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Karen Lizotte is a New Brunswick-born, Nova Scotia-based, All-Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist with powerful vocals and a captivating stage presence.

Her vocal performances have become a must-see in the music scene in Halifax, Nova Scotia over the past few years with gigs at popular venues such as Bearly’s House of Blues, The Carleton, and Casino Nova Scotia, as well as featured sets at several East Coast festivals including a showcase at the Dutch Mason Blues Festival. Karen recorded an original 5-song EP of sassy contemporary blues tunes which shows off her energetic songwriting side, and her recordings have been featured on the CBC radio programme Close To Home. She has also been vocally featured on the recordings of East Coast blues musicians Buck Tingley, and Lazy James Cody, and has shared the stage with such audience favourites as East Coast Country Music's Ryan Cook, NFLD Bluesman Roger House, and keys dynamo Barry Cooke to name a few.

The past couple of years have seen a new project develop with Karen Lizotte and the Looker's - a six piece blues/R&B crew, for which Karen curated and created all arrangments.

Karen’s diverse performance talents also extend to many different instruments and stages as well - she has been a cast-member of the cultural musical production DRUM!, playing keyboards, accordion, flute, percussion, and more - through which she has met and performed for such celebrity guests as HRM Queen Elizabeth II, and Dolly Parton at her very own theme park Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Also a reputable actor, Karen has performed in many plays and musicals across Canada - some recent credits include the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, AB) production of ONCE taking on the gender-swapped role of the cello-playing Bank Manager, and in Halifax's Neptune Theatre's Summer Season production of The Argyle Street Kitchen Party.


"...Karen Lizotte plays a bank manager with a secret love of music (and not a lot of talent for it). The character, that is – not the actress. The amazing performer is funny and appealing, singing and dancing, while playing a whole orchestra of instruments. Wait ’till you catch her playing the cello while whirling about the stage."
Read the entire review from Gig City of ONCE at the Citadel Theatre HERE.

"...It’s hard to pick standouts from the Citadel cast—because they were all excellent to watch—but special mention goes to Stephen Guy-McGrath, who played the boisterous Billy, and Karen Lizotte, who portrays the cello-playing bank manager. Both had excellent comedic timing, and their shared animosity was delightful."
Read the entire review from Vue Weekly of ONCE at the Citadel Theatre HERE.

"...The Edmonton version detours in ways that add scope to the story, and a major change which sees the bank manager played by a woman (the multi-instrumental Karen Lizotte) instead of a man works beautifully."
Read the entire review from Pincher Creek Echo of ONCE at the Citadel Theatre HERE.

"Karen Lizotte is a standout as The Player, the tart-tongued pimp and leader of the traveling band of actors."
Read the entire review from The Coast of Lions' Den Theatre's production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead HERE.

Photo credits:
Jason Jorgensen
GWC Photography
Matthew Donald Cassidy