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Dennis Lakusta

Dennis Lakusta was born on December 9, 1946 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  After finishing school in Edmonton he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he spent a number of years working for the Canadian Railway System.

A lifetime of interest in music resulted in Dennis becoming involved in the North American folk music scene as a songwriter and folk guitarist.  Many of his original folk songs were inspired by working and traveling throughout western Canada.

In the mid-seventies he move to Europe and continued to travel, perform and develop his music and songwriting skills.

It wasn't until 1985 that he became interested in "encaustic", the art of painting with wax.  Since that time he has been busy developing the techniques and equipment necessary to paint in this ancient and exciting art form.

The word "encaustic" is formed from the Greek words en meaning full and caust meaning heat.  Approximately 3000 years ago the Greeks invented the method of mixing ground pigments with a fine grade of beeswax.  This method flourished and became "the" art form throughout Europe, Persia and North Africa.  Most fine arts libraries carry an abundance of information on encaustic art from this period.  Encaustic art died out around the year 500 A.D. as oils came into prominence.  It was somewhat revived during the Renaissance by artists such as Rembrandt and later Van Gogh, Monet and Degas.

Although this art form is primarily European, there is  society of North American artists who work exclusively in "encaustic".  For example, many of the works of artist Jasper Johns are painted in this medium.

Dennis Lakusta lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Dennis Lakusta Heart on a Sleeve

Dennis' latest release recorded at Raincoast Studios Nanaimo, BC Canada

Dennis Lakusta Journeyman

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recorded at Magic Lab Studios in Surrey, BC.

Dennis Lakusta Suusa's Room

Dennis' fourth C.D., entitled " Suusa's Room ", was released in the fall of 2000.

"Suusa's Room", recorded at the CKUA Edmonton Studios, is Dennis Lakusta's third CD. Contributing to the project was a fine line up of Canadian Musicians. Included on the CD are Lester Quitzau, Ron Bankley, Bonnie Gregory, Saskia Munroe, Terry Nasdadia and Mike Sadava. The album was engineered, mixed and mastered by CKUA's own Dan Cherwoniak.

Suusa's Room covers a wide berth of subject matter including road songs '18 Wheels, Little Bit Like A Train", humorous songs "Value Village Song" and "Blackie", songs with depth an intensity "Flying Things" and aboriginal issues "Against All Odds - Sixteen". "Suusa's Room", the title track, was written for a friend of Dennis', who lives on the west coast.

Dennis Lakusta Crow-child

rare and hard to find CD
"Crowchild" is Dennis's third recording and its emphasis is on the celebration of this country's distinct aboriginal culture, which includes the first nations, the Inuit and the Metis. The world as seen through the eyes of a child, is a theme that pervades much of Dennis's work. The title track from "Crowchild" best represents the spirit of this album. Included on this CD are some of Canada's top folk musicians. From Edmonton: Chris Smith, Shannon Johnson, Luann Kowaluk and Casey Peden. From Calgary: John Hyde and Dwayne Neufeld. From Vancouver Island: Ken Hamm, Tammy Fassaert and Nancy Taylor and from Ottawa: Ron Bankley.



Dennis Lakusta Zeitgeist 2012

 (Native American: Métis, Cree, Blackfoot)

Dennis Lakusta is a songwriter and folk guitarist from Alberta, Canada. Dennis, who likes to call himself a "gypsy", also draws from his Aboriginal / First Nations heritage, being a Métis man with Cree and Blackfoot ancestry, as well as French, Mexican and Ukrainian. He favours a 'Nomadic' lifestyle, and has been travelling the world. A prolific artist, Lakusta draws from his experience and his philosophies, celebrating such influences as: Native American Indian culture, ecology, childhood, trains (reflecting his years working for the Canadian Railway), portraits of friends, and social issues that he feels strongly about. The world as seen through the eyes of a child is also a theme that pervades much of Dennis's work. A good number of his songs weave in some First Nation (Amerindian) chanting. His concerts are laced with his caustic wit and earthy sense of humor. He credits his Cree ancestry, Monty Python and Jonathan Swift for his somewhat irreverent take on North American culture. Lakusta delights in lampooning the lunacy he witnesses, both in himself and in the crazy world around him. Whatever the theme, his laid-back style, relaxing voice and cosy guitar make his albums feel as comforting as a bowl of succotash by the fireside. Zeitgeist, 2012, was released in 2013.