Two months ago, Pierre Kwenders shared his addictive, summer hit Sexus Plexus Nexus. Named after a trilogy of erotic novels by Henry Miller, ‘Sexus Plexus Nexus’ is as sensuous as its source material: a sex, sax, and string-laden confection that floats along until Congolese rumba guitars enter the scene (Pitchfork). Today, the Emperor strikes again and presents not one, but two singles off his sophomore album MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time: La La Love and Tuba Tuba. This new album is set to be released on September 8th via Bonsound.
Watch and share La La Love and Tuba Tuba via YouTube.
The two singles are available on all digital platforms now.
La La Love is a love anthem, Pierre explains. Everybody needs love. We can’t get enough of it. Life is short. Let’s enjoy it and dance. No need to bother with what others say. Live and let live, that’s the spirit of Tuba Tuba. These two songs meet in the spirit of celebration, that of love and life.
This album puts Pierre Kwenders at the forefront of the Montreal’s afrocentric music scene. I wanted to reflect a certain sensuality in my lyrics and my singing. There are a lot of love-related songs in this album. I wanted to dedicate it to women, especially, the artist explains. This ode to love is certainly present on the voluptuous song Sexus Plexus Nexus, while on Zonga he remembers a childhood sweetheart and on Rendezvous he sings about taking his dream woman to Paris. The women in Pierre Kwenders’ life give him strength, hence the title Makanda (which means ‘strength’ in Tshiluba).
Don't miss his new album's launch in Montreal on September 13th at the PHI Centre. Tickets are on sale online.
08/19/17 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC // Place Lagny
08/31/17 Rouyn-Noranda, QC // Scène extérieure Desjardins (FME)
09/13/17 Montreal, QC // PHI Center (Album launch show)
09/15/17 Toronto, ON // Rivoli
09/16/17 Guelph, ON // Market Square Stage (Guelph Jazz Festival)
09/22/17 Quebec city, QC // Le Cercle
09/22/17 Quebec city, QC // Le Cercle (with Moonshine)
09/23/17 Ottawa, QC // NAC Studio
The song Son, from her debut album Landing, was brought to the screen by DTO film productions. Directed by Philippe Grenier and shot on 35mm film, the video tells the dark secret of a country-dwelling family whose eldest son aims to avenge his little sister.
Exclusively on Exclaim!, watch and share the video now.
BEYRIES will be very busy during the upcoming months! She will be perform at the Lolë White Tour in Montreal on August 12, being a yoga-enthusiast herself. She will also open for k.d. Lang on September 3rd at the Grand Théâtre de Québec as part of her Ingénue Redux tour. Finally, before her autumn tour, she will perform at the legendary Club Soda in Montreal on September 15th as part of POP Montreal.
08/11/17 Saint-Jérôme, QC // Amphithéâtre Rolland (Saint-Jérôme Folk)
08/12/17 Montreal, QC // Quai Jacques-Cartier (Lolë White Tour)
08/17/17 Gatineau, QC // Café aux 4 jeudis (Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent)
08/24/17 Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC // Scène Cogeco - Parc Delpha-Sauvé (Festival Artefact)
09/03/17 Quebec city, QC // Grand Théâtre de Québec (Opening act of k.d. lang)
09/15/17 Montreal, QC // Club Soda (POP Montréal)
10/04/17 Rimouski, QC // Spect’Art Rimouski
10/05/17 Sorel-Tracy, QC // Salle Georges-Codling
10/20/17 Val-Morin, QC // Théâtre du Marais
10/21/17 Cowansville, QC // Église Emmanuel
10/26/17 Drummondville, QC // Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville
10/28/17 Trois-Rivières, QC // Église St. James
11/01/17 Ottawa, ON // Quatrième Salle du CNA
11/04/17 Sherbrooke, QC // Boquébière
12/01/17 Laval, QC // Maison des arts de Laval
12/09/17 Terrebonne, QC // Le Moulinet
01/19/18 Brossard, QC // Le Club DIX30
01/25/18 Sainte-Geneviève, QC // Salle Pauline-Julien
02/08/18 Trois-Rivières, QC // Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau
02/16/18 Rivière-du-Loup, QC // Cabaret des Mauvaises Habitudes
02/23/18 Saint-Prime, QC // Vieux Couvent de Saint-Prime
03/01/18 Longueuil, QC // Théâtre de la Ville - Le P’tit bar de Jean-Louis
03/03/18 Longueuil, QC // Théâtre de la Ville - Le P’tit bar de Jean-Louis
04/27/18 Saint-Jérôme, QC // Salle Antony-Lessard
Three years after the release of their debut single, New York, Milk & Bone return with Daydream, the first single from their sophomore effort which is set to be released in winter 2018 via Bonsound. The song delves into waves of comforting ambience and meticulous, textured synths. The duo’s voices are intoxicating, and the melody is heightened by the perfect summer-fling rhythm. Daydream was produced by Gabriel Gagnon, the Montreal band’s early collaborator, and mixed by Gagnon and Howie Beck (Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Charlotte Day Wilson, etc.).
