New Video Posted – Promise Not to Cry


February 5, 2015 by Val

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Written by Val Halla, Andre Kaden Black, and Dane Hartsell. – I wrote this song a few years ago with friends of mine, who all know the experience of having to leave a loved one for a time, or what its like to watch someone else leave – whether for a short time, or sometimes for good.

On December 10th, 2014 I learned of the passing of a dear friend back home in Saskatchewan, while I was in Nashville at the time. The plan was to continue on to Chicago before getting back home to Canada for Christmas, but I debated if I should continue on my musical pursuits, or get back to Saskatchewan in time for his memorial service on December 16th. I wanted to be there to honour him, I wanted to be there to grieve. I wanted to be with those hurting back home. I knew Derek would have wanted me to stay on the grind though, and keep trucking for the music’s sake. So I did go to Chicago… and I dedicated this performance to him and his memory, and everything he stood for in our hard working little music community in Saskatchewan, Canada. That was a tough week for me, but I’m glad to have this video and thankful to Big Foot Media for helping me out with it and producing/filming a great video, as well as Audiowall Studios for hosting us & recording the audio (also doing a great job) as we filmed it.

I’ll never forget the importance in the music I felt that week, while I thought of what Derek meant to so many of us and what he did for both the musicians and the music itself in our Province. I know that any time I start to feel run down, start to feel discouraged or hopeless, or lose sight of why I’m chasing this music dream, I can watch this video and remember. And my thoughts as I sang weren’t just of how we lost Derek, but all the good he did and how many lives he touched, I thought of his family that he spoke of often and loved dearly, and I thought of everyone back home that were hurting too and all the wonderful friends and talented musicians – and I just felt so lucky to come from such an amazing place like Saskatchewan, with so many amazing people. And that’s what I’ll remember when I see this video… I’ll remember EXACTLY why we’re all doing this…. we do this music thing for each other. And the music takes care of us all. Rest In Peace Derek.

Am I Just Too Late – Off The Campfire Compilation


April 30, 2014 by Val

A little listening sample from the Campfire Compilation which went out to all those who supported the Pledge Music campaign we did last summer to raise funds for the recordings we are now working on!!!! Thanks again to everyone who supported and took part in the evening of the recording!

One of the new country tunes – Am I Just Too Late.

The Musician’s Hockey League


April 27, 2014 by Val

Attention all hockey playing musician’s in Saskatchewan (and Canada for that matter!)

We have formed the MHL – the Musician’s Hockey League here in Regina, Sk. and we are inviting all those who play hockey, music, or just simply love both – to come out and join. We will ask for your instrument of choice and any bands you may have once or currently (or in future plan to) play in, or if you would like to get on board with “Roadie Status” :-)

We currently have ice time once every two weeks, with TODAY (SUnday April 27th) being our second ice time, at 9pm sharp at the Cooperators Arenas.

I am mentioning this on my website, even though I know more than just locals might come by here, because hockey has been one of the great loves of my life – in addition to music. However I have spent my who life pursuing music up until this point, and so I decided to make a small spot in my routine for some hockey :-) I decided to become a Goalie at the age of 29, with having never even played hockey before in my life. I am now fully equipped and can say I played an entire 3 periods, making some sweet saves, and keeping up with the dudes. Granted these weren’t NHL players… but other musicians like myself :-) Which isn’t to slag on their playing either though! They sure can skate with rhythm! ha!

So I just want to include all the music fans in on the hockey journey as well, as it is about more than just the sport, but a willingness to continue to learn and grow, and challenge yourself as you get older. I will be attending a Goalie skills camp this summer for a week, and I believe I will be the oldest person there, with the rest of the goalies probably around the ages of 16 and under LOL. But don’t think I am going to let that discourage me from learning the fundamentals from a pro! As it stands now I can play and keep up… but it has always been my motto that anything worth doing, is worth doing WELL. And so I cannot simply half ass my venture into Hockey, but attack it full force by laying my pride aside and going back to “school” – GOALIE SCHOOL! I am going to be like Adam Sandler at a hockey camp. ha!

I’ll take this time to mention also that the plan is to get back on the road at the end of september, and hopefully stay out for a good year at least after that. So at that point I’m not sure if the hockey will just have to wait till i come home for my christmas vacation. But I assume it is like riding a bike, and aside from my joints and muscles perhaps getting weaker, as I grow older now I will always have the game of hockey to rely on when not on the road, to challenge me and beat the hell out of me in only the way a rock n roll tour could otherwise do :-) Happy playoff season!!!!!! -Val

New Single For Charity ” I’M A LOSER AND I LIKE IT ” IS OUT NOW!


February 20, 2014 by Val

Check out the new song and the music video here:


With Pink Shirt Day just around the corner on February 26th, 2014 we are pleased to announce the release of “I’m A Loser and I Like It” and happy to be working with Pink Shirt Day promoters CKNW from Vancouver, who raise funds every year for the CKNW Orphans’ Fund. Check out

I am also feeling deeply blessed to be in touch with Carol Todd who is Amanda Todd’s mother, and is tirelessly continuing to work with youth, parents, and politicians to increase awareness of issues like bullying, cyber bullying, teen suicide and mental health, and more.

I am happy to try to support her in this cause and support Amanda Todd’s Legacy. I was deeply pained and touched by Amanda’s story and if you aren’t familiar with it, you can view the episode from The Fifth Estate on CBC that has done an in-depth piece:

For more information Carol Todd’s work, and Amanda Todd’s Legacy and story, please go to Http://

Money raised from the digital sale of this new single will be donated to these two organizations, but if you wish to donate directly or purchase Tshirts or wristbands in support you may do so at:


Benefit Show for Sofia House on Friday November 30th


November 19, 2013 by Val

Come out for a night of great live music where all of the acts will be female fronted!


Get the details here:



A Thank You video from Rock School Kabul to Supporters


November 19, 2013 by Val

We were sent this video from the students at Rock School Kabul, and would like to also extend our thanks to everyone who came out and supported, or sponsored, or was involved in the benefit we held in December of 2012 at The Exchange in Regina.  The evening was called “Keep on Rockin’ In the Free World” and featured many musical acts and was graced by many sponsors.  We were able to send all the money raised as well as over 50 music lesson books, and also some small instruments over to the students and they can even be seen in the video footage here:




We strongly hope that people continue to support the Rock School and that the students have all the resources, time, and freedom to express themselves and be creative and artistic in their musical endeavours.

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