UPDATE Sep 12, 2012: Here’s an interesting hour segment of the radio program Bonjour Minnesota for Sep 11, 2012, including several Le Vent du Nord numbers.
Date/Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012
Venue: DeLaSalle High School, Nicollet Island, 1 DeLaSalle Drive, Minneapolis MN 55401
Parking: see Franco-Fete site (below).
Cost: $25 per person as part of Franco-Fete Minneapolis or separately through Brown Paper Tickets
Preliminary evening events (all included in ticket price):
5:30 p.m. – Lecture/Demonstration on Quebec music and culture by Le Vent du Nord
6:15 p.m. – St. Boniface Francophone Choir of Minneapolis
6:45 p.m. – Music and Stories hosted by Dan Chouinard and Guests
7:30 p.m. – Le Vent du Nord
About the band, from their website: Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord have been enjoying rocketing success. They have received several prestigious awards, including a Juno. The band is now one of the most-loved Quebec folk outfits throughout the world. The group’s current line-up consists of singers / multi-instrumentalists Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, and Réjean Brunet. Some of their songs come from traditional folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. On stage, these four friends achieve peaks of happiness they eagerly share with any and all audiences. Le Vent du Nord know how to deliver music that will move any crowd – to their feet and in their hearts! This is undoubtedly music of the here and now.
October 10, 2011, a group of us had a feast of an evening, listening to this band from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord.
Two in the audience that evening had this to say about this marvelous group: (I was there, I concur. It was a toe-tapping, playing spoons on the knee, kind of evening, par excellence!)
Ayant éprouvé la magie de ce groupe l’année dernière à Fargo, il y a certains mots qui me viennent à l’esprit tout de suite pour les décrire : excellent, génial… tiguidou ! L’occasion de pouvoir les voir icitte aux Villes Jumelles ne devrait pas être manquée.
St. Paul MN
(Translation: Having experienced the magic of this group last year in Fargo, there are certain words that come to mind immediately to describe them: excellent, awesome… awesome ! The opportunity to be able to see them here in the Twin Cities should not be missed.)
[Le Vent du Nord] is one of my favorite bands from Quebec! This concert was so much fun it’s hard to put into words. Whether dancing with them on stage, or tapping feet in the audience we were all filled with joy; these French-Canadians can party. Music so good I can’t believe it’s legal!
Le Vent du Nord is a specific stand-alone option for attendees at the Franco-Fete conference September 28-30, though the organizers of Franco-Fete would certainly invite your attendance at the remaining programs as well. All details about the entire conference can be found here (Registration/Payment form for the concert and other events Sep 28-30 will be found near the top of the page. Scroll a bit further down to the entry for Saturday evening, Le Vent du Nord et al for information about specific time, etc.)
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See you at Franco-Fete, Minneapolis MN, September 28-30, 2012!
On se voit à Franco-Fête en Septembre les 28-30, 2012