The province of Québec is home to some of the biggest talents in Canadian music. *Cough Céline Dion Cough* With artists, musicians, producers, and song writers hailing from all corners of the province, it comes as no major surprise to find such a vast amount of talent contained within the borders of Canada’s belle province. Here at Canadian Beats we recognize great music and the artists that create it. We would like to introduce you to 25 Québec artists we are certain you should get to know and listen to regardless of musical language. We have rounded up some of the province’s brightest stars to share with the rest of Canada. There is a little bit of something on this list for everyone. From multilingual lyricists to iconic pop sounds and everything in between. In no particular order or ranking, we have carefully selected 25 emerging or established artists of 2017 to share with our Canadian Beats readers.
We give you Have you heard? 25 Québécois artists to check out! Part One:
May Wells : Wells is a musical force to be reckoned with. With her single “We All Want Love” spinning over 250,000 plays on Spotify alone, Wells is working hard and emerging as a strong female voice in Canadian music. Writing and creating her own material, Wells’ latest adventure in addition to her solo self-titled EP May Wells which is out now, is her focus on #GirlsInMusic. Girls in Music sees Wells team up with fellow female artists for their take on some of their favorite hits in the style of mash ups and medleys. Wells was featured as March 2017’s Bell Media Future Star. With her numbers climbing up platforms like Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube we know this won’t be the last you will hear us talk about Wells.
Charles-Antoine Gosselin : Gosselin released his debut solo album Bleu soleil on April 14, 2017. Heavily influenced by folk and roots artists such as Neil Young and Nick Drake, Gosselin wanted to use his songs to tell stories and reach depth in his music like some of his favorite musical storytellers and icons. From Sherbrooke, QC Gosselin is a multi-instrumentalist who composes in both English and French. With folk and bluesy inspirations and his own modern twist, Gosselin’s music speaks for itself alongside his smooth vocals and interpretative lyrics. Gosselin is currently on tour throughout Québec in support of Bleu soleil this summer. Catch Gosselin performing live and discover for yourself the beauty in Gosselin’s music.
Renée Wilkin : Wilkin just released Soul ’67 on May 12, 2017. The album features Wilkin taking on mega soul and rock classics such as “Chain of Fools,” “Since I Fell For You,” and “Piece of My Heart.” From Blainville, QC and known for her powerful vocals, Wilkin caught the eye of judges and became a finalist on the second season of La Voix in 2014. Soul ’67 is the follow up disc to her 2015 debut L’amour, la guerre which was well received by fans and critiques. With strong jazzy elements, Wilkin brings new life to these classic songs onSoul ’67. Paying tribute to Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Etta James is no easy feat. Wilkin pulls off these songs with ease and brings them to a whole new audience. Currently performing this summer in the production of Britishow keep your eye on Wilkin for more great music to come.
Valérie Lahaie : Lahaie released her second studio album Étoile anonyme on May 12, 2017. The follow up to her 2015 debut Vertige, Lahaie was also an alum of the second season of La Voix alongside Wilkin in 2014. With the release of Étoile anonyme and the summer season quickly approaching Lahaie has been busy in support of her new work as well as teaching music. Music runs through Lahaie’s blood. Playing the piano, singing, and writing her first songs by eleven and even teaching vocal lessons in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC by 13, it was only a matter of time before her talents took her to new heights and saw the successful release of her solo albums. At only 22 years old, Lahaie has made many musical strides since starting off in her home town of Lacolle, QC.
Le Couleur : Le Couleur originated in Montreal, QC and currently consists of members Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (guitar, keyboard), and Steeven Chouinard (drums). Known for their electro-pop and dance sounds and styling, the band released their debut album Origami in 2010 independently and had major success in Quebec and Europe. In October 2016 the band released their second album P.O.P. and received more positive acclaim and attention. Le Couleur is currently touring and promoting P.O.P. and are on the road this summer throughout Quebec, and even including a stop in Vancouver, BC. Le Couleur’s artistic and retro style music videos have millions of views on YouTube alone, and their albums and EP’s are being downloaded by new fans every day.
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.