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MAdM Summer Festivals 2011 from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

so happy to be invited to play the following summer festivals. all very different and special in their own right.

Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland – July 4th :
Established in 1967 by legendary founder and director to this day Claude Nobs (not to mention old friends of Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa). Held in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with an impeccable artist friendly reputation, this festival invited me back again this year, after the HEART BREAKING EMERGENCY LIGHT FLIGHT CANCELLATION NIGHTMARE MERCI, see you next week!!

Festival d’Ete de Quebec – July 13 :
Quebec’s BIGGEST 10 day long festival hosting Metallica to Elton John has invited me to participate for the first time. It’s a pleasure to share the stage with fellow fantasy freaks and European label mates, Coheed and Cambria. As a native Montrealer and Quebecoise, it took me until last year to play Quebec City for the FIRST TIME! Hole, The Pumpkins, my first solo tour never made it up there, so was i ever blown away by the support and enthusiasm when i arrived there for the first time last fall. MERCI Quebec, je me souvien et va etre de retour bientot!

HEAVY T.O!!!!!!!! – July 24:
Where to i begin????? i am so honored, excited and exploding with i-can’t-fucking-wait energy, to participate in a mirror of the same incredible bill from last year’s HEAVY MTL: SLAYER – ROB ZOMBIE – MASTODON – ANVIL and more…… and what’s even more…. is that i, again, am the sole female front person of the day. representing the feminine love of all things HEAVY and the universal love of magic, myth, metal and mayhem. it’s beyond gender, it’s music. for those of you who missed it last year, please take a peek at MAdM TV Meets Heavy MTL – a half hour of interviews and backstage footage of Team MAdM exploring and loving the grounds of Heavy MTL. stay tuned for the next episode… post HEAVY TO…. this time, not only will i be the only WOMAN on the bill, but the only person capable and currently building life inside. METAL Meets THE MYSTERY OF MOTHERHOOD at HEAVY T.O………… more life coming soon!


hope to see some of you there – as these will be my last shows before i dive into writing my next album and experience true metamorphosis.
2012… around the corner! x



finally, after years of not even knowing this should exist… MAdM TV is born.
born out of love of music, weird people and wanting to share it with YOU.
when a woman is invited to be the sole female front woman on a weekend of 34 HEAVY bands, in the sexiest city in the north east of the americas, she better equip herself with a modest camera crew and entourage, to feast on the moment… and so we did! Slayer, Mastodon, Molson Beer, need i say more………

dear land of heavy music lovers,
this is an ode to you, in a snapshot of what i think is the best HEAVY MUSIC festival in the world. you can not ask for a better city to host it, and a more passionate (French Canadian!) audience. proud that my home town can bring this life, and obligated to share it. MAdMTV meets HEAVY MTL, Pour Vous, in 4 parts x hope you enjoy as much as we did being there x

PART 1 – Featuring the Lay of the Festival Land, Skeletonwitch and more

PART 2 – Featuring the “Ladies” loving Lamb of God, Rob Zombie and more!

PART 3 – Featuring my love of all things M and Mastodon and Much Much More!

PART 4 – Featuring Dave, magic drummer of Slayer and the HEAVY MTL CROWD!

i was not prepared for making my first televised report. in an attempt to be prepared, i #ASKED the tweeters and facers to help me come up with questions last minute. there was a slew of great questions that came in from mariano, amal, adam, ricky, matt, james, katalyze, en apariencia, jj87, the real osmium, antonio, sarah, sweetice, mayvelin, hate the hate AND MORE> THANK YOU for all your collaboration, but i was scrambling and lost the paper. ended up winging it off the cuff.

Going Live, From Austria!


On a HEAVY Personal Note….

RED (A study of Salome) by Michael Zulli

I’ve been in the delicious comfort of my own home since the Belgium – Comic Con – Heavy MTL explosion overload week. In this time at home, we’ve worked on the next music video for OOOM… involving smoke machines, haunted tunnels and veils, more soon on that… but i’ve also had a chance to reflect and review the last many busy weeks, months. traveling with with and for music, feeds me with the need to connect with other humans. there’s the performance part, which is the Number One HOLY part, then there’s the one on one, which is the HUMAN part. on that last journey out to sea, these people stood out to me, and are sources of profound inspiration that will affect my future work. now that’s HEAVY serious ! x

it’s very exciting to meet people who’s unique inside vision is manifested on the outside in such a clear way. the extra-ordinary, bonus feeling comes when you feel that person is pulling from the same eclectic puzzle pieces (an odd rhythm or painting movement) as you, but laid out in a completely different pattern, so much that hardly anyone else could see the connection, but you. maybe it’s that you feel the connection in the intention of how the person and their works is put together, or it involves similar themes but in a different melody, or maybe it’s familiar emotional or intellectual message at work…. very hard to peg, but you feel the connection instantly. that is the feeling when you find a new band or film or artists to love. it’s as if you found something you were looking for. it’s a great feeling, and i know we all experience it –

