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Montreal, Canada (2010 – present)

Grimes is the alias of the musician Claire Boucher (born in 17 March 1988 in Vancouver, Canada and based in Montreal). Her music is an eclectic mix of styles which she described herself as “ADD music”, because it shifts frequently and dramatically. She fuses contemporary instrumentation with classical vocal practices.

Boucher was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated from Lord Byng Secondary School and studied ballet for 11 years. In 2006, she moved to Montreal, Canada to attend Montreal’s McGill University, studying Russian literature and later, neuroscience. During her studies, she began to record and perform under the name Grimes. While in Montreal, she began attending concerts put on by local experimental musicians at Lab Synthèse, a performance space located in an abandoned textile factory. She stopped going to McGill and decided to pursue her long life dream of becoming an electronic musician. She was taught how to make music by other students who were so desperate for food, they offered to teach her in return for some grub. YUM!

Her first release was the album Geidi Primes, issued on cassette in 2010 by Arbutus Records. It was followed in the same year by the sophomore album Halfaxa, through Arbutus Records. In 2011, Grimes released a split album with d’Eon titled Darkbloom.

In January 2012, she had signed with record label 4AD. In February 2012, Grimes released her third studio album, Visions. The album incorporates influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, drawing from genres like , , , , and .


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  • buriedKing apenas

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  • Michaeelq

    Go ❤

    Yesterday 10:07pm Reply
  • lacazasaura

    Go was initially written for Rihanna. Do you need any more info than that? At least we have the first two full lengths to enjoy.

    Yesterday 7:49pm Reply
  • Batik-

    i love you <3

    Yesterday 12:37pm Reply
  • RushingFM

    I actually like Go a lot, but I wouldn't want a whole album in that style.

    27 Jul 1:56pm Reply
  • middlethoughts


    26 Jul 9:01pm Reply
  • Mochitsuki

    @flaxmaster You listen to have no say in what good music is

    26 Jul 5:32pm Reply
  • Axiemeister

    omg, go is so terrible lol. grimes being shitty even as a sellout </3

    26 Jul 4:58pm Reply
  • Mochitsuki

    Best set at pitchfork hands down. Hearing all her songs live really breathed some fresh air into them for me. No idea why shitty ass kendrick was the headliner (he's been touring nonstop for like 3 years already...) instead of her. Really loved the newest song David though...reaaaalllly hoping the album will be out this year

    25 Jul 8:29pm Reply
  • phokinghungry

    continues to make fresh, unexpected, awesome music. My favorite musician hands down for the last 3 years. Go Grimes, continue to do what you want to.

    25 Jul 3:29am Reply
  • RainbowOverdose

    Davis is so pretty!

    24 Jul 9:00pm Reply
  • brrrug

    Go, hino.

    24 Jul 3:41pm Reply
  • Mauricio-ftw

    nah, new single sucks

    23 Jul 10:59pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    she's an artist and as such she does what she needs to, even if it means making misjudged grabs for some mainstream action

    23 Jul 1:01pm Reply
  • h_r_f_d

    phone sex isn't new, but it's a better example of her embracing pop production

    23 Jul 9:00am Reply
  • RaquelTogepi

    miga assim não da pra te defender

    23 Jul 5:21am Reply
  • kira_knoxville


    22 Jul 9:24am Reply
  • bgk90

    she played 3 new songs at Pitchfork. "Go" is garbage, the phone sex one is good, and the other one called "David", unless I'm mixing up titles, is great

    22 Jul 7:10am Reply
  • dougieuchoa

    David >>>>>>>> Go

    21 Jul 11:13pm Reply
  • ma-ma-marry-

    Gosto é gosto, acho "Go" chata, no aguardo do álbum

    21 Jul 5:03pm Reply
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