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Vanessa Heins
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Vanessa Heins
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Vanessa Heins
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Jonathan Brisebois
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Jonathan Brisebois

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. On June 19th, 2020, Elisapie returned with a new single called Asuguuq. This song is a gift to Inuit communities in the wake of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

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Awards & Recognition

-Olivier Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards
- Felix Award Best Album Production 2019
- Felix Award Album of the Year - Other Languanges 2019
- GAMIQ Award Folk Album of the Year 2019
- Nominated on the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Short List
- Nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the 2019 Junos
- Felix Award Album of the Year - Anglophone 2013
- Juno Award Indigenous Music Album of the Year 2004
- Rigoberta Menchu Award - 2004

Press Quotes

The Ballad of The Runaway Girl joue de ces singularités : mélangeant inuktitut, anglais et français ; imposant une musique désertique aux rythmiques ancestrales ; des syllabes s’étirant et s’épanchant sur des pans autobiographiques.*

Rolling Stone France

On her fourth album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, she [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 and Morphine.


Harnessing the romance of French, the personal nostalgia of English and the resilience of Inuktitut, she created such a profound statement with this record […] Not only does her third solo album and first since 2012 have openly impactful lyrical chops, exploring heartfelt themes of internal strength and spiritual growth, its sounds and arrangements are lush and diverse works of understated beauty.


Instrumentation filée comme de la dentelle, une voix aérienne et séduisante [...] Elisapie retourne aux sonorités chaleureuses des instruments acoustiques et à la rudesse des guitares électriques, et on l’écoute encore et encore.

ICI Musique

Elisapie’s first album in six years is an extraordinary set that seamlessly merges aboriginal themes and sounds with an alt-rock sensibility, powered by some of the city’s best indie players […]

Brendan Kelly, The Gazette

[…] Elisapie nous saute au cou. Ou plutôt à l’oreille, avec sa voix si particulière, légèrement nasillarde, qui nous emporte par sa beauté sauvage et douce, gracieuse et sensuelle, pleine d’une étrange poésie.

Elle France