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Tri-Continental is a Canadian blues, folk, and world music group consisting of musicians Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau, and Madagascar Slim.[1] They are most noted for winning the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group at the Juno Awards of 2001, for their self-titled debut album.[2]

Formed in the late 1990s for a festival tour blending folk and African music, they released their debut album in 2000.[3] Bourne played acoustic guitar and fiddle, Quitzau played slide, electric, and acoustic guitar, and Madagascar Slim played guitar and valiha.[3]

Between 2002 and 2018, Tri-Continental recorded four more albums. Their most recent, Dust Dance, was released in 2018, and featured contributions from percussionist Michael Treadway. The album received a 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in the category Pushing the Boundaries at the 15th Canadian Folk Music Awards and 2019 Album of the Year nomination at the International Folk Alliance Awards.[4]

Bill Bourne died of cancer on 16 April 2022.[5]


  • 2000 - Tri-Continental[3]
  • 2002 - Live[6]
  • 2003 - Let's Play[7]
  • 2004 - Drifting[8]
  • 2018 - Dust Dance[4]


  1. ^ Roger Levesque, "Evolving string collectives share musical synergy together again". Edmonton Journal, March 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "The 2001 Juno nominees are..." Toronto Star, January 25, 2001.
  3. ^ a b c Cam Fuller, "Rootsy music of Tri-Continental timeless, classic". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, February 1, 2001.
  4. ^ a b Roger Levesque, "Tri-Continental reunites with new member, album; Drummer Treadway joins Canadian guitar virtuosos for latest offering, Dust Dance". Edmonton Journal, March 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Budhathoki, Ramesh (17 April 2022). "Obituary: Bill Bourne Death Age 68, What Happened To The Musician?". Ontrend.news. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  6. ^ Robert Reid, "A boon for fans of Alberta's Bill Bourne". Waterloo Region Record, March 2, 2002.
  7. ^ Roger Levesque, "Tri-Continental takes sound beyond category". Edmonton Journal, June 15, 2003.
  8. ^ Roger Levesque, "Tri Continental drifts across various genres". Edmonton Journal, December 1, 2005.