Former Fairfield resident Claire Coupland is hosting a EP release show at Northern Quarter on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Fairfield songwriter brings folk home

Despite growing up in a musical household, Claire Coupland was terrified of writing and performing original songs.

Despite growing up in a musical household, Claire Coupland was terrified of writing and performing original songs.

Coupland, who was more interested in sports during high school, found classical music and oldies constantly echoing throughout her home. She remembers singing and harmonizing with her mother, who was also a musician, but stopped short of writing her own songs.

“I couldn’t sit alone in my room strumming and humming to myself, I don’t know why. I think you just get so self-critical that you’re too afraid to produce anything,” said the former Fairfield resident. “It was a bad fear. I wanted to be really good.”

Coupland’s first foray into the music scene was when she joined the Victoria High R&B band.

After attending the Victoria Conservatory of Music for a year of jazz studies, Coupland took her dreams east to enrol in the degree program at Humber College in Toronto.

It was at Humber that she found her voice.

She recorded her first album Lonely Heart in 2014 at the college and began performing her folk-style songs in bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in Toronto.

Her newest EP, For You was all written, performed and arranged by Coupland as part of her final school project.

All three songs on the EP are incredibly personal for the 29-year-old.

“I wanted to paint a picture for the listener. My inspiration was being in Toronto and trying to go about doing the whole music thing and phases of life. People come and go in your life, but you just have to solider on,” said Coupland, adding she drew inspiration from Joni Mitchell.

She has already had positive feedback from her school mentors including Bob Ezrin, who produced Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

“I enjoy moving people. I enjoy being behind something that’s my creation and playing something and arranging it and performing it and knowing that it’s mine, it’s my work,” she said. “There’s something nice and scary about putting it out to the world.”

Coupland is holding an EP release show at Northern Quarter (1724 Douglas St.) on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8:30 p.m. Her albums can be purchased online at



Just Posted

Down on the Corner with Brent Butt

Lead actor in the popular Corner Gas sitcom brings his live show to Sidney April 7

Reconciliation and Mozart features four arias and narration

Net proceeds of the March 24 performance go to Reconciliation Canada

Royals gear up for WHL playoffs after suffering season-worst loss

Victoria has a solid 7-3 record this year against opening-round opponent Vancouver

Piano campaign purchases grand instrument and more for Oak Bay’s community theatre

Surplus funds sound mixer and console for Dave Dunnet Community Theatre

Two puppies snatched from East Sooke home

Anyone with information asked to contact Sooke RCMP

Controversial portrait could open dialogue on colonialism

“Likely” portrait of Captain George Vancouver soon available to public for the first time sparking debate at Royal BC Museum

REVIEW: Ballet Etoile scores comic triumph with Coppelia

Victoria professional company produces a fine ensemble piece

V2V ship tours offer hospitality, info on harbour-to-harbour services

Open houses planned for next few weekends on Victoria’s Inner Harbour

America’s Musical Journey premieres at the IMAX

Enter to win tickets to an invite only concert at your community newspaper’s Facebook page

KATHY KAY: Pair of indie films offer similar good messages

Call Me By Your Name, The Last Dalai Lama

ALLAN REID: Flying Otter Grill serves up more than just a plane view

Review of waterfront eatery finds Dine Around a $30 hit

Singer Ann Mortifee is giving a rare performance at the Port Theatre

Mortifee is sharing the bill with old friend folk-singer Rick Scott

John McDermott joins the Vancouver Island Symphony for St. Patrick’s Day concerts

Nanaimo performances will feature personal stories and traditional Irish ditties

Most Read