| Winston’s father told his son to rise above the discrimination in his hometown of Battleford. The talented youngster turned to music and in a few short years, when the class, school or town needed a Master of Ceremonies, someone to sing or perform music, Winston could do it all.
He learned to play an remarkable array of musical instruments while pursuing his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Always an exceptional MC, Winston also became a recording artist, song writer and comedian. His talent took him all over Canada, the United States and to many countries overseas.
Awards followed: Canadian Aboriginal Music Award: Life Time Achievement in 2002; Best Aboriginal Recording in 2003; Best Documentary for “Atochikew — One Who Makes Music” in 2008; three nominations for the Best Male Vocalist category and in 2013, Inspire Award for Culture, Heritage and Spirituality.
A gifted storyteller and well respected teacher, Winston has contributed to educational and cultural books from Ontario to British Columbia. It all comes back to his music. “I wanted my speaking to be more than just entertainment — to be inspiring too. I learned it’s better to have someone who’s been there and done that instead of someone who just talks. This has become the basis for all my songs.