Ann Denny is a musician whose original sonic creations are described as a “post-everything musical tour de force” (Michael McGuire, Musicologist, Dalhousie). As a vocalist, improviser, songwriter and social entrepreneur, she creates hybrids of jazz, soul, funk, pop, indie and classical experimentation. She grew up immersed in the sounds of Greg Curnoe’s Nihilist Spasm Band in London Ontario, and developed her creative voice in Toronto’s 2000s indie music scene (collabs with Owen Pallett, Eugene Slonimerov, Bist du bei Mir collective) after singing a season in Iceland’s national Operukorinn.
Halifax-based for a decade, Ann explores creative soundscapes at festivals like Upstream’s Open Waters, Out Like a Lion, Guelph Jazz Festival, Atlantic Jazz Fest, and appears at Nocturne, Creative NS Awards shows and artist residencies including White Rabbit/Black Rabbit, RadStorm (with the new Oopik Collective comprised of indigenous, Inuit and settler artists) and Vocalypse Opera From Scratch workshop. Ann is also co-founder of Nova Scotia’s charitable arts incubator Youth Art Connection, and is currently creating new work through her multi-media firm Fuller Terrace Productions.
Ann holds a master’s degree in socio-cultural and medical anthropology from the University of Toronto and has completed 25+ years of private vocal studies with teachers including Tina Torlone, Jason Davis, Lucy Hayes-Davis and Janice Jackson.