Montreal, QC  |  Photo by Coop Coop  

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YVES GRAVEL

SONGWRITER | VOCALS | GUITAR

Hailing from Montreal, Yves Gravel's sound is edgy, distilled, and raw.

Yves first picked up the guitar at age 8 and at age 14 found a kindred spirit in Leonard Cohen - beginning a life long journey with Cohen's romantic, somber and avant-garde devotion to songwriting, poetry, and literature. 


Yves spent over a decade between Montreal, Vancouver and Kelowna exploring purist theology and philosophy before relocating to Alberta.  It was here that his desire for personal renaissance manifested into songwriting - resulting in bilingual Canadiana anthems of love, anguish and resolve.

Yves has explored diverse genres and credits an open approach to collaboration with The Talent as the major source of influence for adopting new sounds. His personal playlist includes genres of folk, punk-rock, classical and electronic music. 

Yves currently resides in Calgary with his cat Leonard - where he devotes himself to an unapologetic life of wine, romance and the daily commute.  

MONTREAL

 

With my first breath I met you

Holding still yet a mystery

You are old yet seen anew

Are you real or trickery?

 

You took me in until I grew

Neglecting you for witchery

Longing a love so untrue

And leaving you for liberty

 

Oh Montreal, Sisterly

Heal my soul from injury

Are you offering delivery?

Of re-writing this history

 

Oh Montreal m’as tu offert

Une chance en or de me refaire

La vie, la mort ou bien l’enfer

Repose mon corps un millenaire

 

But you and I, we always knew

That departing is not misery

All my lovers, at least a few

Couldn't see me truthfully

Oh Montreal, Sisterly

Heal soul from injury

Are you offering delivery?

Of re-writing this history

Oh Montreal m’as tu offert

Une chance en or de me refaire

La vie, la mort ou bien l’enfer

Repose mon corps un millenaire

Yves Gravel © 2016

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