About

Elise Epp is a prairie-raised singer-songwriter who has found her home creating chamber folk-pop in Toronto’s indie music scene. Founder of the six-piece chamber pop band Theodor, Elise honed her talents as an orchestrator creating lush, symphonic soundscapes with intricate and interwoven melodies. Now out on her own, Elise has teamed up with acclaimed producer Laurence Currie (Hey Rosetta!, Sloan, Wintersleep) for her first solo EP, “Brains, Hearts, and Stomachs,” released in April 2013.

Elise’s work pulls from a wide variety of musical sources. It is rooted in the classical, a nod to years of training first as a violinist then as a trumpeter and singer, and draws natural comparisons to the likes of Beirut and Owen Pallett. Her crystalline voice is reminiscent of a young Kate Bush: sweet yet strong, bringing her unique pop pieces to life. Her songs show a stark contrast between bright, catchy melodies and dark narratives, inspired both by the folk music of her youth and the melancholy German Lieder that played an indelible role in her classical training. Along the way, Elise’s unforgettable and often highly personal songs balance the philosophical and the emotional.

Since the release of “Brains, Hearts, and Stomachs,” Elise has toured across Canada, shared the stage with Sidney York, and received radio play on CKUA (Alberta), CIUT (Toronto), CKDU (Halifax), and CBC Radio One (Windsor, Ottawa, Maritimes).

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“Epp’s vocal performances are so dramatic and sincere that emotion pours from every moment…The album sounds gorgeous: sometimes lush, sometimes spare, but always full of warmth and richness.” Listen to Everything EP Review

Interview and video with This City Live.

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September 9, 2014 – Toronto ON @ Musideum
June 5, 2014 – Waterloo ON @ Mennofolk
April 26, 2014 – Kemptville ON @ The Branch w Paug Lake Road
April 25, 2014 – Ottawa ON @ Raw Sugar w Paug Lake Road
March 1, 2014 – Toronto ON @ The Magpie w Ptarmigan
December 10, 2013 – Toronto ON @ Handlebar
November 1, 2013 – Fredericton NB @ The Cellar
October 31, 2013 – Sackville NB @ Pickles
October 29, 2013 – Charlottetown PEI @ Baba’s Lounge w Drea MacDonald
October 28, 2013 – Halifax NS @ Company House w Taryn Kawaja and Lindsay Duncan
October 26, 2013 – Ottawa ON @ Raw Sugar Cafe w Josef Mieto
October 25, 2013 – Toronto ON @ Free Times Cafe w Paug Lake Road
October 17, 2013 – Toronto ON @ Koerner Hall – Postlude performance for Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin
August 25, 2013 – Toronto ON @ Aspetta Cafe – Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market
August 17, 2013 – Ottawa ON @ Mansion House Concert w Paug Lake Road
August 16, 2013 – Montreal QC @ Burritoville
July 30, 2013 – Peterborough ON @ The Spill w Ptarmigan
July 21, 2013 – Toronto ON @ The Tranzac w Reenie
July 6, 2013 – Wasaga Beach ON @ Barcelos Restaurant for the Georgian Triangle Music Festival
June 20, 2013 – Windsor ON @ Phog Lounge
June 18, 2013 – Guelph ON @ eBar w Ambre McLean
June 1, 2013 – Toronto ON @ The Central
April 25, 2013 – Toronto ON @ The Supermarket w Petty Victories and The O’Pears
April 8, 2013 – Edmonton AB @ Wunderbar w Sidney York
April 8, 2013 – Edmonton AB @ Jeffrey’s Cafe & Wine Bar
April 7, 2013 – Camrose AB @ House show
April 6, 2013 – Saskatoon SK @ The Woods
April 5, 2013 – Winnipeg MB @ Sam’s Place
April 4, 2013 – Moose Jaw SK @ Java Express
April 3, 2013 – Lethbridge AB @ Owl Acoustic
February 5, 2013 – Toronto ON @ Rancho Relaxo
January 7, 2013 – Toronto ON @ Drake Underground