Emm Gryner

Emm Gryner and her band performing Nov. 23 in Forest

November 12, 2017 - 1:26am



Musicians in the band playing with Gryner that evening were among those involved in her upcoming album, Only of Earth.

The concept album is the first of a trilogy and based on an original sci-fi story, a style Gryner said she long been interested in.

“It stems back from long boring days in Camlachie, just looking at the space atlas,” she said.

Years later, Gryner began working with now retired Sarnia astronaut Chris Hadfield on musical projects, plus she said there has long been a connection between space and classic rock.

“I really wanted to explore this on this album,” she said.

The story is “semi-autobiographical” but the personal details are disguised in the characters and situations.

“I feel like when you come up with a story in sci-fi or fantasy, it gives you the licence to really be bizarre,” she said.

The project is a new approach for Gryner who has had a long career as a solo artist, recently as a founding member of the folk trio Trent Severn, and work she has done with other artists, including touring years ago as a member of the late David Bowie’s band.

“When Bowie passed away, I felt very compelled to look at why we do anything,” she said.

“It made you think about art and music, and his bravery and curiosity.”

Gryner said the new project also came out of the experience of becoming a mom.

Emm Gryner Sarnia Artwalk June 1, 2013

May 23, 2013 - 5:14pm

I'll be playing guitar with Emm Gryner at this show:

Sarnia Art Attack set for April 5

Artwalk is bringing the noise, again.
Local singer-songwriter Emm Gryner will be taking the stage with her band June 1 for the second annual ticketed concert for the 11-year-old arts and culture festival.
Co-headlining with Gryner on stage at the downtown Scotiabank parking lot will be Toronto indie rockers Zeus.

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Up Close With Emm Gryner

April 8, 2011 - 10:51pm

Posted by Li Robbins on Apr- 8-11

She's a songwriter, a sometime actor, and a rock 'n' roller who played in David Bowie's band). And recently, the multitalented Emm Gryner turned her hand to blogging about her experiences as a new mom. But don't worry -- this isn't your typical yummy-mummy bloggery. Emm started her blog, mumhum, because, as she says, "I learned so much about pregnancy and baby's first year and I want to write it down before I forget everything." And she promises: "No ads, no sappy mom stuff, no boring crap." (As evidenced from a recent tweet @emmgryner too: "Dear sleepy infant, what do you mean you don't want to be read TS Eliot The Waste Land at nap time?") In between forthright non-sappy blog posts, Emm's been hard at work at music, with a new recording called Canticle coming out in the fall. Meanwhile, she's Up Close with Drive in a studio performance.