July 31, 2014

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Cultural exchange: Folk group from Quebec playing locally

The members of French Canadian folk band Le Vent du Nord are, from left, Rejean Brunet, Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers and Simon Beaudry. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The members of French Canadian folk band Le Vent du Nord are, from left, Rejean Brunet, Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers and Simon Beaudry. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

French Canadian progressive folk group Le Vent du Nord delivered a little joie de vivre Monday at the Medina Library. Playing an array of instruments including accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, guitar, keyboards and more, the group performed traditional and new Quebec folk music with tight vocals, lush harmonies and joyful melodies.

The quartet has performed more than 1,000 concerts and garnered several prestigious awards along the way, including two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The show was a part of the World Tour of Music sponsored by ORMACO (Ohio Regional Music, Arts, and Cultural Outreach), a nonprofit organization focusing on music, arts and cultural outreach in Northeast Ohio, Arts Midwest, Medina County District Library and Friends of MCDL.

Le Vent du Nord will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Highland High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.ormaco.org.

Le Vent du Nord is visiting Medina and Stark counties as part of a multicity Midwest tour coordinated by Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest.

The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Quebec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions.

Le Vent du Nord is the second of four ensembles to visit Medina and Stark counties over the course of this two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. In fall 2013, the Israeli ensemble, Baladino, provided workshops and concerts.

The next two international ensembles to come to the area will be Shangri-la from China in November and Paulo Padihla from Brazil in spring 2015.
Workshops and outreach programs during the week are free and open to the public.

The remaining events are:

• Thursday, 7 p.m., Northwest High School, Puffenberger Auditorium, 8580 Erie Ave. NW, Canal Fulton, in Stark County.

• Friday, 9 to 10 a.m., Black River Middle School students, Black River Middle School auditorium, 257 County Road 40, Sullivan; (419) 736-3304.

• Friday, 10 to 11 a.m., Black River High School students, Black River Middle School auditorium.

• Saturday, 8 p.m., Highland High School, 3880 Ridge Road, Granger Township. A French-Canadian pre-concert dinner will be served 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth. Call (330) 334-3663 for dinner reservations.

For more information, visit www.ormaco.org.

Contact reporter Nancy Johnson at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.