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Corinna Rose

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Snob's Music (Review): Northeast Southwest"

Northeast Southwest is the debut full length album from Montrealer Corinna Rose.

As the title references two complete opposites, the content of the album is similarly polarized.

One group of songs on the album are methodical songs built around the strength and depth of Rose's voice. Tracks like "There Is Darkness, There Is Light" and "Mirror" are slow, almost glacial numbers, which place the focus squarely on the vocals. The strongest of these is "Fresher Fruit", showcases the delicate beauty of that instrument.

It's the second type of song that really appeals to me. It's the toe-tapping hoedown ditty. The title track is worthy of the best bluegrass jamboree. The album closer, "So It Goes", is one of the best roots songs I've heard all year. It's a true banjo-plucking gem.

The record's opening cut, "Lost Like You", is the most experimental. It blends the banjo with Middle Eastern rhythms to astonishingly positive effects.

Personally, I can do without the slower numbers and just (roots) rock out on the banjo jams. But that's just my own stylistic preference.

Best tracks: "Lost Like You", "So It Goes" - Snob's Music

"ForgetTheBox (Review): Corinna Rose"

"Corinna has a surprisingly soft voice. Still, this softness is not a weakness as it strongly moves the heart. When I first heard of Corinna Rose's debut album, I had imagined something completely different since I knew her to be a banjo player. I had imagined a hybrid of Gabrielle Papillon, with whom Ms. Rose has toured, and Sarah Jane Scouten, whose songs beckon a hoedown.

However, Ms. Rose delivers something unexpectedly heartbreaking in the kind of way I had thought only Sufjan Stevens could do with a soft whisper. There is an edge to her words, which remain calming and beckoning despite. The lyrics are poetry to music.

There are distinct rock elements to "Northeast Southwest" and the lyrics seem to pull in different directions, "between two cities and two hearts", between melancholy ("There is Darkness, There is Light") and joy ("Northeast Southwest"). Recommended for reflections. Perhaps, picnics for one with a fountain pen and a blank page." - Pamela Fillion - ForgetTheBox - Pamela Fillion

"Frédéric Bussières - Northeast Southwest (Review)"

À tout juste 30 minutes est-ce enfin son 1er CD ou un autre EP? Qu'importe car voici une demi heure de quiétude tout en beauté et en raffinement.
- Frédéric Bussières

"Direct Current (Review): RADAR - Corinna Rose"

Corinna Rose has one of those soft, slightly off-kilter and unassuming voices that could be assessed as either overly languid or precocious. But on her new album Northeast Southwest, released last week in Canada, Rose also reveals herself as a charmingly eccentric chamber pop songwriter of depth and imagination. Like the title would suggest, Northeast Southwest travels pretty much all over the map in tone and style with songs like the ticking and twisty alt/folk surprise "There Is Darkness, There Is Light" slowly pulling back the curtain to display a full-stage of odd, occasionally jazzy time signatures, minor chord melange and harmonies that converge and split apart unpredictably. Self-produced with assistance from engineer Joseph Donovan (The Dears), NE SW invites the dropping of guards and the elimination of distractions while listening, all the better to savor the twinkling banjo lines of "So It Goes" bumping up against the shadows of orchestrated mood pieces ("Mirror") and quirky melodic lines ("Darcy D." -- listen after the jump). Stream the full album here. - Direct Current (Illinois)

"CultMTL (Preview): Corinna Rose, Bigger Than Folk"

