Lovers of folk music and storytelling, join acts Kate Weekes and Moonfruits for a cozy bilingual evening of laughs and reverie. Both based in Eastern Ontario, Weekes and Moonfruits are crossing paths on the road and joining forces for a sweet double bill at Church!
Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of banjo, guitar, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar. Here is a reverie, tender and powerful, beckoning listeners to elevate the stuff of everyday life.
Four-time 2019 Trille Or nominees, Moonfruits have toured Canada coast to coast, moving audiences with a live show that mixes French and English organically, playfully, intentionally. Their début full-length Ste-Quequepart (2017) \saint-kehk-pahr or Saint Somewhere\ is an elaborate small town fiction that explores the faces of gentrification, isolation and community.
“… a tremendous live act. They bring an emotional passion and authenticity to their music that truly makes their show come alive … they absolutely brought the house down.” — Jan Hall, Folk Roots Radio
“… their ability to convey authentic emotion transcends any form of linguistic barrier” — Ommie Jane, Ottawa Showbox
With the release of her third solo album, Taken by Surprise (2019), singer/songwriter and guitarist Kate Weekes expertly maps the musical spot where landscapes and emotions converge via accessible, jazzy folk/pop inspired by the planet’s northernmost locales and the people in them. Alongside producer and multi-instrumentalist James Stephens, Weekes has created a dazzling sonic scrapbook of experiences which are buoyed by Weekes’ inimitable performance style and flair for storytelling.
“Kate Weekes has the ability to capture the Canadian state of being with deftly placed imagery like a painter covers the canvas in extraordinary colour. Totally an engaging human being, she is one of the new generation of new artists that have shaken the older generation of songwriters and music fans with clarity of purpose.” — Mitch Podolak, Home Routes