Toronto ON – It all seemed to happen so quickly. In 2009 Jill Barber was playing the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival behind her award winning album Chances. At the insistence of a dear friend, she decided to perform for the first time ever, a French translation of one of her songs, “Tous Mes Rêves” (“All My Dreams”). Though Jill has always admired French culture, her basic high school-level language skills had previously inhibited her from properly expressing herself with her Québec audience. That all changed when she graced the stage that night in Montreal.

“I just closed my eyes, channeled Edith Piaf and began to sing. I was blown away by the response. Though my French was far from perfect, the audience clearly valued the effort. I was inspired to perform more and more in this beautiful language”.

Now, four years after that monumental show in Montreal, Jill Barber will release Chansons on Outside Music, an album of her own interpretations of classic French songs from both France and Québec.

 Jill meticulously curated the repertoire herself, selecting material from a long list of over thirty songs, drawn both from her own collection, and from recommendations from friends within the Francophone community that she was now becoming a part of.

“I spent time with the songs. I strolled the streets with Aznavour, I sat in a sidewalk cafe with Piaf, poured a stiff drink with Gainsbourg, and I became absolutely enamoured and inspired by French music in the process.”

Following discussions, and a few studio sessions with her producer and arranger Drew Jurecka, she whittled the list down to the twelve songs that make up the album. “There are so many incredible songs that I would have loved to record, however I feel that this collection touches on all the aspects of French music that I love, from the sultry and romantic ballads to the whimsical and playful waltzes.”

Having earned over twenty award nominations and with two top-selling albums in English, Jill is poised to continue her burgeoning love affair with her French audience and Francophiles alike.

“Singing in French has been like rediscovering my voice, my instrument. The French language, particularly when sung, is very beautiful to me. It is a great pleasure for me to sing, and I think that enjoyment comes through.”

The first single off Chansons is “Sous le ciel de Paris” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzDtB7_XjRM) a song inspired by the 1951 French film of the same name and made famous by Piaf. “For me, this song captures the spirit of French street music, the drama, the tenderness, the romanticism, the playfulness. It’s the kind of song that instantly transports me to the cobblestone streets of Paris… or at least the Paris of my imagination.”

Jill, having just returned from a 3 week tour of Australia, will be embarking on a tour of the Maritimes in support of her latest album Mischievous Moon. She will be showing her country side by performing the songs of Hank Williams on November 25th in Vancouver at the Electric Owl, and will be in Toronto on December 1st at Massey Hall in support of Sarah McLachlan.  In January, prior to the release of Chansons, Jill will be playing at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 18th and 19th.



 November 14 – Chester, NS  - Chester Playhouse

November 15 – Annapolis Royal, NS – King’s Theatre

November 16 – Windsor, NS – Mermaid Theatre

November 17 – Truro, NS – Marigold Theatre

November 18 – Summerside, PEI – Harbourfront Theatre

November 20 – Florenceville/Bristol, NB – Carelton North Theatre

November 22 – Halifax, NS – Spatz Theatre w/Matthew Barber

November 25th – Vancouver, BC – The Electric Owl 

December 1 – Toronto, ON Massey Hall w/ Sarah McLachlan

December 6 – Ottawa, ON – Library & Archives Auditorium

January 18/19 – Park City, Utah – Sundance Film Festival


Petite Fleur



La Javanaise

Sous Le Ciel De Paris

En Septembre Sous La Pluie

Je Cherche Un Homme

N’oublie Jamais

Quand Les Hommes Vivront D’amour

Les Feuilles Mortes

Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux

Adieu Foulards

Matthew Barber in Australia

Matthew Barber’s tour of Australia begins today! Click on the TOURS tab or go to matthewbarber.com for all of the dates and where to buy tickets.

Matthew will be playing at the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival as well as bringing a Canadian tradition to Oz – The Songwriters Circle.

The Songwriters Circle Tour brings in four premier singer-songwriters to play solo, altogether on the one stage, taking in turns to perform their signature songs, chatting about all things artistic and the process of songwriting along the way with the audience. The concept originated from the east coast of Canada and IS now a feature event at the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA’s). The first for Australia will see Steve Balbi, Matthew Barber (Canada), Nicholas Roy and Asa Broomhall take the stage for an intimate evening sharing tales about their craft and the influences behind their work. Of course, their musical gifts will also be on display throughout the night.



Despite coming from different parts of the globe, Australian blues/guitar maestro Ray Beadle
and sultry Canadian chanteuse Jill Barber are united by a shared love of jazz classics. So
much so, that the duo will showcase their “jazz chops” for a series of live shows down the East
Coast of Australia this October and early November, for the ‘Come Out Swinging’ tour.

Ray Beadle & The Hightones will showcase the west coast jump blues style of America in the
50s & 60s, paying homage to artists such as Hollywood Fats, Junior Watson, Kid Ramos,
Lynwood Slim, Igor Prado, Alex Schultz and Little Charlie Baty. These acts have kept this style
alive and well around the world over the years, and to this day, audiences can still relate to
the infectious rhythm of jump – a smooth mix of blues jazz and swing. Ray Beadle & The
Hightones have promised audiences on this tour – they’ll ‘come out swinging’!

If you believe they don’t write songs like they used to, there is new hope for old romantics.
Extraordinary Canadian vocalist Jill Barber picks up the torch where the golden age of music
left off. Taking a giant step forward from the typical confines of the singer-songwriter, Barber
creates songs that strongly evoke – and could themselves become classics. Inspired by the
great ladies of song like Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, Barber’s latest album ‘Mischievous
Moon’ marks a turning point in her career, exploring the themes of love and romance.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experiences two of the world finest musicians performing
live together, as the ‘Come Out Swinging Tour’ winds from Brisbane down to Melbourne,
culminating in the grand finale at Melbourne’s finest jazz club, Bennett’s Lane.
www.raybeadle.com www.jillbarber.com

Ray Beadle & The Hightones /Jill Barber (Canada) Australian Tour 2012

Thursday 18th October 2012: Brisbane Jazz Club – Brisbane (QLD)
Ph: 07 3391 2006 or www.brisbanejazzclub.com.au

Friday 19th October 2012: Woombye Pub – Sunshine Coast (QLD)
Ph: 07 5442 1155

Saturday 20th October 2012: Burleigh Underground Drummers – Gold Coast (QLD)
Ph: 1300 762 545 or www.oztix.com.au

Wednesday 24th October 2012: The Clarendon Guesthouse – Katoomba (NSW)
Ph: 02 4782 1322 or www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au

Thursday 25th October 2012: The Brass Monkey – Cronulla (NSW)
Ph: 02 9544 3844 or www.brassmonkey.com.au

Friday 26th October 2012: The Heritage Hotel – Bulli (NSW)
Ph: 02 4284 5884 or www.heritagehotel.com.au

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2012: Sydney Blues And Roots Festival
www.sydneybluesfestival.com.au or www.oztix.com.au

Wednesday 31st October 2012: The Basement – Sydney (NSW)
Ph: 02 9251 2797 or www.thebasement.com.au

Thursday 1st November 2012: The Abbey – Canberra (ACT)
Ph: 02 6230 2905 www.theabbey.com.au

Friday 2nd November 2012: Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club – Melbourne (VIC)
(2 shows) Ph: 03 9663 2856 or www.bennettslane.com