Trent Severn

Trent Severn

 Stratford, Ontario, CAN

Trent Severn is a seasoned Canadiana folk trio of fantastic female songwriters and musicians. Songs like Snowy Soul, Muskoka Bound and Bluenose On A Dime paint instant Canadian portraits. Their live show will make all ages giggle and dance and their record serves as a token of a great night.


Early in life one thinks that everything in the world that is magical, interesting and worthwhile is most certainly somewhere else. One can't wait to grow up and explore this amazing planet we share. Eventually there comes a time when we open our eyes and realize what treasures lie in our own backyard, and how lucky our maple leaf is. Oh Canada!

Meet Trent Severn. Not the waterway system in Southern Ontario, but Trent Severn - the Canadiana band whose songs are fueled by the folklore of our country; whose lyrics pay tribute to Canadian legends.

Trent Severn is a trio from Stratford, Ontario comprised of indie songster Emm Gryner, the multi-talented Dayna Manning and violin whiz/songbird Laura C. Bates. They released their self-titled 10-track debut album in November of 2012, and in less than a years time they have garnered critical acclaim, sold out shows, national top 5 radio charting, appeared on CBC Radios national arts program, Q and received praise from Burton Cummings. On Canada Day 2013, they performed their own rendition of O Canada at the Flag Raising Ceremony on Parliament Hill, and joined Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in his first earthly performance of David Bowies Space Oddity. Their debut was nominated in two categories for the CFMAs: New/Emerging Artist of the Year Award and Vocal Group of the Year, and are set to release their second album in November 2014.

Every note on the album is played, arranged and penned by the trio with the exception of a one-track guest appearance by Joel Plaskett. Song titles like Snowy Soul, Muskoka Bound and Bluenose On A Dime paint instant Canadian portraits. The lyrics seamlessly offer inside jokes our citizens will laugh at, yet nothing a welcome visitor couldn't relate to and enjoy.

The roots of this trio are deep. These ladies have been intertwined by the same stomping grounds and musical crossroads for a decade.

Emm Gryner is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with several albums to her credit. She won the Canadian Music Publishers Songwriting scholarship, the Radiostar Songwriting Contest and has been nominated 3 times for a Juno Award. In Q Magazines 20th anniversary issue, U2s Bono named Emms song Almighty Love as one of 6 songs from the past twenty years that he wishes he had written. She was a member of David Bowie's touring band for his album, "...hours".

Dayna Manning has released three solo records, one Juno-nominated. Her records feature appearances by Sean Ono Lennon, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith and CSNY sideman Bob Galub. Manning has toured the country with 54-40, Joe Cocker, Burton Cummings and opened for Radiohead. Her songwriting is sincere and superbly crafted, her finger-picking skills are unmatched and her voice is truly unmistakable with a timbre that reminds one of Roy Forbes, Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton all at once.

Laura C. Bates is the first violinist to receive a Bachelor in Jazz and Contemporary Music at Humber College. Her career highlights include performances at Massey Hall, The Glenn Gould Studio, The West End Cultural Centre, on Canadas Got Talent (Citytv), live on CBC Radio, four national tours and numerous dates at Canadian folk festivals including Mariposa, Hillside, Shelter Valley, Northern Lights, and Blueskies. Her other projects, The Boxcar Boys (dixieland, western swing, Klezmer) and Del Bel (post-rock indie orchestra) have received critical acclaim in The Toronto Star and NOW magazine. She takes joy in fiddling everywhere from concert halls to camp fires.

Gryner and Manning have been co-billing a stage since the very beginnings of their careers. As a teenager, Manning wrote her very first song "A Walk On the Moon", the song that launched her musical career, while babysitting Laura C. Bates in her childhood home.

Trent Severn are three treasured and talented musicians who have years of experience touring this country, getting to know audiences and creating lasting friendships. This band is a seed that blooms to life on a Canadian stage, and like every modest Canadian, has achievable goals:

-To show a Canadian audience a really great time
-To write songs that touch the hearts and tell the stories of our friends, neighbours and legends
-To offer an album that sounds just like the concert
- And of course, to be kind, to enjoy a beer at the end of a long day and to talk about - I dunno - maybe how cold it is?