BelleRegards began in 2012 when a passion for music brought Matt Kingsley, Melanie Hilmi, David Poulin and Mitchell Thomson to Toronto to study audio production. Soon the four were jamming in Matt's living room and by the end of the year the band had launched a self-produced EP, "One Word."
Throughout 2013 they produced their first full-length album, "Nothing to Lose", which was released in March of 2014. The album was recorded in a sprawling house along the Moira River, capturing the organic feeling of open space and old wood, and showcasing Matt and Mel's vocals with plenty of trad fiddle hooks by Dave and both bowed and slap bass by Mitch.
The band chose to get out of the city once again to record their third album, "Jameson Lake." Released Sept 1st 2016, the LP maintained their blend of small-town tales and urban struggle, this time adding a full-moon, wind chimes, and lots of gang vocals.
A fourth album was recently recorded in 2018, in which the BelleRegards' sound explores a more grounded country-blues undertone while still maintaining the upbeat energy and Canadiana folk style, with the focus on Matt and Mel's complimenting voices.
"More versatile than the typical folk combo, mixing in bluegrass, rockabilly, country, and old-time folk flavours. Spirited instrumentation and nicely-knitted vocal harmonies are signatures."
Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music
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