Monday afternoon, Mar 9, tucked away in a corner of the College of Charleston’s Education Center, an audience gathered to experience the soulful pop melodies of Québécois artist, Ariane Roy. Community members, students, and professors and their families welcomed the singer-songwriter with guitarist and back-up vocalist Dominique Plante, as well as percussion stand-in, Steve the drum machine. The event was organized by the school in partnership with Charleston’s Alliance Française in anticipation of March 20th’s Journée Internationale de la Francophonie, an annual celebration of French speakers around the globe.
Their first time touring in the U.S., the duet had come a long way from Quebec City and were happy to be under Charleston’s sun and away from Canada’s harsh winter. “Under the sun, so sunny music,” Roy said as the pair filled the Ed Center’s auditorium with laid-back, alternative funk. Covers of artists like Amy Winehouse and Patrick Watson graced the set list as well. Her songs switched between the soft and the upbeat, some of the more danceable jams earning a performance from some of the children in the audience. Roy explained some of her inspirations while hopping between English and French, earning a few laughs from an audience made mostly of bilingual speakers like who understood the inclination. Singing the first song she ever wrote in English, “Fight,” she describes how beautifully fluid she finds the language.
Ariane Roy’s EP was released just this past Friday and is available on Spotify and Apple Music.