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Balancing the lifestyle of family, farming and fun

Recording duo wants to pursue artistic side while raising a family and farming

Family farming roots, and following one’s dreams are the background of rural Manitoba’s rock ’n rollers known as The Young Pixels, a husband and wife duo from Kenton, Manitoba.

Danny and Tricia Turner released their fifth record last month followed by a small tour taking them to Brandon, Winnipeg, and Kenton, before crossing the border into Saskatchewan for a couple of additional spring shows.

“Our latest album is a seven-track offering for the truth seeker, thinker and dreamer,” said Tricia. “Exploring themes of identity, worth, purpose and belonging, it’s the story of the human desire to move toward the dream that calls, the limitations we all must face and who we become along the way.”

For the Turners, it’s the challenge of balancing artistic yearnings with family life and responsibilities, as they are also organic grain farmers.

From a music perspective, Danny and Tricia came together when they were both 25. However, Danny had 13 years of playing music, while Tricia, who loved music and loved to dance, didn’t really start to sing, play an instrument or create songs, until the age of 23. Prior to that, Danny had been drumming in various bands including with Tricia’s brother, and when visiting at his place he saw Tricia drumming, ventured to offer a few lessons, and began to jam with guitar in hand.

The duo not only had an interest in music, but also in each other, and began The Young Pixels shortly after the birth of their first child Jaiah 10 years ago. Since then, the couple has welcomed two other boys — Ira (six) and Zurin (three) — into their life.

Tricia says the kids “enjoy music and have a good sense of it. You learn what you live, and music is a part of our family culture.”

The lifestyles of music, family and rural living of the Turner family is enhanced by owning and operating a small organic farm just outside of Kenton, a natural choice, thanks to Tricia’s family already farming organically.

“As far as benefits of eating organic grains, it’s pretty simple to us,” said Tricia. “We do what feels good. We know from experience that our bodies feel best when we eat food that is as close to its natural, whole, organic form as possible.”

It may not be a lifestyle for everyone, but it’s a lifestyle that works for the Turners, and they hope their story can inspire and encourage other artists with families, with farms or with both, to make the time to keep their creative passions alive.

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