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Join Karyn today (Sat June 25 @ 7:30pm) and tomorrow (Sun June 26 @ 6:15pm) at the Works Festival at Churchill Square in EDMONTON!

This performance is a part of The Works Art & Design Festival. The festival presents over 500 artists in 50 exhibits and 200 special events, performances and workshops throughout Edmonton’s downtown core from June 23 – July 5. The Works Street Stage on Sir Winston Churchill Square hosts live music and performance from noon – 9:30 daily, so grab a table and have a drink on the licensed patio, or explore the festival to the soundtrack of local, national, and international talent!

For more about The Works Art & Design Festival: www.theworks.ab.ca


Karyn at MusicMakingPeople Studios in Düsseldorf Germany in April 2016

Remember when I got home from Europe a couple of weeks ago and hinted that I had some big news to share with you…?

Well, I do and here it is:
I’m making a record in Germany!!!

Yessssss!! This July I’m heading to Düsseldorf to record a live in-studio album with Michael Hugger and Adam Piastowski of MusicMakingPeople. Ich bin soooooooo excited!!!

Keep your eye out for the crowdfunding campaign; it is going live in the next week or two! I’m gonna need your help with this one. :)

Europe bound


And so we come to my last show on this fine spring tour ~ see you this afternoon in Weesp Netherlands, 20 minutes south of Amsterdam.

Femke's Flowers

Starting just after the football game, of course. => 17:00 @ Cafe de Natte Krant, I’m playing a double bill with electronic / experimental pop artist BobbyPin from Berlin! A great capper to what has been an amazing month here in Europe.

PS, speaking of amazing, I have some verrrrry exciting news to share with you in the coming days…


Maaaaaan. I am loving this tour here in Europe.

Most recently I played five shows in a row ending in a whirlwind 24 hours in Kaiserslautern Germany where I played the Milchundzucker on Saturday night and then on Sunday afternoon, a very special private show (it was Erhardt & Sabine’s 35th anniversary! Congrats and an honour to celebrate with you!)

Now I am chilling out at my friends’ place in the countryside of Switzerland, about 45 minutes outside of Zürich for three days doing laundry, catching up on emails and getting ready for the last leg of the tour.
I can’t believe there are only three more shows! Two of them in Lausanne this Thursday & Friday. Then up to Weesp Netherlands, (just outside of Amsterdam) on Sunday.

For those of you on Facebook, here’s the FB event page for the one on Thursday, which we just added to the tour two days ago!

Check out my tour page for more details about all three of the shows.


Just added a new show in Lausanne Switzerland on Thursday May 5th! Hang tight for details, but mark it in your calendars!


What a spectacular cap to these twelve days of Düsseldorf last night at Music Making People. There have been many magical moments and great conversations with people this trip, but I gotta share one from last night that touched me and had me thinking maybe I will keep doing this music thing!

At the end of the night – just a few folks still milling around the studio – a guy in his early 20s came up to me. He was wearing a black leather jacket with requisite metal spikes and he had several punk buttons pinned to his lapel including the Adverts and Wizo, who he later told me are the German equivalent of the Sex Pistols. (You guys may not know this, but back in high school I was a total fan of old school punk, like Crass & Dead Kennedys. So I am going to have to check them out. But I digress…)

With a sweet and giant grin on his face he total that he “doesn’t like acoustic music”. When his friends invited him to the show, he thought it would be a bar with a band playing punk or at least rock. And instead he ended up at this acoustic folk show. But, he said, after two or three songs he was hooked and glad he came to the show. Then he said all sorts of flattering things, which is always nice. :D But for modesty sake I won’t go into that here. hahaha!

Anyways, I found it moving because sometimes I get overcome with artist doubt. Most often it happens about fifteen seconds after I step offstage as I replay the myriad of ways I could have done better. I wonder whether or not my songs and my shows are affecting people and whether all the hustle it takes to get on stage and perform, whether it is worth it. And then something like this happens… and I am reminded that music is powerful and can connect across genres.

I offered him one of my buttons to add to his collection – one of the ones with polkadots on it – and I gotta say it felt darn good to see it nestled alongside the rest of his punk band collection! Danke shön, Dominic!

Alrighty now, I feel rejeuvenated and ready to take on the rest of this European tour, which starts in earnest tomorrow. Next stop: Antwerpen!


Tour dates: http://karynellis.com/tour-dates/

For those of you on facebook, check out my page for more up to the minute tour updates. I tend to do more of the little posts there. http://www.facebook.com/KarynEllisHerself


Make that twelve shows! We added another show on April 27th in Papendrecht in the Netherlands. Given that it is King’s Day it might be more of a party than a concert ;). Thought we’d let you know things are happening here in Europe.

Check out the full listings for my Europe spring tour.
There are shows in Dusseldorf, Kaiserslautern, Dordrecht, Utrecht, Antwerpen, Papendrecht, Lausanne and Weesp!

And while we’re at it, let’s point out a very special concert on Thursday April 21st in Music Making People’s Studios in Dusseldorf, Germany: we are live film / audio recording the show. A co-bill with David Pfeffer (Germany’s X-factor winner in 2013!) VERY limited seating, message us at karyn@karynellis.com if you would like to receive an invitation to the guest list.