Folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat started from humble beginnings, growing up in Etobicoke, Ontario and was exposed to music almost exclusively by her mother, who would play classic Canadian oldies on the radio. Attending school at Western University in London, Ontario, she received a degree in English, taking classes alongside Olekna Krakus of Olenka and the Autumn Lovers. Now based in Montreal, Bulat cites Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and the late Leonard Cohen as early influences, all of whom made significant contributions to our country’s cultural heritage.
While Bulat’s modesty in interviews may suggest otherwise, she is a true multi-instrumentalist, able to play guitar, piano, bass, autoharp, and a host of others. Her versatility lends itself to a natural earnestness you can hear and feel in her music, a trait that is becoming harder to come by these days.
Her talents did not go unnoticed for very long and by 2007 had released her first full-length album Oh My Darling through UK label Rough Trade Records. It was produced by recording engineer and Grammy-nominated artist Howard Bilerman, best known for his work with Arcade Fire. Her debut saw a release in Canada shortly after, and later went on to be nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. Just like that, Bulat was on her way to becoming a household name in the Canadian folk scene.
Fast-forward to the present and Bulat has four studio albums under the belt, a Juno Award nomination, and has toured extensively across Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia sharing the stage with many incredible acts such as The National, St. Vincent, Beirut, and Nick Cave. In the wake of her deeply heartfelt and personal pop record Good Advice, the singer has embarked on another tour and will be performing at the London Music Hall on November 25 with Columbian-Canadian indie artist who most recently headlined the 2016 Dundas Street Festival Lido Pimienta and award-winning London duo The Marrieds.
A diverse lineup, Pimienta flawlessly blends an electronic production style with South American rhythms and visceral chants. The Marrieds carry a distinct, roots/country sound that is as sensitive as it is enduring. I expect it will be a great show, and if you haven’t given Bulat’s new album a listen already, I recommend acquainting yourself with one of Canada’s most genuine contemporary folk artists.
Watch the video for ‘Infamous’ off Basia Bulat’s fourth album Good Advice.
Listen to ‘Camellando’ by Lido Pimienta, a sexy cover of Rihanna and Drake’s hit ‘Work.’[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/267035354″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Stream the tender single ‘Fingers Crossed’ by The Marrieds.
Basia Bulat with Lido Pimienta, The Marrieds:
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Venue: London Music Hall
Address: 185 Queens Avenue
Time: 8 pm (Doors Open) 9 pm (Start Time)
Buy Basia Bulat’s ‘Good Advice‘ new LP on iTunes.