Donovan Woods

When you listen to Donovan Woods, you can hear the craft of songwriting being carried forward: Stripped down, but never simple; direct yet poetic; new and timeless. The music is delivered with confidence, and in an evocative voice that you wouldn’t expect from someone as young, approachable, or humorous as Woods. His acclaimed fourth album Hard Settle, Ain’t Trouble received a 2016 Polaris Music Prize nomination and JUNO Awards nomination for Songwriter of the Year. Woods was raised in the small city of Sarnia, Ontario, to the sounds of country music, with a healthy dose of folk and pop, a combination that instilled in him a strong belief in the power of a memorable melody, the importance of everyday language and the impact of a well-crafted song. While amassing a catalogue of rousing and well-received music of his own, he has worked with some of the top songwriters in North America to craft cuts for performers ranging from Alan Doyle to country stars Billy Currington and Tim McGraw.​ It’s not that Woods makes music that is a product of both country and folk; it’s that his songwriting shows how distracting the line separating the two can be. Whether they’re written about big ideas or seemingly minor incidents, broken promises or the hint of romance, Woods’ stories affect listeners deeply.

Sat Sept 9 | 9:45PMCity of Music/Exclaim! Stage (James St. N. & West Harbour GO) 

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