Concordia University

Ms. Sienna Dahlen, MM

Part-time teacher, Music

Joel Miller "Dream Cassette" recording session, Montreal, QC
Randy Cole


Sienna Dahlen is a Juno award-winning vocalist, having garnered the award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year alongside guitarist and collaborator, Mike Rud for his album « Notes On Montreal » in 2014. Sienna is also a music educator, an instrumentalist and a composer of six albums of original folk and jazz music to date. Her last album, « Verglas », received rave reviews and was signed to the longstanding Montreal jazz label, Justin Time Records.  Her newest record, « Ice Age Paradise » is set for release in the fall of 2016. Sienna has toured her music extensively across Canada, Europe, and parts of the US in addition to numerous appearances in Mexico and South America. Sienna has also collaborated on several national and international projects as a co-leader/lyricist with musicians such as Joel Miller and his newly released album « Dream Cassette » (Canada), Mads Baerentzen’s « Lifelines »project (Denmark), Lebanese pianist and composer, Wassim Soubra's «Dunes » album (France) and Paris-based Canadian drummer, Karl Jannuska’s « Streaming » and « The Halfway Tree »records.  Sienna also appears on Karl's latest release, « Midseason » alongside Toronto vocalist, Denzal Sinclaire. In addition to these collaborations, Sienna has been a guest vocalist on several occasions with L'Orchestre National de Jazz de Montreal and she is the featured singer on the soundtrack for the 2007 Oscar-winning animated short, The Danish Poet by Torill Kove (music by Kevin Dean).

"Sienna Dahlen has made a beautifully compelling record that is soulful and unique."  
Ron Sexsmith (acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter)

"...Verglas goes from the good to the great with “Carrie,” the last of its seven cuts and a stunningly memorable, rage-filled anthem against an impending death."
Peter Goddard (Toronto Star) 4/4 stars


Teaching activities

Teaching techniques

Having written, recorded and performed my own music professionally for nearly twenty years, with six albums of original music in both folk/contemporary and jazz styles to my name, I feel I am able to bring a very wide range of knowledge to students of varying backgrounds, ages and interests.  My approach to teaching is to guide a student in directions that she or he may not have thought about going for the purpose of achieving the greatest amount of musical success on all pertinent levels. In addition to this method, I also strive to embrace what each student expresses as a need or desire in the area of their own music-making. In doing so, I am able to work in tandem with that student with the hope of nourishing their artistic growth while achieving a high level of respect and understanding for one another in the lesson setting.

In addition to my own projects, I spend my time collaborating with some of Canada's finest composers and musicians, as well as with several high profile European artists. In addition to the aforementioned styles of music that I have delved deeply into, I was also trained in extended vocalizing under the tutelage of Christine Duncan and perform experimental music of this genre in select settings.

Research activities

Artist Residency- Centro Rural de Arte, Patagonia, Argentina

May 2010


Three week international artist residency in collaboration with visual artist, Nadine Bariteau. Site specific work using found objects and sounds plus live experimental voice work. Audio sampling, editing, projection using plastic megaphone sculptures made from discarded water bottles.

Artist Residency- 360 Xochi Quetzal, Chapala, Mexico

May 2015

Month-long international residency- topics covered included songwriting, audio sampling and montage, poetry-writing, collaboration with local musicians and other artists, organized concert and exhibition.

Artist Residency- Skalar Sound Art, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

May 2016

Time Sense

Month-long collaborative residency with DJ/electronic sound designer, Marie-Hélène Brousseau in Iceland. Topics included research-related excursions, text-writing, field recordings, audio montage, composition and pre-production for an album. 

Upcoming performances

Upcoming Performances


Sienna en Solo Klardrøm


RCM Open Streets Series

Toronto, ON


Sienna en Solo


Pedestrian Sunday

Kensington Market

Toronto, ON

Time TBA

Sienna en Solo 


Summer Concert Series, Arts in the Park

Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre, Earl Bales Park

Toronto, ON


Opening act: Dawn Devi, 7:30-8




Francophone Album Release (ON)


Théatre de l’Alliance Française de Toronto

Toronto, ON

Time tba

Ice Age Paradise Band



La Nouvelle Scène

NFB Documentary series

Ottawa, ON

Duo with François Jalbert

Time tba

Montreal Pre-launch Party and Video Viewing


Café Résonance

L'OFF festival de jazz de Montréal

5 à 7 series

Duo with François Jalbert


Anglophone Album Release (ON) 


The Music Gallery

Toronto, ON

Time tba

Ice Age Paradise Band




L'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal

Album fundraising concert

Conducted and Arranged by Christine Jensen

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