Sarah Harmer


sh1[From Wikipedia] Born and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Harmer gained her first exposure to the musician’s lifestyle as a teenager, when her older sister Mary started taking her to Tragically Hip concerts. At the age of 17, she was invited to join a Toronto band, The Saddletramps. For three years, she juggled The Saddletramps with her studies in philosophy and women’s studies at Queen’s University. After leaving The Saddletramps, Harmer put together a band of her own with several Kingston, Ontario musicians, and settled on the name Weeping Tile. The band released its first independent cassette in 1994. Soon afterward, they signed to a major label, and the cassette was re-released in 1995 as an EP. The band quickly became a popular draw on the rock club circuit and on campus radio with their subsequent albums, but never broke through to the mainstream, and broke up in 1998 after being dropped from their label. A poppier, more laid-back effort than her work with Weeping Tile, You Were Here became Harmer’s mainstream breakthrough, spawning the hits “Basement Apartment” and “Don’t Get Your Back Up”. The album also appeared on many critics’ year-end lists, including TIME magazine, which called it the year’s best debut album. It was eventually certified platinum for sales of 100,000 copies in Canada. Almost half of the album (including both of its major hits) consisted of songs she had previously recorded with Weeping Tile or The Saddletramps. In 2004, she released All of Our Names. The album included the singles “Almost”, which made the top 20 on Canadian pop charts, and “Pendulums”. Her fourth album, I’m a Mountain, was released in Canada on November 8, 2005 and in the United States in February 2006. It was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize, a jury-selected $20,000 cash prize for the Canadian album of the year. In February 2007, Harmer received three Juno Award nominations. I’m a Mountain was up for Best Adult Alternative Album and her DVD Escarpment Blues was up for Best Music DVD. Harmer herself was also up for Songwriter of the Year for her work on “I Am Aglow”, “Oleander” and “Escarpment Blues”. In 2010, Harmer released a fifth album, Oh Little Fire, which was nominated for three Juno Awards. The album signalled a shift toward a more rock-based sound.

Artist / AlbumYearCreditPurchase
2010 Sarah Harmer - Oh, Little Fire
Sarah Harmer
Oh, Little Fire
Aug 2010
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