One Year Into COVID-19 It’s not every day that you start a new job and then immediately have to close down the office indefinitely and send everyone home amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic. But that was my whirlwind experience when I joined YWCA Edmonton as our new CEO one year ago today. I hadn’t even met most of our staff yet before making that difficult decision after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated an historic stay-at-home order
The podcast music for Searching for Izena was created by Canadian musician Lyra Brown.
Lyra is an artist from Edmonton, and has been writing, performing and recording for well over a decade. She released her debut record, The Language of Eyes, in early 2015. By the end of the year, the album would finish at #7 on the CJSR Radio top 300 albums of 2015, and Lyra garnered four award nominations at the 2016 Edmonton Music Awards.
The next few years would prove fruitful as Lyra would release her most popular song to date, A Little Vulture Told Me, accompanied by a continuous shot pop-up video for the song. She would go on to win in three categories at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards: Music Video of the Year, Adult Alternative Recording of the Year, and Singer/Songwriter of the Year, and the vulture video would continue its success by winning best music video at the 2018 Alberta Film & Television Rosie Awards.
In late 2020, Lyra released her sophomore record, Tin Girl. The album ranges from cinematic power-pop to stripped down vocal performances while maintaining a characteristic vibe throughout.