Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Fun

"Summertime and the living is easy". George Gershwin

The summer is here with blue skies, sunny days and berry season! I relish summertime on the coast with all the local produce and everything in full bloom. Summer is a social time to connect with loved ones while relaxing outside in nature.
This last month it was an honour and a pleasure to be back in the recording studio singing the lead and harmonies for friend and fellow composer/producer/writer Russell Wallace's ambitious live theatre radio show.  This song is a co-write too. Russell and I collaborated on the music and I wrote the lyrics. Russell produced it in an 80s styling for the radio play. I adore our new song Salvation. I rarely if ever collaborate in writing. What I love most about collaborating with Russell is going in a direction that melodically I would never have gone on my own and blessed to have the opportunity. 
I also sang the lead on Russell's song Lip Transmission. I was channeling my inner Nina Hagen  I loved her defiance and heck I loved the 80s too! Great tune and story! According to Russell the lyrics explain the reason why some First Nation elders whistle traditional songs. I also sang the chorus and alien bg vocals and harmonies along with Tia Taurere- Clearsky on the song Red Planet. If you love the B52's you will LOVE the Bill C 31s. You can come to see the whole production this Saturday at Native Education College 1pm and it's free! OR listen on air/online radio at CFRO and CITR. I posted the youtube videos of songs Lip Transmission and Red Planet on my  and I will post song Salvation on my page too when it is available.
GIG TOMORROW!! July 28 Friday Music at the Cannery 6:30 -7:30pm Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site Steveston  Norine Braun BAND $7 cover 
** Just announced Norine Braun Band is playing for Vancouver Pride at the huge Davie Street Party! Our set gets the party going at 6:30 to 6:50pm at the WEBIA CHill Zone Davie and Thurlow August 4 Friday and it's Free. 
August 8 Tuesday 4:30pm UBC Wesbrook Summer Concert Series Alice and Norine give a one hour concert at Wesbrook Mall and the event is free.
August 11 Friday Desert Daze Festival  4:45 pm  Spences Bridge BC Alice and Norine $20
August 13 Coquitlam Market  Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 9 am to 1 pm Alice and Norine Free!
August 24  3-7 pm RCFM Tipperary Park New West  Alice and Norine Free!
Sept 3 2:30 pm Gabriola Music Festival Gabriola Island Norine Braun TRIO TIckets $85  
*** SUPER Thrilled to announce I have been selected to be the Artist On Board Via Rail Vancouver to Toronto Oct.6 and Montreal to Halifax Oct. 22 and Alice will be my amazing accompanist as always!  Confirmed dates to play Toronto Junction City Music Hall Oct. 12 and Ottawa Avantegard Bar Oct. 15 and tentatively at The Carlton in Halifax Oct. 25 with more dates to come!  
I do love making music with all my heart and in every capacity. Wishing you a joyful, bountiful and blessed summertime. Namaste. 
Love  Norine
Gone To The Spirits "It’s her best album, incorporating rock, blues, latin, ambience and aboriginal song lore." Tom Harrison - The Vancouver Sun

