CHIWAWA’s core is Laurie, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, and Krassy, born and raised in communist Bulgaria. The two first met when Laurie unwittingly auditioned for a newly arrived in Canada, Bulgarian band, called Ping-Pong (later becoming The Clouds).
Within three months of their meeting, Krassy was being deported and Laurie had no choice but to save the band. What started out as a "greencard marriage" blossomed from desperate measures into true love and the couple settled into the Bohemian culture of Montreal, Canada.
The band’s debut album, The Sick World Of Yona, was released in 1998 and swiftly became a hit with the critics. The album was produced by Steve Whitfield, who has worked with artists like The Cure and The Mission. Despite a diagnosis with early breast cancer a week before the debut release, Laurie continued to perform and front CHIWAWA. Writing songs and releasing Chimeres (2002) and Bright (2005) Laurie came through louder and bolder than ever and made a full recovery.
CHIWAWA continued to write songs (not all released) with different songwriters and musicians including Camelle Hinds (Paul Weller) Russ Broom (Jann Arden) and UK garage king Mikey Benn; and also produced several short animation clips with Ryan Larkin for MTV Canada.
Since its formation, the band has recorded 4 full-length albums and several EPs. Their latest album is called Bus Stop Chinese Buffet. Four songs from the CD (Overcast Skies, Do It For Me, Hell Sweet Hell and God's Children) are the soundtrack for Spare Change - a short animation film written and directed by Oscar nominee, NFB wunderkind, Ryan Larkin. Laurie is the producer and co-director of this famous animator's comeback film.
Chiwawa was also featured on a couple of compilation releases (CHOM's Esprit, Darkcell).

Calma Calma
First single from "Watermark" (2010)



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Don't Twist My Mind




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Chasing The Clouds




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Don't Wanna Talk
First single from CHIWAWA's latest album "Bus Stop Chinese Buffet".



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Precious
A remake of Depeche Mode's "Precious" from Playing the Angel.
Licensed Cover



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Junkies Of The Rhythm




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Do It For Me




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Below Zero
 - reached Top 5 on KIAC Big 50  



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Arctic
First single from CHIWAWA's second album "Chimeres", released in 2002.



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Stoneman

11/7/2012 11:51:04 AM
Wow! What a story you have. Your music is really good. Wishing you continued success in all that you do.

Much Respect,
Stoneman




Chandra Moon

9/19/2010 2:46:35 PM
Only just found your marvellous music - really enjoyed listening. Will add a track to my station Over The Moon.



Milla Kara

11/6/2009 4:45:07 AM
Hello!
Glad to discover you and your great sounds!
"Arctic" is my favourite!
Added it to some of my stations!
Greetings from Bulgaria!
Milla Kara




 

       

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From a Dream of Freedom to a Belief in Love Will Find a Way

When a Bulgarian refugee (Krassy Halatchev) first fell in artistic love with Montreal songbird (Laurie Gordon) it was a real life “green card” moment.
They met in the post-collapse of the iron curtain era and have been making beautiful music together ever since.
As the dynamic duo that is CHIWAWA, they have just released their sixth album “Watermark”, through their vanity label, Satellite Records Canada.
It is a retro-fresh work that echoes Krassy’s rock/techno/new-wave influences as well as Laurie’s Motown/funk/disco sensibility combined with her classical training. The result is a polished, mature yet catchy and playful album that speaks of their love, of their art and of their common path.

The band is a true collaboration with each singing lead for about half the songs. Musically, Krassy mans the bass and guitar work while Laurie does piano, keyboards, percussion...

The album gets off to a swirling lyrical start with Runaway Train - a moving ode to the swell of emotion that carries you in it’s slipstream towards your bliss. Its driving beat hurries you along the journey - a hypnosis.

It is followed by a quietly anthemic techno march called Chasing The Clouds. A futuristic, moody and melodic splash of reality-check: “We are blinded by shiny things... we try to dive back into the dream... we just may see the real is surreal” – it is hauntingly poetic.

The featured singles are Calma Calma and Don’t Twist My Mind.

The former is a smooth euro-pop/world beat offering with an impossible to not sing-along to hook that resonates long after the chorus has faded away. A chant or mantra to keeping one’s head.

The latter is an old-fashioned bluesy funk plea to come along for the ride, to do what it takes to keep it together going down the road. The harmonics of the vocals are mirroring the message. Just keep it going - great open-road with the top down cruising music.

The entire album is chock full of vivid imagery and musical artistry and catchy beats. From the neo British invasion (The Beatles meet Blur) to the enigmatic force of Cinderella (Talking Heads meet Nina Hagan, while having tea with The B52’s in the Love Shack), this album has a little bit of a lot and is a true culmination of CHIWAWA’s unified vision and singular goal.

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CHIWAWA has just released their 4th full-length album "Bus Stop Chinese Buffet". The disc includes the newly remastered Do It For Me, originally released on "Bright" and now the featured song in late Oscar nominated animator Ryan Larkin's final film "Spare Change". The first single Don't Wanna Talk, is already making waves on radio. With 17 new tracks, CHIWAWA's latest CD truly captures the band's prolific musical diapason. BSCB may be considered a quasi concept album - filled with trippy, moody, danceable, hypnotic, melodic, groove driven atmosphere.

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Spare Change - A Small Miracle:

Laurie co-directed Spare Change posthumously on Ryan's behalf after his death on Valentine's Day in 2007. Ryan was considered "the Frank Zappa of animation."
The National Film Board of Canada and Laurie's company MusiVision are the producers of "Spare Change", a short animation film based on Ryan's experience as a panhandler begging for spare change on the streets of Montreal. Ryan was depicted in the short animation film "Ryan" which won an Oscar in 2005. Ryan moved in with CHIWAWA in the last years of his life and came back to his art. A feature documentary film of how Ryan Larkin and CHIWAWA became friends, and together performed a small miracle, will air on CTV Television in 2009.
Delicious CHIWAWA music is featured in both films.
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