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10th Festival Voix d’Amériques, March 11-18, 2011

Thursday, September 9, 2010
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Two Guests of Honour for a brilliant celebration — Melissa Auf der Maur & Michel Faubert

For its 10th anniversary event, the Festival Voix d’Amériques goes bold yet again! The FVA has had the wonderful idea of celebrating with not one but two Guests of Honour. Storyteller Michel Faubert and musician Melissa Auf der Maur are as unique as they are complementary, crossing artistic boundaries with daring and generosity.

Michel Faubert

A leading figure in the rediscovery of roots and traditional music, Michel Faubert is a master storyteller, singer and musician known for his original vision. From his albums of stories and songs to the a cappella group Les Charbonniers de L’Enfer, his work has been praised by the critics as uniquely important. Michel Faubert connects past and present, shaking the dust off history, putting the rock into folk, making us laugh and tremble and open our hearts.

Michel Faubert appeared at the 2003 and 2005 FVAs and we consider him part of the family. He too comes out of what used to be called “orality” and has evolved along with us, exploring interdisciplinarity and working alongside innovative artists, keeping a firm grasp all the while on the collective memory he cherishes.

Melissa Auf Der Maur

Melissa Auf der Maur is a superb bass player who started out playing with the legendary groups Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins. She’s also a demanding indie artist who has taken control of her career with the limit-smashing intermedia project Out of Our Minds (OOOM). It includes a rock album, surrealist short film, black-and-white (and blood red) cartoon strip, and website. Each is a door onto her unusual world, where myth, ritual, blood, jazzy Vikings and witches are favourite themes). It’s a world as strange and mysterious as the artist herself—one of the most intriguing voices to emerge in recent years.

The FVA is proud to welcome this hot Montreal rocker with the huge international name. We salute her sass, her freedom and her inner warrior. Melissa Auf der Maur is an intense, genuinely alive girl who knows how to shake up the heart and the mind.

To make the 10th FVA an event to remember, D. Kimm and Les Filles Électriques are planning a few other off-kilter surprises guaranteed to challenge and delight all festivalgoers.