Norine Braun Promotional Image by Karolina Turek

Norine Braun Promotional Image by Karolina Turek

SHORT BIO   Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic: Norine Braun in 3 words. A Vancouver based independent singer-songwriter recording artist Braun is an award winning artist (Western Canadian Music Award Nominee, Banff Centre Musician in Residence, Los Angeles Independent Music Awards. Winner SIBL International Songwriting Competition) Norine’s latest album a worldly groove based Songs For Trees is releasing May 2022 and is her 13th studio album. We are at a crucial time in the healing of the planet from climate change and is motivation for the concept album. Norine's musical intention was to create a healing transformational walk through a west coast forest to help inspire change.

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A Vancouver based singer-songwriter recording artist, Braun is set to release her 13th album, the groove oriented Songs For Trees in May 2022. Thanks to a Canada Council For the Arts Award and a First Peoples’ Cultural Council Award in 2021, Norine set her musings during the ongoing pandemic last year to focus on climate change and the healing power of trees. 

Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic, Braun is an award-winning artist (Western Canadian Music Award nominee, Banff Centre Musician in Residence, Los Angeles Independent Music Awards, SIBL International Songwriting Competition). Songs For Trees album was produced by Adam Popowitz, who also played lead guitar and bass alongside Elliot Polsky on drums and percussion, Alice Fraser on keyboards, and Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, harmonica, ocarina and penny whistle, with Braun supplying rhythm guitar in addition to lead vocals. Songs For Trees is due out on May 4.

 The first preview of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s upcoming 13th album Songs For Trees, is The Burning was truly a trial by fire. Written during the ongoing pandemic and while a heat dome and heat wave ravaged her British Columbia homeland, the powerfully heavy yet irresistibly flowing cut was recorded during the searing, out-of-control wildfires that devastated the province. Inspired by the need to save the ancient trees and to live sustainably — and using Dante’s Inferno and his descent through hell as inspiration for her potent lyrics — Braun ponders the times we are living in and takes you on journey through the forest filled with joy, wonder and movement.

Hot on the heels of The Burning, SEX IN THE FOREST is the second single from the upcoming Songs For Trees album. This chill house vibe tune was inspired by the reproductive cycle of the Coast Douglas Fir tree which are monoecious or hermaphroditic meaning it contains both the female and male cones necessary for reproduction to take place, all within the same plant. They are self sufficient in the continuity of their species how cool is that.  Sex in the Forest like all the songs was written by Norine Braun and produced by Adam Popowitz who also played lead guitar, bass and programmed the drums, Alice Fraser on keyboards/synth with Norine’s vocals and rhythm guitar.

The third single Red Maple was inspired by a large maple tree that sits in front of Norine's living room facing south in a 3 story apartment. Through out the years Norine says she  "watched a pair of crows raise their family on her branches, raccoons spending a night, squirrels, hummingbirds, robins and flickers resting or playing on the branches. The beautiful tree fills up our balcony in the summer giving us shade and privacy and beauty year round.Red Maple intends to capture their beauty and joy.  In these challenging times it's good to be reminded of the simple sweetness of maple trees and just be."

The fourth single Mother Tree is in part a tribute to Norine's dear mother who passed away last year during the writing of the album and to the work of Dr. Suzanne Simard in discovering that trees interact with each other underground and form a kinship. Seedlings depend on these mother trees for survival in stressful conditions. Mother trees are the old ancient ones and keeping them intact  helps regeneration and conserve carbon storage ultimately keeping the planet alive. 

Norine Braun released her 12th full- length blues rock album December Falls December 4, 2020 "Vancouver-based blues-rock singer-songwriter Norine Braun has cooked up a Christmas album during her time in quarantine that offers up several swingin' new holiday-tinged tracks and peppers in her rowdy take on some old chestnuts. The veteran songstress' new tracks frame the season in a new way, shirking the traditional style much in the way rock n roll originally came in and rebranded the idea of Christmas by the likes of Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley. December Falls encapsulates the whole period of transition that comes with the new year, not just the day itself. God knows we're all ready for a transition!" Music Reviews.  December Falls is described as "delicious alt-rock with bluesy country hues.”  The Vancouver Sun Stuart Derdeyn named December Falls as 1 of 5 new seasonal releases worth putting under your tree for Christmas 2020.

