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Gaële: A Frenchwoman with accents of Quebec!
Daughter of the French Alps, Quebecoise by adoption, with a degree in classical music from Grenoble and a Bachelor's in jazz and pop singing from UQAM, Gaële has distinguished herself through her participation in various contests (including the Festival en chanson de Petite Vallée and the Festival international de la chanson de Granby), allowing her to give strength to her singing voice: a mix of theatricality, intensity and gentle mischief. An independent woman of the world, a loquacious yet careful weigher of words, a dreamer who has sworn to cherish imperfection, a hyperactive contemplative, and an artist fueled by paradoxes: traits of her personality that help strengthen her songs.
Gaële has produced two albums, Cockpit (2007), and Diamant de papier (2010) that deal with her sense of Quebecoise identity (L'accent d'icitte) while at the same time stirring up and exploring strong feelings of displacement (Ville intérieure).
Her gift for capturing the complexity of human experience within the medium of song has garnered her numerous awards, including the Guy Bel Award for Best Female Singer-Songwriter at the Festival Pully-Lavaux à l’Heure du Québec, the Cirque de Soleil Award of the Bourse Rideau 2008.
As a lyricist, composer, and versatile musician, Gaële has been acknowledged as an invaluable collaborator by a positive crowd of distinguished figures in the Quebec music community. She wrote and cowrote the lyrics for Marie-Pierre Arthur’s first two albums and lent her penning talent to Monica Freire, Jipé Dalpé, Line Renaud, David Usher, Damien Robitaille, Cusson/Mervil/Montcalm and Alexandre Désilets.
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Hailing from the
At the age of 20 she decided to head west, head full of dreams and wide open spaces. She produced herself as a singer-songwriter in
For the last three years she has resided in beautiful Whistler where she teaches “creative” music, in her words, to the children at her studio. Her studio “Émeraude” which serves as the headquarters of her varied artistic projects, music, visual art, jewellery, such as the musical production “Aude Ray et le baggage de rêves” that she created in
Despite her extensive experience in both the performing and fine arts, Aude is sure that Pacifique en chanson will be “one more step towards her professional interests”. It is the opportunity to “work with professional musicians and musical directors that match my career goals as a singer-songwriter.” Be sure that the public will be thrilled to (re)discover her folk universe with a touch of indie-pop.
Camille is a young singer who represents the next generation of francophone musicians in
Music has always been a part of her existence; she even taught herself how to sing and play piano. She grew up between two cultures, Anglophone and Francophone, which allowed her to try out all sorts of music. But jazz quickly came to the forefront; a revelation. In 2012 she won the award of Best Senior Band Vocalist at the Envision Jazz Festival. She also participated in the Young People’s Concert Series in Delta. She is currently a member of the Capilano University Festival Chorus.
Camille is thrilled to participate in Pacifique En Chanson; she has been waiting two years to be old enough to apply. For her it is a huge asset, and she plans to benefit from every moment in order to perfect her professional level of music training, but also to “express her passion in the French language.”
Éléa is a young girl unlike any other. Her path has been truly singular. Originally from the magnificent
Starting to write her own songs at the age of 14, she performed in many concerts during her childhood and adolescence, including her own headliner last year. On April 28th, 2011 at the Cabaret Theatre in Vieux St-Jean (
For her, “Pacifique en Chanson will be an amazing opportunity and experience”. A chance to “be part of this contest that allows me to sing for a larger audience”. Even though Éléa is conscious of and humbled by the hard work that will need to be done, she is an ambitious artist. Her goal is to go all the way to the Festival de Granby.
Mathieu Lavigne is a singer-songwriter from the
Already we find ourselves in his realm of naked, raw sentimentality. The album took him five years to make, proof of the perfectionism that spurs this artist onwards. In 2011 and 2012, Mathieu launched himself on stage with several concerts in
Mathieu is currently working on his new album which will be entirely in French and will be recorded this spring. While the public is waiting, they can hear his new album performed at Studio 16 on February 15th as part of their Concerts Nouvelles Scènes series.
For Mathieu, Pacifique en Chanson is a fantastic opportunity to polish his skills and, in his words, “to meet the francophone public of the West.” It is also an opportunity to meet other francophone artists and “other musicians and professionals from the musical world.”
Pacifique en chanson
Pacifique en chanson is both a contest and a concert that serves as a unique stepping stone for francophone artists from BC and the
Over the years, many artists from Western and Northern Canada have participated in these provincial events. Whether it took them great distances or not, they all came out winners, enriched by their experiences of friendship, big dreams, and the stage.