CHAR­LOTTE CARDIN

Fashion (Canada) - - Culture Feature -

In her vel­vety vi­brato, Mon­tre­al­bred singer-song­writer Char­lotte Cardin sings about long­ing or dis­loy­alty, but when she speaks, her ev­ery word drips with in­fec­tious op­ti­mism. “As far back as I can re­mem­ber, I’ve al­ways known I wanted to have a big fam­ily,” says Cardin dream­ily. “I was so lucky to be raised in a warm and lov­ing house­hold, and I want to live that again in a dif­fer­ent way.”

If it seems like there’s a dis­con­nect be­tween her songs and who she is, that’s in­ten­tional. “I like putting fic­tion into my work,” she says. “When you’re on­stage, you’re al­ready giv­ing so much of your­self just by be­ing up there, and my song­writ­ing gives me some dis­tance from it all.”

But dis­tance is dif­fer­ent from in­au­then­tic­ity. While it’s em­pow­er­ing for Cardin to get into char­ac­ter to write lyrics filled with sass, hu­mour and sub­tle dec­la­ra­tions of in­de­pen­dence, the truth is that she is much more earnest in real life. Just lis­ten: “Love is so much deeper than any­thing else,” she says. “It oc­cu­pies your full mind and changes al­most ev­ery­thing about you.” —Jess Hud­dle­ston

When you’re on­stage, you’re al­ready giv­ing so much of your­self just by be­ing up there, and my song­writ­ing gives me some dis­tance from it all.

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