Juno-nominated artist Dayna Manning exemplifies the very best that Canadian Folk music can be. Her cool clear voice along with her insightful songs represent a history of Canadian musical art that goes back to the early ’60s and sounds just as vital today. A modern renaissance artist, Dayna was recently nominated for the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards "Producer of the Year" for her latest album “Morning Light”, featuring the single, "You You You" which won the 2021 Forest City Music Award for Video of the Year. Her latest book, a chronological memoir through song, “Many Moons: A Songwriter’s Memoir” includes a forward by Col. Chris Hadfield and was listed as one of the best books of the season by Canadian Living Magazine upon its release in the fall 2019 by Blue Moon Publishers.
Manning is known for weaving local history and storytelling in her work, including tributes with Canadian ties to The Band’s Richard Manuel; Father Goose himself, Bill Lishman; and her beloved tribute to the snow day, "O Snow". In 2011, upon an inspirational request, Manning penned her popular hit, “ Freedom” as an ode to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXIuY2DM_j8
When not working on her career as a singer/songwriter, Dayna leads the “Folk Army”, a private music instruction academy in Stratford Ontario. The Folk Army’s mission is to empower young girls to make a positive change in their communities through music, leadership, creativity, and positive self-esteem.