Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah McInnis, of Peterborough, Ontario, is a songwriter, co-creator, and believes in the profound power of storytelling for healing. Having people approach her after a live show to share a story of their grandfather they never knew, their sister who was just diagnosed with dementia, or a breakup they just went through is not an unusual experience for Sarah and she has found that her songwriting has created space for people to talk about difficult subjects.
Sarah’s songs come from having to travel to the raw, twisted centers of insecurity, vulnerability, shame, and grief, to hold them gently, illuminate, forgive, and thank them. With warm vocals and guitar in hand, Sarah transforms every stage into an intimate venue, giving listeners honest, true, and personal stories that remind them that they are not alone in the serious, silly, and serendipitous parts of life.
With a special interest in death and dying, Sarah began The Legacy Song Project in 2021, writing original songs for folks at the end-of-life and for folks who have lost loved ones. She is currently working on an Atlantic-region sub-branch of the project, funded by Arts Nova Scotia and Canada Council for the Arts, that will culminate in an 8-song album and a short documentary film which witnesses eight Maritime participants’ experiences with death, dying, loss, and grief.