“Bowers must now be considered in the ranks of excellent modern Canadian songwriters, with folks like John K. Samson of the Weakerthans.”
—Bob Mersereau, CBC
It’s hard to find a songwriter both prolific and profound, but Steven Bowers is easily both.
"This record has been a few years in the making," he says. "I put writing on the back burner for a while. I became a father, an uncle four times over, and moved provinces three times. Eventually, with nowhere else to go, the songs start poking through the soil.”
From his breakout third album, Tired Light (which delivered nominations for 2007 ECMA Pop Recording Of The Year, 2006 Music Nova Scotia Songwriter Of The Year and won the 2006 Music Nova Scotia Producer Of The Year Award) to his forthcoming EP Elk Island Park, Bowers brings a deep understanding of the human condition, a sharp curiosity about the world, and a deft hand with language to songs that are as hooky as they are thoughtful.
Newfoundland-born and British Columbia-based, Bowers is working with JUNO-award-winning producer Colin Stewart on his latest effort, which includes contributions from Marek Tyler (nêhiyawak), Victoria’s Jaya Bremer, and Meaghan Smith. Collaboration has always been part of Bowers’s practise - his albums are dotted with co-writes with the likes of Dave Gunning and Ron Hynes. These days, he’s keeping his co-writing chops in working order, contributing to JUNO-award winner Meaghan Smith’s Our Song project ( www.oursongmusic.com). Several tracks on Elk Island Park were produced by Halifax’s own Jason Mingo.
Songs from his 2012 release, Beothuk Words, have appeared in film and TV, such as CBC’s Heartland (Season 4, Episode 1), and Roaming, winner of Best Feature Film at the 2013 Toronto Independent Film Festival.
His 2008 release, Homing, generated nominations for Folk Recording, Songwriter and Producer of the Year from 2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards, as well as an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nomination for Folk Recording of the Year.
He lives in Victoria, BC, with his wife and their daughter, where he is forever finding ways to break his own heart with songs.