Helen Austin

Our beloved MusicFest MC for many years now, we are very happy to have Helen return to grace our stages.

“Helen’s words and notes are real in the way the best moments in life are real, and she is sincere in every phrase without losing one precious moment of quirkiness.” – Indie Music Reviewer Magazine

JUNO Award winning singer songwriter, Helen Austin is no stranger to the stage and has worked as a professional performer for over 30 years. After her previous life as an award winning stand-up comedian, she brings her quirky humour to her musical performances, as well as the ability to tug at your heart strings with her more serious songs.

“Helen’s words and notes are real in the way the best moments in life are real, and she is sincere in every phrase without losing one precious moment of quirkiness.” – Indie Music Reviewer Magazine

Helen’s main focus is the band, Big Little Lions which she formed with with Cincinnati’s Paul Otten. They have released several albums which have won a bunch of awards including Canadian Folk Music Award’s Ensemble of the Year. They have also had hundred’s on placements on TV, ads, and film and can be found touring Canada and the US.

“As always, Big Little Lions’ Helen Austin and Paul Otten perform wonderfully in a live studio setting, playing off of one another as a collective, energetic tour de force.” – PopMatters

Helen writes music and lyrics for specific occasions such as her song “Relay”, written to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event, which is now played at Relay events all over the world.