8pm, ALL AGES
Tickets : 10$ in advance, 12$ at the door.
Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave.
With her hybrid mix of Quebecois and tête-carré, Gigi French tells us the bitter-sweet tales of Quebec life from an outsiders perspective. She also sings of her fantasies, her fears for the future and her deep love of nature. Throughout La Boue, Gigi reflects on leaving Montreal for a rural Quebec environment where she voices her anger about a number of heavy topics, like the poor who will lose their house to the claws of greedy lenders, the video lottery addict, the depression of the unemployed, the sacrifices of a single parent, dubious paramilitary hunting practices, the moldy apartment of the starving artist, the high education levels of certain immigrant taxi drivers, the struggles of people who deal with mental illnesses, domestic abuse, the link between welfare recipients and government corruption scandals, as well as some dark and introspective love songs, to balance things out proper. Her album La Boue releases October 18, 2019 on Coax Records (Rae Spoon, Quantum Tangle, Geoff Berner). Double bass, saxophone, vibraphone, percussion, guitar and classic raspy vocals together create a magical world with songs inspired by the French bistro tradition, combining improvised jazz, pop, folk, swing, classic analogue recording and socio-political ranting to give a modern vintage feel. The incredibly versatile Giselle Webber is the mistress behind Gigi French. Known for her knack to reinvent herself, she has led an array of projects since arriving in Quebec in 1999. She rocked as the front lady of Hot Springs, incarnated the militant rapper Giselle Numba One, and is the head of a gang in Orkestar Kriminal who interpret in eight different languages criminal tunes from the 1920s and 1930s.
Double Magnum is a group from the Outaouais region composed of four brothers and a jazz pianist from Montreal. The Boivin brothers : Nicolas, Maxime and Alexis have been composing their lyrics and music together for close to 5 years and have now 2 studio albums in stores. Their first self-titled album features 7 songs in English reminiscent of John Mayer’s guitar solos and charming melodies as well as the intensity of Billy Talent. The second album, released August 31, entitled Echo is in French and also includes 7 songs that share the same aesthetic. Nicolas, the elder, is the bassist and singer of the band, Maxime is the guitarist and singer, Alexis is the drummer and also a singer, Felix is the rhythm guitarist while Marion Audet is the pianist. Their influences are quite broad; From blues and jazz, to Beatles rock from the ’70s to hip-hop and pop music today. Their concerts bring to life the songs of their first two albums as well as other songs still exclusive to performances called “live”. They also like to do covers of songs for their crowds to sing and dance.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.