For the past 36 years Lorraine Segato has fueled an impressive artistic career that has produced some excellent and edgy cultural work. Segato’s extensive experience as a respected Musician, Songwriter, Filmmaker, Event Producer, Artistic Director, Speechwriter, Lecturer and Social Justice Activist makes her one of Canada’s leading cultural commentators and best-known recording artists.
As the co-founder and lead singer of The Parachute Club, one of the most critically lauded and commercially successful groups of the eighties, Segato enjoyed an impressive career in the music industry before turning her attention to other creative endeavors.
Even before her chart-topping hits with Parachute Club, Segato had already staked a claim as one of the few female artists of the time able to succeed on her own terms.
Ultimately, as one of Canada’s most internationally renowned transcultural music bands, The Parachute Club garnered five Junos, five BMACs, five Casbys, two platinum records and one gold record, and a SOCAN Classic Award for “Rise Up.” Most recently the band was honored with the Indie Hall of Fame Award from CMW’s Indie Music Awards. To this day, the groups’ hits “Rise Up,” “At the Feet of the Moon,” “Love and Compassion,” and “Love is Fire” remain staples on Canadian radio.
Segato has released two critically praised solo recordings—Luminous City and Phoenix—and produced several eminent music scores.
Segato has also devoted time to directing, writing, narrating and music editing a TV and festival documentary called Queen Street West: The Rebel Zone with the award-winning Rhombus Media International. She executive produced an accompanying Sony Records soundtrack CD. The Rebel Zone won her the most promising new female director award at the Inside Out Film Festival.
Over the years Segato has alternated between singing, directing, speechwriting, and producing large cultural events, and now turns her talents to writing a one-woman show, Get Off My Dress. She has also recently finished production on a new CD project entitled Invincible Decency due out in 2014, and will also release updated remixes of classic Parachute Club songs beginning with “At the Feet of the Moon.”
2014 promises to be an interesting year for Segato as internationally renowned documentary filmmaker Shelley Saywell follows Lorraine in a process where together they uncover the stories and talents of the city’s at risk population as they showcase their talents.
In June of 2014 a Rise Up Remix will also be available for download.
Segato’s work, no matter what the medium, remains consistently topical and relevant. Her passion, empathy and charisma have served a career, on stage and in production, that has educated and inspired Canadians for three decades.