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Album Release!

February 2020

Karen's new album FEMOIR will be released in the Fall of 2020. Watch this space for more details on the date, location and how to get tickets!  Keep Well!

Recording!!

November 2019

Karen has been busy preparing for the recording studio this November. Her sophomore album Femoir will be recorded at the Sonic Temple in Halifax. Joining Karen are some of the city's most renowned musicians with Lisa MacDougall on keys and vocals, Stephen Patrick Clare on guitar, Adam Fine on bass, Geoff Arsenault on drums, Matt Myer on trumpet and musical director Chris Mitchell on sax. Artwork is underway by local artist Michelle St-Onge. The album is a tribute to the feminine spirit, the eternal and divine within every being. The tracks will feature both standard and original tunes that tell women's stories from every walk of life. Stay tuned in 2020 for the release of this new musical soundscape. Il était une fois...

Halifax Jazz Festival 2019!

Friday, July 12

Karen returns to the Halifax Jazz Festival with her band on Friday, July 12 at 1:15pm for an hour-long set on the festival's main WaterFront Stage. The band will include some of Halifax's finest jazz musicians and many of Karen's favourite classic and contemporary standards. The event is free - check out the festival website for a complete line-up!

THORGY AND THE THORCHESTRA with Symphony Nova Scotia!

July 24, 2019

Karen is overjoyed to be joining Thorgy and Symphony Nova Scotia once again as the evening's featured vocalist!

 

She’s baaaaack! After last summer’s groundbreaking “Thorgy and the Thorchestra” show – a sold-out smash hit that sparked a social media sensation – the fabulous Thorgy Thor returns to Symphony Nova Scotia! Fresh from encore performances with orchestras across North America, the reigning “Queen of Classical Music” wields her outrageous fashion sense, razor-sharp wit, and virtuoso classical chops to create a thrilling, theatrical, all-new show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and your heart will throb as Thorgy slays with song, dance, and hilarious shenanigans in this can’t-miss symphonic spectacular!

Jazzing up the Red Room at Province House

March 20, 2019

Province House Concert Series: Jazzing up the Red Room
7:30 p.m., Red Chamber, Province House

 

Renowned jazz pianist Holly Arsenault unites with jazz vocalists Daniel Matto and Karen Myatt as they pay homage to their favourite songwriters of all time. Join the trio for a 2-set soiree of smooth & sultry, classic & contemporary standards.

Admission: Due to a very high level of interest, this event is now fully subscribed and registration is now closed.  Please email cancellations to rsvp@nslegislature.ca.

ENCORE ~ The Women of Neptune

Friday, March 8, 2019

Encore: The Women of Neptune
A Celebration of International Women's Day

Join us for an evening of wine, women, song and chocolate. Featuring past performers singing songs from our beloved productions.

Friday, March 8, 2019
St Andrew's United Church
Located on the corner of Robie Street and Coburg Road
Doors open at 7 pm

Tickets $35 + tax

Book your tickets now at neptunetheatre.com

ALL I REALLY WANT...A Holiday Cabaret!

Thursday, December 20

Wild Abandon Productions present their annual Holiday Cabaret! 

 

This year, join us for ALL I REALLY WANT...a wild, witty & wonderful evening of everything naughty & nice about the Christmas season.

The cabaret is a sell-out year after year and features music and comedy by Stuart Hiseler & Karen Myatt. The band includes Scott Taylor on piano, Kyle Tully on bass, and Serkan Süer on drums.

The show is certainly rated R so best to leave the kiddies at home! 

Hit Sniggily Wiggily's on December 20 at 8pm for a sweet & saucy look at the most wonderful time of the year!

www.sniggilywiggilys.ca

JAZZ NOIR

Friday, October 26

Atlantic Canada's sultry songstress Karen Myatt presents Jazz Noir on Friday, October 26, at the Halifax Distilling Co.

 

The two-set soiree will showcase the genre’s steamier side, featuring songs by Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Ghost, Cassandra Wilson, U2 and more.

 

“This is dark music for dark times,” notes Myatt. “And I don’t just mean politically or otherwise; the days are getting shorter and, of course, we are on the cusp of Halloween.”

 

Joining Myatt for the performance will be pianist Lisa MacDougall, saxophonist Chris Mitchell, guitarist J. Rimbaudelaire, bassist Adam Fine, and drummer Serkan Seür.

 

“We are also doing a few original compositions,” adds the Halifax-based vocalist. “These are starker songs that have been put together exclusively for this particular gig.”

