17February |

Toronto, ON

The Garrison|8:00pm - 19+

19March | Tuesday

Puvirnituq, QC

|All ages

23March | SaturdaySold out

Shawinigan, QC

Maison de la Culture Francis-Brisson|8:00pm - All ages

13April | Saturday

Châteaulin, FR

Run ar Puñs|9:00pm - All ages

18April | Thursday

Berlin, DE

Auster Club|8:00pm - All ages

19April | Friday

Guyancourt, FR

La Batterie|All ages

21April |

Blois, FR

Chato'do|6:30pm - All ages

Le résultat rayonne de rythmes contagieux et d'airs accrocheurs, mais la transition se fait tout en douceur avec des ballades qui viennent ponctuer l'album, sans compter un habillage sonore créatif et lumineux. La Presse

Passing through her lips, Inuktitut sounds like the most beautiful tongue in the world and the crowd went completely wild. Nunatsiaq

AboutElisapie

Ambassador for Inuit culture, Elisapie represents the wild and rough beauty of the North. Her new album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, is the musical tale of an expatriate Inuk.

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The Far North is not at the other end of the world, it is in the center of mine.

The Ballad of the Runaway Girl is the most significant work in singer-songwriter Elisapie’s career. She dug deep inside herself to offer these songs.

On this new album, she talks about her different facets and challenges as a woman; the adopted child, the mother and the lover. We learn about an Inuk who is proud of her origins and who works for the recognition of her people's historic difficulties.

Some of her inspired compositions show her emotional stages. The song Ikajunga, for instance, approaches her experience with post-partum. In a similar vein, Don’t Make Me Blue tells a mature woman’s love story, while Rodeo echoes Elisapie’s desire to leave her birth-village, Salluit, as a teenager. There is also the touching Una, a reconciliation song in which Elisapie asks her biological mother what she felt as she gave up her child in adoption.

Other songs allow the artist to take positions on Inuit and First Nations issues. On Arnaq, Elisapie honors missing and/or murdered aboriginal women and girls. On Ton vieux nom, the only French track, she calls on her people to reaffirm their pride. Through the aerial Darkness, written by Joe Jarmush from Suuns, she evokes the communities who were sent by the government to the Arctic Circle to protect Canada's territory.

There are also the treasures of Inuit and Native music that Elisapie found in the archives of CBC/Radio Canada that inspired this opus. This includes Call of the Moose, a masterpiece by Willy Mitchell that is a heartful cry for the defense of the territory.

Quanniuguma (which means if I was a snowflake) is an ode to Inuit animism, and The Ballad of the Runaway Girl is a song written by her uncle. Not only was this last piece a major influence on young Elisapie’s musical awakening, it beautifully shows her need to escape her reality at that time.

Wolves Don’t Live by the Rules is another cover. This emblematic song of the Inuit culture was written by Willie Thrasher, who was sent to a residential school in the south. He lost his language and his traditional Inuit way of life as a result.

The 11 songs that constitute the album are nestled together perfectly to form one story, Elisapie’s. The Ballad of the Runaway Girl is a poetic endeavor driven by urgency, doubt, gentleness and sensitivity. It’s a fully assumed work that embeds herself in life; an artistic manifesto that erases the desire to escape.

Co-produced by Elisapie, Joe Grass and Paul Evans, the album was mostly recorded live in a lakeside chalet with Robbie Kuster (Patrick Watson) and Nicolas Basque (Plants and Animals). Other precious collaborators added their touch to this monument: Leif Vollebekk, Joe Jarmush (Suuns), Jason Sharp, Natasha Kanapé-Fontaine, Chloé Lacasse and Howie Beck (mixing).

Biography

Ambassador for Inuit culture, Elisapie represents the wild and rough beauty of the North. Her new album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, is the musical tale of an expatriate Inuk.

Elisapie’s journey started when she was given up for adoption as a baby, on the tarmac of an airport. She went on to grow up in Salluit, dreaming of the South. Then came her escape to Montreal, where she started a family and forgot about the extremes of the North.

Elisapie is now reconnecting with her origines, offering her soulful down-home folk music as she tenderly looks back on her heritage. Her style is direct as she tells her story and makes aboriginal musical classics shine. This album goes back to her roots, with both soft and raw moments and her very own mix of Inuktitut, English and French, unveiling the woman behind the music.

Upcoming shows

17February |

Toronto, ON

The Garrison|8:00pm - 19+
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Latest release

The Ballad of the Runaway Girl

17
Feb.

Elisapie

TorontoON
The Garrison
Wavelength Winter Fest
8:00pm - 19+
Sept-ÎlesQC
Salle de spectacle Jean-Marc Dion
8:00pm - All ages
Baie-ComeauQC
Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau
8:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

RobervalQC
Auditorium Fernand-Bilodeau
8:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

ChicoutimiQC
Bistro Café Summum
9:00pm - 18+

Elisapie

BeloeilQC
Centre culturel de Beloeil
8:00pm - All ages
Saturday
23
Mar.

Elisapie

Sold out
ShawiniganQC
Maison de la Culture Francis-Brisson
8:00pm - All ages
Thursday
11
Apr.

Elisapie

BelfortFR
La Poudrière
- All ages
Friday
12
Apr.

Elisapie

NeuchatelCH
Case à Chocs
- All ages
Thursday
18
Apr.

Elisapie

BerlinDE
Auster Club
8:00pm - All ages
Friday
19
Apr.

Elisapie

GuyancourtFR
La Batterie
- All ages
BourgesFR
L'Auditorium
Le Printemps de Bourges
5:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

BloisFR
Chato'do
6:30pm - All ages

Elisapie

DrummondvilleQC
Maison des arts Desjardins
8:00pm - All ages
Rouyn-NorandaQC
Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda
8:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

Val-d'OrQC
Salle Félix-Leclerc
8:00pm - All ages
MaskinongéQC
Magasin Général Le Brun
8:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

GaspéQC
Cap-Bon-Ami
Festival Musique du Bout du Monde
4:45:am - All ages

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