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Artist Profiles: Yves Lambert

Yves Lambert

A talented singer-songwriter, versatile musician and consummate Epicurean, Yves Lambert is perhaps best known as a founding member of Quebecois folk supergroup La Bottine Souriante, with whom he played thousands of concerts and television appearances all over the world, from Quebec and the rest of Canada to the US, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

La Bottine Souriante’s 11 albums, in which Yves participated not only as a musician and vocalist but also as co-producer and researcher, have sold more than 500 000 copies worldwide (some going gold and platinum), and have won Felix Awards, Juno Awards and various other distinctions.

In 2002, he launched his solo career with the album Les vacances de M. Lambert (Mr. Lambert’s Holiday). While remaining a leading figure in traditional Qu?becois music, he has sought to promote dialog with the music of other cultures the world over.

Discography:

Y’a ben du changement, with La Bottine Souriante (Mille Pattes Records, 1978)
Chic ‘n Swell, with La Bottine Souriante (Green Linnet Records, 1982)
La Traversée de l’Atlantique, with La Bottine Souriante (Green Linnet Records, 1986)
Tout comme au jour de l’an, with La Bottine Souriante (Mille Pattes Records, 1987)
La Mistrine, with La Bottine Souriante (1994)
Les Vacances De Monsieur Lambert (Mille-Pattes, 1998)
Récidive ‎(La Pruche Libre Productions, 2004)
Le Monde À Lambert ‎(La Pruche Libre Productions, 2007)
Bal À L’Huile ‎(La Pruche Libre Productions, 2009)
Trio (2012)
Lambert dans ses bottines avec Socalled (Disques Musicor, 2015)
Laissez courir les chiens (La Prûche Libre, 2015)

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Artist Profiles: Simon Beaudry

Simon Beaudry

Guitarist and bouzouki player Simon Beaudry is from Saint-Côme, Québec. Simon grew up surrounded by traditional music. His maternal grandfather is well known in the area for his repertoire of songs and his paternal grandfather Joseph Beaudry (Tido) is a fiddler. Simon’s father sings and plays guitar and his brother Eric performs with La Bottine Souriante.

Simon has been playing and singing since the age of fifteen and as well as being influenced by the traditional music of Quebec .

Simon Beaudry joined Le Vent du Nord in 2004.

Discography:

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)

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Artist Profiles: Olivier Demers

Olivier Demers

Olivier Demers is an accomplished violin player and multi-instrumentalist with a history in classical and Quebecois folk music. He has performed with L’Orchestre des Jeunes Laval-Laurentides as well as many chamber music ensembles, and, in addition, has sung with the Chorale de la Basilisque Notre-Dame de Montreal.

Olivier also has freelanced with the award-winning French-Canadian band La Bottine Souriante, and toured in Belgium with Musa Dieng Kala, from Senegal. He has participated in numerous recordings.

In 2001, he teamed up with Nicolas Boulerice to produce a duo recording, which was the genesis of acclaimed Quebecois band Le Vent du Nord.

Discography:

Le vent du nord est toujours fret…, with Nicolas Boulerice (Roues et archets, 2001)
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)

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Artist Profiles: Nicolas Boulerice

Nicolas Boulerice

Trained as a pianist, Nicholas Boulerice has experimented with many genres of music on the keyboard. A fascination with the unusual led him in 1997 to the ancient European stringed instrument known as the hurdy gurdy, which he subsequently studied in Ireland and France. He is now proficient at both playing and building hurdy-gurdies, having handcrafted the ones he currently plays.

Nicolas toured throughout North America from 1998 to 2002 as a member of the neo-traditional bands Ad Vielle Que Pourra and Montcorbier, whose repertoires included the music of both France and Quebec.

In addition to his talents as instrumentalist, Nicolas is a gifted vocalist known for captivating audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

He is a member of Le Vent du Nord.

Discography:

Solo:

Maison de bois (2015)

With Le Vent du Nord:

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)

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Artist Profiles: Matapat

Matapat in 2007

Polished, heartfelt and spirited, Matapat played, danced and sang their tradition with humor and energy. They were well known for their charismatic and engaging performances.

