Father-and-sons trio, The Janzen Boys, got their start busking as a rootsy, harmony-singing family playing in various places around Winnipeg, Manitoba. It wasn’t long, however, before there was a demand for more. After racking up almost 4000 views on YouTube in the University of Winnipeg’s Uniter Fiver contest for new bands, they were chosen for a finalists showcase at Winnipeg’s iconic West End Cultural Centre. From there the ball started to roll and soon their schedule was filled with house concerts and festival gigs all over the province.
The following summer, the Boys wrote the story and music for a play that they performed, with the help of other groups in the community, for the 2015 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. This resulted in multiple sellouts, a 4-star review from the CBC, and a positive mention in The Winnipeg Free Press in an article entitled “Has the Fringe been Politically Neutered?”
In early 2015 they sat down with local producer JP Laurendeau to create a 4 song EP called Roads. The EP features The Janzen Boys’ family harmonies along with the musical talents of Ariel Posen and Ryan Voth of The Bros. Landreth.
The band took their Blink’s Garden play on the road in August 2016 to the Edmonton Fringe Festival, where they performed to more sell out audiences. In addition to the Fringe Festival the band kept busy on the summer festival circuit, performing at The Teddy Bear Picnic, Dauphin CountryFest, The Fire and Water Festival in Lac du Bonnet, and the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.?