Montreal’s Corinna Rose is a solo artist in name only. She’ll be joined by 11 musicians at tomorrow’s album launch — “almost everyone who played on the record” — to flesh out her jazz, indie and prog-inflected folk music.
This isn’t a typical Corinna Rose show, however. She’s played live with her core band, a rock set-up of guitar, bass and drums, and with autoharpist Leah Dolgoy — the latter duo formation is how she’ll be touring across the country to promote this record, Northeast Southwest.
She’s also played plenty of shows on her own, including on a VIA train between Vancouver and Halifax, thanks to their Onboard Entertainment program. But more often than not, Rose has had company on stage and has thrived on the influence of the musicians she’s collaborated with. This began with her first music project, the Rusty Horse Band, a casual folk collective that played fundraisers and parties for kicks, from 2005 to 2009.
“When the band ended, I was really sad about it, and I missed it so much. I just kept writing songs,” says Rose. That band’s drummer, Matthew Daher, stuck with her as her solo project came to fruition with the release of an EP and some high-profile soundtrack placement (in Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz).
Together they recruited a couple of friends who were already playing together (namely Nicolas Godmaire and Alex LeBlanc), further adding to what Rose was cooking up musically for Northeast Southwest.
“They’re all heavy into jazz and prog as well, so I started listening to what they were into and the direction they were going in,” she says. “I have this folk background, but I’m really into weird time signatures and jazz chords and that electric sound, and I like the way that it fuses together. The more we played, the more they pushed me and the boundaries of what I do. The songs I started writing were a little bit darker and more complex, and the band got really excited about them.
And whereas her debut was made at a family cottage near Magog, Northeast Southwest emerged from Mountain City Studios, as recommended to her by the Darling DeMaes’ Erik Virtanen. She worked with producer Joseph Donovan, known for recording bands like the Dears and Sam Roberts, which lent a certain rock gravitas to her sound.
Adding to the sonic weight (and traffic in and out of the studio) were half a dozen string and horn players, as arranged by Nick Lavigne, who fortuitously contacted Rose to offer his services. It was his random query that moved her to incorporate orchestration into the mix.
“It felt right when we started working together, and what he came up with was beautiful,” she says. “Things just fell together in this really natural way.” - CultMTL

"Sea Legs Collective (Review): Northeast Southwest"

Originally from Toronto and now based in Montreal, Corinna Rose first came to my attention a year and a half ago, when she joined Gabrielle Papillon onstage at a backyard show at the Open Mic House during Halifax Pop Explosion. It wasn’t until the following spring, however, that I actually heard Corinna’s own music when she returned to open a show for Ms Papillon at The Company House. In the year since that night I have become a massive Corinna Rose fan, and I think you’ll see why.

Her latest release, Northeast Southwest, is at once a logical next step and a massive departure from her self-titled debut EP.

From the simple, ethereal beauty of the opening track, Lost Like You, to the haunting melancholy of Mirror, Corinna gives ample proof that slow does not have to equal dull. Quite the contrary, in fact; it’s often on her slower songs that Corinna’s considerable vocal talent and intricate lyrics are best displayed.

Darcy (D.), which opens with a simple melody over delicate finger picking, gradually builds to a really fantastic instrumental crescendo that completely sweeps me up every time. The title track Northeast Southwest shows off Corinna’s mad banjo skills (and is constantly getting stuck in my head, in the very best way!), and So It Goes, her “breakup hoedown”, finishes the album off with some hand claps and foot stomps, layered again with that amazing banjo, that I defy you to resist dancing to.

I feel like I had been waiting forever for this album, and it was more than worth it. It’s really fantastic from start to finish (my favorite tracks of the moment include Lost Like You; There Is Darkness, There Is Light; and Northeast Southwest) and I’m so glad it will finally be released to the world TOMORROW!

That’s right– in just one more sleep, sweet Corinna Rose’s new full-length album will be available for your consumption. You can head over to her BandCamp page and pre-order it now so you get it right away, and while you’re there you can even download the track There Is Darkness, There Is Light for freeeeeeeeee! - Sea Legs Collective

" (Interview): Corinna Rose on "Northeast, Southwest""

Corinna Rose is an indie/folk banjo player and singer/songwriter from Montreal . Her new album is called ‘Northeast Southwest’ and we sat down with her for an interview to talk about the record and what has brought her to this point in her career. We met up in a banjo making workshop in the mile-end. The smell of saw dust was strong and we could watch a couple of craftsmen making beautiful instruments while soft tribal music was playing on the radio, that’s where we spoke:

Katie: So, you’re originally from Toronto I hear. when did you move here, and why did you choose Montreal?