Benoit Bourque, one of Canada’s finest step dancers, was cone of the founders. He played accordion and provided the percussive underpinnings of the band through his virtuoso bones and spoons playing, and his incredible dancing feet.

Acadian born Gaston Bernard was equally facile on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bouzouki and had 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. The audiences were treated to an assortment of jigs, reels, quadrilles and rondeaux. Benoit and Gaston were former members of renowned band Ad Vielle Que Pourra.

Matapat split into two groups in 2002. Benoit Bourque founded Le Vent du Nord features along with Oliver Demers, Nicolas Boulerice (of Montcorbier) and Bernard Simard, of La Bottine Souriante.

The 2007 lineup included Gaston Bernard, Simon LePage, Tommy Gautier and Francois Dauphin.

Discography:

Matapat (Borealis, 2000)
Petit Fou (Borealis Records, 2002)
2.5 (Intermède, 2004)
Que de Peine et d’Amour! (Intermède, 2007)

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Artist Profiles: Les Batinses

Les Batinses

“Batinses” is a Quebec vernacular expression that derives from the word baptism and is a mild and irreverent profanity. It seemed the perfect name for this lively, tongue-in-cheek group from Quebec City, when it was formed in 1994. The group came into existence when six university students were studying Quebec folklore and happened to pick up some acoustic instruments and started experimenting with traditional sounds. Soon, they were performing for live audiences and finding themselves more and more in demand on the touring circuit.

Today, with instruments that range from the acoustic guitar and soprano sax all the way to the bouzouki, whistles and “angelic vocals,” the six-member group specializes in what they call “Made in Quebec” world music. They note with pride that their work has been variously described as “funklore” or “trashditional,” underlining what they see as their success in revitalizing Quebec’s traditional music for the 21st century.

The music of Les Batinses draws its strength from traditional ballads and its energy from old-fashioned reels and polkas, but it is also capable of erupting into salsa and rumba, and it even adds Balkan rhythms into the musical net. The musicians themselves cite influences as varied as Nina Hagen and Hedningarna and, in performance, are proud to claim “the energy of The Pogues in their glory days.”

Francois Morrissette – Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Harmonica, Jaw Harp, Charango, Step, Voice

Mathieu Girard – Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Charango, Voice

Todd Picard – Bass, Mandolin, Voice

Andre Bilodeau – Fiddle, Viola, Voice,

Fred Lebrasseur – Drums, Percussion, Didgeridoo

Jocelyn Guilmette – Alto and Soprano Saxophone, Fiddle, Flute, Voice

Discography

Minuit Trois (Les Batinses, 1996)
Charivari (Les Batinses-Seppuku, 1997)
Tripotage (Mille-pattes, 2000)
L’autre monde (Mille-pattes, 2002)
Eaux-de-vie (Seppuku, 2006)

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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 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.

In 2019, Le Vent du Nord released Territoires. “We wanted to explore the quest for territories, physical or internal, or territories that don’t exist yet,” said fiddler Olivier Demers. “They are also impressions, colors and sentiments, a way of feeling, extreme joy or deep sadness.”

We’re really added a bit of groovy stuff to this album,” added fiddler and foot tapper André Brunet, who joined Le Vent du Nord, “and 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.”

Discography:

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)
Territoires (Borealis Records, 2019)

www.leventdunord.com

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Artist Profiles: La Volee D’Castors

La Volee D’Castors

Calling themselves the flying beavers, La Volee D’Castors is a dynamic band from Quebec with an invigorating sound, strong voices, skilled musicianship and amazing stage presence.

They were the winners of the Marcel-Ducharme Prize for Best New Group in traditional music in 1999-2000 and were nominated for a Juno Award in 2001 for Best Roots & Traditional Album.

Their music is a crossover between traditional Quebecois and world music; traditional French folk songs spiced with exotic influences and exciting rhythms. You can also hear strong Celtic strains from Ireland and Scotland.

Their shows explode with their contagious energy and enthusiasm. Very often they have been likened to as being the younger sibling of La Bottine Souriante, another fellow Quebec band, minus the brass section.

Leader Nicholas Froment plays guitar and mandolin as well as providing the vocals for many of the songs.

Mathieu Lacas is the violinist and has been playing since he was 5 years old.

