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Like many musicians who have achieved critical success only to find themselves just as broke and no farther ahead than they were when they started, Karyn Ellis was getting ready to throw in the towel on the music business and get a real job. Just then, an envelope showed up from the Canada Council--a cheque for a hard-to-get composition grant she had forgotten she’d even applied for.
So began a series of events that not only kept Ellis making music, but resulted in her going all out—recording a breakthrough album that pairs her quirky songwriting and sensual, naïve vocals with a cornucopia of alluring production elements: strings, horns, choirs and glockenspiels, just to name a few. Suddenly, instead of feeling isolated in the business, the 2007 winner of Humber College’s Most Original New Voice award found herself surrounded by exceptional musical friends: Evalyn Parry, John Millard, Amy Lang (Hidden Cameras) and Brian Kobayakawa (Creaking Tree) just to name a few. And instead of scrambling to pay for recording costs, Ellis had money from both the Council and FACTOR, allowing her to fund the 16-member musical extravaganza. She even had her coffers topped up with donations from fans. The resulting album, Even Though the Sky Was Falling, is a celebration of the beauty and redemption to be found in chaotic times like the one Ellis had been going through.
One song was written while a friend was dying of cancer. Another was inspired by watching a series of creepy CSI episodes. Three tracks were penned while Ellis sat in the parking lot of a major festival, bummed not to be on stage performing … but none of this is obvious from listening. “Beauty,” which is dedicated to the memory of Ellis’ friend Joceyln Porter, is a simple, sprightly number filled with uplifting lyrics like “I am filled with joy”—complete with bouncy trombone lines, “doo doo doo” choruses and singing toddlers. “Be My Girl”—the CSI song—is a plaintive reflection on breaking free from the “beautiful victim” role that women are so often cast in. “Bitter Grasses,” one of the spurned-by-a-festival numbers, sounds to all the world like a spurned-by-a-lover song with a bit of a vintage country surf feel to it. The diverse sounds are all woven together into a cohesive package with help from co-producer Don Kerr, best-known for his work with Ron Sexsmith.
"a magical way with song... Leonard Cohen has no copyright on the word hallelujah." Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail
"I can't get your record off repeat, but that's on purpose. It's astounding!" Stephen Pitkin, Elliot Brood
"4 1/2 out of 5... pure enjoyment from the first to the last. !" Benny Metten, CtrlAltCountry.be, Belgium
“as if writing a brilliant song were child’s play.”Martin Overheul, AltCountryForum.nl, Netherlands


Hearths Fall

The majority of Hearts Fall (2005) was recorded live-off-the-floor as a trio (vocals & guitars, piano/violin and double bass) in one snowy afternoon session at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton Ontario, early 2005. Tom Howell, James Thomson and I played through each song one or two times on stage sans audience (on a Monday when the theatre was dark) while Ian Gibbons captured everything on remote recorder. Then later that summer, Gary Craig added drums and percussion to the best of the tracks at the Rogue Studio while James Paul sat at the board. To finish off, we tweaked a bit... redid one guitar solo, jangled some bells and threw in a small choir of humming men. And, that's how this record happened.
"The songs creep up on you quietly, disguised as lullabies - then flirt with blue grass, walk the indie-folk line with tight rope precision before they softly explode into rich and emotional songs that are nothing short of enchanting." Upfront Magazine
"8 out of 10…This album is sheer indie delight. ... there’s intelligence and poetry in the lyrics, not to mention gentle humour. This is not a happy record. But it is one where misery is beautiful, raw and crisp." Americana-uk.com, UK



Recordings on Karyn's six - song EP, Bird (2003), were first intended as demo tracks for a full-length CD. However, repeated audience requests at live shows for recordings encouraged her to release these early tracks as songs-in-progress while working on the larger CD project.
Bird's physical packaging itself reflects Karyn's grassroots approach to her musical career, each cover of this limited edition release is hand silk-screened and block printed by Karyn herself in "Mathilde's Home Productions headquarters", aka: her living room. Finished with hockey tape, each copy is uniquely numbered.
"The songwriting carries through to a strong finish. No throwaways,h to a strong finish. No throwaways, no fillers, no sign of running on creative empty.... I strongly recommend checking it out. She could seal the disc in Saran Wrap and still make something magical out of it" Indie-Music.com, USA
"A beautifully organic piece of work...delivers dig-your-heels-in rootsy pop peppered with delightfully quirky lyrics." RisMixLive.com

What is Indie: DVD

Look for "What is Indie?" (2006) - a music documentary by Montreal filmmaker Dave Cool, distributed by National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Karyn makes a brief but oh so profound appearance in the film! Plus, her song "Rain" is featured on the compilation CD that accompanies the DVD.