For this month, the Winnipeg River Arts Council features Cohen Sieg. A life-long resident of Sieg’s Corner, he’s a sixteen-year old singer/songwriter and musician. When he was six, he took some beginner guitar lessons which kindled his interest in music. At the age of ten, he decided to commit and take some real lessons. And the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, he has been mainly self-taught.
His musical style is pop/folk but he also likes country, rock and a bit of blues. The guitar is his main instrument, but he has been known to pick up and play bass guitar, piano, drums, saxophone, clarinet, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, harmonica, trumpet, accordion, and an assortment of percussion instruments.
He also makes films, including music videos and similar creative projects. Working with Winnipeg Film Group, he made a music video and hopes to further explore this medium.
Sieg has always wanted to be an entertainer and strives to be the best musician he can be. He said, “I feel most confident when I’m on stage. I want to put on the best show for my audience. I try to write songs that spark an emotional response. I pour my heart out and strive to capture people’s souls.”
He has performed at gigs all over Manitoba such as Lac du Bonnet’s Fire & Water Music Festival (3 times), Selkirk events, and Red River Exhibition. He’s also played at venues all across Canada from Charlottetown, P.E.I. to Vancouver, B.C. He posts his work on social media sites such as Instagram and YouTube, and currently has a single out on ITunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Sieg is always working on new projects and he hopes to have an album out soon. He likes contests and has entered Canadian Music Class Challenge and CBC’s Searchlight (along with a video he made). One of his tunes placed second in a Steinbach song writing contest.
He said, “Every person interprets a song differently. I hope my work affects each individual in a unique way. As long as someone connects to my material, I did my job right.”