Tannis Slimmon has been a fixture in Guelph’s vibrant roots music scene since the early 1980’s. A prairie transplant, she was born into a musical family and raised on a farm in Manitoba. She has been singing, writing, recording and touring locally, nationally and internationally for over 30 years, and her name appears in the credits of over 100 recordings. She released her first solo album, Oak Lake, in 2001, followed up with 2007’s award-winning Lucky Blue and 2013’s In and Out of Harmony.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s, she was a founding member of various regional roots bands, including The Reverbs and Benji. She has appeared as a special guest on recordings and live performances alongside key players in the CanRock revolution, including Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies and Grievous Angels. She spent 11 years as one of the three songstresses of the legendary group The Bird Sisters.
Tannis’ penchant for musical partnerships persists. In addition to her own ‘solo’ singer-songwriter show with her partner Lewis Melville, her current collaborative offerings include Boreal, a trio that performs songs to welcome winter, and the Ondine Chorus, a unique vocal ensemble.
Tannis has mentored young performers through the Developing Artists program at the Folk Music Ontario conference, including the rising star Annie Sumi with whom she has gone on to tour and perform.
In 2008 she was named Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her album Lucky Blue. Ernest, Charlie & Allan, a track from Lucky Blue, garnered the Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Roots Song. The record also earned a spot on the Top Ten Critics Albums of the Year by Penguin Eggs, Canada’s premier folk and roots music magazine, and a Porcupine’s Golden Quill Award for songwriting.