Chic Gamine: Ariane Jean, Andrina Turenne, Alexa Dirks, Annick Bremault (missing: Sacha Daoud) (Chic Gamine)
Andrina Turenne sings and plays with Winnipeg/Montreal based vocal quintet Chic Gamine. Andrina has lived in Manitoba for 27 of her 29 years. She and her band mates just arrived in Ottawa for Prairie Scene, and Andrina answered SCENE's five fast questions before heading to soundcheck.
Chic Gamine plays tonight at 8pm at the Library Archives Auditorium in Ottawa.
Where do you spend your Manitoba time?
I hang out outdoors a lot. This winter, I took up snowshoeing on the Red River. Crazy that in a city of 700 000+ people, everything falls quiet and peaceful on the frozen river. I love that!
Summers are for paddling and swimming in lakes. Manitoba has so many hidden gems and you don't have to travel far to find them. As far as nightlife, I'm a big fan of the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club. Best live music in town.
Where do you take people who are visiting Manitoba for the first time?
Usually for brunch at the Don, Falafel Place or the Black Sheep. A walk around the exchange district, a walk over the Esplanade Riel to St-Boniface. Maybe a drive to Patricia beach in the summer if time permits.
How do you describe Manitoba to people in Ottawa (without mentioning
mosquitoes or snow)
The land is flat, but the skies are alive. The winters are long but the people are warm and love to get together to share music, laughter and food.
What makes Manitoba's music scene/arts scene unique?
I think it's a combination of things but the fact that we're so isolated from other big cities is a big one. We're kind of left to our own devices and so it's a great place to foster creativity. Also the element of space. There is so much space, to think, to create... It is such a supportive arts community too, everyone seems to be rooting for each other's success. It leads to great collaborations and exchanges of ideas. I feel the great musicians and artists that came before us created a tradition, a space for us grow our ideas and dreams.
What do you want people to take away from your show/performance at Prairie Scene?
We make music from the heart and love to share it with people so we hope the audience will feel good and laugh with us.
If you could move one Manitoba restaurant/venue to Ottawa, what would it be and why?
This answer via Annick Brémault - She would move the Falafel Place to Ottawa. She's not into franchises but believes every city should have a Falafel Place where you're greeted at the door by friendly Ami who says "Helloooooo Laaaadies. Sit, sit right here!".
Chic Gamine in Ottawa (Chic Gamine)