Dominique Fils-Aimé is a JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec. Her most recent album trilogy is an ambitious conceptualization of the history of African American music, reflecting on the social realities that influenced the genres of blues, jazz and...
Dominique Fils-Aimé is a JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec. Her most recent album trilogy is an ambitious conceptualization of the history of African American music, reflecting on the social realities that influenced the genres of blues, jazz and soul. Through this process she gains a deeper appreciation of the emotion behind the music, channeling that spirit into her own work.
Dominique’s career blossomed when her sophomore album, “Stay Tuned!”, received a write-up on Revelation Jazz for Radio Canada. “Stay Tuned!” was then shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and was featured among the nineteen best Canadian albums of 2019 by CBC. Her debut album, “Nameless” is used as a reference recording for audiophiles across the world and was showcased at High End Munich and AXPONA. And most recently, “Three Little Words”, also made the Polaris nomination, claimed the #1 spot for best selling album in Quebec and hit #2 in Canada, with over three hundred media mentions worldwide.
A defining aspect of Fils-Aimé’s sound is how she explores exciting, new possibilities through layered vocal harmonies—sometimes carrying an entire song using just her voice. She has always been captivated by the practice of harmony…“how your brain can compute singing a counter melody that completes the lead. These vibrations of two lines of music together in harmony really fascinates me, because it does something to you, it creates the feeling of being in tune, which creates well-being.”
Harmonizing is one of Fils-Aimé’s primary sources of inspiration. She loves to get lost in the process of creating because it brings her into a timeless state. In this state, she experiences a contentment that gives a magical quality to her work—undefinable, yet truly authentic. During her live performances Dominique recreates this musical trance by interlinking her songs. When there is a continuous flow of music it is easier for her to get into a meditative state. There is less time for applause and it helps remove the hierarchy between crowd and performer. In her own words: “Having that moment where I can feel connected to the audience on a deeper level of communication is so important to me.”
Dominique Fils-Aimé has toured in both Canada, the U.S., and Europe. She is looking forward to inventing new genres by celebrating different cultures and collaborating with musicians from all walks of life.
Her songs are haunting, often feeling as though they came from a place of both struggle and strength, and leave you hypnotized and singing softly to yourself.