The single is available now on all digital platforms.
Milk & Bone (Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin) create melodies that are both dreamy and harrowing. Made up of electronic textures and layered synths, Lafond-Beaulne and Poliquin’s sonic universe distinguishes itself from the electro-pop genre thanks to their perfectly-paired vocal colours. Their mesmerizing harmonies explore the darker aspects of love, friendship and lust. Their tightly-knit bond, palpable in their creative process and throughout the album, is a key part of their live shows.
Milk & Bone's debut album, Little Mourning, grabbed the attention of The Guardian, NYLON, V Magazine, The Globe and Mail and Interview Magazine, and was long-listed for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. The single Pressure hit 5 million streams on Spotify. The band won the 2015 Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada Breakthrough Award and was nominated at the 2016 JUNO Awards for Breakthrough Group of the Year. They were also nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards for Achievement in Music - Original Song for Podz' movie King Dave, and the film’s popular theme song, Natalie, has over 3.5 million streams on Spotify.
20/07/17 Mont-Laurier, QC // Espace Théâtre Muni-Spec
21/07/17 Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC // Bougaricci ^
28/07/17 Roberval, QC // Scène Desjardins - Place Traversée (Traversée Internationale du Lac Saint-Jean)
05/08/17 Saint-Donat, QC // Place de l'Église de Saint-Donat
10/08/17 Caraquet, NB // Chapiteau de la Place du Festival (Festival Acadien de Caraquet)
11/08/17 Gaspé, QC // Chapiteau des Grands Spectacles Hydro-Québec (Festival Musique du Bout du Monde)
16/08/17 Montréal, QC // Parc des Faubourgs (Fierté Montréal)
18/08/17 Lavaltrie, QC // Parc Gérard-Lavallée (Rythmes & Courant)
19/08/17 Sainte-Thérèse, QC // Scène extérieure - rue Blainville
25/08/17 Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC // Scène Cogeco - Parc Delpha-Sauvé (Festival Artefact)
15/09/17 Victoriaville, QC // Le Carré 150: Cabaret Guy Aubert
29/09/17 Frelighsburg, QC // Beat & Betterave
05/10/17 Montréal, QC // Cinquième salle de la Place des Arts ^
12/10/17 Québec, QC // Grand Théâtre de Québec - Salle Octave Crémazie ^
19/10/17 Gatineau, QC // Salle Jean-Despréz
02/11/17 Amqui, QC // Salle Jean-Cossette
23/02/18 Maskinongé, QC // Magasin Général Le Brun
24/02/18 Maskinongé, QC // Magasin Général Le Brun
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Following a sold-out album launch show at Phi Centre, Philippe B announces a concert at the Cinquième salle de la Place des Arts (in Montreal) on October 17th. In addition to songs from his latest album, La grande nuit vidéo, the singer-songwriter, accompanied by two musicians, will also perform tunes from his previous records. This concert will be presented in other cities across the province this fall (see dates below). In the meantime, Philippe B will play shows at the Festif! in Baie-St-Paul on July 22nd and at FME in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
Tickets for the concert at the Cinquième salle are on sale now.
Released on May 12th via Bonsound, La grande nuit vidéo is one of 40 albums long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. On this new LP, Philippe B explores the human connection with fiction through the paradigm of a couple, in which the female character is personified by the voice of Laurence Lafond-Beaulne (Milk & Bone). La grande nuit vidéo and its cinematic chord arrangements have impressed the critics right out of the box:
His best work […] an important album. - Philippe Renaud, Ici Radio-Canada Première
An album of great beauty - Philippe Papineau, Le Devoir
There’s a lot of beauty per square foot on this album […] It’s magnificent. - Katerine Verebely, Ici Radio-Canada Première
a finely crafted gem. 4/5 - André Péloquin, Journal de Montréal
Singularly exquisite - Nicolas Roy, HuffPost Québec
An absolutely captivating album - Patricia Tadros, Ici Radio-Canada Première
One of the best singer-songwriter albums released this year in Quebec. - Julien Roche, Le Canal Auditif
22/07/17 Baie-St-Paul, QC // Le Festif! de Baie-St-Paul
31/08-03/09/17 Rouyn-Noranda, QC // FME
13/10/17 Lavaltrie, QC // Café culturel de la Chasse-galerie
17/10/17 Montreal, QC // Cinquième salle de la Place des Arts
20/10/17 Saint-Jérôme, QC // Salle Antony-Lessard
21/10/17 Quebec City, QC // Impérial Bell
27/10/17 Trois-Rivières, QC // Église Saint-James
02/11/17 Sorel-Tracy, QC // Salle Georges-Codling
04/11/17 Ottawa, ON // Fourth Stage NAC
24/02/18 Val-Morin, QC // Théâtre du Marais
24/03/18 Maskinongé, QC // Magasin Général Le Brun
16/05/18 Val-d’Or, QC // Salle Félix Leclerc
With great pride, Bonsound announces the signing of singer-songwriter Elisapie for her next album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl. She sought to explore her Inuit origins and has since created a contrasted and vibrant oeuvre. The album’s release is planned for winter 2018.
