Montreal pianist Jean-Michel Blais will perform Apr. 8, 15 and 22 2016 at Toronto's AGO. Blais is classically trained but has the pop-chops of Chilly Gonzales. They share a label, Arts & Crafts. A&E will release Blais' debut Il Apr 8. Now 31 Blais was invited to join the Trois-Rivieres Music Conservatory at the age of 17. He moved to Berlin in his 20s and then spent some time in South America. before returning to Quebec to compose and perform. A video for the single "Nostos ft. BUFFLO" was directed by Jason Rodi and pairs Ansel Adams like footage from Antoine Leger with Blais' piece which references the return of Ulysses to his home by sea.