WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018
WINSPEAR CENTRE – EDMONTON, AB
Doors: 7:00PM Show: 8:00PM
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Just for the record, you could easily be staring a Serena Ryder triple album in the face right now.
It might have taken four-and-a-half years for this celebrated Toronto singer/songwriter to gift us with a follow-up to 2012’s expectation-defying critical and commercial hit, Harmony, but a lack of new material was definitely not the hold-up.
No, just as she did for the last record, the prolific Ryder amassed something like 65 or 70 songs during the run-up to her star-solidifying new platter, Utopia. The challenge wasn’t coming up with new material; the challenge was whittling it all down to fit an album-sized package. Ryder was so flush with good stuff heading into Utopia, in fact, that she briefly toyed with releasing her own equivalent of the Clash’s Sandinista! or George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass – a triple LP composed of songs that she envisioned divided amongst moods of “light,” “dark” and the “grey” area in between.
In the end, she chose to compress the full spectrum of emotions into a more manageable, but no less ambitious package that wouldn’t necessarily require booking a day off work to properly absorb in one sitting. But you’ve been warned: there is definitely more to come.
“I still have all those songs and, to me, they’re all good and they’re all good for a record so I don’t know,” she laughs. “I might have three more records.”
Hey, why turn it off when it comes easily? Some people need plans and deadlines and discipline to get anything done, some people just do what they do naturally and effortlessly. Serena Ryder does what she does naturally and effortlessly, and has done what she does naturally and effortlessly since she was a young girl. This girl was performing by the age of eight, cut her first record at 16 and could boast of being a major-label artist with a gold-selling album, 2006’s If Your Memory Serves You Well and a gold-selling single, the lingeringly knee-weakening “Weak in the Knees,” all before she’d even turned 25. And yet it took a debilitating bout with depression and artistic self-doubt brought on by her premature pigeonholing as just another “sensitive Canadian folk chick with an acoustic guitar” for her to finally let it all come out truly naturally and effortlessly on Harmony, the album where Ryder found her voice and discovered that the best formula for her success is … no formula at all.
You can still hear the results of the “letting go” that allowed Harmony – a genre-oblivious sleeper hit that went on to notch platinum sales in Ryder’s native Canada – to happen living and breathing on the radio to this day, since that record’s signature single, “Stompa” (triple- platinum and counting north of the 49th parallel), and its anthemic follow-up, “What I Wouldn’t Do,” haven’t left the airwaves since.
Utopia to be released Spring 2017.
2014 JUNO Awards for Songwriter of The Year and Artist of The Year
2014 MuchMusic Video Award for Rock/Alternative Video of The Year (“Stompa”)
2014 Canadian Film Award for Original Song (“It’s No Mistake”) featured in the film, Right Kind Of Wrong
2013 Adult Alternative Album of The Year
2010 Video of The Year (“Little Bit of Red”
2009 Adult Alternative Album of The Year (Is It O.K.)
2008 New Artist of The Year
Single “Stompa” – 3x Platinum
Single “What I Wouldn’t Do”- Platinum
Single “Weak In The Knees”- Gold
Single “Got Your Number” – Gold
Album Is it O.K. (2009) – Gold
Album If Your Memory Serves You Well (2007) – Gold
Album Harmony (2012) – 2x Platinum
- Shared the Pan Am stage with Kanye West and Pitbull
- Late Night TV performance on Jay Leno
- Original song “Sing Sing” was the soundtrack for Music Monday, special event to highlight music education in Canada which saw nearly two million Canadian schoolchildren singing the song in class
- Performed the Canadian National Anthem at the 2014 NBA All Star Game
- “Stompa” was featured on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy
- Performed on CBC TV’s “Quietest Concert Ever” on the Ocean Floor which took place during low tide at Fundy National Park in New Brunswick Canada