Basia Bulat performing with her autoharp in 2008
April 13, 1984 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, autoharp, hammered dulcimer, piano, ukelele, charango|
|Labels||Rough Trade, Hardwood, Secret City|
Basia Bulat grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario where her mother was a music teacher who taught piano and guitar. She is an honorary member of Ontario's "Polonia" Polish community. She has said the radio at home was permanently tuned to an oldies station. “I don’t think I realised the radio had more than one station until I was 11 or 12,” Basia Bulat says. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she received a degree in English; she also took some classes with Olenka Krakus, also of Polish descent, of the band Olenka and the Autumn Lovers. While a student there, she was coaxed by friends into opening for Julie Doiron and soon gained a local following.
She released an independent EP in 2005 and was subsequently signed to Rough Trade Records, which released her full-length debut album, Oh, My Darling in April 2007. The album was later released in Canada by Hayden's Hardwood Records.
Her singles "Snakes and Ladders", "Little One" and "I Was a Daughter" have been playlisted on CBC Radio 3 while various tracks have received airplay on college radio in Canada and the United States. Her album Oh, My Darling made the short list for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.
Bulat has toured across Canada, the U.S., Europe; in June 2008, she ventured to Australia. She played the 2008 Dawson City Music Festival in the Yukon. Bulat cited the week she spent in the quiet and remote location as an inspiration for her songwriting.
Basia has garnered great critical acclaim over the years; SPIN praises the singer’s “bright harmonies and … resonant alto voice” and Mother Jones raves, “this crafty Canadian folkie turns seemingly simple songs into engrossing accounts of desire and regret.” Pitchfork praises her “rare, extraordinary voice,” and Filter declares “Bulat can pine with the best of them.” She has toured in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia sharing the stage with artists including St Vincent, Beirut, tUnE-yArDs, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. She has collaborated with Owen Pallett, who created orchestral arrangements of a selection of Basia’s songs that have been performed by the Halifax Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Basia has even been invited in recent years to help fête Canadian legends Leonard Cohen (for the Glenn Gould Prize in 2012) and Daniel Lanois (for the Governor General’s Award in April 2013).
On September 30, 2013, Basia Bulat released her third album,Tall Tall Shadow, worldwide via Secret City Records. Raving reviews include The New York Times "a sound that nods to Fleetwood Mac and the early Joni Mitchell. Ms. Bulat has a voice well suited to interiority, warm and honeyed", Now Toronto "the raw emotion in every note creates a sense of intimacy [...] “the title track is one of the best Bulat’s ever written.”, Huffington Post USA "Could Basia Bulat Be This Generation's Joni Mitchell?", eMusic "Tall Tall Shadow reveals a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist bursting with creativity and expressiveness." ***** and more.
- Basia Bulat (2005)
- Touch the Hem of His Garment (2008, 7")
- Friends in Bellwoods II (2009): "My Heart Is a Warning"
- Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada Deux (2010): "You Are A Gift"
- The song "Little Waltz" was used in a 2007 Australian Volkswagen Eos advertisement.
- Her first official music video, "In the Night," was released in December 2007.
- The song "In the Night" was used on AMC's Every Night at 8 promotion for February 2008.
- The song "Before I Knew" was used in a commercial for 2010 Subaru Outback.
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