European jazz, electronic and world music are Katie DuTemple’s earliest and strongest influences, finding herself immersed in the international music landscape that can only capture an expat. Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Istanbul and Prague, Katie discovered a love for singing at the age of fifteen while living abroad. Her formative sonic loves are soul, trip hop and jazz.
Upon returning to Toronto, Katie honed her skills with mentors Sacha Williamson and the great Bob Fenton (Jim Galloway’s Wee Big Band, sessions with Billie Holiday). Studying Jazz at York University, where she met long time collaborator Robb Cappelletto, she brought her unique overseas aesthetics and experience to stamp the standards with a feel all her own.
Katie DuTemple has performed at various venues and festivals in Toronto including NXNE 2014 and 2013, Indie Week 2012, the 2012 Junction Music Festival, the 2009 Nu Jazz Festival, Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Horseshoe Tavern, Hugh’s Room and Revival. Her debut album Give and Grow, funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council, was released in October 2013. Katie is also a member of the indie rock group CANVAS and plays with KASHKA.