“Equally funny and dangerous” (CBC Radio)
evalyn parry is an award-winning songwriter, spokenword poet and theatre creator based in Toronto. Inspired by a powerful vision of social activism, parry’s solo and collaborative performances have taken her to music, storytelling, poetry and theatre festivals from coast to coast of North America. Over the last decade, she has created six original theatrical productions, and released four critically acclaimed CDs. Her witty, personal and highly original creations – ranging in theme from 19th century cycling heroines, to 21st century sailors; from “feminine protection” to bottled water, to the quest for the Northwest Passage – have been widely produced, broadcast, commissioned and anthologized. Accompanying herself on guitar, water bottle, shruti box and loop pedals, parry shoots from the hip and aims for the heart. Fierce, funny, poignant and provocative, parry’s takes her unique perspective on the world and transforms it into art that spans genres, genders and generations.
Her most recent show SPIN (starring the Bicycle as muse, musical instrument, and agent of social change) premiered in Toronto in 2011; it was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award, and will be touring internationally in 2012/13.
“Part theatre, part musical gig, part spoken-word poetry and part documentary…whatever it is, it is brilliant.” (SPIN – Toronto Star)
Some past performance highlights include: The Vancouver Folk Festival; The Banff Centre; Queer Acts, Halifax; Edgy Women, Montreal; The Yukon International Storytelling Festival; Hillside Festival,Guelph Ontario; Word on the Street, Toronto; The Lincoln Center Out of Doors Roots of American Music Festival,New York City; The Calgary International Spoken Word Festival; Home County Folk Festival, London, Ontario; The Ottawa Folk Festival; Toronto Pride; Harbourfront Centre,Toronto. She has performed at numerous university and colleges campuses as well as union events and conferences, political, legal and activist events.
evalyn grew up running around at folk festivals, folk music running in her veins: her father David a member of the iconic Toronto folk ensemble The Friends of Fiddlers Green, and her mother Caroline a children’s music performer, author and folklorist. No surprise then that evalyn and her brother Richard (a member of Montreal’s Arcade Fire) have both emerged as innovative artists in their own right. evalyn’s material stands on the foundation of the traditional Celtic and American music she was brought up singing, but takes it in original and unexpected directions.
‘parry redefines folk music’ ~ The Daily News, Hailfax
In addition to her musical adventures, evalyn is also a theatre creator: actor, playwright, director and educator. She is a founding member of Independent Auntie Theatre, with Anna Chatterton and Karin Randoja, best known for their award-winning comedy “Clean Irene and Dirty Maxine”, and Dora-Nominated production “Breakfast”. parry is also the director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Young Creators Unit, a creation / performance program for young queer identified artists.
She likes to ride her bike.
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