A Metis from Saskatoon, Dawn started playing rock and roll guitar as a pre-teen. Just before high school graduation, Dawn loaded up her Fender Strat, quit school and went on the road with the Rockin' T-Birds. After arriving in Toronto, she joined the Kovergirlz, an all female hard rock band playing the circuit in and around Toronto. In spite of playing some great venues, Dawn still feels wistful for the fact that Kovergirlz never played the Gasworks on Young Street.
Once back in Saskatoon, Dawn finished high school, became a mother and went to law school.
While working a day job Dawn played with another all female group called “Mother Hubbard” from Saskatoon. Songs started to come during this time, and she wrote and recorded a song for her mother who had A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's disease). Songs came and went, and the lawyering continued.
Fast forward a few years....
Dawn, was asked by the Advisory Committee on Aboriginal People for Justice Canada to write some music for a video they were producing, which she happily did. She started playing more and more guitar in Chelsea, QC cashing in her savings to buy a Taylor 816CE (Taylor Baby). The community of Wakefield, QC offered songwriting classes with Ian Tamblyn, who helped Dawn hone her craft. She started playing the Wednesday night open stage at the Kaffe 1870 in Wakefield, played solo house concerts, ultimately headlining with a full band. In the meantime, a fellow Saskatoon songstress hooked Dawn up with Dave Draves of Little Bullhorn Productions in Ottawa. They recorded and Dave produced her first album, “All Tied Up”, released December 6, 2013. They just finished up her second album - still ambient, still quirky, but groovier with drums, bass and even some synth.
High school drop out, rock and roll guitar player, mother, lawyer and now singer songwriter, guitar player. The music which ebbed and flowed for years is here to stay. Dawn's songs tell stories. Stories on "Catch Me if you Can" include childhood memories; the effects of war; the effect of mental illness; and where we as humans fit in this big world. You will also find a bilingual story about a sweater and a song written from a caribou's perspective.
Come on in, sit back, take a listen. You'll be glad that you did.