The 2017 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival presents:
MISE EN SCENE
with guest LOUISE BURNS
Wednesday, June 21
The Good Will Social Club
625 Portage Ave.
18+ (ID Required)
Doors at 9:30pm / Show at 10:30pm
MISE EN SCENE
Female-fronted Winnipeg indie rock outfit Mise en Scene was founded by Stefanie Blondal Johnson (vocals and guitar) and Jodi Dunlop (drums), now joined by new friends Corey Hykawy (bass) and Dave Gagnon (guitar). Mise en Scene’s breakout album, Desire’s Despair (Pipe & Hat, 2012), charted for 16 weeks on !earshot’s Top 50 national charts and received a 2014 SiriusXM Indies Award nomination. The band toured acriss Canada, SXSW, and the Primavera Sound Festival. Gearing up to release their sophomore full length, Still Life On Fire for Light Organ Records, the album is a burning hollar—a swelling rumble indicative of the talented forces behind the monitors.
Johnson began writing the album during a residency at the renowned Banff Arts Centre in the winter of 2014. Launching from the opening bars of its expansive first track, the record builds through layers of hard-hitting percussion, powerful vocals and catchy riffs. Produced by Mike Nash (The Dears, Blue Rodeo, Ladies of the Canyon), the album is a full, sonic delight capturing a full portrayal of the band’s journey. With Still Life On Fire due out this year, the band’s energy is infectious, caged and ready.
When Louise Burns sings, stars pour out across the sky, a dance of lustre, light and shadow. Shimmering and soulful one minute, gritty and glamorous the next, Young Mopes is Burns at her boldest and brightest — and also her most defiant and dangerous. She’s revelling in her “f— you” years, exhilarated by the freedom of turning 30, unhinged from expectation and obligation. Burns’ dark pop goth heart, so clearly evident on 2011’s Polaris Prize nominated Mellow Drama and 2013’s Midnight Mass, is just one aspect of Young Mopes’ gleaming kaleidoscope of colours, textures, and influences.