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Foot Tapping Goodness from Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord – Territoires (Borealis Records, 2019)

Canadian Quebecois band Le Vent du Nord has been busy lately with touring throughout the USA and a collaboration album with their colleagues De Temps Antan titled Notre Album Solo. Territoires is the band’s ninth album and it is another masterful work.

Le Vent du Nord – Territoires

Le Vent du Nord combine a modernized vision of traditional Quebecois roots music with evocative Celtic music. The five musicians deliver dazzling instrumental musicianship, wonderful arrangements and the classic Quebecois call and response vocals and foot tapping beats. The group also uses musical instruments that are not typically found in Quebecois music, the hurdy gurdy and the bouzouki.

We’ve really added a bit of groovy stuff to this album,” says fiddler André Brunet. “Several songs have a riff with a bouzouki and bass. We’ve left things more open, skipping the answers in the traditional call and response sections and putting a bit of effects on the lead vocal. The sound turned out really rich.”

The current lineup includes Nicolas Boulerice on vielle à roue (hurdy gurdy), piano and vocals; Simon Beaudry on bouzouki, guitar and vocals; Olivier Demers on fiddle, bombarde, guitar, foot tapping and vocals; Réjean Brunet on bass, melodeon, bombarde and vocals; and André Brunet on fiddle, foot tapping and vocals.

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Quebecois Powerhouse Collaboration

Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan – Notre Album Solo

Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan – Notre Album Solo (La Compagnie du Nord, 2018)

 Two of the greatest acts in the Quebecois music scene, Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan, got together to record Notre Album Solo (Our Solo Album). It’s a delightful collection of recreated traditional music from Quebec (Canada) along with new pieces and some Celtic music elements.

You’ll find outstanding vocal work, including entertaining call and response vocals, foot percussion, fiddles, accordion, hurdy gurdy and more.

Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan

Notre Album Solo is a tribute to the Quebec traditional music revival that has been ongoing for the past decades. The two bands share tradition and family. Two members of each band have a brother in the other.

The CD booklet includes lyrics and song descriptions in French and English.

The artists featured in Notre Album Solo include Éric Beaudry on vocals, bouzouki, guitar; Simon Beaudry on vocals, bouzouki, guitar; Nicolas Boulerice on vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano; André Brunet on fiddle, foot tapping, vocals; Réjean Brunet on basses,button accordion, jaw harp, piano, vocals; Olivier Demers on fiddle, foot tapping, vocals, guitar, mandolin; Pierre-Luc Dupuis on button accordion,harmonica, jaw harp, vocals; and David Boulanger on fiddle, vocals.

Notre Album Solo presents masterful performances by Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan, celebrating Quebec’s effervescent Francophone culture.

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Artist Profiles: Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord (North Wind) is an evolved traditional Quebecois band born of richly eclectic musical experiences and tastes. Originally founded by pianist and hurdy-gurdy player Nicolas Boulerice and fiddler Olivier Demers, (both formerly of Ad Vielle Que Pourra and Montcorbier), the band originally included tap-dancer/accordionist Benoit Bourque (formerly of Matapat) and singer/guitarist Bernard Simard (formerly of La Bottine Souriante). Bernard Bernard Simard was replaced in 2004 by Simon Beaudry on the same instrument: guitar/vocal.

Bourque insists that what makes Quebecois music special is its combination of infectious energy and its community roots. “Quebecois music to many ears is a mix between Irish and Cajun. Like Irish music the technical part of the music is very important: you have to play triplets, and you often play very fast. But there’s also a pleasure aspect that’s very strong in Quebecois music–to just share with people. It’s more of a kitchen approach where you share with your neighbors, friends and family.”

In 2004 Le Vent du Nord won Canada’s prestigious JUNO Award in the category “Roots and Traditional Album of the Year/Group” for their CD Maudite Moisson! In 2007, Rejean Brunet (of The Brunet Brothers) joined the band in the place of Benoit Bourque. Rejean is a consummate musician, and plays accordion, bass, piano and sings.


