Since forming in Winnipeg in 2007 Chic Gamine have toured the world, played for the Queen, been on national television as part of Ottawa’s Canada Day celebrations, performed at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, opened for the legendary Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples, and appeared twice on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”. Their music has also been used on ABC’s General Hospital and The Fosters.
With Motown souls, French Pop spirits, and Rock and Roll hearts the band has enchanted fans and critics alike with their close harmonies and infectious tunes. In 2009 they picked up a Juno for Roots Album of the Year for their self-titled debut, and in 2011 follow up City City was nominated in the same category. 2013’s Closer compiled the two records and introduced the band to the US for the first time.
2014 finds Chic Gamine ready to channel all of these experiences into their next album, an ambitious record that finds the band building on their signature sound. Having said a fond farewell to founding member Ariane Jean at the start of the year, they welcomed Benoit Morier as a full time member and together headed to the studio to develop what will become the first release of the new era of the band. The siren-call harmonies remain at the heart of the band, the astonishing voices working together, at once vulnerable but strong, raucous but refined. The record also finds the band further exploring new instrumentation: fuzzy sub-bass, synths, and fluid, melancholy guitar lines and electronic textures take things into new, unexplored territories for the group.
With more studio-time to come and a string of summer festival dates already confirmed, the band is excited to unveil the new look and new sound of Chic Gamine!