Suzie Ungerleider

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Oh Susanna
Oh Susanna at NXNE 2007.JPG
Oh Susanna performing at the 2007 NXNE festival
Background information
Birth nameSuzie Ungerleider
Also known asOh Susanna
BornNorthampton, Massachusetts, USA
GenresAlternative country
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1997–present
LabelsMapleMusic, Outside Music

Suzanne Elizabeth Ungerleider, who writes and performs under the name Oh Susanna, is an American-Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia, currently based in Toronto.

Early life[edit]

Ungerleider was born in Northampton, Massachusetts[1] but raised in Vancouver.[2][3]


Ungerleider chose to perform under the name Oh Susanna rather than her given name as a means of keeping her private and professional lives separate. She initially wanted to be a somewhat theatrical performer. "I had this notion, okay I'm going to try and wear these vintage clothes and I play this old Stella guitar, which is like this mail order guitar that blues guys used to play," said Ungerleider.[4] She released her first independent recording, a seven-song EP, in 1997. At approximately this time, she decided to relocate to Toronto after attending Blue Rodeo's Stardust Picnic festival.[5] In 1999, she released her full-length debut, Johnstown, and toured Canada and the United States with fellow musicians Veda Hille and Kinnie Starr, in what they dubbed the "Scrappy Bitches Tour".[6]

At the 19th Genie Awards in 1999, she won the Genie Award for Best Original Song, for her song "River Blue" from the film The Fishing Trip.[7]

She has since released four more albums, Sleepy Little Sailor (2001), Oh Susanna (2003), Short Stories (2007), and Soon the Birds (2011). Her recordings have featured guest musicians Luke Doucet, Justin Rutledge, Burke Carroll, Bazil Donovan and Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Ruth Moody of The Wailin' Jennys, and members of Weeping Tile.

Of the inspiration for her songs, Ungerleider has said "A lot of that stuff comes from other people who have told me things. Some of it's totally made up".[4] She also says that her Western Canadian upbringing has inspired some of her lyrics.[2]

In 2012, Ungerleider announced that she intended to obtain Canadian citizenship. Plans to begin recording a new album[8] were sidetracked in 2013 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, she has undergone treatment for that, and released the album, Namedropper on October 7, 2014.[9]

Her latest project "A Girl in Teen City" is an autobiographical depiction of herself in her youth "in search of identity, "falling in love, getting drunk, having her heart broken, hanging out with friends in bedrooms, basements and parking lots, sneaking into shows in burnt out warehouses, watching the waves, walking home over bridges and railroad tracks in all that endless rain.""[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ungerleider lives near Toronto's High Park with husband/drummer Cam Giroux and their son who was born in 2005. Her father, Charles, is a professor at Vancouver's University of British Columbia.[4]


  • Oh Susanna EP (1997)
  • Johnstown (1999)
  • Sleepy Little Sailor (2001)
  • Oh Susanna (2003)
  • Short Stories (2007)
  • Soon the Birds (2011)
  • Namedropper (2014)
  • A Girl in Teen City (2017)



  1. ^ Oh Susanna, don't you cry
  2. ^ a b "Ready and Willing to Climb: Interview with Oh Susanna". 26 April 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  3. ^ Hudson, Alex (3 March 2011). "Oh Susanna to Release New Full-length in April". Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Stevenson, Jane (5 June 2011). "Oh Susanna carves her own path". CANOE - JAM! Music. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  5. ^ Stevenson, Jane (3 June 2011). "Jim Cuddy gets sweaty for Oh Susanna on new record". ENT blog. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  6. ^ Larry LeBlanc (16 December 2000). "Singer/Songwriter Oh Susannah aims to break out with third set". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.: 48 and 75. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ "Genie Awards turn into the Don McKellar show". The Globe and Mail, November 13, 1998.
  8. ^ Howdy Folks,
  9. ^ "About Oh Susannah". Oh Susannah. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  10. ^ "The second coming of Canadian singer-songwriter Oh Susanna". 24 May 2017.

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