Michelle Bellerose is a self-produced musician, visual artist and writer. She worked as a feature film production coordinator for ten years before turning her hand to a one-year organic vegetarian project that was named Restaurant of the Decade (2000-2010) by Toronto's NOW Magazine. An innovator whose multidisciplinary work touches all human senses through her ongoing investigations into intuition, creativity, and health, she has independently and persistently produced original music, visual art, and provocative commentary in support of spiritual quest, alternative medicine and holistic science.

In all of her endeavours, her trailblazing approach invites us to hone our relationships with our bodies and minds in order to experience enchantment and wonder. From pioneering a new form of yoga, to her award-winning work as a gourmet chef, Michelle continually breaks ground with her work and play.

As a musician, an eclectic mix of sounds blends into Michelle's own unmistakable style. In 2008 she was nominated for a Niagara Music Award, in the category Best Female Vocalist, and her music has featured in three Antero Alli films, a Reality Sandwich podcast, and on CBC radio and numerous North American college stations. Unique vocals along with her skilled treatment of both improvised and recorded arrangements contribute to her growing reputation as a leading musical talent. She has performed at numerous venues, from the famed Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires to Toronto's Lula Lounge, C'est What?, Cameron House, Comfort Zone, Bambu, Ontario Place, and Distillery Jazz Festival, James Street Supercrawl in Hamilton, Ottawa's Mercury Lounge and Elmdale Tavern, and BC Place in Vancouver, as well as numerous shows in coffee shops, stores, lofts, galleries, libraries, restaurants, parking lots, private homes and nature areas.



ANIMAL POWERS spring 2011

ANIMAL POWERS spring 2011

Thursday, February 13, 2014

record label interest...!

for the first time in my life i got a tweak of interest from a pretty major american record label founded by a talent-spotting producer with a roster that includes quite a few big names. i'm a little gobsmacked! if nothing further comes of this, i'm cool, the message on its own made me feel so positive! its about the significance of the sign... as a sign it means i'm getting out of my own way enough that opportunities can finally reach me.

i've always wondered where i could take things, how much differently i could manifest this music in me if i finally had recourse to a guiding supervisor to help separate out wheat from chaff, bring out the best that i'm capable of, and the opportunity to work with other musicians instead of endlessly self-referencing in an abstracted digital arena. i'm old enough now to have long since neutralized those parts of me that were seeking approval and fame as a cure for my insecurities... at root i simply love to create and am keenly curious about what i could contribute to music culture given the opportunity. maybe my time has come? if not with this label, its still an encouragement tweak to keep open to possibility as  never before... i've learned its no good to keep alive past disappointments as it attracts more of the same, so i only have good feelings about this message from very big fish indeed.

the song i submitted for consideration was thousand ancestors wide...

A&R Department — 02/12/2014 04:50PM EST

Powerful song. I'm marking this to send up to the guys. One thing about this song, A listener may not like it but he can't ignore it. Let's see what they say. I think the lyric might need a bit of truncation but it is a memorable song. Has much the impact of "Nico" (who's probably before your time :) all best, ****

I got the final verdict and I can't find a way to feel poorly about this conclusion to be honest. I think it tells me that my work has quality, that it captures the ear of a lot of people, but because of its unusualness business men don't know how to sell it as easily as they do other genre-faithful material and straightforwardly commerical artists. this gives them pause that for now takes me out of the running, but it also buys me time and understanding. ah yes how lovely they art, time and understanding, the keys to good musicianship.

While the industry professional did not choose your song for this opportunity, they did leave you the following message in regards to your submission:
  1. Great submission. Made it through two rounds of review! Thank you for sending.
  2. Good candidate but regretfully it doesn't make the final cut

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anny maux 2011

warrior of tenderness 2010

warrior of tenderness 2010
‎"Mythology IS the song. It is the song of the imagination, inspired by the energies of the body."
[Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers]

spirit portraits by michelle bellerose

a new project, this series of totemic illustrations are done within an hour and with no special art supplies, just contact cement, photocopy paper, a pencil, sometimes ink, watercolours, and images from old magazines people have put out for free circulation.