At 18, this award winning Stratford Ontario based singer is no stranger to the stage. Hannah Thomas has performed all over Southern Ontario with highlights including performing on the renowned Stratford Festival stage, singing with The Shot Canada, opening for Canadian musician Alan Doyle with the Magna Hoedown’s top 10 finalists, and working with Juno nominee Dayna Manning. Manning was the producer of Hannah’s recent album “Christmas Don’t Be Late”.
With a recent nomination in the Young Performer of the Year category at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, this 18 year old powerhouse vocalist is excited to share her newest album "Christmas Don't Be Late." Hannah Thomas began her early days in musical theatre at The Stratford Festival of Canada, The Grand Theatre London and with Drayton Entertainment.
Hannah quickly found her specialty in her mid teens with Country, Pop and Contemporary music and has never looked back. Her musical highlights include: singing to a top 10 finish at The Shot Canada, opening for Canadian musician Alan Doyle with the Magna Hoedown's top 10 finalists, performing for 2 seasons with Juno award winning artists at Stratford Summer Music, and working with accomplished Folk Artist Dayna Manning, who produced her newly nominated Christmas album (Engineered by Juno winner John “Beetle” Bailey, and arranged by Stratford Festival accomplished musician Ben Bolt-Martin).
In the Spring of 2020, Hannah began "Dock Music," a Sunday night summer concert series performed on her family dock along the Avon River in Stratford. This began as a way to bring happiness to the community during the pandemic and has progressed into an eagerly anticipated event, enjoyed by hundreds, weekly.
Those who enjoyed 18-year-old Hannah Thomas’ performances from her family’s dock on Lake Victoria last summer were pleased to learn the young singer, songwriter and musician was returning to the shores on Sundays for 12 weekly shows were enjoyed from anywhere around the lake.
Since the end of May, she had been performing on her dock every Sunday night at 7pm on the beautiful Avon River in Stratford Ontario. After sitting through many months of no music during the pandemic, she decided to put on live concerts on her family dock, to bring cheer to everyone walking around the river. She was overwhelmed with the amazing response she received from family, friends and even complete strangers. What began as something small that she might do for a few weeks, turned into a city-wide Sunday night event.
Hannah Thomas was proud that she was able to host this in an area where everyone can watch safely distanced from one another, along a lengthy shoreline of water and really appreciated all of your support with my music.
Since the inaugural season of her dock music, Thomas has been busy, not only with finishing her last year of high school and figuring out what her next steps academically will be, but also with recording and producing her Christmas album, 'Christmas Don’t be Late', performing in livestreamed concerts from venues such as Stratford’s Revival House, and lining up sponsors and guest performers for this year’s lakeside concert series.
“Since last summer, I focused a lot on my Christmas album, which was great,” Thomas said. “I had a lot of guest artists on there and it was really great to promote it with my Dock Music. Lots of people were involved and it was such a fun thing to make.”
Last year, Thomas’ concerts featured covers of her favourite songs, a few of her original songs sprinkled here and there, and a couple of guest performers, including her dad, in 30- to 45-minute concerts every Sunday night. In 2021 Thomas worked on a much larger lineup of guest artists, many of whom haven’t had the chance to perform live during the pandemic. Thanks to funding from the Stratford Destination Animation Project and a number of local businesses that stepped in as sponsors, her concerts ran for about an hour every Sunday beginning at 7 p.m.
Thomas’s stage has also seen a transformation since last year, having recently been painted with a mural by Stratford artist Claire Scott featuring a microphone, music notes, leaves and some of Thomas’ favourite colors. Performing from atop a work of art, Thomas and Scott have renamed the floating stage 'The Just Sing Dock'. bFor those who could not come out to enjoy the music in person, the weekly concerts will also be livestreamed on the Hannah Thomas Music Facebook page and HannahThomas.Music on Instagram. For more information about Thomas and her music, visit www.hannahthomasmusic.ca .
Hannah Thomas is remarkable up and coming talent and listening to her new Christmas album, 'Christmas Don't Be Late' not only displays her talents as a vocalist but also will put anyone into a wonderful holiday mood.