Fast 5: Carly Thomas

Carly Thomas is an accomplished singer/songwriter who was born in Thailand and raised in Argentina, France, and various parts of North America. Along with her powerful lyrics, Thomasʼ music is characteristic of various sub-genres including modern folk, rock, and country.

She grew up playing everywhere from street festivals in Paris to the folk circuit in Manhattan, influenced and inspired by a life of constant change. After spending almost a decade on Canada’s west coast, she returned to London to record her EP, “Explode,” which won her a 2015 Jack Richards on music award (and again in 2017) leaving a mark on the London music scene.

She has gone on to participate in various outreach projects, with a strong commitment to giving back in her community. She has toured Canada and Europe, performed at several festivals including Home County, CMW and NXNE. Writing with honesty and integrity, Carly has a voice easy to relate to, and makes folk“ish” music interesting and intelligent.

What gives you the heebie jeebies and why?
I have a huge fear of hospitals and anything medical. I think they call it “white coat.” I’ve fainted several times just after getting a shot, but strangely enough I can handle tattoos and piercings like a pro. I have no idea why, it started in childhood and I haven’t been able to desensitize no matter how many ex-girlfriends have tried.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while driving?
Probably changed my pants once or twice on way to a show.

If you could host a dinner party and invite any five people — past or present — to attend who would be on that guest list?
Shara Nova, Ani Difranco, Joni Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, Tina Fey. I will quickly move on because this is definitely a question I would overthink and have a million rough drafts.

What’s the last book you read?
“The War Of Art” by Steven Pressfield

What are the biggest culinary differences between the United States and Canada?
Vinegar on fries.

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