Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe and North America. The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. The quartet has performed well over 1,000 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and 'Artist of the Year' at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
Le Vent du Nord presents a new show with the songs of Tromper le temps (Fooling Time), its 7th album (released in Spring 2012). With this album Le Vent du Nord explore the past and the present socially, politically and personally. They manage to do all this by anchoring their musical traditions in the present, coming up with fluid arrangements, great instrumental and vocal skills and the best in contemporary production. Le Vent du Nord are: Simon Beaudry on vocals, bouzouki, guitar; Nicolas Boulerice on vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano, piano-accordion; Réjean Brunet on basses, diatonic accordion, jaw harp, piano, vocals; Olivier Demers on fiddle, electric guitar, clogging, mandolin, vocals. The album was recorded at Studio de la Côte Jaune by Marc Busic, mixed at Studio Marc Busic by Le Vent du Nord and Marc Busic, and mastered by Marc-Olivier Bouchard at Le Lab Mastering.
This album is another achievement from a high-quality traditional quartet [...] a cohesive playing style, a powerful groove, an almost rock attitude, the clarity of the voices, the accuracy ofthe instruments, the strength of the proposals, the realization of form. Surely among the elite of North American traditional Francophone bands. – La Presse
After the symphonic album, the quartet returns with an intimate conclusion to a decade of consistency and cohesion, dialogues between hurdy-gurdy and violin, a perfect blend of refined swing and ethereal daydreams. Over the last three years, the guys at Vent have become more incisive and, for this seventh album, have taken it one step further, in a grittier and wilder, but also more sophisticated, direction. [...] They dance between verses, take on Cajun airs, set free marvelous strings in a lament and end in a lullaby. In its contrasts, this album beautifully embodies the classic traditional music of the 2010s. – Le Devoir
In addition to their traditional repertoire, 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 Harry Manx, Väsen, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, hip Scottish folk band Breabach, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.
Le Vent du Nord have also created a symphonic concert, presented by the respected Portland Symphony Orchestra and Québec Symphony Orchestra, that “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame” (Voir Montreal). This concert will be presented again with The Victoria Symphonic Orchestra in March 2014.
Absolutely superb. In my view, when it comes to Quebecois music, this lot are top of the pile. – The Living Tradition
Le Vent du Nord are one of the hippest exponents of Quebecois music. - The Scotsman