MacDougall brings her own vision to the stage

By JT McVeigh, The Enterprise-Bulletin

COLLINGWOOD — Music fans in Ontario probably haven’t heard much about Sarah MacDougall’s music, but they will soon.

The young singer from Whitehorse has made a name for herself in Western Canada, Europe and Australia and now Ontario gets its chance with an Oct. 7 concert stop at the Simcoe Street Theatre before her fall tour takes her to Ottawa and Montreal.

The Yukon-based two-time Western Canadian Music Award-winning artist is known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice.

Born in Sweden, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her one of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters.

MacDougall’s voice is the first thing that catches you when you hear her Grand Canyon recording and the soulful images in her lyrics are a blend of urban and non-urban sensibilities.

“It makes sense that it sounds urban but not urban because I spend a lot of my time in cities on the road and I grew up in a city,” said MacDougall just back from a tour of Ireland and Germany. “I grew up in Sweden and I have always been very influenced by the dark, cold and the vastness of landscape. So I don’t know if that is the non-urban part.”

“I guess I am a bit restless. My mother worked for Scandinavian Air and my father is Canadian,” says MacDougall. “So we always travelled a lot when I was a kid and I guess it influenced me.”

Singing professionally for almost 10 years, MacDougall’s first tour through Western Canada lasted only a week. the following year, a month, and by the third year she was packing 150 dates on her calendar.

“I guess I’m an introspective thinker and the stories that I tell are real,” said MacDougall.

Though still working her way into the Eastern Canada psyche, MacDougall has an extensive resumé, playing festivals at the Iceland Airwaves, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival, The Great Escape, and she has been featured on CBC’s Vinyl Café.

MacDougall will be joined in Collingwood by Irish performer Tiz McNamara. His independent releases have racked up over 2.7 million Spotify plays and have been featured in U.K. TV shows Hollyoaks and Emmerdale.

MacDougall performs at the Simcoe Street Theatre Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 available at Creemore Coffee Studio, Blue Mountain Music, the theatre box office and ticketscene.ca.


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