Lisa Patterson lives music.

And she’s the lifeblood of Roam.

Roam is an original music project that is as much an attitude as a sound: Collaborative. Multilingual. Conscious. Humanitarian.

“Exceptional voice, energy and spontaneous rapport with audience”
Director, Alliance Française, Chennai, India
“A perfect balance of worldly sounds, musical finesse and passion”
Artistic Director, Edge Of The World Festival, B.C., Canada

Patterson is an award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist and producer. Her mixed Roma blood reveals itself in haunting and playful songwriting as well as in her inclination towards wanderlust and storytelling.

“Mysterious and interesting … a story behind each song”
E. Vermeulen, M-Ent, The Netherlands
“strong songwriting evident of a personal vision … fascinating, a bold blend”
☆☆☆☆ stars, Vancouver Province, Canada

Roam members are acclaimed Canadian musicians Alex McMaster on cello and vocals (Ron Hawkins, Chilly Gonzales, Christine Fellows) and Justin Abedin on guitars (Jacksoul, Justin Hines, The Wailin’ Jennys). Patterson trademarks Roam’s sound with her rich alto voice and accordion, woodwinds, and piano. Together they write and perform decidedly melodic songs with poetic lyrics in English, French and Spanish. The result is a contemporary sound that crosses borders and genres.

“Intriguing sonic atmospheres wrapped round Patterson’s pure voice … striking”
Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music
“Lisa’s music is a seamlessly fused mosaic complemented by talented musicians”
Darin J. Addison, Artistic Director
Home County Music & Art Festival, London, Canada

Highlights include:

  • Tours in Europe, India, Mexico, Canada
  • Radio airplay in Canada, Europe, India
  • Top Ten play-listed on Holland AAA charts
  • Distribution deal with Rough Trade Records
  • Two Top Ten videos on Bravo! Television
  • Song placement in award-winning films by Canadian directors Ingrid Veninger, Daryl Wasyk; and in ‘Awaiting Atwood’ featuring Ms Atwood

Currently writing for their next album (anticipated release in early 2017), Roam is exploring new collaborations that include a mash up with EDM artists Tommy Onyx / Robert Ballantyne for Roam’s ‘Colour of Blood’ song that features Ghazal maestro Cassius Khan and percussionist Jaash Singh of Juno nominated Lemon Bucket Orchestra. Single & video release June 2016.

“Collaborating with artists from diverse backgrounds inspires me” says Patterson, “not only cause such beauty can be created in the common ground we share as musicians, but also because a good song can resonate across genre, culture and language and be a powerful connector, bringing empathy and understanding between individuals and communities; us humans really need this, especially in these divisive times”

Roam has collaborated with songwriters and musicians from Egypt, Romania, Iran, Cuba, Israel, Chile, First Nations, Madagascar, India and Trinidad. Patterson conceived and curated a unique concert experience for Small World Music Festival 2014, ‘Cover Me Globally’, a song swap between 4 award-winning songwriters from different backgrounds: Aviva Chernick (Jaffa Road), Drew Gonsalves (Kobo Town), Donne Roberts (African Guitar Summit), Lisa Patterson (Roam). It garnered a standing ovation.

“Wonderful talent & music”
Mariel Borelli, CBC Radio, Canada

A producer/engineer of a dozen commercial releases, Patterson co-produced Roam’s ‘Lumina’ album (2013) with Juno award-winning producer/engineer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Buffy Saint-Marie, Amelia Curran, Barenaked Ladies, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Great Big Sea, Rheostatics).

She co-created, produced and arranged her sophomore Lisa Patterson solo disc: ‘Roam’ (2004) with Grammy nominated producer/engineer Adam Messinger (Magic!, Shakira, Jully Black, Iggy Azalea)

Debut solo disc ‘this is what it sounds like’ (2000) was co-produced with Juno nominated producer/engineer Nick Blagona (Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, The Police)

Humanitarian work is a big part of Roam’s raison d’être, as exemplified by organizing and performing at concerts for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s work with Panzi Hospital in DRCongo; Toronto’s SKETCH (Arts for street-involved youth); and Amnesty International. In September 2015 Patterson launched ‘The Citizen Suitcase’, a grassroots initiative to facilitate donated Arts services to Syrian refugee families arriving in Toronto.