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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Liette Remon

Liette Remon

Liette Remon is a name I’d heard many times, associated with many different cultural and music projects in Quebec. And when I looked at her website, I realised I only knew the very tip of what she does! I first heard her on another favourite radio programme, Cap Es Trad, and knew of her band, Serre L’Ecoute. In fact, she

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Tradosphère Radio Programme

Tradosphère Radio Programme

Bonsoir, tout le monde, et bienvenue à cette édition de Tradosphère. Marc Bolduc au microphone, accompagné de la charmante, pétillante, semillante Christiane Campagna This is the customary opening phrase to a favourite radio programme of mine, Tradosphère. Host Marc Bolduc gives a sparkling introduction to his co-host, Christiane Campagna. As radio announcers, they form a dynamic team to entertain and educate

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Commando Trad

Commando Trad

“Tradition” is often at a crossroad of being preserved or being left behind in favour of something new.  A group of dedicated trad music lovers in Montreal had no such doubts.  They took the timeless tunes, songs and dances of their heritage and combined them with the current climate of Take Action!  The result – Commando Trad;  a series of

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