Dinah Thorpe has been called “one of the best voices we've heard in the twenty-first century,” a singer with a “gorgeously deep and weary alto,” “a wicked multi-instrumentalist,” “a composer of infinite cleverness,” “provocative and supremely artful,” and “warm, accessible, inviting, and impressive.” Thorpe calls herself a singer, songwriter, and producer, and she lives, gardens, bikes, and works in Toronto.
The Toronto-based artist has been favourably compared to Portishead, Natalie Merchant, Beth Orton, Grace Jones, Feist, Laurie Anderson, and David Bowie among others. But she draws on a hugely diverse range of influences—from folk to rap, trip hop to blues, orchestral to techno—and distills them into a musical style that is unmistakably her own.
Thorpe has honed her performance chops opening for Buck 65 in a boxing gym, playing at a public bath in Zürich, and sharing the stage with industry heavyweights like Sondre Lerche, Jeremy Dutcher, The Cliks, Eternia, and Melissa Ferrick. Her past festival appearances include POP Montréal, Hillside, NXNE, Europride, In the Dead of Winter, Mayworks, and Ladyfest. Thorpe’s music has been featured on MTV's Sixteen and Pregnant, Anderson Cooper Specials, NBA Inside Stuff, and the soundtrack for the Diana Scheunemann film Love American Skin. She has received two JUNO Award nominations for Recording Package of the Year and an Independent Music Award nomination.