Gwen was born in Winnipeg. Her father was in the Armed Forces, so she managed to live and travel all across Canada. Although known primarily as a songwriter and vocalist, Gwen’s musical background includes guitar and electric bass, viola da gamba and East Indian singing.
In addition to her solo career, Gwen recorded five albums during the early 1990s with the traditional folk trio Tamarack. In 1996, she joined Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford in the popular vocal group Quartette. Constant recording and touring as a solo act and with other groups has put Gwen on stage at prestigious festivals and concert halls across Canada and Europe, including Germany’s Women in (E)Motion Festival, Dawson City Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival and many others.
Gwen’s work is featured on a number of film soundtracks. “I Should Feel Empty,” from A Pebble of Mercy, appears on the soundtrack CD of the movie Never Talk to Strangers, starring Antonio Banderas and Rebecca DeMornay. “Call,” from Love and Gold, was written for Terrance Odette’s award-winning Canadian feature Heater. Her music has been choreographed for dance and she has composed music for stage and film, including original music for the National Film Board.
She has been a guest on many CBC Radio shows including Morningside with Peter Gzowski, Swinging on a Star with Murray McLachlan, Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, Heartland and Performance. Her music is heard on radio across Canada, the U.S., and throughout Europe. Gwen works as a writer, vocal arranger and singer for other recording artists and vocal groups. She has written and arranged music for children in dramatic performances, and conducted songwriting workshops for children.