She's known for her roles on Less Than Kind and Flashpoint. She's been nominated for a Gemini Award and she's won Canadian Comedy awards.

But increasingly Brooke Palsson is becoming known for her singing. She says her initial dream was to be an opera singer. She also loved listening to and imitating Charlotte Church and Norah Jones. In addition to classical singing Palsson studied piano and eventually turned to pop and jazz.

A chance encounter with a ukelele pointed her in the singing/songwriting direction. 

Although she lives in Toronto now, Palsson is in Winnipeg this weekend to release her debut CD The Willow. She credits Keith MacPherson (Keith and Renee) for helping to make her dream become a reality.

"He's pretty amazing. He and I crossed paths through a mutual friend," she recalled. "When he proposed we do an album together I thought he was blowing smoke but he was quite serious. It ended up being an incredible experience."

Brooke Palsson

Brooke Palsson acted on Less Than Kind for five seasons. (HBO)

She says she doesn't want to isolate acting from singing, or have to choose between them. 

"If there's one thing I've really come to terms with, especially in the past couple months, it's that I can make both work in my favour. They both really fulfill something in me."

Palsson's plan is to cross-promote herself as both an actor and a musician.

"We've got a team and we're starting to put together a website and use that to get the word out. I'm convinced that the two worlds can collide successfully." 

Brooke Palsson releases The Willow at the Park Theatre on Saturday April 26. Before then, you can hear her in conversation with host Bruce Ladan on SCENE. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.