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Short Bio (76 words)

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, impressive guitar and bass chops and an engagingly candid performance style. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards, 1 Canadian Folk Music Award and is a 3X Juno Nominee. She has also twice won the International Songwriting Competition – Blues Category. She will be releasing a new Roots & Blues album in the fall of 2022. 

Medium Bio (140 words)

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Roots and Blues singer Suzie Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more. Suzie has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show. 

Suzie has toured nationally with Downchild, Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café, the John McDermott Band and she performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.

Suzie will be releasing a new Roots & Blues album in the fall of 2022. 

Longer Bio (209 words)

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style.

Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent successes: being awarded the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival 2019 Special Recognition Award and being nominated for a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year with her co-producer, Mark Lalama. Suzie achieved finalist status in the Solo/Duo Category at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; received the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards, 1 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year and is a 3X Juno Nominee.

Suzie has toured nationally with Downchild, Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café, the John McDermott Band and she has performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.

Suzie will be releasing a new Roots & Blues album in the fall of 2022. 

Tune your ears to one of Canada’s music greats, with “…a voice of spun gold and honey” Access Magazine

Suzie’s latest album, “Shake The Love Around”  

You don’t have to travel far into Suzie Vinnick’s catalogue of music to know you’ve found something singular and unforgettable.

Hailing from Saskatoon and now settled in Ontario’s Niagara Region, Suzie has worn all the hats and made all the calls in a 30-year career in roots and blues that has taken her across the country and around the world.

Singer-songwriter doesn’t begin to describe her. She picked up her first guitar at the age of 9 and went on to learn bass, saxophone, mandolin, lap steel, piano, and more. She’s won 10 Maple Blues Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year, been nominated for three JUNOs, toured with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café, and performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. In 2013, she was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge at the legendary Orpheum Theatre in Memphis in the solo/duo category.  She’s also won the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 Sirius XM Canada Blues Artist of the Year.  And for five years, she was the voice of one of Canada’s national coffee chains, Tim Horton’s.

Suzie is one of those rare performers who knows when to deliver the vocal knock-out and when to pull back to a whisper, bending notes and phrases that tiptoe across your heart. Even her humming is like a warm caress. “Singing is like sleeping and breathing for me. If you can’t sing with feeling, you can’t move people.” She performs with a warmth and generosity that makes her at home on your best friend’s front porch or under the lights of the National Arts Centre. She’s also an ace at blurring musical boundaries and interpreting covers in unpredictable new ways – her cheeky bossa nova version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock N Roll” proves that fact.

Suzie has just launched her 6th solo album. Unlike her last two albums, which were solo acoustic affairs, Suzie’s new release, Shake the Love Around is a ‘band’ record. The album’s title was inspired by friends in Forget, SK, who used to hold hands and “shake the love around” after grace at every meal. The warmth and camaraderie of those days has never left her.

Working with co-producer and keyboardist Mark Lalama (Sisters Euclid, Marc Jordan), Shake the Love Around moves beyond Suzie’s singer–songwriter persona and celebrates her prodigious instrumental chops – on bass, lap steel, electric and acoustic guitar, and the gorgeous National Folkstar guitar.  Suzie recorded the album bed-tracks with drummer Gary Craig (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane). She also has a few other guests on the album including Colin Linden and Kevin Breit playing guitar on two songs and Dean McTaggart and David Leask lending their song-writing and vocal talents to each of their album co-writes.

The songs are as diverse as her talents, coming in like little gifts, each one a happy surprise in contrast. There’s the anthemic power of “The Golden Rule” and the quiet beauty of “Drift Away,” which conjures up a musical love affair between Norah Jones and Stephen Foster (“Drift Away” was co-written with Matt Andersen and is the first song Suzie wrote in the 1880s church she bought and has called home since 2012.) And just try to sit still through “Find Some Freedom,” a joyful ride through all the things that make life worthwhile, if we only look.

Her blistering rendition of John Fogerty’s “A Hundred and Ten in the Shade” shines a light on Suzie’s guitar prowess, while Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone” takes on the ‘new normal’ of these turbulent times and demonstrates Suzie’s bass chops.

From start to finish, the joy and power of Suzie’s full-bodied vocals is on target in every track. “A lot of me is in this album, and it feels really good. We shook the love around and made it happen.”

Suzie Vinnick is one of Canada’s true stand-out roots and blues artists, a shape-shifting maverick who continues to blaze her own trail.


