Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
May 11, 2009
Tuesday Bloom blossoms into trilingual Catholic rock band
SPECIAL TO THE WCR
CALGARY — A trilingual Catholic rock band from Winnipeg is gearing up for its first-ever Calgary performance.
Tuesday Bloom formed as a duo in 2005 with guitarist Adrian Besaw and vocalist Marie Cormier Brunet. By the following year, drummer André Brunet and bassist Josh Gervais had joined the band and solo artist Janelle Krebs completed the line-up.
“We didn’t necessarily want to be a praise and worship band; we wanted to be a Christian rock band,” said Besaw, the only anglophone in the five-piece francophone band that performs in French, English and Spanish.
“Sharing this passion and gift of music with people is just such a blessing. It’s even beyond music; it’s sharing ourselves with people,” he said.
Sharon Borges, youth coordinator at Calgary’s Holy Spirit Parish, booked the band to play May 15 in Calgary.
SPEAK TO THE HEART
“Their music is a mix of energetic rock and stirring melodies with lyrics that speak to the heart,” said Borges.
“On stage, the band impacts their audience with energy and depth, performing original songs as well as leading their audience to prayer through praise and worship rock music.”
Besaw said while there is a lot of music that shares a message of death, fear or anger, we play music that shares joy, peace and hope.
“I think young people are looking for truth, they are starving for truth and music can be a big part of that,” he said.
Cormier Brunet added that when people listen to their music, she hopes they are led to prayer and they open their hearts to Christ’s message of hope, love, joy and peace, his healing and his call for us to change our hearts.
“This may be a lot to ask, but it’s not really us doing the work . . . all we can ask is that he works through us,” she said.
A SINGING PRAYER
“When I’m on stage or even practising music, it’s important to me that the songs I’m singing reflect my faith and that the lyrics are meaningful, so that I can not only sing them, but pray them,” said Cormier Brunet who works as coordinator of marriage and family services for the St. Boniface Archdiocese.
Their linguistic versatility made Tuesday Bloom prime candidates to play in Quebec at the bilingual Youth Summit in 2007 and again on the main stage at the International Eucharistic Congress last June.
Later in the summer they went on to headline Rock the Mount, one of western Canada’s largest annual Christian festivals in Humboldt, Sask. Last fall they were recognized nationally among all Canadian Christian music artists when they were nominated for two Covenant Awards for Rock Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year (My Everything).
Besaw said he hasn’t noticed many other Catholic bands and hopes Tuesday Bloom can offer the Catholic community good music that appeals to young people.
“We want our music to have meaning and change lives, but at the same time it needs to sounds good.”
That is why the production quality on their first self-titled album was so important to them. To do this last year they teamed up with Adrian Bradford, a former member of the Christian band Starfield, to produce the album.
“This is something we want to do and do it well, so for Adrian to come along and work with us and take us to a new level, it really feels like God is doing this. It feels like a miracle.”
The 11-track album includes original material such as the first track Show Me The Way. Besaw said it’s a song in which the singer cries out to God asking him to show the way to the place he wants to be.
The trilingual band recorded eight songs in English and three in French. The group went out on a limb to produce the album despite the high costs.
“Doors have opened for us, we’ve met all the right people and we feel we can trust this and it will be fine. We are not out to make money — that’s the furthest thing from our minds. We really just want to do this music and share this joy with people.”
For information or to hear a sample of their music visit myspace.com/tuesdaybloom or search Tuesday Bloom on Facebook. Calgary tickets are available at 403-251-3381.