HALIFAX: With performances in Winnipeg, Toronto and most of Nova Scotia already under her belt, Laurenn Marchand is excited about reaching some Atlantic Canadian markets for the first time this fall.
The Louisdale native will make her debuts in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador and has already played her first shows in markets such as Sydney, as part of an East Coast mini-tour that will also include three shows during Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) in Truro early in November.
“It’s time to break out,” Marchand told The Reporter last week. “Up to this point, it’s been very localized to Halifax and the hometown crowd. So this tour has sort of opened it up to new audiences in different provinces, so it’s been very helpful.”
However, Marchand isn’t forgetting two key areas that have fed her early years in the music industry. She played a show with Isle Madame’s Brett Pierce at The Groundswell in D’Escousse in late September, and this past weekend she was part of the homecoming festivities at Wolfville’s Acadia University, where Marchand received a degree in music therapy.
Although Marchand is planning more Strait area shows for the holiday season, her fall schedule will also include a busy time at NSMW, including the Music Nova Scotia (MNS) awards gala that could see Marchand walk away with as many as three trophies in early November. Her latest disc, Ghosts In The Garden, is up for Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year and New Artist Recording of the Year.
“I’ve been working really hard to get to this point, and I’ve been doing this all independently, so getting that recognition has been really great and really helpful,” Marchand said of her MNS award nominations.
“I’ve just been working hard to get my name out there, and I’m glad to see that it’s been working and that people are interested in what I’m doing and are excited for new things to come.”
The NSMW schedule will also see Marchand making three musical appearances at the Holiday Inn in Truro prior to the awards ceremony. She’ll join the Gordie Sampson Songcamp Circle and deliver a late-night performance on the Wilsons Stage on Friday before a Saturday night set at the Cape Breton Embassy.
“Having three showcases will be great,” Marchand beamed. “It will be a great opportunity to show what I can do and help me claim my spot in the Nova Scotia music scene.”
For more information, including tour dates and sound samples, visit Marchand’s Web site: www.laurennmarchand.com, as well as her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.