Laura Smith

Nova Scotia

Laura Smith’s distinct singing voice has been a mainstay of the Canadian music scene for many decades now. Growing up in southern Ontario, she made the bold move to Cape Breton in the mid-‘80s where she found a vibrant music scene and the ability to grow artistically. She has remained in Nova Scotia ever since and has a community of musical friends who are able to support her performances and, occasionally, are the sources of new material. Laura continues to hone her craft of song writing. Personal accolades include two Juno nominations, a Gemini award, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities to honour Laura’s songwriting talent. She is probably most well-known for “My Bonny”, her unique interpretation of the Scottish song “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”, a version of which she recorded with The Chieftains, and in 2010 that was named Song of the Decade by LiveIreland, the Irish Internet radio and TV enterprise.

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