Known for his vocal prowess and fast-flying improvisational piano solos, Tyler Kealey is a singer-songwriter who collects little moments and brings them to life through his songs.
With sharp, storytelling lyrics and melodic piano lines that lean into folk just as much as they do blues and rock, each performance takes the audience on a journey of untamed adventure.
He is just as at home on a festival stage as he is in a listening room; Tyler’s energy, charisma, and raw talent on his instrument have made him a favourite within the Ottawa music scene and beyond.
In addition to finishing up a new EP, Mozart Candy, 2019 has seen Tyler playing shows throughout Ontario and Quebec. He also travelled to the NATO base in Mali, Africa for a Canada Day show.
Recent shows include Marvest @ Cityfolk in Ottawa, The Festival of Small Halls in Munster, Ontario, plus an official showcase at the Folk Music Ontario conference in Mississagua, Ontario.
quotes and reviews.
“Tyler is the real deal. A triple-threat who can sing, play and write. Just a super talent.”
- Dick Cooper, The Cooper Brothers
"Tyler Kealey is a true performer, that loves and lives to perform, and immerses himself in the give-and-take exchange with his audience: an absolute joy to watch."
- Terry Steeves, "Bluesfest Local Highlights: Tyler Kealey," Apt613
“Tyler gained acclaim throughout Canada, the United States, and even China, as an exceptional musician and is a perennial audience favourite at the Ottawa Bluesfest. His song-writing ability, vocal prowess, and astonishing mastery of the piano, along with his genius regarding all things musical, are incredibly inspiring to the students who participate in the Blues In The Schools program and to all music fans that witness his performances. ”
- Mark Monahan, Executive Director, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
“Tyler’s songwriting has a great knack for taking everyday items and happenings and making them seem extraordinary through his melody and delivery. I’ve never heard a voice quite like his.”
- Graham Greer, Barstool Prophets
“He is fluent in so many ways: jazz, rock, blues, celtic folk, and pop. His commands of melody, harmony, rhythm and improvisation have always impressed greatly. I was happy to book Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies as an opening act for Tyler’s CD release at the Black Sheep Inn. Tyler brought in a great crowd and sold out the place, playing an unforgettable show, as well as selling dozens of his latest CD.”
- Paul Symes, owner, Black Sheep Inn