Ivy Venin is an indigenous singer-songwriter from Lake St. Martin. She was born in Winnipeg, and is currently living there, but she hasn't always. Growing up in a military family, she lived in 4 different cities in 3 different provinces throughout her school years. She left Winnipeg after grade 2 and moved back at the start of high school. that's where she found the friend who taught her how to play guitar. Within a year, she was writing original music and evolving her own unique style, which she describes as "bitchy ass folk rock".
"If you made your opinion of me based on my music alone, you would probably think I was a really angry or mean person. I'm really not. I love to laugh and joke around a lot. I just tend to write when I'm angry or upset. Writing has always been an outlet for me. I don't usually write when I'm happy. So that's why a lot of my songs have swears in them." She laughs.
Ivy performed publicly for the first time at an open mic event in 2014 during Winnipeg's Aboriginal Music Week. That's when she learned all about stage fright. "I got up on stage and started the song, I sang a few lines then suddenly I went blank. I couldn't remember the next line or the one after that, and then I started messing up the chords. I tried to re-start the song, but I just couldn't get it back. I had to leave the stage without finishing the song. I was so upset and embarrassed."
That experience didn't make her quit trying though. More than anything she wanted to get back up there and redeem herself, but she didn't like making a fool of herself, which is how she felt every time she got up on stage. She kept going to open mics but, nervousness and inexperience resulted in Ivy playing only one or two of them a year.
Fortunately, that changed in 2018 when she finally found the courage to start performing more and more. She is now not only playing open mics, but now you can find her name on posters for shows. Ivy credits Winnipeg artist and producer Aaron Peters with helping her discover her musical talent and encouraging her passionate stage presence. "Ivy is one of a kind. She is very brave. I recognized that songwriting in her right away. After the first time I saw her play, I said I gotta talk to this girl, so I went over and I started talking about my studio, and we started working together."
Ivy and Aaron are currently in the studio working on her first EP. It should be out by the end of this year. With hopes of the second one to be out by the end of next year.
- Ivy Venin
- Winnipeg MB Canada