Sunday August 31, 2pm, WestJet Stage, Harbourfront Centre, FREE
Born in Québec and raised in western Canada before her return to Montréal, Briga’s music is a reflection of her fragmented identity: a hybrid of songs written in French and English, all accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds, learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep. Nicknamed Briga by her fellow band mates in the ex-Yugoslavian band Les Gitans de Sarajevo, her name means sorrow or burden. Previously nominated for honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Quebec’s ADISQ, Briga was recently awarded the 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award. Her third CD release, “Wake,” is a concept album exploring her father’s mysterious Polish/Jewish roots. The album showcases Briga’s signature Turbo Folk sound, wrapped up in heavy Balkan & Morrocan grooves, and polished with lamenting judeo-arabic strings. Briga is supported by her Montréal-based quartet, Alix Guéry (accordeon & keys), Tacfarinas Kichou (bindir, darbouka, ryk, guellal), Marton Maderspach (fiddle, tupan, drums), and Jérémi Roy (bass).