MONTRÉAL

by Elizabeth Shepherd

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1.
Tio'tia:ke 03:57
Tiotia:ke Pour l'appeler, faut dénouer le fil de l'histoire rembombiner Bien avant de l'habiter c'était une terre façonnée consacrée, cultivée  défrichée, parfois divisée baptisé par le feu sacré dénommé Tiotia:ke Homa Jean Talon The Point Mile End Le plateau The ghetto Le Village Ville Marie Verdun Outremont The Main NDG Park Ex Chinatown Ville Emard Little Burgundy Moniang, moniang Dénommé Tio'tia:ke
2.
Ce coeur qui bat si proche du mien ce pouls nouveau qui t'appartient ce corps qui prend forme, qui tire du mien c'est tout; t'es tout l'amour connu, mes joies vécues, exaltation et temps suspendu, bonheur fécond et peines perdues - n'ont rien, n'ont rien Mère et reine du monde, Marie des fresques toi qui existe entre parenthèses les tomes de femme, jamais racontées ton histoire à toi, toujours éclipsée ainsi soit-il à jamais Nous les reines du monde, on vous remerci des status et fresques, du peu de place permis la garantie du ciel - bien que gentil - n'a rien sur cette terre, rien sur cette vie Mon enfant, bien aimé - en toi j'ai mis mon amour. Mon sang coulé mes larmes versées mon corps étiré volonté cédée, mes jours rompus, mes nuits volées, n'ont rien, n'ont rien car: tout ce que j'ai connu de l'amour, ça vient de toi
3.
“And ... he said you always gotta make sure you have a 5$ in your pocket, or a 10$ in your pocket when you leave, and I said, “Why?”. They said “because the police would be out in the back in the alley, waiting for their payment.” He said, “And you paid them, or they beat you.” Mommy's wardrobe - a treasure trove that floral dress - and the way that it flows dab of rouge on my cheek straight to the mirror, steal a peek high in these shoes, I'm wild and free dancing beauty: this is me Suits and ties, suits and ties - for propriety suits and ties, suits and ties - put them all at ease suits and ties, suits and ties - make him into a man suits and ties, suits and ties - some things can't be planned After work, down at 'Le Mystique' loosened ties, but we're still discreet he caught your eye, in a dusty mirror then brushed your arm, cause it's safe in here red lips spelling: "Are you new?" you don't know your name, or what you're supposed to do... Suits and ties, suits and ties ...
4.
The Terminal 04:54
Boys, we made it through these Depresssion times but there's a new divide. Things have changed here; nothing lasts long the 22-month stint - well that's an era gone. I've had your backs for years - but a "white-only" band? Writing's on the wall now, so play you hearts out on that stand. Can't help but keep this thing alive you know I just can't help but keep this thing alive. Can't help but keep this thing alive, can't help but keep this thing alive. 25 years on, it's not a reed I use, but a welding gun. From bow ties to ballasts - life's a terminal of a different kind While the gigs are gone, my work isn't done; there's the doorbell ringing - "time to play that scale with soul my son" Can't help but keep this thing alive ... Take this moment, live forever
5.
C'est le temps qui enlève, et redonne, qui guérit et pardonne, qui se force et poussant, nous façonne C'est à toi qu'on doit nos joies et ravages, la loi singulière et sauvage C'est le temps le vrai guide du destin qui nous prouve que la foi ou la science n'ont rien sur l'inévitable. Le choix illusoire nous soutien à travers le chaos, gravité et souffrance. Et c'est toi qui nous offre la joie de la quête, le désir de comprendre, l'envie de voir, la sagesse et l'espoir, la grâce. C'est toi seul qui les donne en mesure de ta somme. C'est le temps.
6.
Ainsi 05:52
7.
Our Lady 04:32
She's been his thing all her life now closing in on 2 generations The sweetest words that she heard were the midwife saying: "love, it's a girl". "This home makes me ill, this man makes me wild this child is my salvation"... It's taken months, but she's planned it well her deliverance from this hell Time's come now, don't turn back; he's out, the bags are packed Just hail that taxi cab - you're shaking like a leaf - relief New life, new song, new breath - gotta keep moving on New child, fresh start, one chance - gotta keep moving on He must know by now - gotta keep moving on He's gotta know by now / he's gotta know ... know about my release. The sun's high in the sky; this day I'll memorize; these faces on the street know nothing of defeat. "How did it start, how could you stay?" you ask me time and again. So let me put it back to you, this question lay to rest - you know that job you couldn't stand, yet you showed up for years? If it's so hard to leave your work, how 'bout the home you've created? And if I leave it all, what if they don't believe, and when I try to call they send him after me?
8.
Jedlika 03:31
L'union fait la force tant qu'on n'la force pas voila ce qui m'a forcé de partir de la Sibérie je me retrouve dans le grand nord avec ma guitare et le sourire Wuand on aime son proche les règles ne figurent pas la rigidité puritaine, me fera pas trahir la plus grande loi Le dogme, j'en ai vecu - ça a l'air que j'en vis encore quel destin coquin qui me poursuit le vrai instinct d'aider ne connaît pas de bornes la compassion c'est ma vie C'est l'amour qui me fait vivre
9.
La boxe 02:58
De quel animal s'agit-il ici ce soir, engourdi par son instinct batailleur? Femme méfiantes se présentent tout autour pour soigne l'infirme et apaiser le dieu. Est-ce par amour propre ou honneur subtil; par courage pur ou nature oublié? Peu importe ce qui t'attire au feu - c'est grace à la bête noble qu'on se reconnaît. Ou c'est l'évasion ou la gêne notre plus grand défaut qui nous fait oublier que tout se termine en k-o On suit tes pas de près, mais toujours d'à côté par peur de glisser dans tes empreintes. Qu'est-ce qui nous mène donc à ainsi frôler d'un écart certain de la mort, la fin? Spectateurs divertis, on est témoins de force brute, de nos ravages. Rien - et tout - pour apprivoiser un tel désordre, le grand inévitable. Ou c'est l'évasion ou la gêne notre plus grand défaut qui nous fait oublier que tout se termine en chaos
10.
Sister, you do it in style keeping them fueled for the extra mile the world's cold but the service is hot so dig in, then give it all you've got We need hands, we need hearts but most of all, we need food to start Sidekick to the holy One whose mysterious ways have just begun Man don't live by bread alone but the hunger makes the battle long so when the war has got you down wash your hands, then gather around Heroes and saints all gotta stay fed before preaching what the master said he turned water into wine I can dish up another kind of divine Sister, you do it in style keeping them fueled for the extra mile the world's cold but the food is hot so fill up, then give it all you've got We need hands and hearts to fight to keep the world in check tonight your son's gone, but the work's begun sidekick to the holy one Can't bring back your Anthony turn back time on Leslie police still dose brutality talking shit and walking free But we show up day after day show them it can't stay this way and when you reach your end sit at the table, friend.
11.
Beau voyage 03:20
Un beau voyage, mon bel enfant où t'emporteront les vagues, le vent. Je ne sais comment, ni le pourquoi de ce qui t'attire vers l'au-delà. D'un souffle doux, j'ai imploré au Grand Esprit de me donner un enfant, et tu le fus: le soleil d'une planète perdue. Et si lorsque tu y arrives dépaysée, loin, et ivre de solitude, dans ton silence écoute l'oiseau, écoute le vent, Regarde le ciel, regarde en bas et dans les eaux, tu me verras - mon regard tendre, triste, et fier de ton voyage sur la grande terre de tes pas doux, sur cette terre.

