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Evelyne Brochu grew up on the West Island of Montreal, surrounded by a handful of shaggy-looking dudes, who spoke some broken French and later became members of The Stills or Chinatown. A slender, inspired young woman, she dived into poetry, music, and words, exploring her artistic inclinations at Cégep de Saint-Laurent. There, she studied dance and theatre and hung out with her inseparable friend Félix Dyotte, who strummed his guitar as she wrote songs. Somewhere between her subsequent studies at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique and her early TV work (“La promesse,” “Aveux”), Evelyne had the good fortune to cross paths with director Denis Villeneuve, who rapidly launched her movie career by casting her in Polytechnique. Later, she worked with Jean-Marc Vallée (Café de Flore), Xavier Dolan (Tom à la ferme) and Monia Chokri (La femme de mon frère), establishing her reputation as an actress. In 2017, Evelyne and Félix Dyotte spontaneously decided to reinstate the creative collaboration of their youth, releasing the singles “C’est l’été, c’est l’été, c’est l’été” and “Je cours.” These stellar duets gave birth, a few months later, to Evelyne Brochu’s career as a sensuous, playful, and confident singer, whose first full-length album is released in the fall of 2019. Supported by Félix Dyotte, who wrote, composed and produced the album, Evelyne Brochu reveals her lively and engaging identity as a performer and poet. Recorded and mixed by her friend and trusted advisor Philippe Brault, Evelyne’s upcoming album also features a group of seasoned musicians. Truly, this is the work of a mature and liberated artist, whose confidence is as surprising as it is delightful.

Born under the sign of Scorpio, Evelyne Brochu grew up on the West Island of Montreal. She spent her teens surrounded by a handful of shaggy-looking dudes, who spoke some broken French and later became members of The Stills or Chinatown. A slender, inspired young woman, she dived into poetry, music, and words, exploring her artistic inclinations at Cégep de Saint-Laurent. There, she studied dance and theatre and hung out at the café with Félix Dyotte, who strummed his guitar as she wrote songs. The inseparable duo thus built a lasting friendship over several years, singing covers of The Smiths and Belle and Sebastian in the hallways.

Somewhere between her studies at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique and her early TV work (“La promesse,” “Aveux”), Evelyne had the good fortune to cross paths with director Denis Villeneuve, thanks to whom her film acting career quickly took off. Villeneuve cast her in Polytechnique, in which she gave a radiant performance alongside Karine Vanasse. Later, she worked with Jean-Marc Vallée (in Café de Flore, which allowed her to share the screen with her idol Vanessa Paradis), Xavier Dolan (Tom à la ferme) and Monia Chokri (La femme de mon frère) establishing her reputation thanks to her sunny gracefulness and strong presence. As her stellar acting career evolved, both on the small and big screens (“Orphan Black,” “X Company”), Evelyne worked in parallel on some little-known, almost secret music collaborations, developing her crystal-clear voice and her sultry, irresistible charm (Stefie Shock).

While sipping rosé on a Villeray balcony, flanked by a pot of geraniums, in 2017, Evelyne and Félix Dyotte spontaneously decided to reinstate the creative collaboration of their youth. A few weeks later, they released the duet “C’est l’été, c’est l’été, c’est l’été,” a song whose lyrics had been drafted fifteen years earlier, during a bike ride. This outstanding debut gave birth to Evelyne Brochu’s career as a sensuous, playful, and self-assured singer.

Supported by her cosmic brother Dyotte (who writes lyrics, composes melodies, and handles production duties), Evelyne Brochu now reveals her lively and engaging musical identity. A performer and poet, she finally expresses a long-forgotten side of herself, with obvious enjoyment. Recorded and mixed by her friend and trusted advisor Philippe Brault, Evelyne’s upcoming studio opus also features a group of seasoned musicians. Truly, this is the work of a mature and liberated artist, whose confidence is as surprising as it is delightful. Her first album Objets perdus, written, composed and produced by Félix Dyotte, is released on September 20th.

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