“Five Minutes With” local musicians Taken By Sanity

Taken By Sanity is an emerging pop alternative group from Calgary, Alberta, known for their unique blend of indie pop and rock melodies and captivating live performances. Established in 2016 by instrumentalist brothers Blaine and Blair, the two joined forces with high-energy vocalist Jonah Morris and have been writing, recording and performing their original music ever since. Following their debut release City of Contrast and EP Saturn Days, Paper Child is an enthralling single that follows a conversation between an individual and an idealized version of their younger self during a time of emotional stress; a plea to reconnect with a side of themselves that had been lost in time. The band’s latest project is an honest and exciting development in their discography.

Taken By Sanity are recipients of the 2019 YYC Music Awards Peoples Choice Award, Top 10 CBC Searchlight 2019 Finalists, and finalist in the Yangaroo Indie Spotlight 2020. They were also nominated for Group of the Year, People’s Choice Award, and the Zackariah and The Prophets Memorial Award at the 2020 YYC Music Awards. Finding success through their genuine passion and identifiable sound, Taken By Sanity is gaining momentum in the Calgary live music scene and is only getting started.

Taken By Sanity
Photo by Shaun Fisk

Name: Taken By Sanity

Genre: Indie Alt Pop

Founded: April 2016

# of Albums: 1 album and 1 EP

Latest Release: Paper Child – Single

Latest Single: Paper Child

Latest Video:

Latest Cover:

Favourite Local Restaurant?

Vegan Street! Their spicy chicken sandwich is killer.

Favourite band as a teenager?

Panic! At the Disco

Favourite band now?


Guilty Pleasure Song?

Toxic – Britney Spears

Live Show Ritual?

A secret handshake exchange between each band member.

Favourite local artist?

Bellevue, great guys!

Nose Hill or Fish Creek?

Fish Creek

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night Owls, starting to see the ways of the Early Bird

Road or studio?

Right now? The road if we could! We miss it so much!

Where can we follow you?

Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok | Website

Any shows or albums coming up?

We have some awesome new singles in the works right now, and we’re so excited to finish and release them!