Selina Boland is a multi-faceted Canadian Musician whose journey into the world of music has been marked by innovation, passion, and a distinctive blend of genres. Selina was born in Newfoundland to beloved Lukey's Boat folk singer, the late Laverne Squires. Her musical influences include Traditional Newfoundland, Folk, and 60’s Rock. Selina began performing in her teens with her acoustic guitar in the local circuit of St. John's venues and making frequent trips to Woodstock, New York for shows. Now with five albums and six award nominations to her credit, she has been performing regularly for much broader audiences and frequenting venues and festivals across Canada and Europe. She is currently recording her sixth album for release in early 2024.
Selina's most recent full-length album, All These Hours landed her a nomination in Sept, 2023 for Alternative Artist of Year Award, and the album itself is a testament to Selina’s exceptional talent and her ability to touch hearts with her music. She offers a collection of soul-stirring songs that explore the depths of human emotions, inviting listeners to suspend their realities and embark on a musical journey that resonates long after the final note fades away. One of the singles released from the album earlier this year "The Way it Goes (radio edit)” hit both commercial and independent airwaves as well as streaming platforms. Written in the wake of her mother's passing, the song delves into the depths of grief and the yearning for a loved one's presence once again. Selina expresses her sentiments behind the meaning of the song by saying, “It speaks to the journey of acceptance and the hope that springs forth for those who believe they will reunite with their loved ones someday.”
Selina's hard work and dedication have paid off as she received multiple nominations over the years and booked and managed cross island/country and even international tours. She was nominated for awards such as Electronic Artist of the Year for her album "My Chalk Stuff" (2022) Inspirational Artist of the Year for her album "The Cold" (2019) as well as Female Artist of the Year and Pop/Rock Recording of the Year at the MusicNL Awards in 2015, Her second EP, "Second Chances," showcased her growth as an artist and earned her a live interview and performance on CBC's "Wake up the ECMAs." She then embarked on a cross-Canada tour, gracing stages at the East Coast Music Week and closing the tour at the renowned Brigus Blueberry Folk Festival and Squidfest, where she had the honour of opening for Juno-nominated The Once, Sherman Downey, Shanneyganock, and The Masterless Men.
In recent years, the creative and versatile musician has expanded her horizons by captivating audiences across Europe with performances in Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and an invitation to Örebro, Sweden, Live at Heart Festival and Showcases where she solidified her place as an international talent. Her third album, "The Cold," released in 2019, further propelled her career, with notable performances across western Canada including an opening act for Port Cities in Calgary, AB.
Selina has many memorable accomplishments throughout her career with singles, "Orphan" and "Hero," which reached the Top Ten Songs in the NL section of the National Songwriting Competition in 2008. "Orphan" also served a greater purpose, raising funds for the Bring Me Hope Foundation, supporting orphans in China. Her debut EP, "Defined is Confined," featured the powerful track, "A Man Riding a Donkey" and was selected for the iTunes AMAZING Compilation, a project aimed at raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.