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QUOTES

“Suzie Vinnick is a unique talent; a triple threat singer/songwriter/guitarist. She is emotive, joyous and funky all in the same song. Shake the Love Around is a great evolutionary step for this thoughtful and engaging artist.”
Blues Blast Magazine

“Vinnick’s newly released Shake The Love Around aims for a fuller sound that’s firmly rooted in the blues.  Accompanied by a group of seasoned musicians, Vinnick shines as a performer and a songwriter.  As a vocalist, Vinnick has extraordinary range.  She can turn on a dime from a jazzy, Rickie Lee Jones tone to a blueswoman’s growl.  Given Vinnick’s Canadian roots, Joni Mitchell comparisons are inevitable.  Indeed, Mitchell’s trademark swooping high notes and half-spoken asides make their way into Vinnick’s vocal style.  Vinnick handles all the guitar work on the album, and her deft touch shows on both acoustic strumming and electric leads.”
– Jon Kleinman, Elmore Magazine

“Sometimes, when it comes to contemporary blues, it’s a good thing to challenge convention. Canadian singer/songwriter Suzie Vinnick plays with the standard modern forms delightfully on her new album, the utterly enjoyable Shake The Love Around…(vocally) her range is staggering. She has the kind of voice that you never get tired of hearing.”
– Winnipeg Free Press

Shake The Love Around is one of those records that makes you feel better for having listened to it.”
– Music Reviews by the Rock Doctor

​​“Blessed with a gorgeous voice, throughout Shake The Love Around Vinnick leads her band through terrific songs filled with rich lyrical insights, smooth arrangements, and stunning and near-overwhelming performances…Shake The Love Around is an excellent blues and roots album from Suzie Vinnick. She never disappoints.”
Fervor Coulee

“Possessed of enough vocal sass and soul to hang out exclusively on blues turf, Suzie Vinnick ups the ante with songwriting partnering that crosses borders with skill and ease.  While delivering the bluesy goods on tracks such as “Lean Into The Light” and “Watch Me”, the Ontario-based multi-instrumentalist casts a spell in ballad country with “Crying A River”.  Ms. V serves up some decidedly un-shabby covers of John Fogerty’s “A Hundred And Ten In The Shade” and Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone” as well.  Stealing this show, however, may be a bona fide folk anthem-in-waiting, “The Golden Rule”.”
– Roots Music Report

“Serving up a set where it shows she’s a long way from getting jaded and losing her mojo, this girl most likely to…has more chops than the meat department at the Costco warehouse.  Blues, folk, rock?  She’s got a toe in all those waters and handles them all with the ease of wrapping them around her little finger.  A real blast of fresh air, this set hit’s the target every timeout.  Killer stuff throughout.”
– Midwest Record

“Me ‘n’ Mabel is a blues album that includes Suzie’s amazing singing, great material and wonderful acoustic playing and arranging. She’s truly blessed with a rare voice that’s playful, sassy and soulful….”
– Holger Petersen, CBC’s Saturday Night Blues

“This is the Suzie Vinnick recording that her blues fans have been waiting for: an intimate all-blues concert of just you, Suzie’s warm engaging voice, and her fine acoustic guitar, the eponymous Mabel….”
– Blues Doctor Julie Hill, Blue Remedy, CKLN 88.1 FM Toronto

“Suzie Vinnick’s new CD shows her at her most vulnerable and hence, most powerful. She has talent in every cell of her body….”
– Lynn Miles, Singer/Songwriter

“When Saskatoon native Suzie Vinnick takes the stage, she takes it from footlights to rafters and owns it. She can belt out a blues or croon a ballad with equal deftness. Her guitar work is effortlessly commanding and supremely tasteful. But it is mostly her powerful presence that leaves a lasting impression. This lady is a force of nature with a six-string guitar. You’ve got to experience her to understand.”
– Mike Agranoff, The Minstrel, Morristown, NJ

“you sing like sun on snow…”
– Craig Northey

“…a voice of spun gold and honey”
– Access Magazine

“Captivating and charismatic, Vinnick’s performance underlines the essence of the blues while setting out on a journey all
her own. A voice and a feel that’ll soothe the keeper at the crossroads.”
– John Rutherford, Musician, Calgary, Alberta”

“One of the greatest voices in Canada!…”
– Elaine Overholt, vocal coach to Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Catherine Zeta-Jones

“Her solo work jumps genre barriers with the ease of an Olympic hurdles champion… She’s equally at home in folk, blues, pop and country, and has come up with her best work yet here…”
– Kerry Doole, Exclaim Magazine

“An engaging performer…”
– The Globe & Mail

“She makes the act of genre-hopping seem completely effortless….”
– Kayla Hart, The Marlet, U of Victoria’s Independent Newspaper

“Warm, rich and emotional, Vinnick’s gorgeous vocals ring with confidence…”
– Ottawa Citizen

“Her powerful voice breathes sweet life into candid, personal and heartfelt lyrics…”
– Capital City

“Suzie Vinnick has a voice somewhere between Shawn Colvin, Rebecca Campbell and some angel who guided you through a night…”
– Vancouver Island Cosmic Debris

“Inevitable comparisons to a young Bonnie Raitt are fitting, as she moves easily through rock, country, pop and folk stylings…”
– Saskatoon Downtown

“Take an amazing voice, add a pinch of youth, mix slowly with some of the finest writing and instrumental talent around, and the recipe is complete…”
– Ballyrag

“…her big voice into a delicate space with style and tenderness; gentle-sounding, well-crafted, personal songs from the folk-pop neighbourhood of Shawn Colvin and Rickie Lee Jones…”
– Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
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