Dawn Tyler Watson
SONG: Shine On
"Her fabulous voice and incandescent stage presence make her the Queen of the Blues in Montreal."
- Le Journal de Montreal
In the past two decades, Singer/Actor/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned her place among Canada's Blues elite. Born in England and raised in Ontario, she adopted Montreal as her home after earning her BFA in Jazz Studies and Theatre from Concordia University. An accomplished and dynamic performer, Watson's fiery stage presence has earned her national and international recognition.
Just back from Memphis TN, where she took home the coveted 1st place spot out of over 260 acts at the 2017 International Blues Challenge, Dawns also the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards and nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards. She's earned the Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Best Live Performance, a Trophees France Blues for female International Artist of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Vocalist.
Her artistic style is an eclectic influence of Jazz, Soul, Folk and Rock that pushes the boundaries of traditional Blues into a whole new dimension.
Playing festivals and concert halls across 4 continents, recording four albums, and appearing on numerous compilations, she has shared the stage with an array of premiere artists, including Oliver Jones, Jeff Healy, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, and Cyndi Lauper.
Between gigs Watson teaches, gives clinics & facilitates workshops in Vocal Expression & Improvisation while honing her chops on Montreal's vibrant Jazz scene, and working with some of the city's finest musicians. Her latest album, JAWBREAKER!, was nominated last year for yet another Maple Blues Award for Recording of the Year. This record "hits the floor running. It's a fat, Soul driven record with a taste of Jazz, a pinch of Gospel, and a whole lotta Blues!