Quartette (band)

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Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country/Folk
Years active 1993–present
Labels Denon
Website quartette.com
Members Cindy Church
Caitlin Hanford
Gwen Swick
Sylvia Tyson
Past members Colleen Peterson

Quartette is a Canadian country-folk group consisting of Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson.[1] Each of the four members also records as a solo artist in addition to their work as a group.[2]


The group was originally formed in 1993 by Tyson, Hanford, Church and Colleen Peterson.[3][4]

In 1994 Quartette released a self-titled album,[5] and later that year won a Canadian Country Music Association award for best vocal collaboration.

In 1995 and 1996 they were nominated for Juno Awards in the category of best country group.[5]

Peterson had toured and recorded with Quartette until early 1996, when she was diagnosed with cancer and being then unable to perform with the band during her cancer treatment, she chose her friend and collaborator Gwen Swick to fill in for her, and later died in Toronto on October 9 that year. She is interred in Little Lake Cemetery in Peterborough, Ontario.

All four current members of this fine group are also well known and quite accomplished solo performers who have toured throughout Canada,[6] having performed on Adrienne Clarkson Presents and at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Quartette's recordings and live performances have been reviewed favourably by The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Billboard.

At the end of 2016 Quartette continued to perform live, completing a month-long tour in December.[7]



Year Title CAN Country
1993 Quartette[1]
1995 Work of the Heart[8] 19
1996 It's Christmas
1998 In the Beauty of the Day
2002 I See a Star
2007 Down at the Fair
2013 Rocks and Roses
20 Years of Quartette


Year Title CAN Country Album
1994 "Red Hot Blues" 9 Quartette
1995 "No Place Like Home" 81 Work of the Heart
1999 "I Don't Want to Cry" 53 In the Beauty of the Day


  1. ^ a b Larry LeBlanc (4 February 1995). Canada: Who's Who. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 80–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ Larry LeBlanc (19 August 1995). Stony Plain's Church revives folk with 'Just a Little Rain'work=Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 24–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ John Einarson (January 2001). Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 233–. ISBN 978-0-8154-1065-2. 
  4. ^ Jason Schneider (15 December 2010). Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots of American Music... from Hank Snow to the Band. ECW Press. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-55490-552-2. 
  5. ^ a b "Quartette brings Christmas to Morinville". St. Albert Gazette, Nov 25, 2015 Anna Borowiecki
  6. ^ Larry LeBlanc (9 September 2000). Tyson album, stage show, draw on her life and long career in music. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 60–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  7. ^ "A Quartette Christmas with Sylvia Tyson and friends". Ottawa Citizen, Lynn Saxberg, December 16, 2016
  8. ^ "Quartette Work Of The Heart – 1995 (Denon (Canada))". Country Standard Time, Reviewed by Joel Bernstein

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