Ever since her arrival to Ottawa in 2003, Marie-JosÉe Houle certainly found her place in the local music scene. Between playing accordion and singing back-up for Casey Comeau & the Centretown Wilderness Club, Glenn Nuotio and occasionally, Benoit Joanisse and Mélissa Laveaux, this lady doesn’t know how to stay still. Hence her branching out as a solo artist who works with independent filmmakers and theatre companies, and performs for public and private functions anywhere her itchy feet will take her. Armed with the audacity to play the world’s most uncool instrument – the accordion – and often accompanied by a stellar cast of musicians, Marie-Josée will charm you with her own flavour of French Café and Gypsy Jazz and will fill you with a passion as intense as her hair colour.
She released her solo debut Our Lady of Broken Souls on March 16, 2007 to much critical acclaim.
Festivals: 2008 (fall)