Born in Quebec City in 1992, Safia Nolin showed an interest for music at a very young age: at two, she improvised unplugged concerts with her small plastic guitar around her building's pool to her neighbours’ delight. At 17, wanting to achieve her dream of becoming a musician, Safia started learning how to play guitar on her own with a used one offered by her big brother.
In 2012, she concocted her first original song, Igloo, inspired by her neighbourhood, Limoilou, for which Safia won the SOCAN Best Song Award during her participation at the 44th edition of the Festival International de la Chanson de Granby. Her debut album Limoilou was released on February 19th, 2015. These 13 folk-inspired songs have earned Safia many accolades including a Félix award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and three other nominations at the 2016 Gala de l’ADISQ (Folk Album of the Year, Critics’ Choice Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year), a long-list nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, the prestigious Prix Félix-Leclerc and 2016 SOCAN Breakthrough Award.
In November 2016, Safia released a surprise album, titled Reprises Vol.1, on which she pays tribute to music from la belle province before she begins to work on her second album of original material. She’s put her own sensitive twist on eight Quebecois classics.
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