Event Category: BC’s Best Festivals & Events
Harrison Festival Society and Mission Folk Festival Team Up To Present Le Vent du Nord!
“Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” — Boston Herald
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BC, November 14, 2019. On Saturday, November 30, the Harrison Festival Society and the Mission Folk Festival Society will be partnering to present Quebec’s leading traditional music export, the foot tapping and inspiring band Le Vent du Nord. The show will take place in Harrison Hot Springs historic Memorial Hall.
This award winning and highly acclaimed quintet is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences. All the players are not only masters of their respective instruments, but are strong singers whose voices blend in commanding and stirring harmonies, driven forward by the iconically Québécois sound of foot tapping (podorhythmie).
Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. Recently, their lineup has been expanded by the addition of ex-La Bottine Souriante fiddler Andre Brunet, fortifying an already impressive lineup of traditional musicians.
On stage these friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.
The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.