ABOUT SARAH MACDOUGALL

Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”, Yukon- based 2-time Western Canadian Music Award winning artist Sarah MacDougall is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”.

The recent record, Grand Canyon, was produced by Sarah and Caleb Stull (Field Study, Dominique Fricot, Language Arts), and was recorded in Toronto and Vancouver, features 8 songs and guest appearances from Erika Angell (Thus:Owls), Rose CousinsJesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Dan Mangan), Peggy Lee, and Leah Abramson (Abramson Singers).

Stepping outside of traditional folk and flirting with sounds that could have come from The Postal Service or Kate Bush, Grand Canyon keeps the acoustic guitar but infuses the sound with heavier drums and richly textured strings and synths.

 The songs are about identity, love, fear, hope, growing up, rootlessness, and forgiveness. They are written from the point of view of the hopeful outsider, trying to figure out their place and make sense of the world. Grand Canyon sees Sarah challenging herself and pushing new boundaries musically and sonically, and it is an album that will surely see Sarah reach new levels in her career.

Sarah has played festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Great Escape, and she has been featured on CBC’s vinyl Café, and has had her songs placed in TV series such as The Vampire Diaries.  She continues to tour as one of the hardest working musicians in Canada. 

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award, Singer of the year- nomination
  • 2015 Western Canadian Music Award, Roots solo album of the year- WINNER
  • 2012 Western Canadian Music Award, Roots solo album of the year- WINNER
  • 2012 Western Canadian Music Award, Songwriter of the year- Nomination
  • Selected to play festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, Great Escape, Winnipeg Folk Festival
  • Song placements in the Vampire Diaries, 15/Love, Arctic Air
  • Selected to represent Canada on Canada Day in Trafalgar Square
  • #1 in Canada on Galaxie Folk/Roots Radio for the year 2011.
  • Shared the stage and toured with with such acts as Po’Girl, Lee Harvey Osmond, Hawksley Workmsn, Dan Mangan, Jason Collett, Rose Cousins, Fred Eaglesmith, Amelia Curran, Bahamas, Mary Gauthier, Todd Snider, Ferron, and many more.