Chris Wynters, is probably best known to Alberta music-lovers as one of the founders of Captain Tractor, a band that fused a punk aesthetic with celtic music, rock, pop and a healthy dose of prairie humour.
But Chris has also spent many years working in live theatre; he’s the recipient of five Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, which each year honour excellence in theatre in Edmonton. In 2012 signed on as the executive director of Alberta Music, “a member-driven not-for-profit service organization dedicated to helping Albertans in the Music Industry succeed in their careers both at home and abroad”. In that role, and other key roles within various organizations, he was a true champion of the independent music scene in Alberta and worked tirelessly as an advocate for the music industry in western Canada.
In early 2017, Chris took on a new role with Six Shooter Records and Interstellar Rodeo as Director of Festival Marketing and Partnerships. So, as 2016 came to a close, we thought it was the perfect time to sit him down and talk about the music that has inspired him over the course of his life in the arts.
Tune in this Wednesday evening at 7 MT for an encore broadcast of Chris Wynters’ Mixtape.
(Note: One of Chris’ picks, The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn, has some explicit language, just so you’re aware.)