The former bluesy roots rock album Through Trains Windows was inspired by Braun’s cross Canada Riding the Rails tour as Artist On Board with her partner Alice Fraser in 2018. Travelling over 6000 kilometres from Vancouver to Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal and Halifax, Norine absorbed the ever changing vast and beautiful panoramas from the Rocky Mountains to endless prairie sunsets, boreal forests and the Atlantic ocean.  With no wifi and time to reflect on nature and the paradoxes of life, Norine met and communed with the diversity of fellow sojourners from all over Canada and around the world. Following the tour, as a Musician in Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Norine wrote most of these compelling songs in her studio facing Sleeping Buffalo Mountain. So climb aboard, sit back and close your eyes let the rhythm of the train soothe and inspire while conjuring up feelings of nostalgia and dreams on Through Train Windows..  

Her previous album received a Canada Council of the Arts award to compose the concept album which is a masterful body of creative work titled "Gone To The Spirits"  based on the engaging and dramatic life story of Ququnak Paǂkiy who was a Two Spirit, Kootenay prophet, messenger, chief and guide who lived in the early and mid-19th century and written about in numerous explorer's journals including land geographer and fur trader David Thompson (Koo Koo Sint). Norine is of mixed ancestry Metis and Ukrainian and self identifies as Two Spirit. Norine was nominated for the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards as Spiritual Artist of the Year for this album. 

Norine Braun thrives on live performance and connecting with audiences worldwide. From New York City to Quebec City to Tokyo and beyond, Braun has performed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, at theatres, festivals, coffeehouses, casinos and clubs with appearances on the main stages of numerous festivals including the Vancouver Pride festival and Indigifest Victoria. 

Norine also edits and creates her many of her music videos including the latest Sex in the Forest. She wrote, directed and produced her music videos Crosses and Sweetgrass thanks to a First Peoples' Cultural Council award and Sleeping Buffalo thanks to a CreativeBC grant both from the album Through Train Windows. 
 

Discography 

1996 Modern Anguish 

1999 Miles To Go 

2000 Crow 

2001 Norine Braun and the Mood Swings 

2003 Now and Zen 

2007 Evolution of the Blood Star 

2008 Acoustically Inclined 

2010 Lost Tracks Bootleg Digital EP/I Believe You Single 

2011 No. 8 

2013 Conventus The Eye of the Heart 

2015 Kind of Jazz Digital Album  Compilation of Norine's Jazz compositions from various albums 

2016 Gone To The Spirits 

2017 Kind of Blues  Compilation of Norine's Blues compositions from various albums

2019 Through Train Windows

2020 December Falls

2021 2020 Reprise (Single)

2022 Songs For Trees

Film/Television Music Credits 

2000 Wings Over Canada (TV) 
2001 Internecine (short film) 
2010 Behind the Eight Ball (feature film) 
2015 Inspire (documentary)  

2018 The Snot That Ate Port Harry (animated feature) 

Awards/Grants/Residencies:

2021 First Peoples Cultural Council Award

2021 Canada Council For the Arts Award 

2020 ShowcaseBC Songwriting Grant CreativeBC

2019 First Peoples' Cultural Council and BC Arts Council's Aboriginal Arts Development Award for music video Crosses and Sweetgrass 

2018/19 CreativeBC Amplify BC Program Awarded 2 Grants one for recording the album Through Train Windows the second for music video Sleeping Buffalo 

2018 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee Spiritual Artist of the Year for Gone To The Spirits 

2017 The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Musician in Residence 

2017  Finalist in the national Canadian Songwriting Competition for the song Coyote from Gone To The Spirits 

2014 Canada Council For the Arts Award Professional Musicians Grant for Gone To The Spirits album composition 

2010 FACTOR Showcase Grant for Kansai International Music Conference Showcase Performer Osaka Japan and Tokyo Showcase 

2008 Winner Los Angeles Independent International Music  Awards Female Singer-Songwriter of The Year Jazz Category for song Crystallize 

2006 Winner Artists For Literacy Songs Inspired By Literature International Songwriting Competition for song Conformity 451. The SIBL collection was released in 2015.

