Recorded by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Silver Mt Zion) live off the floor at Montreal’s Hotel 2 Tango, June In Siberia is the full length follow up to 2008’s What The Boat Gave The River. June In Siberia sees a departure for Mark Berube and his band (Kristina Koropecki on cello, Tonio Morin-Vargas on drums, and Amélie Mandeville on bass) from their previous experimentation with large-scale arrangements of strings and horns, choosing instead to hone in on the impressive vocal and instrumental strengths of each member. Joining the band are four special guests. Dan Mangan appears on Side of the Road, Emily Loizeau sings a verse in the redemptive eulogy Above the Ground; CR Avery lends a poem in Let Me Go; and Hattie Webb of the Webb Sisters bestows her voice to the blues-piano riff Fela Kuti-inspired ballad My Me Lady. The overall result is a striking and unique blend of indie chamber-folk.
Since the release of What the Boat Gave the River, Mark Berube and the band have rarely left the road. They've been recorded by the CBC's national radio program Canada Live twice since 2008, been invited as special musical guest to Stuart McLean's popular Vinyl Cafe radio show, and have received national radio airplay in Switzerland and France as well. The CBC’s Duke Eaton compared Mark to a “young Leonard Cohen” for his lyrical brevity and craftsmanship.
After a sweep of festivals across Canada in the summer of 2009, Mark Berube closed the year with an invitation to join Prix Victoire recipient Emily Loizeau at the renowned Olympia Theatre in Paris in December. In 2010 at Paléo, one of Western Europe’s biggest summer festivals, they were called the “Act to Discover” while a short month before, Mark opened for Irish rockers The Cranberries at the sold-out 8000 capacity Arena in Geneva, Switzerland. As the opening act for European songstress Sophie Hunger at a sold out show at La Cigalle in Paris, he sold out of albums and was touted by the French press as “a very strong and promising artist …equally charming behind the piano or a caplla” (ADNSOUND). In the fall of 2010, the song Flowers on the Stones from What the Boat Gave the River appeared in the Québecois film Route 132. 2011 saw Mark back across Canada, Switzerland, France and Germany with the official release of June in Siberia Canadaiand Switzerland. He was invited to the GENERIQ Festival in France for three performances, opened for Swiss chanteuse Olivia Pedroli around Germany, and the song "Above the Ground" was added to Radio Suisse Romande's national airplay list.
After their official showcase at the ROSEQ in Rimouski, QC in October, 2011, Mark and his band were awarded the RIDEAU Prize , reserving them an official showcase slot for the February 2012 edition of RIDEAU in Québec City.
After playing the RIDEAU festival, they received a second prize from the city of Québec: a residency in the beautiful theatre Palais Montcalm along with $5000 to cover the costs.
2012 is going to be another busy year for Mark with tours around Québec, Canada, and Europe with a release of “June in Siberia” in Germany scheduled for autumn 2012