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Canadian singer/songwriter Tara MacLean has been an internationally renowned and award-winning recording and touring artist for over 25 years. She released her first album with the Nettwerk Music Group in 1996 and Sony Music Publishing Canada. Since then, she has been signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist and to EMI Canada with her JUNO nominated band Shaye. She has written and recorded six solo albums and two Shaye records.

In 2008, Tara took a hiatus from being a touring artist to focus on being a full-time mother, raising her family on the beautiful west coast of Canada. She never stopped writing music.

Tara returned to her music career in 2016 when she wrote, produced, and directed her hit show “Atlantic Blue-The Stories of Atlantic Canada’s Iconic Songwriters”.  The summer of 2019 saw “Atlantic Blue” presented by the world-famous Charlottetown Festival to sold out crowds.  Tara went on to perform  “Songs from Atlantic Blue” in Concert with the PEI Symphony Orchestra.

The same year (2019), Tara returned to recording original material with “Deeper”, an award-winning effort that was followed by a duet with close friend Catherine MacLellan.  “This Storm” won the Song of the Year Award at the Music PEI Awards.  In 2019 Tara also received the senate of Canada Medal for her activist work in her community. Last year, Tara received the Stompin’ Tom award by the East Coast Music Association, marking her outstanding contribution to music in the region.

Tara MacLean is an environmental and social justice activist, a zen student, a poet, author,  playwright and inspiring public speaker. She resides primarily in her home province of Prince Edward Island, and lives part time on Salt Spring Island, BC. She considers herself bi-coastal. Her greatest joy is being a mother to her three beautiful girls.

Her first book, Song of the Sparrow, will be released on March 14th, 2023 with HarperCollins Canada, followed by the soundtrack for the book on March 31, 2023.

Speaking Topic

How to be a Lighthouse
An award winning performer and singer/songwriter for over 25 years, playwright, mother, zen student and now author, Tara MacLean will guide the audience through practical steps to remember their super powers, the tools they already have within to navigate the stormy seas of life and make it to safe harbour, and from there, how to be a beacon for others. With her life dedicated to service and seeing the urgency for a shift in perspective now, Tara is taking her message off the page and onto the stage in a new way.
After a childhood filled with extreme poverty, sexual abuse and countless other dangers, Tara speaks inspiringly and from personal experience about her steadfast commitment to love and forgiveness no matter what. She shines with remarkable incandescence as she recounts her experience cultivating resilience and a deep reverence for life.

By sharing her story, music and map, Tara lends us the torch she has safeguarded all her life. Anyone who holds that torch, even for a brief moment, will likely be profoundly moved and even possibly, deeply transformed.

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