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The Skinny: It was the summer of 2006 when three musicians who had known each other for years – Ian (vocals), Erik (trumpet) and Ben (bass) – were sitting in a half empty bistro, enjoying a glass of whatever was available at the time, when they had a brilliant idea.

Having played together before (since 2001, to be exact), just under a different band name, and having received great feedback (such as placing 4th out of 150 musicians who played the first ever Emergenza festival), the friends decided to morph themselves into North East Bistro.

As new members came and went; as arrangement were made, revisited and sometimes scrapped; as a deadline for the first NEB record was pushed back from the spring of 2008 to the fall of that year – Sharing Our Darkest Moments… A Montreal Native Story was finally released on November 11th.

Now, celebrating 10 years of their musical partnership, North East Bistro is ready to unveil its latest creation, Committed, which will feature unique NEB touches such as trumpet, trombone and piano. Set to come out in May 2011, NEB is ready to prove the band is still alive and very much kicking, and is committed to its music until death do them part.


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