20 Questions with Sheenah Ko

How do you take your coffee/tea?

Espresso macchiato, or green tea.

What is something that if you haven’t done it by noon, your day is going terribly?

Run/cross-country skied.

What would it be if there’s one thing you could change in the Canadian music industry?

Increased arts funding and arts education in public schools.

Most-missed defunct music venue?

Divan Orange in Montreal.

Who should they do a music biopic about?

Tori Amos.

Dream creative collaborator, dead or alive?

Thom Yorke / Johnny Greenwood / Trent Reznor.

Best place to people-watch?

The beach.

Artist you wish would make another record?

Boards of Canada.

One year from now you will be?

Touring my new album internationally.

What homegrown band/artist should everyone know and love?


If you were on City Council, what bill would you table?

Increased arts education and improvement of arts programs for all public schools.

Quintessential Toronto or Canadian song?

Hallelulah – Leonard Cohen.

Where would you move if you could live comfortably anywhere in the world for a year?

Maui (where my family resides).

What book is on your bedside table?

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Power of Now.

What’s one song by another artist that is stuck in your head today?

Switchblade by Little Scream.

Best stress reliever?


Vinyl or streaming?


Yoga or the gym?


Indie flick or Netflix binge?

Indie Flick.

Do you have any stories you want to share of memorable, formative, or inspirational experiences in the Toronto music community during the last 20 years?

Performing vibraphone with Garth Hudson from The Band at Luminato festival in Toronto – a tribute for Ron Sexsmith at Massey Hall. What a beautiful and interesting show that was.

Don’t miss Sheenah Ko on Night Two of the Wavelength Winter Festival, Friday February 14 at Longboat Hall. Get tickets here!