- In-person event
Maïa Davies, award winning, Juno-nominated, SOCAN #1 bilingual Canadian songwriter, recording artist and producer, started her music career in the band Ladies of the Canyon, releasing two solo albums in French and penning over 12 top ten commercial radio hits for Canadian music artists.
Following the dissolution of an intense but troubled relationship, Davies traveled the world, reconnecting with talented musical friends. This produced achingly honest music, revealing a painful wound needing space and time to heal. She’s collected 9 sorrowful, introspective songs in English for her new album out May 10th on Acronym/Universal. Packed with piano-driven compositions that instantly recall the incandescent baroque pop of Tori Amos and Kate Bush, her new body of work finds Davies wistfully weaving elements of timeless pop into well-crafted motifs, tempering the lyrical sting with nostalgic melodies and buttery vocals.
Maïa Davies presents her album launch show, a powerful solo experience on piano, where she sings her potently raw lyrics and talks to the audience about what it means to heal.
Opening the evening with a 25-minute set, Mikhail Laxton is joining Maïa Davies at the Fourth Stage!
As 2020 got underway, Ottawa-based singer/songwriter Mikhail Laxton was set to open the next chapter of his life with the release of his debut EP. But what should have been the wider world’s introduction to the Australian-born artist’s talent was lost in the cacophony of pandemic confusion. Mikhail coped the only way he could, by wiping the slate clean and re-emerging with a new crop of songs drawn from the core of his being.
The contrast between his first EP and his new album, Mikhail Laxton, is striking. On “Something That Was Gone” he takes stock of the past two years in meditative fashion. “Maybe It’s A Good Thing” continues in that vein, suggesting that change always brings hope, regardless of the circumstances.
Mikhail Laxton fulfils the promise of his debut, firmly establishes him within the Canadian music scene. No matter what genre labels are placed upon him, there can be no disputing that Mikhail Laxton has his own timeless sound, the product of a unique life experience.