Ewan Currie and Ryan Gullen are always excited to come home.
Juno Award-winning Saskatoon rock band The Sheepdogs are returning to their hometown for a concert on Friday night. In the midst of a North American tour promoting their latest album, Outta Sight, the band is headlining at TCU Place for the first time.
Tickets for the 8 pm concert are available at www.tcutuckets.ca,
Ahead of the show, frontman Currie and bassist Gullen chatted with the StarPhoenix about some of their favorite places and memories in Saskatoon.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your return to Saskatoon this week?
Gullen: We spend a lot of time on the road, so coming home and seeing all our family and friends is always a really fun part.
There’s a special energy that goes along with playing in Saskatoon. With this one in particular, it’s exciting because we’ve never actually played a show at TCU before that was our own show. And so it’s gonna be really fun to play the big stage and the big room in town as well.
Curry: I’m just excited to see family and friends. You know, it’s always interesting to see who comes to the shows. I like when we find those family and friends that come because they really like the music.
Q: Is there anything you absolutely have to do or have when you come back?
Curry: Vietnamese food. I mean, that’s my travel go-to. But I can really attribute that to growing up in Saskatoon because we have so many Vietnamese restaurants and they were affordable and quick. I like The Wok, the Vietnamese restaurant on Eighth Street.
I want to shout out Westgate Books on Eighth Street. I like going to used bookstores and that’s the place I go to every time I come to town and I always score. It’s my favorite used bookstore in Canada.
Gullen: Ohne of my favorite vintage stores in the entire world is run by my friend Nicola — Better Off Duds on 33rd Street. That’s definitely a place I will go this week, and will always go when I come home and score some vintage stuff.
The Haweli Restaurant, an Indian place that my brother took me to recently, (has) some of the best Indian food I’ve had in a really long time. Me and my brother and my mom try to get that every time that I’m back through town.
Q: What are some of your best early memories of performing in Saskatoon?
Gullen: There’s obviously a lot of memories of playing at Lydia’s or Amigos or Louis’ or places like that, coming up as a band.
Curry: We used to rent out the Saskatoon Cosmo Center and basically turn the senior center into a bar for the night and put on a show and sell tickets. It was so satisfying because it was a real community — friends and family pitching in.
(Saskatoon’s) got a pretty strong artsy streak to it, which made for a very good place for us to grow up.
Gullen: And also, really allowed us a community that helped foster us as a band as well, being that there was such a support for the arts in Saskatoon. Which I think maybe some people don’t realize is not as common in other cities in the same way.
This interview has been condensed for length and clarity.
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