Butterfinger (Canadian band)

Butterfinger was a Saskatchewan-based Canadian alternative rock band which released one independently recorded studio album.

OriginSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
GenresAlternative rock
Years active2001–2004
MembersDean Person
Tyler Penny
John Sanche
Damon Tupper

Their song Breathe[1] won several awards including the national songwriting competition in conjunction with Canadian Music Week in 2001. Its success inspired the band to work on a full-length album, directed by Producer, Mixer, and Engineer Jared Kuemper.[2]

Butterfinger was nominated for "Outstanding Rock Recording" at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2003.[3]

In November 2003, Butterfinger was awarded a VideoFACT grant to shoot a music video for the song Do You Feel?.[4] They were one of only 40 to receive the grant out of the 284 submissions. The video was produced by a Toronto film company called Firewatch Films.[5]

The band has not released any new music since 2004 (although it played the half-time show at the 2017 Saskatchewan Rush home opener game).[6] Sanche left the music industry. Tupper has played in several bands including Hung Jury, Lisa Moen, and Tyler Lewis. Tyler Penny formed the band Penny Reign.[7][8] Dean Person has had success as a singer/songwriter/guitarist.[9]


  • Dean Person - Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Tyler Penny - Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • John Sanche - Bass, Vocals
  • Damon Tupper - Drums, Vocals


  1. ^ "Breathe". youtube.com. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  2. ^ Kelly, Lorena. "Retrospective, Winter 2007". saskmusic.org. SaskMusic. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  3. ^ "Canadian Music Week 2004". Archived from the original on 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  4. ^ "Do You Feel?, Butterfinger". youtube.com. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  5. ^ "Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-21.
  6. ^ "Team to honour 'Grandma Rush' at 2017 home opener".
  7. ^ "Penny Reign Live". barsnbands.net. barsnbands. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  8. ^ "Sask. band looking for music video extras, 2016". panow.com. Prince Albert Now. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  9. ^ "Dean Person had a big week performing with Waylon Payne, April 2019". facebook.com. Saskatoon Musicians' Association. Retrieved 2021-09-07.

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