Monday, March 27, 2017

Review in Two Spirits Journal

“Gone to the Spirits” – a music review

Image provide by Norine Braum
Image provide by Norine Braum
(Vancouver, BC) Norine Braun’s, a Vancouver based , singer-songwriter and award-winning artist, latest project is titled, Gone to the Spirits. This album is named after the Ktunaxa (Kootenay)
warrior woman, whose name was Gone-To-The-Spirits.
Early this year, Norine and I were panelists on “Two Spirits Many Songs” at Emus, an Aboriginal Electronic Music Festival, hosted by Native Education College(NEC). After our community conversation on intersection of Two-Spirit and electronic dance music, Norine gave me a copy of Gone to the Spirits, and was billed as a “chill out” and reflective album.
Photo of and provided by Norine Braun
Photo of and provided by Norine Braun
On my drive from Victoria to Nanaimo, British Columbia, where I was doing some Two-Spirit community engagement events that are laying the foundation for the Canada’s first-ever province-wide Two-Spirit needs assessment, I popped in Gone to the Spirits for my hour and half drive. 
Gone to the Spirits not only meets the baseline expectation of how Norine billed it, but it exceeds those expectations and is music for our Two-Spirit souls!
To preview and listen this Gone to the Spirits click HERE. 
This album is available in US at and Norine will also ship to anywhere in Canada and the United State if ordered from, and this album is also available on iTunes at It is also available at most digital stores like amazon, spotify etc. and at bandcamp
The writing and recording of Gone to the Spirits is a culmination of 20 years of work. “The idea for this album first came to me when a friend of mine Eldon was in graduate school doing a master’s in archaeology,” said Norine. “Eldon was studying the journals of explorers in western Canada and kept coming across Gone-To-The-Spirits and told me of her story. He thought I should write a song about her, and I was so amazed by her life I thought her worthy of a whole album at least and was not yet ready to write that album. I have matured and grown as a person and a songwriter and felt ready to write her story in song. Upon completion of the recording I wanted to deepen the understanding for the listener and decided to write a short story to further explain my vision of Gone-To-The-Spirits’ incredible life journey. Interestingly too, the album came full circle as Eldon is now Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn and acted as advisor on the project.”
In addition to her beautiful vocals and rich orchestration, this album is so special because so few people know of the Ktunaxa warrior woman, Gone-To-The-Spirits, from the early 1800s. Very few women of the fur trade era, or First Nations women in general, are written about or known of in the mainstream. The fact that Gone-To-The-Spirits is Two- Spirit is also very timely and is interesting to see how the First Peoples embraced, celebrated and honored these special people.
The album begins with spoken word, a poem, rather than a song to remind the listener that words, narrative or the story of this person is important. The rest of the album masterfully weaves and shares through song the live experience of the Ktunaxa warrior woman, Gone-To-The-Spirits. By the time we get to the last song, track 15, of album, we are not only introduced but we get to know and are invited to stand in relationship with Gone-To-The-Spirits. This album ends with yet another spoken word piece that uses words to paint a beautiful picture of who Gone-To-The-Spirits was and is. My CD player is set for auto replay and took me right back to track 1, the opening poem, thus joining the two pieces together, each separate and at the same time each inter-connected, thereby, making one continuous circle, where the begining is end and end is the beginning.
The 15th track is titled, “Transformed.” I asked Norine if she was transformed by the writing and making of this album. “Was I transformed? Yes!,” exclaimed Norine, “I think I am still in that process. I learned I love to research and to explore. I am at my best when following my intuition. I realized in this process how dedicated I am to my craft and vision, and I am thankful to so many people who were willing to help me, and give me insight into Gone to the Spirits. I originally applied for the award five years ago but was not given the grant. I persisted, and it paid off! I knew it was an important story and deserved to be heard, and I never gave up.”
Our communities are richer and so grateful that Norine did not give up! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Transform (Take Me Away)

Hi there!

Transform is the grand finale for my videos! I hope you enjoy this one! I am running a contest to win a copy of the new cd. Like and share this video this week and you will be entered. Draw is next Sunday. I ran this contest last week on Facebook and Mal Frietag won a copy today. Congrats Mal and thanks to everyone for liking and sharing! Love Norine

Friday, January 27, 2017


Hi Friends
This week's new video is Victory and like the song is never quite what it seems. Enjoy my latest creation!
Love Norine

Friday, January 20, 2017

26 Horses

Hi there!

This week's new music video is 26 Horses from Gone to The Spirits. If you love horses this one is for 
you! I discovered some amazing aerial footage of horses for this creation. I so love Malcolm Aiken's 
trumpet on this song and Alice's Stevie Wonder influenced riff, Elliot's hypnotic groove and Adam 
Popowitz's power guitar at the end. Enjoy my song and video. Have a great weekend!

Love, Norine

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Music Videos!

Hi there
I am working ever diligently on these music videos and truly astounded how much free available footage is online. I love finding beauty and then editing and building the feel for the songs and music that I wrote for this album.

I hope you are enjoying watching my do it yourself music videos! Let me know your favourite!


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