“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.
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
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) email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Noon Concert in Churchill Square
Free outdoor lunchtime concert with my trio. Come listen to tunes while you eat your sandwich.
Prepare for the Fair - North Country Fair Pre-Party
This pre-Fair party is hosted by the McGowan Family Band, and will also feature sets by Meagan Loves, the Kimberley MacGregor Band, and my trio. Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 if you're sporting a North Country Fair tshirt!
Riverdale Potluck in the Park
This free community event goes from 4pm to 7pm. Bring a dish, eat your fill, and hear music by Riverdale musos! It'll be outside unless it rains. I'm first on at 4.
Featured Guest at Bill Bourne's Open Stage
Every Thursday, the wonderful Bill Bourne hosts a jam at this super warm and friendly pub. Bill's smoking band goes on at 8, I'm on after that (9ish), and the stage opens up after that.
First Edmonton trio show in a long time! I'll be joined by the wonderful Keith Rempel and Daniel Stadnicki at this intimate listening venue. Plan to eat dinner beforehand – the food at The Chair is fantastic. You can reserve a table by calling 780-989-2861.
Solo Acoustic Show
This is a house concert-style unamplified show (my favourite!) with limited seating. Advance booking is required, by calling 403-609-0482 or at paintboxlodge.com
Heartwood Folk Club – Trio Show
All ages folk club show, in a soft-seat theatre. What could be better! For ticket information, visit http://www.heartwoodfolkclub.com/
Sunday Song Stage – Featured Guest
Doing the guest spot at Rhea March's open stage, at one of my favourite Edmonton eating spots! I'll play for a half-hour at around 7:30 and then the stage opens up.