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“…a blend of art and pop that can be quietly effective, and sometimes unsettling.” 

--New Sounds, WNYC Studios



Linaire is the songwriting project of Montreal-based composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Anna Atkinson. Uncluttered electronic beats and ethereal synths combine with incandescent strings and poetically lucid lyrics to produce music that is at once spacious and full. Like plastic antiques, the songs feel both timeless and contemporary in their exploration of presence, anxiety, curiosity, lineage and identity. Linaire's self-titled debut album launched in October 2020.


Just over two years ago, I made some live demos of my new songs that would go on to form this project. Around the same time, I began collaborating with video artist Elysha Poirier. We developed a live performance called “The Inside, The Outside”, presenting shows in Toronto, Montreal and at the In The Soil Festival. We've decided to release an excerpt from that project - Elysha’s video to the sound of my earliest recording of “Worked That Way”. For best results, listen with headphones and watch in full screen. Sending goodness and light your way.

March 31, 2020 - I recorded this on the first time in over a week that I felt like playing music. I’ve been feeling anxious and disoriented, as I’m sure we all are to some extent. I wrote this song while I was at the Banff International Songwriter Residency - began it on my first day, finished it two days before I left. It’s about personal vs. collective struggles. I had no idea just how relevant it would feel to me just one week later. We’re all in this together. Sending love and light to you all.


Previous events

Date Event Location
Linaire + House of Gold Ursa, Montreal Ursa, Montreal
Linaire Virtual Album Launch Audio/Visual Livestream The Internet The Internet
Howl! - Linaire / Girt / Rezgui / Mercier / Christoff La Sala Rossa, Montreal La Sala Rossa, Montreal
MAW: A Community Celebration of the Vocal Arts TRANZAC Club Tiki Room, Toronto, ON TRANZAC Club Tiki Room, Toronto, ON
Winter Wanderings w/ Sabine Ndalamba, Linaire & Jason Anderson Burdock, Toronto, ON Burdock, Toronto, ON
Linaire + Leisure Thief + Dounpour Vinyl Envy, Victoria, BC Vinyl Envy, Victoria, BC
Sawdust Collector Series Vancouver, BC Vancouver, BC
The Inside, The Outside - Anna Atkinson & Elysha Poirier In The Soil Festival, St. Catharines, ON In The Soil Festival, St. Catharines, ON
Anna Atkinson w/ Yuga Bar Roji, Tokyo, Japan Bar Roji, Tokyo, Japan
Ikego Forest Fest Zushi, Japan Zushi, Japan
Anna Atkinson, Elysha Poirier & Anne Bourne Burdock, Toronto, ON Burdock, Toronto, ON
CKUT Art's Birthday Party Casa del Popolo, Montreal, ON Casa del Popolo, Montreal, ON

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Album artwork by Elysha Poirier, 2020

Headshot by Rubert Clam, 2020