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The Northern Pikes

DATE: Wednesday, November 22

TIME: 7:30PM

LOCATION: Conexus Arts Centre, Main Theatre

PRICE: $45.00 (Plus Applicable Service Charges)
The Northern Pikes were formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in early 1984. Over the next two years the band recorded and released the independent EPs The Northern Pikes (1984) and Scene In North America (1985) with producer and pal Mitch Barnett. Both were recorded and mixed at Studio West located near Pike Lake, SK.

The original lineup was spawned from the ashes of three local groups, "The Idols", "Doris Daye" and "17 Envelope", and consisted of Jay Semko (Vocals, Guitar), Merl Bryck (Vocals, Guitar), Bryan Potvin (Guitars) and Glen Hollingshead (Bass), who left the band in 1985. At this point Jay moved back to playing bass & numerous drummers came and went until June of 1986, when Don Schmid (The Idols) joined to make it a permanent quartet. With the help of friend and local booking agent Robert Hodgins, the band cut its teeth on the prairie bar circuit. The combination of exciting live performances, well-received indie albums and the continuous stream of demos finally caught the ear of Doug Chappell, President of Virgin Records, Canada, and with the help of managers Fraser Hill and Ed Smeall, The Pikes signed to the label on December 18, 1986.

After 10 years of intense road life & non stop traveling, 8 Juno award nominations, 4 Gold records & 1 Platinum record, the band elected to go on an indefinite hiatus, the Pikes played their final concert on July 2, 1993 in Fort Frances, Ontario.

Six long years later… All original members Jay Semko, Bryan Potvin, Don Schmid and Merl Bryck reunited in December 1999 to assemble a greatest hits package for Virgin Records.

That meeting saw the release of a collection of old favorites and buried treasures, entitled Hits & Assorted Secrets. It also led to a hugely successful Canadian tour in early 2000, some of which was recorded and resulted in The Northern Pikes Live, an album’s worth of tunes from various shows in Ontario and Quebec. This in turn led to the decision to record a new studio album in Toronto during the fall of 2000. Truest Inspiration was released in 2001, the Pikes first studio album in 8 years. The song "Beautiful Music" from that album became a hit in Japan and The Pikes embarked on a short but intensive tour in the land of the rising sun in late June 2003, including a Canada Day party at the Canadian Embassy. Shortly after the Japanese tour the guys began work on It’s A Good Life, released in December 2003.This would sadly be the last project the four original members would record together - Merl would announce his departure from the group a few short years later.

Jay, Bryan & Don, still experiencing the passion and joy of performance have continued touring as a power trio until the present…

It is with great pride that we announce that The Northern Pikes will be inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, September 30, 2012 in Regina Saskatchewan. We are also very excited to report that the entire band, Jay Semko, Merl Bryck, Don Schmid and Bryan Potvin will perform at the induction ceremony. This is a great honour and we have our fans to thank for this. So we want to extend the deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who ever bought a Pikes record or a concert ticket and supported us on this amazing journey over the years. This is very much your award as well. Thank you.
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