Singer promotes latest release

Saskatoon folk singer John Antoniuk is putting his “Smokekiller” alias on hold as he tours to promote his latest release.

Saskatoon folk singer John Antoniuk is putting his “Smokekiller” alias on hold as he tours to promote his latest release.

The performer, who stops on Friday (Sept. 14) at The Hideout in Gasoline Alley, south of Red Deer, dedicated his CD Always With You to his mother, who died in 2010.

While he was previously known as Smokekiller, Antoniuk decided to release his most recent album of introspective tunes under his own name because this was an ode to his mom and seemed like the right thing to do.

“I know it’s kind of confusing, but it just felt like I should release this album as ‘me’ out of respect for my mother,” Antoniuk explained.

The singer/songwriter who’s been compared to Weezer and Ryan Adams, will be hitting the road with his five-piece band (still going under the “Smokekiller Band” moniker) on a Western Canadian tour. His wife, fellow musician Jen Lane, will open the shows.

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