Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Ohbijou is a seven-piece band that uses an impressive array of instruments and delicate vocal harmonies to create beautifully lush pop songs.
Started as the solo project of singer/songwriter Casey Mecija, Ohbijou can be traced back to Casey's bedroom where she began timidly showing her songs to little sister Jennifer Mecija. After a few solo shows, Casey was joined by Jennifer on backup vocals, organ and violin. Upon moving to Toronto, the Mecija sisters enlisted the help of Heather Kirby (bass/banjo), Ryan Carley (piano/keyboards), James Bunton (drums/trumpet), Anissa Hart (cello) and Andrew Kinoshita (mandolin/guitar) to complete their delicate ensemble. Since its inception, Ohbijou has become the mouth from which Casey relays her whimsical stories of romance, heartbreak, and living in the big city.
"After quietly assembling a mild-mannered army of followers with a penchant for prettiness, Brantford-bred chamber pop softies Ohbijou emerge with a gorgeously restrained set of songs so delicate, you want to cradle them in your palm like baby chicks. Goes down like lemonade on the hottest summer day, with no cloying aftertaste of artificial sweetness." NOW MAGAZINE
Since forming as a band, Ohbijou has shared the stage with Joanna Newsom, Sarah Harmer, Bright Eyes, Final Fantasy, The Sadies, The Dears, the Walkmen and Julie Doiron. Some other highlights have included opening the 2006 Toronto Virgin Music Festival, being nominated for a 2007 Galaxie Rising Stars award, adding guest vocals to Final Fantasy's acclaimed album He Poos Clouds, playing Osheaga Festival 2007, playing to an overflowing tent at the 2007 Hillside festival and a recently sold out Headline show at Toronto's famous Lee's Palace in November of 2007.
Ohbijou was picked as Top of the Blogs in Germany's Der Spiegel periodical in March of 2007. Ohbijou has recently completed an artist?s residency at the famed Banff Center in February 2008. They are currently working on their sophomore record.
Ohbijou have accomplished all of this without the help of a record label and independently sold over 3000 records. They are nationally distributed through Outside Music Canada, and distributed worldwide in digital format.
Casey and Jamie also curated the critically acclaimed music project called Friends in Bellwoods where they compiled and recorded a double CD of songs from various friends within the music community. Proceeds from the project are going to the Daily Bread Food Bank of Toronto. They?ve raised almost $10 000 so far.