Christa Couture brings her award-winning songs to the Grimross Brewing Co. on May 7. w/ guest Caitlin & Calum kick off the show at 7:45pm, followed by Christa Couture at 8:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $10.
For most musicians, the break-up album is the quintessential songwriter cliché – bringing with it the burden to eke out some kind of originality from an oversubscribed muse. But for award-winning indie artist Christa Couture, whose first three albums reflected on her teenage battle with cancer, the loss of her left leg to the disease, and the deaths of both of her young children under separate circumstances; the opportunity to write songs about such ordinary heartache seemed like a welcome reprieve.
On the Steve Dawson-produced Long Time Leaving, Christa offers a truly unique take on the topic thanks in part to a long and complex relationship with grief that’s given her rare insight into its nuances. It’s a mostly upbeat album filled with sweet soaring hooks, whimsical melodies, clever word-play and Christa’s trademark sweet, quirky vocals.
Winner of the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Folk Acoustic Album, Christa Couture has built a reputation for transforming tragedy into musical triumph, capturing tiny snapshots of grief and elevating each to a unique work of art – sometimes desolate but more often uplifting in its encapsulation of a single treasured memory or moment of hope.
Her 2012 album The Living Record, made Best-of-the-Year lists at CBC Music, Radio Regent and the Georgia Straight and prompted Straight critic Alex Varty to describe Christa as “criminally under-rated.” Its predecessor, The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker made the Top 10 at CBC Radio 3 and went to #1 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown. PopMatters likened Christa’s voice to that of Amy Rigby and praised her skill in writing an album about loss that “does not feel like the aural equivalent of ambulance chasing.”