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Daniela Nardi

Artistic curiosity and musical versatility are nothing new for Nardi, she’s been making music all her life. At age five, she began studying piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music. British pop music of the 80’s led Nardi to take up the bass guitar and embrace songwriting. She went on to earn a degree in Music at Toronto’s York University. Meanwhile she honed her live performance skills playing everything from pop to punk, from Latin to country. In the years since, Nardi’s career has encompassed a remarkable range of activities; recording artist, DJ, film composer, radio show host, actor. Her pop-jazz solo album One True Thing (2005/Minerva Road) gained considerable airplay, charted, and earned her a Best Group nomination at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. The 2008 release The Rose Tattoo (Minerva Road), inspired by her mother Rose’s four year battle with cancer, marked a watershed for Nardi. This ambitious album received wide international acclaim, and led to Nardi winning the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year,’ and the ‘Readers Pick Award’ for Best Female Vocalist in the prestigious Now Magazine Best of Toronto campaign. Other awards in this time included “Honorable Mention” at the Billboard Songwriting Music Awards in the World category (2009) and Best World Music Artist nominee at the Toronto Independent Music Awards (2014). In addition to all of Nardi’s artistic pursuits, she has currently taken up the baton as Founder/Artistic Director of Espresso Manifesto: Music | Arts | Culture, an annual culture series dedicated to showcasing contemporary Italian & Italian-Canadian artists/creators and to nurture the cultural exchange between Canada, Italy and its diaspora.
Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario
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