Mandy Lagan "The Joni Book"

Date: 
Thu Jun 27 7:00pm
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

Mandy was born in England and raised in Ridgetown, a small town in southwestern Ontario. She studied piano with her mother who was a piano teacher, organist and choir director, and sang in various choirs. In her late teens she was inspired by the music of Joni Mitchell and so began playing the guitar and developing her own writing. Ms. Lagan was introduced to jazz while furthering her studies as a classical piano major at Mohawk College in Hamilton. After graduating Mandy went to McMaster University and got her B.A. in music. She began taking herself seriously as a singer in 1990 when she moved from Hamilton to Toronto and formed a band in order to play songs of Joni Mitchell’s as well as her own writing. In 2002 she released her first CD, “I Thought About You”, a collection of jazz standards and two originals. In 2003 she released her second CD, “You See Me”, a selection of five jazz standards and five originals. In 2007 she released her third CD, “Verses”, a collection of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry which she collaboratively set to music.

Mandy has been performing around Ontario at various venues and festivals, working with some of Canada’s finest jazz artists; David Braid, Nancy Walker, Dave Restivo, Keiran Overs, Jim Vivian, Barry Romberg, Kevin Dempsey, David Occhipinti, Andrew Downing, Kevin Turcotte, to mention a few. Her latest project, “Verses” awarded her financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts and The Ontario Arts Council.

Mandy now lives in Toronto with her family, teaching, writing and performing.

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