West End Cultural Centre and One Trunk Theatre Present
204 FM with William Prince
586 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1Z8
Doors 7:15 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
204FM, a new radio series by One Trunk Theatre
In the early 1900s unfortunate and irreversible mistakes bind Hermes, the god of travel, in gold. Now a statue, Hermes is passed from one continent to the next bringing bad luck and a feeling of "stuckness" everywhere he goes. World powers unite and decide the only solution is to send him as far away as possible to a place that no one cares about... a place in the middle of nowhere... Winnipeg, Manitoba. For over a century Hermes has perched atop the Legislature and we call him the golden boy, a statue reeking a feeling a apathy through the city and not letting anyone leave, even after they have passed away. Enter our heroes, regular every day Winnipeggers who feel stuck but are sucked into an adventure exploring the city and meeting an infamous cast of characters (from Stephen Juba to the Grey Nuns and from Nellie McClung to Burton Cummings) who give them a new perspective. A hilarious roller coaster ride through time, winters, socials, mysteries and many vacant floors of the Downtown Bay, 204FM is a uniquely Winnipeg buffet, created by top Winnipeg comedians and theatre artists for the citizens of our one great city.
Written by: Gwendolyn Collins, RobYn Slade, Toby Hughes, Ross McMillan and William Jordan.
Performed by: Gwendolyn Collins, RobYn Slade, Toby Hughes, William Jordan and Gordan Tanner
William Prince is a singer/songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Raised on the Peguis First Nation Indian reservation, William Prince is quickly establishing himself in the music industry with his unique style of gritty, baritone vocals and songs that blend elements of folk, country and pop. “Acoustic guitar and amazing vocals [with] songs such as “Keep You,” “Meant for Me,” and “Young Romantics” that would pluck at anyone’s heartstrings. Princes’ deep voice, joking yet somber attitude and solid black attire [give] the impression of a modern day Johnny Cash." (The Manitoban Aug 2011)
William Prince is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut EP Young Romantics with producer Jack Shapira (Jason Kirkness/Jerry Sereda/The Details) of Unison Studios/MDM Recordings. Penned for a February release, Prince has set his sights on touring throughout the summer and fall to promote not only the Young Romantics EP but a second, untitled EP for the Fall of 2013. “People don’t have time to listen to 14 song records anymore. I want to release two EP’s, 7-9 songs each, in 2013 to show my fans that I have lots of strong material while still keeping them interested and excited for things to come.”
William Prince is no stranger to the stage or the methods behind crafting quality music. Picking up the guitar at 13, Prince was the lead guitar player of for his father, renowned gospel singer Ed Prince (…it’s Supper Time/On Christmas Day). Writing songs since the age of fifteen, Prince went on to study towards a career in medicine while still playing solo acoustic shows throughout Manitoba. It was in 2006 Prince went on to front the alt-rock quartet A New Honour, composing all fourteen songs on their album “The Untitled Truce”. A New Honour were well received granting them 3 singles on Power 97 and Hot 103. When A New Honour went on hiatus in 2009, Prince once again turned his focus to acoustic writing. It was during this time he began to craft country songs that gained him nationwide attention on the CMT show “The Tara Diaries”. Prince later went on to write songs for Jason Kirkness’ album “Life On The Road”, scoring 3 singles on the Canadian Country Charts.
Beginning in 2010, William Prince played numerous nationally televised performances for APTN’s Breaking New Beats, Solstice Concert Series and Aboriginal Day Live (2011/2012) celebrations alongside artists such as Derek Miller and Winnipeg’s Most. William Prince also performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for Indigenous Festival 2011. It was during Aboriginal Day Live that Prince caught the attention of iconic aboriginal musician Vince Fontaine of the Juno award-winning band Eagle & Hawk. Prince and Fontaine began writing music and later Prince joined Vince Fontaine’s Indian City, a new band comprised of Juno winning artists Neewa and Tik Mason and award-winning singer/songwriter Don Amero. Indian City went on to win “Best Pop CD” at the Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Awards 2012 for their debut album “Supernation”.
Dubbed “the real deal and far beyond his years” (Billy the Kid), Prince has plans on releasing music that will cement himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene. Ambiguous tales of love gone awry with a touch of humor and hope for things to come comprise his repertoire of songs. Be sure to grab a copy of Young Romantics in 2013.
In the early 1900s unfortunate & irreversible mistakes bind Hermes, the god of travel, in gold. Now a statue, Hermes is passed from one continent to the next bringing bad luck & a feeling of "stuckness" everywhere he goes. World powers unite & decide the only solution is to send him as far away as possible to a place that no one cares about Winnipeg, Manitoba. For over a century Hermes has perched atop the Legislature, a statue reeking apathy through the city and not letting anyone leave, even after they have passed away. Enter our heroes, regular every day Winnipeggers who feel stuck but are sucked into an adventure exploring the city & meeting an infamous cast of characters (from Stephen Juba to the Grey Nuns & from Nellie McClung to Burton Cummings) who give them a new perspective.
Written & performed by: Gwendolyn Collins, RobYn Slade, Toby Hughes, Ross McMillan William Jordan, & Gordan Tanner