Lizzy Hoyt

Lizzy Hoyt is an award-winning Canadian vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who weaves stories through melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions. 

Lizzy’s fourth album New Lady on the Prairie (produced by John Reischman and Lizzy Hoyt), demonstrates a mature and refined ‘trans-Atlantic’ sound that blends Celtic and folk with touches of bluegrass. The title track, inspired by Lizzy’s great-great aunt immigrating to Canada from Ireland in the early 1900s, demonstrates her ability to craft songs that are touching, poignant, and lyrically rich. Her arrangements are detailed and atmospheric, and her talents as a multi-instrumentalist are featured in spades. The album also features some of Canada’s finest musicians including John Reischman, Ivan Rosenberg, Joe Phillips, Christine Hanson, Jeremiah McDade and more. The album was named "One of the Best Albums of 2014" by the Indie Acoustic Project, received a Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination for Solo Artist of the Year, a Western Canadian Music Award Nomination for Songwriter of the Year and three Independent Music Award Nominations.

Lizzy’s music has been recognized on both the national and international level. She won “Best Female Artist” at the 8th International Acoustic Music Awards (a contest that saw over 11 000 applicants), was a Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for “Traditional Singer of the Year” and has been named a finalist in both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the USA Songwriting Competition. In addition to these, Lizzy was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and history through music. 


Lizzy is a full-time musician who travels and tours throughout the year. Her riveting performances have seen her invited to perform in Canada, USA and in Europe. Versatility, excellent musicianship, high energy, story-telling and the ability to connect with audiences are hallmarks of her live show and have gained her a reputation as a first-rate performer. 

Lizzy’s gift as a vocalist is highlighted in each of her performances as she sings with lyricism, gentleness, passion and musicality. Her original Canadian-inspired songs tell stories of home, war, immigration, and love. Traditional Celtic material is brought to life with freshness while maintaining the musical and historical integrity of the songs. And, she will dazzle you with her talents on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, harp and step-dance.


On April 9th 2012, Lizzy released a music video for her song “Vimy Ridge”. Filmed on-site at the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France, the video adds a visual narrative of a young woman digging into the past and seeking a connection to her lost love. The stunning imagery of the video combined with the haunting lyrics of the song create an engrossing experience that captivates viewers and brings to life this piece of Canadian history. The video has won ten awards at multiple international film festivals.

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live performance - october 2014