Louise Burns


Louise Burns is already a 20-year vet of the music industry and she’s barely 30 years old. She witnessed the heady last gasp of the majors in the late-’90s (Burns co-founded the pop band Lillix at 11 and signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at 15) and was front and centre for Canada’s indie renaissance. Now Burns is an in-demand collaborator (Gold & Youth), high-profile hired gun, acclaimed solo musician (2011’s Mellow Drama, long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and 2013’s Midnight Mass), and a multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss.

She’s toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America and is an engaged, dynamic artist, whose interests cannot be contained by the hours in a day. Burns is also a freelance contributor and host on CBC’s Radio 3 and a journalist whose writing appears in CBC Music, the Talkhouse, and the Westender. Burns recently finished her third solo album with co-producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Braids, Austra), due out in early 2017.

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I failed pop-star boot camp.

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