So i was lucky to experience that a few times in my big zig zag europe / california / canada week….. Starting with meeting some Jazzy Vikings from Norway in Belgium, at the Dour Festival….. may i introduce to you SHINING
you should dig into their new album BLACK JAZZ immediately. it’s amazing and way out there on their very unique and heavy sonic journey. my dutch friend BOB, who’s never wrong about quality and originality, had told me about them, and luckily got me to the tent where they were playing. it was INTENSE! then i had the pleasure to meet the humans that make SHINING. their intelligence, work ethic and genuineness – struck deep. now they are in my cd player and radar for eternity x
Bel Canto by Michael Zulli

from music festival to comic convention……
the beautiful Century Guild booth that hosted me at comic con, was also the place where a man that legends are made of, held court too – they call him Zulli, Michael Zulli. he is a phenomenal painter, illustrator, with a striking blue suit and matching boots. we had an instant connect, as if he’d known me entirely, in a distant life, or maybe we met in a world in his paintings…. he gave me words of hope and encouragement. a total stranger knowing exactly just how unique this intense year of my creative mission has been. the challenges and the freedom…. i was deeply touched. he gave me a gift of one of his prints, and i gave him OOOM…… this week in his blog i found one of the more thoughtful reviews of this year. thank you zulli x

“I was given a package by Madam Auf Der Maur at Sdcc, that contained the video of “Out Of Our Minds”. It was one of the the single most disturbing, beautiful and fierce artistic statements I have seen in years. I still can’t quite digest it’s implications. THAT’S art my friends. That is just what art does.” – Michael Zulli

Full Entry HERE
Dive into HIS WORLD

in between these phenomenal forces, i united with my southern soul brothers MASTODON when sharing the stage at HEAVY MTL, but you’ve all about my love of those wormhole travelers before AND SOON SOOON SOON WILL HEAR MORE ON MAdMTV reporting from HEAVY MTL – stay tuned!

mind boggling drummer Brann & I (two fish in ray bans) MAdMBrann1
merci pour la photo kristof @ BANGBANGBLOG

it’s meetings like these, with the other creatures who crawl and screech the creative landscapes and gather the fire and strength (and organization!) to share it with others, that gives me hope and inspiration……. and of course, then there is YOU > the ones who receive and show support by listening, watching and feeling.
i am YOU to some, and you are ME to others!

we need each other…… although i know there are some who think NEEDing is weak … i think it’s strong.

call me new age, sappy or uber fan….
i hope to see you soon


MAdMTV Meets HEAVY MTL (test!)

MAdMTV – Heavy MTL 2010 from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

I was the lone front “woman” on the heaviest music bill in north america this summer. i arrived with bass in hand, camera in the other, and, uh, a beer sometimes in one of them and a couple of pals at my side. in honor of the great magic men in the house, we created MAdMTV! interviews were made and still a lot of editing left to do, but THIS IS A TEST: Melissa Auf der Maur meets HEAVY MTL!

(under looming cranes, a fast hang with robb with two b’s and b hinds)

amazing and unique, exposes, episodes and interviews coming soon!
that was soooooo much FUN!
not to mention comic con at the top of my weekend….
…my leather face man and i had an amazing time!




as a visiting muse to this art nouveau red river of rusty leaves and petals, i declare:


unveiling the fine art achievement of LEE MOYER!
Century Guild of Chicago created this union between myself and famed illustrator Lee Moyer, in a mad dash effort to bring like minded souls together at Comic Con. This Poster was custom made for this event, in less than 3 weeks (applaud lee!) we will be receiving visitors July 22 at 2PM tomorrow at the Century Guild Booth at the Sand Diego Comic Con. I’ll be catching a sneak peek of it all tonight, but i hear you can not miss this booth- it’s the HIGH ART booth of the convention. it’s where the original Poster art of the turn of the last Century is exhibited and sold. An incredible movement in art, that i certainly visited in another life…. we will gather in that fantasy tomorrow!
Looking forward to seeing all the passion and creation in the football field of fantasy madness x

Next Stop….. Montreal all for DOUBLE HEAVY HEAVEN HITTER OF MAdM OOOM!

OOOM Film at FANTASIA FEST Friday night!
He and I will both be at the screening for Q&A

1432 Rue de Bleury
Friday July 23 – 9:35 pm

Parc Jean-Drapeau
Saturday July 24 – 2:30 pm
It’s safe to say, that Montreal hosts North America’s premiere METAL festival.
I’ll be joining the stage with SLAYER, MASTODON, MEGADETH… need I say more?

