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
Le Vent du Nord will not be forgetting their 10th anniversary any time soon! In fact, unexpected news have just come in that make this soon-to-be-over 10th year even more memorable! Yesterday, Thursday the 29th of November 2012, Le Vent du Nord’s latest CD “Tromper le temps” received an award at the 65th edition of the Académie Charles Cros's 2012 Grands Prix annuels du Disque et du DVD. "We are thrilled, surprised and proud to receive a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros award, especially in the world music category. As Quebecois & American francophones, we are proud of this music, and proud of the fact that it is being acknowledged by the Académie as part of the large world music family," said the members of the band in a video played during the annual awards ceremony at the Auditorium Charles Trenet of the Maison Radio-France in Paris. Le Vent du Nord is the first Québécois artist to receive an award in the "World Music" category of that institution renown world-widely.