Since forming in 2007, Chic Gamine has opened for royalty: Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples, of the R’n’B variety, and actual Royal royalty, the one and only Queen Elizabeth the Second of England herself. They’ve toured across North America and Europe alone and with the likes of Lake Street Dive and Marc Broussard, they’ve been main stage hits at The Winnipeg Folk Fest, The Strawberry Folk Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival International de Louisiane, France’s Transmusicales, amongst others. Selected as a must-see act by NPR’s Stephen Thompson and Bitch Magazine at SXSW in 2012, they’ve had the support of both CBC Radio and Radio-Canada from the start of their career, earning a spot on Espace Musique’s list of Revelations in 2009/10. Their music has also been used on ABC’s General Hospital and The Fosters.
Chic Gamine’s self-titled debut earned them a 2009 Juno for Roots Album of the Year, their 2011 follow up, City City, nominated in the same category. 2013’s Closer compiled the two records and introduced the band to the U.S. for the first time. In winter 2014, they released a Holiday-themed EP, Christmas Volume I. Chic Gamine has channeled all of these experiences into their ambitious next album, building on their signature sound. The siren-call harmonies remain at the heart of the band; astonishing voices, vulnerable but strong, raucous but refined. The band further explores new instrumentation: fuzzy sub-bass, synths, fluid guitar lines and electronic textures take things into unexplored territories for the group. Album number four is on track for Fall 2015. Get your breath good and bated.