Tanya Davis, poet. Also: writer and singer of songs. So, too, candid performer, vulnerable before you, whatever stage she’s on.
Since bursting onto the Halifax music and arts scene in 2006, Tanya has garnered praise from industry, audience, and peers alike, all the while building an impressive and eclectic resume of artistic work and accomplishments. With 3 albums, two books, numerous collaborations, and countless performances, she has stepped across genre and back again, forging new ground in the realm of creative possibility. Her videopoem, How to be Alone – a collaboration with filmmaker Andrea Dorfman – has had more than 6 million hits on youtube, attracting international media and blogger attention, a publishing deal with Harper Collins, and new fans the world over. She tours regularly as a performance poet, musician and public speaker and was the 2011/12 Halifax Poet Laureate.
Known for her soothing voice, her musical cadence, and a compelling way with words, Tanya has been bringing poetry to unsuspecting places, merging powerful yet simple language with a desire to honestly explore, and articulate, the human experience. She frequently takes commissions to pen poems and verse and has done so for the likes of The 2011 Canada Games, The National Film Board of Canada, and CBC Radio. She has written and staged 2 one woman shows and is currently at work developing a musical literary production (as funded by the Canada Council for the Arts), exploring the complexity of faith. In the fall of 2013, Tanya picked up her first film credit as the leading actor in Andrea Dorfman’s forthcoming feature, Heartbeat, to be released in September 2014, alongside a soundtrack of Tanya’s original music.
With an ever-growing collection of works, a passion for expression, and a willingness to open and change, Tanya continues to develop as an artist and creator. Inspired with the scenery and stirred by the details, she explores and reports back – honest, articulate, and wide-eyed for all of it.