Curtis was always interested in art and became well known as a budding visual artist among his peers in the early years; and while he always had a fondness for music it never occurred to him that he might be able to express how he saw the world through this medium until much later in his life. His father never considered himself a musician but was a self taught harmonica player who had also learned how to toot out a few tunes on the recorder while his mother played the accordian and piano and came from a very musical family that would gather around in the evenings to play old gospel standards as a form of entertainment. And so music was always around and became a part of the environment Curtis grew up in. It wasn't until high school, though, that Curtis decided to learn to play an instrument. He learned to play guitar on an old classical his mother had bought at a garage sale. His friend taught him to play the basic chords, and it wasn't long before Curtis was beginning to make up his own instrumental compositions. He played the electric bass in a high school band in grade twelve specializing in Metallica and Tom Petty covers.
Soon after high school, Curtis sold the bass , and began to play once again on the old nylon-string guitar, now adding words and melodies to his own musical creations. This guitar accompanied him on his long and winding search for meaning which soon followed his high school years. He attended a bible-school in Swift Current thinking he may discover the meaning of life there, but instead came away with more questions and with the questions, more songs. After this, Curtis worked at a whole-sale picture frame factory in Edmonton and then moved to Brazil for a year where he volunteered in a daycare.
This overseas experience had a major impact on his life as an artist. It was there, in the midst of childhood wisdom and overwhelming economic poverty that he began to have an inkling of his purpose for being and that that purpose may have something to do with words and music. Following this experience he continued to play and invent music while attending College in Edmonton. Here he bought a banjo and began to learn Pete Seeger's "basic strum" from an instructional record he had found in the archives of the local public library. Following this, Curtis spent some time living and working in Lethbridge, Alberta (where he picked up the Ukulele as a convenient traveling instrument for a trip he and his older brother took to Germany) and then moved to Hamilton, Ontario where he found himself sharing a house with an American named Adam Carter. Adam was also a musician and it wasn't long before he and Curtis were making music together. After two years living in the same house, Adam and Curtis found the resources to record an independent CD: A Light Between Strangers. They received much support from their friends in Hamilton, and their music seemed to be gaining a lot of interest throughout the city's folk music scene. However, due to circumstance, soon after the CD was made Adam moved to Chicago, and Curtis moved to Winnipeg, putting an end to the musical partnership of Curtis Wiebe and Adam Carter for an indefinite period of time.
However, it was in Winnipeg that Ben Regier, who was looking to reform his band after having his guitarist move to Taiwan to teach English, somehow got a hold of Curtis and Adam's CD and liked what he heard. He contacted Curtis and the two met thus beginning his career as a WhizBang Shuffler. Along the long and winding search for meaning (somewhere throughout the course of time), Curtis has learned to play the cedar flute and the harmonica, has written and performed short plays for community fundraising events and summer camps, has painted murals, has had his poems published, has played his music at many coffee houses, open-stages and folk clubs across the country, he has been the opening act for the Saskatchewan band Crooked Creek in Lethbridge, Alberta, has played the small stage at the South Country Fair in Fort MacLeod, AB and has been a featured performer along with Adam Carter at two consecutive Mennofolk music festivals at Hidden Acers Camp near Guelph, Ontario as well as at Angel Cave Studios, an independent recording studio and coffee house, in Hamilton, On. Curtis' voice, original compositions as well as his conventional and unconventional claw-hammer/frailing banjo styles add a unique character to the new-timy blue-gravy sounds of the WhizBang Shufflers.