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Emily Haines


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Peterborough ON, Canada

Emily Haines (born January 1974 in New Delhi, India) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboardist of the band Metric and a part-time member of the group Broken Social Scene. She also released a solo album as Emily Haines, plus an album and an EP as Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton.

Emily is the daughter of Canadian poet Paul Haines and sister of Canadian television journalist Avery Haines. She was born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Canada. After settling in Peterborough, Ontario at the age of 3, she grew up in a milieu rich with experimental art and musical expression. Paul would often make cassettes of rare and eclectic music for his daughter to listen to and her early influences included Carla Bley, Robert Wyatt, and later PJ Harvey. By her teens she followed her parents’ footsteps by attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA). There she met Amy Millan and Kevin Drew, with whom she would later collaborate in songs for Broken Social Scene and Stars.

Haines and Millan briefly formed their first band around 1990 while at ESA, and with songs later written and recorded while at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1992-1993, at Toronto in 1995, and at Concordia University in Montreal in 1995-1996, Haines distributed in 1996 an early effort, entitled “Cut in Half and Also Double”, with a limited number of copies.

Haines has also ventured out into a small solo career, playing a limited number of shows with Amy Millan as the opener. Haines’ act consisted of just herself (blindfolded), and a piano.

Her solo album called Knives Don’t Have Your Back was released September 12, 2006 in Canada and on the 26th in the U.S.


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  • railpresureflip

    Delerium brought me here.

    6 May 9:00am Reply
  • Wrunger

    POLSCY FANI! Emily Haines została nominowana do zwycięstwa w kategorii Najlepsza Zagraniczna Wokalistka. Wejdź już teraz na oficjalną stronę pierwszej edycji plebiscytu Top Of The Universe:, zagłosuj na swojego faworyta a przy okazji wygraj cenne nagrody! Wszystkie szczegóły znajdziecie na stronie jak i oficjalnym temacie opisującym obchody drugiej roznicy istnienia medium SoundUniverse: Serdecznie zapraszamy!

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • bazzarelli

    @Audiobinge, no. Unfortunately.

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Whitberg

    Thank you for coming to Bend, OR Emily, you're a true star- solid, beautiful Aquarius energy, and a most unique voice. xoxo Love it!!

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Audiobinge

    Anyone know If a follow up to Knives Is in the works?

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • brenin789

    jesus christ this is such an unorganized page, all the soft skeleton albums have to be taken off because most of these songs aren't actually this solo project

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • bazzarelli

    I couldn't possibly describe the great amount of contribution Emily Haines has given to that which I call good music. I've been following her work since I was 15, and despite the fact that I much dislike how mainstream she's gone with Metric, this here will stay perfect. Thank you, Emily.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nanasubways

    @Zar-Unity, what you mean is you don't like her voice, and that's just a matter of opinion.. she sings perfectly fine!

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Zar-Unity

    She's hot but she can't sing..

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
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  • Dan_nysh

    Emily ♥

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • iluvslug

    i luv her sooo much

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • gastons

    eden ♥

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • gastons

    i miss u emily :(

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • gnathonemus

    new album, paleeeeeze

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • xiao_mei

    Emilyyy <3

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • maryfc

    i wish spotify could fix the tags. [2]

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • cikador

    i wish spotify could fix the tags.

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • BrownGreen

    there is nothing of emily's that i don't love. [2]

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • chronicplutonic

    i miss her.. their new stuff feels numb :(

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
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