Bet.e & Stef

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Bet.e & Stef
Origin Montreal, Quebec
Genres Bossa Nova, Jazz
Labels

Bet.e and Stef Records Universal Music Group (Canada)

Compost (Germany, EU)
Website http://www.beteandstef.com
Members Elizabeth "Bet.e" Provencher
Stéphane "Stef" Carreau

Bet.e & Stef is a Canadian bossa nova and jazz group from Montreal, Quebec, consisting of vocalist and percussionist Elizabeth "Bet.e" Provencher and vocalist and guitarist Stéphane "Stef" Carreau.[1] They are best known for their 2002 album Day by Day, which sold 200,000 copies,[2] and were shortlisted for the Juno Award for New Group of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2003.[3]

History[edit]

Bet.e & Stef came together in the mid-1990s. The duo released two independent demo cassettes before releasing their debut album, Jazz/Bossa Nova, in 1997.[4] They toured to support the album as an opening act for Holly Cole,[5] and the album was eventually certified gold for sales of 50,000 copies. They then signed to Verve Records[4] and followed up with Day by Day in 2002,[4] which also attained gold certification in Canada.[6] In 2003 the band members stopped performingand recording together, and worked on separate projects for about ten years.

In 2013 Bet.e & Stef reformed, and released an album, Remix Deluxe, which contained new versions of some of their previously released material, and once again began performing in Montréal.[7] In 2014 they performed at the Montréal en lumière festival,[8] and released It's All Right, a double album which was a mixture of remixes, previously released tracks and new material.[9]04/02/2014

The pair released an album, Seeds, with eight new compositions, in 2015.[10][11] That year they also performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.[12]

Discography[edit]

  • Jazz/Bossa Nova (1997)
  • Day by Day (2002)
  • Remix Deluxe (2013)
  • It's All Right (2014)
  • Seeds (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canada's Bet.e & Stef Serve Up Their Own Brand of Bossa Nova". Billboard, April 14, 2001. p. 52.
  2. ^ "Bet.e & Stef renaît". La Presse, August 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Leaders of the pack". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, April 4, 2003.
  4. ^ a b c "Bosses of the bossa nova: New CD from locals. Word of mouth leads to Bet.e, Stef's Day by Day". Montreal Gazette, September 28, 2002.
  5. ^ "Heart and soul of Holly Cole: Innovative singer pours everything into new disc". Ottawa Citizen, October 16, 2000.
  6. ^ "Canada's turbo-powered bossa duo". The Globe and Mail, February 24, 2003.
  7. ^ "Bet.e & Stef renaissent de leurs cendres". Voir, Catherine Genest. 11 September 2013
  8. ^ "Le retour de Bet.e & Stef". Journal de Montréal, 26 February 2014 Fabien Boileau
  9. ^ "Review: BET.E & STEF It’s All Right". No Dice Mag,
  10. ^ "The duo of Bet.e and Stef returns after long hiatus". The Guardian, May 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Les 15 chansons québécoises de l'été 2015 (VIDÉOS)". Le Huffington Post Québec , Samuel Larochelle, 15/07/2015
  12. ^ "A photo tour of world music artists at the Montreal International Jazz Festival". World Music Central, July 18, 2015 Madanmohan Rao