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My Montreal: Marie-Christine

by Susan Campbell

Like other great artists before her-Cher, Madonna, Bono… talented local performer Marie-Christine prefers to leave her last name out of the equation (it’s “Depestre”). A long time contender on Montreal’s musical scene, her big break came when she was discovered by another local star- Corey Hart! He took her under his wing as the first artist to appear on his own label Siena Records and they created her first album “Walk in Beauty” together which also includes a collaborative track with Stevie Wonder. Now MC is working hard on a second CD while also busy discovering the joys and demands of new motherhood.

Where did you grow up, and which neighborhood do you now call “home”?

I grew up in Ste-Dorothée but went to school in Montreal as it was convenient for my parents who worked there. But now I’ve lived in Pointe St-Charles for almost 10 years and I love it.

Where do you do most of your clothes shopping?

Boutique Nu I in Old Montreal, FCUK on St. Catherine, Olam on St-Denis… but I’ve recently discovered a cool shop called Era Vintage Wear on Notre-Dame.

What are your favourite upscale and casual restaurants?

I recently discovered little Restaurant Jane where they have  an amazing original pizza menu. When I’m craving sushi- Sho-Dan is the spot. And I also enjoy Le Latini, Joe Beef and Bistro Duo-D.

Who are your favourite Montréal celebrities?

Of course, Corey Hart is one of my favorite Montreal celebrities, but I think  of him now more as a friend since we’ve been through such an intense musical journey together. But on the more local front, I really admire  Marie-France Bazzo on Bazzo.tv,  and Rebecca Makonnen  is also a really class act.

What was your favourite concert here?

Stevie Wonder! First at the Bell Center, and then at the Jazz Festival, and that was before I found out that we would work on a song together!

Where do you go to work out?

I do Bikram Yoga , and I also play badminton with my pianist and friend Julie Lamontagne. I also cycle on the bike path along the rapids. It’s a great way to get out of my head for awhile.

Do you have any pet projects or social causes you like to support?

I visited Haiti after the quakes to help out, I had never been and my parents are from there. And last year I was also involved in the project “Glambition” which is conference for young girls who want to become entrepreneurs.

What are your favourite spas and/or salons?

Spa Vert  has pre-natal and post-natal massages that did me a lot of good since I performed in heels throughout my entire pregnancy last year. And I also adore Strom Spa for their thermal experience, especially at night under the stars.

What’s your favourite watering hole/cafe?

Burgundy Lion is my fave spot to grab a good scotch with good folks. And I often hang out at Toi Moi & Café on Notre Dame- it’s my office away from home.

What’s your favourite Montreal memory?

Being on stage with my band at the Montreal Jazz fest last year. The steamy weather, electric ambiance, huge crowd…. it became the symbol of accomplishment for me- all the years of hard work suddenly realized in one magical moment. Surreal.

Complete this sentence: You know you’re in Montreal when….

You not only see a poutine on a menu, but you also see surprising variations of it like the lobster poutine at Le Garde-Manger. That’s so Montreal!

Visit: www.mariechristinemusic.com

Twitter: @1mariechristine

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mariechristinemusic