About the Artist
Currently Tanya Janca performs both as the solo artist "Tanya Janca", as well as part of the rock band Problematic. As a self-taught guitarist/singer/songwriter she has an original flare. Since 1999, TanyaJ has been playing in bars and small festivals around the Ottawa area, venues include: Barrymore's Music Hall, the Zaphod Beeblebrox, Babylon Club, Rasputin's Folk Cafe and many more. She has also played several music festivals including LadyFest Ottawa and Halifax, Rock 4 Choice, the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and The Piney's Point Blues Festival. She was also nominated for "Best Singer Songwriter" for the 2004 Golden Cherry awards.
Tanya Janca is often compared to Ani Difranco for her blunt, piercing lyrics and her folk/punk style. She has also been compared to Kathleen Edwards for her melodic, tragedy-prone song-writing. Much like another Canadian lyricist, Buck65, Tanya Janca has a terminal case of honest. TanyaJ has performed with great musicians such as Carole Pope, Julie Dorion and Andy Stochansky. During performances she plays with an emotional air, singing songs that subject matters range from sex, to feminism, to telling off strange men in bars. Full of intense energy, audiences are often surprised by her powerful voice and stage presence. Tanya Janca is also known for mocking her "over-serious" attitude by changing her lyrics to tease the audience and/or herself, telling jokes, and "jumping and yelling" on stage. Tanya Janca truly puts on an interesting and original show.