Corinna: Well, I moved to Montreal about 7 years ago, initially just to go to school. I ended up doing my bachelors and my masters, here and then after I just ended up deciding that I wanted to stay here around the time I graduated. Also, I had certain special ties to the city, my Grandfather lives here, so I was excited to be closer to that part of my family and I also used to go to summer camp in the eastern townships of Quebec and so coming back here reminded me of the times I’d go to camp and visit my Grandpa and Grandma in Montreal. It was always my favorite time of year, so I’ve always had a real place in my heart for Montreal since childhood.

Katie: When did you start writing music?

Corinna: I think I tried writing some songs when I was 15 or 16, but I was more into covering Weezer songs but I’ve always been musically inclined. When I was in 8th grade, I had this goal of wanting to play 10 instruments by the time I turned 18, and I got pretty close! I never thought I would be a songwriter though, and I never thought I would be a front-woman in a band. I remember wanting to do something in music, but not in performance, its one of those things I just fell into several years later.

Katie: Do you consider yourself a shy person?

Corinna: In some respects, yeah.

Katie: I listened to your first EP, and I listened to this new album ‘Northeast, Southwest’, and you seem to have taken such a huge journey from one record to the other. In your first EP, there was a bit of a shyness about it, maybe what you’d expect from a soft spoken banjo playing singer/songwriter, but now listening to the new record, we can hear that this one has a much bigger sound, fully orchestrated, electric and loud, progressive even at times, you have definitely come more out of your shell. Lets talk about Joseph Donovan, who engineered the music, how did you meet him?

Corinna: When I knew I wanted to record this record, I was trying to choose a studio and so I got in touch with a few people, and one of them was Erik Virtanen, one of the singers from The Darling DeMaes, and they had previously recorded with Joseph, and he told me to go check out Mountain City. When I met with Joseph, and it just made a lot of sense, and he was really into the music and he was super honest about everything. I come from a folk background, my band comes from a jazz background and Joseph is really into recording rock, and I thought that would make for a really neat mix of ideas.

Katie: I think you are right on that one. I was really impressed with the all the colors coming at me when I listened to the album, the string arrangements are beautiful, the drumming is sick. You guys have produced a grandiose sound, is that something you knew you wanted to do from the start?

Corinna: Well my core band is still the drummer (Matt Daher) , electric guitar player (Nicolas Godmaire) and bass player (Alex Leblanc) and auto harp player (Leah Dolgoy) as in the first EP. I knew I wanted to work with the same people and we have been working together on some of this material for years, and the more we played together, our sound changed. A lot of the progressive parts were developed while working through arrangements with the band, those elements came through at that time. The orchestral elements came from meeting Nick Lavigne who used to play with The Valley Makers who messaged me about wanting to do more arranging, and was wondering if I’d be interested in having him do some of the work, and he ended up making three string horned arrangements on the album. With the exception of the song “Fresher Fruit” which my drummer wrote and did the string arrangements for.

Katie: What does the name of the album ‘Northeast Southwest’ mean to you?

Corinna: When I was trying to come up with a name for the record I really wanted to have a name to symbolize all the different directions felt on the album, musically and emotionally. Northeast Southwest, the title track, is one of the more different songs on the record, it’s a little more folky and upbeat, but the content of that song came from the feeling of living in two different cities, Montreal and Toronto when neither one quite felt like home and that’s the real heart of the record, finding home or feeling at home in many different places -

"Bloody Underrated (Review): Bump: Corinna Rose"

We’ve featured talented indie folk artist Corinna Rose on a couple of BU podcasts in the past, and we couldn’t be more excited for her debut full-length album, Northeast Southwest. The album is officially being launched Thursday, April 11th, but we at BU were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of it.

Northeast Southwest is infused with soul, a sense of hope, and breathtaking imagery. Rose makes use of her beautiful high, clear voice and epic, haunting orchestral arrangements to produce folk ballads with a distinct country influence. There’s an amazing array of instruments and sounds on this album which contribute to both her slow, sad melodies and her catchy, fun ones. My favourite of the latter are the title track, which perfectly captures the excitement of travel and the joy of returning home, and So it goes, the upbeat ditty on which the album ends. These tunes will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Rose’s warm, pure style is evident throughout the album. I guarantee the sweet, soothing sounds of Corinna Rose will cure any hangover.

