Two young girls (Brighid Fry - 13 - and Pascale Padilla - 15) call themselves Moscow Apartment and they are on a winning streak.
Brighid and Pascale began Moscow Apartment early in 2017, taking their name from the caption in a book of photographs — a shot of an old man outside a bleak Russian building. “Something about that caption caught our eye,” Pascale says. “It seemed like a good name, a different name, for our duo.”
And it’s been something of a whirlwind ever since. There have been strong performances in clubs (including the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec, and a number of different Toronto venues), at street events and notably at three of Canada’s major folk festivals: Winnipeg Folk, Hillside in Guelph Summerfolk in Owen Sound and the final Shelter Valley Festival in Grafton, Ontario.
The duo was also accepted into the Folk Music Ontario youth programme, recently won the Toronto Independent Music award for best young songwriter of the year, and last weekend the Canadian Folk Music Award as young performers of the year. Young, ambitious and talented, Moscow Apartment released their first EP with a launch party at Burdock in Toronto. The five-song collection doesn’t lack for words, either. More importantly, Brighid and Pascale have strong opinions, especially on social acceptance and equality. “Annie,” the duo’s first single and video release couldn’t be more pertinent.
On December 1, they will be part of CBC Radio’s Sounds of the Season show (with Whitehorse, Ruth B, Serena Ryder and more).