Monthly archive for August 2016

Laura Risk

Laura Risk

Music is something that can hold a community together… an effective, strong, meaningful way of building and maintaining community. And if we don’t have community in our life, then we don’t have very much, do we? (Laura Risk in the documentary “Keeping the Music of Douglastown, Gaspé, Quebec, Alive”) Laura Risk is a well-known and revered fiddle player and teacher

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Olivier Demers and Nicolas Boulerice

Olivier Demers and Nicolas Boulerice

Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel,  Boulerice and Demers. Great musical partnerships create amazing synergy. Olivier Demers and Nicolas Boulerice are most famously known for establishing the band, Le Vent du Nord. In fact their musical collaboration started before the band, and has taken them through some remarkable ventures. TradChat spoke to fiddle player and guitarist Olivier Demers to find

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La Chasse-Balcon (Balcony Hunt!)

La Chasse-Balcon  (Balcony Hunt!)

You might find yourself in Montreal one Friday after the long winter has ended, wandering along the neighbourhood streets, enjoying the energy and buzz of the city. And you might happen to see a large crowd gathered in front of someone’s house, dancing, singing, clapping along to the music that’s drifting through the air. Up on the balcony is a

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Nicolas Pellerin

Nicolas Pellerin

Once upon a time in rural Quebec was a tiny town called St-Elie-de-Caxton, where elves and fairies lived and trees grew peppermints. At least, according to the stories of Nicolas Pellerin’s brother, Fred, a famous teller of tales in Quebec. Nicolas grew up in the heartland of Quebec’s traditional music scene, and has always had a love for the tunes

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