Maudite Moisson! (Borealis Records, 2003)
Les amants du Saint-Laurent (Borealis Records, 2005)
Dans les airs (Borealis Records, 2007)
Mesdames et Messieurs (Borealis Records, 2008)
La part du feu (Borealis Records, 2009)
Symphonique (Radio-Canada disque, 2010)
Tromper le Temps (Borealis Records, 2012)
Têtu (Borealis Records, 2015)
Notre Album Solo, with De Temps Antan (La Compagnie du Nord, 2018)



Artist Profiles: Benoit Bourque

Benoit Bourque

Bursting with energy, musician-dancer Benoit Bourque has been conquering audiences for the past years. Performing first as a member of the famed ensemble Eritage, with whom he toured all over the continent, he made five recordings (three for children), and appeared with the group on TV and radio. Eritage had its own television program for three years in Quebec City. Benoit later became known as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher in numerous festivals and music camps at home and abroad. As a member of Eritage, and then by himself, Benoit has presented many workshops for children, in elementary as well as high schools, and even in nursery schools. From two to teens, he bewitches them all.

Benoit recorded La Gigue, a cassette and book especially made for learning French Canadian step dancing. Since 1980, Benoit has been the artistic director of Les ?clusiers de Lachine, a folkdance group that has gained international acclaim. He is also one of the founders of Le Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordeon, an international accordion festival where he acts as artistic adviser, master of ceremonies, and performer.

From 1993 to 1994, Benoit was on the Board of Directors of Le Conseil Quebecois du Patrimoine Vivant (The Live Heritage of Quebec Council). From 1994 to 1996 he performed with the new French folk music ensemble Ad Vielle Que Pourra, touring with them all over Canada and the United States. Although Benoit specializes in dancing, “Calling” dances, and traditional percussion playing (bones and spoons), he plays other instruments, including guitar, recorder, mandolin and accordion.

Benoit was a founding member of Matapat. The other founders were Acadian born Gaston Bernard, a multi-instrumentalist who is equally facile on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bouzouki and has been involved in a variety of musical projects, ranging from French to Greek, Celtic and African music. Composer/arranger Simon Lepage added his diverse background in world music, jazz and classical as a rich compliment to the band’s unique presence on the stage. All three harmonized beautifully on songs and ballads, all introduced in English and sung in French. Benoit and Gaston were former members of the renowned band Ad Vielle Que Pourra.

Benoit left Matapat in 2002 to join Le Vent du Nord, an innovative Quebecois band founded by pianist and hurdy-gurdy player Nicolas Boulerice and fiddler Olivier Demers, (both formerly of Ad Vielle Que Pourra and Montcorbier).


La Ronde des Voyageurs, with Éritage (1983)
Ménage À Quatre, with Advielle que Pourra (1996)
Matapat (1998)
Petit Fou, with Matapat (Borealis, 2001)
Maudite Moisson, with Le Vent du Nord (Borealis, 2003)
Les amants du Saint-Laurent, with Le Vent du Nord (Borealis, 2005)
Appellation d’Origine Controlee, with La Bottine Souriante (Borealis, 2011)


Superb World Music and Roots Programming at Savannah Music Festival 2017

Earls of Leicester
Earls of Leicester

The Savannah Music Festival 2017 will present an impressive set of world music and American roots sounds. The festival will take place from March 23 to April 8, 2017.

The lineup includes acclaimed Québécois traditional ensembles Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan; Canary Island timple (a small Spanish guitar) maestro Germán López; Dom Flemons; Foghorn Stringband; Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms; cellist and vocalist Leyla McCalla; Haitian vodou drum and dance ensemble Chouk Bwa Libète; dobro maestro Jerry Douglas with celebrated bluegrass band the Earls of Leicester; Molsky’s Mountain Drifters; Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor; Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie; Holt & Coleman; banjo player Noam Pikelny; Sufi singer Sanam Marvi; 80-year-old virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal; mandolinist Danilo Brito’s choro quintet; Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall; and admired Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha with an original score for the 1930 Dovzhenko silent film, Earth.

Tickets to the 2017 festival are available online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912-525-5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.


