Erin Costelo marks her first appearance in Collingwood on Oct. 23, as part of a cross-country tour of Canada. The Halifax native will be bringing her full band to perform songs from her new genre-defying album, Sweet Marie, released Oct. 19. It is the fifth studio record for the award-winning producer, singer and songwriter.

“This one was recorded in 10 days,” said Costelo. “I’ve self-produced for a long time and produced other artists and (discovered) taking longer does not make it better, so I put that challenge on myself.”

She named the record for a character she adopted during the writing process and it was the first song she wrote after listening to Marie by Randy Newman.

“I wondered what she thought of the song. I wrote it tongue-in-cheek from her perspective. Then, it allowed me to tease and make fun of my favourite songwriter in the world.”

Her first single, Lights Down Low, is about being able to turn your brain off at the end of the day. In the YouTube video, Costello and her friends are having fun exploring the midway at night.

The video for her second single, All in Your Head, acts as a teaser for a making-of documentary, directed by Juno-winning songwriter, turned filmmaker, Amelia Curran, who is also one of Costelo’s closest friends. The film, Sweet Marie: In Studio with Erin Costelo airs on CBC TV, nationwide, on Jan. 5.

Costello started playing piano at the age of four and went on to study jazz piano at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Then, she did a grad program for composition and arranging in Texas.

Her last record, Down Below, the Status Quo, was nominated for a total of 12 awards at the 2017 Nova Scotia Music Awards and included a win for Solo Recording of the Year, R&B Recording of the Year and Producer of the Year, making her the first woman to receive the prestigious award.

Erin Costelo at the Crow Bar in Collingwood on Oct. 23. Visit for dinner/show tickets.

Photo: Erin Costelo celebrates the release of her new album, Sweet Marie, with her first appearance in Collingwood. Mat Dunlap photo


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