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Dayna Manning

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Dayna Manning

Originally from Stratford Ontario, Dayna Manning grew up in a musical family and launched a professional songwriting career at 16, releasing two albums on EMI Music Canada, the first of which was nominated for a Juno Award for Best New Artist.

Her songs drew industry praise from Billboard Magazine and led to working with Sean Ono Lennon, as well as luminary LA-based producer Jim Scott. Manning toured extensively as a duo with cellist Kevin Fox, performed with Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, and Radiohead, toured nationally with Burton Cummings and Joe Cocker, and was part of Lilith Fair.

In 2011 Manning, along with friends Emm Gryner and Lindsay Schindler, formed the Canadian folk trio Trent Severn, and in a few short years the trio’s unique “Canadiana” approach and stage show landed festival appearances, a feature article in MacLean’s, a CBC live recording,  the honour of singing the national anthem on Parliament Hill for the Canada Day flag-raising, and musical guest appearances at their shows by none other than Commander Chris Hadfield.