The album is on pre-sale now, and you can pre-order a copy for only $8 here; and if you just can’t wait to get that rich Corinna Rose sound in your ears, you can stream this gorgeous album for free over here. Make sure to catch the album launch on Thursday, April 11th at Club Lambi (4465 St-Laurent) at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10. It’s sure to be an amazing show – this artist has some celebrating to do. - Bloody Underrated

"Grayowl Point (Review) - Northeast Southwest is a "truly stunning album""

Sometimes an artist takes a small step as he or she moves on from one recording to the next. Other times, artists like Corinna Rose take giant leaps. Less than two years after her self-titled EP came into the world, Northeast Southwest is here. It features a much fuller sound, but more importantly that fuller sound is tightly controlled, adding plenty of surprise to each of the album’s eight tracks.

The title seems to have several meanings, depending on how you look at it. The title can be taken at is most literal level to mean the places one can physically travel. But in the context of the album, it seems to apply to the ways in which a person can be figuratively lost or on the right path. A few song titles reference darkness and light, still more figurative directions one can go, and the opening song, “Lost Like You,” drives home early the album’s theme.

Speaking of the album opener, what an absolutely gorgeous track it is. The song is in a constant state of fluidity, gradually adding and sometimes removing instruments to thrilling effect. It leaves the listener in a constant state of suspense, hinting several times at a bigger ending and then artfully bringing in that big sound to bring the song to a close. Rose’s vocals are wonderfully breathy in this first track as she sings “Are we hopeless?”

“There is Darkness, There is Light” takes what could be a stale concept and transforms it into a song with two distinct halves. The first bit is slower and melodic, featuring little more than Rose’s voice and some acoustic guitar picking, with hints of strings flourished here and there. The strings become sweeping later on for a big finish to what could have been a quiet song.

Later on in the album, “Your Light” accomplishes what “There is Darkness” does with even more aplomb. It starts again with vocals and acoustic guitar, soon bringing in banjo and beginning with what sounds like optimistic lyrics. As the song progresses, the song takes an unexpected left turn as the song brings in louder instruments and handclaps, and suddenly pessimistic lyrics like “You are sinking.”

Not every song starts slow and builds, though. “Northeast Southwest” and “So It Goes” are both refreshing in their upbeat sound right from the get-go. The latter in particular takes on a bluegrass feel not heard anywhere else on the album, and features some good repetition that might leave the song stuck in listener’s head. Then there’s also “Darcy (D.)” which quickly builds itself out rather than draw out the increase in volume, similar to something Dan Mangan might have come up with on Oh Fortune.

Eight songs may not seem like much, but Corinna Rose makes each and every song count for a truly stunning album. Pre-order the album, which officially releases April 11, from Bandcamp now.

Top Tracks: “Lost Like You”; “Your Light”

Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good) + *swoop* - Grayowl Point

"Common Folk Music (Review) - Corinna Rose (Song Review)"

Here’s a song to help you get through Monday. It’s called “Belle Guitare” and it comes from Corinna Rose’s new self-titled EP. It’s a good ol’ barnburner of a tune that slowly builds before erupting into a three alarm blaze. By the time the third verse rolls around, the whole band has joined in and you’ll likely want to start kicking holes in your cubicle. Proceed with caution. The rest of the EP is worth picking up as well, especially at its name-your-own-price rate. “Born on a Mountain” has a similar vibe to “Belle Guitare,” whereas the other two tracks — “Amanda” and “Hymn for a Heartbreaker” — tend more towards indie and are reminiscent of early Ida.

Rose’s previous musical project, the Rusty Horse Band, also has a single up on Bandcamp called “Green Mountain State.” The track is a catchy little number that exists at the intersection of indie and folk and is used in Sarah Polley’s new movie Take This Waltz. - Common Folk Music

"The Indie Machine (Review) - In Case You Missed It: Corinna Rose - EP"

Back in early August, Montreal singer/songwriter Corey Gulkin (aka Corinna Rose) released her debut EP and we can’t seem to take it off repeat now that we’ve discovered it here at The iM. She counts Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Neutral Milk Hotel and Regina Spektor among her many influences.

