Emma St-Denis

Emma St-Denis


Emma St-Denis is larger than life. At times unsettling, often rebellious, but most importantly, she is always on the move. An intense performer deeply committed to social justice, she explores the fragility and darkness of mankind, demanding we take action.


She got off to an early start in the world of art and literature. Back in 1987, at the age of 13, she plunged headfirst into the world of music and theatre, taking part in Festival Réalité Jeunesse, and the world of writing, which honoured her with three literary awards (in 1987, 1989 and 1993). She took part in the mentoring program sponsored by the Union des Écrivains et des Écrivaines du Québec, undertaking her own in-depth exploration of the power or words with author Carole David. She has also collaborated on a number of artistic projects, including Noise from the Dark by Studio 303, and performed with the Koreas contemporary dance troupe as a musician and dancer.

In the talented author-composer’s first bilingual album, Red Handed (“flagrant délit”), distributed by LOCAL/SOPREF, Emma St-Denis seeks to expose violence, catch aggressors in the act and turn the spotlight on the violence that constantly plagues us all, whether it is sexual, physical, psychological, economic, linguistic, racial, or homophobic, or even intellectual violence propagated by the media. Touching at times on both ridicule and adversity, this hybrid folk album explores our desire to see, hear and understand those around us in all our similarities and—perhaps even more importantly—in the differences that bind us to the rest of humanity in our struggle against oppression and fatalism.


2006, Red Handed, produced by Tituba Productions.

Distributed in Canada by LOCAL Distribution.

Set List

The songs from Red Handed plus some covers from Sinead O'connors, Ani Difranco, Melissa Etheridge...