Marie-Véronique (MV) Bourque, an extremely talented artist from Saskatchewan, is not afraid to think and act outside the box. Her original songs and unique interpretations of jazz standards (by flute and voice) pair beautifully with her musical genre that can be described as ‘Velvet tuxedos and dry martini’.
Featured artist in a double bill with Derrick Gardner during the 2022 YYC International Jazz Days Festival in Calgary and the 2022 Saskatchewan International Jazz Festival in Saskatoon, Marie-Véronique was a nominee for the 2021 Trille Or and the 2021 Saskatchewan Music Awards. She is also one of the winners of the 2021 Jazz Flute Big Band competition organized by the National Flute Association.
From September to November 2021, Marie-Véronique continued to develop different facets of her musical career in France (songwriting residency, performances and flute repair workshop).
Her two albums: ''Entre Québec & Saskatchewan'' (2021) and ''Une porte s'ouvre'' (2018), were both voted #5 ‘’Best Saskatchewan Album of the Year’’ and landed in the top 10 of the national jazz chart on !Earshot. The song 'Excusez-moi', co-written with Michelle Gregoire, is a semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only Competition.
In 2019, MV was brought to Oxford (UK) for a recording session on Will Cox’s debut album, “A Darkling Shore”. The session also included a number of other accomplished artists including Orlando Harrison (Alabama 3) and Lily Dior. This invitation came about after MV’s participation in Pro7ect – a songwriters’ and producers’ retreat in Brighton, UK.
In 2018, Marie-Véronique had the privilege to do the opening act for Carol Welsman and for Derrick Gardner (2022). She was invited as guest artist with Christine Tassan et les Imposteures.
Marie-Véronique is a member of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. She is also part of the Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble and they released an album, “Combine” in 2015. MV has toured throughout Switzerland, France, as well as in Québec, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In 1992, MV auditioned for and won a place as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP band. After its disbanding Marie-Véronique continued to serve as a police officer for more than 25 years. Her own musical journey continued.
Born and raised in Québec, she studied classical music at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec where she was awarded First Prizes in flute and chamber music. Marie-Véronique found jazz in 2012 and trained first at the Carleton University Jazz Camp (2015), then in 2016 she continued at France’s Dordogne International Jazz Summer School. The following year (2017) MV attended the Ambrose University Jazz Camp and since 2018 until present she has trained at the Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Seminars in Hidden Valley, California.