About

Montreal singer-songwriter and producer, Chris Velan, has been crossing borders in music with his distinct mix of indie, world-inflected pop-folk ever since he headed out solo in 2003 after the end of his band, Equalizer.

A hard-working songwriter and performer, he has toured extensively throughout North America, with notable performances at The Lincoln Center, Sundance Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Osheaga and the Virgin Festival.

As a globe-traveling producer, he worked with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars to produce their celebrated debut album, “Living Like A Refugee” (2006), which they recorded in a refugee camp in Guinea as well as in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He produced the band’s version of “Seconds” for the collection, “In the Name Of Love; Africa Celebrates U2”, featuring Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. He also reunited with the All Stars to produce their fourth album, “Libation” (2014). He produced the exciting debut album, “Wa Di You” (2016), for Haitian music collective, Lakou Mizik in Jacmel, Haiti and joined Franco-American chanteuse, Francesca Blanchard, on her debut release “Deux Visions” (2015)

Chris’ sixth and latest album, “Glow” (2016), co-produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat), is the most organic synthesis thus far of his varied sonic influences, weaving rock with colorful strands of reggae, afro-beat, chugging blues, balladry and hopping power-pop.

“… a melodically and lyrically sharp sound that’s simpatico with the compelling                     craftsmanship of Neil Finn, Paul Simon, and Nick Lowe” …Dennis Cook, Dirty Impound

Glow’s lead single, “un-American Gothic”, made it on to CBC Radio2’s Top 100 Songs of 2016 and CULT MTL’s Top 30 MTL Songs of 2016.

Chris is currently heading into the studio this February to record a new album scheduled for release in Fall 2018. Look for upcoming shows starting in Spring 2018.