Who Is Shirley Gnome?

"Her songs tackle sexual foibles, existential crises and more with a giddy levity that catapults us into an absurd (yet very familiar) world of her own creation.” -She Does The City

  From the west coast of Canada comes this multi-award winning cabaret musician, whose all original music is hilarious, uncensored, honest, subversive, irreverent, witty, empowering, and taboo. Her clever lyrics go down smooth with her gorgeous vocals, and her charm will disarm you through topics both provocative and silly. With genres as wide ranging as country, folk, rock, EDM, electro pop and r&b, her versatility as a musician and songwriter lends itself to her hilarious sensibility.

 Her one-woman cabaret shows have wowed audiences and critics alike, with sell out shows across Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She’s appeared at JFL Northwest, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and CBC’s The Debaters. You may have heard her on Dan Savage's podcast The Savage Lovecast and on SiriusXM. She is signed with Canada's largest independent music label (604 Records) with Comedy Here Often. Her album Taking It Up The Notch debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy charts in Canada when it debuted in late 2017. Her latest release Decoxification also went to #1 and was nominated for a Juno Award for Comedy Album of the Year. She also has a four song EP of pandemic themed erotic lovemaking tracks called Quantity Time which will hopefully not be relevant for much longer.

Awards and Accolades:

COMEDY ALBUM OF THE YEAR Nominee – Juno Awards 2021
BEST VARIETY ACT Nominee - Canadian Comedy Awards 2014-205, 2017-2019
WINNER - Philadelphia Folk Festival - Favourite Artist Discovery 2019
BEST COMEDY ALBUM Nominee - Canadian Comedy Awards 2018
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION - Toronto Fringe Festival 2017 - Now Toronto Magazine
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE - Toronto Fringe Festival 2017 - Now Toronto Magazine
WINNER - Funniest Show - London Fringe Festival 2016 (Sell Out Show)
WINNER - Patrons’ Pick - Orlando Fringe Festival 2016 (Sell Out Show)
BEST COMEDY Nominee - Fringe World Festival (Perth, Australia) 2016 & 2017
SHORTLISTED - Best Cabaret 2017 - Fringe World Festival (Perth, Australia) (Sell Out Show)
WINNER - Funniest Show - Frigid New York Theatre Festival 2015
WINNER - Patrick Maliha's The People Champ of Comedy Competition 2012

Selected Press

“... singing her way with her gorgeous voice and big blue eyes into everyone's hearts” - Montreal Rampage

“a joyful rebellion against rigid femininity, constrictive sexuality and what it means to be a “lady.”” - She Does The City, Toronto

“hilarious… Gnome is a disarmingly likeable performer” -Chortle (UK)

“magnificent” -Dan Savage (US)

"simply brilliant... equipped with the voice of a goddess."  -Three Weeks, Edinburgh

“… one of the best musical comedians I’ve seen.’” - The Australia Times (Melbourne)

“with, well-crafted and honed to a comedic point. -GlamAdelaide

"Side-splittingly hilarious and a late-night slice of fun... delights the dirty minded" - The Advertiser, Adelaide

"Clever, honest and downright mischievous" -The Clothesline, Adelaide

"The Queen troubadour of intelligent black-comic sex balladry” -The Edmonton Sun (Canada)

"a profound sense of hilarity… a standing ovation was just not enough." -Onstage Ottawa

"Gnome is frank, completely uninhibited, and a smart comedian." -CBC (Canada)

"a warm, chatty manner and razor-sharp wit" -Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe

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