Maria Dunn, Kathryn Berry, Audrey Saparno

JUNOfest '17 Ottawa

Maria Dunn

Kathryn Berry

Audrey Saparno

Friday, March 31, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Record Centre

Ottawa, ON

This event is all ages

8pm Audrey Saparno

9pm Maria Dunn

10pm Kathryn Berry

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Maria Dunn
Maria Dunn
A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women.

Thirteen years as a volunteer DJ in campus/community radio (CJSR FM88) from 1987 – 2000 encouraged Maria to listen widely to the master songwriters, singers and instrumentalists of folk and roots music. Through discovering their recordings and becoming an avid fan and supporter of live music in her community, she absorbed the important messages of compassion and human struggle that have always been central to the writings of folk artists from Buffy Ste. Marie to Hazel Dickens, from Sweet Honey in the Rock to Nanci Griffith, and from Bill Broonzy to Dick Gaughan, from Eric Bogle to Spirit of the West.

By the time she began writing her own music in the mid-90s, Maria was learning to draw deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song to honour the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, both past and present.

In keeping with Pete Seeger’s words (1994), “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known”, her new recording Gathering (released April 2016) highlights stories of love—not songs of romantic love, but songs of family, community, humanity and the love that fires our actions to make the world a better place. The songs range from historical and narrative to personal and immediate, inspired by social justice stories both global and local.

Maria’s earlier albums anchor her lyrics in music that melds North American roots with her Scottish-Irish heritage. For 2012’s Piece By Piece, a tribute to immigrant women working at a Canadian clothing factory, she added musical inflections and instrumentation (from Sharmila Mathur, sitar and Ojas Joshi, tabla, for example) to evoke the countries of origin (Italy, India, Vietnam, Ukraine) of the women who inspired the songs. With Gathering, Maria continues to expand her musical palate with contributions from Sufi singer Karim Gillani and jazz saxophonist Jeremiah McDade.

The 11 songs on Gathering range from Malala, a buoyant call to action inspired by Malala Yousafzai, to When I Was Young, a flowing old-time ballad inspired by Alberta indigenous leader Dorothy McDonald-Hyde. How I Live shares the quiet courage of families supporting their children with disabilities, while When The Grandmothers Meet celebrates women across the globe, with its exuberant vocals and joyful horn lines. The recording finishes with Music In The Meadow, a bluesy bow-driven wordplay on the wonder of the Rocky Mountains.

Maria’s five previous independent CDs include: Piece By Piece (Nominee – 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award), The Peddler (Nominee – 2009 CFMA), 2004’s We Were Good People (a concept album exploring the vibrant people’s history of Western Canada), For A Song (Nominee – 2002 Juno Award), and From Where I Stand (Nominee – 1999 Prairie Music Award), all produced by Shannon Johnson of Juno Award-winning band The McDades.

A wonderful collection of new songs from one of our most important and vital songwriters…If it doesn’t bring a lump to your throat, you’re already beyond help. Essential listening, then, this Gathering. – Penguin Eggs Magazine
An arrestingly powerful singer-songwriter who writes great historical and social commentary. – WFMT Chicago
…remarkable singer-songwriter, think of her as a distaff Woody Guthrie. – Edmonton Sun
She’s assured, strong, and her versatile voice carries her songs straight to the head and heart. – Sing Out!
…this is history come alive. Her lyrics are sharp and poignant… – Sunday Edition, CBC Radio
Kathryn Berry
Kathryn Berry
Kathryn BERRY is a Canadian singer/songwriter: Sarah McLachlan meets Shakira, The Cranberries with Natalie Merchant (10, 000 Maniacs). The sound is urban, alternative pop/rock. Kathryn is a reformed banker and university graduate from Concordia University in Montreal.

Kathryn's debut EP release, Beauty of the Brave, hit #1 on Stingray's ( ) Canadian Indie music channel on Sept 2, 2016. Her song, Come In, from the EP, Beauty of the Brave, is currently on rotation in Montreal, Toronto and in British Columbia. The songs Beautiful Daughter and Beauty of the Brave were both featured on Women of Substance radio and on their award winning podcast out of California, USA by Bree Noble (April and May 2016). Kathryn has been interviewed on CKCU 93.1 FM radio in Ottawa (June 16, 2016 8-9:30am) and seen on Rogers TV (Ottawa Daytime, Cable 22'and Night Time with Arlene Paculan in Toronto) with live performances (June 16, 2016 - 11am and Sept 30, 2016 at 11pm). She is currently on rotation on Stingray Music nationwide, in Toronto on Erin FM 88.1 FM, CJIM Rouge FM/ iHeartRadio in Quebec and The Big Groove radio Show FM 90.1 in British Columbia. Her music is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.

Previous to her debut EP, Kathryn's unreleased demos allowed her to be voted into the top twenty-five in Montreal, Canada in the Best New Artist, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Searchlight Competition in 2013 and 2014. She received a FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings with support from Canada's Private Broadcasters – ya, that’s radio) demo grant for the song, On The Edge of Infinity, produced by Sule Heitner (La Voix quarter finalist 2015) in 2014 and another FACTOR demo grant in 2015 for the song, Come In, both released on her debut EP, Beauty of the Brave, spring 2016.

Her songs have been enjoyed in the funky water holes of Montreal, Canada, since 2014. She has played benefits for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s Breast Health Centre and Bruce House, a compassionate care organization that provides housing for individuals suffering from HIV and AIDs in Ottawa. Kathryn’s songs have been brought to life on the EP, Beauty of the Brave, by the talents of Sule Heitner (producer/multi-instrumentalist), Steve Galante (the multi-platinum producer of ​Andrea Bocelli’s Romanza album, - 19 million copies sold, certified as the best-selling album by an Italian artist of any genre in history, as well as the best-selling album by a foreign artist in Canada), Denys Dufresne (mixing and mastering) and Marc Dube (mixing/mastering).
Audrey Saparno
Audrey Saparno
Co-wrote lyrics to Raef's song Dream, which is on his debut album: The Path, released in 2014.
Won in multi-cultural category of Songs of the Heart songwriting competition, for "She Misunderstood", 2014.
Participated in NAC's, Ontario Scene in the Folk Music Ontario Song Circle, 2015.
Venue Information:
The Record Centre
1099 Wellington St W
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 2Y4