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Montreal singer-songwriter and producer, Chris Velan, has been crossing borders in music since he began his solo career a decade ago with his brand of world-influenced, singersongwriter indie folk/pop.
On his sixth album, “Glow” (released March 4), co-produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Basia Bulat), Velan is joined by members of Montreal band favourites, The Unicorns, Suuns, AroarA and Dear Denizen. The album assembles a gathering of self-assured songs – with nods to afrobeat, disco rock, folk pop and vintage rocksteady under the tent of Velan’s adroit song craftsmanship.
He has toured extensively throughout North America, with notable performances at The Lincoln Center, Sundance Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Osheaga and the Virgin Festival.
As a producer, he has worked with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars for whom he produced their debut and latest albums, “Living Like A Refugee” and “Libation”. He most recently recorded and produced debut albums for Haitian music collective, Lakou Mizik, and FrancoAmerican chanteuse, Francesca Blanchard.