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Erika Werry

Born and raised in Toronto, Erika Werry has released 5 albums of original music. Her first two records, Nothing Clearer Comes (2004) and Time on our Hands (2006) received four-NNNN and three-star reviews in Toronto NOW and Eye weekly magazines, respectively. Erika's Think Yer So Smart (2013) was recorded and engineered by Tim Vesely of the Rheostatics, at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed studio, and features guest guitarist Ian Blurton. 2016's A Vowel features Erika's band The Alphabet with Kate MacLean on drums and backing vocals, Wes Neal on double bass, Josh Cavan on keys, and Michael Hopkins and Mike Tuyp's searing lead guitars. A Vowel also welcomes very special guests Bryden Baird on trumpet, Gene Hardy on saxaphone and the gorgeous pedal steel playing of Kevin Neal.

Erika brings new perspectives to the age-old themes of life and love. Her songs are often short and fun, with tongue-in-cheek lyrical humour, and sometimes with devastating poignancy. The new release is largely a collection of mellow love songs, with beautiful horn and vocal harmony arrangements and pedal steel sounds. A consummate performer, Erika moves and dances through her predominantly fast-paced sets. Her songs are delivered with her signature vocals, in a "... lovely, grainy alto", and the Alphabet delivers razor sharp accompaniment to her lyrical melodies.

Erika played and toured as a member of John Tielli’s Metal Kites and Christine Duncan’s Element Choir. She's shared the stage with Woodstock legend Richie Havens and played live feature interviews on Denver, Colorado’s 99.5 fm "The Mountain" radio station, as well as numerous spots at UofT’s CIUT station, and Ryerson and York U radio, and North York TV. Currently touring downtown Toronto, the Alphabet plays at such venues as Lee's Palace, the Cameron House, Drake Hotel, the Monarch Tavern, the Garrison, the Dakota and at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. The band has played Sappyfest, the Toronto City Roots fest, as well as Joao Carvalho's NXNE backyard bbq bash.

"NNNN Some singers have the ability to reach your soul with only one sung syllable, and for that instant you swear you understand all of their hopes and fears, while your own become increasingly clear for what feels like the first time. This is a largely mellow, acoustic set with... world-weary lyrics that leave no doubt Werry is a pretty deep gal with a wisdom of relationship matters.. " NOW Magazine

"I dig Erika's grainy alto, her in-and-out-of-pespective songs, delivered with expression. An observant poet, a cliche distorter, a fearless traveller, a band leader – Miss Werry is all of the above, and a competent guitar strummer to boot. One might liken her to a female Al Tuck. Arrangements incorporate brass, pedal steel, stand-up bass, and violin. "Songwriter" is a rather comical song about - you guessed it, being a songwriter – she takes us from the bedroom to the stage..." Mary Beth Carty, Penguin Eggs Summer Issue no. 34.