In support of Mental Health Awareness, Songwriter and musician Catherine MacLellan and poet and musician Tanya Davis will be making a stop in to Hugh’s Room Live on May 13. Don’t miss these two incredible ladies and show your support.
Catherine MacLellan, from Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast, has an extraordinary voice that insinuates its way into your heart and just won’t let go. Combine this with expert songwriting, fine musicianship and a riveting stage presence and you have one of the most compelling artists touring today.
As a young songwriter Catherine MacLellan did not have to look far for inspiration and insight into the creative process. She’s the daughter of Canadian music legend, singer/songwriter Gene MacLellan, the writer of such huge international 70s hit songs as “Snowbird”, “Put Your Hand in the Hand”, “The Call”, “Bidin’ My Time”, “Shilo Song” and “The Reunion Song”. But Catherine insists on making it on her own.”
Since bursting onto the Halifax music and arts scene in 2006, Tanya Davis has garnered praise from industry, audience, and peers alike, all the while building an impressive and eclectic resume of artistic work and accomplishments. With 4 albums, two books, numerous collaborations, and countless performances, she has stepped across genre and back again, forging new ground in the realm of creative possibility. Her videopoem, How to be Alone – a collaboration with filmmaker Andrea Dorfman – has had more than 8 million hits on youtube, attracting international media and blogger attention, a publishing deal with Harper Collins, and new fans the world over. She tours regularly as a performance poet, musician and public speaker, was the 2011/12 Halifax Poet Laureate and the 2016 Artist in Residence at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine.
Known for her soothing voice, her musical cadence, and a compelling way with words, Tanya has been bringing poetry to unsuspecting places, merging powerful yet simple language with a desire to honestly explore, and articulate, the human experience. She frequently takes commissions to pen poems and verse and has done so for the likes of The 2011 Canada Games, The National Film Board of Canada, and CBC Radio. She has written and staged 2 one woman shows and is currently at work developing a musical literary production (as funded by the Canada Council for the Arts), exploring the complexity of faith. She picked up her first film credit as the leading actor in Andrea Dorfman’s feature film, Heartbeat, which premiered at TIFF in 2014. She co-scored the soundtrack with Halifax legend Charles Austin and later released it as album entitled, ‘Fervour: Songs from Heartbeat the Movie’