ELANA HARTE enjoys a successful career as a writer, performer and producer. A gifted vocalist and guitarist, the Montreal-born songstress has released a number of CDs and has been featured on numerous compilations/soundtracks.
She was the sole producer of M-FACTOR MONDAYS & M-FACTOR REDUX, a long-running weekly Toronto Indie showcase, featuring local, national and international talent. She was also the founder and co-producer of BARE BONES AND UP FRONT, a showcasing series hosted by the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Recognized for her songwriting abilities both locally and internationally, (International Songwriting Competition, Songwriter Universe Magazine, Unisong International Songwriting Contest, SongDoor, Great American Song, Kicx99.5 FM New Country Starquest winner), Elana is an avid songwriter who relishes collaborating with new and established artists. She released her CD with STILETTO FLATS in 2014 and is in the midst of her next recording projects, BEAUTIFUL SALT, PAN STATION MAYDAY and a full-length solo record.
She currently has a number of live projects on the go, including performing solo, I WILL BE KING (Bowie Tribute), Ricochet (80’s and disco), Stiletto Flats (retro, original and rock), Harte & Mazur (acoustic and percussion), and Jump She Said (various genres, including Canadiana).
Elana was a founding member of VINNICK, SHEPPARD HARTE with Suzie Vinnick and Kim Sheppard as well as the V-GIRLS with Heather Bambrick.
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PERFORMANCE OVERVIEW AND SPECIALTIES
Singer/Songwriter, Performer, Producer, Promoter, Engineer
Performance Specialties: Voice & Guitar, Cajon, Bass
Performance History: Live performances in: China, Nashville, Eastern Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Los Angeles area, Boston area. Of Canadian note: Hillside, Ottawa Folk Festival, Winterfest, WInterfolk, Tin Pan North, Bluebird North, Vinyl Café, Roy Thompson Hall (MCCT)
Television: Local and National Programs including Breakfast Television, Midday programs, MusiquePlus, In A Song
Radio: Charting on College Radio and performances/interviews on regional and national radio programs, including: Vinyl Cafe, Routes Montreal, Exit Country, Proud FM, CFRB 1010 Rock Talk. Commercial radio play for CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY, Musicians for Change
Co-writing: Ongoing co-writing with new and established artists
Solo: performance dates in Ontario and Quebec
Curator, Producer, Promoter, M-FACTOR MONDAYS & M-FACTOR REDUX: established 2010, weekly Indie music showcase in Toronto featuring the best of local, national and international talent.
Curator, Co-Producer, BARE BONES AND UPFRONT: established 2014, three season, showcasing Toronto talent, co-produced with KIM JARRETT, LANRICK BENNET and TORONTO CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
Curator, Producer, Promoter, AMICO’S ROOTS & BLUES, 2015-2016, a weekly acoustic showcase in Toronto’s West End.
Producer, Writer, Co-Creator: CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY: MUSICIANS FOR CHANGE, bringing together 14 of Toronto’s musical and arts community, single release to radio to support Daily Bread Food Bank, 2014.
SONGWRITING & OTHER AWARDS
Great American Song Contest 2014, Finalist for I’LL BE, CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY
SongDoor 2014, Finalist, CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY
Unison International Song Contest 2005, Honorable Mention for HEART, SOUL & SONG
7th Annual Great American Song Contest, Honorable Mention for HEART, SOUL & SONG
Songwriter Universe Best Song of the Month (Top five), November 2005, HEART, SOUL & SONG
Billboard Song Contest 2005, Honorable Mention for HEART, SOUL & SONG
KICX 106 Starquest Contest 2005, WINNER
KICX Starquest 2004, 1ST PLACE
FACTOR TRAVEL GRANT, 2008
FACTOR DEMO GRANT, 2004
FACTOR DEMO GRANT (with VSH), 2001
CONSEIL DES ART ET DES LETTRES GRANT, 1998
MUSIQEPLUS VIDEO GRANT, 1995
DISCOGRAPHY & VIDEO RELEASES
DARCY FEAVER, debut EP, Producer, to be released 2019
BEAUTIFUL SALT (duo project with KIM JARRETT) debut CD, self-titled, to be released 2017
CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY: MUSICIANS FOR CHANGE, (independent, 2014) single release to radio, digital distribution, to support Daily Bread Food Bank
ELANA HARTE & STILETTO FLATS DEBUT EP, self titled (Independent, 2014) produced by Elana Harte & Stiletto Flats.