  

It has been a busy year for Myatt, with a series of high-profile performances - including her debut appearance with Symphony Nova Scotia and, more recently, two sold-out solo shows at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre. 

 

Atlantic Fashion Week!

October 18, 19, 20, 2018

Karen is excited to be joining the events again this year at Atlantic Fashion Week!

Along with renowned jazz pianist Holly Arsenault, the duo will appear at 3 runway events on Oct 18, 19 and 20.

For More Information:

BLUES DELUXE

September 28 & 29, 2018

Hot on the heels of her debut performance with Symphony Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada’s sultry songstress Karen Myatt returns to the big stage with Blues Deluxe~ atwo-night tribute to the genre’s greatest performers.

 

The two-set soirées take place Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29, at the Neptune Studio Theatre in Halifax. Showtime for both nights is 8pm.

 

Blues Deluxe features both classic and contemporary blues artists.

 

“We begin at the beginning,” explains Myatt. “The rural roots of Robert Johnson, Son House, LaVern Baker, and the like. Over the course of the show, we wind our way through the music of Muddy Waters, Nina Simone, BB King, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy, Etta James and more.”

 

The multi-media performances will also showcase many modern blues artists, including The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Blues Saraceno.

 

“I have absolutely fallen for the blues,” continues Myatt. “I love the heart and soul of the rhythms and melodies, the gritty vocals, the tremendous history and culture of the music. 

 

“This will be a night to remember, especially with an 8-piece band joining me on stage, including a horn section and backup singers.”

 

It has been a busy summer for the chanteuse, with a steady stream of shows across the region. On Tuesday, August 14, Myatt and her quartet will perform over the lunch hour as part of the St. Matthew’s Church Summer Sounds @Barrington series in downtown Halifax. On Friday, August 17, she returns to the Halifax Distilling Co. on the city’s waterfront for Calendar Girl ~ a tribute to the life and work of singer/actress Julie London.

Summer Sounds @ Barrington

Tuesday, August 14

Karen & trio will be appearing as part of the Summer Sounds @ Barrington series on August 14 for a free noon hour concert.

The 45 minute set - which begins at 12:15pm - will take place at the historic St. Matthew's United Church in downtown Halifax.

"This church is a magical place to make music" says the vocalist, who will perform both classic and contemporary jazz standards.

The chanteuse will be joined on stage by Scott Taylor (piano), Kyle Tully (bass), and J. Rimbaudelaire (guitar).

Cove Summer Music Series

Friday, July 20, 2018

Atlantic Canada's sultry songstress Karen Myatt brings her quartet to Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia this coming Friday, July 20.

 

The two-set soiree - which begins at 7.30pm - is part of the Cove Summer Music Series at the community’s Zion United Church.

 

"I love the intimacy of the venue," says the vocalist, who will perform works by Blossom Dearie, Tom Waits, Edith Piaf, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone and more.

 

“The beauty of performing in a smaller space is that it allows the music to breath,” continues Myatt. “The songs are the stars of these shows, and should always take center stage.”

 

The chanteuse will be joined on stage by Scott Taylor (piano), Kyle Tully (bass), and J. Rimbaudelaire (guitar). 

Karen Myatt Summer Soirées!

June 16, July 14, August 17

Atlantic Canada's sultry songstress Karen Myatt celebrates summer with a series of themed concerts in Halifax.

 

On Saturday, June 16, The Karen Myatt Quintet presents Acoustique - an intimate evening of classic and contemporary melodies.

 

"These are some of my all-time favourite songs," says the vocalist, noting that the two-set soirée will include works by Cassandra Wilson, Jeff Buckley, Imelda May, Tom Waits, and many others. "We will be taking these tunes down a notch and showcasing the sheer, simple beauty of the music."

 

On Saturday, July 14, Myatt's Quartet presents Just Jazz - a two-set tribute to the genre's trememendous tradition.

 

"We are going back to basics with this concert, performing standards by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan,and Nova Scotia's very own Holly Cole," she explains. "Purists - and those just discovering jazz - will love it."

 

On Friday, August 17, the Quintet returns with Calendar Girl - showcasing the life and work of renowned American singer and actress Julie London. 

 

"We have been wanting to do this show for a long time," says Myatt. "The first set will overview her career, while the second set will feature her classic 1956 album Calendar Girl in its entirety."

