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Emm Gryner

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Emm Gryner

Need another reason to look to the north for a note of inspiration? The delicate-but-striking angel in Neverending White Lights’ video for “The Grace”(featuring Dallas Green of Alexisonfire and City and Colour) has been a part of Canada’s ever-burgeoning indie rock scene since 1995 when she moved from small-town Ontario to the nation’s indie hypocenter, Toronto.

Irish-Canadian Emm Gryner can now claim nine full-length albums, a DVD, and guest spots on records for artists as legendary and varied as Rob Zombie and David Bowie, to her credit. After a brush with the dark side in 1998, manifest in the form of Polygram/Mercury Records, who released her Public LP, Emm went back to recording indie-style on her self-made Dead Daisy Records, the label that produced her first record and is now home to campus chart-toppers In-Flight Safety.

A DIY girl at heart, the Gemini singer/songwriter/producer/label owner has been dubbed the “Indie Queen of Toronto,” and, while still keeping true to her hardcore Canadian independent roots, Emm has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and recently headlined her first tours in Asia and Europe.

“It sometimes seems like a dream to me. One day I can be making albums on my own in my basement in Canada and the next day I can end up on Saturday Night Live or on stage at Glastonbury Festival. It’s a pretty fabulous double life,” tells Emm. Her tenth solo effort is currently in the works.

Theresa Micallef