Getting Back to Music

Concordia Alumni Mix and Mash their Sounds

Mona Lissa performing in 50 Shades Of Music at Le Piranha Bar Sept. 2 Photo courtesy Mona Lissa & The Brink

Their day jobs are in marketing, acting and research, but onstage at Le Piranha Bar this Sunday three Concordia grads are returning to their first love with 50 Shades of Music.

Musicians Andrew Sutton, Mona Lissa and Nancy-Ann Michaud are producing the event together and hope it will be the first of a series of showcases.

“There are differences in our style,” said Mona Lissa. “Nancy and Andrew are both in a folk-pop-rock category whereas the stuff I do is very eclectic – heavier alt-rock and jazz.”

Each of the musicians has a career on the side of music but Lissa for one is ramping up efforts to making her creative side a bigger part of her life.

“I’ve always been involved in music, performance and art, but because of the pressures of my career I couldn’t focus on it. Now I’m looking at doing more shows, producing more events.”

The three come from different corners of Quebec and met through the local music scene. In the future they want to invite other artists into 50 Shades of Music . While they value differences in musical style, one thing that brings them together is that they use their music as storytellers, drawing inspiration from artists like Jeff Buckley and Jewel.

50 Shades Of Music at Le Piranha Bar (680 Ste. Catherine St. W.) / Sept. 2 / 8 p.m. / $8 advance $10 door
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