Annie Sumi is an Ontario-based ethereal folk artist with a sound shaped by diverse musical influences, from Joni to Feist to Rachel Sermanni. Her compositions linger on the line between reality and imagination, like a lyrical poet with a knack for capturing the magic of life through the eyes of a child.
Annie has been selected to perform at the juried Formal Showcase during the 25th Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference, slated for Nov. 7-10, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. With only 14 artists/acts chosen for 15-minute slots on Friday and Saturday nights, the Formal Showcase is the premier and most coveted performance opportunity at the Conference.
Annie’s music has been played all across Canada on CBC Radio, community radio, and Stingray Music, earning critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year. She’s also a member of the award-winning folk/jazz quartet, The Hidden Roots Collective, nominated for a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for their debut album, Come Up Honey.
“Annie Sumi is effervescent, like champagne, and her voice is smooth and strong, like a fine, old scotch.” - Mike Ruda, DurhamRegion.com
“Wow, just in love with this voice!” - George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC Radio
“There is a beautiful, natural lilt to Sumi’s voice and she’s capable of delivering world-weariness, deep yearning or arresting fury.” - Matt Williams, NOW Magazine
“Sumi’s songs are contemplative and thoughtful, songs that one would expect to be written by someone that has walked this planet for three, maybe four decades.” - Ben Yung, The Revue
"She has Joni’s jazzy mellifluousness and Sarah’s melancholy, but there’s something else there too: An earthiness and an edge you might describe loosely as ‘indie’…..She’s got that radiant, spiritual, neo-hippie vibe to her….” - Heather Kitching, Roots Music Canada