Each performance is $10 OR purchase tickets to all 3 shows for $20 HERE:

ECMAzing!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Atlantic Canada’s sultry songstress Karen Myatt will pay homage to the region’s finest musical artists in her newest production; ECMAzing!

 

The 2-set soiree will take place at the Halifax Distilling Co. on Saturday, May 5, and will feature unique takes on East Coast classics by the likes of Sloan, Erin Costelo, Joel Plaskett, Great Big Sea, Rose Cousins, Hank Snow, and many more.

 

“We have an incredibly rich and diverse musical heritage here in Atlantic Canada,” says Myatt. “I love the idea of putting my own stamp on these great songs from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and PEI.”

 

Myatt - whose past multi-media performances include Ladies of Song, Songs of the Silver Screen, and Dark Side of the Heart - will be joined on stage by Matt Myer (keys, trumpet), Adam Fine (bass), and Matthew Strugari (drums).

 

“This show is going to be far more scaled back and stripped down from what I am used to doing,” says the chanteuse. “The sheer intimacy of the venue will really shine a light on our region’s brilliant songwriters.

 

“And, with the ECMAs in Halifax that weekend, I expect a few unexpected guests to jump in on a few tunes. The evening could very well end up taking an entirely different direction altogether!"

Dark Side of the Heart

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Atlantic Canada's sultry songstress Karen Myatt brings her latest production, Dark Side of the Heart, to the Atlantica Hotel in Halifax on Wednesday, February 14.

 

Myatt will perform 2 sets of music, including both original compositions and songs from the likes of Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, Edith Piaf, U2 and more.

 

"We often celebrate love and romance as only beautiful and jubilant," notes the vocalist. "However, there is a darker element to love also, with all of it's pain and anguish, that gets overlooked. It is said that you can't bask in the brilliance of light without casting some sort of shadow. How fitting to consider both sides on Valentine's Day..."

 

Myatt will be accompanied by her band for the show; Scott Taylor (piano), Chris Churchill (bass), Matthew Strugari (drums) and Matt Myer (trumpet).

 

The multi-media soiree will also include audio and visual components, special guests, door prizes ~ including a night's stay at the Atlantica Hotel ~ and will be hosted by local radio personality Charles Hsuen.

 

"Charles is the foremost voice of jazz in Atlantic Canada," says Myatt."He has, almost single handedly, preserved and promoted the genre here for nearly 30 years. I am honoured and humbled to have him as our emcee for the evening."

 

Dark Side of the Heart

Wednesday, February 14, 7.30pm

The Commons Room, Atlantic Hotel Halifax

www.atlanticahotelhalifax.com 

AS WE STUMBLE ALONG ~ A Holiday Cabaret!

Thursday, December 21

Wild Abandon Productions is back with their annual Christmas Spectacular! Karen and Stuart Hiseler bring you the naughty and the nice of the season with their popular Holiday Cabaret.

They will be performing many of their old favourites along with a few new tunes and surprises along the way. A great way to take a break from the hectic holiday hustle and bustle!

Accompanied by the famous trio of Scott Taylor (piano), Chris Churchill (bass) and Craig Jennex (drums).

Hit the Seahorse Tavern on December 21 for a sweet and saucy look at the most wonderful time of the year! 

 

19+, viewer discretion advised.

Tickets $15 online or at the door:

The Celtic Christmas Show!

December 8 & 10

Karen is honoured to be appearing as the vocalist for this year's Celtic Christmas Show!

The two performances will be presented at the Bella Rose Arts Centre in Halifax on December 8 at 7:30pm, and at the deCoste Centre in Pictou on December 10 at 2pm.

For tickets and more information:

Back at the Halifax Distilling Co.!

Friday, November 3

Karen and band are excited to return to the Halifax Distilling Co this Friday, November 3 from 8-11pm!

Always a great crowd - with delicious food - and even better cocktails.

Holly Arsenault on piano, Chris Churchill on bass, Matthew Strugari on drums & Matt Myer on trumpet!

Atlantic Fasion Week 2017!

October 4, 5 & 6

Karen is excited to be joining the events at Atlantic Fashion Week this Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at Casino Nova Scotia.

She will be accompanied by renowned pianist Holly Arsenault in the Schooner Room, starting at 7:30pm each evening.

For More Info:

Halifax Distilling Co!

Saturday, September 30

Karen & Band will be playing the charming Halifax Distilling Co. on Lower Water Street - a great new venue for Live Jazz!

Check us out September 30 from 8-11pm.

