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Franco Madness

Franco Madness

The FrancoFolies de Montréal have revealed their 26th edition's indoor line-up and, as usual, we have great suggestions for you. Check them out below.

Save for some exceptions, tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 17th at noon.

Monogrenade @ Gesù
1200 De Bleury
Friday, June 13th || 8:30pm
Opening act: Pandaléon
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Radio Radio + Pierre Kwenders @ Métropolis
59 Ste-Catherine E.
Friday, June 13th || 9:00pm
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Philippe B + Safia Nolin @ Gesù
1200 De Bleury
Thursday, June 19th || 8:30pm
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Dead Obies @ Club Soda
1225 St-Laurent blvd.
Friday, June 20th || 7:00pm
Opening act: K6A
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Ponctuation @ Les Katacombes
1635 St-Laurent blvd.
Saturday, June 21st || 11:00pm
Other band: Les Indiens
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Pierre Kwenders = Révélation Radio-Canada 2014-15

Pierre Kwenders = Révélation Radio-Canada 2014-15

Congrats to Pierre Kwenders who's been chosen as one of Radio-Canada's 2014-2015 Révélations in the world music category! This means Radio-Canada will support the artist throughout the year. Pierre will benefit from a greater visibility on all of Radio-Canada's musical platforms to introduce him to a larger audience, and can also be heard and seen on the stages of Radio-Canada's festival partners across the country.

Pierre will be doing shows this summer and will release his debut full-length in the fall via Bonsound. In the meantime, head over to icimusique.ca/revelations for an exclusive video performance of Mobembo.

Upcoming concerts
05/31 Montreal, QC // Place de la Gare-Jean-Talon (POP au printemps)
06/13 Montreal, QC // Métropolis (FrancoFolies - Opening for Radio Radio)
07/11 Quebec City, QC // Théâtre Impérial (FEQ - Opening for Radio Radio, Random Recipe)
07/17 Montreal, QC // La Sala Rossa (Festival international Nuits d'Afrique)
08/09 Béthanie, QC // La Grosse Lanterne

Rich Aucoin signs to Bonsound and shares new crowdsourced video

Bonsound is thrilled to announce the signing of Rich Aucoin for his upcoming album, titled Ephemeral, due in September. This second album, the follow-up to 2012 Polaris Longlisted We’re All Dying To Live, is a poppy, hook-driven, and relentless singalong. More details on the new album will follow soon.

In the meantime, Rich Aucoin shares the crowdsourced video for Are You Experiencing?, an album track from his upcoming new release. Pieced together seamlessly by Ian MacMillan, the video footage was provided by Rich’s fans who captured a moment under his colourful parachute over the last four years. Some of the locations from the fan videos were festivals and shows including Osheaga, Hangout Fest, Rifflandia, The Drake Hotel, Pop Montreal, Ottawa Bluesfest, Pianos in NYC and SXSW.

Rich is performing in Montreal tonight at 11:30pm at La Sala Rossa as part of the One Man Band Festival. He’ll be doing a few more shows ahead of the release of Ephemeral in September.

Tour dates
05/16 Montreal, QC // La Sala Rossa (One Man Band Festival)
05/17 Halifax, NS // The Marquee Ballroom (Two4 Fest)
05/24 Saint-Pierre de la Réunion, FR // Sakifo Musik Festival
06/26 Waterloo, ON // Starlight Social Club
07/18 Pemberton, BC // Pemberton Valley (Pemberton Music Festival)

Ponctuation wins a SiriusXM Indies Award

Ponctuation wins a SiriusXM Indies Award

During Canadian Music Week last week, Ponctuation took to the Kool Haus stage in Toronto not only to perform one of their songs, but also to accept an award. Indeed, the Quebec City duo won the Emerging Artist of the Year (Franco) prize at the SiriusXM Indies! Congrats!

Don't miss their show at the FrancoFolies de Montréal on June 21st at Les Katacombes! Purchase your tickets online.

Upcoming concerts
06/21 Montreal, QC // Les Katacombes (FrancoFolies de Montréal) // Tickets
07/27 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC // Le Mouton Noir (Le Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul) // Tickets

Safia Nolin releases a 7-inch vinyl

Safia Nolin releases a 7-inch vinyl

It’s with great pleasure that we’re announcing the release of a fresh 7” vinyl by Safia Nolin. It includes La Laideur and Igloo, two songs she recorded with Philippe Brault, Rick Haworth, José Major, Audrey-Michèle Simard and Guido Del Fabbro following her participation to the Festival de la chanson de Granby.

You can purchase the young singer-songwriter’s 7” via safianolin.com and at her shows.

Upcoming concerts
14/05 Montreal, QC // Bar Les Pas Sages
15/05 Montreal, QC // Café Coop TOUSKI (w/ Mehdi Hamdad)
17/05 St-Césaire, QC // Café-Disquaire de St-Césaire
22/05 Montreal, QC // Café-Bistro Bobby McGee
31/05 Joliette, QC // La Mitaine (opening for Groenland)
19/06 Montreal, QC // Gesù (FrancoFolies de Montréal - opening for Philippe B)
03/07 Quebec City, QC // Théâtre Impérial (Festival d'été de Québec - Opening for Pierre Lapointe & Philémon Cimon)

Bonsound bands at Canadian Music Week

Bonsound bands at Canadian Music Week

Some artists from Bonsound's roster will be performing at Canadian Music Week, in Toronto, this year. Don't miss the following showcases!

