Isabel Fryszberg is a singer, fiddler, and songwriter based in Toronto.
Her soon-to-be released debut album of original songs “Hearts and Arrows” spans the range of emotion of the human heart. Each song springs uniquely from true stories of picking up the pieces after a broken love relationship. Although she understands the challenges of heartbreak her music remains hopeful, coloured with courage and at times humour. Isabel Fryszberg’s genre-jumping songs come from the music she loves, embracing rock and roll, country, blues, Americana, Appalachian fiddle music, folk, Tin Pan Alley and traditional jazz. Her music is informed by old classics from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, to contemporaries like Lucinda Williams, Dolly Parton, Imelda May and Mary Gauthier. Isabel collaborates with her band, The Uncommons, which features some of Toronto’s finest musicians: producer and drummer Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics), guitarist Steve Briggs (Russell DeCarle, Quartette, Michael Brennan), and bassist Dennis Pendrith (Stuart Mclean’s Vinyl Cafe, Bruce Cockburn, Mose Scarlett). Rosalyn Dennett (The Living Daylight Stringband, Oh My Darling) joins in on fiddle, banjo and harmonies. “Hearts and Arrows” will be released in the fall of 2014.
Isabel Fryszberg toured nationally and internationally with the Sisters of Sheynville – an all women klezmer swing band, that she co-founded, winning the Canadian Folk Music Award for 2008 Vocal Group of the Year.
She is also a filmmaker and occupational therapist and known for her pioneering work of the Creative Works Studio.