I’m a lucky lady…. and i used to be a girl, and before that a cat.

Hope to see some of you out there this weekend!


p.s. #MAdMTV questions for the iconic men of HEAVY MTL is building in Twitter land, but i will try to find a moment to explain it more cohesively here tomorrow – in order to be sure to get as many questions and insights rolling. long of the short is, i am at HEAVY MTL all weekend, surrounded by some of the most incredible heart, minds and hands of Heavy Rock- and i feel a responsibility to ask some questions of these inspiring men. the link between magic, myth and rock! where do they access the fantastical story lines of their creations from? what they think the future of mythic music is in this modern world!? where do women and love fit into their intense landscapes… i’m asking you to provide me with questions and hopefully insight or crucial facts i may not know about the bands history etc….

Belgium-Comic Con-Fantasia/Heavy Metal MTL!

Another action packed dream MAdM OOOM week coming for you / me / them / us! x
this time no volcano OR emergency light door! right universe of golden webs!?!

starting this weekend!
Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, we’ve been invited on a Belgium weekend.
first, a festival just outside of Brussels, a 28 year old (congrats!) FREE music festival in a beautiful park x ROCK HERK!
then Sunday, DOUR festival! although i’m so so sad i will be missing the reunion of my long lost favorites Chokebore, who play the day before (remember my friend Troy Von Balthazar? “You could ice skate to this” b-side) it’s great to be part of the festival, honored to be a part of it x

NEXT STOP!… as i’ve mentioned …. i’m GOING!!!!
COMIC CON!: the world’s leading meeting of the fantasy minds! SAN DIEGO comic convention, is way beyond comics, it’s a full on blossomed UNIVERSE! i was lucky to go as my magic writer pal cecil’s date a couple years back. this time i’ve been invited as art nouveau muse! such an honor! my art nouveau friend’s in chicago, connected me and LEE MOYER ( starstruck ! classy tory amos poster below!) and we are coming together for a signing of a yet to be revealed ART NOUVEAU MAdM xxxxxxxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo MORE INFO! i was given a sneak peek or art nouveau moi this week… WOW!


carol ann
Friday night FANTASIA FEST – one of the leading, coolest fantasy film festivals in north american, has invited OOOM to screen on a perfect summer friday night! it’s also DIRECTOR TONY STONE’S BIRTHDAY! he and i will both be at the screening for Q&A x
it’s screening at the old downtown montreal movie theater that i first discovered David Lynch films in as a teenager! great to come back in this way. for those who have not yet seen me convert from lost in time secretary to a rip-the-heart-of-a-viking witch, please come! FANTASIA FEST

DOUBLE HEAVEN HEAVY HITTER…. need i say more………….!?!? i don’t even need a photo for that one, in fact i can’t even imagine a photo that can encompass the heavy ness of this bill……. HEAVY MTL: safe to say, that my home town, hosts north america’s premiere METAL festival. SLAYER, MASTODON, MEGADETH,

Thank you universe!
i will surely be seeing some of your like-minded freaks in the coming week!




MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL: intimate evening opening for ROXY MUSIC! in my family name’s homeland, only the French part of Switzerland, which is great as i will offer them TASTE YOU in french x

HEAVY MTL: safe to say, that my home town, hosts north america’s premiere METAL festival. SLAYER, MASTODON, MEGADETH,

COMIC CON: worlds leading meeting of the fantasy minds! SAN DIEGO comic convention, is way beyond comics, it’s a full on blossomed UNIVERSE! i was luck to go as my magic writer pal cecil’s date a couple years back. this time i’ve been invited as art nouveau muse! such an honor! my art nouveau friend’s in chicago, connected me and LEE MOYER ( starstruck ! classy tory amos poster below!) and we are coming together for a signing of a yet to be revealed ART NOUVEAU MAdM xxxxxxxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

writing this out in my blog, gives me a clearer perspective….
i think i’ve arrived where i always dreamed of being.
you reading this (and the FIRE DEEP INSIDE) and my family and music peers,
have brought me here,
diverse world of art, travel and inspiration.

i must admit, i am tired sometimes, and it’s been a lot of work,
and i still can’t get EVERYWHERE i want to be and create EVERYTHING i wan to make…
but this gives me hope that i WILL.

need to mention, i just got back from 5 days in a dream of NEWFOUNDLAND.
such a long tale, but it will be shared both via art film and tv episode… here’s hints:
camping off the grid, mythological landscapes, ocean, jagged cliffs, songs of foggy shores an seamen, a battery powered bass and ancient arabic lute.
(and an icelandic man full of tales of old!) quite a one of a kind experience….. again. A DREAM COME TRUE.


late to catch my flight x
we are lucky to be alive