Emm Gryner is playing a show in Forest Ont on July 4 and she's asked me to play guitar (and some bass). There may be some ironic 80's covers thrown into the mix!
Homeward bound for 'Homemade Jam' ENTERTAINMENT: 'Jam' will take place July 4 Posted By PAUL MORDEN, THE OBSERVER Forest's own Emm Gryner will be heading to the "Homemade Jam" by way of Sweden. The "Jam," July 4, at The Shores Recreation Complex in Forest, is a concert with a local lineup, headlined by the Juno nominated singer-songwriter. This summer, Gryner is a temporary resident of Sweden where she's playing a series of summer festivals sitting in with the band A Camp. It's the latest project of Cardigans singer Nina Persson and her husband Nathan Larson. Gryner toured with the Cardigans in 2004 and Larson co-produced the Forest singer's 2006 album "The Summer of High Hopes."
"The songs are brilliant and everyone is friendly," Gryner said by e-mail about the European and North American tour with A Camp that began earlier this year. It included a stop at a climate conference in Stockholm that Bill Clinton spoke at. Clinton asked to meet Persson and Gryner and others in the band tagged along, getting a picture taken with the former U. S. president. "The whole thing felt much more like running into a celebrity than my last brush with a politician," Gryner said. That happened when her mom managed to give Brian Mulroney a kiss while the then prime minister was visiting Sarnia. "It's true," Gryner said. "I was there, eight years old and confused."
She grew up near Camlachie but went to St. John Fisher School and North Lambton Secondary School in Forest. Although Gryner has lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal and New York State, she describes herself as a "well-travelled small town girl." She has long identified Forest as the place she's from. That's also where she started piano lessons at age five with teacher Margaret Fawcett. "She put me in all the Lambton County Music Festivals, and going to Sarnia to compete felt like going to the Big Smoke." The "Jam" sits between A Camp show dates back in European but Gryner was still eager to make the quick flight home to appear in the Forest concert with her own band. Gryner said she has found herself wanting to play at home more in recent years, adding she likes meeting musicians from the area. Plus, she said she was eager to do a show with a new lineup of musicians. "There are, lets say, more guitars this time around," she said, adding "I will be wearing fake leather pants." Plus, she's fond of jam -- particularly her mom's homemade raspberry version. "It's the best thing ever," Gryner said. "People around the world say so, I'm not kidding."
Over the years, Gryner has toured as a part of David Bowie's band, added her vocals to a Rob Zombie album, co-wrote a song with Jann Arden and released a half-dozen or so albums of her own songs that have caught the attention and admiration of a long list of musicians, including U2's Bono. She was the musician the organizers of the "Homemade Jam" thought of when they went looking for a headliner for their show. Gryner said the first time she shared a stage with someone famous was when she played Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair in 1997. She said McLachlan was down-to- earth and gave all the guest performers handmade gifts. "I doubt she would do that now, but it was an unexpected gesture." A year later, Gryner received flowers after opening a concert for Alanis Morissette. "My drummer at the time also said she made eyes at him," Gryner said. "So, she might have been generous but she clearly could not be trusted."
Gryner is also a favourite with astronauts. She wrote a song about Sarnia's Chris Hadfield and later shared a stage with him at a concert in Sarnia. Hadfield introduced her to Michigan-born astronaut Drew Feustel who sent Gryner back a photograph of one of her CDs floating in the space shuttle during his recent mission. Gryner said, "I forwarded the photo to Bowie, because we both have a space 'thing,' and he thought it was excellent."
Emm Gryner headlines the Hometown Jam July 4 at The Shores Recreation Complex in Forest. The concert's lineup includes Second Wind, Liquor Box and The Creepin' PBs. Tickets, $10, are available from Forest BIA members.
Doors open at 5:30 p. m.