Kim Koren

Kim Koren

 Hamilton, Ontario, CAN

Nominated for Best Female Artist, Alt-Country Album and Songwriter of the Year. A blend of country, rock and blues. The Canadian version Sheryl Crow.


Just a small town girl: Kim Koren

It's one of those tales straight out of a storybook. Born, bred and still living in a blink-and-you'll miss-it small town, nestled in a valley below the Niagara escarpment in rural Ontario, Canada, Singer/songwriter Kim Koren draws from her roots to deliver an uncompromising musical melange from alternative country rock to beautiful ballads.

Kim Koren began performing at the tender age of four, sitting on her father's knee and singing while he strummed his banjo. From that moment on, she knew that music would be the driving force in her life. She taught herself to play by writing her own songs on a Yamaha her dad gave her for Christmas, and she still plays that same guitar at all her shows. Born and raised in Dundas, Ontario, Kim has a burning desire to see the world, and a passion for meeting people. Her music is described as a blend of country, rock, and blues.
She released her debut cd "Simple" in Sept. 2003, and “Sun Went Down” in May 2007, which was picked up by CBC for national distribution, enjoying airplay on Sounds Like Canada, Daybreak Alberta, Fresh Air, and Saskatoon Weekend.
Since then, Kim has performed shows throughout Europe, and twice in New York City. For Canadian Music Week 2008, Kim and the band showcased at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto, and the Dakota Tavern for NXNE, shared stages with Steve Earle and Country Joe McDonald at the Festival Of Friends, and opened for Barney Bentall and Tom Wilson.

In 2007, Kim was nominated for three Hamilton Music Awards. Female Artist of the Year, Alternative Country Recording of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year. She has also become involved in organizing musical fundraiser events for the SPCA , and wrote "Light In The Window" for Design Hope 2007 to raise money and food donations for the less fortunate of Hamilton. In 2008 she won a HMA for Best Event("Year of the Cat").

From 2008 to 2010 Kim has been constantly performing in the Southern Ontario area. Mar 2009 found her on a small tour through the UK from London to Liverpool, sharing the stage with Fiction Planes, Joe Sumner.

In September, 2010, Kim released her third self-produced album,
"Raven Heart", a co-write with Tom Wilson(Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, LeE HARVey OSMoND), which was nominated again for three Hamilton Music Awards for Best Songwriter, Best Alt. Country Recording and Best Female Artist, and she performed at the awards show to a nationwide audience. Koren will be returning to Europe and the UK on the summer of 2011 to promote "Raven Heart", which has already been receiving airtime on BBC Leister.


"Simple" by Punchbuggy Yellow
Independently released in 2003
songs from Simple can be heard on CFMU, Goldenflash in Belgium, CBC Radio3

"Sun Went Down" Kim Koren
Independently released May, 2007
CBC Radio 3, Sounds Like Canada, Daybreak Alberta, CBC Saskatchewan

"Raven Heart" official release on Sept. 17th, 2010
to date the album has been played on CFMU, C101, and CBC Radio 1

Set List

-from the latest release "Raven Heart"
Raven Heart
If there's a way
Up to you
Spiders and Snails
Small Town
Light in the window
She's Got
Hearts of Snow
Where are you living now

-songs from "Sun Went Down" released in 2007
Sun Went Down
Bottom of my List
Can't Take it With You
Never Said Goodbye
I Love

sets are around 45 minutes to an hour