Now it’s your chance to check out the EP in the Bandcamp player below – we’re really feeling Hymn For The Heartbreaker and Born On A Mountain.

If you’re in the Montreal area, Corinna plays Casa De Popolo on November 14th with The Darling DeMaes – for more info, go visit her on Facebook. - The Indie Machine

"Ride the Tempo (Review) - Corinna Rose - Green Mountain State"

"Hailing from Montreal, Corinna Rose’s tunes are a delightful listen. It’s no wonder one of the songs Green Mountain State is being featured in Sarah Polley’s new film Take This Waltz. Her self-titled EP is a wonderfully easy listen full of fun banjo parts around her smooth vocals. The set of songs are quite heartfelt and pensive as if thinking of times and places far away." - Ride the Tempo (Tiana Feng)

"Frost Click (Review) - Corinna Rose - self-titled country acoustic folk from Montreal native"

This self-titled debut from Corinna Rose comes with that feel-good sound that you can play over and over again without getting tired[...]Overall, you get an exciting compilation that's perfect for folk lovers everywhere. - FrostClick

"Grayowl Point (Review) - "Corinna Rose" - Corinna Rose"

I love folk singer-songwriters. And I’ve said this before, but I’m always astonished at how I can distinguish every act I review from another.

The latest folk singer-songwriter to grace the blog is Montreal’s Corinna Rose. In August she released her latest EP, a collection of four memorable songs.

It starts off with “Belle Guitare,” a more upbeat number that is supported mostly by Rose’s acoustic guitar and a few flourishes of electric. It’s a good introduction to the EP and features the memorable line “All I want right now is a less simple life than I have.” The song picks up even more in the second verse, making it sound like a hoedown.

The next two songs slow things down a little. “Hymn for a Heartbreaker,” true to its name, is a more solemn track. It shows off Rose’s banjo, the instrument she plays when not playing guitar.

It is followed by “Amanda” which is a ridiculously beautiful and brief song. The only audible instrument throughout is an acoustic guitar, one which Rose is quickly finger-picking. Occasionally she harmonizes with one of her other bandmates adding an extra layer of “holy crap this is stunning.” It repeats the phrase “You are red and black and lavender.”

The EP ends with “Born on a Mountain.” This track kicks it up a notch to end the recording on a more upbeat note. The opening is pure banjo with a touch of electric guitar. It picks up speed as it moves into the chorus of “Mama, take me home, hey mama.” The second minute of the song features a cool electric guitar solo.

It’s a fun and all-too-short EP that Corinna Rose has put out, and that’s always a good sign.

Available via Bandcamp.

Top Track: “Amanda”

Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good) - Grayowl Point

"La Bible Urbaine (Critique d'album): «Northeast Southwest» de l’artiste folk Corinna Rose: opération séduction"

La beauté réside parfois dans la simplicité et l’œuvre de Corinna Rose n’échappe pas à cette évidence. L’artiste folk, qui s’est entourée de Joseph Donovan (The Dears, Sam Roberts) à la réalisation, nous présente avec son EP homonyme Northeast Southwest une première mouture enregistrée au Mountain City de Montréal devant laquelle il est impossible de rester de marbre.

Nul doute que le chant feutré de Corinna Rose, originaire de Toronto et nouvellement installée à Montréal, y est pour beaucoup, car il peut être déstabilisant d’accrocher sur un album du premier coup sans même avoir au préalable forcer un tant soit peu l’écoute. Mais, voilà, Rose a su trouver l’inspiration dans un style qu’elle n’a pas eu de difficulté à s’approprier, c’est-à-dire une musique folk-pop agrémentée çà et là d’accents jazz et classique qui rendent cet album d’autant plus authentique et personnel.

Northeast Southwest, c’est un ensemble de ballades et de chansons rythmées à travers lesquelles l’artiste, qui a déjà plus de 150 spectacles derrière la cravate, explore sa vision d’un monde tiraillé par les contraintes, avec pour morale que, peu importe où on est dans la vie, l’important est de toujours se sentir comme chez soi.

