“With folk tunes that will squeeze your heart, Kelly is bound to become an artist that will have you falling in love with her songs.” – eTalk

TORONTO, ON – September 20, 2023 – After a month-long residency at Toronto's Cameron House in July, acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jadea Kelly, is thrilled to be coming back home to Canada this fall for a run of tour dates across the western provinces next month! Kicking off on October 15 in Winnipeg, the co-headline tour with award-winning musician, Ken Yates, will see the pair hit stages in Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Edmonton, before wrapping in Calgary on October 22. See below for full details and find tickets here

"I'm looking forward to finally re visiting Western Canada alongside Ken Yates, after a long pandemic pause," says Jadea. "Some of my favourite touring memories occurred in AB, SK and MB. Some of my favourite songwriters live here as well. It's time to reunite and rock!"

Described by CBC as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters” (Tom Power, CBC) Jadea Kelly spends her time writing and living between rural Ontario Canada and Los Angeles CA. She has co-written and toured (as opener and backing vocalist) with the likes of Justin Rutledge, Whitehorse, Judy Collins, Catherine MacLellan, Royal Wood, Kelly Prescott, Sweet Alibi, Peter Katz, The Digging Roots, Leela Gilday and Joey Landreth. She has also performed and showcased her music across Canada, The United States and Europe, performing at the likes of Americana Fest (Nashville TN), Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival. Despite her Americana influence, she is also the featured vocalist with JUNO award winning metal group Protest the Hero (Kezia, Scurrilous and Volition).

Jadea's fourth studio album, Roses, was released in March 2022 and has been warmly embraced by fans, with over two million streams across all platforms. The record made its way on to the cover of Spotify’s Renegade Folk playlist, and the heartwarming single, Any Old Boat, has seen over one million streams to-date.

October 15 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
October 17 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment
October 18 - Regina, SK - The Artesian
October 19 - Calgary, AB - Private House Concert
October 20 - Medicine Hat, AB - Medicine Hat Folk Club
October 21 - Edmonton, AB - The Aviary (w/ The Good Lovelies, matinee + evening)
October 22 - Calgary, AB - The Ironwood (matinee)

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In 2016 Jadea was awarded Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for her 2016 release Love & Lust. Its featured single Beauty was placed on the Lifetime Network feature No One Would Tell and the 2017 CBC Rio Paralympics, a viral opening montage portraying the life and struggle of Terry Fox. Her most recent EP (MWI / 2019) received Best Score & Music accolades from the Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards. MWI is the official soundtrack for Met While Incarcerated the Film, which aired on the Documentary Channel and CBC in March 2019.
She spearheaded the 2018 collective, Canada Covers Tom Petty, featuring an impressive collection of tributes from Matt Mays, Terra Lightfoot, Dwayne Gretsky, Molly Brown and the Redhill Valleys. She also hosts a semi-annual Canadian songwriter showcase in Los Angeles through the celebrated Hotel Café, Monday Monday, concert series.
Following a pandemic pause, Jadea returned triumphantly in 2022 with her long-awaited fourth studio album – Roses (released March 4 on Darth Jadea Music / Tonetree). The album was produced by a collection of artists, including Aaron Goldstein (Matt Mays / Daniel Romano), Joel Schwartz (Dionne Taylor), Rich Jacques (Lisa Loeb), Joe Moralez (Skyler Day) and Tim Abraham (Royal Wood).
“I ended up tracking a majority of the album in Toronto with my Canadian friends and bandmates, in person and virtually. It felt full circle to record in Canada after 4 exploratory years in the US. I love California with all my heart. It is my new found home and has provided a playground to rediscover my confidence, my freedom, my voice and a collection of songs that truly reflects my journey to health.
I composed these songs between Ontario Canada, Nashville TN and Los Angeles CA over the past four years. A massive musical delay and musical pause but a necessary one. Life, happiness and health came first. Including the pandemic. Feeding money and time into artistic pursuits can often feel like feeding coins into a broken parking metre. I hold so many incredible musical memories in my heart but it also took its toll. I therefore took my time with these songs, the production and processing of the emotions. Roses was a complete joy to compose and truly reflects my journey to a conscious and balanced state. To me, Los Angeles is a gift I gave myself. It was a blank slate to finally confront my emotional, physical and financial health. The result is Roses. The result is abundance and joy. I’m holding the light up now, and roses are falling all around.”

Ken Yates is originally from London, Ontario and studied at the Berklee College of Music. He released The Backseat EP in 2011, and followed up with his full-length debut, twenty-three, in 2013. He won the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award in 2014 for his song The One That Got Away. Since then he has released two more award-winning albums, including his most recent, Cerulean (2023), which features guest appearances from Kathleen Edwards and Katie Pruitt. He won two Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2017, and supported Passenger on both the European and North American legs of his 2019 tour.