She grew up in downtown Toronto, later spent 20 years living in the Yukon woods – where she began making music – and now lives on Vancouver Island, and on Saturday, May 19, Anne Louise Genest will perform at the Richelieu club in Meteghan River.
Known professionally as Annie Lou, she will share the stage with her band for a show presented by Les Productions Le Moulin. It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Annie Lou is a Juno award nominee who also has garnered several Canadian Folk Music and Western Canadian Music award nominations.
She has been described as a contemporary descendant of old-time folk and mountain music, although she recalls being exposed to a variety of styles as a youth in Toronto.
“Music was hugely important in our household,” she remembers. “My parents were devoted to classical music, but encouraged us to play our own music too – loud – and we were often switching between Vivaldi and the Grateful Dead at dinner time.”
It was while living in Canada’s North that she started creating her own music. Her latest album, which was just released this year, is called End Zone.
“No, it’s not about football,” she says on her website, referring to the disc’s title. “Most of the material for End Zone was written during the last months of my mother’s life, and the title track is an exploration of that time when the end is near, but not quite.”
Aside from working and touring with her band as Annie Lou, she does solo performances. She also has taught at various music workshops across Canada and has been a square dance caller for festivals, weddings and other events.
Her May 19 show in Meteghan River is one of just three performance dates on this visit to the Maritimes. The others are in Riverview, N.B. (May 17) and Pictou (May 18).
Aside from Annie Lou herself on guitar, banjo and vocals, the band includes Sarah Hamilton (violin, vocals), Max Heinemann (bass, vocals) and Andrew Collins (mandolin, violin). Collins is a multiple Juno nominee and Canadian Folk Music award winner.
Tickets for the Clare show are $28 in advance or $30 at the door. The student fee is $15. Advance tickets are available at Ocean Blue Music in Yarmouth, Weymouth Drug Store, Saulnierville Pharmacy and La Shoppe Verte in Concession.