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Ciel’s unwavering dedication to inclusivity led her to co-found collectives like It’s Not U It’s Me, whose progressive safer spaces and anti-harassment policies drastically evolved nightlife experiences for femme and LGBTQ-identifying clubgoers, in addition to booking wicked acts like Ben UFO, Avalon Emerson, and Volvox. No less impressive, her own radio show “Work in Progress” is a monthly program on Montreal’s n10.as that curates electronic music produced by female-identifying talent, with selectors like Lena Wilikens, Powder, and UMFANG having contributed to the catalog.
On the heels of her Boiler Room debut, Ciel is seizing her self-made spotlight with a dreamy, sophisticated 3-track EP, Peach004, on Shanti Celeste’s Peach Discs imprint out Oct. 18. The record bleeds Ciel’s eclectic influences, highlighting an ethereal shoe-gazing past that envelopes her experimental percussive patterns. Read our interview below to find out the reason she is releasing her own music now and why it took Ciel’s special breed of resilience to help reform the hyper-masculinity in Toronto’s underground music community.
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