Leslie Feist, singer, songwriter, musician (b at Amherst, NS 13 Feb 1976). Feist spent her teen years in Calgary and became lead vocalist for a local punk band called Placebo when she was 15. She moved to Toronto in 1996 and became the bassist for Noah's Arkweld and, in 1998, the rhythm guitarist for By Divine Right. During this time, she moved in with friend Merrill Nisker, an electro-rock artist who went by the stage name Peaches. Feist performed and recorded with Peaches and, through this, formed a long-term working relationship with Gonzales (real name Jason Charles Beck).
Feist, using only her last name, had her debut album released through the small Bobby Dazzler label in 1999. Monarch (Lay Your Jewelled Head Down) attracted a small following but didn't reach a wide audience. She recorded 7 unreleased songs and toured Europe with Gonzales, while at home she became a member of Toronto music collective BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE. The classy pop/rock songs from the aforementioned demo recordings became the foundation for 2004's Let It Die, which was recorded in her new adopted hometown of Paris, France, and released in Canada by ARTS & CRAFTS. It earned her an international fan base, a platinum certification (sales of more than 100 000) in Canada and 2005 JUNO AWARDS for Alternative Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
Open Season, a collection of remixes and collaborations, came out in the spring of 2006 as a bridge to Feist's next official album, 2007's The Reminder. While it sold 18 000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 2 on the Canadian sales chart, the album really took off later in the year after the single/video "1234" was used in an Apple iPod commercial and became almost ubiquitous. The Reminder was certified double-platinum in Canada, gold in the United States and has sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide. Feist continued on a roll at the 2008 Junos in Calgary, where she won all 5 awards she was nominated for: artist, album, pop album, songwriter and single ("1234") of the year. After a three-year break the 12-song album Metals, recorded in California's Big Sur, was released In 2011. At the 2012 Juno Awards, Metals was selected Adult Alternative Album of the Year. The recording also went on to win the Polaris Music Prize for that year.
While her solo career took up much of her time, Feist has been a part of all four Broken Social Scene albums and performs with the group when scheduling permits. In 2010 Feist participated in the Cultural Olympiad of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. This marked Feist's second Olympic performance, as she appeared as an Opening Ceremony dancer during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.