P.A. trio finish top four in national music competition

By Tyler Marr
April 10, 2017 - 5:00pm Updated: April 11, 2017 - 11:21am

Prince Albert music troupe The Wolfe finished top four in CBC Searchlight’s national music competition finale Sunday.

“It was a super fun weekend in Toronto and we were just so honoured to represent Saskatchewan and Prince Albert at this event,” band member Gabrielle Giroux said.

The Wolfe, made up of Grade 12 students Tesa Thompson, Siobhan Bayda and Giroux, entered the Searchlight competition in an attempt to grow their exposure.

The group submitted their song Dumb Dog, it being flagged with the most positive feedback, which talks about the treatment of women in the music scene.

First entering the competition two years ago, when the band saw it pop up again, this time with a video aspect, they jumped on the opportunity.

After securing a spot on the top 25 list, then moving onto the top four, the trio was more than pleased with the finish, as the competition started out with over 1,200 entries from across the country.

“Being in the top four in Canada is amazing,” Bayda said. “[For us] it is a win regardless of how the actual finale went.”

Both Bayda and Giroux indicated the national exposure will help to propel their careers forward, noting an exponential growth in the number of those not only listening and buying their music but providing feedback on it as well.

They said the more ears hearing their music and any additional contacts they are able to add to the rolodex is always a plus.

“We are so appreciative of being in the top four. It was beyond our expectations,” Bayda added.

Going forward, The Wolfe is looking to roll out some new music with the goal of having it released later in the year.

The group is also aiming to embark upon a pan-Canadian tour. Though no dates are set in stone as of yet, the girls will be taking the stage July 2 in Ottawa as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. 

They also hold hope of taking their cheeky, yet catchy sound across the pond to play a few gigs in Europe.

“We are all graduating right away here, so 110 per cent [forward] once that is over with,” Giroux said.

The group extended a huge thank you to the city of Prince Albert, saying they could not be where they were today without the support of their family, friends, school and community.

“We started here. It is our hometown. Our hearts go out to everybody,” Bayda said.

They also wished congratulations to the winner of the event: Vancouver's The Long Way.

Editors Note: This story was updated on 10:57 a.m., April 11,2017 to clarify the group finishd in the top four, not in fourth place.


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