Colleen Brown and JESSA (fka The Jessica Stuart Few)

Aug 17th 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Colleen Brown 

and JESSA 

(fka The Jessica Stuart Few)
Colleen Brown is a multi-instrumentalist and the creative force behind indie-rock collaboration Major Love, as well as a singer-songwriter in the folk-pop tradition. Colleen has been writing songs for over two decades, and released her first solo album in 2004. She’s worn a number of hats as a performer - classical chorister, folkie, show-girl, rocker, interpreter. She’s drawn to beauty and cynicism equally - and that tension carries her songwriting into some dark corners, often with humour and joy. 

Apart from her six solo releases (and an earlier foray into garage rock territory as bassist/singer in Edmonton mainstays The Secretaries) 2018 saw the release of Major Love - a collaboration with Edmonton’s Scenic Route To Alaska, among others. Their Aug 24th debut on Cowboy Junkies' imprint Latent Recordings has garnered two singles in the CBC Top 20, 13 weeks in the earshot! National Top 50, and some early support at commercial radio. She also continues to lovingly interpret the songs of Carole King, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell (who shares her Saskatchewan roots.)

When Vancouver-born, guitarist, koto-player, vocalist and songwriter Jessica Stuart moved to Toronto, quitting work as vintage clothing buyer for a career in music, her goals were simple – release an album of original songs, hear her music on the radio, and satisfy her wanderlust on tour around the world. Stuart’s three-piece The Jessica Stuart Few checked the final box with their first Asian tour (and Top 40 single in Japan) in 2013, and since then, have played music festivals and been heard on airwaves from Australia to Germany and beyond. 

Having made a name for herself through signature rhythmic and harmonically adventurous art pop, Jessica is now joining forces with prolific producer/songwriter Robyn Dell’Unto (LU KALA - DCMO (Don't Count Me Out), Good Lovelies - I See Gold etc.) to become JESSA, smashing layers of playful guitars and vocals into an indie-pop package, singing about trying to keep life fun while existing in this weird world. 

If you hadn’t heard Jessica yet through her Best Album win at the Independent Music Awards, her five songs in the finals of the Canadian Songwriting Competition, or the record crushing, tear-jerking CBC documentary about her time living in Japan as a child (Finding Fukue, Nov 2018, 3 million + views, featuring Jessica’s musical score), then you’ll get to know JESSA through her debut single, Simple Little Song, out June 2019.

A couple musical clips for Jessa: