Marie-Véronique (MV) Bourque, an extremely talented artist from Saskatchewan, is not
afraid to think and act outside the box. Her original songs and unique interpretations of
jazz standards (by flute and voice) pair beautifully with her hard-to-define music genre.
Marie-Véronique is a nominee for the 2021 Trille Or Awards Gala, which will take place
May 29 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
In 2019, MV was brought to Oxford (UK) for a recording session on Will Cox's debut
album, “A Darkling Shore”. The session also included a number of other accomplished
artists including Orlando Harrison (Alabama 3) and Lily Dior. This invitation came about
after MV's participation in Pro7ect – a songwriters' and producers' retreat in Brighton,
In 2018, Marie-Véronique released her debut album, ‘Une porte s'ouvre'. The album
was voted #5 at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards and landed on the !Earshot
National Jazz Charts. The song ‘Excusez-moi', a co-write with Michelle Gregoire, was a
semi-finalist at the Canadian Songwriting Competition and at the Unsigned Only
International Music Competition.
Marie-Véronique is a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. She is also part of the
Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble and they released an album, “Combine” in 2015. MV has
toured throughout Switzerland, France, as well as in Québec, Manitoba, Alberta and
In 1992, MV auditioned for and won a place as a member of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, RCMP band. After it's disbanding Marie-Véronique continued to serve
as a police officer for more than 25 years. Her own musical journey continued.
Born and raised in Québec, she studied classical music at the Conservatoire de musique
de Québec where she was awarded First Prizes un flute and chamber music.
Marie-Véronique found jazz in 2012 and trained first at the Carleton University Jazz
Camp (2015), then in 2016 she continued at France's Dordogne International Jazz
Summer School. The following year (2017) MV attended the Ambrose University Jazz
Camp and since 2018 until present she has trained at the Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Seminars
For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by classical music. I studied violin and piano prior to falling in love with the flute. I always wanted to perform in a professional orchestra and decided early to start gaining auditioning experience in order to reach my goal.
I won my first audition with the RCMP band, and took the challenge. I was first introduced to the art of improvisation with this group. When the band was dismantled a few months later, I decided to stay with the organization as a police officer while pursuing my musical career as a freelancer.
Through the years, I have always kept the door open to new musical experiences which would help me grow as a musician and as an artist and allow me to follow my passion. I performed with classical, baroque, folk, world music, traditional french, cabaret, blues and jazz groups.
I discovered jazz as a performer few years ago and fell in love with this musical style. Jazz allows me to express myself with more freedom while reinforcing my identity as a French Canadian flutist through the French jazz repertoire I perform.
I am very proud of my two jazz album '' Entre Québec & Saskatchewan'' (release date Apri 30th, 2021) and ‘'Une porte s'ouvre'' released on October 19, 2018.
I invite you to keep your door open to the music and let it touch your soul!
Creative Artist Statement
''My music is inspired by the French music that surrounds me since my childhood; music from France, but also from Quebec. Since moving to Saskatchewan,I am performing with artists from all background. By doing so, I added some ethnic colors to my playing. My jazz style is I believe unique as a flutist. I take my inspiration from all jazz instruments including the human voice. I am always searching for different ways to express my feelings through my music but also through my interaction with the public and my presence on stage. I see all interactions with other artists as learning opportunities which allow me to become a better artist myself.''