Meryn Cadell

Meryn Cadell, singer, songwriter. Cadell was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Waterloo, Ont, before moving to Toronto in the mid-1980s. Her mix of music, poetry and performance art attracted fans to local nightclubs, and that popularity led to her signing a deal with a Toronto independent label that released her debut album, Angel Food For Thought (1991). A humorous song called "The Sweater" became popular on alternative and campus radio stations across Canada and its video went into heavy rotation on MuchMusic. Angel Food For Thought was subsequently re-released by US Sire Records worldwide. Cadell then released Bombazine (1993) before departing Sire.

Cadell took a break from music by writing Going Back To Find, a feature-length film currently being produced by filmmaker Bruce MCDONALD (Highway 61, Hard Core Logo). She also wrote the text for Raging Dreams, a multimedia play staged at a Toronto theatre. Cadell returned to recording in 1997 with the release of the album 6 Blocks. The album met with lukewarm consumer response in Canada and Cadell decided to return to her native New York City to try her luck there.

Cadell retired from the music business and moved to Vancouver to teach creative writing at the University of British Columbia. In October 2004, the artist publicly revealed that she had undergone a transgender process to become a man in 2003.