Ivy Mairi grew up and lives on Ward’s Island, which is a 10 minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. She comes from a musical family, singing with her mother and sister, and this has come to inspire her in her own music. As a teenager looking through her mother’s old song books, she became interested in folk music. Not knowing any of the songs, she began writing her own melodies to the lyrics she found. This led her to begin writing original lyrics as well. In 2005, at age 17, she was introduced to Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), and two years later they have, along with help from many fine Toronto players, wrapped recording of her first album, Well You.
Featuring songs written mostly in her final two years of high school, Well You draws from the deep folk tradition, and contemporary pop sounds. Currently performing solo around Toronto, Ivy was thrilled to be a part of the most recent installment of the popular Hugh’s Room series Girls do Boys, where she sang the songs of Otis Redding.
Ivy has also lent her voice to Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson’s (Skydiggers) record Dark Hollow.
"Ivy Mairi has a voice that transcends time and place and uses it to sing a repertoire of songs both original and traditional that remind you of those moments in life when time stands still."
- Andy Maize - co-founder Skydiggers / MapleMusic
I have been introduced to a lot up and coming artists over the past twenty years, but none have excited or impressed me as much as Ivy Mairi. Ivy’s voice, songs and interpretive skills are extraordinary: another welcome addition to that long line of quality Canadian singer-songwriters.
- Michael Timmins, Cowboy Junkies