Message from Safia Nolin
Hi everyone, this is Safia.
And yes, I am fully naked in my video.
You see my breasts, my butt, my pubic area, my hair.
You see other womxn’s breasts, butts, pubic areas and hair.
You see human bodies.
These bodies are not here to be judged or desired.
These bodies are here to simply exist.
I didn’t like mine. I was comfortable with my image, but only the woman who shares my life had access to my nakedness in our intimacy. Not because it’s sacred, but because I was ashamed. I was embarrassed and it was impossible for me to just imagine getting naked in front of others.
When it came time to shoot the video, I was confronted by my fear and my desire to go towards that from which I usually flee, to dive in head first. I did it, and I had the chance to be surrounded by an amazing team who guided me throughout the process. All of the womxn on set really emboldened me to be myself. By the second day of shooting, something inside of me had changed.
When you watch this video, I’d like you to view it as what sorority looks like to me. I’d like you to watch it with a human, non-judgmental eye. Don’t let your programming win; look at our bodies and try to consider them as neutral, whose function is only to exist. Breathe, eat, cry, pee, give birth (OR DON’T), breastfeed (OR DON’T), smile, laugh, love. Find beauty in there because there’s a shit ton, I swear.
This video shoot was a blessing for my path, my self-esteem and my future.
I will remember every minute of it for the rest of my life.
Here’s a breath of fresh air for you.
It's with great enthusiasm that we've announced the signature of future soul artist Mark Clennon to our record label. The Toronto-based musician unveiled Part of Your World, the first single off his sophomore EP to be released in September. To write this very personal song, Clennon drew inspiration from a period in his life when he felt like an outsider. The lyrics address interracial relationships and the challenges of fitting into a culture that is foreign to you, into a space that is a little inhospitable.
Watch and share the music video for Part of Your World via YouTube.
The single is available on all music services.
Inspired by Pop Up Video, a cult TV show from the late ‘90s, the music video was produced and co-directed by the artist, which he considers to be a huge accomplishment. With much determination and after months of hard work, Clennon travelled to Jamaica to shoot the video on the tiny island of Maiden Cay. I chose to shoot on the Cay as a symbolism of the isolation I felt in that time in my life when I wrote this song, he explains.
PASSION, Mark Clennon's upcoming EP is due out on September 6, 2019. It follows the release of When The Smoke Clears (2016).
Bonsound is proud to announce the signature of Corridor to our record label. Later this year, the band will release new music via Bonsound in Canada and via Sub Pop for the rest of the world. This is the first time since its creation in the 1980s that the legendary Seattle-based label will collaborate with an entirely francophone group.
The band is also making the most of this announcement by unveiling dates for their upcoming tour throughout the fall of 2019. The tour will kick off in Philadelphia on October 23rd with dates in Berlin, Paris, London and Toronto before wrapping at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles on December 13th. Corridor will also stop by their hometown on Novembre 22nd, to perform at Le National as part of M for Montreal.
23/10 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
25/10 Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
29/10 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
04/11 Paris, FR - Point Éphémère
06/11 London, UK - Waiting Room
08/11 Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang
09/11 Berlin, DE - Westgermany
10/11 Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Music Festival
20/11 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
22/11 Montreal, QC - M for Montreal (Le National)
28/11 Quebec City, QC - l'Anti
04/12 San Francisco, CA - Milk Bar
07/12 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
12/12 Seattle, WA - Barboza
13/12 Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge
Two years after releasing his debut album Coastline, Geoffroy returns with 21 Days, a new upbeat and mesmerizing single that he composed in Los Angeles with his bandmate and producer Clément Leduc. The track is out now on all music services.
Geoffroy flew to India to film the video for 21 Days with director Didier Charette, a good friend and frequent collaborator, and DOP Derek Branscombe. True to form, Geoffroy was in search of adventure and this time he travelled across Rajasthan from cities to the desert in 50°C heat. The result is a breathtaking, beautiful video that showcases an intoxicating joie de vivre and the real connection between the artist and the people he encounters on his journey.
Since the release of Deception Bay in February 2018, Milk & Bone won a JUNO, performed alongside Lorde and released DIVE, a collaborative EP with famed producer Alex Lustig. Needless to point out that the girls haven’t slowed down at all in the past year. To top a list of critically acclaimed singles off Deception Bay, they’re now releasing a video for the song KIDS. The video was created thanks to the generous support of the MVP Project, a joint initiative of RBCxMusic and the Prism Prize (administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television).
Once again, Camille and Laurence entrusted the video direction to their long-time collaborator Soleil Denault. The director opposes the carelessness and innocence played out in the lyrics to well-thought-out visuals: the calculated camera shifts, the lines that seamlessly curve and swerve throughout the video, the choreography. Through opposite yet complementary aesthetics and the bodies effortlessly melting into one another, the images draw out a meticulous dance.
