About Renée

Renée Yoxon is a twenty-something jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist from Canada's capital. Her second album, Here We Go Again, will be available December 2012.

Impossible is available for pre-order now!

impossible_preorderToday is the day! Well, two weeks before the actually, but today you can pre-order Impossible in iTunes! When you do you will receive one track from the album, Being Green by Joe Raposo. Here is a clip of that song.

The album will be released on August 31st and then the rest of the songs will automatically be downloaded to your iTunes. On that date the album will become available in all online retailers (Amazon MP3, Google Play Music, Spotify and more). Thank you so much for continuing to support this project. I’m so glad the big day is almost here!!!

It’s almost time to go back to school so here are a few tour dates before I hit the books

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This has been a such a busy summer and August is the busiest month of all! The album is coming out soon, I’ve been practicing piano, writing tunes, and now I’m doing a last-minute tiny tour before I go back underground to study for another eight months.

I’m really happy to share some of my new tunes on this tour. And I’m really happy to be joined by Montreal trumpet player Francis Leduc-Bélanger. We will be at Résonance in Montreal on August 22, at 120 Diner in Toronto on August 27, and at Château CyR in Ottawa on August 28th (where we will be opening for an amazing poet, Brandon Wint). More details about each show at the links below:

Aug 22 – MONTREAL – Résonance
Aug 27 – TORONTO – 120 Diner
Aug 28 – OTTAWA – Château CyR

For the safety and comfort of all patrons, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, essential oils, scented body and haircare products or other scented or chemical products to the venues. Thanks and see you there!

Random updates + Impossible official release date announced

Hey Friands! Wow, it’s been so long since we’ve just talked, right? Well here’s the scoop. This summer has been incredibly busy with getting the album released, preparing for the coming school year, among other things. In the last two weeks I spent three days in Toronto, three days in Ottawa, and today I’m off to Vancouver for six days. I haven’t really done any playing while travelling, so all these trips have been like an extended vacation (dotted with much appreciated students).

I was hoping to do some more regular blogging this summer but as September looms on the horizon it’s becoming clearer and clearer that that is not going to happen (not for lack of ideas though! I just don’t want to start and then stop once I start school up again.)

If you’re feeling starved for musical updates then I want to direct your attention to two social media options I’ve been experimenting with recently:

1. Instagram: Ok I’ve been on instagram for years but recently I’ve starting uploading 15 second clips of me singing jazz tunes under the hashtag #15secondstandards. So far I’ve uploaded On a Clear Day, Where or When, Moonray, and more. Submit your requests in the comments below!

2. Periscope: A relative new-comer on the social media scene, periscope allows users to live broadcast from their handheld devices. So far I’ve broadcasted a set at Dépanneur Café, and a private set/Q&A from inside a McGill practice room. The broadcasts only last 24 hours so you have to watch them while they’re hot! This is a very exciting tool because I’m about to go into the studio to record a demo for the Monk Competition and I’ll be periscoping from in the studio. There’s no web link to follow (although you can watch the broadcasts on the web) so just download the Periscope app and search “reneeyoxon”.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – important dates! I’m happy to announce that Impossible: Live at Musideum will be available for pre-sale on iTunes on August 17th and will be officially released on August 31st!! When you pre-buy the album you will receive one track in advance. The rest of the tracks will be automatically downloaded when the album is released. I can’t believe it, only one month to go!!

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Album art revealed!

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Hey everyone! I’m so happy to finally reveal the album art for Impossible: Live at Musideum. This artwork was created by the incomparable Rachel Ignotovosky. Rachel worked with me to create an image inspired by Disney’s Cinderella. I love it!

The music is being mastered this week, the album art is completed, everything is on schedule. You’ll have this album before you know it!

And now! More photos from our photoshoot at The Word bookstore with Jesse Daniel Smith.

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Impossible: Live at Musideum launching this summer

impossible_promoOh my freaking god, the time has finally come! Remember last October when Chad Linsley and I did a three-city tour that included Musideum in Toronto? Well we recorded that concert and now you get to hear that concert. That’s right folks, we’re putting out a live album! This summer!!!

Impossible contains music from and inspired by film adaptations of children’s stories. Touching on magic, dreaming, and the urge to run away, the music is imaginative, intimate, vulnerable, and reminds the listener of childhood – at once carefree, questioning, and melancholy.

