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Patrick Watson

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Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songritwer and the name of the band that he fronts, whose blend of cabaret pop and classical music influences with indie rock has been compared to Rufus Wainwright, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd for their experimental musicianship.

Born in California but raised in Hudson, Quebec, Watson attended Lower Canada College. He began his musical career in high school as a member of a ska band called Gangster Politics. He subsequently left the band, and released his own solo debut, Waterproof9, in 2001. He has toured with John Cale, The Cinematic Orchestra, Cold War Kids, Amon Tobin, The Dears, Feist and James Brown.

He received a nomination for New Artist of the Year at the 2007 Juno Awards, as well as winning the second annual Polaris Music Prize. He has been known to uses various items to makes different sounds on his albums, such as playing a bicycle in the studio for the song “Beijing.”

He co-wrote and performed on several songs on The Cinematic Orchestra's 2007 album Ma Fleur including the opening track "To Build a Home". His "Missing You" remix of Champion's "Guy Doune", from Champion's 2006 album The Remix Album, reached #1 on CBC Radio 3's R3-30 chart in early 2007. In 2008, Watson composed the entire soundtrack for the French-Canadian film, C’est pas moi, je le jure!.