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Ottawa Jazz Festival: Hannah Georgas
From the Promoter
Even in a country as rich with distinctive women singer-songwriters as Canada, Newmarket native Hannah Georgas stands out. Longlisted twice for the Polaris Music Prize and a multiple JUNO Award nominee, Georgas released her third full-length recording, For Evelyn, in mid-2016. Her career kicked off in Vancouver with open-mic shows after she had moved west to study psychology at the University of Victoria. Recognized immediately as a heart-on-sleeve performer, Georgas built a large local base through constant exposure and highly focused personal networking. It paid off, with her first EP, The Beat Stuff, becoming a cult classic and winning CBC airplay. Her first full album, This Is Good, found her mining her acoustic folk roots, but she switched to a more pop-oriented sound for her self-titled follow-up in 2012. For her third recording, inspired by her aged grandmother, Georgas extended her sonic palette even further afield, composing at the piano rather than on guitar, expanding her use of synthesizer and introducing horns.