APRIL 12-14, 2024
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Live Music & Concerts


Friday, April 14, 2023  |  8pm

Canadian Jazz Singer-Songwriter Anne Bisson will be taking stage to close the first day of AXPONA, bringing with her her beautiful voice, bold arrangements and a taste of the ’70s!

Saturday, April 15, 2023  |  8pm

Singer-Songwriter Amber Rubarth will be taking the stage at the end of the second day of AXPONA, with her poetry-folk acoustic sound and ethereal guitar.

About Anne Bisson

Charismatic Pianist Singer Songwriter from Montreal, Quebec TV star Anne Bisson is leading her world class jazz trio with 6 new songs and 6 covers. ‘BE MY LOVER’ is her  7th album in 13 years! Over One million streams in 2022! 

Anne’s path as an artist has taken many turns, none of them mundane. She’s been a singer/songwriter and pianist since childhood, and she now heads her own record company. Her albums have been steadily selling in more than 25 countries around the world.

Her many years on television as actress and host of her own show have given her the poise and confidence she has been displaying on stage for many years. Her ebullient personality and charisma, along with the unsurpassed high fidelity quality of her recordings, have captivated an ever-growing public. So much so, in 2018, her album Blue Mind, which has so far sold over 55,000 copies, won Best Female Vocal Album at the AV Fair in Guangzhou, China.

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Anne accompanies herself on the piano with remarkable grace and elegance, while singing melodies that are both touching and true to heart. It’s a stirring fusion of poetry and jazz, with a warm voice that thrills and enchants from the very first note.

For her 6th album in 10 years, Anne called upon the talent and services of two ‘Giants of Jazz’: on drums, Joe LaBarbera, who has worked notably with Bill Evans and Chuck Mangione, and on acoustic bass, Darek Oleszkiewcz, who has worked with, among many others, Brad Mehldau and Sid Jacobs. And to record this album at Hollywood’s legendary United Recording Studio, Anne called on renowned Producer/Recording Engineer Michael C. Ross to co-produce the album with her. Diana Krall, Queen Latifah and Christina Aguilera are some of the many prominent artists he has worked with.

The results are absolutely amazing. Keys to My Heart is a mature, yet sparkling album that will not only satisfy the stringent expectations of her loyal audiophile fanbase, but will undoubtedly attract a whole new generation of admirers, due to her unique shimmering voice and her original songs, performed by an accomplished musician who is in full control of her artistry and who is not afraid to challenge the boundaries of jazz and popular music.

July, 2019 saw Anne perform with a full symphonic orchestra in France and in August, she embarked on an Asian tour, with stops in Hong Kong, Taipei, Taiwan and Guangzhou, China, revisiting venues where she has known remarkable success in the past.

In September of 2019, Anne was awarded the prestigious Robert Charlebois Grant, sponsored by Power Corporation for the unqualified success of her brilliant career on the international scene.

She has received degrees from the Université de Montréal for Classical Piano in 1984 and Classical Singing in 2004. She performs in several languages, including French, English, German, Italian and Mandarin Chinese to the delight to all who attend her shows.

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About Amber Rubarth

In her unassuming yet beguiling way, Amber Rubarth draws you into a world where wonder and high-minded concepts weave into a poetic tapestry, a world where space and time can come screeching to a halt with “songs so strong they sound like classics from another era,” (Acoustic Guitar).

Rubarth has toured throughout the world from South Africa to Japan, numerous times across Europe and North America including Carnegie Hall, opening shows for legendary artists including Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Richie Havens, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and Jason Mraz. Grand Prize winner for songwriting and performance in NPR Mountain Stage new song contest, Rubarth’s newest album ‘Wildflowers in the Graveyard’ explores the cycles of life, death and renewal in nature and relationships. All songs are self-penned and recorded to 2″ tape “like forgotten and rediscovered sound treasures from the past,” (Stereo) co-produced by Rubarth and Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings) in Nashville, Tennessee.

