Montreal’s Julie Curly on HGB



(CCM) Let’s start by where were you born and raised? Where do you hang your hat now?

JC: I was born an raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and still live there. I just love this city. Having travelled a lot in my older teens, I love the openness of mind in Montreal, the diversity.

(CCM) What instruments do you play? Which ones do you wish you could play?

JC: I began music by learning guitar and I do play a little mandolin, harmonica and piano, BUT I wish I could play all of them better! My main instrument and the one I master is singing. I’ve been training my vocal chords for more than 16 years now, so I consider singing an instrument even if I don’t have to buy my vocal chords to the music store!

(CCM) How do you approach song writing?

JC: First, writing songs is for me a way to express myself, an extension of who I am and the message I want to tell others. Expressing myself through song writing is a way to show my vision of the world and externalize my feelings. A gift for myself and others.

(CCM) Tell us about a time that was really embarrassing on stage if you have any. If you did, also tell us how you overcame it.

JC: A couple of years ago, I had this show with my cover band…It was in winter, -30 Quebec winter. The show was taking place in a tent, but it was freezing, because the heating system was broken….So there I was singing with my big winter coat (embarrassing enough)and my leg happened to fall in a hole there was on stage… My bandmate took me out of it…. But you know, I’ve remain professional and never stoped singing…I was singing « Hit me with your best shot » by Pat Benatar…Ironic enough, my ego was hit big shot;)

(CCM) If you weren’t playing music what else would you be doing?

JC: I happen to have the chance to do what I love. I work in communications, write a lot, I’m a journalist, film critic and film teacher. To me writing, teaching, cinema and music is an interrelated whole in my life.


 (CCM) What concert did you see that was the most memorable and why?

JC: This is a tough question… Seeing Aretha Franklin on stage (at 70 years of age) was amazing; a vocal tornado, a strong women. I interviewed Melissa Etheridge and then seen her onstage, a couple of days later: she’s so authentic and generous in interview and on stage with the crowd. Same for Joss Stone. Amazingly authentic woman…Oh, and I fell in love with Katie Melua every time I see her onstage….

(CCM) Do you have a day job? If so what is it that you do?

JC: I own a master in film studies, and I have been fortunate enough to teach and write about cinema. Right now, I’m a journalist, a film critic and I director of communications for an LGBT non-profit organization.

(CCM)  What do you do first thing when you get up in the morning?

JC: I drink a big glass of water. And then go pee. We’re all humans right?

(CCM) Where is the most interesting place you have ever traveled to and where would you like to visit someday that you have not been to yet?

JC: One year ago, I was dreaming of visiting California (this has been a long dream of mine since my teens.) I’ve visited L.A. last year, and it was amazing! So…I would love to see New Zealand one day, but seems so far away…. At 19, I’ve toured Western Europe with a friend: France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Great-Britain, Portugal, Spain…A memorable trip, I was so young then. It opened up my mind big time!

 (CCM) How did you get into music?

JC: At 17, while taking guitar lessons, I discovered my voice! Since then, my guitar is taking dust on her shoulders!

 (CCM) Who are your major influences?

JC: The Beatles. John Lennon. Janis Joplin. Aretha Franklin. All the 60’s and 70’s artists who preach authenticity and liberty. On the contemporary side, I’m a big fan of Jewel, Joss Stone and Katie Melua.

 (CCM) Tell us why you chose to move into the area of music professionally

JC: I’ve decided to produce my two last albums, to give me a way to express my voice on stage, to express my thoughts and feelings. I do have something to say… for me Art is all about that: finding our own unique way to tell your vision of the world, bring peace to this world, tell a  message, bring people to think about their own life, or simply entertain them, bring joy to their heart and soul.

 (CCM) What would your fans be surprised to know about you?

I was born prematurely, weight 2 lbs (yeah I know I’m way bigger now;) and the doctor told I was dead… I relate this story in the song « Can you imagine? (The Killing of John Lennon).

(CCM) What is the biggest life lesson that you have learned in music, and in life, that you believe would be valuable wisdom to share with other artists?

JC: Music is all about collaborations with other musicians, it’s an exchange of our feelings and energy as human beings. Like in all human relationships, we grow through time, music grow with us, some collaborations ends and new ones began. It took me some time to understand and realize this, but as we change as human being in life, music collaborations changes too. It’s not a fixed thing, we all evolved with time, music and collaborations too. And it’s for the good! Changes make us grow, make us think about our lives, make us learn. And we should never stop learning, because for me it’s what life is all about.

(CCM) Is there anything else that you can share with us that we haven’t touched on today?

JC:Since June 2017, our second album Flower Power Soul, partially funded by FACTOR, is available on iTunes and also as a physical version (Yes, I still believe in CD’s!) on our website. Thanks to those who took part in it and I would love to mention their work, so here are the credits! All songs written by Julie Curly (lyrics) and Gilbert Cantin (music) except Redemption Song and Can you imagine, music written by Monique Dumas. Vocals: Julie Curly, Bass/Guitar: Gilbert Cantin, Keyboards & arrangements: Jean-Yves Cardin, Drums: Robert Massé. Mixing: Gilbert Cantin, except Silk Stocking District (Benoit Labelle). Silk Stocking District feature Didier Renaud (bass) and Sylvain Beaudoin (acoustic guitar). Mastering: Harris Newman, Grey Market Mastering (Montréal). Cover artwork: Jean-Charles Marier. Photography: Claudia Grégoire.

Also I’m proud to share the lyric video for the song Diversity (Lyrics: Julie Curly / Music: Clodius Sallin). This is the song we submitted to represent Swiss at Eurovision Song Contest 2018! Share with pride!

(CCM) Do you have any tours coming up?

JC: I’ll be touring Ontario for the RiseUpTv at the beginning of the summer, but before that will also play in January and March for two great shows in Québec.

(CCM) How do people discover your music?

JC: There is everything on my website:

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(CCM) How did you find out about HGB? Would you recommend this radio station to others? If so why?

JC: I found out about HGB through my manager Rosner Management Services. Hidden Gems Broadcasting is giving you the best of indie music in many styles with a great host! Listen carefully, you could find some gems for sure!


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