Multi-disciplinarity is an integral part of Annie-Claude Deschênes’ creative process, who
continues her perpetual personal quest of uniting music and performance art by bending the
pre-established conventions of stage presence. A key figure on the Montreal independent
music scene for almost twenty years, she made her mark as a singer, musician, songwriter,
performer and visual artist with Duchess Says and PyPy, two bands that are renowned as
much for their electrifying performances as for their artistic sensibility. Her exploratory
approach to staging and sound design takes a new direction with the genesis of this solo
project: the urgency that characterizes her work remains, but frustration and aggression give
way to introspection and vulnerability. Annie-Claude Deschênes explores and reinvents
herself under her own name, driven by a constant need to create outside her comfort zone.
Inspired by minimal pop and the pioneers of electronic music, Les manières de table, her
first solo album due out in spring 2024, is as danceable and melodic as it is disquieting and
dystopian, proposing to set the table differently by deconstructing the social codes of
politeness imposed on us.