Heather Bishop
Gig Seeker Pro

Heather Bishop

| INDIE | AFM

| INDIE | AFM
Band Folk Children's Music

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos

Music

Press


What the critics have to say…………

"In song and in conversation, Bishop's message is simple and unequivocal and urgent.
'We have to embrace a spirit of cooperation and self-respect. We have to exercise our
power to choose to live in a world of harmony'. Bishop herself represents the hope that
such a world is attainable by the very resonance other own voice."
Robert Reid, Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"Heather Bishop absorbs all life has to offer, imprints it with her compassion, her
tremendous optimism - and sometimes quirky humor - and then reflects it all back
through powerful lyric and music that could banish complacency from the
hardest heart."
Anne Kershaw, Whig-Standard, Kingston

"... she transcends all the bins and artificial categories ... come to her concert and she'll
send you home with a glimpse of the prairie moon."
Muriel Hogan, Downtown, Milwaukee

"a strong raconteur, using both humour and pathos to full effect"
Steven Ostick, Winnipeg Free Press

"Bishop is confident, spontaneous and witty ... she could sing a Capella all night and
have the audience eating out of the palm of her hand."
Brenda L. Whitehall, Hamilton Spectator

"blessed with a sensational voice"
Helen Metella, Edmonton Journal

"a powerful Canadian singer-songwriter"
Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

"rich, lyrical politics"
C. K. Riese, The Pillar, Salt Lake City

"Songs are provocative poetic statements that cut deeply while retaining genuine
tenderness."
Kristin Faurest, Courier-Journal, Louisville

"a resonant, endlessly expressive voice that makes you want to both sing along and
weep at the sheer beauty"
Laura Post, New Directions For Women

"Don't let her honey-velvet tones fool you - she can belt 'em out as easily as she can
croon."
Bay Windows, Boston

"distinctive contralto"
Shiela Morrison, Xtra West! Vancouver

"...Versatility, sensuality, and wit. She's a voice that will take you anywhere you
want to go."
Nicki De, Victory Review

"Individually and collectively these are love songs for a planet and a people"
Heartsong Review

- Various


Discography

Title Release Date
Grandmother's Song December-79
Celebration December-80
Bellybutton July-82
I Love Women Who Laugh December-82
Purple People Eater March-85
A Taste of the Blues November-86
Walk That Edge December-88
A Duck in New York City November-89
Old-New-Borrowed-Blue April-92
Daydream Me Home October-94
Chickee's on the Run December-96
Heather Bishop Live April-00
A Tribute to Peggy Lee* November-03
*project specific EP (6 songs)
my face is a map of my time here May-09

Photos

Bio

Heather Bishop

Heather Bishop has always lived her belief that when she speaks and sings about the truth in her own life, it strikes a chord in other people's lives as well. For her social activism as well as her work in the arts, Heather has been awarded the Order of Canada in 2005, (the highest award Canada can bestow on one its citizens), the Order of Manitoba in 2001, and the YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1997.

Biography

Heather Bishop started performing almost four decades ago in the all-woman dance band, Walpurgis Night, and has been going strong ever since. In 1979 Heather recorded her first album and began touring extensively, playing concert halls, folk clubs and campuses, major folk festivals and conferences, and school auditoriums across Canada and the United States. She toured solo or with one or more side players, doing concerts for adult, family and young audiences in major cities, small towns and remote communities.

In the spring of 2009 Heather released her fourteenth CD – my face is a map of my time here. For her recording, A Taste of the Blues, Heather was nominated for a Juno for Most Promising Female Vocalist. Chickee's On The Run!, her most recent of four children's releases, received a Juno nomination for Best Children's Recording, a U.S. Parents' Choice Gold Award (also awarded to A Duck in New York City), and a NAPPA Gold Award (the U.S. National Association of Parenting Publications). Heather Bishop Live received a Prairie Music Award nomination for Best Roots Recording. In 2006 she was awarded the Western Canadian Music Industry Builder Award.

In the 1990's, in addition to touring in Canada and the United States, Heather travelled
overseas to tour in Scotland and Wales and made several trips to Australia. She also had her children's repertoire arranged for symphony orchestra and performed with most of Canada’s major Symphony Orchestras as well as a couple of dates in the USA. In recent years, Heather has done concerts for such organizations as the Woodford Folk Festival in Woodford Australia, the Scottish International Children’s Festival in Edinborough Scotland, the National Women's Music Festival in Bloomington Indiana, Musaic Chorus in Victoria BC, MJG Productions in Toronto, New Folk Collective in Minneapolis, Frostbite Music Festival in the Yukon Territory and the Winnipeg and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras.

Before launching her career in music, Heather began as a visual artist, studying Fine Arts at the University of Regina and graduating in 1969. She began a love affair with oil paint and painted for the next decade before her musical career kept her away from her easel.
Fulfilling a promise she made to herself when her musical career took the driver’s seat, Heather Bishop recently returned to her easel and her first love, painting. Her first one woman show is scheduled for the fall of 2009 and her new CD contains a booklet of her art work.

Years ago Heather built a solar house on her property in rural Manitoba, for which she
did the carpentry, electrical and plumbing. In her time off the road, she's most often found there - hammering, sawing, wiring, planting, putting up one thing or pulling down
another – most recently building a straw bale retreat cottage. Or, if the squirrels have chased her away, she could be off in the woods with her dog, Cutter.

What the critics have to say…………

"In song and in conversation, Bishop's message is simple and unequivocal and urgent.
'We have to embrace a spirit of cooperation and self-respect. We have to exercise our
power to choose to live in a world of harmony'. Bishop herself represents the hope that
such a world is attainable by the very resonance other own voice."
Robert Reid, Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"Heather Bishop absorbs all life has to offer, imprints it with her compassion, her
tremendous optimism - and sometimes quirky humor - and then reflects it all back
through powerful lyric and music that could banish complacency from the
hardest heart."
Anne Kershaw, Whig-Standard, Kingston

"... she transcends all the bins and artificial categories ... come to her concert and she'll
send you home with a glimpse of the prairie moon."
Muriel Hogan, Downtown, Milwaukee

"a strong raconteur, using both humour and pathos to full effect"
Steven Ostick, Winnipeg Free Press

"Bishop is confident, spontaneous and witty ... she could sing a Capella all night and
have the audience eating out of the palm of her hand."
Brenda L. Whitehall, Hamilton Spectator

"blessed with a sensational voice"
Helen Metella, Edmonton Journal

"a powerful Canadian singer-songwriter"
Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

"rich, lyrical politics"
C. K. Riese, The Pillar, Salt Lake City

"Songs are provocative poetic statements that cut deeply while retaining genuine
tenderness."
Kristin Faurest, Courier-Journal, Louisvill