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
Geoffroy will kick off the summer season in Cannes, FR, where he will be the sole Canadian artist to play a showcase at Midem, a leading international event for the music ecosystem. Following his participation in the SOCAN showcase at the Printemps de Bourges festival a few weeks ago, this will be his second, but not last, trip to France. Recently, he signed with French booking agency Allo Floride.
Less than four months after launching his debut album Coastline to a sold-out Phi Centre, Geoffroy will co-headline a show at Club Soda (with KROY) on July 6th, as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Tickets are on sale now. Geoffroy will also perform at other festivals this summer, including the FestiVoix de Trois-Rivières, the Festival d’été de Québec and Osheaga.
Co-produced by Gabriel Gagnon, Max Gendron and Geoffroy, Coastline features a solid mix of percussions, guitars, analog keyboards and synths, and woodwind instruments. Since its release in March 2017, the album has garnered over 2.5 million streams on Spotify. Geoffroy was also named Apple Music’s Favourite New Artist and his collaboration with Men I Trust, Thirsty, reached the top spot on HypeMachine, a barometer for different music trends on the blogosphere. Currently Stingray Music's Artist of the Month, the exclusive channel is made up of songs from Geoffroy's repertoire as well as songs from other artists he has personally selected.
08/06 Cannes, FR // Midem
01/07 Trois-Rivières, QC // L’Embuscade (FestiVoix)
06/07 Montreal, QC // Club Soda - Montreal Jazz Festival (Co-headline w/ KROY)
09/07 Quebec City, QC // Scène Fibe (Festival d’été de Québec)
04/08 Montreal, QC // Osheaga
Lisa LeBlanc releases a video for her song, I Love You, I Don't Love You, I Don't Know, off her album Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? released by Bonsound last fall. The video was directed by DAVAI, a production company based in Montreal.
DAVAI developed a narrative around the Acadian and her friends who perform her song for an eclectic dance battle. The competitors take over the dancefloor, making their own unique battle styles shine (including line dancing, headbanging, breakdancing and thrash).
Watch and share the video for I Love You, I Don’t Love You, I Don’t Know via YouTube.
Lisa LeBlanc will be in Saint John, NB, on April 27, as she is performing for the 2017 East Coast Music Awards. Within this event, she will also be part of a showcase on April 28th at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre. She recently won the Singer-songwriter award at the 2017 Indies and was also nominated at the 2017 JUNOS Awards. The artist will be touring throughout Quebec and Canada this summer. Visit lisaleblanc.ca for all of her tour dates.