Just for the record, you could easily be staring a Serena Ryder triple album in the face right now. Just as she did for the last record, the prolific Ryder amassed something like 65 or 70 songs during the run-up to UTOPIA. The challenge wasn’t coming up with new material; the challenge was whittling it all down to fit an album-sized package. Ryder even briefly toyed with releasing her own equivalent of the Clash’s Sandinista! or George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass – a triple LP composed of songs that she envisioned divided amongst moods of “light,” “dark” and the “grey” area in between.
Serena Ryder does what she does naturally and effortlessly, cut her first record at 16 and was a major-label artist with a gold-selling album, 2006’s If Your Memory Serves You Well and a gold-selling single, “Weak in the Knees,” all before she’d turned 25. And yet it took a debilitating bout with depression and artistic self-doubt brought on by her premature pigeonholing as just another “sensitive Canadian folk chick with an acoustic guitar” for her to finally let it all come out truly naturally and effortlessly on Harmony, the album where Ryder found her voice and discovered that the best formula for her success is … no formula at all. You can still hear the results of the “letting go” that allowed Harmony – a genre-oblivious sleeper hit that went on to notch platinum sales in Ryder’s native Canada – to happen living and breathing on the radio to this day, since that record’s signature single, “Stompa” (triple- platinum and counting north of the 49th parallel), and its anthemic follow-up, “What I Wouldn’t Do,” haven’t left the airwaves since.
“I don’t have a set-in-stone identity when it comes to being a musician. It’s a mystery, even to me; a good one. It’s nice to be able to live within that mystery.”
We’re excited to present Serena in the intimate space of 3rd Avenue United Church. With it’s excellent acoustics and beautiful architecture, this is a show not to be missed!
Serena Ryder w/special guests
Saturday, Feb 24, 2018
$47 + $6 (GA)
3rd Avenue United Church
Tickets on sale Friday December 8th – Noon