On National Aboriginal Day, Elisapie pays tribute to her heritage with a lively resurgence of an Inuit folk classic, Forefathers. This song written by Willie Thrasher is undoubtedly a monument of Inuit culture, a manifesto on Aboriginal peoples’ millennia-long ownership of the territory. Produced by Joe Grass, the song won’t appear on her next album. Beside Joe Grass, Nicolas Basque and Robbie Kuster are among the contributors on the piece Forefathers.
Willie Thrasher is a survivor, a resilient man. In is youth, he was send to a residential school. For me this song pays respect to our aunts and uncles who have been uprooted when they were children. This song should be our people’s anthem, says Elisapie regarding the musician poet and his work.
Forefathers is available now on all digital platforms.
September 2017 will mark the return of Pierre Kwenders, a torchbearer of today’s new wave of African artists. Now, the Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter unveils his music video for Sexus Plexus Nexus, the second single off his sophomore album, MAKANDA at The End of Space, the Beginning of Time, due out on September 8th via Bonsound. The song premiered two weeks ago on CBC Radio 2’s The Strombo Show.
Watch and share the video for Sexus Plexus Nexus via YouTube. Pierre Kwenders’ new album is available now for preorder on all digital platforms.
Directed by duo Epher Heilland, the video is a true celebration. The idea was to recreate the ambience and dances in Kinshasa, Pierre explains. The vibe of a street fair where you go with your family to celebrate until the wee hours. Listening to the song and partying, you never want it to end, all that celebration of love.
Pierre Kwenders will hit the road again this summer for a tour throughout Quebec and the rest of Canada. The singer-songwriter just came back from a successful European tour with Mozart's Sister and POP Montreal, and made stops in Paris, London and Glasgow, among other cities.
Don't miss his new album launch show in Montreal on September 13th at the PHI Centre. Tickets are on sale online.
06/22/17 Ottawa, ON // Ottawa Jazz Festival
06/24/17 Winnipeg, MB // La Fourche (Constellation Francophone)
07/22/17 Montreal, QC // Festival Nuits d’Afrique - Scène TD-ICI Musique (DJ set)
31/08-03/09/17 Rouyn-Noranda, QC // Festival de Musique émergente
09/13/17 Montreal, QC // Centre Phi (Album launch show as part of POP Montreal)
09/15/17 Toronto, ON // Rivoli
09/22/17 Quebec City, QC // Le Cercle (with Moonshine)
09/23/17 Ottawa, QC // Studio du NAC
The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List is finally out! Congratulations to Lisa Leblanc, Geoffroy and Philippe B for been nominated alongside 37 other artists.
Philippe B has been nominated for La grande nuit vidéo
Geoffroy has been nominated for Coastline.
Lisa LeBlanc has been nominated for Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
The short list will be announced on July 13 and the Polaris Gala will be held on September 18 in Toronto.
06/14 Montréal, QC // Scène Bell (FrancoFolies de Montréal)
07/01 Ottawa, ON // Colline du Parlement (Fête du Canada)
07/11 Quebec, QC // Plaines d’Abraham (Festival d’été de Québec)
07/13 Longueuil, QC // Parc Michel Chartrand
07/14 London, ON // Main Stage (Home County Music & Art Festival)
07/15 Toronto, ON // Harbourfront Centre
07/16 Guelph, ON // Hillside Festival
07/22 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC // Le Festif!
08/03 Saint-Georges-de-Dionne, France // Humour et Eau Salée
08/05 Langres, France // Chien à Plumes
08/06 Crozon, France // Bout du Monde
08/08 Saint-Pierre-d’Orléron, France // Les Estivases
08/10 Les Sables-d’Olonne, France // La Déferlante
08/11 Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, France // La Déferlante
08/13 Bruxelles, Belgique // Brussels Summer Festival
11/10 Edmundston, NB // Centre Jean Daigle
12/08 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC // Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde
12/09 Montreal, QC // Corona Theater
We've been fans of his music and his words for a long time. So we're very excited to announce that Philémon Cimon has joined Bonsound's management, label and booking rosters!
Don't miss his free outdoor show on June 13th as part of the FrancoFolies de Montréal! And make sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.