Summer Beats in the Parks presents

Dawn Tyler Watson

First-Prize winner at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Dawn Tyler Watson is working on the follow-up to her Jawbreaker! album. Accompanied by the Ben Racine Band, her new show promises to be filled with blues, soul, and gospel.

Dawn Tyler Watson, vocals
Ben Racine, vocals, guitar
Kaven Jalbert, tenor saxophone
Mat “Moose” Mousseau, baritone saxophone
François “Dutch” Dubé, bass
Nicky Estor, drums
John Sadowy, piano, B3 organ

“This utterly assured performer has you believing she’s a front-ranking country singer, a soul diva, a jazz warbler, a new adult contemporary specialist, a swing siren– as well as a basic blues belter.”
– Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

“Watson, in a nutshell, smokes. She has a kit bag full of smooth moves, and a personality that lifts off the page.”
– Eric Thom, Blues Review Magazine

“Her fabulous voice and incandescent stage presence make her the Queen of the Blues in Montreal.”
– Le Journal de Montreal

It has been more than two decades that Singer/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has been earning her place among Canada’s Blues elite. Born in England and raised in Ontario, she adopted Montreal as her home after earning her BFA in Jazz Studies and Theatre from Concordia University. An accomplished and dynamic performer, Watson’s fiery stage presence has earned her national and international recognition.

In 2017 along with her backing band The Ben Racine Band, Dawn took home the coveted 1st place spot out of over 260 acts at the 33rd International Blues Challenge, in Memphis TN. She’s also the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards and nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards. She’s earned the Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Best Live Performance, a Trophées France Blues for female International Artist of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Vocalist.

Her artistic style is an eclectic influence of Jazz, Soul,  and Gospel that pushes the boundaries of traditional Blues into a whole new dimension.

Playing festivals and concert halls across 4 continents, recording four albums, and appearing on numerous compilations, she has shared the stage with an array of premiere artists, including Oliver Jones, Jeff Healy, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, and Cyndi Lauper.

Between gigs Watson gives clinics & facilitates workshops in Vocal Expression & Improvisation while honing her chops on Montreal’s vibrant Jazz scene, and working with some of the city’s finest musicians.

Bring your own chair.
In case of rain, events will be held indoors in the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre (514-630-1220).

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