Thursday March 09, 2017

Amelia Curran on balancing both music and advocacy

Amelia Curran performing live at the q studios in Toronto, Ont.

Amelia Curran performing live at the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (Cathy Irving/CBC)

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"You cannot offer a good song if nothing is happening to you." 

That's Amelia Curran's wise rule of thumb, and one that has led her to her eighth album, Watershed (out March 10). While some have said that her new album, which Curran calls a "team effort" with her bandmates, sounds "a little off the beaten track" from her usual sounds, Curran argues "It's still me, still on the same path."

Music isn't her only job: she's also a mental health advocate. In 2014, she released a powerful video that featured a number of musicians and participants, shining a light on the need for mental health programs in Newfoundland and Labrador. Since then, it has not only grown into a second job for her, but it has also influenced her in many other ways. 

"It's a very large part of my life and it has affected my writing," she admits. "I underestimated how far it would go. These are my two jobs but they're also my life, and life is good." 

— Produced by Mitch Pollock