Full house for Janie Renée’s first album at Levac Furniture

It was a packed house at Levac Furniture in Vankleek Hill for Janie Renée and her trio of Brazilian-Canadian musicians, as the local jazz artist launched her new album INESPERADO to a very grateful audience on Friday night (March 25).

More than 100 people stretched out on sofas and recliners – joining in the entertainment with hand shakers provided by the band and dancing wherever possible inside the large open space. The show also included a full Brazilian night, with Brazilian food and a dance instructor on hand to teach samba.

Accompanied by three Brazilian musicians who now live in Montreal – Paulo Ramos, Rodrigo Simoes and Aquiles Melo – Renée entertained the crowd with beautiful music, stories and songs to sing along to.

“We had a great time – that’s what matters most,” said the experienced musician, who was performing for the first time in Vankleek Hill in more than three years. “I’m just glad I got to play in my hometown.”

“Home is where you have your roots and where your heart is. When the locals show up, it means you’re in the right place at the right time – you’re part of the community. To me, that worth a million dollars. That’s where I want to be.

Renée INESPERADO’s new album, which fuses her style with Brazilian music, took shape after Renée decided to get back to work on an album project she had started during an artistic residency in Brazil. Part of the album was recorded in Brazil and the rest in Canada.

More information about the artist and INESPERADO can be found on Janie Renée’s website.

Over 100 people reclined on sofas and recliners, joined in the entertainment with hand shakers provided by the band, and danced wherever possible inside the large open space. Photos: Reid Masson

The show also featured a full Brazilian night, with Brazilian food on hand. Photo: Reid Masson


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