Marina Lagacé was born in the prairies, and raised a stone's throw away from the Rocky Mountains.  She has always been exceptionally comfortable in cowgirl boots.  After moving to Vancouver Island to study the arts, she fell in love with the coast and now calls it home.  Marina graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Theatre, specializing in acting, and has performed in dozens of plays and musicals.  In addition to working with multiple theatre companies in Victoria, Marina also wrote, directed and starred in a musical entitled, "Confessions of A Clown College Drop-Out" in the Spring of 2012.  This was little more than a year after picking up the guitar for the first time.

Once the first two chords were learned, a song was written. Marina's songwriting has continued to blossom ever since, with the guitar serving as a natural accompaniment to a voice that simply must be heard. Classically trained, and fed by musical theatre, Marina finally discovered the joys of folk singin'.  Then she started wailing with a psychedelic funk band. Performing and jamming with the boys from The Party on High Street helped her discover her own unique style, lovingly dubbed "Psychedelic Opera Folk".

Marina released her first EP entitled, é (Eh?) in June of 2012.  Her first full-length, professional album Cosmic Mobile was released in August 2015.  The album explores and celebrates themes of life & death, nature, community, cosmic love, and begins to explore gender roles and relationship stereotypes.  Six Sweet and Silly Summer Songs is the name of her ukulele album, released in June 2016.  It is pretty much what it sounds like.

Now based out of Vancouver, Marina performs solo, sometimes with a full band, and most often as a duo with John Kastelic on viola and back-up vocals.  When accompanied, she goes by Marina & the Specks.

Marina has toured Western Canada, played extensively in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, performed at The Woodstove Festival 2016 in Cumberland, The Campbell Bay Music Fest in 2015, and on the Reverbia stage at Burning Man in 2014 and 2015.  Capable of leading a full band, or powerfully holding the stage as a solo artist, Marina Lagacé is a provocative songwriter who delivers an emotionally engaging performance every time.

 

"Marina Lagacé is a beautiful, timeless soul contained in the visage of a young singer/songwriter. She sings about love but not superficial, fleeting love. . . She sings about the deep, profound, unconditional love that comes from an understanding beyond the surface of things. Close your eyes and let Marina take you on a journey into her heart, expansive and bright. She is a golden gem."
- Doug Koyama