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Maddie Storvold Trio
Sat, Mar 18


Time:8 p.m

Cover:$35 members, $37. 50 non members

Maddie Storvold prairie troubadour; the black sheep love child of protest singer Joan Baez & comedian Steven Wright

 Maddie Storvold is the proverbial black sheep love child of comedian Steven Wright and protest singer Joan Baez. Born on an air force base in Northern Alberta, but raised a nomad, based in the Middle East, she had traveled to over 30 countries by the time she turned 18 and moved back to Canada to complete a degree in English & Philosophy at Western University. This wealth of diverse cultural experiences and the intimate study of the craft of words can certainly be heard in the singer’s music. Often compared to Joni Mitchell, Storvold possesses compassion and storytelling abilities far beyond her years, and delivers these qualities to audiences with a honeyed, impassioned voice and emotive fingerpicking.

 Storvold’s third full length album, Sunstorm, tracks an evolution: the blossoming of the right things in the ruins of the wrong ones; the beauty that can emerge from the wreckage of the things you thought you wanted. The album’s title points toward the prairie phenomenon of a “sun shower”: spontaneous and delightful and almost always short-lived. This idea encompasses an essential part of being human that composes the through-line of the project - never knowing what will arrive, or when, or how long it will stay, but revelling in the delight of it, anyway.

Produced by indie heavy hitter Graham Lessard (Timber Timbre, Stars, Basia Bulat), Sunstorm takes 10 folk songs and layers them with complex instrumentation. The diverse stories were written across the span of 4 years, encompassing a fraught, long-distance relationship with another musician, a national television debut and win, a major commercial country record deal as a folk artist, an manic period of touring and momentum, and the eventual drop from the record label, a month before the WHO declared a pandemic. 

Sunstorm’s first single, “Long Time Gone” expresses Storvold’s vulnerable and hopeful foray into a new love, as the child of a parent whose infidelities were as painful as they were defining. It expresses her anxiety that faithful and enduring love might not be possible for some people (“I was born to burn and bound to break / but that’s the thing about blood they say / that it’s mostly water anyway”). It’s a song of fragile hope and careful imagining, in which the singer plants the seed of trust in herself as a person separate from her parents and their mistakes. Composed on Cannon Beach in Oregon, in 2018, the lyrically powerful song has remained meaningful and mature against the test of time. It’s the oldest song on the upcoming project and represents a coming home for the young folksinger.
In the last line of the song, “breathe me in the morning / another one I chose / before a long time’s gone / I’ll be a long time gone”, Storvold gently expresses how fleeting the pain and joy of being alive are, and how short our time is in which we can choose to be brave.


After moving to Edmonton in 2016, Storvold immersed herself in the city’s vibrant arts community and recorded her debut LP, The Old Brag Of My Heart in bathrooms, basements, treehouses and kitchens, seeking to capture an authentic and unedited experience of each unique song.  It was released to a sold out room and critical acclaim in the summer of 2017, charting Top 10 on Earshot folk/roots radio across Canada.  The young folk singer released her second full-length album Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon in December 2018, again to a sold out room, but this time at the Telus World of Science planetarium, with a choreographed 4-storey dome dancing above the band.

In February 2019, Storvold released a ballad, “Don’t Say You Love Me”, written and produced by Bryan Adams. The single shot to #1 on the country charts in less than 3 hours, and peaked at #3 on the overall charts, surpassing Lady Gaga and P!nk.

As a live performer, Storvold has been described as having a "commanding stage presence, a quirky sense of humor, and a knack for capturing moments in song" (Vue Weekly), with audience members often expressing delight at seeing both a music and a standup comedy show in one act. A fast regular on the festival circuit, Storvold has quickly carved out a space for herself in the Canadian music scene. She has brought stories and songs to the Edmonton Folk Fest, Canmore Folk Fest, Tiny Lights (Ymir, BC), Bear Creek Folk Festival (Grande Prairie, AB), Wild Mountain Music Festival (Hinton, AB), Rock on the River (Timmins, ON), Festival d’ete (Quebec City), Cavendish Beach Music Festival (PEI), Calgary Stampede, Interstellar Rodeo, and many more.  

Tough and sweet like gravel in honey, she can make you laugh and cry, think and ache - all in the same hour. Storvold’s music seeks to tell a story, to challenge us, to spark delight, and to touch a fragile part of the human spirit. Funny and fresh-faced, this story singer is quickly gaining attention across Canada as a voice to be reckoned with, harkening in a new generation of folk icons.



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