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annie sumi
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annie sumi

biography

Following the critical success of her debut album, Reflections, and more than two years of touring across Canada charming audiences with her unique brand of musical storytelling, singer-songwriter Annie Sumi released her newest album, In the Unknown, in the fall of 2017.

It’s a collection of contemporary folk tunes, brought to life through Sumi’s unique ethereal vocalization and an orchestra of sound that includes strings, piano and a hint of percussion.

But mostly, In the Unknown is about stories. Gathering stories, both real and imagined, and weaving them into song is at the core of Sumi’s musical artistry. It’s as if she’s able to breathe in all the beauty of nature and the subtleties of life, and breathe out musical tales that inspire, enchant, or open the heart.

“I’ve been story-catching, travelling across the country listening to peoples’ stories about life and loss, love and laughter,” Sumi says. “In the Unknown is a voicing of these little treasures.”

There is “Get By,” a song that reflects the sadness in a man’s heart as he’s forced to leave his wife and children to find work out west. There’s a light and breezy tune, “The City,” about a carefree, late-night stroll through the busy streets of an urban centre. And there’s the album’s lead track, “In Everything,” a clarion call for Mother Nature, inspired by the ideas of Pantheism, where Sumi encourages us all to hold each other and the environment with reverence and respect.

“It’s not a Baez or Dylan-type of 60s protest song,” she says. “But there’s a message there, for sure. I believe we should all strive to make our world a better place, and I feel blessed to be able to inspire positive change through song.”

In the Unknown has received airplay across Canada (CBC and community radio, Stingray Music) and drawn praise from music reviewers and folk/roots publications.

“If you’d like to hear the future of contemporary folk music, take a listen to the sophomore release from Annie Sumi.”
-Penguin Eggs Magazine, June, 2018

In 2018, Sumi has toured the album all across Canada, parts of the U.S., and Europe. It’s on stage where she’s most at home, making a connection with her audience through an intimate acoustic set, or kicking it up a notch with some musical accompaniment, and then offering her trademark “free hugs” after each show.

She’s played around 300 shows, from house concerts to major festivals, connecting with her audience and sharing the stage with the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Amelia Curran and Jim Cuddy.

“Annie Sumi wins you over before she finishes her first song,” says Mogens Galberg, of the Greenbank Folk Music Society. “Her natural and beautiful voice, smart lyrical ballads and excellent guitar skills make you realize she was born to do this.”

*To hear what others have to say, click on ‘press clippings’ below

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Annie Sumi is an Ontario-based ethereal-folk artist with a sound shaped by varied musical influences, from Joni to Feist to Rachel Sermanni and Nick Drake. Her compositions linger on the line between reality and imagination, like a lyrical poet with a knack for capturing the magic of life through the eyes of a child.

Sumi’s music has been played all across Canada on CBC Radio, community radio, and Stingray Music, earning critical acclaim and numerous accolades. She’s also a member of the award-winning folk/jazz quartet, The Hidden Roots Collective, nominated for a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award.

news

WHATS UP ANNIE?!?? TOP TEN - BREAKING NEWS HEADLINES & MORE I AM RELEASING AN ALBUM with Hidden Roots Collective on September 1, 2016! We will be touring the album all over Ontario, and you can find out more about our tour dates or you can order the LP, "Come Up, Honey", on our website @ www.hiddenrootscollective.com I AM MOVING TO GUELPH, in September, to work on a humble farm, and learn about self-sustainability and permaculture. I RECEIVED THE "ARTIST DEVELOPMENT GRANT" from FACTOR as a contribution to my upcoming recording project (starting this hibernation season)! I AM ALMOST FINISHED [...]

