From the land down under comes a beautiful voice that has carried its owner halfway around the world and won her lots of fans.
Indie-folk “princess” Faye Blais is back in Canada, this time touring her new album Here in the Shade A Night at Sing Sing, filmed and recorded in Australia.
Sing Sing is the name of a recording studio in Melbourne, Australia.
Blais plays Artspace above Books and Company, with Australian trio Jungal on Monday, August 30.
“We kicked off our Canadian tour Thursday in Sault Ste. Marie,” Blais told the Free Press Monday from Toronto. “We play Saskatoon next I’m traveling and performing with a band called Jungal they’re a very talented trio of (multi-instrumentalist) girls I met while living in Australia. This is their first time in Canada.”
The full band tour wraps up Sept. 1 in Vancouver.
“We end it there as a full band but I then go on to play lots of shows on Vancouver Island with artist Meg O’Malley. Jungal may join me for some shows.”
Blais says the concerts will include tracks from her albums as well as covers. Mostly though, it will highlight the artist’s new material.
“My new album is a CD-DVD bundle so you can see me recording eight songs live.”
While she was away, the northern Ontario native has been immersed in her music and other cultures.
“I made a lot of friends in Australia and it was just great living there. I was there one and a half years but I’m happy to be back home. I’ve actually been living out of the country for the better part of three years because before Australia I lived in Taiwan for one and a half years,” she said.
“That’s where I started recording my second album (Two Pieces with pianist/producer Brad Viterale.) While there, I played with my band Faye and the Slacks. This is actually my third time touring Canada.”
Besides being a dynamic vocalist, Blais has won praise as a musician, especially for her piano and guitar stylings. She’s spent most of her music career touring and recording abroad but this summer it’s all about touring her 2010 album released in May (a sneak preview trailer appears on YouTube).
Since arriving back in Canada in September 2009, Faye was chosen as CBC Radio’ 3’s New Music Canada Track of the Day for Something’s Changed. She’s been nominated for four northern Ontario music and film awards (2010), winning Best Vocal Performance. Blais has been asked to perform at Eaglewood Folk and has been featured on CBC Radio One, CTV in Sudbury and others.
Tickets for the Aug. 30 Faye Blais and Jungal concert are available at Books and Co. Concert starts at 8 p.m. at Artspace.