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Cynthia Hamar


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“Cynthia Hamar is a folk musician who composes music that is menacing, powerful, and contemplative” (Music Arena Gh, 2022); an Alberta-born Métis singer-songwriter with four studio albums that prove her dedication to her craft. Hamar recently completed a Bachelor of Music at MacEwan University with distinction majoring in Recording and Production. Cynthia was the recipient of the Victor-Osten Performing Arts Award (2022) as well as the winner of the 2021 Bent River Records Songwriting Competition, and represented MacEwan as a performer at their 50 year celebration. Cynthia has performed her music across Canada, including National Music Centre, Calgary Folk Fest 2023, Sasquatch Gathering XXV, Pembina River Nights Festival (2022 & 2018), Jasper Folk Festival (2016) and a live performance on City TV Edmonton. She was the Artist in Residence at Keno City Yukon (2019) and SOCAN Song House (2017) and has participated in art showcases in Vancouver and Toronto while touring across the country through the Via Rail Artists on Board program (2018).

Hamar has received radio attention for her past releases (#9 on CFBX Kamloops, #18 KSYM, San Antonio, #5 to #3 on Radio Phoenix, #1 on Indigenous Music Countdown) and has been nominated for a Toronto Music Award (Best Out Of Town Artist 2017), an Indigenous Music Awards (2017) and two GMAs for her 2010 release, Fairytale.

Cynthia Hamar’s newest album “Joint & Marrow” was produced by Paul Johnston and features acclaimed session musicians Chris Andrews, Jamie Cooper and Paul Johnston, as well as Toronto producer and guitarist Joel Schwartz. The record has proven her growth as a writer and performer, and the audience she has garnered from past work has made this release a highly anticipated one. Joint & Marrow was released on Neon Moon Records September 2022 charting on earshot! The National Top 50 Chart, earshot! The National Folk/Roots/Blues Chart, receiving spins on CBC and finishing the year off at #26 on CKUA top 100 for 2022. Cynthia is nominated for "Indigenous Songwriter of the Year" at this year's 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards.


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