A CANADIAN ROOTS BAND
While studying sound engineering at Harris Institute in Toronto, Matt started jamming with a couple of fellow students. Mitchell Thomson from Calgary, Alberta brought along his stand-up bass and rockabilly background, and David Poulin from Zenon Park, Saskatchewan his French-Canadian fiddle. Word got out about the living room jam sessions, and soon Melanie Hilmi wanted in. Her soulful voice added that je-ne-sais-quoi that paired perfectly with Matt's songwriting and voice, and the BelleRegards were born.
It didn't take long for the band to release a self-produced EP, One Word, in 2012, and they then set to work on a full-length album. Nothing to Lose, the result of a week-long recording session with just the four band band members in a sprawling house on the Moira River, followed by studio sessions in downtown Toronto, was praised as "A disk to hold in high regard indeed.” (Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music). A second full-length album, co-produced with moon:and:six is due to be released this fall of 2015. It was recorded in a remote cabin on Jameson Lake and is infused with the organic feeling of wood and open space.
The BelleRegards are identified by their bluegrass-Americana folk sound, foot-stomping live shows, and songs about discovery, loss, and living in the moment.
The band owns all of its masters and publishing and has a number of songs that have been licensed for TV and web.
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