<div>Chris Velan, has always been crossing borders with his brand of world music-influenced, singer-songwriter pop.
Drawing comparisons to the smart, genre-mixing writing of Neil Finn, Nick Lowe, and Paul Simon, Velan has toured throughout North America with festival performances at The Lincoln Center, Sundance Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, and Osheaga.</div><div><br></div><div>His latest album, Amateur Hour, was recorded in a winter week at his country studio studio with an all-star team of Montreal artists; Bucky Wheaton (Land Of Talk, The Luyas, Timbre Timber), Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers), Michael Feuerstack (Land Of Talk, The Luyas, Bell Orchestre), Max Henry (Suuns), and Tom Mennier (Martha Wainwright). Recorded by Rod Shearer, Amateur Hour is Chris Velan's most accomplished and most personal album yet. The snowy, pastoral setting did nothing to temper what is essentially a pop-rock record with life-giving sounds, sometimes incendiary and explosive.
As a producer, Velan has worked with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and Haitian music collective, Lakou Mizik. Velan’s single, "Un-American Gothic", from his sixth album Glow, was in CBC Radio 2's Top 100 Songs List for 2016.</div>