Live at the Maple Leaf Theatre
Thomas Roussin, 'TJ'-- originally from the village of Gerald,Saskatchewan has established himself as a multi-media artist, researcher and a songwriter for the past 12 years. Plus in his spare time he is proud to be a budding gardener/seed-saver and genealogist. He is involved in other original musical ventures such as the Mother-Lovin Earth-Tones (lyrically positive Hip-Hop) and the nancy ray-guns (folk-funk extravaganza). He has composed/performed for CBC radio (live and in-studio), Royal Saskatchewan Museum, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina Alternative Measures Program, and University of Regina to name a few. He has been co-hosting the "Urban Aboriginal Open Stage" in Regina with Erroll Kinistino in partnership with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society. "I come from a small town. No, really - a village. 'Going into Town' was going to Esterhazy, 'Going to the City' was Yorkton. I went to a country-house school in Gerald, mixed classes and hardwood floors. The teacher would play the upright piano every morning as we sang. I used to watch her hands bounce up and down in accurate syncopation- I was hooked. Music has been something I couldn't hide from - my mom had a voice that lifted the church rafters - her family was very involved in the music community, and still is today. My families have influenced me tremendously . I am influenced by the warm sounds of country and golden oldies on AM radio and not necessarily the best mixed tapes of the 80's. As a result, my style is varied, though it still falls into the folk-country genre. There are many songs I've written which don't fit into any of the groups I'm involved with;they're personal songs I guess. Songs about life, love and history. I look forward to sharing my songs with the community I used to be so close to."