Monday, March 28, 2011

newmusicmonday #86:: Christine Fellows


Genrecontemporary folk
Labelsix shooter
BaseWinnipeg, MB, Canada
Tour dates

04.23.11 - LONDON ON - The Aeolian w/ Shotgun Jimmie
04.24.11 - BAYFIELD ON - The Black Dog w/ Shotgun Jimmie
04.26.11 - TORONTO ON - The Music Gallery w/ Shotgun Jimmie
04.27.11 - HAMILTON ON - Pearl Company Theatre w/ Shotgun Jimmie
04.29.11 - WAKEFIELD QC - The Black Sheep Inn w/ Shotgun Jimmie
04.30.11 - MONTREAL QC - Divan Orange w/ Shotgun Jimmie
05.03.11 - GRAND MANAN NB - Island Arts Cafe w/ Shotgun Jimmie
05.04.11 - SAINT JOHN NB - Bourbon Quarter w/ Shotgun Jimmie
05.05.11 - FREDERICTON NB - The Wilser's Room w/ Shotgun Jimmie
05.06.11 - SACKVILLE NB - Presented by Sappyfest - Mount Allison Chapel w/ Shotgun Jimmie
05.07.11 - HALIFAX NS - The Company House w/ Shotgun Jimmie
05.08.11 - RIVERPORT NS - Confidence Lodge w/ Shotgun Jimmie & Jon McKeil
08.18.11 - WOODY POINT NFLD - Writers at Woody Point w/ Shary Boyle

I think it's fitting that I stumbled on Christine Fellows after attending SYNTHESIS, a fundraiser for the Queen West Art Crawl, that showcased collaborations between 10 visual and 10 performing artists. Christine collaborates with other artists to create experiences, rich with characters brought to life through music and visuals. She just released 'Femmes de chez nous' {cd} and Reliquary/Reliquaire {dvd}, crafted creations of bilingual multidisciplinary works. This video gives some background to the project::

This video for "Mlle Sténo" from 2009 shows off Christine's talent for crafting engaging stories::

Her label's website describes the Reliquary/Reliquaire DVD::
"Songs such as Mlle. Sténo are vividly animated by the overhead projections of Shary Boyle, magically infused with historic parade footage, and carried aloft by chorus of female voices. In Flood, 1861, the Grey Nuns row their canoe fearlessly toward the unknown, and Fellows' buoyant twist on traditional French Canadian ballad Un canadien errant is accompanied by stunning footage of a vibrant community at its height."
Speaking of  "Flood, 1861", here it is::

Femmes de Chez Nous
Not surprisingly, she's worked with the likes of filmmakers and choreographers and fits in quite well with other Six Shooter stablemates like Valery Gore {newmusiconday #22} and Jenn Grant.

You can listen to a handful of the full tracks from 'Femmes de chez nous' [track listing + stream samples] on the CBCr3 and contemplate spending the $20C to get the CD with the DVD. The CD features the artwork of longtime collaborator, Toronto artist Shary Boyle.

Christine's work lends itself to music in this era of infinite reproduction. She's offering up experiences that drive purchases and performances; the music is literally just part of the picture.

I'll leave you with one of my favourite tracks, a live version of "Double Take" from here in Toronto at Lee's Palace in September of 2006::

Twitterversion:: [blog+videos] #newmusicmonday featuring contemporary folk multimedia collaborator Christine Fellows from Winnipeg. @Prof_K

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