Canada’s incomparable vocal jazz jewel Emilie-Claire Barlow leads her stellar band through innovative arrangements of American-Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas and elegant ballads. She continues to endear herself to critics, peers and audiences everywhere with her relaxed, polished demeanor, her charming humor, and a voice of unforgettable beauty. Emilie-Claire’s concert will feature favorites from her extensive repertoire as well as new arrangements from her forthcoming 13th album “Spark Birds”.
Emilie-Claire Barlow is an award winning and critically acclaimed Canadian jazz singer, arranger, record producer and voice actress. A two time Juno Award winner and 6 time nominee, she has released 12 self-produced albums on her own label, Empress Music Group.
Her performing career spans over 24 years in venues ranging from Toronto’s storied Montreal Bistro & Top of the Senator, to Tokyo’s Cotton Club and more recently concerts with symphony orchestras at Toronto’s Massey Hall and Montreal’s Maison Symphonique. She has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival on seven occasions including a 2015 performance on the Main Stage with 50,000 people attending.
Ms. Barlow has led bands featuring the finest musicians in Canada. Her work as a band leader and producer has been recognized with a Juno Award nomination for “Producer of Year” for her recording “Clear Day” (2015) notable for being only the 2nd Jazz recording nominated in this category. Ms. Barlow is also one of a very few women to be honored as “Producer of the Year”.
Ms. Barlow’s all francophone recording “Seule ce soir” won a Juno and Felix Award in 2013 representing an unprecedented achievement in Canadian bilingualism.
After releasing her second holiday album Lumières d’hiver in 2017, Emilie-Claire turned her attention to her duo project with Steve Webster, Bocana. Bocana has released 8 singles over the last couple of years in the electro-pop, lounge, world music genres, amassing a healthy following on streaming platforms. ECB has also released a collection of James Taylor covers as part of her JT Project.
Up next is her 13th full album, due for release in early 2023. In the meantime, you can listen to ECB’s newest single, a hauntingly beautiful version of Sidney Bechet’s “Si tu vois ma mère”.
Emilie-Claire Barlow & Voice
Kelly Jefferson & Sax
Reg Schwager & Guitar
Jon Maharaj & Bass
Amanda Tosoff & Piano
Fabio Ragnelli & Drums