Written by a representative for the Roots North Music Festival
The Roots North Music Festival is proud to welcome Begonia to our 6th Annual Main Stage lineup.
Begonia’s Alexa Dirks is bold, brazen with her florid, surprising pop that is tempered with sensitivity and wisdom.
Three years ago, the Winnipeg-based Alexa Dirks began to transform. Dirks—an eminently talented vocalist equally comfortable singing lullabies, headbangers and ballads—had made a name for herself in folk festival circles for her work in ensembles like the Juno-winning Chic Gamine. But in 2016, she stepped forward, redubbing herself ‘Begonia’ and signaling the blossom of a dynamic and intriguing artist: a glittery supernova who felt like music’s best-kept secret.
Begonia’s first solo output with her 2017 debut EP, Lady in Mind, was well-received, being listed on NPR’s 10 Artists You Need To Know in 2017 and “Juniper” reached #1 on the CBC Music Charts in 2017. Noisey wrote that, “Begonia has one of Canada’s most extraordinary voices, and thankfully she uses it to obliterate the misery from this world one live performance at a time.” NPR wrote that Begonia is “the place where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy.”
With Begonia’s debut full length album entitled ‘Fear’ released this Fall, Dirks’ leans hard into a sense of arrival. Dirks wrote and co-produced the record with a familiar team: Matt Schellenberg and Matt Petters of Royal Canoe, along with Marcus Paquin, who has previously worked with The National, Stars, Arcade Fire, Local Natives, to name a few.
Looking back doesn’t often mean regret or remorse; mourning the version of you that’s no longer there. It may mean paying tribute to the mistakes, failures, and triumphs.
The Roots North Music Festival runs April 23 to 25. Pick up a Weekend pass at Alleycats Music & Art in Downtown Orillia, or head to the Roots North Music Festival website.