24April | Wednesday

Lyon, FR

Groom|8:00pm - All ages

25April | Thursday

Pézenas, FR

Foyer des Campagnes|9:00pm - All ages

25May | Saturday

Toronto, ON

JUNO 360 Tent Stage|All ages

26June | Wednesday

Saskatoon, SK

The Bassment|8:00pm - All ages

18July | Thursday

Ostrava, CZ

|All ages

6September | Friday

Frelighsburg, QC

Beat & Betterave|9:00pm - 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

24April | Wednesday

Lyon, FR

Groom|8:00pm - All ages

25April | Thursday

Pézenas, FR

Foyer des Campagnes|9:00pm - All ages
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Latest release

The Ballad of the Runaway Girl

Wednesday
24
Apr.

Elisapie

LyonFR
Groom
8:00pm - All ages
Thursday
25
Apr.

Elisapie

PézenasFR
Foyer des Campagnes
Printival Boby Lapointe
9:00pm - 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
Saturday
25
May.

Elisapie

TorontoON
JUNO 360 Tent Stage
CBC Music Festival
- All ages
BouchervilleQC
Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville
Festival BESIDE
8:30pm - All ages

Elisapie

VancouverBC
Performance Works
Vancouver Jazz Festival
8:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

VictoriaBC
Victoria Event Centre
TD Victoria International JazzFest
9:30pm - All ages
SaskatoonSK
The Bassment
SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
8:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

MontrealQC
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Montreal Jazz Festival
7:30pm - All ages
With

Blue Rodeo

Trois-RivièresQC
Scène Rythme FM
FestiVoix
6:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

TadoussacQC
Chapiteau Desjardins
Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac
3:30pm - All ages
Petite-ValléeQC
Chapiteau de la Vieille Forge
Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée
8:00pm - All ages
Trois-PistolesQC
L'oeil de la tempête
8:00pm - All ages

Elisapie

OttawaON
Barney Danson Theatre
RBC Bluesfest
8:00pm - All ages
SpaBE
Scène Sabam for Culture
Francofolies de Spa
4:45pm - All ages

Elisapie

Carhaix-PlouguerFR
Scène Grall
Les Vieilles Charrues
- All ages

Elisapie

GaspéQC
Cap-Bon-Ami
Festival Musique du Bout du Monde
4:45:am - All ages
Friday
06
Sept.

Elisapie

FrelighsburgQC
Beat & Betterave
9:00pm - All ages

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