Bulat performing with her autoharp in 2008
April 13, 1984 |
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, autoharp, hammered dulcimer, piano, ukulele, charango|
|Labels||Rough Trade, Hardwood, Secret City|
Early life and education
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,” she 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.
Bulat 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.
On September 30, 2013, Bulat released her third album Tall Tall Shadow worldwide via Secret City Records. The album was nominated for a 2014 Juno Award in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category, and was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.
The song "Tall Tall Shadow" was featured in the opening video montage on Hockey Night in Canada prior to the games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders on December 14, 2013.
- 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"
In popular culture
- 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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- Reaney, James (29 January 2010). "A Heart at home: Basia Bulat’s second album, Heart of My Own, is earning raves". London Free Press. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
- "CANOE -- JAM! Music - Artists - Bulat, Basia: Basia Bulat keeping autoharp alive". jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- Denis Armstrong (2009-09-10). "Basia Bulat found heart on road". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- Mikaela Davis (2007-10-04). "Honest, modest and lucky: Basia Bulat tells us how it is". media.www.thestrand.ca. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- Alexander Varty (2007-10-18). "Beautiful Basia Bulat is the real thing". www.straight.com. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- "Western students among nominees in CHRW album contest". communications.uwo.ca. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2010-08-01.
- "Feature Interview: Basia Bulat". Ca Va Cool, January 24, 2010.
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- "CBC News - Music - The final 10". cbc.ca. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2010-08-01.[dead link]
- Rabinovitch, Simona. "Basia Bulat Finds Inspiration in Silence of Canadian North". Spinner. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
- "Basia Bulat Second Album Set For January Release". chartattack.com, September 17, 2009.
- "Ottawa Senators Official Website". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "2014 Juno Award Nominees" (PDF). junoawards.ca. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad make Polaris Music Prize short list". CTV News, July 15, 2014.
- AMC » Music From Every Night at 8 » Basia Bulat
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