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Bobby Bazini

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Bobby Bazini live at the Exchange!

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Regina Folk Festival Presents: BOBBY BAZINI at the EXCHANGE

with ELLIOT MAGINOT

Doors @ 7:30PM

Show @ 8:00PM

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This show will offer a mix of seating and standing room.

All Ticket holders must be prepared to show ID at the door.

Lineup and schedule subject to change.

$2 of every ticket fee goes to support Regina Folk Festival's free daytime programming at our summer festival. Learn more at reginafolkfestival.com/donate

NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS.

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BOBBY BAZINI

For his first two albums, singer/songwriter Bobby Bazini wrote alone and dreamed up an earthy breed of guitar-driven soul that earned him multiple Juno Award nominations. But for his third full-length and second for the US, the 27-year-old Quebec native decided to change up his approach and collaborate with esteemed songwriters such as country sensation Chris Stapleton. Along with joining in sessions in Nashville—a lifelong ambition for Bazini, who grew up on his grandmother’s Johnny Cash records—he traveled to L.A. and to London, where he quickly came up with the powerful opening track for Summer Is Gone.

Fiercely intense but supremely joyful, “Blood’s Thicker Than Water” brilliantly blends smoldering grooves, blazing guitar work, and gospel-esque harmonies. “As soon as that song came together I said, ‘This is how I want the album to sound,’” Bazini recalls. “It’s got sort of a reckless attitude and a bluesy sound, but at the same time it feels so new.” And as Bazini’s vocals glide from raspy growl to sweet falsetto, “Blood’s Thicker Than Water” reveals the rich emotional texture of his songwriting. “The song is about my three brothers and me,” Bazini explains. “It’s about how important music is in our family, how it’s always kept us together and just runs in our blood.”

That lush but gritty dynamic infuses tracks like lead single “C’est la Vie,” a feel-good anthem built on sweeping melody and Bazini’s soaring vocals. “The message of ‘C’est la Vie’ is that when things get rough, sometimes the best thing you can do is let it go and set yourself free,” says Bazini. Elsewhere on Summer Is Gone, Bazini gracefully shifts from the slow-burning balladry of “Only” to the moody romanticism and cinematic intensity of “Leonard Cohen” to the groove-fueled R&B of “Strangers.” And on the wistful but deeply uplifting title track, Bazini brings cascading piano work, soul-soothing harmonies, and a masterful vocal performance to Summer Is Gone’s epic seven-minute finale.

In creating Summer Is Gone—a bravely intimate album imbued with a bittersweet mood—Bazini drew a great deal of inspiration from looking back at his early years in making music. “That day at the festival when I met Hugo is also the day I met my girlfriend who I’ve been with ever since—so in a way it’s like my whole life started at that moment,” he says. “The past nine years have gone by so fast, with all this recording and touring, so the title of Summer Is Gone is referring to that nostalgia for a time when we were younger and things were much simpler.”

But while a certain melancholy instills many of the songs on Summer Is Gone, Bazini’s warmth as a vocalist and ingenuity as a songwriter ultimately make for an undeniably hopeful album. “After we released ‘C’est la Vie,’ there were people writing me and telling me, ‘This is exactly what I needed right now,’ which I’m so happy about,” says Bazini. “Even when the songs are a little darker, they can still help you see things in a positive way. That’s what I most want to do with my music: have that positive impact and help people to feel better.”

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ELLIOT MAGINOT

A solitary and contemplative soul, Elliot Maginot takes pleasure in exploring new sounds, refining different textures, playfully manipulating words, and developing his arrangements. In 2013, Elliot released his first EP of stripped-back folk songs, thus carving out a place for himself on the Montreal music scene as an independent artist. He went on to perform all over Quebec, eventually attracting the attention of the record label Indica, who would offer Elliot his first record contract. After this came his first full-length effort, Young/Old/Everything.In.Between. An infusion of dreamy pop and left field folk-rock, this first offering earned him two nominations at the GAMIQ awards, a spot on several radio rotations (notably CHOM and CBC Music), as well as the opportunity to perform at several prestigious festivals including Montreal International Jazz Festival, Quebec City Summer Festival, the Festi-Voix (Trois-Rivières), Canadian Music Week (Toronto) and Aurores Montréal (Paris). After a tour spanning a dozen countries (United States, France, Germany, England, Australia), Elliot Maginot signed with the reputable record label Audiogram in order to launch his second album, Comrades, which appeared in November of 2018. Co-produced by Connor Seidel (Matt Holubowski, Charlotte Cardin), this second opus turned out to be more firmly grounded in pop. The arrangements, however, prove to be increasingly sophisticated and complex, with sounds reminiscent of Phil Collins, The War On Drugs and Peter Gabriel. The record garnered unanimous acclaim from critics (4 stars in Le Devoir, 9/10 in Exclaim!), allowing Maginot to reach a broader audience with his first single taken from the album, Common Place, which rose to 2nd place on the Correspondent Radio Charts in Quebec.

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