Moon vs. Sun

  • Moon vs. Sun
  • Moon vs. Sun

BIOGRAPHY

MOON Vs. SUN is an exciting new collaboration years in the making. One of Canada's most influential cultural couples – four-time Juno Award-winner Raine Maida (frontman with Our Lady Peace) and two-time winner Chantal Kreviazuk — are starting a new era of music which promises to be fearless. Writing together on their own project for the first time, they touch on the depth of their lives and partnership in a lyrical honesty rarely explored, while creating music based on their most profound influences – Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Neil Young… Passionate, honest and brave, the duo is embarking on their most challenging and fulfilling music journey yet, together.

Kreviazuk made her critically acclaimed full-length debut, Under These Rocks and Stones, in 1997. Since then, the Winnipeg born singer-songwriter has released five more studio albums, and garnered five JUNO Award nominations. Maida has forged a dynamic career as a solo artist and the front man for the band Our Lady Peace, 25-time JUNO Award nominees, including winners for Rock Album of the Year in 2003 (Gravity) and 1998 (Clumsy).

The pair has also co-written countless hits for artists such as Kelly Clarkson, David Cook and Carrie Underwood.

While Kreviazuk and Maida are quick to lend their time to the studio and stage, they are equally committed to lending their help to those in need — both in Canada and internationally. In March, the couple received the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award that recognizing outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.

"Not only am I able to express myself, and be able to play music for others and be creative for a living in life, but I can go to the next level and be a part of true greatness — the process of another human being's healing, possibly playing even a small role in improving the quality of life of another," Kreviazuk said.

War Child Canada is one of the many organizations the married couple has embraced. Kreviazuk is an honorary founder and active in various causes including women's rights, war refugees and child education. Maida launched War Child's Busking for Change program, in which Canadian musicians have raised money for children in the world's most devastated regions, supporting initiatives such as the construction of schools in the Congo. Additionally the couple has recorded contributions for multiple benefit albums for War Child.

"I was first drawn to music because of the inherent ‘hope' it provided me," Maida said. "Social activism carries that same promise and the two together have shaped and taught me more than I could ever repay."

In December 2014 the Governor General jointly appointed Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk to the Order of Canada.

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