Canadian songbird Chantal Kreviazuk performs at the Port Theatre Oct. 15.

Canadian songbird Chantal Kreviazuk performs at the Port Theatre Oct. 15.

New album diverges from singer’s previous

A serious accident in the mid-1990s led to a successful career in the music business for Chantal Kreviazuk

A serious accident in the mid-1990s led to a successful career in the music business for Chantal Kreviazuk.

Although a lifelong performer, Kreviazuk didn’t consider a career in the music business until the accident. She went on to establish herself as one of Canada’s most beloved female perfomers.

While recovering, the Canadian singer, who is also a classically trained pianist, penned her first album, called Under These Rocks and Stones, released in 1997.

After selling more than 100,000 albums, Kreviazuk earned critical and commercial recognition.

Her music was featured in movies and television, including the soundtracks to Armageddon and Dawson’s Creek.

Her second album Colour Moving And Still was released in April 2000, and won two Juno Awards for Best Female Artist and Best Pop/Adult Album.

After the release of her third album, Kreviazuk spent the next few years as a songwriter, penning hits for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson.

When Kreviazuk sat down in her home studio to begin writing her fourth album, the chords she began to play were immediately different from her earlier work.

The chords were much more rhythmic and charging. While other artists tend to mellow as their careers progress, Kreviazuk found that she was crafting her most driving work with Ghost Stories.

Ghost Stories was written by Kreviazuk and her husband Raine Maida, lead singer of Our Lady Peace, who also produced the album.

Kreviazuk has also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to human rights causes.

She has been an avid supporter of War Child Canada, donating her time and talents to raising funds and awareness for the charity.

She was a key participant in War Child Canada’s Musicians in the War Zone, an interactive documentary project that combines an analysis of the impact of war on children with a call for Canadian youth to take action.

Kreviazuk performs at the Port Theatre Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the theatre’s Spotlight series. Tickets $60; $56/members.

Please call 250-754-8550, visit www.porttheatre.com or stop by the ticket centre on Front Street weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.