Country star Jess Moskaluke is playing Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre for four nights, Oct. 8 through 11. (Photo courtesy of Mary Winspear Centre)

Country star Jess Moskaluke rides into Sidney

Juno Award winner plays Mary Winspear Centre Oct. 8 to 11

Country star Jess Moskaluke was riding high in early 2020. Her single Country Girls was burning up the charts and became her first No. 1 hit in early March, an amazing feat if you consider that she has been part of the Canadian music scene for almost a decade.

Since bursting onto the scene with a New Artist Showcase Award at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in 2011, the Saskatchewan native has had the kind of commercial and critical success that has placed her in the same category as her childhood idol Shania Twain. In fact, Moskaluke is the first female country artist since Twain to achieve CRIA Platinum single status for her song Cheap Wine and Cigarettes off her album Light up the Night. Moskaluke also participated in a special tribute to Twain during the 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards.

But nothing ever comes easy in the modern music industry and Moskaluke accordingly appreciated the recognition that she received in early March.

“I’m 10-plus years into this career, 17 radio singles released, five albums deep, and the timing couldn’t possibly be any more perfect than right now,” she said on Facebook at the time about her chart-topping single.

Early March was of course also when the “world was starting to shut down” as Moskaluke put it, who at the time was two shows into an extensive national tour.

“I was going to be able to have a fun No. 1 party with all my friends on tour and I was going to be able to play that song every single night for a bunch of fans in clubs and arenas all across the country for the next several months, but none of that happened,” she said.

But if COVID-19 “definitely put bit of a damper” on the celebrations, getting a No. 1 hit was “still rewarding for myself as well as my team who worked hard to help me make sure that the song had as many ears as possible,” said Moskaluke. “It doesn’t take away from any of the positive energy. I’m hoping that the next No.1 will be a little bit different scenario.”

RELATED: Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre to host a trio of acts

RELATED: Humboldt Broncos tribute concert raises $428,000 for families affected by crash

Things will certainly be different when Moskaluke plays the Mary Winspear Centre starting Oct. 8 through Oct. 11 as part of a residency at the Mary Winspear Centre. Each evening will see only 50 fans in the audience with spectators socially distanced along with other measures owing to COVID-19. This said, Moskaluke is familiar with the residency format, and the music will remain front and centre.

Moskaluke arrives in Sidney with a Juno for the 2017 album Kiss Me Quiet, three consecutive Canadian Country Music Association awards for Female Artist of the Year (2014 to 2016) and the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association Award for Best Album for Past the Past. These major awards, along with countless nominations and other accolades, speak to the repertoire and reach of Moskaluke, who is preparing to release a new single next week.

Moskaluke’s appearance in Sidney also continues her return to live touring.

“I have only played one live in-person [show] since the lockdown begun in March and it was very different,” she said. “We did a socially distanced hotel concert where we played on the roof of a parkade and everybody bought their way into the show by purchasing a hotel room. They and their bubble buddies watched from the same room. It was safe and secure and everybody did really great. It was an amazing feeling to get back out there. It was a real great reminder that I absolutely adore what I do.”

Being “stuck in the same four walls” was really challenging, said Moskaluke. “It’s tough to be creative in that situation,” she said.

“Singing is my favourite thing to do. Performing on stage for people is my favourite thing to do and it was really not possible to do that.”

Her upcoming Sidney shows now offer that very opportunity and Moskaluke cannot wait to hit the stage, starting at 7:30 p.m. each night.

“We will have a set list and that is the one thing that doesn’t change throughout COVID — a show is a show and the music will be the same.”


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Felix Townsin, shown here with his sister, Lexi, who died on Oct. 19, 2019. Felix is a big part of a family initiative aimed at finding a cure for Blau Syndrome. (Photo contributed by the Townsin family)
Quest to cure Blau syndrome a family affair

John Stubbs student produces film for late little sister Lexi

An untitled Emily Carr painting of Finlayson Point was donated to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria by brothers Ian and Andrew Burchett. The painting had been in their family for several decades. (Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)
Newly public Emily Carr painting depicts well-known Victoria view

Painting among several donated to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

An incident on Sooke Road is slowing traffic Wednesday evening. (Courtesy of Mona Hazeldine)
Sooke Road incident snarls evening traffic

Witnesses report two-vehicle collision

Janet Austin, lieutenant governor of B.C., was presented with the first poppy of the Royal Canadian Legion’s 2020 Poppy Campaign on Wednesday. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant Governor receives first poppy to kick off 2020 campaign

Janet Austin ‘honour and a privileged’ to receive the poppy

The street value of the more than one-and-a-quarter kilograms of cocaine seized by VicPD officers was over $150,000. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Victoria police seize fentanyl, more than $150,000-worth of cocaine

Charges laid against two Victoria men in months-long investigation

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps by 287, another senior home outbreak

Two more deaths recorded, community outbreak in Okanagan

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Oct. 27

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

MMFN First Nation has said that it will restrict access to portion of Highway 28 that passes through the Nation’s land until a road use agreement is reached. (Black Press file photo)
Vancouver Island First Nation blocks highway access to logging trucks in Gold River

Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation restricting access for Western Forest Products pending road deal

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Rescued bald eagle that came to life in B.C. man’s car had lead poisoning

Bird is on medication and recovering in rehab centre

The B.C. Centre for Disease control is telling people to keep an eye out for the poisonous death cap mushroom, which thrives in fall weather conditions. (Paul Kroeger/BCCDC)
Highly poisonous death cap mushroom discovered in Comox

This marks first discovery on Vancouver Island outside Greater Victoria area

Cowichan Search and Rescue set up near the Silver Bridge in Duncan on Wednesday morning, Oct. 28, 2020 to rescue a dog from the Cowichan River. (Citizen file)
Cowichan Search and Rescue save dog from icy Cowichan River

Search and Rescue’s swiftwater team was called in

Premier-elect John Horgan and cabinet ministers are sworn in for the first time at Government House in Victoria, July 18, 2017. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Pandemic payments have to wait for B.C. vote count, swearing-in

Small businesses advised to apply even if they don’t qualify

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

Most Read