Louise Burns is already a 20-year vet of the music industry and she's barely 30 years old. She witnessed the heady last gasp of the majors in the late-’90s (Burns co-founded pop band Lillix at 11 and signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at 15), and was front and centre for Canada’s indie renaissance. Now Burns is an in-demand collaborator (Gold & Youth), high-profile hired gun, an acclaimed solo musician (2011’s Mellow Drama, long listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and 2013’s Midnight Mass), and multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss. She's toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America and is an engaged, dynamic artist, whose interests cannot be contained by hours in a day. Burns is also a freelance contributor and host on CBC’s Radio 3, and a journalist whose writing appears on CBC Music, the Talkhouse and Westender.
Her third album, titled Young Mopes, is out now. Co-produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Braids, Austra), its songs have been featured in the New York Times, Stereogum and Consequence of Sound.
Young Mopes was long listed for the Polaris Music Price in 2017. She is currently working on a new album.
- Andrea Warner