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Tess Roby

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PHI Centre Space A
315 Saint-Paul St West
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

Doors: 7 pm
Show: 8 pm

General Admission: $15.66
Taxes and fees not included

The Canadian artist presents the songs of her new album Ideas of Space.

Opening act: Thanya Iyer

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Ideas of Space

Tess Roby’s explorative brand of electronic music continues to remain unique and visionary. A classically trained vocalist and a self-taught synth player, her songs ride the lines between pop, ambient and alternative folk structures, with an emphasis on voice as instrument. Ideas of Space comes in a process of moving towards full artistic independence. Tess Roby acts as songwriter, producer, musician, music video and art director; and the album will be released on her own record label, SSURROUNDSS.

“All this time alone, it has taught me one thing” Tess Roby says, “How to feel alive.” Ideas of Space pulls the listener into the artist’s inner world; where the mind is a room and the body, a house. Dualities of light and dark, heavy and effervescent, physical and nonphysical pass back and forth into each other. Roby writes intuitively: her lyrics drift between dreams, memories and reality, and are brought to life by the rich intimacy of her voice. Circling loops of synth rise and fall alongside interweaving vocal patterns, building effortlessly to create minimal yet complex soundscapes.

From her debut album, Beacon (2018), to Ideas of Space, one can hear a growing confidence: the production is fuller-bodied and the structures more expansive. Inclusion of drums, woodwinds and cello from collaborators Austin Tufts (Braids), Joseph Shabason and Ouri add intricate textures to Roby’s sonic landscapes. From the hypnotic urgency of title track Ideas of Space to the cinematic ambiance of Euphoria in August, the album shifts effortlessly from jubilant highs to contemplative lows, echoing the concepts of duality which run throughout the record. As the triumphant album cover announces, the music celebrates the flow of life in all its contradictions; her face bathed in light, her body framed in shadow.


Tess Roby (b. 1993) is a musician and photographer based in Montreal. Her debut album, Beacon, was released in 2018, and she has since toured across North America and Europe alongside celebrated acts Julia Holter, Men I Trust and Chromatics. Her photographic work has been published and exhibited internationally, and her first book Montreal was released in 2020 by New York publisher KGP. 

Ideas of Space, Roby’s sophomore album, will be the first on her newly launched record label, SSURROUNDSS. She is also part of the Montreal electronic trio Dawn to Dawn, who will release their debut LP in Fall 2022.

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Thanya Iyer

Opening Act 

Thanya Iyer is an enigmatic songwriter who crafts sparkling experimental pop music. Her live trio, with Pompey and Daniel Gélinas, wields acoustic and electronic instruments to flesh out these serene, spiritual compositions. Thanya and the band’s arrangements empower listeners to embrace mindfulness, aesthetic beauty and the interconnectedness of all things. They recently released their sophomore visual album Kind in the summer of 2020.

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