Kingston hits the spot

Hannah Georgas will return to the Limestone City tomorrow

The songstress played at Wolfe Island Music Festival this year.
The songstress played at Wolfe Island Music Festival this year.
Hannah Georgas worked with Holy Fuck and Mother Mother.
Hannah Georgas worked with Holy Fuck and Mother Mother.

For Hannah Georgas’ family, musical talent doesn’t skip generations.

Her father, also a musician, exposed her to music from a very young age.

“My dad was an amazing blues-piano player … and songwriter,” she said. “I think that rubbed off on me quite a bit.”

The singer-songwriter is currently on a fall music tour that will end in Kingston.

“Kingston is like my favourite spot to visit when I’m out here,” Georgas said. “I have a supportive fan base and it’s an essential spot to play [a show].”

Georgas was one of the many musical highlights at the Wolfe Island Music Festival this past summer.

Music, she said, has always been a huge part of her life. She began with piano lessons at the age of five and eventually started writing her own songs.

Looking to life experiences and other music as inspiration, music, she said, has become the most consistent and positive aspect of her life.

Georgas’ music is, first and foremost, pop-alternative with electronic undertones. The singer-songwriter herself finds it hard to describe her sound.

“A lot of the time I want to tell people to listen to it [because] sometimes I find it difficult to really pinpoint,” she said.

This isn’t surprising given her wide-ranging influences, including dance, pop, hip-hop, house music and folk acts, like Safe, Annie Lennox and Fiona Apple.

Georgas received nominations for Songwriter of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards where she also performed her single “Robotic.”

Unlike many artists, Georgas takes on the full responsibility of her career — both the creative and business sides are in her hands.

Her career is full of exciting moments, but she said the end result of her hard work is the most rewarding.

“The moment when you feel you’re actually onto something,” she said. “That’s my favourite part, the result.”

As much as spending time with friends and family help lessen the stress of her lucrative career, Georgas said it’s equally important to spend time with herself.

“As you grow up,” she said, “you realize what things you really need to make you sane.”

Georgas has released an EP The Beat Stuff (2009), two albums This Is Good (2010) and Hannah Georgas (2012) and, most recently, her EP Rest (2013).

Georgas has evolved as an artist since her first EP. Her recent works involved Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother and Graham Walsh from the Toronto-based electronic band Holy Fuck.

“The whole point of it for me is to just be able to keep creating and making music and putting out records and doing what I do,” Georgas said.

Hannah Georgas will be playing at the Grad Club on Nov. 9.

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