ACOUSTIKA VOL 21 compilation CD. (272 Records, 2010)
HEART, SOUL & SONG. (Independent, 2006) Produced by Jay Rhiel. Featuring Jay & Jake Rhiel, Dave Kalmusky, Don Reed, Steve Bigg, Steve O’Connor and others.
FAVORITE SHIRT (with Vinnick, Sheppard Harte, 2006), Festival Distribution) Produced by VSH. Featuring Tim Bovaconti, Wendell Ferguson, Gary Craig and many others
FATHER’S DAUGHTER (Independent, 2004) produced by Jeremy Darby & Elana Harte. Featuring Suzie Vinnick, Wendell Ferguson, Kevin Fox, Tim Bovaconti, John Dymond, Kurt Swinghammer, Kim Sheppard, Maury Lafoy and more.
AND THEY ALL ROLLED OVER (with Vinnick Sheppard Harte, Independent, 2000). Produced by VSH. Featuring Mark Mariash.
SPLIT (Ozone Records, 1998). Distributed nationally and in Europe. Produced by Mark Perusse & Elana Harte. Featuring Jo Ann Blondin, Gregoire Morency, John McGale, ray Bonneville, Shian Ramjohn, Mark Lassard
VIDEO RELEASE “MISS YOU”, rotation, MUSIQEPLUS
LIKE WATER (Ozone Records, 1995). Produced By Benoit Grenier.
VIDEO RELEASE ”HAVE MERCY ON ME”, rotation, MUSIQUEPLUS
CBC Womens Voices, 1993 - two tracks on a national compilation: CHILD IN ME & MAYBE TONITE
FOUNDER, BIRDSEYE MUSIC FESTIVAL, fundraiser for bladder cancer research
FOUNDER, MUSICIANS FOR MEDICINE, fundraiser for terminally ill patients, 2001
COONEYTUNES: Assorted jingles for radio, 1995-1997. Voice for Coolwave technology, MTL Technologie, Miller Lite
LOUISIANNA MUD: vocals for blues project also featuring ANGEL FOREST, 1999
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Croisez Melissa Etheridge avec Annie di Franco et vous obtenez le style et la voix d'Elana Harte. Pop-folk-rock. Ce deuxième compact de la Montréalaise fait preuve d'une nette progression par rapport à Like Water, son premier; il surprend et plaît vachement, ce Split. Tant Marc Pérusse que John McGale, aux guitares, sont totalement imprégnés par les humeurs de la muse et exultent littéralement. Avec également Marc Lessard, Grégoire Morency et Ray Bonneville, Split, capté au Divan Vert, démontre l'urgence et la hargne de cette auteure douée. Un véritable coup de cour.
“Cross Melissa Etheridge with Ani di Franco and you get the style and voice of Elana Harte”
“Elana Harte will warm your spirit with her deep, rich vocals and endearing personality.”
Oreilly’s Pub, Perth, ON
“… powerful voice, guitar and countrified show….”
CJ’s Pub, Oakville
“an awesome singer songwriter”,
Out In Kingston, Kingston, ON
"Pure pop hooks with a dash of
Nia Music Lounge, Toronto
“Dynamic performer with powerful, vibrant vocals and textured
"Elana Harte - Father's Daughter is a mixture of Roots and Folk, with a dash of Country on the side. Her voice is deep, clear and completely commanding while her lyrics remain intensly personal and full of emotion."
- Bent Music
"Elana Harte Local country girl Elana Harte has been making waves the past couple of years after landing in Toronto via Montreal spreading her good word of sugar coated country hooks and Indigo inspired power pop. Energy galore. "
"...Probably the first thing you'll notice about Montrealer Elana Harte is her voice: deep, clear and completely commanding of the song structures she arranges around her observations of the human zoo...Harte doesn't so much follow as walk beside her muse..."
"Night @ The Rivoli - Elana Harte was wonderful. Those of us who could stay got a solid offering of powerful, lived-in blues with a folk/rock framework delivered in a voice that was part deep-throated purr and part rebel howl. Solid guitar work gave her just the right punching foundation to let her stand up and show us the full range, the depth and breadth of her spirit. Yes."