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.
Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,600 concerts over 5 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.
Following the Tromper le temps concert, which reached and delighted a wider audience and was a huge success in both Paris and New York, Le Vent du Nord is back on the road with a new show. With an ever-growing popularity, attributed to the authenticity of the band’s approach and an amazing chemistry, the band members explore roots music as a style allowing them to anchor their own musical traditions into the present. These stage accomplices play their “stubborn” songs (chansons têtues, in French), never shying away from political issues, love stories, or even satire. Ranging from soft a capella songs to very sophisticated arrangements, the musical world of Le Vent du Nord is rich indeed.