The launch date isn’t set yet but in the mean time we have concerts coming up in Ottawa and Montreal to give you a sneak preview of what you will find on the album:

Renée Yoxon Trio at Upstairs // MONTREAL
Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, 1254 McKay Street, Montreal, QC
Thursday, June 11, 8pm ($8), 9:15pm ($8), 10:30pm (free)
RSVP on Facebook

Karen Oxorn Present: Renée Yoxon Trio at GigSpace // OTTAWA
GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON
Saturday, June 13, 7:30pm ($20)
RSVP on Facebook

I’m so excited!! Are you excited?? Tell me your favourite childhood story in the comments below. My vote goes to Alice in Wonderland…

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Thanks to Jesse Daniel Smith and The Word Bookstore for helping us get our fabulous promo shots together. More of those to come!

I’ll be playing solo at Le Dépanneur Café all summer long!

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This is happening folks! I’m doing THIRTEEN solo sets at Dépanneur Café in Montreal over the course of the summer. Le Dépanneur Café is a charmingly bohemian daytime café with traditional brunch, legendary grilled cheese, and round-the-clock live music. Join me every Friday at 11am through June, July, and August for a set of solo piano and voice. Expect jazz standards, pop covers, and brand-spankin-new originals. RSVP on Facebook!

Le Depanneur Cafe
206 Bernard, Montreal, Quebec H2T 2K4

#15secondstandards

Recently I recorded three 15 second clips of me singing jazz standards on instagram. I’ve posted them below so you can listen (if you have 45 seconds to spare). So far I’ve recorded Early Autumn, Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, and Stella By Starlight. They seem to have been pretty well received on instagram so I would like to know what standards you would like to see next. This series is so easy and fun for me I can see myself doing a LOT of them. Leave your suggestions in the comments below and enjoy the next 45 seconds!

Spring can really hang you up the most… 🌷🌷 #jazz #singing #jazzstandards #piano #song #15secondstandards

A video posted by Renée Yoxon (@reneeyoxon) on

Stella by starlight…🎵#jazz #jazzstandards #jazzsinger #singing #singer #piano #15secondstandards

A video posted by Renée Yoxon (@reneeyoxon) on

Early autumn #15secondstandards

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summer skype lessons (let’s trade!)

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Whatup y’all! I am once again selling my wares. Do you want to learn to sing but don’t want to leave your room? Perfect! I am offering skype voice lessons! Here’s the deal:

-> 30 minute power sessions for $25
-> 60 minute sessions for $40
-> 3 x 30 minute power sessions for $60 (save $15)
-> 3 x 60 minute sessions for $95 (save $25)

I am also willing to trade! If you are interested in doing some web assistant work (emailing publications and festivals about my work, helping me book shows, researching, grant writing) or have other skills (visual art! photography! jewellery making! tattooing!) I am more than happy to trade my skills for your skills. Bring it on.

Here is a little about me: I have been singing for 12 years and teaching for 6 years. I have taught students as young as 10 and as old as 75. It’s never too late to learn about your voice! I specialize in jazz but I mainly teach foundational technique. I am a chronically ill and queer individual and I am sensitive to trans folk who are seeking information about how to craft their own voice. I am also sensitive to chronically ill and disabled folk who can’t use their bodies in the way singing is traditionally taught. No matter who you are, let’s do it!

If you’re interested, contact me here!

(photo by Jesse Daniel Smith – which he traded me for voice lessons!)

sunday jazz brunch at la bastringue

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Hey friends! Over the next two months Marie-Claire Durand and I will be bringing alternating Sunday solo concerts to La Bastringue in Petite Patrie, Montreal. Marie-Claire Durand is active as a pianist, vocalist, composer, as well as arranger and teacher. Her latest album, Peu de mots, is a dreamy and crystalline work, at once strong and fragile. Also she’s my good pal!

The first Sunday jazz brunch is happening today from 11:30am to 1:30pm and I will be kicking things off! Below is the schedule May and June. Looking forward to seeing you there!

May 3: Renée
May 10: Marie-Claire
May 17: Renée
May 24: Marie-Claire
May 31: Renée

June 7: special guest
June 14: Marie-Claire
June 21: Renée
June 28: Marie-Claire

Jazz Brunch with Marie-Claire Durand and Renée Yoxon
Sundays, 11:30am – 1:30pm, pay what you can
La Bastringue
1335, rue Beaubien Est
514 903 9222

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