Composer Jean-Michel Blais grew up in a rural French Catholic town, absent of culture — save for a giant encyclopedia — that he read feverishly as a child. At age 9, Blais began improvising on his family’s organ, and at 11, he began to write original compositions. By 17, he was invited to the Trois-Rivieres Music Conservatory and started to train as a classical pianist. However, Blais was in the throes of teenage rebellion, gravitating towards experimentation and fighting against the rigid structures of formal training. Il, his debut album, was long listed for the 2016 Polaris Prize, and is out now on Arts & Crafts.
THURSDAY JUNE 22 @ WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE W/ POEMSS
DOORS 7 PM | POEMSS 8 PM | JEAN-MICHEL 9 PM