Sri Lankan/Canadian singer-songwriter that writes music that can be sweet, heartbreaking, and enchanting. With just her voice, guitar and vocal looping pedal, Amanda Lowe creates a warm and inclusive environment, highlighting life’s dark, cloudy and sunny days.
THE WHOLE STORY
Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, but grew up in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Attending a small Francophone school (École François-Buôte), she has gained a lot of musical and performance experience in music and theatre. She has been singing since she could talk and was part of the St. Pius X’s adult choir from age 15 to 18. At the age of 12, she taught herself how to play the acoustic guitar, then the piano at age 16! Through school band, she has learned the alto saxophone, and through her Sea Cadets band she has taught herself the clarinet, glockenspiel and a little bit of snare and bass drum. Writing has always come naturally to Lowe. Writing short stories and poems in English and in French, that were transformed into songs. She would then mold her emotions and stories into strummed melodies, making every part of each song as wholesome, raw and honest as possible.
Since moving to Ottawa, Ontario in August 2012 to attend the University of Ottawa, Amanda has performed all over the city at benefits, open-mics, poetry readings, houses, galleries, campuses and cafes! She has opened for JUNO nominated folk singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff a handful of times and occasionally joins him on stage as a backup vocalist! Playing alongside Craig Cardiff has allowed her to perform her own short set at the legendary BlackSheep Inn in Wakefield, QC, as well as perform with him at Westfest and Dragonboat Festival in Ottawa! More recently, in September 2015, she was chosen to perform her own solo set for Ottawa’s City Folk festival, under their Marvest festival.
She loves playing music for the gift of healing and freedom that it gives to her soul. Amanda hopes to connect with the audience through the vibes and the carefully picked notes, words and stories in her songs. Her performances are just her voice, her guitar and her vocal looper. Her inspiration comes from everything and everyone around her, while her own commitment to music even inspires her close friends and family! When she’s not performing, she hosts open mic nights every thursday at Cafe Nostalgica and presents shows for local artists. She is also a super-volunteer being on the executive teams for 3 organisations, pursuing her undergrad at the University of Ottawa, all while working at Partick Artists as a Grant Writer/Artist Support, and being a melancholic 21 year old hooligan!