August 31st, 2016|

videos

shows

 

date venue city info
november 3, 2018 david newland live album recording cobourg, on click here
november 8-10, 2018 nerfa conference stamford, ct click here
november 21, 2018 burdock w/ rachel beck & mark fossen toronto, on click here
november 24, 2018 house concert toronto, on N/A
december 1, 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards w/ the lifers calgary, ab click here
december 8, 2018 winter market guelph, on click here
december 8, 2018 greenbank folk society w/ the marigolds greenbank, on click here
december 9, 2018 casa del popolo w/ saint lo montreal, qc TBD
december 16, 2018 maple lake united church w/ campbell woods algonquin highlands, on click here
january 6-26, 2019 banff musicians in residence banff, ab click here
date venue city
october 16, 2018 burdock w/ madeleine roger toronto, on
october 13, 2018 holysmokes festival guelph, on
september 28-30, 2018 folk music ontario toronto, on
september 22, 2018 gallery house concerts calgary, ab
september 21, 2018 the carrot edmonton, ab
september 20, 2018 creative city centre regina, sk
september 13, 2018 char’s landing port alberni, bc
september 12, 2018 house concert nanaimo, bc
september 8, 2018 the old moar’s barn selkirk, mb
september 7, 2018 centre for spiritual living winnipeg, mb
september 5, 2018 house concert sault ste. marie, on
september 4, 2018 north star diner north bay, on
august 15, 2018 maja’s kitchen mindemoya, on
august 10-12, 2018 trout forest festival ear falls, on
august 4, 2018 summer in the park north bay, on
july 28, 2018 crossing point festival oshawa, on
july 27, 2018 the boat north bay, on
july 21-22, 2018 home county folk festival london, on
july 13-15, 2018 hillside festival *full band guelph, on
july 7, 2018 thime station w/ the lifers bryne, norway
july 6, 2018 visefestival w/ the lifers egersund, norway
june 30, 2018 wulbert’s w/ the lifers dresden, germany
june 29, 2018 foto gezett w/ the lifers berlin, germany
june 28, 2018 artliners w/ the lifers berlin, germany
june 27, 2018 prachtwerk w/ the lifers berlin, germany
june 24, 2018 house concert w/ the lifers bremen, germany
june 22, 2018 kulturcafe w/ the lifers kӧln, germany
june 21, 2018 hafen 2 w/ the lifers offenbach, germany
june 17, 2018 barracuda w/ the lifers interlaken, switzerland
june 15, 2018 house concert w/ the lifers treviso, italy
june 14, 2018 house concert w/ the lifers perugia, italy
june 13, 2018 open space w/ the lifers collestrada, italy
june 10, 2018 twb brewery kitchener, on
june 1, 2018 live on elgin w/ the lifers, jessica pearson ottawa, on
may 31, 2018 house concert w/ the lifers chelsea, qc
may 30, 2018 resonance w/ the lifers, perfect perfect montreal, qc
may 24, 2018 living roots festival fredericton, nb
may 22, 2018 the carleton w/ spencer burton, the lifers halifax, ns
may 20, 2018 paddlefest w/ the lifers saint andrews, nb
may 19, 2018 north church w/ the lifers farmington, me
may 18, 2018 radio bean w/ the lifers burlington, vt
may 17, 2018 funk n waffles w/ the lifers syracuse, ny
may 16, 2018 royal city church w/ the lifers guelph, on
may 16, 2018 royal city church w/ the lifers guelph, on
april 22, 2018 north star diner north bay, on
april 21, 2018 house concert sudbury, on
april 19, 2018 south moon studio w/ matt foster & friends east braintree, mb
april 18, 2018 forth w/ matt foster & friends winnipeg, mb
april 16, 2018 ironwood stage & grill calgary, ab
april 15, 2018 r.ouse concert sherwood park, ab
april 14, 2018 bohemia edmonton, ab
april 13, 2018 twin butte general store twin butte, ab
april 8, 2018 mera schoolhouse concert series lanark, on
april 7, 2018 burdock – EXCLUSIVE full band performance toronto, on
april 6, 2018 dollartone & guelph roots concert series guelph, on
march 30, 2018 bruce wine bar thornbury, on
