“A CONSUMMATE SINGER AND SONGWRITER WITH A WHOLLY UNIQUE SOUND” - No Depression
“Beautifully-crafted, darkly romantic folk-indie with real substance.” - FRoots UK
“delicate, slightly strange and completely mesmerising.” - gold flake paint uk
50 word bio
Dana Sipos is an acclaimed Canadian songwriter described as "slightly strange and completely mesmerising." She tours extensively, occasionally by canoe, tall ship, train and bicycle. Trick of the Light was released on Roaring Girl Records and nominated for English Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Dana Sipos is an acclaimed Canadian songwriter. She inhabited the far north before going nomad and her captivatingly nuanced songs are filled with a wild wind and a haunting surrealism, akin to the mysteries of the north.
Sipos toured extensively across north America, Europe and the UK in support of her 2015 album Roll Up the Night Sky, released on underground Nashville label Muddy Roots Records and nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the Pushing the Boundaries category, celebrating innovation in creating new folk sounds. She was invited to participate in the inaugural Songwriter residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and then teamed up with experimental Toronto producer Sandro Perri for her new album, featuring a cast of celebrated Canadian musicians including Mary Margaret O'Hara and Jesse Zubot.
The ten songs that make up Trick of the Light are informed by the pull of the tides, amateur palm readers and hurricane season, and travel down the well worn hills of Appalachia and wilds of Tennessee. Sipos breathes new, albeit tenderly skewed, light into these familiar haunts, these sonic stories sewn together by gentle, tenuous threads. According to Exclaim!, "Trick of the Light is a luminous and compelling work indeed.”
Released in May 2018 on boutique Toronto-based label Roaring Girl Records, Trick of the Light received acclaim from CBC, The Bluegrass Situation, Penguin Eggs, Folk Roots Radio (UK) and No Depression. Dana was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the English Songwriter of the Year category and shortlisted for the Ontario Arts Council Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award and the Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” songwriter competition. Dana has facilitated songwriting workshops in remote communities in northern Canada and toured the new album through Canada, the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Select past performances include the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Naked Song Festival (Eindhoven, NL), Available Light Film Festival (Whitehorse, YT), Cygnet Folk Festival (Hobart, TAS), Toronto storytelling Festival (ON), Milk and Honey Festival (Queenstown, NZ), Philadelphia Folk Festival (PA), In the Dead of Winter (Halifax, NS), Atlin Festival of the Arts (BC). Trick of the Light was funded by FACTOR, Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.
BC JUNE TOUR
Pleased as all punch to be back at my favourite little mountain town festival, Tiny Lights, in beautiful Ymir, BC. I”ll be playing all weekend as well as singing with the wonderful Abigail Lapell. Also sharing shows with West My Friend, Mama’s Broke, Ten Moon, Richard Garvey, and more, jaunting along the coast!
AUSTRALIAN & AOTEAROA TOUR 2019
Starting 2019 off with an extended romp around Australia and New Zealand. Playing a handful of wonderful festivals and shows with some of the finest music-makers of this southern hemisphere. Please let your fam + friends down under know about the shenanigans! More shows being added!
BIG THANKS to Sam Watson at Bear & Moon Productions for his invaluable support in getting this first tour down under underway and BIG THANKS to Canada Council for the Arts for their invaluable tour support.
songwriter of the year; 2018 canadian folk music awards (spoiler: I lost)
Feeling quite chuffed to be nominated in this superb category for the *English Songwriter of the Year* award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, held this year in Calgary in December 2018. Even though it's just industry shop talk, it's pretty cool to be up there with the Bruce and this amazing crop of peers. See y'all in Calgary and good luck to all the nominoos!
Carlos M. Garate