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Tyler Ellis

If you like your songs with a little tongue-in-cheek yet with their finger firmly on the pulse of the human condition, then Tyler Ellis is for you. “Tell the soundman to mix it for my mom; she likes to hear a lot of me.” (Music as Usual)

Recent highlights:

* Canadian Folk Music Award 2023 Single of the Year nomination for Tyler's song, 100 Proof, recorded and released by Julian Taylor. 100 Proof is also included on Julian's new critically acclaimed record, Beyond the Reservoir, as a bonus track.
*Song from the Heart 2019 Award winner for his co-write of Gone with The Julian Taylor Band
* Toronto Star 2019 Readers' Choice Diamond Award for Music Educator

Tyler Ellis has worn two musical hats for a long time. Two wonderful musical hats. On the one hand, a critically acclaimed, award winning singer/songwriter; on the other, an award winning music teacher. With the 2019 release of the double album, Well-Seasoned, Ellis confidently throws both hats into the ring. His wry, thoughtful songs about love and life in The Great White North comfortably rubbing shoulders with his songs about the seasons, Venn-Diagrams, and counting to ten.

Over the years, Tyler has shared a lot of music with a lot of people. Whether writing ditties for CBC Kids (Days of the week song); co-writing with The Julian Taylor Band; talking about music education on CBC Ideas (Ballad of the Tin Ears); presenting university lectures on the joy of singing (“Bad Singer/Good Singer with author Tim Falconer); hosting the long running Riverboat Monday Open Stage; performing shows solo and with his band, The Eddy Line; his many years of conducting a 75+ member junior elementary choir; or, just working on his craft, for Tyler it’s always just “Music as Usual”.

The 21 tracks included on his 2019 double album release, Well Seasoned, – the quintessentially Canadian content of My Brother’s in the NHL, West Coast Ways, Canadian Heart, and Blue Nose; the insightful social commentary of Out Tonight, Mwa Mwa, Music as Usual, Preaching to the Choir and All the Power; the Fam-Jam good times of the season songs, Venn Diagram, and One to Ten and back again; and, the love stories of Lost on the Bridge, Stuck in my Ways and Glory - all reflect Ellis’ long-time commitment to telling our stories with humour and humanity.

100 Proof is one of a group of songs that Tyler plans to release in the near future.