Michelle Rumball has toured extensively across Canada, much of it by rail, playing to prison guards, drunken snowboarders, university professors, baby-adopting nuns – and anyone else in the lounge car. She’s played country music, musicals, church music, funerals, weddings, and was once paid to sing like a chicken.
She has played in underground in Toronto's subways, above ground in its many clubs, making a place for herself in the city's very busy music scene. She has toured with songwriters like Ben Sures and Linda McRae, played a lead role in Peter Landecker's theatrical production Words and Music by Bob Dylan, and wrote and produced “Pasto Girl,” a song released in support of jailed Colombian freedom fighter Liliany Obando.
The crucial thing to know about Michelle Rumball is that she’s a truly great singer. With a voice that’s sometimes whispery and wavering, sometimes plangent and clear, but always poignant and evocative, Rumball sings from deep wellsprings of emotion, in a way that can’t help but resonate strongly with listeners. As NOW’s Kate Pederson wrote, “I’d pay to hear her sing the phone book.”