May 5th, 201724 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ONAlliance Francaise de Toronto Theatre8pm
This concert took place on May 5th, 2017
Escape to serene lakes and majestic islands, or contemplate windswept white pine and ancient formations of granite. Where could you find all of these landscapes in one place? In the evocative music of French singer-songwriter duo Georgian Bay (Kelly Lefaive [violin, voice] and Joelle Westman [guitar, voice]). The Spectrum composers set Georgian Bay’s sincere songs in lush new arrangements performed by the duo and a chamber ensemble.
This collaboration promises to portray this area rich with history, timeless legends, and natural beauty in a one-time only concert curated in partnership with the Alliance Francaise.
Named franco-ontarian musical discovery of 2014 by Radio-Canada’s Grands Lacs Café, bilingual folk music duo Georgian Bay entices audiences with scintillating harmonies and dreamlike melodies. The voices of Kelly Lefaive and Joëlle Westman intertwine with the soul of the violin and the heartbeat of the guitar to create an enchanting musical landscape, inspired by the mysterious beauty of natural spaces. Their sophomore album, Patience (2016), unravels a Canadian fairytale of sorts, a voyage to the enchanting shores of Spirit Lake, Georgian Bay.
Laureates of Canadian francophonie and semi-finalists at the 2016 Festival international de la chanson de Granby, Joëlle and Kelly have travelled extensively since the release of their first CD, Horizons, in 2014. In 2015, Georgian Bay performed at the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Sudbury’s La nuit émergente, and on the train from Montreal to Halifax as VIA Rail Artists on Board. Find Georgian Bay on stage this summer at the Home County Music and Art Festival and at the Mariposa Folk Festival.
“Les mélodies de Georgian Bay évoquent effectivement des paysages pittoresques avec leurs sonorités de folk progressif ponctuées d’éléments organiques.” -Myriam Bourdeau-Potvin, (21 March, 2016)