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CHIC GAMINE–INTERVIEW BY ANNE SHIEVER
SMOKY HILL RIVER FESTIVAL 2010

ABOUT CHIC GAMINE:
Chic Gamine, the impishly charming Winnipeg/Montreal-based vocal quintet, has been serenading its audiences since the summer of 2007. The group is composed of singers Ariane Jean, Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks, Annick Brémault and drummer Sacha Daoud. Over the years, its members have been integral parts of a multitude of projects, notably, R’n’B/Soul sensation little boy boom, Brazilian Funk/Pop flavoured Gaïa and International Independant Music Award laureate, World Vocal ensemble Madrigaïa.

With a solo percussionist as their main musical support, Chic Gamine use their voices as instruments, effortlessly launching into intricate string arrangements, bass-heavy rhythm sections and lush harmonies. These multifariously talented songwriters create a sound that resonates with soul, passion and an unabashedly random and sometimes downright peculiar brand of humour that reels audiences in and leaves them begging for more. Gospel, Soul, R’n’B, 50’s Doo-Wop, Brazilian forro and French Chanson are infused into the voices and rhythms of these 5 schemers and effervescent songmakers. And the whole is liberally doused with the happy-go-lucky impulsiveness unique to Chic Gamine…

With just two years under their stylishly coordinated belts, they’ve performed all over North America, learned the joys of fly-fishing and recorded and released their first album. Chic Gamine’s self-titled debut has garnered critical acclaim and industry kudos in the form of a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, a Western Canadian Music Award nomination and also, the 2009 Juno Award for Best Roots/Traditional Album of the Year. Performance highlights include The Winnipeg Folk Festival, The California Strawberry Festival, The California World Fest and opening for the legendary Smokey Robinson at The Festival at Sandpoint, Idaho. Plans for the winter include snowshoeing, relaxing by the fire and recording a second album, due for release in late spring.

“Like an afternoon spent in the harmonious garden of life, Chic Gamine delivers a stellar debut disc, filled with soulful grooves and rich vocal acrobatics.”
-Tony King of CKUA Radio (ckua.org), on Chic Gamine making it into his Top 10 list of 2008 releases.

“Chic Gamine is the new black.” – Benwah (musician, producer, genius)

“A groovin’ powerhouse of harmonic brilliance and beauty” – Don Benedicson (composer, producer, musician)

“Dynamic, profound and visceral entertainers.” – Leonard Podolak (musician, The Duhks)

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When in Winnipeg,MB, Chic Gamine gets their hair cut,coloured and made lovely by:
Menoukia and Andree
at
Hair Fx
incorporated
915 Grosvenor Avenue
phone: 204 – 475 – 1442
www.hairfx.ca

Management:
Andre Bourgeois
Artist Instict Management
andre@instinctartistmanagement.com

Booking in the U.S.:
Herschel Freeman
Herschel Freeman Agency, Ltd
Email: hfreeman@herschelfreemanagency.com

Booking in Canada:
Darcy Gregoire
The Agency Group, Ltd.
Email: darcygregoire@theagencygroup.com
Phone: 416-368-5599 x 3247

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