Albeit for different categories, nominees will be celebrated during this year’s edition of Canada’s biggest night in music, being held on March 15 at Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre.
“It’s pretty lovely. It’s very exciting. A little bit strange… it’s interesting to have my name up for an award that is part of the music industry.”
Melanie Berglund, who performs as Belle Plaine, was raised near Fosston while Fidelak also grew up in rural Saskatchewan, on a farm by Fairlight. The two have been friends for ages.
“We have done other collaborative work, like I’ve created touring posters for her and T-shirt designs and things like that. And so when she was working on this album, it was a really big honour to be invited to create all of this artwork, to support the beautiful work that she was already doing,” Fidelak said.
Fidelak said she feels the artwork brought out the music and connected with it.
“I think that the visual artwork expands on and articulates the feeling of the emotions and the scenes of the music,” she said.
“The album is really an extension and reflection of Melanie’s songs. There was quite a bit of symbolism that developed out of listening to her lyrics and conversations with her… there’s the night garden and each of the four plants that are represented in it are endemic to Saskatchewan.”
Fidelak now lives in Regina as a professional artist who predominately focuses on sculpting. Although she’s illustrated an album cover before, Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath was the first time she helmed the full design, including the gatefold and record sleeve.
“No other album in the works at this point. We’ll see. I would love to do another one.”
Fidelak gave credit to graphic designer Regan Fraser, who did the art direction and some design on Belle Plaine’s album.
This isn’t the first time the province has had Juno nominees in this category, SaskMusic noted.
Simon Paul, of English River First Nation, was nominated twice for his work on the Tragically Hips’ World Container and Now for Plan A.
Whitewood native Tim Domoslai was also recognized for his involvement on Hawksley Workman’s album Treeful of Starlings.
This will be the second time the Bridge City hosts the Junos, with it first being held in Saskatoon in 2007.