“Dana Wylie is a bright light from the great west...her singing is brimming with soul and songs and their great arrangements are unique and strong... Her ideas are elegant and classic—but also unbound by genre...I can’t wait to hear her again ”
— Colin Linden
Welcome to the online home of singer, songwriter, musician, writer, mother, lover and pal Dana Wylie. Here's a promise: Dana's crystal clear voice will cut straight through to your heart, and just to make it a fair deal, her songs will give you a direct route into hers. This is music that won't bullshit you, but it will move you.
A New Baby, and a CFMA nod
On Thursday September 20th, I went on Facebook to post on our neighbourhood page about my cat who had just gone missing, and the first thing I saw was a post from my pal Scott Cook congratulating me on my nomination for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year. It was a crazy moment; I didn't know how to feel! (I also received a rejection about a grant application that day, so it was a day of contrasts and a good reminder to keep things in perspective and stay true to the path through the ups and downs.) The following night I went into labour, and at 7:12 am on Saturday September 22nd Grayson Autumn Blackie was born in our living room, just as the sky started to illuminate a beautiful snowfall that made the first day of fall look more like Christmas morning. What a bounty, a couple of days before the harvest moon.
So I'm taking a bit of time off from gigging – though I'll take a hiatus from the hiatus to perform at the CFMA ceremony in Calgary on November 30th! – but do check the SHOWS page to see what's brewing so far for next year. Happy Fall! Wishing bounty and abundance to everyone!
Summer Shows in Alberta
It's a busy summer of festival shows, house shows, and a few other things, all over Alberta. Hope to see lots of you out and about. I'm having a baby at the end of September, so after the summer tapers off that'll be it for me! At least for a while... The 2019 calendar is filling up with some exciting shows (including Women of Folkways, with Maria Dunn and Kaia Kater – always my favourite), a Home Routes tour in BC, the debut of a new show I'm developing featuring the songs of legendary French singer Edith Piaf, work on a new album, and a trip to the UK. But let me not get ahead of myself. Hope to see you sometime this summer!
The New Album is Out!
After a ring-dinger of an Edmonton release show on October 6th, The Earth That You're Made Of hit #6 on the Earshot national folk/roots/blues chart, and #3 on the CKUA chart.
Here's a sample of the praise it's received so far:
"Crystal clear voice, skilfully constructed songs and formidable piano, guitar, and arrangement chops…it's the songs that make this album a winner." – Penguin Eggs Magazine
"Her voice has an arresting purity that slides between strength and vulnerability…she plays acoustic and electric guitars, piano and keyboards and even penned horn or string arrangements for half the tracks on her latest album…even with all those extras Wylie’s voice and songwriting remain the highlight of the set." – Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal
"Subtle and lulling, her voice is the sound you’d hear in a forest haunted by benevolent ghosts." – Michael Dunn, BeatRoute Magazine
“…one of the finest contemporary roots recordings to have ever been produced in Alberta, period.” – Peter North, Artistic Director, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
"I think that Wylie is a rare contemporary musician who has refreshed and strengthened this good old genre…while staying true to its essence. It’s stardust folk." Hande Eagle, UK-based arts writer and translator
Private Birthday Party
Christine Hanson, Dana Wylie, and Kirsten Elliott in Concert
This is my last public show before my baby arrives, and I wanted to do it with these two ladies, because they're both fantastic musicians. For those of you who don't know, Christine is a cellist and composer and Kirsten is a flautist, songwriter, and singer of beautiful harmonies. And I just have a feeling about the cello and flute...(together at last!). Tickets ar $15 and should be booked in advance for this one, as seating is very limited. You can do so by emailing me at email@example.com. Oh, and we'll have a cash bar in case you want to have a tipple.
Noon trio concert in Churchill Square
Free noon outdoor concert! Come by and say hi.
Private House Concert
This is a private event, but if you're in Beaumont and fancy coming, let me know. The host is a lovely person and would almost certainly be down.
Edmonton Arts Council Summer Series
Patio of L'Espresso Cafe, Edmonton, AB.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival
It's Folk Fest! Tickets are on sale now - info here: https://edmontonfolkfest.org/festival-info/ticket-info/
Canmore Folk Music Festival
I really thrilled to be playing this fest for the first time. Mountains and folk music! What more could anyone want?
Playing with my trio at one of my favourite festivals. If you've never been to Sasquatch before, it's a charmer.
Sass the Patriarchy, Edmonton Edition
An evening that showcases some of the amazing female, non-binary talent that Edmonton has to offer and look at how we can continue to push for equality in the music industry by discussing strategies we can readily go out and use to create change. I'm sharing the bill with Kimberley MacGregor, North of Here, and Denseverse. Jacquie B and Sarah Hoyles are hosting. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Alberta Grown Music Festival
Honoured to be playing this festival's inaugural year. It's produced by the Alberta Grown Music Society, which you can learn more about here: https://www.albertagrownmusic.org/
House Concert – with Larissa Tandy and Zach Kleisinger
Details to come soon!
Winspear Centre – Stage Door Sessions
This is a brand-new series of concerts in the Winspear's beautiful rehearsal hall. I'm playing with my trio, and Lucas Chaisson and Adri Meeks are also on the bill. For ticket info: https://www.winspearcentre.com/tickets/events/other/2018/stage-door-sessions/
North Country Fair
Super stoked to be taking my seven-piece band to the Fair! It's gonna be a time! It's always a time!
Song for Litha – And Eve of Music and Song Celebrating the Summer Solstice
We invite you to share in our exploration of ancient Gaelic tunes from the West Highlands, contemporary compositions steeped in the Scottish Tradition, as well as beautifully crafted songs delivered with heart-rending emotion by two women who are among Canada's bee's knees of songwriters!! ♥
Christine Hanson - Cello/Vocals Erin Kay - Singer Songwriter Dana Wylie - Singer Songwriter With Special Guest from Glasgow Scotland! Mike Vass - Fiddle/Guitar/Songwriter
Tickets $20 Please reserve in advance to avoid disappointment! (Our events have previously sold out) firstname.lastname@example.org 780 292 3361 Feel free to bring and enjoy the libation of your choice!
Full Band Extravaganza!
Seven-piece band! Keith Rempel on bass, Daniel Stadnicki on drums, Paul Mayer on keys, Dave Babcock on sax, Audrey Ochoa on trombone, Cheney Lambert on trumpet! This is our first full-band show since October, and it's just in time to kick off the festival season. Advance tix are $15, and you can get them from yours truly. Email me at email@example.com or text me at 780-720-0505.
City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame Induction
Salute to Excellence is an awards ceremony that highlights the work of people who improve the quality of life in Edmonton and contribute to a more unique, vibrant and inclusive city, in the areas of arts and culture, community service, and sports. I'm honoured to be performing at it this year, and beyond delighted that I'll be backed up by the likes of Dave Babcock, Audrey Ochoa, Bob Tildesley, Sandro Dominelli, Mike Lent, Chris Andrew, and Jim Head. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required for entry.