Singer-Songwriter from Victoria BC
Past Shows (15)
Glenna Garramone is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Victoria, BC, Canada, equally at home as a solo artist and in collaboration with a wide range of performers. In July 2014 she appeared on stages at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, as a harmony vocalist with Juno nominee Oliver Swain's band Big Machine, and made her debut as the newest member of Short Story Long, the backing band for spoken word artist Shane Koyczan at The Banff Centre, where the band shared the stage with Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq.
With a style somewhere between Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell, Glenna Garramone's songwriting earned her Grand prize in the Artswells Songwriting Contest in 2010. Inspired by the geography, inhabitants, and spirit of the places she has lived, from Nunavut to Hawaii, Glenna Garramone crafts "raw, emotional, and utterly captivating" songs (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine), using anything from piano, to guitar, to her tap shoes.
Glenna Garramone is the producer and founding member of the Leonard Cohen tribute group Tower of Song, which she performs in collaboration with Oliver Swain. Tower of Song toured nationally in support of their debut album, In City and In Forest (which officially released in April 2014), produced by Juno award winner Joby Baker. Tower of Song played over 40 shows in theatres and folk clubs across Canada. Highlights included packed houses at Hugh's Room in Toronto, the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg, and The Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver, and receiving 3 standing ovation encores at the ArtsWells Festival (multiple encores could also be interpreted as part of the tribute to Cohen himself).
Her fusion of talent, creativity, and craft have won Glenna Garramone invitations to a wide variety of venues; from the main stage of Victoria's Folk Fest, to the BC Festival of the Arts, and the Victoria Independent Music Awards. Her studio debut, Seasky-Starsong, charted at #2 on the folk charts in Victoria, BC. Recorded in a solar-powered yurt on Molokai'i, Hawaii, her latest album, Thank You Half Moon captures the intimacy and warmth of Garramone's live performances. It includes the award-winning song "Bear Scat" which was featured on CBC Radio's North By Northwest with Sheryl MacKay. In 2012 and 2013, Glenna Garramone was an official onboard entertainer with Via Rail, playing for passengers on trains between Vancouver and Halifax. In 2004 she was invited to tour the West Coast of the USA between Seattle and L.A., adding a musical and tap dancing element to the indie press touring circuit founded by Jim Munroe, The Perpetual Motion Roadshow.
Glenna holds a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria, with a major in Poetry. In 2011 she graduated from the Community Choir Leadership Training Program, which prepared her to guide others in singing together, and to "embody the idea that singing is our birthright." When she's not traveling, Glenna resides in Victoria, where she facilitates a non-auditioned indie-pop-rock choir, The Pandora Chorus.