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 Three:
Charlène Blanchette : Blanchette is slated to launch her latest EP in September 2017, and after 2015’s EP La ruée vers l’or we are very excited. Blanchette released the single “Fossiles” earlier this year in May 2017 and the single is being spun on stations throughout Québec, New-Brunswick and Ontario. You can even hear Blanchette on Sirius, Spotify, and Stingray Music. Described as a combination of “Glittery Pop-Folk music,” Blanchette’s style is fun and fresh. Working hard this summer and in addition to the release of the EP, Blanchette has a special video release coming that we will be keeping our eyes open for as well. With hundreds of live performances under her sparkly belt already, Blanchette will be preparing for a busy summer of appearances and the final touches on her EP. We will keep you updated along the way for more from this young artist.
René Turgeon : Turgeon is no stranger to Canadian/Québec country music. With a career spanning over 20 years since his debut album was released in 1995, Turgeon has recently released his 13th studio album Héritage. Turgeon tips his hat to some of his greatest idols in both French and English on his newest album. With his rich country voice, Turgeon tackles classics such as “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “The Cowboy Rides Away,” and “On est fait l’un pour l’autre.” Turgeon also included a tribute to his grandfather with “Reste un peu grand-papa,” an original tune penned by Turgeon. Héritage is one of my favorite country albums this year and I really enjoy Turgeon’s take on his selection of songs. Produced by Paul Daraîche, the two have created a great country album for country music fans.
Simon Boudreau : Boudreau released Les aléas de l`ailleurs this past spring on April 28, 2017, the third for this folk singer-songwriter. With Boudreau’s singles and albums burning up thousands of streams and downloads on iTunes and Spotify, fans can’t seem to get enough of his music and voice. With his husky, but soft voice it is no major surprise that Boudreau is a hit with his fans. Boudreau is booked up through June, July, and August across Québec will continue to be on the road throughout 2017 to promote Les aléas de l`ailleurs. Check out Les aléas de l`ailleurs and have a listen, my personal selection is the tune “La lune.”
Véronique Labbé : Labbé is a multitalented artists who wears many different hats… literally. You can catch Labbé doing everything from being a crowd revving country singer, to her homage to Canadian country icon Shania Twain, to teaching young artists vocal lessons, and taking care of her family. Labbé just released her latest album, Mon party country which is a collection of some great country songs and some of Labbé’s personal favorites. Mon party country is a rocking good time and I can’t get enough of her vocal performance on the album. From Thetford Mines, QC Labbé has put in many hours, days, months, and years into her musical career. Never being discouraged, Labbé has been all over Canada and her hard work comes through in her music and dynamic stage presence. Labbé has a busy summer ahead bringing her music to festivals throughout Québec with many scheduled performances and events.
Marc-André Sauvageau : Sauvageau dropped his debut album Criminel back on February 10, 2017. The albums latest single “Jeux dangereux” is out to radio now and is getting added to stations every day. With his retro/synth/pop sounds, Sauvageau’s debut album Criminel is full of honest, fresh, and catchy tunes. “Virus” is one of my favorites off of Criminel. With over ten years invested in the music industry Sauvageau is a trained pianist and has collaborated on several productions, events, and programs over the years while he built his collection of original material. Sauvageau will perform this summer during the 375th anniversary of Montreal at Parc Leroux as part of la grande tournée presented by Cirque Éloize on July 29th and 30th.
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.