Move aside, tunnels and mineral spa — there’s another attraction in Moose Jaw, Sask., nowadays.
Canadian rock ‘n’ roll icon Burton Cummings has moved into the neighbourhood.
The former Guess Who frontman says he decided to move to the mid-sized Saskatchewan city — population slightly under 34,000 — just over a year ago, after decades living in the United States.
“I was in Los Angeles for 40 years — the big city — and you know, I’m getting a little older now,” said Cummings, who is about to turn 71. “Now that I’m over 40 I’d like to slow down a little bit, and I really do like Moose Jaw.”
He said the city is “small” and “sane” compared to southern California.
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“There’s very little violence here, very little traffic. I’ve been very comfortable here.”
Cummings is originally from Winnipeg, but became quite familiar with Saskatchewan early in his career.
“When I first joined The Guess Who I had just turned 18, and we spent the whole summer of 1966 in Regina at the Westward Inn,” he said, easily rattling off some of the small communities he remembers.
“Every night we would drive out to some place like Katepwa or Estevan, or one of the smaller places, and we’d play for four hours, drive back to the Westward Inn in Regina and do it all the next day.”
‘I know half the people here’
Now a household name, Cummings stands out a little bit in his new community.
“I get stopped on the street for selfies and autographs and stuff, but it’s charming here,” he said.
The only drawback for Cummings is that Moose Jaw doesn’t have an international airport.
“You can’t fly in and out, and I fly so much,” he said. “I have to drive to Regina and then fly out of there.”