L’univers de Corinna Rose oscille entre les rythmiques folk des Sœurs Boulay et les intonations feutrées de Norah Jones ou Ingrid St-Pierre. Sauf qu’on retrouve une dimension orchestrale d’une grande richesse sur cet album, donnant du coffre à des ballades qui, autrement, n’auraient été que de maigres rafraîchissements transpirant le déjà-vu.

Des chansons telles que «Lost Like You», «Fresher Fruit» et «Your Light» allient très bien les mesures folk intimes à une orchestration classique composée d’un violoncelle, d’un violon, d’un alto et même d’un cor français. Le tableau d’ensemble résulte de ballades fortes qui nous forcent à apprécier chaque petite subtilité qui grouille à travers ses tendres mélodies.

Fort heureusement, on retrouve également deux chansons rythmées par l’autoharpe qui donnent un peu de tempo à un album qui aurait manqué d’énergie autrement. «Northeast Southwest» et «So it Goes» démontrent à elles seules le savoir-faire de Corinna Rose, à savoir qu’elle peut nous séduire sans difficulté, comme nous faire hocher de la tête à la façon de Gillian Welch, Smoky Mountains ou, plus près de chez nous, Canailles.

Appréciation: ***1/2 - La Bible Urbaine

"Lithium Magazine (Live Review): Corinna Rose and Gabrielle Papillon – Free Times Café, Toronto – June 14, 2012 – NXNE 2012"

A pair of charming folk singers, hailing from Montreal, stopped by the Free Times Cafes on Thursday, delighting a curious crowd to soulful, emotional, and even playful melodies. Corinna Rose and Gabrielle Papillon are friends, often playing together, but as well talented singers and songwriters in their own right, and they just so happened to be billed on the same evening during NXNE at the Free Times Café.

Taking to the stage in the warm and cozy backroom of the café, Corinna Rose, guitar in hand, opened aptly with ‘Belle Guitare,’ a fast-paced folk lilt with Rose’s beautiful voice, at times soothing, at times fiery, on full display.

From the cheerful to the somber, the beautiful elegy ‘Amanda’ is raw and touching, a sentimental and evocative song that is a tribute to a fellow, lost artist.

Her most beautiful song, however (and it is hard to pick), is one of her latest, ‘Green Mountain State.’ The song plays at the beginning of ‘Take This Waltz,’ which is made, as I have seen the film, even more beautiful by the visuals of director Sarah Polley. Even so, Rose paints her own pretty picture with words, as in “Born on a Mountain”.

While Rose has a belle guitar, she also has a feisty banjo that can get even a reserved crowd clapping along and stomping their feet. - Lithium Magazine

"Montreal Gazette: Artists take thier act on the (rail)road with Via's On-board Musician Program"

Three years into her music career, Corey Gulkin had never played at a venue like this before: there was no formal stage, no mic.

And the ground was moving.

Gulkin was on a train, singing as part of Via Rail’s On-Board Musician program. The company gives artists complementary or reduced fare in exchange for performing en route to their destination.

The idea came about when Halifax-based indie/jazz band Gypsophilia decided to pull out their instruments and entertain fellow passengers while travelling on Via Rail.

“The response was overwhelming,” said Steve Del Bosco, chief marketing and sales officer for Via Rail. “Many passengers commented on how the live music added to their experience.”

So in 2009, Via Rail decided to officially start hosting musicians on-board their long-haul trains — the ones that travel from Montreal to Halifax and Toronto to Vancouver. While there aren’t musicians on every trip, Via Rail has hosted more than 300 acts to date.

Some of the performers initially applied to the program so they could avoid paying hefty transportation costs. The savings could mean the difference between going on tour and making a name for themselves or getting stuck playing only local gigs.

“I was able to expand in a way that I would not have been able to do for a couple of years,” said Gulkin, a 26-year-old Montrealer, who has performed at venues in Halifax, Vancouver and Winnipeg with the support of the program. “Gas is expensive and you need a driver’s licence, which I don’t have.”

