Sarah Harmer’s sensitive, insightful lyrics and melodic ballads offer a glimpse into the Canadian artist’s deep connection with the world around her. Harmer’s four solo albums, including the 2004 Juno award-winning All of Our Names, are packed to the brim with songs that display both a vigorous joy for life and a mature, grassroots social consciousness. This combination is reflected in songs like the pacifist ballad “Dandelions in Bullet Holes” and “Goin' Out,” a song written for an AIDS vigil.
Released in 2006, Harmer’s latest album I Am A Mountain grew out of her recent I Love the Escarpment tour, during which she and her band hiked through the Niagara Escarpment and performed concerts in local communities. Through her involvement with the organizations Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL) and Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE), Harmer has been actively involved in raising awareness about the need to protect the natural integrity of the Niagara Escarpment, which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Her commitment to the cause which inspired her most recent album is embodied in the track “Escarpment Blues.” Harmer hopes to continue using music as the means to further her campaign to save the Escarpment from land development, with more concerts and a documentary about the tour planned for the near future.
Sarah Harmer supports get loud and War Child Canada. Other organizations and campaigns that Sarah has been involved with include:
- The song “1st Lady,” recorded with her former band Weeping Tile, was part of the soundtrack for a Governments Accountable to Society and Citizens = Democracy (GASCD) video and album which benefited Quebec City FTAA protestors.
- Her performance at the One Big No peace festival in Toronto, organized by Artists Against War (AAW) in response to the 2003 war in Iraq.
- Her live performance and online recording of the song “Resist War” in November 2003 to mark the first anniversary of the pacifist anthem’s release.