Carole Facal

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Carole Facal
Caracol at Summerfolk.jpg
Background information
Birth name Carole Facal
Also known as Caracol

Carole Facal, is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Quebec. She writes and performs mainly in French under the stage name Caracol.

Early life[edit]

Born to a Uruguayan father and a Swiss mother and raised in Sherbrooke, Quebec,[1] she was trained in classical violin. Always athletic, she left home at 17 to pursue a career as a snowboarder in British Columbia.[2] There, she purchased a guitar and began to write her own music.


She ultimately returned to Quebec and joined the reggae group Kaliroots, also forming (in 1998) a dreadlocked duet act called DobaCaracol with Dorianne Fabreg (Doba). DobaCaracol (the name is a fusion of the two singers' stage names) had a percussive world music sound and toured internationally. The group released two albums, Le Calme Son (2001) and SOLEY (2004).[3] SOLEY sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide, was certified Gold in Canada,[4] and won a Félix Award.[5][6] Their profile was raised in English Canada with their performance at the 2005 Live 8 Toronto concert.

DobaCaracol broke up in 2007, after which Facal began work on her first solo album L’arbre aux parfums, released in September 2008.[4] The album, which is an eclectic mix of reggae, rocksteady and numerous other musical influences, was released to acclaim and led to two cash awards and a Juno nomination for Francophone Album of the Year.[7]

In December 2009 she was scheduled to play as the lead act for Serena Ryder on a brief tour of Atlantic Canada. A European tour is scheduled for March 2010.

Her 2011 release is entitled Blanc mercredi.

Personal life[edit]

Carole Facal is a younger sister of the Quebec politician Joseph Facal, a former Parti Québécois cabinet minister.

She has a child with her boyfriend.[8]


  1. ^ “Interview with Carole Facal, aka Caracol”,, January 27, 2009 (translation)
  2. ^ Interview with Jim Corcoran, Apropos, CBC Radio 1, November 15 and 21, 2009
  3. ^ DobaCaracol profile, peermusic
  4. ^ a b Olivier Robillard Laveaux, Tabla Rasa, August 28, 2008 (translation)
  5. ^ Prime Tours and Promotion, Talent sheet Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., 2009
  6. ^ Francofête de Toronto Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Julie Rheaume, “Caracol: A busy year 2009” August 14, 2009 (translation)
  8. ^ Papineau, Philippe (21 October 2011). "Caracol lance Blanc mercredi - Des jours plus lumineux" [Caracol releases Blanc mercredi – More radiant days] (in French). Le Retrieved 2012-02-03. En tout cas, l'amour est revenu dans la vie et les chansons pop de Caracol, elle qui a par ailleurs eu un enfant avec son copain. 

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