Complexity hidden in simplicity

Belle Plaine embarks on first Western Canadian tour

She sings slightly out the left side of her mouth, a bit like Peggy Lee, but less pronounced.

She strums her guitar simply, but does not choose simple chords.

Her set tends to the mellow. She commands her voice effortlessly. It rises and falls and there is a seduction in it.

Often, when she ends the song, a silent pause briefly hangs in the air … and then they applaud. Audiences feel transported, a quality that makes Belle Plaine‚Äôs vocal performances special.

The Regina-based singer-songwriter quit her day job in early 2010. Belle Plaine enjoyed success that year, playing the Regina Folk Festival, getting original songs on CBC Radio, and cutting a five-song debut CD in early 2011. Her music career continues with her first Western Canadian tour.

Belle Plaine performs a house concert in Nanaimo on Oct. 14. For time, ticket and address, please e-mail