about

After 4 years of interviews with strangers around Montreal, Elizabeth found herself with countless stories, making up a "people's history" of the city she loves so much - which she then wove into a series of 11 original songs to make up her first bilingual album: MONTRÉAL.

Soulful, groovy, with a touch of electronica, the show is accompanied by a series of videos - a stylized journey of the places and people who inspired each song.

MONTRÉAL is Elizabeth's most ambitious project to date, reaffirming her originality as an artist.

credits

released February 9, 2019

Personnel:
Vocals - Elizabeth Shepherd
Keyboards / piano / samples / percussion (track 5) - Elizabeth Shepherd
Guitar - Francois Jalbert
Bass - Remi-Jean LeBlanc
Drums - Mark Nelson (tracks 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10), Rich Irwin (tracks 3, 4, 6,11)
Trumpet - Jacques Kuba-Seguin (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), Andy King (track 4, 9)

Produced by Elizabeth Shepherd
All songs written, composed and arranged by Elizabeth Shepherd

All instrumental tracks recorded by Padraig Buttner-Schneirer at Studio 451, except tracks 3 & 4 recorded by James Benjamin at Breakglass Studio, and track 9 recorded by Howard Bilerman at Hotel2tango Studio
All vocal tracks recorded by John MacLean World Records Studio except track 3, recorded by James Benjamin at Breakglass Studio

Mixed by John MacLean at World Records Studio
Mastered by David Travers-Smith at Found Sound

Cover artwork by Gene Pendon
Album design by Johan Hultqvist (Pinwheel Music)
Photography by Richmond Lam

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Elizabeth Shepherd Montreal, Québec

"wholly unique style that blurs the boundaries
between jazz, R&B, pop, and hip hop" ~MOJO

“A jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility” -Real Detroit Weekly

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