march 25, 2018 upcap w/ jordan leech whitby, on
february 14-18, 2018 folk alliance international kansas city, mi
december 8, 2017 moustache club w/ mappe of oshawa, on
december 1, 2017 house concert mississauga, on
november 30, 2017 stockey centre w/ HRC parry sound, on
november 29, 2017 motley kitchen sudbury, on
november 18-19, 2017 canadian folk music awards ottawa, on
october 29, 2017 thornton hall whitby, on
october 26, 2017 starstop series napanee, on
october 19, 2017 Folk Music Ontario: official showcase toronto, on
october 15, 2017 rosedale house concert ottawa, on
october 14, 2017 greenbank w/ RON SEXSMITH greenbank, on
october 13, 2017 windsong presents @ les compagnons north bay, on
october 12, 2017 house concert mattawa, on
october 11, 2017 silence w/ sam boer guelph, on
october 10, 2017 album release @ burdock toronto, on
september 23, 2017 classic theatre w/ HRC cobalt, on
august 25, 2017 windsong music festival powassan, on
august 16, 2017 forest festival w/ BUFFY STE. MARIE haliburton, on
august 15, 2017 old town hall w/ HRC richard’s landing, on
august 14, 2017 house concert w/ HRC sault ste. marie, on
august 11-13, 2017 live from the rock festival w/ HRC red rock, on
august 9, 2017 united church w/ HRC north bay, on
august 6, 2017 larks in the park w/ HRC elliot lake, on
august 4-5, 2017 blue skies festival w/ HRC perth, on
july 13, 2017 cedar meadows w/ HRC timmins, on
july 12, 2017 art in the park festival w/ HRC haileybury, on
july 7-9, 2017 northern lights festival boreal sudbury, on
june 23, 2017 valley social company w/ jordan leech fernie, bc
june 18, 2017 bluebelle bistro kaslo, bc
june 16, 2017 trees coffee company vancouver, bc
june 15, 2017 tractorgrease w/ abigail lapell chilliwack, bc
june 14, 2017 cafe deux soleil w/ kirby vancouver, bc
june 9-11, 2017 VIA Rail On Board toronto – vancouver
may 20, 2017 the bleeding carrot w/ The Lifers owen sound, on
may 19, 2017 glen williams hall w/ The Lifers georgetown, on
may 18, 2017 lost & found w/ The Lifers elora, on
may 17, 2017 burdock w/ The Lifers toronto, on
may 13, 2017 paul’s hall w/ The Lifers glen haven, ns
may 12, 2017 bedford house concert w/ The Lifers bedford, ns
may 11, 2017 roots & soul production w/ The Lifers fredericton, on
may 8, 2017 chick pickin’ @ grumpy’s montreal, qc
may 6, 2017 the record centre w/ The Lifers ottawa, on
may 5, 2017 old church theatre w/ The Lifers trenton, on
may 4, 2017 heritage hall w/ The Lifers guelph, on
april 8, 2017 white water gallery w/ James Cameron Palmer north bay, on
march 11, 2017 the cornerstone w/ TJ Kingston guelph, on
february 12, 2017 silence sounds w/ Rayannah/Loyal Compass guelph, on
february 4, 2017 downtown series: planet bean guelph, on
february 2, 2017 house concert w/ Rayannah/Loyal Compass north bay, on
november 16, 2016 the cornerstone (w/ Kev Corbett) guelph, on
october 15, 2016 regent theatre (w/ the stellas) oshawa, on
october 7, 2016 red brick cafe (w/ Max Marshall) guelph, on
september 22, 2016 dakota tavern (with Peirson Ross) toronto, on
september 21, 2016 strombo house: Tragically Hip Tribute toronto, on
september 18, 2016 HRC in house concert cobalt, on
september 17, 2016 HRC @ elk lake resort elk lake, on
september 15, 2016 la fromagerie sudbury, on
september 10, 2016 blacksheep inn wakefield, qc
september 9, 2016 moon cafe mattawa, on
september 8, 2016 burdock toronto, on
september 7, 2016 mulberry cafe & eatery hamilton, on
september 4, 2016 the boathouse kitchener, on
september 3, 2016 uncorked on main georgetown, on
september 2, 2016 the huron club collingwood, on
september 1, 2016 davedi club north bay, on
august 26, 2016 rosedale house concert ottawa, on
august 20, 2016 enchanted garden halifax, ns
august 19, 2016 the company house halifax, ns
august 18, 2016 creek’s village cafe woodstock, nb
august 16, 2016 l’esco bar montreal, qc
