BEGONIA SHARES CBC FIRST PLAY LIVE OF NEW LP, ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

WATCH CBC’S FIRST PLAY LIVE HERE

WATCH FEAR ALBUM TRAILER - AN EPIC SHORT FILM ON ROLLER SKATES

DEBUT LP FEAR, DUE OUT THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13 VIA REX BABY RECORDS / THE ORCHARD

PRE-ORDER FEAR HERE

TOUR DATES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 26

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On Friday, Begonia (Alexa Dirks) releases her long awaited debut album, Fear via Rex Baby Records (The Orchard). But today, she shares the CBC First Play Live of the album and the trailer for the LP featuring of an all-star cast of Winnipeg artists which plays out more like an epic short film on roller skates than it does a ‘trailer’.

The CBC First Play Live was “the first time my band and I were playing half of the songs on this record live, as well as the first time I EVER played this record live front to back,” says Dirks. “I was far more nervous for this than I thought I would be. I felt like I wanted everything to be so ‘perfect’ that I was a bit of an emotional wreck on the day of filming to be honest. I truly feel honoured that we were given the opportunity to interpret my record in front of such an encouraging and intimate audience. It feels really special to me that now this performance is locked in a kind of time capsule while everything is still so new. Will be trippy to look back on, I'm sure.”

WATCH CBC’S FIRST PLAY LIVE HERE

The trailer for Fear is an unprecedented creative endeavour. For the video Begonia created a medley of all twelve tracks from the album and Winnipeg filmmaker Gwen Trutnau, in collaboration with Synonym Art Consultation, invited drag performers, dancers, and artists to visually interpret the tracks. The result is glamorous, campy, colourful, and spectacular.

“All throughout the shoot, I kept pinching myself and thinking ‘HOW did this get to be my life?!’,” says Dirks. “The set was full of such amazing energy from all the people that were involved. Together, we made some art that I'm really proud of. It represents the journey of the album so well. Colourful, full of emotion, and all wrapped up in a weird and wonderful little package.”

WATCH FEAR ALBUM TRAILER - AN EPIC SHORT FILM ON ROLLER SKATES

MORE ABOUT FEAR
As Begonia, Alexa Dirks is bold, brazen with her florid, surprising pop that is tempered with sensitivity and wisdom. On the LP, Begonia leans hard into a sense of arrival. She wrote and co-produced the record with a familiar team of Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe) along with Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire, Local Natives).

Album cut, “Hanging On A Line”, a song about “seriously falling in love in the club,” says Dirks, is currently sitting at #1 on CBC Music’s Top 20, while “Living At The Ceiling” will see its TV debut in tonight’s episode of Queen Sugar, produced by Oprah Winfrey on OWN.

Whether it’s learning to come into her own or processing a brutal heartbreak, Dirks’ intimate lyrics and audacious sound allows for her audience to relate to the messiness of life with an honesty that is refreshing.

Dirks' first solo EP, Lady in Mind, was well-received, being listed on NPR’s 10 Artists You Need To Know in 2017 and single “Juniper” reached #1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20. 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 where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy."

TOUR DATES
Sep 14 - Hamilton ON - Supercrawl
Sep 20 - Hamburg Germany - Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 26 - Montreal QC - Pop Montreal 
Oct 31 - Oshawa ON - Oshawa Music Hall
Nov 01 - Kingston ON - The Grad Club
Nov 02 - Peterborough ON - The Red Dog
Nov 07 - London ON - Call The Office
Nov 08 - Windsor ON - Meteor
Nov 09 - Guelph ON - University of Guelph @ The Bullring
Nov 11 - Washington DC - Vinyl Lounge @ Songbyrd
Nov 12 - New York NY - Trans Pecos 
Nov 14 - Hamilton ON - Mills Hardware
Nov 15 - Toronto ON - Lee’s Palace
Nov 16 - St Catherine’s ON - Warehouse Concert Hall
Jan 30 - Penticton BC - Dream Cafe
Jan 31 - Burnaby BC - Shadbolt Centre
Feb 1 - Vancouver BC - Fox Theatre
Feb 27, 28 - Winnipeg MB - West End Cultural Centre
March 13 - 14 - New York NY - New Colossus Festival

MORE DATES TBA at  hellobegonia.com

PRAISE FOR BEGONIA

“...searing and dignified” - NPR Music

"...a complex, powerhouse synth-soul that hangs on one of Canada’s most
extraordinary voices." - Line Of Best Fit

“The woman has, you would say, presence to spare. When she opens her mouth to sing it's like, ‘What just happened?’” - Exclaim!

