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Lady Nova

Music has always been a very important part of my life. I’ve always loved to entertain, and singing has become the perfect method for me. I used to record myself on an old tape recorder my parents had and play it back to myself, so that I can get a better idea of what I sounded like and improve over time. Eventually I started taking vocal lessons at the age of 13 and trained in both classical and contemporary styles. I pursued this right through university where I continued my training as a music theatre performer at Sheridan College. 

In August of 2022, a Drag performance of mine resulted in a serious injury that prevented me from being able to walk. I later learned that I had torn my ACL and would require surgery to fix it. The doctors told me it would be months, if not close to a year or more before I would be able to attend a dance class again, let alone build the strength to perform in a musical 8 shows a week. Performing and entertaining others truly fuels my soul, and the thought of not having that creative outlet was crushing. Although I couldn’t walk or dance, I knew that I still had my voice. During this time, I really dove into music, more than I ever had before. 

I had a show planned for my 22nd birthday at the end of August, and instead of cancelling, they said it would be okay if I performed from a stool on-stage. This initially sounded like a nightmare of an idea, until I determined a way to incorporate sitting into my act. I picked out some of my  favourite songs that I knew would keep the crowd energized, and made the decision to sing them all live. This went over pleasantly well, even more so than my typical weekend performances. It became incredibly clear to me that performing music was something I should continue to pursue. I felt incredible knowing that music had saved me from taking a major performance hiatus. I can’t imagine the turn my mental health would have taken had I not been able to do the main thing I loved. 

During this time, I heard about the You Do You Foundation and I am grateful to be part of the program. Not only could I continue storytelling through music, but I could now share my own personal story with others. Songwriting and creating music allowed me to feel free again, despite being physically limited. I knew this was just the beginning for me, and that there would be so much more music to come.

Overtime, I’ve continued to heal from my injury, slowly standing and then eventually getting back to dancing again. I’ve noticed so much growth in myself, both vocally and as an artist. I feel as if I’ve been able to further define my artistic perspective with the help of music, and I’m so excited to continue exploring the endless possibilities it has to offer.