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La prochaine top chanteuse du Québec
Catherine Genest, VOIR
There’s a sensitivity that’s fantastic. It’s tough. It’s real. But melodically, it’s so strong that it brings you somewhere else altogether. I love this woman. She’s completely different from everyone else. And she’s super young. Laurent Saulnier, FrancoFolies de Montréal
une voix à fleur de peau, chargée d’émotions et de sensibilité.
Émilie Côté, La Presse
la révélation québécoise en chanson cette année.
Stéphane Leclair, Ici Première
With her folk-inspired songs, Safia Nolin won over fans and critics alike. Her genuine, touching lyrics and haunting melodies guide us through her unique universe. Limoilou, her debut album named after the neighbourhood where she lived during her teenage years, was released on September 11th, 2015, via Bonsound.safianolin.com
Following in the footsteps of the Beyoncés and the Frank Oceans of this world (lol), Safia Nolin released a surprise album on November 18th, 2016 called Reprises Vol.1. The ADISQ winner for Breakthrough Artist of the Year wanted to pay tribute to music from la belle province before she begins to work on her second album of original material. She’s put her own sensitive twist on eight Quebecois classics, from La Chicane, to Céline Dion, to Offenbach. She even revisits Marie Carmen’s Entre l’ombre et la lumière with none other than… Marie Carmen!
These are super well-written songs, sung by great performers and filled with tons of emotion, explains Safia. When a song is just as good once it’s been stripped down, that’s a sign of a great song. The songs were recorded live in studio in September with her longtime collaborator, guitarist Joseph Marchand, and mixed by Mathieu Parisien.
Nominated at the ADISQ Gala for Folk Album of the Year and Critics’ Choice Album of the Year, Safia’s Polaris Long-Listed debut album Limoilou was released in September 2015 via Bonsound. The Quebec City singer-songwriter has since won the prestigious 2016 Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson, 2016 SOCAN Breakthrough Award and two GAMIQ Awards for Folk Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. She was also nominated at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for French Songwriter of the Year.
Born in Quebec City in 1992, Safia Nolin showed an interest for music at a very young age: at two, she improvised unplugged concerts with her small plastic guitar around her building's pool to her neighbours’ delight. At 17, wanting to achieve her dream of becoming a musician, Safia started learning how to play guitar on her own with a used one offered by her big brother.
In 2012, she concocted her first original song, Igloo, inspired by her neighbourhood, Limoilou, for which Safia won the SOCAN Best Song Award during her participation at the 44th edition of the Festival International de la Chanson de Granby. Her debut album Limoilou was released in September 2015. These 13 folk-inspired songs have earned Safia many accolades including a Félix award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and three other nominations at the 2016 Gala de l’ADISQ (Folk Album of the Year, Critics’ Choice Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year), a long-list nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, the prestigious Prix Félix-Leclerc and 2016 SOCAN Breakthrough Award.
In November 2016, Safia released a surprise album, titled Reprises Vol.1, on which she pays tribute to music from la belle province before she begins to work on her second album of original material. She’s put her own sensitive twist on eight Quebecois classics.
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