Marie-Véronique (MV) Bourque is a Saskatchewan artist who is not scared from stepping outside the normal path. Her French interpretation of jazz standards and original songs paired with a natural ability to adapt and perform in different genres makes her brand unique and coveted. To her credit, Marie-Véronique was a 2020 highlight artist at both the BOW 2020 and the Contact Ouest. She is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble), the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SOCAN, and the Conseil Culturel Fransaskois.
Marie-Véronique just finished the recording of two new jazz albums, to be released in 2021. The first one with Chapman Stick player Brian Baggett, the second one with a variety of players, including Jack Semple of Saskatchewan and Clement Robichaud of Quebec.
In 2019, Marie-Véronique was invited to Oxford, UK to record Will Cox’s rock album “A Darkling Shore” (released in 2020), along with some incredibly accomplished artists including Orlando Harrison (Alabama 3) and Lina Horner, among many others. The invitation came following Marie-Véronique’s participation in Pro7ect, a songwriters and producers retreat, held in Brighton, UK.
In 2019, Marie-Véronique was a featured artist during the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival with singer Suzanne Kennelly. She has toured in Switzerland, France and Quebec.
In 2018, Marie-Véronique released her first jazz album ‘Une Porte S’ouvre’ dedicated to French Jazz. With this album, Marie-Véronique was nominated in the Avant-Garde Experimental Artist of the Year Category at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards. The album was voted #5 in the 2018 Best Saskatchewan Album of the Year list. ‘Une Porte S'ouvre’ landed twice on the National Jazz Charts on !Earshot. The song ‘Excusez-moi’, composed by Marie-Véronique and Michelle Grégoire and featured on the album, won a semi-finalist award at the Canadian Songwriting Competition and at the Unsigned Only International Music Competition.