Dominique Fils-Aimé and Allison Russell at Koerner Hall
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A double bill of powerful soul and roots singer-songwriter-poet-activist vocalists from Montreal who have a basket full of Polaris and Grammy Award nominations between them. Dominique Fils-Aimé’s second album, Stay Tuned!, was shortlisted for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize and won the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2020. Her third album, Three Little Words, released in 2021, focuses on soul music and was shortlisted for the 2021 Polaris Music Prize. “Music that doesn’t care about radio trends. Texts that resonate in favor of tolerance and openness.” (Chatelaine) Allison Russell “formed Po’ Girl in the early 2000s, and she started Birds of Chicago with the songwriter JT Nero in 2012 … Her music has drawn on folk-rock, blues, Celtic ballads, gospel, field hollers, country, klezmer, bluegrass and more. Her voice can be smoky or steely, righteously firm or sinuously jazzy.” (The New York Times)