Darin Meilleur

Darin Meilleur

Jade Wan

Sun, August 20, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

C'est What?

Toronto, ON

This event is 19 and over

Darin Meilleur
Darin Meilleur
Darin Meilleur isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel. He makes raw, emotional music that wears its heart on its sleeve because that’s what draws people in to listen and experience it. Acoustic guitar-heavy and given its signature lushness by accordion, piano and organ, his palette of rock, country, folk, and blues take you back to the days of primordial sounds like The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and The Band. His songs are written to tell you where he’s been, where he wants to go and to take you wherever you want.

Darin was born and raised in Montreal, with family musical roots in the Maritimes. Most every member of his family played or sang. Darin began playing traditional East Coast kitchen parties in his youth, and would spend several weeks every summer on Cape Breton Island soaking up its musical traditions. This Maritime influence shines in both his music and persona. Early in his musical career he played in numerous blues, rock and Latin bands in Montreal before relocating to Toronto in the early 90s.

He is well-known and respected in the Toronto indie scene from his work as a bassist and multi-instrumentalist with acts such as Big Name Actors, Shikha Sehgal and Melting Pot. He has performed at most major Toronto venues including The Horseshoe, Grossman's Tavern, The Rivoli, Molson Ampitheatre, and Harbourfront Centre.

He released his first single ‘Amelia’ in December 2014. After a year of writing and releasing demo tracks, he’s back in the studio and will be releasing several singles throughout 2017 with a full album coming out this fall. In February 2017, he and Shikha Sehgal travelled from Toronto to Vancouver and back aboard Via Rail’s iconic cross-country train The Canadian, playing music for delighted passengers several times a day throughout the week-long journey.
Jade Wan
Jade Wan
With an extensive Classical music training as her background, Jade, is now an emerging indie/pop multi-instrumentalist of a singer/songwriter artist in Toronto,, sharing her sweet, melodic, and some fun tongue-and-cheek songs embedded into her set lists. Influences from Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Mraz, Meiko, and others, make her inspirations spark, and their music continuously fuels her passion for writing and performing.

At the age of 14, she knew she would become a music teacher of some sort, but always aspired to do more than just that. After many trials and failures of writing songs during the years, for the most part, she dived into composing piano pieces, which solidified only in the recent years. Her mindset for doing what she is doing now, is that it's never too late to start. That being said, began her songwriting career.

After having a couple of Cinematic/New Age/Solo pieces on her belt, that was when creativity really sparked. You can now catch her in gigs with other singer/songwriters around the city, with her three instruments (thus far), the keyboard/synth, ukulele and guitar (and the most recent project of hers, the loop pedal).

Jade also, played keys for a number of local bands on occasion, alongside The Human Trampoline, The Bad Apples, and The Minions, to name a few.

She is currently collaborating with Harrison Fine, a Toronto-based producer, engineer, and mixer, and is anticipating the debut of her first EP sometime in mid-2016. Great and fun times ahead, and you are more than welcome to join in this journey!
Venue Information:
C'est What?
67 Front Street E.
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5
http://www.cestwhat.ca