Le Vent du Nord

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Le Vent du Nord hits the stage with the unstoppable force of its namesake, the north wind. The four members of the band – Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Simon Beaudry, and Réjean Brunet – all sing, all play multiple instruments, and all perform with irresistible energy and infectious verve. Veterans of famed groups like La Bottine Souriante and Ad Vielle Que Pourra, these youthful... more

Le Vent du Nord hits the stage with the unstoppable force of its namesake, the north wind. The four members of the band – Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Simon Beaudry, and Réjean Brunet – all sing, all play multiple instruments, and all perform with irresistible energy and infectious verve. Veterans of famed groups like La Bottine Souriante and Ad Vielle Que Pourra, these youthful ambassadors of the current roots revival in Quebec play their own dynamic arrangements of traditional Quebecois songs and dances, as well as plenty of fresh original music. Their fine harmony singing and richly textured mix of fiddle, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy make for a truly uplifting evening – in the sense that you'll be lifted up off your chair and into the aisles to dance!

Since its inception in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has made quite a splash on the Canadian folk music scene. The group has won numerous awards, from a 2004 Juno for Traditional Album of the Year for Maudite Moisson! to the award for Best Traditional Artist at the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance’s 2006 conference. Their latest album, Tromper le Temps, prompted this remark from Pierre Therrien of Radio Canada: “Just between us, may we say that Le Vent du Nord is THE best traditional Francophone band in this country?”

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