"an audacious adventure in modern soul, with gospel inspirations and updated takes on finger-snapping Motown pop and late 20th-century R&B.‎" - Globe & Mail

“With her showstopping voice, Dirks blends acoustics and synths for her own
brand of gospel.” - CBC Music

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FEAR TRACKLIST
01 The Other Side
02 Hanging On A Line
03 The Light
04 Fear
05 Every Day Interlude
06 Living At The Ceiling
07 Mirror Talk
08 Two Beers In
09 Beats
10 Cold Fire
11 Dead Flowers
12 Put It Away

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BEGONIA ANNOUNCES DEBUT LP, SHARES “HANGING ON A LINE”

DEBUT LP, FEAR, DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 13 VIA REX BABY RECORDS / SONY MUSIC CANADA

WATCH AND SHARE “HANGING ON A LINE” MUSIC VIDEO HERE

PRE-ORDER FEAR HERE

SUMMER TOUR DATES CONTINUE JUNE 22

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As Begonia, Alexa Dirks is bold, brazen with her florid, surprising pop that is tempered with sensitivity and wisdom. Today, Begonia announces her long awaited debut album, Fear, due out September 13 via Rex Baby Records (Sony Music Canada). On the LP, Begonia leans hard into a sense of arrival. She wrote and co-produced the record with a familiar team of Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe) along with Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire, Local Natives).

With album cuts, “The Light”, “Beats”, and “Living At The Ceiling” already released, Begonia is now sharing another new track from the LP. “Hanging On A Line” is a song about “seriously falling in love in the club,” says Dirks. “Sometimes anything seems possible when you're slightly intoxicated and there's a sub bass vibrating through your body. Amidst all this there are two extra underlying messages ; try to be a good person and remember to stay hydrated.”

WATCH AND SHARE “HANGING ON A LINE” MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Whether it’s learning to come into her own or processing a brutal heartbreak, Dirks’ intimate lyrics and audacious sound allows for her audience to relate to the messiness of life with an honesty that is refreshing.

Dirks' first solo EP, Lady in Mind, was well-received, being listed on NPR’s 10 Artists You Need To Know in 2017 and single “Juniper” reached #1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20. 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 where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy."

TOUR DATES
Jun 22 - Vancouver, BC - TD International Jazz Festival
Jun 27 - Montreal, QC - Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
Jul 14 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival
Jul 26 - Teulon, MB - Real Love Summer Fest
Jul 28 - Squamish, BC - Squamish Constellation Festival
Aug 6 - Grand Forks, ND - North Dakota Museum of Art
Aug 17 - Elora, ON - Riverfest Elora
Sep 14 - Hamilton, ON - Supercrawl

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PRAISE FOR BEGONIA

“...searing and dignified” - NPR Music

"...a complex, powerhouse synth-soul that hangs on one of Canada’s most
extraordinary voices." - Line Of Best Fit

“The woman has, you would say, presence to spare. When she opens her mouth to sing it's like, ‘What just happened?’” - Exclaim!

"an audacious adventure in modern soul, with gospel inspirations and updated takes on finger-snapping Motown pop and late 20th-century R&B.‎" - Globe & Mail

“With her showstopping voice, Dirks blends acoustics and synths for her own
brand of gospel.” - CBC Music

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DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

FEAR TRACKLIST
01 The Other Side
02 Hanging On A Line
03 The Light
04 Fear
05 Every Day Interlude
06 Living At The Ceiling
07 Mirror Talk
08 Two Beers In
09 Beats
10 Cold Fire
11 Dead Flowers
12 Put It Away

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BEGONIA SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE, “BEATS”

WATCH AND SHARE “BEATS” HERE

BUY / STREAM “BEATS” HERE

THE LONGEST ROAD TOUR DATES WITH TERRA LIGHTFOOT AND LINDI ORTEGA BEGIN FEBRUARY 5

MORE CANADIAN DATES ANNOUNCED IN KINGSTON AND QUEBEC CITY

“...searing and dignified” - NPR Music

"...a complex, powerhouse synth-soul that hangs on one of Canada’s most
extraordinary voices." - Line Of Best Fit

“The woman has, you would say, presence to spare. When she opens her mouth to sing it's like, ‘What just happened?’” - Exclaim!

