Chantal Vitalis

Chantal Vitalis

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN
BandAlternativePop

A Dutch-Indonesian raised in Canada (listening to the Pretenders, Talking Heads, and Marianne Faithfull), Chantal Vitalis' music is that rare blend of intelligent and accessible. A master on the electric guitar, she's played festivals in Canada, the USA, and Australia.

Biography

Her first foray into original music was playing electric guitar with the much-loved Same Difference, who toured Canada extensively and whose positive energy won the hearts of many a late night campus radio DJ. From there it was on to maud, a tight unit whose music challenged while it entertained. After over a decade in the Calgary indie music scene, Chantal’s path eventually led to recording her own CD, “Today’s Special,” a recurring role as part of Kris Demeanor’s Crack Band, and discovering the joys of composing for film (The Girl Who Married a Ghost, The Riders).
Chantal has performed at music and/or folk festivals in Calgary, Winnipeg, Cochrane Valley, Dawson City, Alaska, and Mt. Beauty and Yackandandah (both in Australia). She just returned from a second Australian tour in April as part of Kris Demeanor’s Crack Band where she also performed her own material. She played Alaska for the Alaska Women’s Music Festival and has hosted events like MuchMusic’s Much Does Calgary broadcast in February, and the Asian Heritage Month night of music in May. She was one of the songwriters featured in the Epcor Centre’s Alberta Sessions songwriter series which CKUA recorded and later broadcast. Her back up band, The Entire Canadian Army, consists of 3 seasoned musicians who get to show off their experience, confidence, and love of music.
Influences: Talking Heads, Pretenders, Who, anything with great songwriting and strong musicianship.

Lyrics

Galaxy

Written By: Chantal Vitalis

I know everything must change, the world is running out of space. Clouds running out of rain, people piling up the waste. Every time we cause another’s scar, we lose another piece of who we are. Every time we cause another pain, we lose another piece of why we came. I’m waiting for a time when all our souls align. When all our energy points us towards peace. Every time we cause another’s scar, we lose another piece of who we are. Every time we cause another pain, we lose another piece of why we came. Your heart is a star in the beautiful galaxy you are.

Is My Coming Round a Problem?

Written By: Chantal Vitalis

He was young on that day when father gave daughter away.
The way she moved, the way she looked, he thought he was ready to pay. But the years they added up, the wife and the kids and the car. At 42, he’s drinking with some girl he just met at the bar.
It wasn’t even all that hard, soon she’s a regular thing;
whenever he could find the time he’d ask if she could fit him in.
“Is my coming round a problem for you?”

She calls up, tears in eyes, he calls it a speck of dust.
“And if it grows, it’ll be bigger than the both of us.”
She says, “I don’t know what to do, I know that we need to talk.”
He says, “There’s nothing that ‘we’ can do, let me outline it for you in chalk.” But she’s already made up her mind, he’s trying to get her off the phone. She’s trying to keep him on the line, she says,
“Are your wife and kids home? Is my coming round a problem for you?”

The years they pass, now 19, there’s a young man with sleepless dreams. His mom and dad see their boy being carried away by a stream. They don’t know what he wants, they say, “Are we not your family?” He says, “It’s not like that, I just need to look at someone who looks like me.” And it doesn’t take him all that long, he’s got a number in his hand; as she’s walking to the phone he’s got his first question well planned…
“Is my coming round a problem for you?”

I Will Try (we control the government?!)

Written By: Chantal Vitalis

She was 24 before she felt a fog had disappeared
An accidental North wind and all the smog around her cleared
Everywhere she looked she saw, much to her surprise,
Mountains, hillsides, and a beautiful sunrise

Later as she walked 3 blocks to her daughter’s school
She pictured all those hilltops and thought, “I’ve been a fool.
I’ve lived here so long but it was never clear
Why they called this The Valley”

Believe what you want to believe
Decide what you want to decide
But always try to know more than you choose to know
(I will try… I will try… I AM trying… I am trying)

He worked at Hardly Software (50 clicks away)
And spent 3 hours in his car of every work day
High job satisfaction and a decent wage
Making more than most of the
men of twice his age

That was where he heard of a city North and far away
Where there’s free public transit on high smog index days
That’s a great idea, he thought, fondling his go-cup
That was when a voice inside for the first time spoke up

We control the government
(we control the government?)

Believe what you want to believe
Decide what you want to decide
But always try to know more
Than you choose to know…
(I will try… I will try… I AM trying… I am trying)

Salome

Written By: Chantal Vitalis

I love this blue
Deep indigo
Makes your skin shine like honey
Dirt brown of clove
Sharp red of flower
This one as soft as old money

Salome, Salome
You better take these nice veils with you where you go...

You try so hard
But you don't know good
So immature for 16
I know your lack
Of discipline
Can be fixed with a good routine

Salome, Salome
You better take these nice veils with you where you go...

The feast was large
The gobi filled
With sweets and meats and laughter
The light was warm
The food was hot
Like a bad child after crying

Salome, Salome
You better take these nice veils with you where you go...

Discography

"Today's Special" by Chantal Vitalis (CD)
"BYOP" Compilation CD - Tribute to Stompin' Tom Connors
"Just Looking" by Chantal Vitalis (EP)
link to www.newmusiccanada.ca for streaming MP3s

Set List

2 full sets 3/4 original (3 sets with Kris Demeanor and His Crack Band which Chantal plays lead guitar)
No One Fool's Us
Water's Edge
Monkeys
Ma Me Oh
Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
I Will Be Yours
We Control the Government
Roadside Attractions
Use Me Up - Bill Withers

Around You
Is My Coming Round a Problem?
I Had It, I Lent It, I Never Got it Back
Charlotte
Galaxy
Broken English - Marianne Faithfull
Into Thirds
It's Only Illegal If You Pay Me
It Will Come Back to Me
I Might Like You Better If We Slept Together - Romeo Void
You're You