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The Western Senators


Canada's Grammy-nominated polka band, the Western Senators was founded in Calgary in 1976. Since then, the group has been performing and promoting Cleveland style polka music across Canada and in the United States.

 

The group boasts a total 17 albums.

 

The Senators have been featured in two made for TV movies & 1995's Frankie and Walter, One More Time with America's Polka King, Frankie Yankovic, and Canada's Grammy winning Polka King, Walter Ostanek as well as 2006's Cult of Walt which has been broadcast numerous times on the Bravo Television Channel.

 

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Other achievements include their own television series, PolkaRama, along with Ostanek, which has been running in markets across Canada since 2002, and is available by mail order and at personal appearance dates in DVD format. The Senators have recently completed 12 new PolkaRama shows, due for release in the fall of 2011 on the Access Television Network and other syndicated venues in Canada, the US and Europe.

 

The Western Senators have been featured in main showrooms at casinos in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, as well as the National Slovenian Style Polka Music Awards in Cleveland and the Kimberley International Accordion Festival.Band members include two originals :Brian Sklar (keys and fiddle), and Joe Schultz (accordion), and Mark Leik (accordion and organ), Aaron Sklar (drums), Wayne Kuntz (bass), and Todd Lueck (guitar and banjo).