Partial list of Venues Played: 

PNE Pacific National Exhibition Metrovancouver Stage Vancouver 2022 

2nd Floor Gastown Vancouver 2022

Sounds Like Summer City of Burnaby 2022

Richmond Maritime Festival Richmond BC 2022

Khatsahlano Street Festival Vancouver 2022

Indigenous Summer Stage Talking Stick Festival Vancouver 2022 

Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Festival Vancouver 2022

Summer Stages City of Burnaby 2021

Music on the Wharf Maple Ridge Historical Society 2021

Massey Theatre New Westminster Open Space Concert Series 2021

Kitsilano Showboat Virtual Festival 2021

City of Burnaby Celebrate the Season Virtual Festival Shadbolt Centre For the Arts 2020

Richmond Maritime Virtual  Festival 2020

Kitsilano Showboat Virtual Festival 2020

West End Car Free Full Circle Stage Virtual Festival 2020

Langley City Virtual Canada Day Celebration 2020 

Performance Works Granville Island Groundswell Social Venture Showcase 2020

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts - Deer Lake Craft Festival 2019 
5 Corners Busking and Comedy Festival White Rock 2019 
Pîkiskwe-speak Art & Film Installation Opening Vancouver Central Library 2019 
Word Vancouver 2019 
Indigifest 2019 Victoria 
Richmond Maritime Festival 2019 
Trout Lake Concert Series 2019 
National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site 2018 
Talking Stick Festival 2018 
The Carleton Halifax NS 2017 
Via Rail Artist On Board Vancouver to Toronto and Montreal to Halifax October 2017 
CKRL Live at Le Sacrilege Bar Quebec City 2017 
Fou-Bar Quebec City 2017 
Avante-garde Bar Ottawa 2017 
Junction City Music Hall Toronto 2017 
Gabriola Island Music Festival 2017 
Desert Daze Music Festival 2017 
Music at the Cannery Concert Series 2017 
Davie Street Party 2017 
Poco Summer In the City Concert Series 2017 
National Aboriginal Day Trout Lake 2017 
Kanata Festival 2017 
Vancouver Pride Main stage 2016 
Music By The River Pier Park Festival Stage 2016 
Kaleidoscope Festival 2016 
Columbia StrEAT Festival 2016 
Studio Records Vancouver 2016 
Envision Financial Concert in the Park 2015 Abbotsford 
Summer In the City POCO Concert Series 2015 
The Summer Music Lounge The Village Park Royal 2015 
National Aboriginal Day Trout Lake 2015 
Nikkei Matsuri Festival Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre 2014 
1st Annual International Blues Music Day  Vancouver Fan Club 2014 
Gallery Vertigo Vernon BC  2014 
Wednesday on the Wharf Concert Series Salmon Arm 2014 
Surrey Pride 2014 
Cafe Koi Calgary AB 2014 
Hyack Festival Uptown Street Festival New Westminster 2014 
Char's Landing Port Alberni 2014 
Copper Owl Victoria 2014 
Party in the Park 2013 Mainstage Chilliwack 
Concert in the Park 2013 North Van -MetroVancouver Park 
Music on the Wharf  2013 Maple Ridge Historical Society 
2012 International Blues Challenge- A Night of Vancouver’s Best Blues Bands 
Cultus Lake Live at the Gazebo Music Series 
Richmond Concerts in the Park Series 
The Railway Club 
Cates Park Concert Series 
Out in the Woods Festival Greenwich NY 
Edgewater Casino WAVS Benefit Vancouver 
Beatniq Jazz and Social Club Calgary 
Jlounge 
SHE BOOM CFRO benefit concert. 
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics 
Roundhouse Performance Centre 
Cellar Jazz Club 
Cafe Chaos Montreal 
The Triad NYC 
Shibuya Home Tokyo 
Seattle Rockrgrl Music Conference Showcase Performer 
Kansai International Music Conference Showcase Performer Osaka Japan 
The Backstage Lounge Arts Club Theatre 
Capones Restaurant and Live Jazz Club 
Duncan Garage Showroom 
Davie Day TD Canada Trust Festival Stage 
Breakfast Television 

INFLUENCES: 
Tash Sultana, Amy Winehouse, kd lang, Earth Wind and Fire, Colin James, SRV, Ray LaMontagne, Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Jeff Buckley, Esthero, Johnny Cash, Prince, Bette Midler, Björk, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Portishead, Madonna, George Michaels, Aretha Franklin, Anita O'Day,  Diana Krall, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Stevie Nicks, Connie Francis, City and Colour, Debussy, Madeleine Peyroux, Norah Jones, Sade, George Benson, AC/DC, Tears For Fears,  St. Germain, Final Fantasy, The Pretenders, Blondie, Dolly Parton, Suzanne Vega and Patsy Cline to name a few.