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Three Graces

FairyPunk-Portfolio-11[1].jpgTwo exceptional young women's voices grace the X this week--No, come to think of it, three. We've got the captivating and melodious sounds of Anique Granger, the breathing-taking poetry of Sandra Ridley--read by the exquisite Jonelle Gunderson--can't beat that . Come to the X.

Anique Granger was born into one of Saskatchewan's most musical francophone families. Combining her father's love for words with the maternal side's melodies, she has developed into a devoted guitarist with an undeniable passion for songwriting.

In 1995 she formed the band Polly-Esther with a childhood friend, violinist Rachel Duperreault. After performing at various festivals and contests within the province, Anique's calling eventually lead her to the Festival International de la Chanson de Granby in 1996. In 2003, the duo was awarded the prize for Outstanding Francophone Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

After 3 albums and 10 years of touring across Canada, Europe, The United States, Egypt and Israel, Anique has decided to leave Polly-Esther and embark on a solo project.

Now living in Montreal, the gifted self-starter is mapping a musical landscape shaped by the space and color of her Prairie roots. Drawing us into a captivating and sensuous place the strength of her guitar admirably supports the melodious weight of her words.

 

 

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Based in Ottawa, but born in Saskatchewan, Sandra Ridley was co-winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award for her chapbook Lift (JackPine Press) and was a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry in 2009. An earlier version of Fallout won the 2008 Alfred G. Bailey Prize. A past associate editor with Arc Magazine, and a facilitator of poetry workshops for the Tree Reading Series and the City of Ottawa, Ridley's work can also be found in such journals as The Antigonish Review, CV2, Fiddlehead, Grain, New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, RAMPIKE, and This Magazine, and as a chapbook titled Rest Cure published by Apt. 9 Press.  Fallout, in which "LIft" appears, is her first full-length collection and was released this spring by Regina's Hagios Press.

 

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Find out about Fallout here.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonelle Gunderson is an actor from Saskatchewan, currently living in Toronto. But she often comes home to work, as in photo from the Globe Theatre in Regina, of JonelleTinkerbell in a production of  Peter Pan.

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