Kat McLevey

Second Prize Winner


Regardless of the configuration of her band, the atmosphere of the room, the shoes on your feet, or the day of the week, Kat McLevey will be keeping things real with her catalogue of vulnerable, earnest, and honest songs. Exploring themes of chronic illness, long-distance love, and growing pains of adulthood, McLevey’s acoustic guitar and sweetly weaving melodies have garnered her many accolades to date.

With her debut 2015 release Evergrown as the stepping stone, McLevey was awarded two MusicNL Awards for Female Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year, an East Coast Music Award nomination for Rising Star Recording of the Year, and a spot on the Newfoundland alternative arts newspaper The Overcast’s triple-juried shortlist for the Borealis Music Prize. McLevey has been featured on both national radio and television programs such as CBC Radio 2 Morning Show, The Strombo Show, Performance Hour, and Absolutely Maritimes.

A day after her sold-out hometown release show of Evergrown, McLevey moved to Boston, MA to pursue a Bachelor of Music at Berklee College of Music. Four years of studying jazz composition and electric bass provided McLevey with the opportunity to perform, collaborate, and learn from musicians from all over the world. These experiences have thoroughly, indelibly, and wonderfully informed the approach and skillset McLevey brings to her current projects.

McLevey now resides in Toronto, ON working as a freelance performer, arranger, educator, and session musician. Some of her latest professional work has included touring the United States as bassist for Juno-nominated Tim Baker on a tour opening for Half Moon Run, and touring the Northeast States and Canada as bassist for New York-based songwriter Taylor Ashton.



2013 Winners