Ottawa singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is well known for penning songs that act as perfect travel companions to their own haunted landscapes. Her highly decorated work frequently celebrates the many pleasures of survival and reinvention, all with a seductively quiet strength. A musical raconteur, lyrical poet, and gifted performer, the music of Kathleen Edwards is beautifully honed artistry.
In the years following her breakout debut album Failer (2003), sophomore release Back To Me (2005) and Asking For Flowers (2008), Kathleen’s songs have topped the Billboard charts, been featured in the pages of Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, The Guardian, graced the cameras on late night TV with David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Jimmy Fallon, and Austin City Limits TV, as well as earning her several Juno nominations, and short-list for Polaris Music Prize. A consummate collaborator, Edwards has also appeared on projects with Iron & Wine, Calexico, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), John Doe and Bryan Adams, and shared stages with the likes of Bon Iver, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and The Rolling Stones. In 2012, Kathleen released her fourth studio album, Voyageur, co-produced with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, which garnered international critical acclaim and won her the 2012 SOCAN Echo Songwriting Prize.
In 2014, Kathleen took a short break from life on the road to pursue other passions and opened up coffee shop in her hometown, pulling inspiration from the great cafés she discovered along her travels around the world. With tongue-
in-cheek she named the shop “Quitters”, and it’s become a fixture on the Ottawa foodie scene since the day it opened.
This casual café by day and bar at night, featuring a creative and lovingly curated wine and craft beer list overseen by
Kathleen, has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best cafes/bars in the Ottawa area.
Kathleen Edwards will perform at the Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall on Friday September 14th, at the Winchester United Church on Saturday September 15th and at the Balderson United Church on Sunday September 16th.