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Safia Nolin
Florian Salabert
Safia Nolin
Florian Salabert
Safia Nolin

Safia Nolin sees herself as a political being through her battles, the topics she tackles and her appearance. As she, a racialized and openly lesbian woman, is perceived as deformed because she doesn’t fit the feminine patterns we’ve been taught for centuries, she’d rather embrace that dissonant image rather than matching damaging ideals by being someone she’s not. This is how Seum is an accomplished piece of work that fully defines its author. Safia Nolin is an artist and a person shedding her skin and celebrating this transition doing what she does best, by honoring all sorts of pain. With her dark, folk-inspired songs, Safia Nolin wins over fans and critics alike, winning the Félix for Female Artist of the Year at the 2017 ADISQ Gala, one year after being named Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the same gala.

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Awards & Recognition
  • Nominated at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards for French Songwriter of the Year
  • Nominated at the 2019 ADISQ Gala for Folk Album of the Year
  • Félix Awards for Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year - Reinterpretation (Reprises Vol.1) and Nominated for Video of the Year (Technicolor) at the 2017 ADISQ Gala
  • Winner of the 2016 SOCAN Breakthrough Award
  • Winner of the 2016 Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson
  • Félix Awards for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Video of the Year (Noël partout), 2016
  • GAMIQ Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Folk Album of the Year, 2016
  • Nominated at the 2016 GAMIQ for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year (Noël partout)
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Press Quotes

Du folk fragile de naufragé, des chansons bouteilles à la mer auxquelles on a pu s’accrocher comme à des bouées.

Les Inrocks

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, Francos de Montréal

un deuxième album étincelant […] treize chansons folk frappantes de vérité […] un album généreux, gorgé de chansons écorchées.


Dans le noir is a collection of scathing, no-holds-barred mostly stripped-down folky tunes that is anything but light, fluffy pop fare. It’s also pretty great. […] it’s a strong collection.

Brendan Kelly, The Montreal Gazette

Elle a un talent fou pour communiquer quelque chose de super intime qui se passe au fin fond d’elle-même […] une poésie super intéressante sur une musique très dépouillée, presque lo-fi, presque grunge.

Rebecca Makonnen, Esprit critique

Nolin has written 13 raw songs about failed relationships and self-image, her beautiful voice breaking your heart with each verse she finishes.

Holly Gordon, CBC Music