Belle Plaine (SK)
Belle Plaine is the stage name of Melanie Berglund, a singer/songwriter who was raised on her great-grandparents’ homestead near the hamlet of Fosston, SK. Belle embodies traditions from country, blues, swing and folk music, while never quite fitting squarely into one category. Through lyrics that contemplate the ephemeral nature of life Belle manages to address themes that are persistently unfolding in our lives: forgiveness, redemption and hope.
Her 2018 album Malice, Mercy, Grief + Wrath drew accolades from Rolling Stone and was nominated for a JUNO in 2020. She was awarded Album of the Year at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards and was also nominated for Roots Solo Artist of the Year at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards. The video for her release of “Laila Sady Johnson Wasn’t Beaten By No Train” (inspired by the true story of her grandmother) was an official selection at the 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival – the largest of its kind in North America.