I wish I was an octopus
Robin Dann is a singer and composer. She is most interested in laughter, empathy, and song as
a social tool. Her Polaris-nominated band Bernice tours internationally and releases their music with Canadian label Telephone Explosion Records and UK label Figure8.
Robin’s interest in using the voice and song to generally feel better continues to lead her in
many directions including several collaborations with the Toronto Dance Theatre, Soundstreams, continuing work with seniors and people with memory loss at
the Bitove Method, as well as ongoing collaboration with many different artists in Toronto and internationally.
Robin was named a finalist for the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize in 2019 and has received government support for numerous projects. In 2019 she was the recipient of a Chalmers Fellowship, allowing her to travel to the Arctic Circle, and to continue her research in song as an empathetic, community-building practice.
Education / Designations
Bmus, University of Toronto, jazz performance.
MMus, Goldsmiths College (University of London), Creative Practice. 200hr Yoga Teacher
Training through the Yoga Alliance, with Awakened Spirit Yoga.
At the Bitove Method what I love to do is create relaxed, open energy, and share my love of the song in many different ways. I often share tunes from my collection of folk songbooks, play jazz standards we can all sing together, and invite participants to bring open minds to our sessions which will often lead us to discover new music together and reminisce on some shared classics.
We often also collaboratively write new songs based on our collective imagination, curiosity, and shared musical language. The songwriting process is something that takes patience, an open mind, and a sense of humour. If it makes us laugh or feel good, it goes into the song.