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Pierre Kwenders unveils two new singles from his upcoming album

Pierre Kwenders unveils two new singles from his upcoming album

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.

Upcoming shows
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

BEYRIES unveils a video for her song Son

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.

Tour dates
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

Milk & Bone return with Daydream, the 1st single from their upcoming album

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.

Yann Perreau unveils a video for the song Baby Boom

The last weeks of his summer tour for Le fantastique des astres have been epic for notorious showman Yann Perreau. He staged one of this year’s most impressive shows at the Montreal Jazz Festival and his performances at the FrancoFolies de Montréal and the Festival d’été de Quebec received amazing praise from both critics and fans!

Today, Bonsound is proud to release a music video for his single Baby Boom, which is currently all over Quebec’s radio waves. Produced by DTO films, the video explores the life of young Yann Perreau as curious boy, guided by a loving father.

Recently the singer announced an additional performance of his show Perreau et la lune, marking its 10 year anniversary. This romantic cabaret, created by Perreau and Alex McMahon, will take place on October 5th at Place des arts’ Cinquième Salle. Tickets are on sale here. For more information on upcoming shows, visit yannperreau.com.

Tour dates
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

^ Perreau et la lune

Philippe B at the Cinquième salle (Place des Arts) on October 17th

Philippe B at the Cinquième salle (Place des Arts) on October 17th

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

Tour Dates
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

Elisapie joins Bonsound's roster and shares a song

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.

Pierre Kwenders announces the release of his new album and shares a music video

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.

Upcoming shows
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

Lisa LeBlanc, Philippe B and Geoffroy nominated on the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List

Lisa LeBlanc, Philippe B and Geoffroy nominated on the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List

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.

Lisa LeBlanc announces a show in Montreal

Lisa LeBlanc announces a show in Montreal

Lisa LeBlanc has just announced her show at the Corona Theater on December 9th! This will be the first time she performs in Montreal since the launch of her latest album Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen ?. Mark your calendars and circle this date in red, because Lisa’s performance is sure to blow you away!

Tickets are available right now.

Lisa LeBlanc will tour Quebec starting with a stop at the FrancoFolies de Montréal on June 14th for the Acadie Rock show alongside Radio Radio, Les Hay Babies and many others. On July 11, she will be on the Plaines d’Abraham for the Festival d’été de Québec and then in Baie-St-Paul on July 22 for the Festif!

In August, she will cross the Atlantic for a quick tour across France and Belgium.

Tour dates
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

Shows

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Dead Obies

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26August | Saturday

Groenland

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La Chèvre

26August | SaturdaySold out

Jean-Michel Blais

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La terrasse sur le toit d'Ubisoft

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Wilsen

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La terrasse sur le toit d'Ubisoft

26August | Saturday

Safia Nolin

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Parc de l'Anse-à-Cartier

Lydia Képinski

Saint-Jean-sur-RichelieuQC
Scène Découverte Tim
International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
4:00pm - All Ages

Samito

PeterboroughON
Nicholls Oval Park
Peterborough Folk Festival
- All Ages

Lydia Képinski

Salaberry-de-ValleyfieldQC
Scène Cogeco - Parc Delpha-Sauvé
Festivalma
- All Ages
Thursday
24
Aug.

Yann Perreau

MontréalQC
Ruelle Gaboury
Show de Ruelle
5:00pm - All Ages
Salaberry-de-ValleyfieldQC
Scène Cogeco - Parc Delpha-Sauvé
Festival Artefact
8:15pm - All Ages

Yann Perreau

Salaberry-de-ValleyfieldQC
Scène Cogeco - Parc Delpha-Sauvé
Festival Artefact
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Safia Nolin

Saint-GeorgesQC
L'Entrecours
8:00pm - All Ages

Karen Young et Coral Egan

LévisQC
L'Anglicane
8:00pm - All Ages
Friday
25
Aug.

Dead Obies

Saint-JérômeQC
Place des festivités
Le P'tit Fest du Nord
- All Ages
Saturday
26
Aug.

Groenland

Saint-Adolphe-D'HowardQC
La Chèvre
8:00pm - All Ages
Saturday
26
Aug.

Jean-Michel Blais

Sold out
MontréalQC
La terrasse sur le toit d'Ubisoft
5:00pm - All Ages
Opening act: Wilsen
Saturday
26
Aug.

Wilsen

Sold out
MontréalQC
La terrasse sur le toit d'Ubisoft
5:00pm - All Ages
Opening act of Jean-Michel Blais
Salaberry-de-ValleyfieldQC
Scène Cogeco - Parc Delpha-Sauvé
Festival Artefact
8:45pm - All Ages
Saturday
26
Aug.

Safia Nolin

QuébecQC
Parc de l'Anse-à-Cartier
Rendez-vous Limoilou
8:30pm - All Ages

Lydia Képinski

DrummondvilleQC
Festival de la Poutine
6:00pm - All Ages

Les Deuxluxes

GranbyQC
Parc Daniel-Johnson
Festival International de la chanson de Granby
8:30pm - All Ages

De Leclerc à Leloup : Hommage à Jean Leloup

Karen Young et Coral Egan

Saint-FabienQC
Vieux Théâtre de Saint-Fabien
8:00pm - All Ages