Selina Martin (musician)

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Selina Martin
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Selina Martin at the Smiling Buddha Cabaret, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop, Art Rock, Cabaret
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Synth, Accordion, Theremin, Musical Saw, Wine Glasses
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts Rheostatics, Bidiniband, Martin Tielli, Bob Wiseman, Faceless Forces of Bigness

Selina Martin (born 1967[1]) is a singer-songwriter and actor based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her music is a fusion of pop, art-rock, and cabaret. It been described as “sneaky beautiful” and “sharp-as-shards.” She has been compared to PJ Harvey, Björk, and David Byrne.[2][3]


Martin is from Pakenham, Ontario. She moved to Toronto in the 1990s to study drama at the University of Toronto. After graduation, along with playwright Adam Nashman, poet Stan Rogal and actor Lisa Ryder, she formed Bald Ego Theatre, which produced plays in Toronto in the 1990s. She also began performing music during that time, joining Bob Wiseman’s band playing guitar, bass, accordion, theremin, wine glasses, and found objects, from 1995 to 1999. She also began performing and recording her own music, releasing her first record, Space Woman, in 1998, and touring across Canada and Europe.[citation needed]

Martin has released three additional albums: Life Drawing Without Instruction (2004), Disaster Fantasies (2010), and i’ve been picking caruso’s brain; i think i have the information we need to make a new world (2016). She has also collaborated with Dave Bidini and Martin Tielli to produce Music from “Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica” (2009). She is an occasional member of the experimental electronic music and visuals group The Faceless Forces of Bigness with Justin Stephenson, Chris Stringer, Kurt Swinghammer, and Michael-Phillip Wojewoda, and she has collaborated with the Rheostatics, Martin Tielli, Bidiniband, NQ Arbuckle, Veda Hille, Justin Rutledge, and Amelia Curran. She has also composed music for film, television, and theatre, including co-writing the score for the documentary Act of God with Bidini, Tielli, and Fred Frith.



  • Space Woman (Festival Music Distribution, 1998)
  • Life Drawing Without Instruction (Outside Music Distribution, 2005)
  • Disaster Fantasies (Outside Music Distribution, 2010)
  • I’ve Been Picking Caruso’s Brain; I Think I Have the Information We Need to Make a New World (2016)


  • The Hottest Day (2010)
  • Wish List (2015)
  • Hawaii (2016)


  1. ^ "Martin, Selina, 1967-". Library of Congress Name Authority File. Library of Congress. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  2. ^ Everett-Green, Robert (2010-11-30). "Selina Martin: A new album, and maybe one of the songs of the year". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  3. ^ Greene, Sarah (2016-03-02). "SELINA MARTIN: I've Been Picking Caruso's Brain; I Think I Have The Information We Need To Make A New World". Now Magazine. Retrieved 2016-05-25.

External links

  • Official website
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