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Full of spirit 

Get a sneak peek at Jenn Grant’s spirited new material this Saturday at the Marquee


There's no end to the master list of forlorn, lonely songs. But Jenn Grant isn't lamenting solitude in her music. She's celebrating it.

"I was tired of debating," the Halifax bred songstress says of her recent stab at self-management, breaking free from the type of professional support that most aspiring artists dream of. While Grant adds that her former team was talented and incredibly reliable–10;having worked with her for seven years–no group could bring her singular vision to fruition.

"I like being really in charge of what kind of shows I have, what my posters look like, and who I want to tour with," she says. "Now, the only person that has to decide is me."

Her latest decision involved recruiting her old pal Jim Bryson for an intimate September 7 gig at the The Marquee Ballroom. She'll dedicate much of the show to some fresh, unreleased tunes that were written on a recent excursion to Spain. "It was right after my mom died. It felt like I went on my own pilgrimage. But it inspired spirited songs, not mournful ones," Grant says of the bittersweet journey, and the tender songs that sprung from it. The debut of those tunes at the Marquee will be complimented by onstage decorative artwork, courtesy of esteemed local printmaker Charley Young. For the show Young donated abstract works, consisting of colored sheets meticulously strewn from the ceiling, which are meant to evoke buildings and other nearly concrete imagery.

"Charley based these pieces on the phantom limb theory–how people that can almost physically feel their legs after amputations, things like that," Grant says, adding that she can relate to such themes on a spiritual level. In that sense, she'll never feel alone–10;especially while performing the notes and lyrics she wrote on that beautifully melancholy trip to Spain. "Putting moments of Mom's spirit into my songs makes me feel very connected to her, and to her energy." Kyle Mullin

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