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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 15:51

Lindi looming large on Swift Current’s (musical) horizon

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Toronto's best-kept secret, singer/ songwriter Lindi Ortega has been impressing audiences for years with a voice that has been described as a blend of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Emmylou Harris.


Local music fans will have the chance to listen to this fantastic performer Nov.  6, when Ortega will be at the Lyric Theatre as part of the Blenders music series. Her opening act will Devin Cuddy.
This songstress is bursting with creative ambition, and uses her powerful voice and charming, sometimes dark-humored lyrics to captivate audiences. Since her first album was released in 2001, Ortega has become one of Canada’s most defined alt-country artists.
Following the release of her debut album, Ortega spent the next decade building her reputation as an independent artist in Toronto’s music scene.
During that time, she released a follow up album and some EPs, and began an extensive touring schedule. Ortega has performed for audiences in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico, and has appeared on several late-night shows.
Since signing with Last Gang records, Ortega has released another three albums, and has been nominated for two Juno awards.
Two of her most recent releases were longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2012 and 2013, and her latest album, Tin Star, was released just this month.
The album showcases a new Nashville influence, inspired by Ortega’s newly-adopted home of ‘music city’.
While Ortega strives to create a new feel to each album she releases, her music still speaks to the classics of country music — loneliness, unrequited love, and crumbling relationships. However, with her distinct voice and skilled songwriting, Ortega manages to let her contemporary take on traditional country shine through.
Devin Cuddy is the son of Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo. Devin Cuddy’s music has a style its own, one that shouldn’t work, but somehow does. His unique blend of New Orleans blues and country effortlessly marries the two musical ideals with a distinctive element of Canadiana so eloquent, that it leaves one pondering why no one has done this before. Cuddy’s new take pushes the limits of what people think they want to dance to on a Saturday night.
Lindi Ortega and Devin Cuddy will perform in Swift Current at the Lyric Theatre on Nov. 6, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and music starting at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the show are $25, and available at Pharmasave or by contacting Shann at 306-778-2686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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