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By Andrea Chiu
At first glance, Martina Sorbara may seem like just another one of those
singer-songwriters with a pretty face.
Sure, she sings about boys on her album The Cure For Bad Deeds, she plays
the piano and guitar and she's certainly cute. But, thankfully, there is
no hidden agenda – Sorbara isn't out to save the world and doesn't carry a
huge political statement when she performs.
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|It's about her love for music, creativity and
invention – things that are an intrinsic part of her.
"The only way I'm really happy is if I'm making things. It doesn't
matter what it is. Like anything – clothing or drawings or songs. If
I'm not making things I'm just really dissatisfied and very
unfriendly," Sorbara jokes.
"That's one reason why being on the road is a little bit hard. I
always bring paper and some pencils, which the guys in the van insist
on making fun of me for. I just can't wait to go home and have my
sewing machine and my stuff," she says.
The need to constantly
create might not be normal for some, but for Sorbara, it makes sense.
It's something she has grown up with.
"I grew up without a TV. I always had to find other shit to do to keep
myself occupied," she explains. "My whole family is sort of like that. We
all love projects. We love cooking. Like, my whole family built a
treehouse last summer in the backyard."
Another creative outlet for Sorbara is woodworking.
She learned the basics at a young age and has since developed the art
enough to build her own guitars – the very ones she takes onstage with her
"I finished a guitar a couple months ago and I have it on the road with me
and I love it," she says proudly. "I had a woodwork teacher who knew what
he was doing and he had built one guitar and so he showed me how to do
things and how not to do things."
Although Sorbara has been relatively successful as an independent
musician, she is looking forward to developing her musical career with
Nettwerk Records. She signed with the label last summer, but insists it
isn't the be-all and end-all for her music career. She admits she's not
the most business-minded person, so she's taking it one day at a time.
"I'm trying not to be too freaked out by it. I met with some [Nettwerk]
people in Vancouver last week and they're so comfortable."
While many of her fellow musicians have a more cynical outlook, Sorbara
remains optimistic. "I've kind of prepared myself because I've heard 101
horror stories of record labels but, for every bad story, there's good
In the past few months, Sorbara and Nettwerk have already recorded new
songs to add to The Cure For Bad Deeds, which is set for re-release on
April 9. This may be just the beginning of exciting new changes in her
life, but ultimately, Sorbara doesn't really care if she ends up playing
in intimate coffee shops or large capacity stadiums.
"The ultimate scenario for me is to have people who want to be there
listening, instead of people who just came to play pool and wish you would
shut up. So, anywhere where there's people listening to you picking up
your energy and giving you back energy [is great]. That creates the
atmosphere that I like – it doesn't really matter what the place looks
Martina Sorbara plays tonight at the Outback Shack at Fanshawe College.
The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is free.