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artist Donovan Woods

Toronto, ON, CANADA
Independent Release
Folk, Country

biographical info

Donovan Woods’ work is guided by a mantra that only sounds simple: Good songs win.

Woods was raised in the small city of Sarnia, Ontario, to the sounds of country music, with a healthy dose of folk and pop, a combination that instilled in him a strong belief in the power of a good melody, the importance of everyday language and the potential of a carefully-crafted song. While amassing a catalogue of rousing and acclaimed music of his own, he has worked with some of the top songwriters in North America to craft cuts for performers ranging from Tim McGraw and Alan Doyle to Billy Currington.

It’s not that Woods makes music that is a product of both country and folk; it’s that he makes music that shows how distracting the line separating the two can be. Like with so many songwriters of note, what matters isn’t what you call it, or where it comes from, but the stories you tell, and the voice you use.  And whether it’s one of the world's biggest country stars singing from atop a full-throttle stadium-show stage or a line whispered by Woods himself in a more intimate environment, one thing remains clear: Woods’ is a voice that demands attention.

That attention has been quick in coming, bringing international accolades, and proclamations like “Canada’s best-kept secret,” “piercingly honest” and “quietly anthemic.” Throughout his work, Woods has remained focused on his one deceptively unassuming intent: crafting good songs – with an emphasis on ‘craft’.

It’s that mastery of the craft that places Woods squarely among the long line of great Canadian songwriters that have come before him.  What unites all of Woods’ material is the people he sings to and about. Rather than an idealized working-class-hero version of “The People,” it’s the people that we know – the people that we are. Donovan Woods knows how we speak, think and act, and has a way of saying exactly that – and so much more – in a voice that we’ve been hearing for as long as people have been singing, and the likes of which we’ve never heard before.


Donovan Woods musician


Ryan Adams
Paul Simon
Mark Knopfler
Bryan Adams
Emmylou Harris
Phil Kessel
Fred Eaglesmith
Vince Gill
Garth Brooks
Don't Get Too Grand
Aporia Records
March, 2013
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The Widowmaker
Aporia Records
October, 2011
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The Hold Up
SunnyLane Records
April, 2007
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upcoming shows

Oct 17 Winnipeg Burton Cummings Theatre
Oct 18 Regina The Exchange
Oct 19 Saskatoon Broadway Theatre
Oct 22 Vancouver Biltmore Cabaret
Oct 23 Kelowna Bottega
Oct 24 Calgary Marquee Room
Oct 25 Edmonton The Starlite Room
Oct 26 Swift Current The Lyric Theatre
Nov 13 Toronto Harbourfront Centre
Nov 26 Hamilton The Molson Canadian Studio
Nov 27 London Aeolian Hall
Nov 28 Whitby LIVEact Theatre
Dec 12 Owen Sound Heartwood Concert Hall
 Limited Play
 Limited Play

Donovan Woods

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