In the past two decades, Singer/Actor/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned her place among Canada’s Blues elite. Born in England and raised in Ontario, she adopted Montreal as her home after earning her BFA in Jazz Studies and Theatre from Concordia University. An accomplished and dynamic performer, Watson’s fiery stage presence has earned her national and international recognition. 

She’s the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards, nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards, a Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Best Live Performance (France), a Trophées France Blues for female International Artist of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Vocalist. As well her wildly successful duo with guitarist Paul Deslauriers, placed in the top 5 out of 234 acts at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.

 Her artistic style is an eclectic influence of Jazz, Soul, Folk and Gospel that pushes the boundaries of traditional Blues into a whole new dimension.

Playing festivals and concert halls across 4 continents, recording four albums, and appearing on numerous compilations, she has shared the stage with an array of premiere artists, including Oliver Jones, Jeff Healy, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, and Cyndi Lauper. Between gigs, Watson gives clinics & facilitates workshops in Vocal Expression & Improvisation, while honing her chops on Montreal’s vibrant Jazz scene, and working with some of the city’s finest musicians. She just released her forth recording project in July of this year.  JAWBREAKER! "hits the floor running."  "Its a fat Soul driven record, with a taste of Jazz, a pinch of Gospel, and a whole lotta Blues."

Her fabulous voice and incandescent stage presence make her the Queen of the Blues in Montreal.

— Le Journal de Montreal
This utterly assured performer has you believing she’s a front-ranking country singer, a soul diva, a jazz warbler, a new adult contemporary specialist, a swing siren— as well as a basic blues belter.

— Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
Dawn’s voice is a supple, sultry, sexy marvel, a scintillating instrument of seductive allure, and she infuses every line with an equal measure of smarts and sass.
— John Taylor, Blues on Stage
Watson, in a nutshell, smokes. She has a kit bag full of smooth moves, and a personality that lifts off the page.
— Eric Thom, Blues Review Magazine

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