Showcase presented by Two Way Monologues @ Rancho Relaxo
Thursday, May 8th
Buddy McNeil and the Magic Mirrors: 8pm
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Showcase presented by M for Montreal, Bonsound & Audio Blood @ Sneaky Dee's
Friday, May 9th
Buddy McNeil and the Magic Mirrors: 8pm
Secret Sun: 9pm
Lisa LeBlanc: Midnight
Random Recipe: 1am
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Showcase presented by Osheaga & Life Or Death PR @ Adelaide Hall
Saturday, May 10th
Groenland: 11:15pm
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Showcase presented by Two Way Monologues @ Handlebar
Saturday, May 10th
Ponctuation: 1am
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Monogrenade = Buzz NRJ

Monogrenade = Buzz NRJ

Great news for Monogrenade, whose second album, Composite, was released in February: the Montreal band has been chosen as Buzz NRJ for the month of May! Their single Labyrinthe, featuring vocals by Marie-Pierre Arthur, will be in rotation on all NRJ stations across Quebec starting May 1st.

If you haven't done so yet, purchase Composite in a store near you, on bandcamp or on iTunes.

Mark Berube wins prize in France

Mark Berube wins prize in France

Mark Berube and his band are currently in Europe promoting their latest album, Russian Dolls. They've ended the first leg of the tour with a bang by winning the Prix du Jury of the 2014 Les iNOUïS du Printemps de Bourges! This means they will take part in the 2014 MaMA festival as well as the Tournée des iNOUïS in September/October 2014.

Also, their song Carnival was chosen as morceau du jour ("song of the day") by French publication Les Inrockuptibles!

Listen to covers by Les Breastfeeders

Listen to covers by Les Breastfeeders

You can now listen to Les Breastfeeders' covers of J’étudie mon grec, originally by Normand Fréchette and Les Hou Lops, and Quand reviendras-tu? by Les Bel Canto! They can be found on the Pépites et Grenailles, Vol.1 compilation, a project of Le Musée du Rock’n'Roll. Enjoy!

Upcoming concerts
05/20 Montreal, QC // Club Soda (Solidari-Show pour Le Sac-à-Dos)
06/14 Trois-Pistoles, QC // Forge à Bérubé
07/26 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC // Sous-Sol de l'Église Baie-Saint-Paul (Le Festif!)

Shows

This week

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Groenland

Trois-Rivières, CA|
Cégep de Trois-Rivières

Sodec Musicaction Factor Canada

29
Mar.

Lisa LeBlanc

Sold out
LavalQC
Salle André-Mathieu
8:00pm - All Ages
Monday
30
Mar.

Pierre Kwenders

Clermont FerrandFR
La Coopérative de Mai
8:30pm - All Ages
Opening act of SINKANE
Wednesday
01
Apr.

Lisa LeBlanc

OttawaON
Ritual Nightclub
8:30pm (doors at 8:00pm) - All Ages
Opening act: Les Deuxluxes
Thursday
02
Apr.

Lisa LeBlanc

KingstonON
The Mansion
- All Ages
Thursday
02
Apr.

Mardi Noir

MontréalQC
Divan Orange
9:00pm (doors at 8:00pm) - 18+
With Lubik, Shampouing
Thursday
02
Apr.

Pierre Kwenders

ParisFR
Le Pop-Up du Label
- All Ages
Opening act: The Accident
Thursday
02
Apr.

Les Breastfeeders

MontréalQC
L'Escogriffe
12:00am - 18+
Friday
03
Apr.

Lisa LeBlanc

GuelphON
eBar
11:30pm (doors at 9:30pm) - All Ages
Opening act: Ginger St. James
Friday
03
Apr.

Forêt

MontréalQC
Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve
Révèle la Relève
8:30pm - All Ages
Double Julie Blanche
Friday
03
Apr.

Pierre Kwenders

La RochelleFR
La Sirène
12:00am - All Ages
Opening act of SINKANE, Magnetic Ensemble, Throes & The Shine, Lou Barrow, Weekend Affair, Sweat like Ape! et Funken
Friday
03
Apr.

Groenland

Trois-RivièresCA
Cégep de Trois-Rivières
12:00am - All Ages
Saturday
04
Apr.

Safia Nolin

CowansvilleQC
Église Emmanuel
8:00pm (doors at 7:00pm) - All Ages
Opening act of Groenland
Saturday
04
Apr.

Gabrielle Papillon

New GlasgowNS
Glasgow Square Theatre
9:00pm (doors at 7:00pm) - All Ages
Opening act: Layne Greene
Saturday
04
Apr.

Pierre Kwenders

LyonFR
Le Sucre
- All Ages
Opening act of James Stewart, Maga Bo et DJ Romare
Saturday
04
Apr.

Groenland

CowansvilleQC
Église Emmanuel
8:00pm (doors at 7:00pm) - All Ages
Opening act: Safia Nolin
05
Apr.

Pierre Kwenders

ParisFR
La Défense
Le Chorus des hauts de Seine
6:00pm - All Ages
Opening act of Clinton Fearon, Nneka, Biga Ranx, Moh! Kouyaté, Asian Dub Foundation

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