What's Happening...


The Scott Tournament of Hearts, happening in Moose Jaw this year, will be our first stop on the road tour for 2015. The Tex Pistols will be performing there on February 21. Then Brian Sklar and Donny Parenteau will present their Fiddle Frenzy show at the Bearclaw Casino on the Whitebear First Nation on March 27.

On the weekend of April 17 and 18, Walter Ostanek will join the Western Senators to once again headline the Casino Regina Polkafest.

On May 9th, the Western Senators will appear in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. 

Fiddle Frenzy will take to the stage in Prince Albert for the ANAVET's Mothers Day Brunch on May 10th.

In July, from the 10th to the 12th, the Tex Pistols will once again headline the Shell River Jamboree at Boggy Creek, Manitoba.

The Western Senators have again been engaged to play the Great Northwest Oktoberfest in Whitefish, Montana from September 24-26 and the world's largest Scandinavian festival, Norsk Hostfest, in Minot, North Dakota from September 29 to October 3rd.

Lots more to come...stay warm...

 

The Polkarama Story

 

In 2002, the Western Senators decided to shoot 12 half-hour television shows with Canada's Polka King, three-time Grammy winner Walter Ostanek. The show was to be shot live at Casino Regina and broadcast on the Access system throughout Saskatchewan. One of the group's members, Joe Schultz, had been part of the group The Canadian Polka Kings in the late fifties and early sixties. The group had performed live on television and radio weekly and the shows had a large and enthusiastic audience. So the Senators thought it might be time for a revival of live dancehall broadcasts...this time performed live but recorded to allow for multiple replays.

 

The first PolkaRama show aired on New Year's Eve, 2002 and was an instant success. Now in its 11th year, it continues to be a fan favourite in an ever-growing number of markets.

 

In addition to Ostanek and Saskatchewan's Grammy nominated Western Senators, PolkaRama has featured guest performers Eddie Rodick and his band from Cleveland, banjo wizard Ronnie Sluga, who worked with Frankie Yankovic for nearly 30 years, and Klancnik and Friends from Nashville. Brian Sklar's country band, the Tex Pistols also make guest appearances every week on PolkaRama. DVDs of the show are available by mail order though this site or by calling 306-545-1865.