In the past two decades, Singer/Actor/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has earned her place among Canada’s Blues elite. Born in England and raised in Ontario, she adopted Montreal as her home after earning her BFA in Jazz Studies and Theatre from Concordia University. An accomplished and dynamic performer, Watson’s fiery stage presence has earned her national and international recognition. In addition to her recent victory at the 33rd Annual International Blues Competition in Memphis, Dawn is also the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards and nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards. She’s earned the Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Best Live Performance, a Trophées France Blues for female International Artist of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Vocalist.
Dawn has had another busy year touring in Europe, Canada & the US since taking first prize at the IBC in Memphis in 2017. Dawn & her band have made a lot of new fans at major events in the US like the Billtown Blues Festival in Hughesville PA, the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Henderson Kentucky, the 17th Annual Madison Ribber Fest in Madison Indiana and the 19th Annual Hudson River Park Blues BBQ in New York. The band also went to Europe for the Auzon Blues Festival in France and the Santa Maria Blues Fest in Portugal. Her and the band were a big hit on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise that sailed for 7 days of great international blues and Dawn winning many new fans are set to make a return appearance in 2019!
Her 2016 release “Jawbreaker!” received glowing revues and accolades. “Jawbreaker “hits the floor running.” “It’s a fat Soul driven record, with a taste of Jazz, a pinch of Gospel, and a whole lotta Blues.” Dawn is set to release her fifth recording Mad Love, very soon and it promises to be her best yet!
Dawn Tyler Watson walked away with the highest honours in this year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC). Competing in the band category, Dawn was one of over 260 blues acts from around the globe that came to Memphis earlier this month to compete in the annual 6-day event hosted by The Blues Foundation. Dawn is the first Canadian artist ever to win the prestigious award and she is also the first woman in a quarter century to take home the IBC. Despite some tough competition from incredibly talented acts from around the world, Dawn and her band delivered an electrifying performance that wowed everyone in the house and won her the top prize. Additionally, Ben Racine walked away with the “Albert King Award” for Best Guitar performance in a Band category. Coming exactly three months to the day after her triple bypass surgery, the victory is particularly sweet for Dawn. “It’s a thrill and an honour to be back on stage and recognized in such a wonderful way for doing what I love to do,” she commented.