Spirit of Rasputin's Presents... 

Sophie  Léger and Kristine St-Pierre in concert

Saturday February 15, 2020 at Westboro Masonic Hall starting at 8 pm 

430 Churchill Ave. North at Byron

Tickets can be purchased online at: rasputins.org

Singer-songwriter Sophie Léger, performing in both English and French, brings to her deeply-felt lyrics a voice that ranges from soprano to tenor. Her songs draw on her Franco-Ontarian roots and broader folk traditions. Her first album was composed in Haiti and recorded in Thailand. She created her second in Yellowknife, where for ten years she was a well-loved performer and teacher. Sophie sang at the Vancouver Winter Olympics as part of a Northwest Territories collective. She is currently working on her third album, which honours her folk roots while weaving in gospel, jazz and blues. She’ll be joined by Nico Siemens (rhythm guitar and bass), Izzy Martinez (lead guitar) and Patrick Duxbury (flute and sax). 

Kristine St-Pierre is a folk chansonnière with a soul-searching ballad style and a rollicking bluesy flair. After two bilingual albums, her francophone album La promesse was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in French Songwriter of the Year category, and for Francophone Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association of Ontario. The title track  reached Number 2 on SiriusXM Franco Country. Kristine is also a strong advocate for equality, using her voice and expertise to advance the rights of women and girls. She has performed in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and most recently in Ukraine. She’ll be joined by cellist MEA.

 

Sophie, Izzy and Nico appeared on CKCU radio Saturday Feb 1, 2020 on the show Canadian Spaces. Here is the link. 

https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/129/46806.html

Songs of Edna St Vincent Millay  

Super excited to be part of a unique upcoming CD release party (September 28 evening) that features a fusion of poetry and music. The CD was a special project by Sjef Frenken (composer/pianist from Ottawa), who put the poetry of Edna St Vincent Millay (1892-1950) to music (sung by me). The songs are atypical in that they don’t adhere to contemporary song structures. In this way, the focus remains on the lyrics, yet the delivery of the poetry is clear, musical, and moving. Interestingly, while not confirmed yet, a relative of Edna’s may be in attendance at the show. For more background on the poet, the Poetry Foundation has a nice write up of Mrs. St Vincent Millay here. In addition to singing a selection of songs from the CD, I will also sing a number of originals and covers through the night accompanied by Nico Siemens on guitar (jazz standards like ‘Cheek to Cheek’ as well as French classics such as La Vie en Rose and La Boheme). See more info on Shows page. 

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