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Katherine Wheatley

Singer-songwriter, guitarist

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In a review of a show in Thunder Bay, Ont., Hubert O'Hearn of The Chronicle Journal wrote "Katherine Wheatley gave an absolutely transcendent concert. She is able to take minor observations in life and find their soul... Blessedly, refreshingly, Katherine Wheatley is a truly Canadian original."

With offhand wit, vibrant lyrics and an infectious passion for performing, Wheatley captivates audiences everywhere she performs. According to the Ottawa Citizen, "This is a performer to keep you on the edge of your seat."

Wheatley grew up in Parry Sound, Ontario. Her passion for songwriting began with a $13 guitar ordered from the Sears Catalogue. She graduated from Queen's University with a geology degree. After four seasons working in northern Manitoba -- gathering not only rock samples, but material for her songs -- she headed to Africa. It was there that a new-found sense of adventure prompted her to write a journal and discover her own inner lyricist.

She then studied jazz composition and arranging at Humber College, earning her diploma in music and winning various awards for arranging, composition and songwriting. Her first album, Straight Line, spent 17 weeks on Sam The Record Man's Top Ten Independent Charts. Her second, Habits and Heroes, garnered praise from fans and critics alike. She has just released her third album, Landed.

Having established a strong touring career, Wheatley is a regular at folk festivals, concert series and clubs across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. She's also a member of the Toronto band Betty and the Bobs; is a guitarist in Wendell Ferguson’s trio The Smoking Section; presents songwriting, recording, vocal and independent music career workshops at schools, folk clubs and music stores across Canada and the U.S.; and for five years, was the Ambassador for a campaign to raise $ 6 million for a new hospital in Parry Sound.

Wheatley's music has been used in documentaries, TV series and films. Among numerous radio and television appearances, she has been a featured vocalist on Stuart McLean's Vinyl Café, This Morning with Bernard St. Laurent, and CTV's Canada AM.


Landed (2009)
Habits and Heroes (1999)
Straight Line (1995)

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