Celebrate the opening of spring exhibitions, Lay of the Land and Guelph Circa 1999 with a performance by Tannis Slimmon. On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Opening remarks at 6 p.m., performances by Tannis start at 7 p.m.
Tannis will be joined by her talented partner/producer/co-writer/multi-instrumentalist Lewis Melville.
About Tannis Slimmon:
Tannis Slimmon is a critically acclaimed Canadian musician who has been singing, songwriting, recording, and touring locally, nationally and internationally for over 30 years. In 2008 she was honoured with the Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her album Lucky Blue.
Tannis grew up in a musical family on a farm in the prairies of western Canada. In 1980 she moved to Guelph, Ontario, where she began a serious professional music career. During the 80’s and 90’s she was a founding member of various regional roots bands (the Reverbs, Benji, etc.), and appeared as a special guest on recordings and performances with key players in the CanRock Revolution (Rheostatics, barenaked ladies, grievous angels).
After eleven years with the legendary trio The Bird Sisters she struck off on her own in 2001 with her solo debut Oak Lake and followed it up with 2007’s award winning Lucky Blue and 2013’s In and Out of Harmony. All her albums are highly regarded by critics and audiences alike with the latest being described as ‘..infectious, uplifting and thought-provoking all at the same time’ (Beatroute) and ‘an honest and endearing addition to an already impressive catalogue’ (Penguin Eggs).
Tannis traveled to Mali, West Africa in 2004 with a quartet of musicians exploring the role of music in development and appears in the documentary of the trip Road To Baleya, by Bay Waymen (Close Up Films). She subsequently visited Matanzas, Cuba where she studied afro-cuban rhythms with master bata drummer Gilberto Morales-Chong. She has hosted Malian musicians in her home for two summers as part of an ongoing cultural exchange. Her experiences in Mali and Cuba have had a significant influence on the musical texture of her recent album “Lucky Blue”.
You will find Tannis’ name on over 100 albums, contributing songs or singing harmonies for others including David Francey, Willie P. Bennett, Valdy and Rheostatics. Tannis plays guitar, mandolin, bass and percussion but it is her singing that she is most known for. She performs solo, in a duo with Lewis Melville, in a trio called Boreal, and in the vocal collective the Ondine Chorus. She has performed at folk clubs, festivals and community centres across Canada. Her music can be heard on public and college radio across North America.