Tanya Davis

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Tanya Davis
Tanya Davis au Casa Del Popolo.jpg
Davis (2017)
Background information
Origin Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Genres Pop, folk, spoken word
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, poet
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Jenn Grant, Benn Ross, Catherine MacLellan, Jim Bryson
Website Tanya Davis

Tanya Davis is a Canadian singer-songwriter and poet, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her style is marked primarily by spoken word poetry set to music.


Born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, she moved to Ottawa for a time after high school to attend university, and then hitchhiked to British Columbia, where she worked in community development[1] before moving to Halifax in 2005.[2]


Shortly after moving to Halifax, Davis began performing spoken word poetry at various cafés in the city. She soon recorded an album, Make a List, which was nominated for Female Recording of the Year, Alternative Recording of the Year and Album of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards, along with a nomination for Davis herself as New Artist of the Year,[2] as well as four nominations for the MusicPEI Awards.[1] She was named poet of the year in The Coast's annual year-end reader's poll for 2007.

She followed up with Gorgeous Morning in 2008.[1]

She has toured across Canada and internationally as a poet and musician, both as a solo artist and with Jenn Grant.[3]

Davis attracted international press attention in 2010 when a performance video of her poem "How to Be Alone" became popular on YouTube.[4] She subsequently released her third album, Clocks and Hearts Keep Going, in November 2010.[5] The album was produced by Jim Bryson.[5]

Davis authored a book of poetry titled At First, Lonely in spring 2011, published by Canadian publisher The Acorn Press.[6] She also served as poet laureate of the Halifax Regional Municipality for 2011-12.[7]

In 2013, she wrote the poetic narration to Millefiore Clarkes' Island Green, a short documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada about organic farming in PEI.[8]

In 2014, she appeared in her first acting role, starring in Andrea Dorfman's film Heartbeat.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Davis has stated in the press that she identifies as queer:


  • Make a List (2006)
  • Gorgeous Morning (2008)
  • Clocks and Hearts Keep Going (2010)


  1. ^ a b c "Tanya Davis' Gorgeous talk". The Coast, June 19, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "The Evolution of Tanya Davis". The Coast, November 16, 2006.
  3. ^ "Singers giving concert at the Haviland Club". Charlottetown Guardian, March 30, 2007.
  4. ^ "Tanya Davis isn't alone anymore, she's in the Guardian" Archived 2012-04-03 at the Wayback Machine.. The Coast, August 13, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Tanya Davis keeps going". The Coast, November 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "At first, lovely; Mayor's poet laureate for Halifax, Tanya Davis, shines in her debut book of poetry". The Telegraph-Journal, June 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "Davis returns to province". The Telegraph-Journal, June 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "Documentary Island Green contemplates an all organic P.E.I.". The Guardian PE, January 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "Director invites you - and only you". The Globe and Mail, September 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "In the Dead of Winter festival heats up Halifax's music scene". Xtra!, January 29, 2009.

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