Four nuns traveling by canoe toward an unknown destination, a small-town stenographer crowned beauty queen, a landlocked mermaid, and a reckless runaway with one true wish – these are some of the characters that inhabit the songs of Winnipeg singer/songwriter Christine Fellows. SPIN magazine decribes her songwriting as “slyly unpredictable, rarely self-serious, and unabashedly tuneful” and her live performances have been described as “devasting” and “incandescent” (Georgia Straight, Vancouver). Fellows has released five solo albums to date, most recently Femmes de chez nous (CD) and Reliquary/Reliquaire (DVD), a bilingual studio album and performance film that are a testament to resilience, community and the transofrmative power of art (Six Shooter Records, 2011).
An avid interdisciplinary collaborator, Fellows often works with visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers and musicians from all disciplines to create performance works, scores and spectacles. She strives to bridge musical and artisitic disciplines, and to foster relationships within the creative community at large, while championing the art of songwriting and the spirit of collaboration.
Fellows has toured internationally from Oslo, Norway to Old Crow, Yukon; from Paris, France to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was Composer-in-Residence at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007 – 08), Artist-in-Residence at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum in Winnipeg (2009) and Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter-in-Residence (2011). In 2010, she co-founded the Correction Line Ensemble, a six-piece ensemble that bridges classical and contemporary music. Along with her frequent collaborator, visual artist Shary Boyle, she was awarded a Harbourfront Centre Fresh Ground new works commission to create Everything Under the Moon, a wildly imaginative theatrical spectacle geared toward children, which will premiere in Toronto during Harbourfront Centre’s 2012 season. In 2011, she was awarded a Manitoba Arts Council Major Arts Grant award to create a new work of experimental music theatre, which will premiere in 2013.