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Kathryn Calder

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Years active  2003–present
Name  Kathryn Calder
Role  Musician

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Born  June 17, 1982 (age 33) (1982-06-17)
Origin  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Instruments  Vocals, keyboard, accordion, guitar
Associated acts  The New Pornographers, Immaculate Machine
Music groups  The New Pornographers (Since 2006), Immaculate Machine
Record labels  Matador Records, Mint Records, Last Gang Records
Albums  Bright And Vivid, Are You My Mother?, Brill Bruisers, Together, Challengers

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Kathryn Jane Calder (born June 17, 1982) is a Canadian indie rock musician, who performs as a solo artist, and is a member of the band The New Pornographers. She is a former member of Immaculate Machine. Calder started with The New Pornographers by filling in for Neko Case for live performances and was made a permanent member in 2006.


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Calder is the niece of fellow The New Pornographers member Carl Newman. Calder explained in a 2007 interview: "My mom was adopted as a baby and about ten years ago she found her birth family and Carl is in her birth family. At that time I was a teenager and playing in a band and didn't really know I had that family ... so that's how I met Carl."

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Her first solo album, Are You My Mother?, was released on August 3, 2010 (Canada) and August 10, 2010 (United States), with a digital release date of June 28, 2010. The album was named after the children's book with the same name. It was recorded when Calder was caring for her sick mother, and the project was put on hold when her mother died of Lou Gehrig's disease. The New Pornographers' 2010 release Together is dedicated to the memory of Calder's mother.

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Calder released her second album, Bright and Vivid on October 25, 2011. Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster, Jesse Zubot and Ford Pier are some of the guests on the album. The album was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on June 14, 2012.

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In July 2012, Calder accepted an offer for a documentary about her life, called A Matter of Time. It was produced by the Yellow Bird Project and will be released in 2016. The movie touches on how she met Newman and her mother's death from ALS, as well as including some live performances from The New Pornographers, Immaculate Machine, and Kathryn herself as a solo artist.

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Calder donated her vocal talent to the end credits song from the film, A Dog Named Gucci, in the song One Voice, which also features the talents of Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, and Brian May. It was produced by Dean Falcone, who also wrote the film's score. One Voice was released on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016, with profits from the sale of the single going to benefit animal charities.


  • Are You My Mother? (File Under: Music, 2010)
  • Bright and Vivid (File Under: Music, 2011)
  • Kathryn Calder (File Under: Music, 2015)
  • The New Pornographers

  • Twin Cinema (CA: Mint Records; US & EU: Matador Records, 2005)
  • Challengers (CA: Last Gang Records; US & EU: Matador Records, 2007)
  • Together (CA: Last Gang Records; US: Matador Records, 2010)
  • Brill Bruisers (CA: Last Gang Records; US: Matador Records, 2014)
  • Whiteout Conditions (CA: Dine Alone Records; US: Concord Records, 2017)
  • Immaculate Machine

  • Transporter (Independent, 2004)
  • Ones and Zeros (Mint Records, 2005)
  • Immaculate Machine's Fables (Mint Records, 2007)
  • High on Jackson Hill (Mint Records, 2009)
  • References

    Kathryn Calder Wikipedia