“This utterly assured performer has you believing she’s a front-ranking country singer, a soul diva, a jazz warbler, a new adult contemporary specialist, a swing siren– as well as a basic blues belter.” – Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
“Watson, in a nutshell, smokes. She has a kit bag full of smooth moves, and a personality that lifts off the page.” – Eric Thom, Blues Review Magazine
“What stands out in her show is stage presence– a subtle and sophisticated confidence that exudes class.” – Baron Bedesky, Canadianblues.ca
“Dawn’s voice is a supple, sultry, sexy marvel, a scintillating instrument of seductive allure, and she infuses every line with an equal measure of smarts and sass.” – John Taylor, Blues on Stage
“Her fabulous voice and incandescent stage presence make her the Queen of the Blues in Montreal.” – Le Journal de Montreal
It has been more than two decades that Singer/Songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson has been earning 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 2017 along with her backing band The Ben Racine Band, Dawn took home the coveted 1st place spot out of over 260 acts at the 33rd International Blues Challenge, in Memphis TN. She’s 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 TrophОes France Blues for female International Artist of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Vocalist. Her artistic style is an eclectic influence of Jazz, Soul, Folk and Rock that pushes the boundaries of traditional Blues into a whole new dimension. Playing festivals and concert halls across 4 continents, recording four albums, and appearing on numerous compilations, she has shared the stage with an array of premiere artists, including Oliver Jones, Jeff Healy, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, and Cyndi Lauper.
Between gigs Watson gives clinics & facilitates workshops in Vocal Expression & Improvisation while honing her chops on Montreal’s vibrant Jazz scene, and working with some of the city’s finest musicians. Her latest album JAWBREAKER! was nominated last year for yet another Maple Blues Award for Recording & Producer of the Year. This record “hits the floor running.” “Its a fat, Soul driven sound with a taste of Jazz, a pinch of Gospel, and a whole lotta Blues!” Currently Dawn’s in studio working on her 5th record set to be released this summer.