"an audacious adventure in modern soul, with gospel inspirations and updated takes on finger-snapping Motown pop and late 20th-century R&B.‎" - Globe & Mail

“With her showstopping voice, Dirks blends acoustics and synths for her own
brand of gospel.” - CBC Music

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Today, the “searing and dignified” (NPR) Begonia (aka Alexa Dirks) is sharing the first new single of 2019. “Beats” says Dirks, “is all of my self-doubt and self-confidence living together in a poppy little package. It's all the voices in my head speaking at once. I get so worked up sometimes it can be hard to see things for what they really are. I think this song is basically saying that you can be deeply vulnerable and completely strong at the same time. It can seem confusing but sometimes you just have to feel all your feelings and then step back, take a deep breath and keep on going.”

The lyric video for “Beats” sees projections, live-action, and animation layered together by multidisciplinary designers Jadyn Klassen and Nick Luchak, working under the moniker TGFS (an unofficial conglomerate and acronym for the name of the vacated Tropical General Food Supply store in which the two of them once shared a studio space.) "There were a lot of moving parts in putting together the video that all worked quite well together,” says TGFS. “We were given the chance to run wild with layout and type, treating every phrase like its own poster. At the end of the day, we wanted to make a lyric video that was engaging, playful, and resonated with Begonia’s sensibility: dreamy, casual, colourful, and glamorous.

WATCH AND SHARE “BEATS” HERE

BUY / STREAM “BEATS” HERE

Following a successful run of Western Canada tour dates, including a stop at Winterupption, Begonia will head back out on the road beginning February 5 for The Longest Road Show with Terra Lightfoot, Lindi Ortega, and a whole host of special guests. The Longest Road Show is produced in conjunction with Sonic Unyon and LiveNation Entertainment, sponsored by Exclaim!, and benefitting Women in Music Canada, MusiCounts, YWCA Canada, and Girls Rock Camp. Full tour dates can be found below.


Recently, Begonia also released “The Light”, co-produced by Dirks with Marcus Paquin (Stars, The National), Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe), and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe), who also co-produced “Beats”. The two singles lead the way for more new music from Begonia in the near future.

WATCH  AND SHARE “THE LIGHT” HERE
“PURCHASE / STREAM “THE LIGHT” HERE

Begonia’s Alexa Dirks has never been able to fit into the box of being a "conventional woman". “I’m loud, I’m awkward and I’ve always taken up space. I've done things my whole life that some people would tell me weren't appropriate 'for a girl'.” That narrative that once tore Dirks down is now what empowers her to take charge of her own story, in her own way.

Winnipeg-based Dirks is a JUNO Award winner with her former group, Chic Gamine. As Begonia, Dirks is bold, brazen with her florid, surprising pop that is tempered with sensitivity and wisdom. Dirks' first solo output, Lady in Mind, was listed on NPR’s 10 Artists You Need To Know in 2017 and “Juniper” reached #1 on the CBC Music Top 20. 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 claimed that Begonia is “the place where where synth-pop meets old soul and scrappy meets sexy."

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Photo Credit : Leeor Wild // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

BEGONIA ON TOUR
2/5 - Kitchener, ON - Centre In The Square *
2/6 - Ottawa, ON - Algonquin Theatre *
2/7 - Hamilton, ON - New Vision Church *
2/8 - London, ON - London Music Hall *
2/9 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix *
3/21 - St Catharines, ON - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
3/22 - Burnstown, ON - Neat Cafe
3/23 - Kingston, ON - Grad Club
3/24 - New York, NY - TBD
3/25 - Boston, MA - TBD
3/26 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti

* The Longest Road Tour with Terra Lightfoot and Lindi Ortega

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