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"An earnest storyteller with a gift for crafting instantly memorable melodies and empathetic lyrics" - Billboard Magazine
“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.” - Terry McManus, Music Industry Arts - Fanshaw College
JUNO award-nominated, award-winning, and internationally renowned contemporary folk artist Dayna Manning has been recording and touring for over 25 years. She released her first album with EMI Canada and Nettwerk Music Group in 1997 and has written and recorded four solo albums and three with the acclaimed folk trio Trent Severn.
Dayna recently received the 2023 Forest City London Music Award for Ontario Independent Recording Artist of the Year, and was nominated for Producer of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards for her latest album, Morning Light. The video for her song, “You You You" won the 2021 FCLMA for video of the year.
Dayna’s first book Many Moons: A Songwriter’s Memoir includes a foreword by Col. Chris Hadfield, and was listed as one of the best books of the season by Canadian Living Magazine. The accompanying soundtrack is a 'greatest hits' of Dayna’s works.
Dayna is a community arts leader, mentor, singer/songwriter, producer, engineer, and author. She now resides primarily in Kentville, Nova Scotia, and part-time in Stratford, Ontario. She has it all; an unmistakable voice, compelling songwriting, and fingerpicking skills that are rarely rivalled. Ask anyone who has seen Manning perform, she is simply mesmerizing.
Dayna is known for weaving history and storytelling in her work, including tributes with Canadian ties to The Band’s Richard Manuel; Father Goose himself, Bill Lishman; and may be known most for her beloved tribute to the snow day, "O Snow".