If Serge Gainsbourg, Cleo Laine and Jobim all hung out together one night and jammed, they might sound something like what Mimosa has to offer: a journey into a land of gorgeous melodies, groovy rhythms and stellar improvisations.


If Mimosa has been around this long, it's because the quality of the music has given it long legs. At the end of the 90s it started out as a hip lounge act, playing several nights a week in all the happening nights spots in Vancouver (the Railway Club, the Jupiter Lounge, the Backstage Lounge,..).

Becoming more established and getting its own vintage sound, Mimosa then launched into the Festival circuit and began touring (B.C., Quebec including the Montreal and Rimouski Jazz Festivals, United States) and signed a licensing and distribution deal with Saravah, a label in France. Mimosa was also featured in a one-hour long documentary produced by Pierre Beaudoin from French CBC, aired on TV5.

Over the years Mimosa has performed at many Canadian festivals (including the popular Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg (2008) where they appeared in the TV series "Au coeur du festival", as well as Wintersong Festival, recorded and broadcast by CBC) and have been featured many times on CBC. This summer 2009 they released their 3rd album Méli-mélo, which received rave reviews and were featured once again on CBC, with a live broadcast as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and a podcast available on the CBC Radio 1 website.

The band consists of Rebecca Shoichet, a vocalist with many years spent playing with some of Vancouver's most established bands (Soul Stream, Famous Players, Kia Kadiri, Lache Cercel) as well as extensive Musical Theatre experience (for example, Joni Mitchell's"River"). Karen Graves is well known as a virtuoso sax and flute player (Joelle Rabu, the Temptations, Marylin Lerner, Maynard Ferguson, Mother of Pearl) and brings passion and incredible improvisations to the combo. Anna Lumiere is the main driver behind the wheel of the band, playing left-hand bass and keyboards and writing most of the music and lyrics in French, Spanish and English. The drum chair is shared by drummers Bernie Arai and Nino diPasquale, both incredible rhythm machines.

Mimosa is a cocktail with only the finest ingredients: Jazz, Brazilian sambas and French chansons. Stir or shake, sip, and get ready to feel good.


Beck and Call

Written By: Anna Lumiere

You do me up, you break me down,
you zip me open and you button me shut, You mess with me and then set me free, your wily ways keep me in a daze, I'm at your beck and call, you can have it all, etc..


Bucolique - © 2002 Mimosa (Socan) (621365048829)
Voyage - © 2004 Mimosa (Socan) (621365078727)
Méli-mélo - copyright 2009 Mimosa (Socan)
Available at CDBABY

Set List

Mimosa designs their sets to suit the audience, whether it be French or English or a mix of both.
Sets are 45 min to an hour long and the repertoire consists mostly of original French and English compositions with a few select covers (Pink Martini - "Je ne veux pas travailler", Serge Gainsbourg - "Comic Strip", "Cha cha cha le loup", "L'eau à la bouche", France Galle - "Pense à moi", Pierre Barouh, Vinicius de Morais - "Un homme une femme", Leonard Cohen - "Dance me to the end of love", etc). We suit both a sit-down and dancing situation (soft-seat theatres or festivals, outdoors and indoors) and tailor our sets accordingly. For bigger festivals, we usually include Nick Apivor, on vibes and percussion and occasionally a horn section (trumpet and trombone).