Barbara Bonfiglio, better known as Misstress Barbara (the misspelling is an intentional portmanteau ), is an Italian-born, Canadian electronica disc jockey. She moved from Sicily to Montreal, Quebec at the age of eight, and has resided in the city ever since. She has also produced and DJ'd house music under the alias Barbara Brown.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the Université du Québec à Montréal and has established Relentless Records. In 2003, to avoid legal issues with a UK company of the same name, she established ITURNEM. Early success includes her song "Never Could Have Your Heart" being licensed in Rockstar Games' arcade racing video game Midnight Club II.
In 2009 she released the debut artist album I'm No Human, which was nominated for a 2010 Juno Award for Best Dance Recording Of The Year, and included the single "I'm Running", featuring fellow Montreal musician Sam Roberts. The album also features collaborations with Brazilian Girls and Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. "I'm No Human" was born out of unhappy circumstances, sparked by the tragic passing of a close family member features Misstress Barbara step from behind the turntables in front of the microphone and was recorded in her home town of Montreal. To perform songs from the album, she has recently created a new live band entitled Misstress Barbara With Girls On A Ducati and draws from her experience in electronic music infusing it with live instruments. The live show debuted at Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2009, to a sold out crowd at Montreal's Club Soda.
In July 2010, Misstress Barbara will perform for the second year in at row at Le Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
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