Soon after they return from a tour of France on February 16, Le Vent du Nord will begin a Canadian western provinces tour at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, BC where they will be performing with the Victoria Symphony on March 7, 8 & 9 2014. Presented through the 2013/2014 Victoria Symphony Pops Series, this full-length symphonic concert allows the band to expose their native Quebec traditional music to a wide audience, in a different context. Through it, the traditional Quebecois style is paired for the first time ever with the vast resources of this traditional symphony orchestra. This symphonic long-term special project interest is born of the symphonic accompaniments signed by the American arranger Tom Myron. Myron’s lush classical arrangements give wings to the tunes of the progressive folkquartet. “These colorful arrangements have been carefully crafted so that the entire orchestra becomes a ‘fifth member’ of this exciting band. In other words, these charts are emphatically NOT colorless sustained backgrounds. Every part is effective, idiomatic and fun to play. Everything the orchestra plays compliments or reinforces what is happening in the band, in the moment.” - Le Vent du Nord & Victoria Symphony / Conductor: Giuseppe Pietraroia / Tickets: From $35 with student discounts. www.rmts.bc.ca or 250.385.6515.
Since he landed in Grand Forks (North Dakota) on Monday, Le Vent du Nord has started "Arts Midwest World Fest" tour that connects small and medium-sized communities in the American Midwest to the cultures of the world's main objective. Thus, with a strong commitment to promote Quebec culture, the ambassador group will perform “Tromper le temps” in schools, colleges, universities and concert halls. This fall, on its road, the group will also run - in October-Bemidji (Minnesota) and Rice Lake (Wisconsin) in November in Sisseton (South Dakota) and Orange City (Iowa). In the same context, he will visit in January, DeKalb (Illinois) and Hanover (Indiana) and finally - in March and April-Medina (Ohio) and Midland (Michigan). - See more
Credit photo: Trygve Høgebøl - OsloFOLK, feb 2013
The group will head out at the beginning of July and will visit Førde Festivalen in Norway, then a quick trip in US including Square Roots Festival Illinois & La Fête de Marquette Wisconsin before embarking on a 12-concerts tour in the United Kingdom (including a return to the famous Cambridge Festival as well as a stop at the prestigious WOMAD!), and finally they will return to Quebec for the Festival du Bout du Monde in Gaspé, and a concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the Saguenay River in La Baie! But first, the group will take time to celebrate the Fête Nationale du Québec on June 23 (Mont St-Hilaire) and (Outremont) June 24, and will make a stop at Chants de Vielles (Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu) on June 29. Click on “Shows” to see the full schedule.
Friday night the boys will join musicians from around the world at the 43rd annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a historic music fair with 12 stages featuring a wide variety of indigenous music styles. Then they will head to Lafayette for the Festival International de Louisiane for a weekend at the largest outdoor Francophone event in the U.S. The Festival places special emphasis on the connections between Acadiana and the Francophone world. Each year performing and visual artists from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and the Americas are invited to share their talents with Louisiana artists, residents, and visitors. Credit picture: Bryan J. Smith, Reynald Recital Hall, 2012 nov.
The nominees for the 2013 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in Toronto this morning, and for the 3rd time Le Vent du Nord are in the running. “Tromper le temps” has been nominated for best Roots & Traditional Album for the Year: Group. This year the Juno Awards ceremony will be hosted by Michael Buble on April 21, 2013 at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. Congratulations to all the nominees! You can read more here