Le Vent du Nord (QC)
The award-winning, highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord (North Wind) is a leading force in Québec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, enhancing its hard-driving music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.
Since their inception in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have enjoyed meteoric success. They have performed well over 1,800 concerts on five continents and racked up prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos, a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance annual gala.
The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They have collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists, including Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, the Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Michel Faubert, Breabach, and trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.
Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord have also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montréal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”
Onstage these friends create intense, joyful, and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.
“A classy and rousing set by Québec Folk heroes” – The Guardian