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In addition to touring, Rubarth’s music has also woven deeply into the film worlds, debuting her acting starring in the feature film ‘American Folk’ alongside folk artist Joe Purdy. After winning various film festivals, it released in theaters early 2019 to great acclaim, with Rolling Stone praising the soundtrack as “two wondrous new voices steeped in the folk tradition” and was picked up by Hulu and Amazon. Rubarth has scored and composed for numerous other films as well, including Sundance Festival winner ‘Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work’ (with Paul Brill) and the award-winning documentary ‘Desert Runners.’ She recently coproduced a double album for the cult classic ‘Fantastic Fungi,’ curating 24 music artists around the magical world of mycelium. She is co-founder of Brooklyn indie band The Paper Raincoat which is currently being turned into a stage musical, and UK-based harmony folk-trio Applewood Road, whose debut album was named The Telegraph’s Best Albums and Rubarth’s original arrangement featured in the BBC’s Sisters in Country: Dolly, Linda and Emmylou.

For more information, visit www.AmberRubarth.com

Isabeau Corriveau – Harpist

Isabeau began her musical journey at a young age. She first made her mark by winning several Quebec provincial and Canadian national competitions including: Vincent-d’Indy, the APMQ (Quebec Music Professors Association), the concertos OSJS competition, and the Canadian Music Competition.

She has also taken part in countless musical festivals including: the Quebec Celtic Music Festival, le Festival de la Nouvelle-France de Quebec, the Baroque Music Festival of Montreal, Fête de la musique of Mont-Tremblant, Classica, “Joie de chanter” Festival in Martinique, Northern Light Harp Festival(On), Festival of Harp in California, etc. She performed in New York with L’Ensemble “L’Harmonie des Saisons“. Through the Jeunesses musicales du Canada, she also performed in Holland. Isabeau performed as a soloist in a McGill Orchestra concert series. She was also showcased at the CNA in Ottawa and Place des Arts in Montreal. She has also been featured at in other prestigious venues such as : the Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, the Salle Pierre-Mercure, several cultural centres and abroad at Doelen Concert Hall in Rotherdam. She has been seen performing on television and on radio on Radio Canada, Bravo, Matv, TVA, TQS and Tele-Quebec.

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Isabeau completed with Honours her Bachelor’s degree in Recorder interpretation and harp from L’Universite de Montreal. She then learned under Dr. Cheryl-Ann Fulton, specialist in historical harp (Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque) in California (USA). Isabeau is also a co-founder of l’ensemble « L’Harmonie des saisons ».
She recorded with different artists : “Ce que tu donnes” by Claire Pelletier, “La ou le coeur mène” by Mathieu Lippe, in the soundtrack of the film “Du Big Bang au Vivant” by Hubert Reeves, music for Christian Thomas, on the album “Sur les traces des Filles du Roy” which was produced for the 350th anniversary of les filles du Roy, on “Conversation” with Vincent Bélanger and Anne Bisson, on the Christmas EP of Georgette « Chansons Vivaces », on her own four albums : “Isabeau et Mélisande” with her sister Mélisande Corriveau, “Pour mieux rêver” (harp solo), “La joueuse de harpe”(harp solo) and “A leap of faith” with “Isabeau Corriveau and the dreams weavers”. She has done projects with several composers like Éric Lemieux, Christian Thomas,Guy St-Pierre and Brigitte Bard. She played on the last Christmas recording  of « Les 9 de Montréal ».

A gifted and talented musician, Isabeau has also developed her academic side. She currently teaches both harp and the flute and holds regular workshops for various organisations including L’Universtite du Troisieme Age, harpissimo, Nothern Light Harp Festival, etc.

Since 2007 she has developed her taste for compositions. Many of them can be found on her CDs ”Pour mieux rêver” and ”La joueuse de harpe”, from this latter, she produced the musicbook of the same name, all the pieces of which are original compositions.

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