Ten minute tea with Afternoon Tea. Spend ten minutes with Afternoon Tea. In the time it takes to boil one kettle, and let one cup of tea steep, we will have your daily art + music fix covered. Take your afternoon tea break with our Afternoon Tea curators.
Today’s tea + soundtrack + visuals curated by Edouard Landry. Edouard Landry’s songs are a mix of pop, rock, folk and catchy melodies. The Sudbury, Ontario artist was nominated for the ‘Best Male Performer’ category at the Gala des prix Trille Or (2017), ‘Francophone Artist of the Year’ at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards (2020), and his albums Pomme plastique II and L’escalade were nominated ‘Best Album by a Francophone Artist’ at the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards (2017 and 2019).
On June 4th, Ed released his first full-length English album, Be Here Now, about finding mindfulness and inner peace to live in the ‘now’ no matter where you are. He reflects on his previous French albums in new single “Words,” which explores the notion that a minority-language artist can operate in relative obscurity, or in a fortress, as the song describes. Ed relates the songwriting process to architecture, in terms of finding new and better ways to let the light in.
Tea: “We have a vast collection of cups at our house. So, part of the process is to pick the right cup for the right occasion! I got teased (no-pun intended) quite a bit recently on my selection of chamomile teas (‘it tastes like beige!’). I do dabble in the chamomile world, but other highlights include the Cold 911 tea from DAVIDsTEA in the winter and spring. On a hot day like today, I would reach for a honey lemon tea to refresh the body and to get ready for singing!”
Music: “I’ve recently jumped headfirst into the electronic/synthesizer music world, with a leaning toward more ambient sounds. Making some wonderful discoveries, including some mid-70s David Bowie albums, Kraftwerk, the Blade Runner soundtrack, and countless others. A go-to album of late has been Brian Eno’s Ambient 1/Music for Airports, especially at night when the house is still. I’ve always loved Eno’s work with bands like Talking Heads and U2, and discovering his earlier work like Music for Airports has been inspiring.”
Art: “I’ve been fascinated with Claude Monet for quite some time, and especially over the past year. I’ve read everything I can gather on him in preparation of a future album focused on the study of light, impressionism, and making art ‘en plein air’. My favourite period of his is from the 1860s-1870s. The Bridge at Argenteuil (1874) is a great summer example of light, air, and water flowing by. Sip your tea, put on some ambient music, and feel like you’re on the side of a river watching the clouds go by, if only for a moment.”