With Holly Arsenault on keys, Chris Churchill on bass, Matthew Strugari on drums & Matt Myer on trumpet!

For more information visit:

2017 Halifax Jazz Festival!

Saturday, July 15 @ 12pm

Atlantic Canada's sultry songstress Karen Myatt will make her Halifax Jazz Festival debut on Saturday, July 15.

 

The free performance will take place at noon at the Dartmouth World Peace Pavillion, and will be Myatt's first local appearance since February's 5-night stint at Neptune Theatre in Halifax for Songs of the Silver Screen.

 

"This is me and my band doing what we do and love best - playing jazz," says Myatt, who will share the stage with Scott Taylor (piano), Chris Churchill (bass), Matt Myer (trumpet) and Stephanie McKeown (drums). 

 

"Songs of the Silver Screen, and Ladies of Song, the year before, were large-scale productions. It feels great to be getting back to basics by letting these great songs simply stand on their own."

Songs of the Silver Screen

February 9 - 12, 2017

Happy 2017!

After last year's success with Ladies of Song on the Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage, Karen is back with another musical event this time on Neptune's MainStage.

Songs of the Silver Screen captures the iconic musical memories and magic of the movies. From Disney to 007 - from the Classics to the Contemporary - join Atlantic Canada's songstress Karen Myatt for a stylish soirée of songs and stories of the cinema.

Joined again by the fabulous Scott Taylor on piano, as well as musicians Chris Churchill, Craig Jennex and Matt Myer ~ AND a number of very special guests!

MERRY CHRISTISLAMAKWANZAKAH!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 @ 8pm

Back by popular demand ~ Wild Abandon Productions brings you their Christmas spectacular ~ Merry Christislamakwanzakah!

Sometimes naughty, sometimes nice, always entertaining; Karen Myatt and Stuart Hiseler bring magic, music, and mayhem to the holiday season. Stuff your stocking with stories, songs and a Wild Abandon twist that will have you laughing your bells off!

Conceived, Written and Starring Karen Myatt and Stuart Hiseler & featuring the musical genius of Scott Taylor, Christopher Churchill and Craig Jennex.

Wednesday, December 21, 8pm
The Company House 
2202 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS

Tickets: $15 at the door or at: www.thecoho.ca

Ladies of Song!

January 29 & 30 @ 8pm, January 31 @ 2pm, 2016

 Neptune Theatre presents Ladies of Song, capturing the magic and memories of voices from the Golden Era: Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Julie London, Liza Minnelli, Edith Piaf, Etta James, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand and more...Featuring Scott Taylor, Chris Churchill, Craig Jennex & Matt Myer. With special guests performers!Tickets are limited!  

A Wild Abandon Christmas is Back!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @ 8pm

Sometimes naughty, sometimes nice, always entertaining; Karen Myatt and Stuart Hiseler bring magic, music, and mayhem to the holiday season. Stuff your stocking with stories, songs and a Wild Abandon twist that will have you laughing your bells off!

Conceived, Written and Starring Karen Myatt and Stuart Hiseler & featuring the musical genius of Scott Taylor, Christopher Churchill and Craig Jennex.

Wednesday, December 16, 8pm
The Carleton Bar & Grill 
1685 Argyle St. Halifax, NS

Tickets: $10 at the door or online.
Dinner reservations for preferred seating: 902-422-6335

An Intimate Evening at The Carleton

Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 8pm

On the last evening of the Halifax Jazz Festival, The Carleton presents An Intimate Evening with Karen Myatt‘s trio for a stylish soirée of sultry jazz standards. With the charming Scott Taylor on piano and some special guest appearances! Show time is 8pm and tickets are $10. Dinner reservations for preferred seating; 902.422.6335

Valentine's Day CD Launch!

Merci to all who joined me and my 'Band of Tramps' for the launch of Enchanté. Valentine's Day was especially enchanting this year thanks to you!  Big thanks also go out to the Rock Bottom Brewpub, The Rhapsody Quintet and all of my special guest artists.Stay tuned for upcoming show dates!

Enchanté!

January 2015

Happy New Year!Karen kickstarts 2015 with her debut recording Enchanté! Accompanied by her stellar trio of Holly Arsenault (piano), David Langstroth (double bass) and Brock Caldwell (drums) - and very special guests The Rhapsody Quintet - Atlantic Canada's sultry songstress hits all the right notes with these ten terrific tracks.Order your copy                 today!

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