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Raised in the opera world with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Maddy's young life was steeped in music of all kinds. When the pandemic closed the doors on live theatre, she pivoted to folk busking in downtown Toronto. Now, she is developing a career in indie folk around Ann Arbor, while she pursues a degree in classical voice from the University of Michigan. 


As the daughter of a born-and-bred Canadian and an American peacenik, Maddy’s songwriting draws inspiration from the music of her midwest childhood: Canadian folk, Americana of the 1970s, and 90s indie rock, with mezzo vocals like K.D. Lang and bluesy edges reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. Her music is heavily lyrical, exploring the creativity of the internal world within an alienating technological society. She often focuses on themes of ecofeminism, girlhood, and the narratives of people & places, writing with keen observation and strong empathy. Her songwriting pays homage to the true folk songwriters who inspire her, with a modern edge for today's audience, speaking to the alienation of her generation in a post-industrial society. 

"Maddy Ringo has quickly become a favorite recurring act of the venue. Her ability to connect with you through her mesmerizing voice and heart wrenching lyrics accompanied by her laid-back, humorous stage presence has you leaving feeling like she's an old friend. She's an immense talent whose career we look forward to watching."

-North Star Lounge, Ann Arbor MI

Maddy Ringo is the one you have been waiting for. Her youthful exuberance blends seamlessly with her soulful set of stories from years gone by. Her show will bring you both joy and nostalgia for places you have never been. Do yourself a favour and catch this star on the rise. 

-Rivoli, Toronto ON



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