But once on board the train, Gulkin, whose stage name is Corinna Rose, said she came to appreciate the unique environment. Traversing the nation, for days on end and with space to walk around, encourages people to reach beyond their comfort zone and get to know each other.

“There’s more room to talk to people and ask them about their stories and have that intimate connection,” Gulkin said.

And sometimes those conversations turn into lasting friendships. Last spring, Gulkin was performing with another Montreal musician, Gabrielle Papillon, on a train ride from Vancouver to Toronto. In the audience was Johanna Nutter, a Montreal actress best known for her one-woman play, My Pregnant Brother. After speaking, the three ladies added each other on Facebook; Nutter made a point to attend Gulkin and Papillon’s shows on the train. Her favourite song? In the Pines.

“They were so wonderful,” Nutter said. “They had beautiful harmony.”

One day, Papillon even did an impromptu version of In the Pines, a traditional American folk song, with a Jewish mother twist.

“My girl, my girl, don’t you lie to me,” she sang to the tune of In the Pines. “Tell me where did you sleep, last night.”

Then Papillon put on an accent inspired by her Jewish roots. “What, you never call me! Why, where are you, why, I don’t know where you’re going!”

Fits of laughter erupted in the car, Nutter said. “It was really fun.”

Like In the Pines, much of the music Gulkin and Papillon performed were folk songs, which complemented the view from the train. Rolling along the prairies while listening to music written by Joni Mitchell or Gordon Lightfoot is enough to make even performers emotional. When the ladies played The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel, everyone in the train car sang along.

“I almost choked up,” Papillon said. “I was so moved.”

To apply to Via Rail’s On-Board Musician program, visit their website at or send an email to
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- The Montreal Gazette (Fatima Arkin)

"Voir: Entrevue - Corinna Rose et sa belle guitare"

Entrevue avec Julie Ledoux. Publié aussi dans la Voir, le 11 août, 2011, p. 12. - Bang Bang / Voir Montreal (Julie Ledoux)

"She Does The City: An interview with Corinna Rose, the Montreal folk songstress who counts Sarah Polley among her biggest fans (so much so, she's playing the Take This Waltz TIFF premiere)"

"The soulful and electrifying melodies of singer-songwriter Corinna Rose (aka Corey Gulkin) are truly the next best thing to hit Montreal’s ever-growing folk scene" - She Does the City (Tyler Yank)

"Interview - Dybbuks, Bronfmans and Corinna Rose"

Live radio performance on CKUT 90.3 - Shtetl on the Shortwave (Tamara Kramer)

"Show Review - Honeyman and the Brothers Farr w/ Corey Gulkin"

"Gulkin's songs are delivered with distinct passion. Her lyrics are thoughtful and poetic, and her voice has the strength to fill the room" - Midnight Poutine (Margot En)

"Show Preview - Corinna Rose and Elgin Skye, December 10, Yellow Door (Local show preview)"

I have seen Corinna Rose live two times now, and both times were sets that were too short! The first time was earlier this summer, and most recently a few weeks before Hallowe’en or so. The first was a proper show, although in a bar, so maybe not so ‘proper’. The second was a more intimate show, so it was much more minimal (cannot recall the exact setup, but it was at the Centre St-Ambroise, which only holds 50 people!).

I purchased her EP at the summer show (I have to post a review soon, along with Torontonian turned Montreal Ainsley McNeaney’s disc for that matter!) and it is quite good, a mix of mellow folk/pop would be my best genre description. Give it a listen over at her Bandcamp page, and buy it too (or better yet, pickup a copy at the show this Saturday!)

Speaking of this Saturday’s show, as per her website, it will be another intimate show, however featuring new material! Perhaps for a future debut full length?

Elgin Skye opens, and after listening to her on the CBC Radio 3 site, I would have to say she reminds me quite a bit of Basia Bulat. And according to the bio on that page, “her sets may include, but are not limited to: clapping, whistling, cooing, singing, stomping.”

