Playing with words is a passion of mine. Over the years I’ve written in a myriad of forms; magazine articles (Synchronicity, Vitality, Canadian Musician to name a few), haikus, bios, media releases, songs, poetry, books and even word puzzles.
Though a sudden and life affecting health change bulldozed my career to a halt for a number of years, I’m celebrating being on the planet by launching a new puzzle book and re-visiting projects that have had to sit on the back burner whilst I rebuilt my life.
Started performance career at age 18 doing improve with local theatre companies (Ottawa ON)
Took up singing professionally in 1991 worked with various bands in Ottawa
September 1994 moved to Calgary – voice over, television and video work, live performances and special event appearances performing a cappella (national anthem), duos at private parties, and trios through to six piece ensembles at clubs and events
July 1999 onset of health change
October 2001 diagnosis of severe, systemic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Partial list of career credits:
1999 • released 2nd indie CD Flight
2000 • the song Livin’ Right from CD Flight was used in two episodes of Caitlin’s Way (Canadian TV series 2000-2002)
2000 • was a stand-in in the Italian/Canadian feature Almost America
2002 • wrote and self-published a children’s book titled, Icicle Hands and Icicle Knees
2002 • chosen as May ‘artist of the month’ by FEMMUSIC.com
2003 - 2006 • performed in the Calgary Stroll of Poets , works published in the event anthologies 2004 • co-write and vocals on 2 tunes for the soundtrack of Canadian feature-length film The Girl Who Married A Ghost (written and produced by Sandra Sawatzki)
2005 • casted in Paul Brandt's video Leavin, and a cameo appearance (as they called it) in his video Home
2007 • Editor, cover art designer for Calgary poet Del Pine’s book Leaving Eden
2010 • re-release of Icicle Hands and Icicle Knees, launch of Mains gelées et genoux glacés the French language version
2011 • e-book release of Before The Mist, a selection of my poetry, lyrics and the stories behind them
Where to find Cindy O'Neil online
Before The Mist
by Cindy O'Neil
Before The Mist is a selection of O’Neil’s poetry and lyrics, plus the stories behind each piece. From quirky to contemplative Before The Mist touches on numerous topics, including youth violence, debt and fear induced isolation. The book also features sketches by artist Jeanine Hnatuik.
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