Le Vent du Nord

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New on this website: Parallel Space

With the aim of nurturing musical curiosity and new discoveries, we have created a “Parallel Space” on this website. On the one hand, there are reviews of our artists who invite us to rediscover Trad songs and melodies that you wouldn’t have heard on stage

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Coronavirus- Impacts

The impacts of the state of health emergency declared by the authorities are major for the cultural industry. In order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, we are cancelling or postponing a series of shows by the groups Le Vent du Nord, De Temps

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About

The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” — Boston Herald

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over 4 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), 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’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, singer Julie Fowlis, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord has also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montreal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”

On stage these friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.

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20 years is a long time in any career, but Le Vent du Nord is still blowing up a storm. Sail on!
Alex Monaghan, FOLKWORLD (UK) March 2022
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With their track record, energy and vision, the boys have at least another 20 years in them. And God knows Quebec will give them the space.
WORLD LISTENNING POST 343, April 2022 (NYC)
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The hottest ticket in town on the Saturday night was for the rambunctious five-piece from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord, who put on a proper party at the Old Fruitmarket.
Jo Frost, SONGLINES MAGAZINE (UK), April 2023
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The band ran through all the facets of their show - the foot stomp, hurdygurdy, Jew's harp, call and response singing, powerful massed choruses and great Celtic-based instrumentals with twin fiddles. Add the guests to this heady list and you start to guess at the excitement levels they generate! Plus they are great showmen to boot!
Fergal Wood – IRISH MAGAZINE, April 2023
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(...) All bangers from French-speaking Canada's finest. Whether traditional or original, the music is deftly played with crisp call-and-response vocals and warm-bath harmonies. (...) 20 Printemps is the musical equivalent of a theatre's there is no bad sear in the house, with nary a weak tune in the lot. (...)
Li Robbins, SONGLINES MAGAZINE (UK), April 2023
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Musical band "Le Vent du Nord" performing live on stage.

Le Vent du Nord - 20 PRINTEMPS

Les Voix du Vent avec cordes et piano

Le Vent du Nord Symphonique

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