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Maiya Robbie

 

Maiya Robbie

The most common remark heard after listening to Maiya Robbie is that one has been "transported". Her ability lies in being able to pierce through the surface, to the reality of things, to a place of poetic authenticity. Like a storm about to break alongside a sky filled with sunshine, Maiya's music is a textural, vivid experience. Influenced by the sensibilities of folk and contemporary poets like Gwendolyn McEwen and Mary Oliver, as well as touched with a healthy measure of indie ingenuity, Ms. Robbie has the finesse to not only talk to the heart of a matter, but to take it in both hands and deliver it into the lap of her listeners.

She resides in the agriculturally rich South Okanagan of British Columbia, where rabbit bush, clay banks, lakes and cherry trees offer a creative haven.

Several years ago (2006), Maiya joined Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long with legendary spoken word performer Shane Koyczan. Together with Olivia Mennell, Jordie Robinson and Jesse Lee, they are a successful talk-rock band that continue to play venues and festivals across Canada to standing ovations and rave revues. Recently, the band released their breakthrough album, Remembrance Year, as well as have been thrilled to release a viral youtube animated video with their piece To This Day, with 12 million views and counting.

As a solo artist, Maiya has shared the stage, opened for, and collaborated with talented Canadian performers Corwin Fox, Ari Neufeld, Nikole Texidor, Dan Mangan, Shane Koyczan and Miss Emily Brown. Her performance and songwriting skills have earned her a 2008 BCIMA nomination for Best Female Performer of the Year, a strong and growing fan base, and the honoured respect of her peers. Her much anticipated professional EP, Should've Been a Mountain, was released in late 2012. The last year and a half has seen her splitting her focus between the growth of two passions: her teaching endeavors (she opened an early childhood music program that focuses on early development and family participation in music education), and spending time writing for her own works as well as the continual collaborative project that is Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long. Now that her teaching is going at a steady pace, she is looking forward to spending her free time back out on the road touring, as well as recording her next release.

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Maiya singing Ponderosa Pines at the October 26, 2014 Opry.


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