Milk & Bone will be playing many festivals across Canada all summer long. See milknbone.com for all tour dates.
Today Elisapie unveils a video for the song Ton vieux nom, off The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, released in September 2018. In addition to taking her all over North America and Europe, this intimate album - on which the Inuk singer explores her northern roots and aspects of her femininity - has amassed great reviews. Rolling Stone France called the music a delicately violent album that seduces as much as it questions, while NPR said Elisapie synthesizes stories from her eventful life with hypnotic arrangements that channel ‘70s rock, indigenous folk music and the low, moody rumble of barnstormers like Tom Waits.
On the album's only French track Ton vieux nom, co-written with Chloé Lacasse and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Elisapie uses her skillful poetry to urge her people to reaffirm their pride. Behind its hushed ballad mood, the lyrics address issues that still affect the Inuit population today. The video is made up of archival images that offer a window into the reality of Inuit living in the Great North. Coupled with the lyrics, the song is an important reflection on the past. Above all, Ton vieux nom is a song of determination and compassion.
This summer, Elisapie will embark on a Canadian tour, during which she will take part in a dozen festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Fest, RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa and the Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac. She will then fly to Europe where she will perform in several French cities as well as in Czech Republic, by way of the Paleo Festival in Switzerland and the Francofolies de Spa in Belgium. Visit elisapie.com for more information about her summer tour or see dates below.
**Tour dates **
15/06/19 Boucherville, QC // Festival BESIDE
21/06/19 Edmonton, AB // Festival Edmonton Chante
22/06/19 Fernie, BC // Festival Francophone de Fernie
23/06/19 Vancouver, BC // Vancouver Jazz Festival
24/06/19 Victoria, BC // TD Victoria International JazzFest
26/06/19 Saskatoon, SK // SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
28/06/19 Montreal, QC // Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (Opening for Blue Rodeo - FIJM)
29/06/19 Trois-Rivières, QC // FestiVoix
30/06/19 Tadoussac, QC // Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac
02/07/19 Petite-Vallée, QC // Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée
03/07/19 Trois-Pistoles, QC // L'oeil de la tempête
04/07/19 Chicoutimi, QC // La Noce
07/07/19 Ottawa, ON // RBC Bluesfest
10/07/19 Bordeaux, FR // Le Petit Bois
11/07/19 Arles, FR // Les Suds
18/07/19 Ostrava, CZ // Colours of Ostrava Festival
20/07/19 Spa, BE // Francofolies de Spa
21/07/19 Carhaix-Plouguer, FR // Les Vieilles Charrues
23/07/19 Nyon, CH // Paléo Festival
24/07/19 Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, FR // Music'O Jardin
27/07/19 Majorque, ES // Festival Sons de Nit
02/08/19 Paimpol, FR // Festival du Chant de Marin
03/08/19 Crozon, FR // Festival du Bout du Monde
11/08/19 Gaspé, QC // Festival du Bout du Monde
12/08/19 Havre-Aubert, QC // Au Vieux Treuil
13/08/19 Havre-Aubert, QC // Au Vieux Treuil
31/08/19 Montreal, QC // Mile Ex End Musique Festival
06/09/19 Frelighsburg, QC // Beat & Betterave
Safia Nolin, who is currently touring with her latest album Dans le noir, will headline an outdoor concert at this year’s Francos de Montréal on Sunday, June 16th. She will be accompanied by special guests Patrick Watson, KROY and Pomme (to name a few), and Philippe Cyr (J’aime Hydro) will produce the show. Written in her self-described super depressive style (the style that won her the Prix Félix-Leclerc de la Chanson, the SOCAN Breakthrough Award, the Félix for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2016, and the Félix for Female Artist of the Year in 2017), Dans le noir is described by ICI Musique as tough, filled with painful tenderness and, most of all, so beautiful it’ll bring you to tears.
Since launching her album in October, Safia has released Mélancolie, a duet with Patrick Watson, and a music video for Dagues starring the drag queen Verona Verushka, as well as performed over 40 concerts in Canada and France. Now, Safia returns with a new track, Claire, written with her friend Philémon Cimon, an artist she greatly admires. Recorded on tape with her long-time much-respected collaborators Joseph Marchand and Philippe Brault, Claire is an intimate break-up song. Emotional and deeply moving, the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter exposes another piece of her heart in this latest dark, stripped-down folk song. Claire’s artwork and video were created by Safia herself.
Congrats to all the artists nominated at this year's INDIES! The ceremony will be held May 11th, in Toronto.
Elisapie - Indigenous Artist of the Year
Jesuslesfilles - Francophone Artist of the Year
Milk & Bone - Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
Safia Nolin - Francophone Artist of the Year
Let your voices be heard and vote for your favorite artists!
Voting will close on May 5th : http://indies.ca/voting
Best of luck to our nominees!