Tara Williamson

Tara Williamson is a poet and provocateur- the spark that ignites the flame, from Winnipeg, by way of Peterborough. A First Nations singer/songwriter, her music is an unflinching document of self: the truth that hurts before it heals. Her poetic exploration of love and romance bleeds with desire and a brutal honesty that stops just short of cruelty: bold quirky lyrics are at times sarcastic, sentimental and sexy. Melodically and rhythmically intriguing piano accompaniment flows from jazz to pop to R&B and blues. Her, achingly sincere delivery tells an intimate story through every line: it’s the kind of music that moves you to dance and to forget. After relentless live performances across Canada with the likes of Christa Couture, Billie Joe Green, and Cris Derksen, Williamson has released 2 EPs since December 2013 - exceptional offerings from a remarkable emerging talent.  Her singles "Come My Way," “Boy” and “July,” have been featured on the National Top 40 Aboriginal Music Countdown and numerous Top Releases of 2013 blog lists.

The most recent EP, ndn summer, is a testament to her ability to cross genres, moods, and territories. This 3-song collection is a compelling look at Indigenous politics, love, betrayal and loyalty. Engineered and produced by Juno award-winning MC, singer, musician and poet, Kinnie Starr, ndn summer is a soundtrack for lovers and fighters alike.

ndn summer is a follow up to Williamson’s debut EP, Lie Low, which was received with acclaim from across Turtle Island (North America).  It was produced by James McKenty (The Spades, Blue Rodeo)  and features her band The Good Liars - an ensemble of regulars and stand-ins including Paul Brennan on drums (Animal Slaves, Odds, Big Sugar, and Sarah McLachlan), bassist Scott Kemp (Elisabeth Shepherd as well as composer and band leader in his own right), Sean Conway (The Avenues) and James McKenty on guitars with Ryan Weber (Weber Brothers) on trumpet.  

In addition to recording and performing, Tara is currently writing a musical under the mentorship of acclaimed Cree writer and musician, Tomson Highway. Look for the first readings and workshops in the Spring of 2015!

Her work is supported by the OAC, the Canada Council, Manitoba Music, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

A Nancy Sinatra-ish talent - raw unpolished beauty without the showbiz patina. Pure voice.
— Vince Schilling, host of award winning radio show “Native Trailblazers”
Sweet, edgy, and sultry.
— ANDPVA (The Association for Native Development in the Performing Arts
I’m a fan of any song that starts with ‘half a bottle of whiskey and a pretty dress’
— Meg Wilcox, host of CBC show Bandwidth