Billy Joel albums, a Beatles compilation, and all of the popular albums that were released in the mid to late 70’s through the 80’s when everybody was buying records. I’m sure if I had a steady stream of used Blues and Jazz coming in, they would do VERY well. They’re just less common. That’s all reflected in the price though, it’s all supply and demand just like anything else. I guess the rock stuff is more common because they were the most popular then, so it stands to reason that they would still be the most popular now. It all has its place though: Metal, Punk, Pop, Rock, Soul, Rap, Jazz, Blues, Country. There’s a market for all of it. 

WILDEST OR YOUR FAVORITE RECORD IN THE STORE?

ADAM HARRISON: I often get asked what my favorite record is, and I always find it to be an impossible question to answer. I wouldn’t even be able to definitively give you a favorite album from any of my favorite artists, let alone narrow it down to one among all of them. I might be able to give you a top 50 if I really thought hard about it. The stuff that always peaks my interest when they come in is any obscure psychedelic looking albums released between 67-69. They almost always sell for close to 100 bucks or more online, especially if there’s never been a reissue. The albums that are usually worth the most are original pressings of stuff released in the 90’s. So like, an original pressing of Nevermind, for example. We almost never see those. They were pressed in super limited runs back then and the people who own them are usually serious collectors, so they are still hanging onto them or only selling them for a very pretty penny. A lot of that stuff has been reissued now though, which tends to bring the price of the originals down slightly. But the original pressings are still highly sought after. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

WHAT EVENTS WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO…

March 8th

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July 30th

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Dec 4th

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