November 30, 2004

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Artist: Cadell, Meryn




A Toronto avant garde poet/vocalist, Meryn Cadell was doing the underground Queen Street circuit as a female performance artist when she released an independent cassette simply titled 'Mare-In Ka-Dell' in 1988.

With some extra cash Cadell returned to the studio to begin work on what would become 'Angel Food For Thought'. Stuart Raven-Hill and Graham Stairs at Intrepid Records signed Cadell based on the strength of these sessions featuring members of The Rheostatics as bacling band, Barenaked Ladies' Jim Creeggan and Blue Rodeo's Bob Wiseman.

Intrepid released the remixed album in 1991 and the first single, "The Sweater", became a radio/video hit. Single release follow-ups were "Inventory" and "Barbie" but failed to live up to the potential of "The Sweater".

In 1993 came the single/video "Courage" (featuring members of The Infidels) from Cadell's follow-up album 'Bombazine' on Sire/Warners. The album once again had an all-star guest line-up in John Gzowski, George Koller, Andy Stochansky, Chris Whiteley, Ben Mink (FM), Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies), Thomas Neuspiel, Tom Third, Anne Bourne (Bourne & McLeod), The Rheostatics, Kathryn Rose, and John Alcorn.

Cadell went on hiatus from the music business after the deal with Sire fell apart trying to put as much distance as possible from 'The Sweater' girl. In 1995 Cadell became involved with the PEN charity - the worldwide organization of writers dedicated to the defense of freedom of expression which also works to free imprisoned, endangered and disappeared writers. Cadell also began writing a one woman movie called 'Going Back To Find' which was shelved indefinitely due to Ontario Government arts funding cutbacks.

In 1997 Cadell made a strong musical comeback with '6 Blocks' on the indie Handsome Boy label. Special guests included Anne Bourne, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Chris Wardman (Blue Peter), Paul Brennan (The Odds), Jason Sniderman (Blue Peter), Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), and Fergus Marsh (Bruce Cockburn, Big Faith). Cadell also did some music for film ("The Hanging Garden") and for the CBC radio program "Definitely Not The Opera" (aka DNTO).

Cadell had a significant public career as a woman but on October 2, 2004, Cadell came out as a transsexual man, i.e. female-to-male, on broadcaster Bill Richardson's CBC Radio One show Bunny Watson, and announced that he will retain his birth name of Meryn Cadell. He currently teaches the writing of song lyrics and libretto in the Creative Writing Program at University of British Columbia as a professor.

With notes from Andrew McElroy, Deborah Hoodiman, and Christopher Childs.


Singles
1992 The Sweater (Intrepid/Capitol)
1992 Inventory (Intrepid/Capitol)
1992 Barbie (Intrepid/Capitol)
1993 Johnny And Betty (Sire/Warner)
1993 Window Of Opportunity

Albums
1988 Mare-In Ka-Dell [independent cassette]
1992 Angel Food For Thought (Intrepid/Capitol)
1993 Bombazine (Sire/Warner)
1997 6 Blocks (Handsome Boy)

Video
1993 "Courage" from a charity compilation
1995 "Safe" on 'Lit From Within' (Nettwerk)
1998 "Wash Down" on 'The Hanging Garden' (EMI)

Compilation Tracks
1993 "Courage" from a charity compilation
1995 "Safe" on 'Lit From Within' (Nettwerk)
1998 "Wash Down" on 'The Hanging Garden' (EMI)


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