Then We Learned to Dance
As a kid, Brie was constantly on stage and had decided early on in life that what she wanted to be when she grew up was, in fact, a singer. However, this dream curled up and took a nap, until she realized, after pursuing studies in the visual arts in her hometown of Vancouver, that her creative passion still extended into the performing arts. All it took was some good ol' fashioned heartbreak and some encouraging friends to make her see it. The very influential meeting of a Mr. BW Brandes coaxed the music out of it's slumber when she couldn't help but harmonize with his haunting melodies. It wasn't long before a few friends started playing his songs together, and what began as a modest 6 in Vancouver, moved to Montreal and grew into a 10 piece, raucous folk band, known as The Unsettlers. It took 23 years to find the words, but Brie began writing and performing her own songs and has continued to do so for the last five years. Since the move to Montreal, The Unsettlers have been gathering momentum, with regular performances and a self-titled album out last year. This project inspired Brie to consider recording her solo music and finally in the summer of 2008, in collaboration with a special group of handpicked musical friends, she recorded her five-song debut EP "Then We Learned to Dance". Her live performances tend to be a mix of intimate songs about love and longing to interactive kids songs (inspired by her weekly parents and tots music classes), to Hank Williams, George Michael and Bilie Holiday covers...all in the same velvety vocals that "go down like an Irish coffee...sweet and soothing but with a little bite" (Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette).