Serena Ryder

Concert Under The Stars

Friday June 23 @ 8:30pm, TekSavvy Main Stage, Confederation Park


Serena Ryder - vocal/guitar/piano
Brian Kobayakawa - bass
Sekou Lumumba - drums
Joel Joseph - keys
Joan Smith - guitar
Miku Graham - backing vocals
D/Shon - backing vocals

Serena Ryder is one of Canada’s stars with a vast vocal range. She started singing in public at seven and began writing her own material at the age of eleven. She released her first independent CD in 1999. CBC Radio radio exposure attracted the attention of singer Hawksley Workman, who signed her to his label. Her 2006 album, which featured cover versions of songs by Canadian songwriters, was a breakthrough, exposing a large audience to her full-throated versions of songs like “This Wheel’s On Fire” and “Sisters Of Mercy.” In 2008, Ryder won the JUNO Award for Best New Artist, and followed that the next year by winning the Adult Alternative Album category for the album Is It O.K. In 2012, she scored her first U.S. hit with the single “Stompa,” which led to an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2014, she performed O Canada to a massive television audience for the opening ceremonies of the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, and co-hosted the JUNO Awards, where she won both Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.