Sally Robinson, Hamiota MB
She was brought up in Hamiota, Manitoba, studied music at Brandon University, and is now nestled in the nation's capital where she teaches music, and performs with her own jazz trio. Hear Sally Robinson, and songs from her first solo album "The S Files" on Made in Manitoba.
As a young person she studied piano, and traveled with the Peace Gardens Band on their European tour. She studied music for 3 years at Brandon University before heading off to study in Quebec City during the time of Pierre Trudeau, and his government's French language education subsidy. She finally moved to Ottawa, where she finished her Bachelor of Music.
In the early 90s, Sally co-founded a band called the Toasted Westerns (or 'Denver Sandwiches' as they're known in Manitoba), and after releasing their debut album "Out To Lunch", landed themselves a gig at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1996. With her unfailing sense of humor, she went on to work with "The Herb Girls" (Ottawa's answer to the Spice Girls).
At present, Sally performs in her own jazz trio, on vocals, clarinet, and keyboard. She also works as Musical Director at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, and accompanies the Ottawa Children's Choir, who perform on television yearly for the national Remembrance Day Ceremonies. It wasn't until a few years ago that Sally realized she had enough original material for an album, and "The S Files" was born.