Lori Cullen, a Juno nominated singer, plays an intimate dinner-concert, guitar, and voice, at the Utopia Hall, April 6. She will be bringing new songs and telling stories inspired by becoming a mother.

Cullen has become known for blurring the divisions between jazz, folk, and pop music.

It began for her in the late 1990s in Toronto when she honed her talent by hosting a weekly open mic night. Her first recording Garden Path, folk music, was released in 2000.

Albums of jazz standards, original writing,  jazz, and pop followed as did a Juno nomination for Best Jazz Vocal and a Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Council Of Folk Festivals.

Her most recent album featured songs written for her by Kurt Swinghammer and Ron Sexsmith. They were looking to entice Cullen back into the recording studio after taking off to raise a son with Swinghammer, a composer/visual artist. Sexsmith, a well-known singer-songwriter is a close friend.

‘Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs’ is Cullen’s seventh album. The jazz-informed chamber pop arrangements were created especially for Cullen’s voice.

The ‘Dinner and a Concert’ with Lori Cullen takes place Saturday, April 6 at the Utopia Hall, 8396 6th Line, Utopia. The dinner buffet is at 7 p.m., the concert starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets $30 until April 4, $35 April 5-6. Call 1-877-499-HALL(4255) for more information.

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