Le Vent du Nord to Hold CD Release Party in New York

Le Vent Du Nord - Photo by Stephane Najman
Le Vent Du Nord – Photo by Stephane Najman


Le Vent Du Nord, the leading French-Canadian band, is set to perform on April 11 in Brooklyn (New York). The award-winning group will showcase its new album titled Têtu (Borealis Records). Le Vent Du Nord combines traditional Québécois music with the modern sounds of Montréal.

Têtu means Determined and includes 15 tracks dealing with politics, love, and satire, plus several foot-stomping pieces.


Le Vent Du Nord - Têtu
Le Vent Du Nord – Têtu


The lineup includes Nicolas Boulerice on vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano accordion, piano; Olivier Demers on vocals, fiddle, foot-tapping and guitar; Simon Beaudry on vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki; and Réjean Brunet on vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass guitar, piano and jaw harp.

The group’s discography includes: Maudite Moisson! (2003), Les Amants du Saint-Laurent (2005), Dans les Airs (2008), Mesdames Et Messieurs! – Live (2008), La Part du Feu (2009) and Tromper Le Temps (2012).

Le Vent du Nord CD Launch Party
Saturday April 11th, 2015
Brooklyn NY
at Roulette
509 Atlantic (at the corner of 3rd and Atlantic)
$25. Show starts at 20:00 (8:00pm)


Quebecer Band Le Vent Du Nord Announces UK Tour

Le Vent Du Nord - Photo by Stéphane Najman
Le Vent Du Nord – Photo by Stéphane Najman

Le Vent Du Nord, one of the leading bands in the Quebec folk music scene, will be touring the UK this summer, July 23rd to August 4th, 2013.

Le Vent Du Nord means Wind from the North and they perform Quebecer (known as Quebecois in Quebec) folk with strong Celtic music influences from Ireland and Brittany (France). The band uses a wide range of traditional instruments, including foot percussion.

Le Vent Du Nord will present their latest album titled ‘Tromper Le Temps‘ released in 2012. Band members include Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano accordion, piano), Olivier Demers (vocals, fiddle, foot-tapping and guitar), Simon Beaudry (vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki), and Réjean Brunet (vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass guitar, piano and jaw harp).

The band’s discography includes: Maudite Moisson! (Borealis CD BCD151, 2003), Les Amants du Saint-Laurent (Borealis CD BCD169, 2005), Dans les Airs (Borealis, 2008), Mesdames Et Messieurs! – Live ( Borealis, 2008), La Part du Feu (Borealis/Universal, 2009) and Tromper Le Temps (2012).
Tour Dates:
July 2013

Tues 23
New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-u-Lyme, ST5 0JG
Tel: 01782 717962 Tickets £16.00 — From 7.30 p.m.

Wed 24
The Sage, Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne& Wear, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661 Tickets £15.00 — From 7.30 p.m.

Thurs 25
Borough Theatre Town Hall, Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales HP7 5HD
Tel: 01873 850805 Tickets £15.00 — From 7.30 p.m.

Fri 26
WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9DG
Tel: 0118 960 6060

Sat 27
Cambridge Folk Festival Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: 01223 357851

Sun 28
Cambridge Folk Festival Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: 01223 357851 (Afternoon concert)

Sun 28
Warwick Folk Festival Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP
Tel: 01926 776438 (Evening concert)

Tues 30
The Playhouse Theatre, 126 -130 High Street, Weston-Super-Mere, BS23 1HP
Tel: 01934 645544 Tickets £16.50 — From 7.30 p.m.

August 2013

Thur 1
The Hawth, Hawth Ave., Crawley, W.Sussex, RH10 6YZ
Tel: 01293 553636 Tickets £16.50 — From 7.30 p.m.

Fri 2
Sidmouth Folk Festival Ham Marquee, The Ham, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8XR
Tel: 01395 577952

Sat 3
Wickham Festival Blind Lane, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5AL
Tel: 023 8071 1818

Sun 4
Madfest 2013, Building 21, Elscar Heritage Centre, Wath Rd, Elscar, Barnsley S74 8HJ
Tel: 01226740203 Tickets £15.00 (Under 16 £10.00) — From 7.00 p.m.