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Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:23

Berube enjoys all facets of the world of music

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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There isn’t a single aspect of music that Mark Berube doesn’t love.

The songwriting, the performing, the travelling — all that and more makes up his dream job.
After recently returning from a tour throughout Europe, the Canadian musician will perform with his band at Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre Feb. 8, showcasing the group’s self-described “indie / chamber-folk” music.
“I probably started out like most people, just an interest here and there and then 10 years later, you find yourself still doing it and more or less making a living at it,” Berube admitted. “It’s not like I’m going to go out and study at law school at this point. It’s the type of thing that creeps up on you, and before you know it, it’s been a good decade.”
Berube finds inspiration all over. He believes exercise is one of the best things for a creative mind, and often gets over writer’s block by going out for a jog and looking around.
“I don’t believe that you have to be angst-ridden or sad to write music,” he said. “You either do or you don’t. And when you take it to a stage, it’s a 50/50 thing. If the song sucks, you’ll find out pretty quickly.”
It’s that moment which Berube loves living. After putting hours, days, and years into his work, to get onstage and have it judged immediately by the crowd gives him the motivation to keep growing as an artist.
“It’s a very human thing, having your skills and everything tested,” he said. “Over the years, you learn tricks about performance, but you’re constantly getting feedback on your art and you can never get lazy — otherwise, the room will be empty next time you come back.”
Having toured throughout North America and Europe, Berube has performed for many different audiences. His hope is that each time, he can connect with the crowd and allow them to forget everything — even for just the short time he is performing.
“If they can disconnect and just be there, that’s a truly successful evening for me,” he admitted. “You can sing in any language you want and the reactions are very similar, as long as you have that connection with the audiences. We are all human beings, and we all share the same impulses.”
Berube will perform with his band as part of this year’s Blenders series, at the Lyric Theatre Feb 8. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available by contacting Shann at 306-778-2686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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