Camille and Laurence first met in Cegep Saint-Laurent, in the music program. No classes together since Laurence is a year older; they form their friendship slowly around spontaneous conversations. A friendship that truly evolves when they both embark on David Giguère’s tour. Somewhere between Montreal and Sept-Iles.Laurence is the bassist while Camille sings and plays the keyboard. Milk and Bone was born trough Mister Vallaire, a well-known band from Sherbrooke, who asked the girls to be lead vocals on “Known by sight” a collaboration that sealed the girls’ destiny.
“Milk” for Camille, “Bone” for Laurence. “A name originally created for Misteur Valaire” says Camille, still in awe of how things went fast. It’s in a peaceful place, far from the city, that the band started creating only with the essentials. They surfaced with what we know now as “New York” a song they recorded with producer and friend Gabriel Gagnon, whom they met trough David Giguère.They decided to begin writing and performing as a duo after being brought in as guest vocalists on Misteur Valaire‘s 2013 album Bellevue.
They released their debut album, Little Mourning, in March 2015. The duo, recipient of the SOCAN Breakout Award at the Francophone SOCAN Awards in Montreal,charmed audiences here and elsewhere with their electro pop and mesmerizing harmonies. That year their track “Pressure” was streamed more than a million times on SoundCloud.Little Mourning has allowed the group to carve out a place on the long list of the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, a nomination to the 2016 Juno Awards in the Revelation of the Year category (Group) as well as three prizes at the GAMIQ in 2015.
Since Milk & Bone write and record in English and the majority of their immediate friends and colleagues are francophone, they used SoundCloud to connect with potential contributors to the album, including Toronto-based rapper Terrell Morris on the track “Tomodachi”.
Before starting to write their second album, the duo take up the challenge of composing the soundtrack feature King Dave by Podz.The film’s theme song, Natalie, was nominated for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in the Best Original Song category and has more than 4.6 million views on Spotify.
Milk & Bone released a single, “Daydream”, in 2017, with a promotional video.Their second album, Deception Bay, was released on February 2nd, 2018. The album allows to Milk & Bone to win the Juno award for the Electro Album of the Year in early 2019 as well as a nomination on the long list of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize. The show that accompanied the album was awarded at the 2019 ADISQ Gala in the Show of the Year – Anglophone category.Also, they were nominated for a GAMIQ award for Quebec Artist of the Year.
In 2018, Milk & Bone performed at the Festival d’été de Quebec,and also performed in Toronto.At the start of 2019, they launched an EP, DIVE, which won the EP pop of the year award at the 2019 GAMIQ.For the second time in their career, Milk & Bone was able to work on the composition of the soundtrack for a film produced by Podz, Mafia Inc. In addition, they also worked on the composition of the music for two new shows by Cirque du Soleil, Cosmos and Exentricks, which have been presented on board the cruise ship MSC Grandiosa since November 2019.
Awards & Recognition
- Winner of the Electronic Album of the Year award at the 2019 Juno Awards
- Winner of the Show of the Year – Anglophone award at the 2019 ADISQ Gala
- Winner of the Electronic/Dance Artist or Group of the Year at the 2019 Indie Awards
- Winner of the Pop EP of the Year at the 2019 GAMIQ (for DIVE)
- Nominated for Album of the Year – Anglo at the 2018 ADISQ Gala
- Winner of the Artist of the Year award and nomination for Pop Album of the Year at the 2018 GAMIQ
- Nominated on the 2018 Polaris Prize Long List
- Winner of the Pop album of the year Award for Little Mourning, Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award and Song of the Year Award for Coconut Water at the 2015 GAMIQ
- Winner of the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2015 SOCAN Gala
- Nominated for Achievement in Music – Original Song at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards (Natalie for King Dave)
- Nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards
- Nominated for Show of the Year – Anglo at the 2016 ADISQ Gala
- Nominated for Album Artwork of the Year at the 2015 ADISQ Gala
- Nominated on the 2015 Polaris Prize Long List