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Tara Williamson is a poet and provocateur- the spark that ignites the flame, from Manitoba, 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 first 2 EPs - Lie Low (produced by James McKenty) and ndn summer (produced by Kinnie Starr) were received with praise and made it on numerous music blogs and countdowns across Turtle Island. Her newest album, Songs to Keep Us Warm (produced by Jim Bryson), builds on the clever songwriting and expressive vocals heard in her first two EPs while revealing the deep heart of an artist willing to risk vulnerability in the pursuit of emotional truth. These songs invoke intimacy in its many unbreakable, deathless forms, and remind us how love changes our voice. 

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

Tara Williamson’s songs are unflinching and direct, hopeful and generous, suffused with snowy light. With Songs to Keep Us Warm, she offers us a safe haven from the storm.
— Christine Fellows
Williamson emerges as her own force, one that is as gentle as it is strong. In these songs, she pushes out into dark waters again and again, always returning to solid ground.
— Damian Rogers
Tara Williamson’s “Songs to Keep Us Warm” is an invitation. From the irresistible pop of “New York/LA” to the soothing lullaby of “Little Star,” this gorgeous album is in fact nine thoughtful and catchy invitations - to curl up, to listen closely, to hug yourself tightly, to hold someone close to you, to sing along, to sway, to dance, and to stand still. Invitations to “believe me, believe me” (I do) and “bring your hunger for ferocious love” (I will). When Tara says, “I sing you a love song,” my advice is to take it personally - yes, whatever you do, accept the invitation. Say yes and keep warm.
— Christa Couture



Photos by Summer Faith Garcia at RezKat Studios