Chez Willi

Chez Willi

Acoustic Folk Francophone Singer/songwriter

About

*English bio below 

Chez Willi vous transporte dans un monde où les rues étroites de pierre brillent sous une fine pluie, un monde où le voile entre les rêves et la réalité s'amaincit. Québécoise d'origine, et ayant vécu en Espagne, l’auteure-compositeure Anne-Marie Williot tisse ses hstoires en Français, Anglais, et Espagnol.  Accordéon ou guitarre en mains, elle chante des mélodies qui vous feront rire, pleurer, ou chanter!  Elle joue seule, our accompagnée du contrebassiste Patrick Boggs, de la violoncelliste Natanielle Felicitas, et de la violoniste Claudine St.Arnauld.

C’est à Winnipeg que Chez Willi a fait son nid.  Vous les trouverez aussi bien dans les restaurants que dans les maisons, donnant leurs sérénades, ou encore dans les jardins communautaires ou dans les rues, apportant de la vie à leur quartier.  Ils ont aussi participé à plusieurs festivals, dont Trout Forest Music Festival (Ear Falls ON 2013), Brandon Multicultural Festival (Brandon MB 2013), Pennybrook Festival (Wes Dublin NS 2013),  Juno Fest (Winnipeg MB 2014), Ellice Street Fest (Winnipeg MB 2014), Brandon Folk Festival (Brandon, MB 2014), et Break Out West (Winnipeg, MB 2014).

Leur album, intitulé “I Saw the Wolf” a été nominé par Western Canadian Music Alliance, comme meilleur album Francophone de l’année 2014!

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Chez Willi playfully invite you on a journey to a land of cobble stone streets and candle-lit cafes. With lyrics rooted in the raw beauty of experience, multi-instrumentalist Anne-Marie Williot crafts her songs on accordion and guitar.  Originally from Québec and having lived in Spain, Anne-Marie weaves her stories in French, English, and Spanish, unearthing a different creature with each language and each instrument.  She plays solo or accompanied by double-bassist Patrick Boggs, cellist Natanielle Felicitas, and violinist Claudine St.Arnauld.

Chez Willi call Winnipeg home and are often found serenading at local restaurants and stages, warming house concerts, or livening community gardens and streets.  They have performed at Trout Forest Music Festival (2013), Brandon Multicultural Festival (2013), Pennybrook Festival (2013), Juno Fest (2014), Ellice Street Festival (2014), Brandon Folk Festival (2014), and Break Out West (2014).

Anne-Marie’s song "Une Chanteuse Chartrouse" was included on the first volume compilation of the 2011 Manitoba Folkways Project, which was pressed to vinyl.  Chez Willi's first self-titled EP was released in the spring of 2013. Their first full length album "I Saw The Wolf", released in October 2013, was nominated for Francophone Recording of the Year by the Western Canadian Music Alliance.

*Photos by Nikki Rae and Thor Aitkenhead 

Audience Feedback:

" My daughter and I had the pleasure of seeing you at the [2013 Winnipeg] Fringe. Your music was beautiful and at times brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your music with us." - Paula, Winnipeg

" Super Bon...J'aime bien ta douce et belle voix!" - Andree, Quebec

"...the band is amazing and everytime the cello gets played, I weep." - Wanda.L, Winnipeg

"...Thanks for a great show in Brandon. Your beautiful voices and harmonious collection of instruments (yes, including the accordion!) made for a magical musical evening..." - Jocelyn, Brandon

 

Music

I Saw The Wolf

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"Léotard en léopard " from I Saw The Wolf

I Saw The Wolf

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"Take me Alive" from I Saw The Wolf

I Saw The Wolf

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"Down to the Bones" from I Saw The Wolf

Video

Bird on my Shoulder (two-piece) by Chez Willi

Chez Willi - Sur le Pont (4-piece) by Chez Willi

Chez Willi- Faery Song (4-piece) by Chez Willi

Un Naufrage (4-piece) by Chez Willi

Little Smoke Bird by Chez Willi

Discography

I Saw The Wolf

I Saw The Wolf Chez Willi

Released: October 25, 2013

Label: Independent

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Chez Willi

Chez Willi Chez Willi

Released: July 30, 2013

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