This news just came out today and broke my heart.
Toronto’s Ohbijou made a announcement that they will be going on a indefinite hiatus.
They will perform a farewell show in Toronto on September 7th at The Great Hall.
Also playing on the bill:
- The Acorn
- The Wooden Sky
- The Rural Alberta Advantage (OMG! If Anissa is playing cello with them for “Don’t Haunt This Place? I will cry!)
Plus more to be announced.
I noticed that some of the members have been busy outside of the band and also have normal lives.
I always bump into Jenny when I am in Toronto.
The first time I heard of Ohbijou was their amazing song called St. Francis from their album “Swift Feet For Troubling Times”.
Have a listen
Something about their music I simply fell in love.
The mix of indie orchestral and pop music with the amazing voice of Casey.
I would like to call them the female version of Ottawa’s The Acorn.
I’ve seen them at shows various times and they were always brilliant and amazing live.
Sad it’s has come to this but hopefully they will reunite.
Statement from the band:
“Ohbijou has chosen to go on an “indefinite hiatus”. For the past 8 years we have shared experiences of music and friendship that extend beyond any dream imaginable. We are sad to close this chapter of our lives, primarily because our time together as a band was also often marked by an unbridled sense of hope and possibility. In the beginning, our youthfulness buffered the long hours spent traveling in small vans to play late hour sets; our surety that being in a band would make us young forever cushioned the harshness of being paid in beer and press. In the beginning, we turned down commercial offers sure that they compromised our potential to create change, through art, in our local communities. In this, we feel successful.
Unfortunately, it is time to take pause and allow for new experiences. However, we do not leave without feelings of swelling gratitude. We are thankful for the media who have paid us respect and for the collective of musicians and artists who we surround ourselves with. We are forever inspired by our travels to places we never thought we would visit. From Thunder Bay, Ontario to Arabaki, Japan we have met so many people who have impacted us. We are thankful for the promoters and venues who have welcomed us on their stages and to everyone we have worked with and who helped us along the way. Thank you to Steven Himmelfarb, Beth Cavanagh and Indoor Recess, to our record labels and to Remi Arora for his continued support. Thank you to our friends, families and partners who have patiently showed love and support through this adventure. Lastly, we are grateful to those who have listened to our music, attended a concert and made space for us in their lives. Thank you.” – Casey Mecija