#WomenInMusic Spotlight: Toronto’s seminal legend of feminist new wave art-pop, Jane Siberry

Toronto’s seminal legend of feminist new wave art-pop

JUNE 22 • OLG STAGE • 10:30PM

Jane Siberry’s breakout 1985 art-pop hit “One More Colour” set her among the feminist vanguard of her time, which included artists like Kate Bush, Lori Anderson, and Toronto’s Mary-Margaret O’Hara.

From 1985-1993, Siberry established herself as one of Canada’s most influential and respected artists. Her synth-pop anthem was ubiquitous, and later covered by Toronto’s art-rock heroes, Rheostatics, and treated by actor/director Sarah Polley in 1997’s The Sweet Hereafter.

There’s a humanist spirituality to Siberry’s ballads: modern hymnals. She collaborated with avant-garde legend Brian Eno on her 1993 masterpiece When I Was Boy, an album which melded art-pop with lush atmospherics, spiritual balladry, and her iconic melodic sensibility. K.D. Lang was featured on the standout duet “Calling All Angels”.

Jane Siberry’s skewed melodies and sensuous experimentalism helped pave the way for Canada’s current generation of art-pop from Austra and Allie X, to Grimes and Bernice.

In the mid-80s, Jane Siberry was a key figure in defining Toronto’s burgeoning art-pop aesthetic. Over the last 20 years, Siberry has continued to produce deeply intimate and personal music, from 1996’s reverie-driven concept album “Teenager”, to the cinematic spirituality of 2016’s “Angels Bend Closer”.

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