Photo by Andrea Hunter

Photo by Andrea Hunter

Cool Cat launch at Taste of Columbia

Cool Cat launch at Taste of Columbia

Photo by Dahlia Katz Photography

Photo by Dahlia Katz Photography

About Catherine

Catherine M Thompson is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer and poet. Award-winning Chris Birkett arranges her songs and produced Catherine M Thompson Song Project: Celtic Cat (2015), Cool Cat (2017), Papa’s Photo (holiday single 2018). In 2021, Catherine will launch her full album, Wild Cat! Singles from Wild Cat! were released in 2020: Only Lonely Me, New Orleans Moon, and She’s a Wild Cat! Two others will be released prior to the album. In 2017, Cool Cat was launched in a series at Free Times Café and C’est What? in Toronto, and Taste of Columbia in Oakville, with Catherine fronting a seven-piece band of top jazz musicians and backup singers. Wild Cat! is a rock album, so hold on for the ride.

Catherine is a former dancer (BFA York 1978), storyteller, and educator. She is steeped in family traditions and lore, one of six sisters, wife,  mother, and grandmother. That, along with writing, performing, and studying, all contributed to Catherine’s creative development. Her father’s knowledge, her sisters’ practicing, and her own years of dance, internalized music within her very being. Catherine is a storyteller, a wordsmith, loves a clever turn of phrase, a new twist on an old cliché, metaphor revealing more than description. Her education career included hats as director of a secondary school arts academy, board member and a past-president of an international arts schools network, and vice principal of an adult high school. Awards and accolades include: Catherine was awarded Energizer Bunny (2014) and She’s Still Got It (2015) at SongStudio; On The Water (Celtic Cat) was a finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards;  Swing Daddy (Cool Cat) was a semi-finalist in the Canadiana division of the Canadian Songwriting Competition, and a finalist in the World Songwriting Competition for Best Jazz Song (Winter 2020); A Shot of Whiskey was a finalist in the World Songwriting Competition for Best Rock Song (Winter 2021). A Shot of Whiskey single will be released June 2021, from the Wild Cat! album to be released September 2021. Catherine’s poetry has appeared in Verse Afire literary magazine and several TOPS anthologies. Like Winnie the Pooh, a little hum may become a poem or a song, or both. Art is life!