Quebec’s much lauded musical quartet Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind) bring to a close their tenth anniversary year as recipients of a very special music award. On Thursday November 29th, at the Charles Trenet Auditorium in Paris, Le Vent du Nord received the Grand Prix du Disque 2012 ‘Musique du Monde’ (World Music) from The Académie Charles Cros. The award was given in recognition of the band’s latest album entitled Tromper Le Temps (Deceiving the Time) released on Borealis Records.
The Académie Charles Cros is a French organization which was created in 1947 by a group of music critics and specialists in the field of recorded music. Under the auspices of the President of the Republic, Mr François Hollande, each year the academy honours artists performing in the French-speaking world across a number of musical genres. Since its inception the institution has paid homage to several Quebec artists including Felix Leclerc, Gilles Vigneault, Robert Charlebois, Michel Rivard, Richard Desjardins etc. This year Le Vent du Nord Have the distinction of being the first Quebec & Canada based group to be awarded the prize for World Music.
About Le Vent Du Nord & Their Latest CD – Tromper Le Temps
To coincide with ten successful years of touring and recording Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord recently released their seventh album ‘Tromper Le Temps.’ Renowned as ambassadors of Francophonie they are acknowledged as one of the key groups in Quebec’s traditional music revival. Since their formation in August 2002 Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and Simon Beaudry have enjoyed great success which in turn has allowed them to take their music to other countries. Over the course of the last decade the band has played close to 1,000 concerts in North America and Europe.
Le Vent Du Nord perform traditional Québécois music in French which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from Ireland and Brittany. The album Tromper le Temps sees Le Vent du Nord pushing their own limits and exploring their vocal harmonies and musical textures. Through the course of the thirteen tracks the band take you on a trip of several historical periods. The lyrics and poetic scenes that have marvellously survived the passage of time are wonderfully pertinent to our present day realities, socially, politically and personal. The group use a very diverse range of musical instruments augmented by Québécois Foot Percussion presented via a most entertaining, energetic and engaging stage show. Whilst music changes with time and fashion Nicolas, Olivier, Réjean and Simon proudly continue to anchor their musical traditions in the present with fluid arrangements, great instrumentals, vocals, and the best in contemporary production. Prior to receiving The Académie Charles Cros Award for World Music their previous album La Part du Feu earned them their second Juno Award (Canadian Grammy’s) .
Le Vent du Nord will tour the UK during July & August 2013
Le Vent du Nord with Dervish, Celtic Connections