Hometown - Wapella, Sask.
Verns musical career began in 1982 at the urging of a close
friend who convinced him to buy a second-hand bass for $200 so
they could jam in his garage. This led to an association with
current Shifty Morgan drummer Neil Coghill and the formation of
a local rock band in Rocanville, Sask.
In 1983-84, Vern spent a year on the Brandon, Manitoba music
scene, then moved to Saskatoon, Sask. in 1984. It was in
Saskatoon where Vern was exposed to a wide musical spectrum,
playing everything from
pop/new wave to grunge metal. In his seven years in Saskatoon,
Vern divided his time between being a weekend musician, night
club bartender, and university student.
His most notable accomplishments were:
- founding member of pop/new wave act Some Kind of Fantasy
- original member of alternative recording act Love Empire
- member of classic rock recording act and 1990 Gold Fever
semi-finalists, The Fact.
Fate (and employment) brought Vern back to the Rocanville/Moosomin
area late in 1993, and he thought his musical career was
virtually over. But when Shifty Morgans founding bassist, Brian
Kelly, departed in 1995, Vern was urged to join the band as a
permanent member. The rest, as they say, is history!