biography

Tara Stadnyk is a musician, writer, and performing artist grown in the Saskatchewan prairies, now residing on Snuneymuxw territory. Tara sings in English and medieval languages with Vancouver Island duo, Cædmon’s Dream. She holds a BA Honours in English (2017) and a MA in English (2018) from the University of Saskatchewan where she specialized in women’s erotic art & literature, feminism, and sexuality. Tara recently published her first poetry collection, The Cædmon Poems, with Nyssa Care, a women’s health organization based in Chicago. 

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Tara has worked professionally as a musician and performing artist since 2007. Notable performances include Canada Tourism events (Canada Nature Escapes & Waskesiu Wilderness Region), Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, schools and universities (Dalhousie University, U of S, Carlton Comprehensive High School), and yoga/wellness events and music festivals across Canada. She is a student of Roy Hart vocal technique and trained privately under the guidance of Lia Pas. In 2013/14 Tara was a vocal soloist in the University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble and trained in the Jazz Studies program. She studied Southern blues/gospel singing with One Human Family Gospel Choir directors Eric Dozier and Kim Pacheco (2011/12). From 2009-2012 Tara served as bandleader and composer for the five-piece collective, Jiva Tree. They released two albums together, “Self-Titled” (2010) and “Kite” (2012), and were funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Tara acted in lead roles in the Saskatoon and Regina Fringe Festivals for New York music revue Joe’s Cafe by Rupert Wates (2011, 2012) and political satire The Generals Take our Defence Minister Shopping by Michael Murphy (2015). She studied Drama literature and performance at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2013 she completed a two-week intensive Theatre Studies course in London, UK where she expanded her knowledge of voice, movement, and technical aspects of theatre.

On April 8, 2022,  Nyssa Care, a women’s health organization based in Chicago, published Tara’s first poetry collection, The Cædmon Poems. Tara has written blogs for the Canadian Challenge International Sled Dog Race and PAVED Arts for their Art Passport YXE program. She currently works as a freelance writer/editor and English tutor on Vancouver Island.