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|Origin||Sudbury, Ontario, Canada|
|Past members||André Paiement
Mary Lu Zahalan
CANO evolved out of the Coopérative des artistes du Nouvel Ontario (Artists' Cooperative of Northern Ontario), an artists' collective established in Sudbury, Ontario in 1970. The cooperative was responsible for developing many of the current cultural institutions of the city's Franco-Ontarian community — the Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, La Nuit sur l'étang and the band CANO all evolved out of projects launched by artists associated with the cooperative.
The group consisted of singer/guitarists André Paiement and Rachel Paiement, violinist Wasyl Kohut, guitarists Marcel Aymar and David Burt, pianist Michel Kendel, bassist John Doerr and drummer Michel Dasti. The band was formed in the fall of 1975 and performed their first concert on December 1 at La Slague in Sudbury.
The band performed both traditional French folk songs and original material by Aymar, the Paiements and Robert Dickson. With their third album, Eclipse, they began performing English-language songs as well. The band were most successful on francophone pop charts in Quebec and France, but they had notable hits in English Canada as well. Eclipse and Rendezvous, notably, both charted on CFNY. "Rebound" reached No. 97 and "Carrie" reached No. 78 on the RPM charts in 1979 and 1980.
In 1978, André Paiement committed suicide.
Spirit of the North, a compilation issued in 1980, traced CANO's integration of pop, rock and jazz influences into what was originally a folk-based style.
Following the departure of Rachel Paiement in 1980, the remaining musicians recorded the album Camouflage under the name Masque.
Kohut died in 1981.
The band was also the subject of the National Film Board documentary CANO, Notes on a Collective Experience. As well, CANO were involved in the creation of two music festivals in Sudbury, the bilingual folk festival Northern Lights Festival Boréal and the Franco-Ontarian cultural festival La Nuit sur l'étang. Both festivals continue to operate today.
In early 2008, the band announced plans to begin re-releasing their music on iTunes. The band re-released Rendezvous in the iTunes Store in summer 2008, and Eclipse in spring 2009. The band performed a reunion show at the 2010 La Nuit sur l'étang festival, with Monique Paiement, André and Rachel's younger sister, on lead vocals.
- 1976 - Tous dans l'même bâteau
- 1977 - Au nord de notre vie
- 1978 - Eclipse
- 1979 - Rendezvous
- 1980 - Spirit of the North
- 1981 - Camouflage (as Masque)
- 1985 - Visible
- 2003 - 20th Century Masters: The Best of CANO
- CANO official website