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Blenders brings Miles to Lyric stage

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One of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters, Lynn Miles will perform at the Lyric Theatre Jan. 27, as part of the Blenders music series.


With seven albums, multiple Canadian Folk Awards, and a Juno Award under her belt, music is a serious passion for Miles.
“My mom would always say that she knew I was asleep when I was a baby, because that’s when the singing would stop from the crib,” Miles explained. “It’s just something I have always wanted to do. I started playing the guitar at age 10, and took violin lessons, piano lessons, and played the flute. I wrote my first song when I was 10, and played my first professional show at age 17. I’m a lifer.”
For Miles, the act of writing and singing her own music is cathartic  — a soothing exercise, both physically and emotionally. Having the opportunity to perform that music to an appreciative audience makes it even more rewarding.
“I’m the freest person I know; I make all the decisions about what I do with my life,” she said. “I’ve been making a living as an artist for most of my life, and it feels so good. I feel very blessed, because I truly love writing songs. It’s one of my favourite things to do.”
While Miles classifies herself as a singer/songwriter, she leaves it up to listeners to make up their own minds about the sound of her music.
She refuses to call herself a folk musician, country artist, pop singer, because the songs she writes are in different genres. Her inspiration, however, remains the same.
“I just find it everywhere,” admitted Miles. “I always tell people that I just keep my ears up. If I’m standing in line at the bank, I’m always listening. I read a lot of novels, poetry, non-fiction, I watch movies, watch people. I like to try to figure out why we do what we do, so I’m always investigating and researching themes. I will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of a concept.”
Most of Miles’ songs are written about her own experiences. She feels writing and singing about her dilemmas can be very therapeutic.
She hopes by sharing these secrets with other people, they can feel comforted as well.
“The greatest compliments I get are from people who tell me my songs helped them through a hard time,” Miles noted. “It really is about that shared experience, and admitting our failings or shortcomings. It’s a great gift, and I love being able to do that. I love taking people on an emotional journey, and I hope it tweaks something in them.”
Doors for the show open at 7 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Pharmasave or by calling 306-778-2686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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