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Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind) is a Canadian folk music group from Quebec. The band, formed in 2002, performs traditional Québécois music (which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), as well as original numbers in this style, in French. The group's membership currently consists of Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano accordion, piano), Olivier Demers (vocals, fiddle, foot-tapping and guitar), Simon Beaudry (vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki), and Réjean Brunet (vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass guitar, piano and jaw harp). Their first five recordings have been nominated for multiple awards; the first two have received awards.HistoryLe Vent du Nord was formed in 2002. Nicolas Boulerice and Olivier Demers began the band with Sébastien Dufour and Frédéric Samson. This configuration lasted only a short time, changing once they met Benoit Bourque (vocals, diatonic button accordion, mandolin, bones, and step dancing) in Vancouver later the same year. With the same interest and passion in folk music, and in spite of the fact that all were engaged in other musical groups at that time, they decided to continue together. Bernard Simard also joined the group on guitar and vocals in the same period. The band officially started in September 2002. In 2004, Simard was replaced by Simon Beaudry. Bourque was replaced by Réjean Brunet in April 2007.Recordings2012 Tromper le Temps - Borealis records2010 Symphonique - Radio-Canada disque2009 La part du feu - Borealis records2008 Mesdames et Messieurs - Borealis records Live recording from the Mémoire et Racines festival in Joliette on 26 July 2008.2007 Dans les airs - Borealis records2005 Les amants du Saint-Laurent - Borealis records2003 Maudite Moisson! - Borealis recordsOne of their tracks also appears on Putumayo World Music's 2008 Québec collection.Awards2012 introduce in the Order of the Porcupine Hall of Fame of the Toronto radio show "Back to the sugar camp"!2012 winner of a Grand Prix Musique du Monde pour Tromper le Temps at the 65e annual Académie Charles-Cros awards in Paris 2012 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Tromper le temps2012 nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards "Traditional Album of the Year" for Tromper le temps2012 nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards "Traditional Band of the Year"2011 winner of Micro d'art 103,5 at the Gala Excelsior Grand Joliette2011 winner of Juno Award "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group" for La part du feu2010 winner of Canadian Folk Music Awards "Ensemble of the Year" for La Part du Feu2010 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for La part du feu2009 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Mesdames et messieurs!2008 nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards "Traditional Band of the Year"2008 nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards "Traditional Album of the Year" for Dans les airs2008 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Dans les airs2006 winner of North American Folk Music & Dance Association "Best Traditional Artist"2005 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Les amants du Saint-Laurent2005 winner of Canadian Folk Music Awards "Best Traditional Album" for Les amants du Saint-Laurent2004 nominated for ADISQ "Traditional Album of the Year" for Maudite Moisson2004 winner of Juno Award "Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group" for Maudite Moisson!

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