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Canadian contemporary-roots songwriter Christine Graves says something interesting with the space and texture of her songs. Her charm is letting the audience read between the lines. Her voice is truly remarkable.  In concert, Graves uses vocal improvisation and outside-the-box melody to capture the audience’s ear.  With appearances on radio and T.V. as well as hundreds of concerts at small and large venues and festivals across the country, she has celebrated a burgeoning reputation as a“…a major songwriting talent.” (Alan Wigney, Ottawa Xpress Magazine) .

Recently, Christine placed first in the “Songs of Protest Songs of Hope” writing competition in Ottawa. All her CD’s have aired on national CBC Radio as well as charting on numerous campus radio stations in Canada and the US. Her songs have been short-listed in the OCFF Songs From the Heart competition. Christine was nominated for the KM Hunter Award by the Ontario Arts Council in 2000. She started and organized the fusion songwriters-in-the-round series, “Lucky Songs” at Ottawa’s Downstairs Club and Lucky Ron’s from 1999 to 2001, until it moved to The Black Sheep Inn in 2002.On her last release in 2001, stray, she became known for her superb interpretations of other artists (Tom Waits & Fred J. Eaglesmith) Graves was born in Halifax and has lived in BC and Ontario most of her life. She makes rural Ontario her home, living in a quaint one-room schoolhouse in Lanark County.

 

 “…Graves has come up with a brilliant fusion of folk and jazz combined with emotionally searing lyrics.”                                                            
Denis Armstong, The Ottawa Sun

… This fabulous collection of contemporary folk songs tugs on the heartstrings from all directions - often joyful, sometimes melancholy, at times playful, always thoughtful….an intimate, honest, warm acoustic sound…”        
Jennifer Noxon, The HUMM, Almonte, ON

“If one could compose a list of Canada’s ten best contemporary gal singer-songwriters, it would almost certainly include these names: Christine Graves, Lynn Miles, Christine Fellows, Serena Ryder, Julie Doiron, Ember Swift, Kinnie Starr, O Susanna and Kathleen Edwards. If these gals were a team at an international song Olympics, they would win the gold medal!”
                            
Paul Symes, proprietor, The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefeild Quebec

“…Graves packs a sweet, pulpy, punch…”                      
Lezlie Lowe, COAST, Halifax NS

“…the music of Ottawa-area native Christine Graves can be favourably compared to that of Jane Siberry. The vocals have the range and the adaptability to tackle some very interesting arrangements and the lyrics keep you thinking…”
Stew Slater, SEE MAGAZINE, Edmonton, AB

“…cool groove and absolute committment to the song.”
                                   
Chris White, Artistic Director, CKCU Ottawa Folk Music Festival

Wreckless Daughter ***1/2      “…a delightful and continually surprising CD…”                                                                                     Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen

Other Career Highlights:

  • Graves spent five years as a member of the four women a cappella group, Malaika, touring Canada and the US and releasing two full length CD’s from 2000-2005.
  • She studied vocal jazz improvisation and performance with Sheila Jordan (Banff Centre for the Arts, Albany, NY).

On hiatus from touring and recording for almost 4 years, Christine completed studies (see feldy) to recover from a guitar playing injury. Through the Method, she has discovered a new way to focus her creativity, performance, and singing. Graves is now a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Selected Festival Appearances:

  • Calgary Folk Festival
  • CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival
  • Blue Skies Music Festival, Clarendon, ON
  • Peterborough All Folks Festival
  • Fillberg Arts and Music Festival, Comox B.C.

Selected Showcases and Awards:

  • Ontario Council of Folk Festivals
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • FACTOR

Selected Discography:

  • wreckless daughter, brave music, 2006
  • stray, brave music, 2001
  • facing me, 1998
  • piece by piece, 1995
  • let it snow, canadian songwriter compilation, 2002
  • resurfacing, ottawa compilation, 1999
  • a malaika christmas, 2002
  • to paradise, malaika, 2001

As a Supporting Artist:

  • sweet, jennifer noxon, 2002