BioTanya Davis is a poet. She is a performer. She is a musician and a singer-songwriter and she fuses these elements together in a refreshing matrimony of language and sound, side-stepping genre and captivating people in the process.
Since bursting onto the Halifax arts and music scene in 2006 with her debut, Make a List, Tanya has garnered praise and support from industry, audience, and peers, as well as multiple awards and nominations. She has released 3 full-length albums, 1 book of poetry, and 1 EP, self-producing most of her material or working in inspired collaboration. She has contributed words and music to various projects, be it film soundtrack, art installation, or audio recording, and regularly receives commissions to write and perform tailored poems and speeches. She and has worked in this regard for such bodies as the Canada Winter Games, CBC Radio, and the National Film Board of Canada.
Tanya was the 2011/12 Poet Laureate of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She tours regularly and internationally as a poet, speaker, and musician and is known and admired for her vulnerable and charming stage presence, candid and articulate. Her creative collaboration with Andrea Dorfman, the videopoem How to be Alone, has had close to 6 million views on youtube and numerous screenings at film festivals around the world. It was published as a book by Harper Collins in October of 2013. Tanya is currently at work on several unique and intrepid projects, including a full-length, multi-disciplinary show based on the subject of faith, as funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Also, she was recently cast as the leading role in Dorfman's forthcoming feature film, Heartbeat, to be released in 2014.