Harmonium (band)

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Origin Montreal, Canada
Genres Folk rock, Progressive rock
Years active 1972 (1972)–1978 (1978)
Labels Celebration
Quality Records
Société Radio-Canada
Past members Michel Normandeau
Pierre Daigneault
Jeff Fisher
Serge Fiori
Louis Valois
Serge Locat
Robert Stanley
Denis Farmer
Libert Subirana
Monique Fauteux

Harmonium was a Quebec progressive rock band formed in 1972 in Montreal.[1]


Lead vocalist and guitarist Serge Fiori met Michel Normandeau (vocals and guitar) in a theatre music meeting on November 1972. Later on in 1973 they met bassist Louis Valois and became Harmonium.[1] In November 1973 the group performed their first air play on CHOM-FM. They played 3 tracks: "Pour un instant", "Un musicien parmi tant d'autres", and "Un refrain parmi tant d'autres".[2] The first 2 songs were demos at the time and were later recorded professionally to be put on their first album, Harmonium. The last song was a sequel to "Un musicien parmi tant d'autres", but never made the album cut, staying unreleased. Apart from the album, one single was recorded at the time: "Pour un instant", featuring 2 tracks (one on each side), the title song and "100,000 Raisons", only released on the CD version of the album almost 20 years later.

After many little shows and a small tour played all over Québec, they were up for the second album. The album, sometimes known as Les Cinq Saisons, was actually named Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison. There were five songs on the album, one representing each season and the last song being the "new" season. For this album the band had two new members: Pierre Daigneault, playing the flutes, sax, and clarinets, Serge Locat, handling the piano and synths, and with special guest Judi Richards, who sings the melody of the fifth season in "Histoires sans Paroles".[3]

The third album, L'Heptade, was released in 1976 after months of recording in Serge Fiori's own house. The songs describe seven stages of consciousness in a person's day or life.[4] The first and the last songs are named "Comme un fou" and "Comme un sage", indicating a progression towards wisdom; from fool to a sage. A remixed edition, l'Heptade XL, will be released in November 2016 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of this album accompanied by an extra song, called C'est dans le noir, available on iTunes.[5] The song was recorded on stage during the tour for this album but not included in Harmonium en tournée, the live album that was released in 1980.

Their last concert is said to have taken place at the Centre de la Nature in Laval, Quebec, in late 1978.

In 2007, all three of Harmonium's studio albums were named among the 100 greatest Canadian albums of all time in Bob Mersereau's book The Top 100 Canadian Albums. They were the only francophone albums from Quebec named to the list besides Jean-Pierre Ferland's Jaune.[6]


Studio albums[edit]

Live Albums[edit]


  • "Pour un instant" / "100 000 Raisons" (1974)
  • "Dixie" / "En pleine face" (1975)


Album line-up chart[edit]

Album Harmonium Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison L'Heptade
Lead Vocals, Guitars Serge Fiori
Bass Louis Valois
Guitar Michel Normandeau Robert Stanley
Keyboards Serge Locat
Woodwinds Pierre Daigneault Libert Subirana
Drums Denis Farmer
Lead Vocals Monique Fauteux



  1. ^ a b Couture, François. "Harmonium | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  2. ^ DiMonte, Terry (4 October 2012). "Harmonium in the CHOM studio in 1973". CHOM-FM. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Reed, Ryan (17 June 2015). "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Leclerc, Yves (26 June 2016). "Version Remixée Pour L'Heptade" (in French). Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Harmonium lancera une réédition de L'heptade" (in French). Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Mersereau, Bob (2007). The Top 100 Canadian Albums. Goose Lane Editions. ISBN 086492500X. 
  7. ^ Robert Fortier (director) (1980). "Harmonium in California". Documentary film. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 

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