On electric bass, bass, piano and accordion is Rejean Brunet. Martin Mailhot and Frederic Bourgeois play the diatonic accordion as well as the Irish drum, commonly known as the bodhran, harmonica and snare drum.

Singer and arranger Sebastien Parent plays practically any instrument but concentrates on the guitar and banjo.

Discography:

Galant (1994)
Par monts et par vaux (1998)
VDC (2000)
Migration (La Factrie, 2003)
Y’a du monde à messe (La Factrie, 2005)
L’album du temps des fêtes (La Factrie, 2006)
Le retour (La Factrie, 2010)

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Artist Profiles: La Bottine Souriante

La Bottine Souriante

La Bottine Souriante first appeared on the Quebec music scene in 1976. This remarkable group has released over a dozen albums, several of which are certified Gold (meaning that over 50,000 copies have been sold) and one is Platinum (over 100,000 sold). The group has won dozens of awards and headlined festivals around the world.

La Bottine Souriante is no just a Quebecois/Canadian musical phenomenon. The group and their explosive sound have crossed borders the world over and left in their wake countless enchanted audiences. La Bottine Souriante developed a distinctive sound all its own that successfully allies its homage to tradition with a dash of jazz, salsa, and pure folk, while at the same time perfectly representing the symbol of vitality and pride of its mother culture.

Although La Bottine Souriante has had numerous lineups, the classic lineup was comprised of nine solid musicians, traditionally-rooted members: Michel Bordeleau (foot-tapping, drum, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals); lead singer Yves Lambert (button accordion, harmonica); and Andre Brunet (fiddle, guitar), with jazzmen R?gent Archambault (acoustic and electric bass) and Pierre Belisle (piano, piano accordion) taking up the swing. Since 1990, a four-piece brass section was added featuring Jean Frechette (saxophone and arrangements), Robert “Bob” Ellis (bass trombone), Andre Verreault (trombone), and Jocelyn Lapointe (trumpet).

Aiming and encouraging the inspiration of traditional music, La Bottine Souriante, in 1993, created their own company, Les Productions Mille-Pattes. The label Mille-Pattes represented groups such as La Bottine Souriante, Michel Faubert, Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer, Yves Lambert, Les Batinses, Daniel Roy, Entourloupe, le trio Marchand-Ornstein-Miron as well as Danielle Martineau & Rockabayou.

Discography

Y’a ben du changement (1978)
Les Épousailles (1980)
Chic ‘n Swell (1982)
La Traversée de l’Atlantique (Green Linnet, 1986)
Tout comme au jour de l’An (1987)
Je voudrais changer d’chapeau (Rounder, 1988)
Jusqu’aux p’tites heures (1992)
La Mistrine (Les Productions Mille-Pattes, 1994)
En spectacle (Les Productions Mille-Pattes, 1996)
Xième (1998), also released in the United States as Rock ‘n Reel
Cordial (Les Productions Mille-Pattes, 2001)
Anthologie (Les Productions Mille-Pattes, 2001)
J’ai jamais tant ri (Les Productions Mille-Pattes, 2003)
Anthologie II, 1976-2005 (Les Productions Mille-Pattes, 2006)
Appellation d’origine contrôlée (Borealis, 2011)

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Artist Profiles: Genticorum

Genticorum – Photo by Catherine Aboumrad

Genticorum was founded in 2000 and has become a dynamic force on the Quebecois music scene. The multi-talented trio Genticorum perform a powerhouse blend of traditional and original material, incorporating vibrant vocal harmonies with flute, fiddle, guitar, jaw harp, bass and foot percussion.

The original lineup included Yann Falquet on guitar, jaw harp, and vocals; Pascal Gemme on fiddle and vocals; and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand on wooden flute, bass, and vocals. Nicholas Williams (wooden flute and accordion) later replaced Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand.

Discography

Le Galarneau (2003)
Malins Plaisirs (Roues Et Archets, 2005)
La Bibournoise (Roues Et Archets/Mad River Records, 2008)
Nagez Rameurs (Roues Et Archets/Mad River Records, 2011)
Enregistré Live (Les Productions du Moulin, 2013)
Avant l’orage (2018)

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