Show is 8PM, and here are some additional details. - Too Much Music

"Interview - Corinna Rose in Studio, CJLO inaugural Podcast"

Inaugurating our brand spanking new website, and our new weekly podcast, Corinna Rose with her full band was in the studio. She came on Edge of the City for the first time back in early October. She is a beautiful person, with one hell of a voice; and when you add a full band to it, it makes it’s the icing on the cake. - Edge of the City - CJLO 1690AM

"In Case You Missed It: Corinna Rose - EP"

Back in early August, Montreal singer/songwriter Corey Gulkin (aka Corinna Rose) released her debut EP and we can’t seem to take it off repeat now that we’ve discovered it here at The iM. She counts Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Neutral Milk Hotel and Regina Spektor among her many influences.

Now it’s your chance to check out the EP in the Bandcamp player below – we’re really feeling Hymn For The Heartbreaker and Born On A Mountain.

If you’re in the Montreal area, Corinna plays Casa De Popolo on November 14th with The Darling DeMaes – for more info, go visit her on Facebook. - The Indie Machine


Northeast, Southwest (April 2013)

Green Mountain State single (January 2012) with the Rusty Horse Band

Corinna Rose EP (August 2011)



"Rose reveals herself as a charmingly eccentric chamber pop songwriter of depth and imagination" - Direct Current

"Ms. Rose delivers something unexpectedly heartbreaking in the kind of way I had thought only Sufjan Stevens could do with a soft whisper." - Pamela Fillion, ForgetTheBox

**WINNER: John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Folk Category (Session I)** for the song Green Mountain State

If you listen carefully to singer-songwriter Corinna Roses debut full-length album Northeast Southwest, you may note the influences of Weezer, Owen Pallett and the McGarrigle Sisters in almost equal proportions. The album marks a major evolution from Roses 2011 self-titled folk-pop EP. This shift is best represented by the album's title track, "Northeast Southwest", a tune which reflect upon being drawn in different directions and the realization that a sense of home can found wherever you are musically, as well as literally. Hailing from Toronto, Corinna Rose now calls Montreal home, though she has crossed the country three times in the last year alone and is never in one place for very long. The record is a retrospective of her life in "la belle ville" as well as on tour, with songs depicting stories of personal loss and loneliness as well as illustrations of emerging from dark and difficult moments. Rounding out the record is Roses breakup hoedown So It Goes - a charming but bluntly penned old time banjo tune which she frequently dedicates to anyone who has ever used an online dating site.

Self-produced, Rose recorded the album at Mountain City with engineer Joseph Donovan (The Dears/Sam Roberts). Rose worked closely on the development of the record with her core band (banjo, acoustic/electric guitar, electric bass, drums, and autoharp). Her band members diverse musical backgrounds, expertise and experience is evident throughout the record. Jazz chords and irregular time signatures are juxtaposed with sweet simple rings off the autoharp. String and horn sections (violin, cello, viola, trumpet, trombone, French horn) add depth and richness to the sound and an orchestral texture that waxes and wanes alongside Roses soaring vocal melodies. Rose also recorded one song, "Fresher Fruit", written by her drummer Matthew Daher, whom she has been performing with for over 7 years.

"The creation of Northeast Southwest was synergistic and magical, punctuated by moments of spontaneity and humor". Recalls Rose, "There was the late night in studio when the vibraphone made its reappearance in my musical life, and straight onto 'There is Darkness, There is Light' with help and encouragement from Donovan. There was also the warm late autumn afternoon when the band came in to record So It Goes wearing sneakers and sandals and my drummer Matthew jumped up and down through three takes, just to add energy and depth to the stomps and claps."

Northeast Southwest captures a moment. It channels a current running through Montreals music scene, and Canada's wider music world, as artists like Corinna Rose emerge from the dark winter into the spring, armed with new music and ready to hit the road.

Corinna Rose has performed at: POP Montreal 2013, Montreal Folk Festival 2013, Full Circle Festival 2013, Ham Jam Festival 2013, Zoofest 2013, All Folk'd Up In Montmartre 2012, Montreal Fringe Festival 2012, NXNE 2012, CMW 2012, Dunham Folk & Wine Festival 2011

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Band Members