Kicking off today is Montreal’s annual arts festival M for Montreal. The festival aims to give new and emerging artists the opportunity to strut their stuff and showcases Montreal as an international meeting space for musicians and artists alike. This year’s musical lineup features a number of bands from across the country who are quickly becoming movers and shakers in the Canadian music scene – artists like Regina’s Andy Shauf.
Shauf has been composing and performing his exceptionally heartfelt songs for a number of years and has been compared to some of the folk-greats such as Paul Simon and Elliott Smith. Taking time to craft each song, making every note and every word significant and entirely intentionally paired, Shauf recorded and produced his latest album The Bearer of Bad News entirely on his own in his basement in Regina.
When it comes to performing, Shauf is known for creating small, intimate affairs where the music is boldly featured and the banter creates a kind of comradery between the artist and the fans. It’s a quiet and enjoyable experience for those who can appreciate the sometime gut-wrenching side of folk music.
Shauf is playing both Thusday, November 21 and Friday, November 22 at M for Montreal.
Photo: Supplied /Chris Graham