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Marie -Josee Houle with Tanyss Nixi
Wed, Dec 9
The Slice - Lethbridge


Time: 9:30 p.m.

Cover: $5

Marie-Josee Houle or

Born in Val d‘Or, Quebec and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Marie-Josée Houle celebrates her dual cultural roots through music. Singing and writing in both English and French, she brings the Townships to the Prairies and beyond. No polkas or foxtrots for this accordion diva; instead, she combines her classical, punk rock, and French cabaret sensibilities into one sultry stew of sound.

Her musical history is as varied as her hair colour. Classically trained on the accordion at age five, she chose other instruments as the medium to first deliver music to the masses. In 2000, she took up the electric bass and saxophone in order to form two very eclectic projects in Edmonton. Her reconnection with the accordion coincided with a move to Ottawa in 2003 and culminated in the world music collaboration whose success served as a springboard for her solo work.

Her solo debut Our Lady of Broken Souls (2007) and her sophomore album Monsters (2008) received much critical acclaim, including nominations for Best Folk Album of 2007 and of 2008 by the Ottawa Xpress. Both albums charted and received solid airplay on local college and community radio stations across the country.

Two-thousand-and-seven saw her play the main stage of festivals in Canada, a few European dates, embark on her first successful cross-country tour and share a stage with other celebrated female artists for a CBC Radio 1 broadcast. In 2008, Marie-Josée Houle continued to journey across Canada and to Europe.

Two-thousand-and-nine proved to be another great year with multiple tours and festivals in Canada and Europe including the 10th Annual Accordion Festival in Vienna (for which she played with local musicians, NXNE, la Fete de l'été in Toronto and the prestigious Ottawa Bluesfest.

For Houle, 2010 looks like another promising year as she is currently working on a new CD to be released in the fall, will embark on a tour of BC in April, as well as a European tour in May.

Tanyss Nixi  or

Wood, Wires and Whiskey: Tanyss Nixi, Champion Of Lost Causes- By Amanda Ash, Exclaim! May 2008 "Tanyss Nixi may have been born and raised in a quaint Alberta town but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t exposed to the corporate blemishes that often dot the prairie landscape. From smokestacks to diesel trucks, fake tans to apathetic souls, Nixi’s latest album, Champion Of Lost Causes, doesn’t let anything escape criticism. “Refinery Row” embodies the entire record’s premise, her lyrics constantly flashing before us those everyday images of cable television and things we really don’t need. “Showboat 2 Nowhere” dishes out the same sort of organic perspective, reminding us that even though we claim that we are individuals, we’re all part of a larger picture. But just as Nixi scrunches up her nose at those who fail to live in the moment, her beautiful voice and folk melodies remind us that changing the world really isn’t a lost cause."



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