Laurie Sarkadi

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Laurie Sarkadi is one of the many amazing artists that called the North home. To start off our True North Tale I asked Laurie how her musical journey got started,

well I did play piano for a very long time as a little girl I took conservatory lessons for years, and my father w hen I was growing up, he used to play guitar and sing country songs and occasionally, I would sing along with him at small performances at the high school where he taught us, things like that, but as a performing musician, I only came around to doing that. After I turned 40 It was very late in life, and I bought a guitar and started to teach myself how to play guitar and within a few months after that I started writing songs

Laurie’s been living an off the grid lifestyle for over three decades, here’s Laurie talking about how living an off the grid lifestyle and having a lifelong love of music inspires her

I think living very close to nature and living off grid, as I have been in the North for so long, really inspired your creativity, in the sense that there’s a lot less clutter in your day, in some ways you’re just there you’re just walking on the rocks and looking at the birds and it does sort of, it’s like a palette for a painter, you know it does open things up to your creativity, I felt musically, I loved music since I was tiny, you know, and I listened to music all my life and saved my money up as a teenager to buy the best stereo equipment that sort of you know audio file part of me has always been strong so I guess it’s just a marriage of those two things

Laurie got the chance to perform with one of her sons that Folk On The Rocks this year, and when I spoke to Lori before the performance. She said it felt like something right out of the Partridge Family

When I was growing up, that was one of my favorite TV shows of what this family that had a band together and i feel like I’m reliving a little bit of my childhood in that I get to play music with my son.

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At The age of 20 a Young farm boy from Ontario,Freshly graduated from radio school was looking for an adventure. That's when on a whim he accepted a morning show job in Yellowknife,NT and man what an adventure it's been! Hey there, I'm Tyler and I've been the Host of True North Mornings since the end of 2018, But i've been in radio since 2015. When I'm not telling you about the weird stories I've found on the web or retelling true stories about alien encounters right here in the north, I love to watch movies and play video games all while informing my girlfriend on the next true crime documentary we should watch. Yes all the calls on Swap Shop are real. And yes I do actually own all the shirts you see me wear and thanks for listening.