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Colleen O’Connor is a Vancouver-based pianist and singer/songwriter originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta. Her songs are a skillful blend of alternative rock and jazz, featuring intricate rhythms, evocative melodies, and thoughtful lyrics conveyed by her sultry voice. An accomplished musician, Colleen has a diploma in music writing from MacEwan University and a BA degree in piano from Portland State University, where she studied injury prevention and wellness for musicians in the Coordinate Movement Program. She was one of the winners of MacEwan Music Program’s Songwriting Contest in 2003, and a recording of her composition Anatolia was featured on the album Coming Home. Colleen is passionate about gender-based violence prevention and mental health advocacy. In 2016, she served as the Canadian volunteer coordinator for the launch of SickNotWeak a North America-wide campaign to help end the stigma of mental illness, which was founded by Canadian sports personality Michael Landsberg of TSN.