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 Two:
Kroy : Behind the scenes KROY is actually Camille Poliquin. Running solo as KROY, Poliquin is also one half of the dynamic duo Milk & Bone, alongside Laurence Lafond-Beaulne. On September 23, 2016 KROY launched the debut album SCAVENGER. The debut single “River” has hundreds of thousands of plays and spins on mega music platforms such as YouTube and Spotify alone. KROY combines a blend of influences from trip-hop and modern pop and creates a “captivating universe of hypnotic rhythms and analogue synthesizers.” KROY has some major summer concerts lined up already across Quebec, including a spot at the widely popular Osheaga festival in Montreal this coming August. Already a huge hit across social media and music streaming sites, KROY has some great tunes you need to check out.
Geneviève Racette : Growing up in Montreal, QC there was no shortage of music in Racette’s home. From her mother, father, sister, and brother all taking on some form of musical talent, it comes as no surprise that Racette herself would take strongly to music, sharing the gift of her voice. Studying jazz and voice, Racette developed a passion for creating her own material. In 2014 Racette released a self-titled EP consisting of four songs that she created. May 6, 2016 Racette released her full length debut album, Les aurores boréales and the album’s debut single “Noir et blanc” instantly made its way onto local radio. This past spring Racette was selected from over 150 artists to attend a 12-day artistic residency at the prestigious Banff Center where she worked with major Nashville-based singer-songwriters such as Don Henry (Miranda Lambert “All Kinds of Kinds”) and Matraca Berg (Deana Carter “Strawberry Wine). Racette will spend the summer performing in Canada including stops in Toronto, Vancouver, and throughout Quebec.
Cédrik St-Onge : St-Onge made his official debut into music on January 27, 2017 when he released his EP, Les yeux comme deux boussoles. From Caplan, QC the young artist makes up in talent and natural ability for what some think he may lack in age and experience. Featuring folk, alternative, and indie rock influences, St-Onge embraces his skills and crafts his original songs. Discovered in 2015 during a summer musical camp, St-Onge took in every opportunity to nurture and cultivate his talent, ultimately leading to the release of his debut EP. St-Onge will be making his rounds performing throughout July and August in Quebec and bringing his new songs to the stage.
Julie Lefebvre : Lefebvre has had a musical career spanning over 13 years as part of various projects and productions. After appearing on La Voix season 2 in 2014 Lefebvre headed into the studio. On January 27, 2017 Lefebvre launched a debut solo album of original French-language compositions.Déjouer le temps is a collection of original material from Lefebvre and marks her own unique chapter in music. With her strong and soulful voice, Lefebvre mixes in everything from country elements to some bluesy vocal rifts. Déjouer le temps is a great collection of original French-language tunes. Lefebvre will be making appearances at various Country festivals around Quebec this summer in addition to bringing her album Déjouer le temps to fans through her live performances and concerts.
Anick Gagnon : From a musical family with roots in Quebec City, Gagnon formed the group Alter Ego in 2007. In 2014 as part of the pop project Chérie Rose, Gagnon performed at the opening ceremonies for the Pan American Games in Toronto, ON. After years of performing in projects and groups, in 2016 Gagnon found herself flying solo on Season 4 of La Voix as part of team Éric Lapointe. After a successful run on La Voix, Gagnon has now launched her debut solo EP with a little flavor of country. Released on June 2, 2017 Si demain… marks the solo debut of Gagnon and what we are certain will be the start of a long career in Canadian country music.
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.