august 13, 2016 three dog winery prince edward county, on
august 12, 2016 county cider company waupoos, on
august 11, 2016 musiikki kingston, on
july 30-31, 2016 the island unplugged folk festival peelee island, on
july 29, 2016 house concert pickering, on
july 28, 2016 warbler’s roost: hidden roots collective south river, on
july 15-17, 2016 river & sky festival field, on
july 14, 2016 whitby station gallery whitby, on
july 1, 2016 duncan’s showroom duncan, bc
june 29, 2016 duncan’s showroom with Tannis Slimmon duncan, bc
may 29, 2016 the burdock toronto, on
may 27, 2016 cafe nostalgica ottawa, on
may 27, 2016 cafe nostalgica ottawa, on
may 26, 2016 the branch kemptville, on
may 22, 2016 artword artbar hamilton, on
may 21, 2016 london music club london, on
may 20, 2016 gibson gallery amherstburg, on
may 19, 2016 red brick cafe guelph, on
may 16, 2016 la fromagerie sudbury, on
may 15, 2016 house concert sault ste. marie, on
may 14, 2016 old town hall richards landing, on
may 12, 2016 white water gallery: tour launch north bay, on
may 7, 2016 heritage hall with Tannis Slimmon guelph, on
may 5, 2016 CMW showcase: cherry cola’s toronto, on
may 3, 2016 CMW showcase: c’est what toronto, on
may 2, 2016 CMW showcase: the paddock toronto, on
april 30, 2016 white water gallery: hidden roots collective north bay, on
april 9, 2016 st. lawrence acoustic stage presents Jordie Lane morrisburg, on
march 31, 2016 show of hands fundraiser north bay, on
march 26, 2016 love, light, happiness fundraiser ajax, on
march 19, 2016 resistance cabaret: a solidarity event north bay, on
february 13, 2016 winterfolk toronto presents annie sumi toronto, on
february 5, 2016 robert mclaughlin gallery oshawa, on
january 28, 2016 starstop greater napanee, on
january 18, 2016 the orchard north bay, on
january 16, 2016 greenbank folk society greenbank, on
january 10, 2016 the orchard north bay, on
january 4, 2016 the orchard north bay, on
september 27, 2015 live on elgin toronto, on
september 26, 2015 little festival in the woods north bay, on
september 25, 2015 mill’s hardware hamilton, on
september 24, 2015 gerrard art’s space toronto, on
september 19, 2015 house of harmony fingal, on
september 4, 2015 shelter valley folk festival colborne, on
august 22, 2015 nature’s harmony ecolodge mattawa, on
august 7, 2015 live from the rock folk festival red rock, on
july 31, 2015 blue skies folk festival perth, on
july 25, 2015 supermarket toronto, on
july 24, 2015 musiikki kingston, on
july 22, 2015 pressed ottawa, on
july 19, 2015 cafe campoal halifax, ns
july 18, 2015 rockbottom brewery halifax, ns
july 15, 2015 resto bar le deck edmunston, nb
july 14, 2015 the company house halifax, ns
july 10, 2015 marina port whitby, on
june 27, 2015 o patro vys montreal, qc
june 26, 2015 the company house halifax, ns
june 25, 2015 art’s place annapolis royal, ns
june 23, 2015 baba’s lounge charlottetown, pei
june 22, 2015 creek village cafe woodstock, nb
june 21, 2015 blacksheep wakefield, on
june 20, 2015 moon cafe mattawa, on
may 29, 2015 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards sudbury, on
may 28, 2015 raven & republic north bay, on
may 23, 2015 avant-garde ottawa, on
may 22, 2015 the branch kemptville, on
may 20, 2015 the garnet peterborough, on
may 19, 2015 musiikki kingston, on
may 17, 2015 mahtay cafe saint catherines, on
may 16, 2015 uncorked on main georgetown, on
may 15, 2015 odd fellows hall dundas, on
may 14, 2015 london music club london, on
may 13, 2015 moonshine cafe oakville, on
may 12, 2015 free times cafe toronto, on
april 11, 2015 white water gallery north bay, on
march 27, 2015 near north mobile media lab north bay, on
march 21, 2015 cobalt theatre cobalt, on
march 11, 2015 white water gallery north bay, on
february 10, 2015 hugh’s room toronto, on
february 7, 2015 moon cafe mattawa, on