Mimi Blais Bio

Mimi Blais has used ragtime music as a way to discover her many talents as an entertainer, storyteller, communicator, educator, director, actress and composer. Classically trained (started piano at age 7, then entered the Quebec City Conservatory of Music, L.Mus, B.Mus in performance & a Concert Diploma at McGill University in Montreal, where she now lives), whatever the style of music she chooses to play, she receives unanimous praise.

The ragtime world knows Mimi as a wonderful ragtime pianist and performer, but she's much more than that. This French Canadian multitalented lady is also a composer, arranger, teacher, actress, comedienne, stage director and writer. She's been meteoric in her quick rise to ragtime fame; masterful in her technique, performance and understanding of several musical genres; magnetic in her personality and communication with her audiences; mighty in her command of the keyboard, especially those octave passages; and mischievous in her wit and humor.

She's always enthusiastic and upbeat, delivering performances that are solid and inspiring. This past year she has seemed better than ever before, playing with incredible musicality and giving seminars that combined in-depth analysis, contemplation, and theatricality – an unlikely combination! But if you saw her in her form-fitting black satin and lace slip talking about Ragtime as an Art, you'd understand what I mean! 

What a woman! Mimi is indeed marvelous, both as a performer and as a person. . . . Dr. Rosemary Hallum, Excerpt from "Marvelous Mimi" in American Rag

Mimi has CDs available at the Ragtime Store. Check her website for other performance schedules and more details. www.mimiblais.com

Bio last updated 10/9/2014.