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Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord

If you’ve ever wanted to learn the secret Brunet Family recipe for le pouding chômeur (Poor Man’s Pudding), here’s your chance! Brothers André and Réjean, along with their bandmates, Simon, Nicolas and Olivier, were in Australia recently for the world music festival, WOMADelaide. As part of the festival, they hosted a cooking segment where they presented this luscious maple-syrup-soaked dessert.

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David Boulanger

David Boulanger

  At around 16 years old… I was listening to a CD at a music store… that is the moment where I felt like I entered a world that I didn’t know anything about but that was pulling me towards itself. If tradition is defined as “knowledge, innovation and practice” (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2007), then David Boulanger is a

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Simon Marion

Simon Marion

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, multi-award winner, new father and … pilot!   It’s a great pleasure to introduce our first guest artist for the 2017 Quebec Fiddle Weekend, Simon Marion. Simon’s many different music skills are in demand all over North America and in Europe, and he is as well known for his ability to play traditional music as he is

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Les Frères Bélanger / The Belanger Brothers.

Les Frères Bélanger / The Belanger Brothers.

Having a brother who shares your taste in music is fortunate. And having a brother to actually make that music with is even better! The Belanger Brothers both started playing classical violin at the age of 6, and then both became devotees of traditional music, leaving behind a promising classical path. Tommy, now 21, moved to guitar, while Jordan, 16,

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Catherine Planet and La Chasse-Balcon

Catherine Planet and La Chasse-Balcon

Pride in our traditional music compels us to “go out on the balcony”,… a place where you have to accept being seen, where you can no longer be private… and to start connecting with others. (Catherine Planet) Catherine Planet spent four years in Louisiana where traditional music is embraced, and locals live their in public on their front porches. On

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Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme

Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme

Melbourne is in the grip of Spring Fever. The return of warm weather – far too slowly this year! – the Aussie Rules Football Grand Final, the horse-racing carnival season… and the Quebec Fiddle Weekend! Now is the perfect time to introduce you to this year’s guest artists, Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme. Part of the multi-award winning trio, Genticorum,

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Mario Loiselle

Mario Loiselle

Folklore survives when it’s multi-generational. Folklore dies when it ignores the young. And it’s impossible to have a living tradition without the presence of the older generation! These are the words of Mario Loiselle, who has been part of the traditional music world in Quebec for most of his life. Known especially for his piano accompaniment style, Mario has been

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Guillaume Morin

Guillaume Morin

A photograph that can capture the energy, emotion and personality of a musician is a work of art as great as the music itself. To do this the photographer needs excellent technical skills, confidence to be creative and an understanding of the musician’s art. One highly successful photographer behind the trad musicans of Quebec is Guillaume Morin, also known as

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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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