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.
01/07 Ottawa, ON // Ottawa Jazz Festival
07/07 Montreal, QC // Métropolis (Montreal International Jazz Festival)
14/07 Quebec City, QC // Parc de la Francophonie (Festival d’été de Québec)
06/08 Magog, QC // Vieux Clocher de Magog
26/08 Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, QC // La Chèvre
18/11 Val d'Or, QC // Salle Félix-Leclerc
25/11 Saint-Jérôme, QC // Salle Antony-Lessard
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Yann Perreau’s concert Perreau et la Lune, originally performed at Théâtre Quat’Sous. Alex McMahon and I have been looking for a good reason revive the show. Well, 10 years is a really good reason! says Yann.
For the occasion, Yann Perreau unveils a remix of the song Grande brune, by Jean-Phi Goncalvez and Alex McMahon. The song is available to download for free on Bandcamp, as well as for purchase on all other digital platforms. The album Perreau et la Lune (which includes a DVD of the performance) is also available for 10$ on Bonsound’s store, on Bandcamp and all other online services. The video of this timeless show, inspired by the songs of his 2 first albums (Western Romance and Nucléaire), is also available in its entirety via YouTube.
Audiences can revisit the performance at the Cinquième salle de la Place de Arts on June 9, as part of the FrancoFolies de Montréal, or at numerous other venues around Quebec. The tour kicked off on May 22 at Théâtre du Marais in Val-Morin.
26/05/17 Saint-Casimir // La Taverne de Saint-Casimir
27/05/17 Lavaltrie, QC // Café culturel de la Chasse-Galerie
09/06/17 Montréal, QC // Cinquième salle de la Place des Arts (Les FrancoFolies de Montréal) ^
11/06/17 Montréal, QC // Les FrancoFolies de Montréal - Scène Bell (Hommage à Desjardins)
12/06/17 Montréal, QC // Les FrancoFolies de Montréal - Scène Bell
17/06/17 Ottawa, ON // Parc Major's Hill
21/06/17 Paris, FR // Nuit Boréale - L’Esplanade des Invalides
13/07/17 Amos, QC // H2O Le Festival Coop IGA Extra Amos
15/07/17 Québec, QC // Place d'Youville (Festival d'été de Québec)
20/07/17 Mont-Laurier, QC // Espace Théâtre Muni-Spec
05/08/17 Saint-Donat, QC // Place de l'Église
29/09/17 Frelisghburg, QC // Beat & Betterave
12/10/17 Québec, QC // Grand Théâtre de Québec - Salle Octave Crémazie ^
19/10/17 Gatineau, QC // Salle Jean-Despréz ^
^ Perreau et la Lune
FrancoFolies de Montréal's 2017 official lineup has been unveiled and many of our artists will be playing from June 8 to June 18! Don’t miss acts by Jacques Jacobus, Joe Rocca, Lisa LeBlanc, Lydia Képinski, Philippe B, Pierre Kwenders, Radio Radio, Safia Nolin, Shash’U and Yann Perreau. For all the details, visit the FrancoFolies de Montréal website.
The album La grande nuit vidéo by Philippe B is available today on all music services!
On his fifth album, Philippe B (who was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2014 ADISQ Gala), explores the human connection with fiction through the paradigm of a couple. During the writing process, he felt that he needed to include a female voice in these songs. This character is personified on the album by the voice of Laurence Lafond-Beaulne (Milk & Bone), who sings with Philippe B on three songs. With his critically-acclaimed album Variations fantômes (2011), he explored and sampled the work of classical composers, then used multiple wind instruments to create a late-night soundtrack on the Polaris Long-Listed Ornithologie, la nuit (2014). For La grande nuit vidéo, Philippe B was inspired to create cinematic chord arrangements, reaffirming that he is one of the great Quebecois singer-songwriters.
La grande nuit vidéo will be presented for the first time in Montreal during a concert on May 17th at Phi Centre.
17/05/17 Montreal, QC // Centre Phi (Album Launch Show)
22/07/17 Baie-St-Paul, QC // Quai La Fabrique Culturelle (Le Festif!)
20/10/17 Saint-Jérôme, QC // Salle Antony-Lessard
26/10/17 Quebec City, QC // Impérial Bell
27/10/17 Trois-Rivières, QC // Église Saint-James
02/11/17 Sorel-Tracy, QC // Marine Cabaret
04/11/17 Ottawa, ON // Centre national des Arts
24/02/18 Val Morin, QC // Théâtre du Marais
24/03/18 Maskinongé, QC // Magasin Général Le Brun
Today BEYRIES unveils maman, the first original song she ever wrote, just in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday. The Montreal singer-songwriter created this piece in honour of her mother. The song was produced by Alex Mc Mahon (who plays piano on the track), and Mathieu Désy (bass), Guillaume Doiron (acoustic guitar) and Antoine Gratton (string arrangements, performed by Quatuor Esca) also contributed to this moving gift. Maman is available now on all digital platforms.
Listen and share the song maman via Youtube.
BEYRIES’ career has seen considerable success in a very short period of time, and on September 15th the self-taught musician will play the legendary venue Club Soda. Tickets are available online. She will provide musical accompaniment during the yoga classes of the Lolë White Tour, an unmissable event for yoga lovers, on July 27th in Toronto and on August 12 at Quai Jacques-Cartier du Vieux-Port in Montréal. BEYRIES is also part of this year's Festival d'été de Québec line-up on July 16th. Finally, the artist will open for K.D. Lang at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on September 3rd as part of her Ingénue Redux tour.
BEYRIES released her debut record Landing in February 2017. In its first week, Landing shot to #1 on the Quebec album charts and #7 on the Canadian charts. After her performance to a sold-out crowd at Quebec’s Petit Champlain, Le Soleil’s Nicolas Houle described her voice as unwavering, which delivers feeling with ease.The result is soft, intense music that is both touching and powerful.
12/05/17 Gatineau, QC // Cabaret La Basoche (1ère partie de Safia Nolin) (sold out)
13/05/17 Gatineau, QC // Cabaret La Basoche (1ère partie de Safia Nolin) (sold out)
24/05/17 Drummondville, QC // Maison des Arts Desjardins - Salle Secondaire (Opening for Safia Nolin)
26/05/17 Lavaltrie, QC // Café culturel de la Chasse-galerie (sold out)
17/06/17 Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard, QC // La Chèvre
16/07/17 Québec, QC // Parc de la Francophonie (Festival d'été de Québec)
20/07/17 Châteauguay, QC // Centre Culturel Vanier - Salle Jean-Pierre Houde
21/07/17 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC // Le Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul
27/07/17 Toronto, ON // Toronto's Exhibition Place (Lolë White Tour)
12/08/17 Montréal, QC // Quai Jacques-Cartier (Lolë White Tour)
03/09/17 Québec, QC // Grand Théâtre de Québec (opening for k.d. lang)
15/09/17 Montréal, QC // Club Soda (POP Montréal)
19/10/17 Trois-Rivières, QC // Église Saint-James (sold out)
04/11/17 Sherbrooke, QC // Boquébière
08/02/18 Trois-Rivières, QC // Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau
03/03/18 Longueuil, QC // Théâtre de la ville