Le Vent du Nord
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|Le Vent du Nord|
Performing at Costa del Folk
Benalmadena, Spain 2015
Simon Beaudry |
* Olivier Demers
Benoit Bourque |
Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind) is a Canadian folk music group from Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu in Quebec. The band performs traditional Québécois music (which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), as well as original numbers in this style, in French. In 2018 the group's membership consists of Simon Beaudry (vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki), Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy-gurdy, piano accordion, piano), André Brunet (vocals, fiddle, foot-tapping, Réjean Brunet (vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass guitar, piano and jaw harp) and Olivier Demers (vocals, fiddle, foot-tapping and guitar). Their eight recordings have been nominated for multiple awards.
Le Vent du Nord was formed in 2002. Nicolas Boulerice and Olivier Demers began the band with Sébastien Dufour and Frédéric Samson. This configuration lasted only a short time, changing once they met Benoit Bourque (vocals, diatonic button accordion, mandolin, bones, and step dancing) in Vancouver later the same year. With the same interest and passion in folk music, and in spite of the fact that all were engaged in other musical groups at that time, they decided to continue together. Bernard Simard also joined the group on guitar and vocals in the same period. The band officially started in September 2002, and their first album, Maudite Moisson, was released through Borealis Recordings in 2003.
In 2004, Simard was replaced by Simon Beaudry. Bourque was replaced by Réjean Brunet in April 2007. The band performed at the Mémoire et Racines festival in Joliette in July 2008, and later released a recording of this performance, Mesdames et Messieurs. Their 2009 album La part du feu was included in the Top Ten Folk Albums of 2009 by The Boston Globe, and the Top Ten International Albums of 2009 by the Los Angeles Times.
In 2010 the group release an album, Symphonique, and was named Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Their album La part du feu won a 2011 Juno Award. Another album, Tromper le Temps, was released in 2012.
- 2003 Maudite Moisson! - Borealis records
- 2005 Les amants du Saint-Laurent - Borealis records
- 2007 Dans les airs - Borealis records
- 2008 Mesdames et Messieurs - Borealis records
- 2009 La part du feu - Borealis records
- 2010 Symphonique - Radio-Canada disque
- 2012 Tromper le Temps - Borealis records
- 2015 Têtu - Borealis records
- 2018 Notre album solo - La Compagnie du Nord w. Le Vent du Nord & De temps antan
One of their tracks also appears on Putumayo World Music's 2008 Québec collection.
- 2018 winner of an Opus award Opus Awards "Traditional show of the Year" for Solo w. Le Vent du Nord & De temps antan
- 2015 winner of a Félix award ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Têtu
- 2012 nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards "Traditional Band of the Year"
- 2012 nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards "Traditional Album of the Year" for Tromper le temps
- 2012 nominated for ADIS "Traditional Album of the Year" for Tromper le temps
- 2012 winner of a Grand Prix Musique du Monde pour Tromper le Temps at the 65e annual Académie Charles-Cros awards in Paris 
- 2012 introduce in the Order of the Porcupine Hall of Fame of the Toronto radio show "Back to the sugar camp"!
- 2010 winner of Canadian Folk Music Awards "Ensemble of the Year" for La Part du Feu
- 2011 winner of Juno Award "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group" for La part du feu
- 2011 winner of Micro d'art 103,5 at the Gala Excelsior Grand Joliette
- 2010 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for La part du feu
- 2008 nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards "Traditional Band of the Year"
- 2009 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Mesdames et messieurs!
- 2008 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Dans les airs
- 2008 nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards "Traditional Album of the Year" for Dans les airs
- 2006 winner of North American Folk Music & Dance Association "Best Traditional Artist"
- 2005 winner of Canadian Folk Music Awards "Best Traditional Album" for Les amants du Saint-Laurent
- 2005 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Les amants du Saint-Laurent
- 2004 winner of Juno Award "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group" for Maudite Moisson!
- 2004 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Maudite Moisson
- "Le Vent du Nord review – jokes and joie de vivre from Quebec folk heroes". The Guardian, Robin Denselow, 24 August 2016
- "Le Vent du Nord". AllMusic biography by Alex Henderson
- "Musicians honoured all across the country. Toronto guitarist and klezmer band among those given prizes". Toronto Star. Quill, Greg. 22 November 2010, Page: E.6
- "Le vent du nord: souffle nouveau". La Presse, 15 April 2012, Alexandre Vigneault
- "Le Vent du Nord: souffle et continuité". La Presse, 15 April 2015, Alain Brunet
- 2012 Charles-Cross Awards web page
- Greg Quill (2010-11-21). "Top Canadian Folk Music Awards announced". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
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