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Expect a party: Juno-winning Up Here headliner Milk & Bone

Montréal-based electronic pop duo says their music is about 'love and desire and friendship and tension'

Expect a party and get out your dancing shoes. That's what Montréal-based electronic pop duo Milk & Bone have to say about their headlining show Sunday, Aug. 18 as part of the Up Here Urban Art and Music Festival.

Milk & Bone, made up of Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and musical partner Camille Poliquin, are touring the music festival circuit right now, and say it has been a lot of fun.

“We're really in a festival set list mode,” said Lafond-Beaulne in a recent phone interview with “We have a show that is very dynamic, and we have a lot of fun with it. We're more free.”

As the group has never played in Sudbury before, Lafond-Beaulne said the band is also excited to share their music with a new audience.

Lafond-Beaulne and Poliquin met as music students at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal— a type of Quebec pre-university college — and began writing and performing as a duo in 2013.

They've since released two albums and one EP, and earlier this year won a Juno for electronic album of the year for 2018's “Deception Day.” It's a big accomplishment for two musicians still in their 20s.

“It was very surprising for us,” Lafond-Beaulne said. “We were very moved and very excited about it because we worked so hard on that album and we were very proud of it. … It was pretty amazing. It was a very beautiful moment.”

Although both women are francophone, they've always written their music in English. Lafond-Beaulne said they grew up consuming English music, so writing in English is what comes natural. 

“We tried writing in French,” she said. “It's very different and it's less intimate when we do in a weird way.”

If you'd like to get a taste of what Milk & Bone's music is like, check out the video of their song "Nevermore" below.

The musician said a lot of Milk & Bone's songs talk about relationship dynamics, both positive and negative. 

“It's really around love and desire and friendship and tension — all the dynamics you can find in a relationship between humans, all the thoughts you have when you're in your bed and you're wondering about your future,” Lafond-Beaulne said.

“I think it's just about questions and the experience we all go through in different and yet very similar ways.”

The Aug. 18 show takes place at the Grand Theatre (28 Elgin St.). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Opening for Milk & Bone is Sudbury musician Jennifer Holub. 

Individual tickets cost $25 each. You can buy tickets to this show and others — as well as Up Here weekend passes — on the festival's website.


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