MarieVeronique Bourque

Instrument: Flute

''She’s got real talent because she can pick up anything, instantly... There’s nothing she can’t play... She plays as good as he (Moe Koffman) does”
—Maurice Drouin, Jazz pianist (Quote taken from article written by Kathy Fitzpatrick in the LeaderPost QC, SK

Updated: January 7, 2019

Born: May 21, 1968

Marie-Véronique Bourque is a jazz flutist and songwriter originally from Quebec City who currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Classically trained, she has performed with groups of various musical genres (jazz, classical, cabaret, blues, baroque, world music, folk and traditional). Her diverse background has allowed her to develop a unique style characterized by a rich sound, developed technique and palpable sensitivity.

First hired by the RCMP Band in 1992, Marie-Véronique pursued a police career for 25 years in parallel to her musical career following the dismantling of the group in 1993. For the past several years, she has been Flute Utility with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble with whom she recorded a first album Combine, New Works for Flute Quartet (2015), and an active musician within the Fransaskoise Community.

During the 2012 Mosaic Festival in Regina, Marie-Véronique was invited by a well known Saskatchewan jazz pianist, Maurice Drouin, to join him on stage. With him, she familiarized herself with the Cabaret repertoire and jazz standards. She continued developing her natural ability in jazz by attending the Carleton University Jazz Camp (ON), the Ambrose University Jazz Camp (AB), the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School (Dordogne,France) and the Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Masterclass (California, USA).

In 2017, Marie-Véronique retired from the RCMP and toured Montreal and Quebec City where she performed with Christine Tassan, Marie-Noëlle Claveau and Clément Robichaud. She also organized her own tour in Paris and Switzerland where she performed with artists from Switzerland, Great Britain and France including pianist Alain Jean-Marie.

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Kathy Fitzpatrick, LeaderPost QC, SK ''...It was 2012, at Regina’s Mosaic festival where Bourque was working as a volunteer. Pianist Maurice Drouin, one of the elder statesmen of Saskatoon’s jazz scene, was to perform — and suddenly she found herself on stage with him. Bourque had heard him play at previous fransaskois events. “He was playing the most beautiful French songs in a jazz way,” she recounts. She approached him during intermission, saying she’d love to perform with him at some point. Confirming she had her flute with her, he replied “Come with me on stage. We’re going to do a song

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