Early 2000s Mini Profiles on Semi-Major Artists

Daniel Boucher

Blues-rocker Boucher has released three studio albums, including his platinum- certified debut Dix Mille Matins. His song “La désise” was declared the song of the year at the Felix awards gala in 2001. Other hits of his include “Chez nous” and “Le vent soufflait mes pellicules”. Daniel studied civil engineering in Montreal before switching to a career in music after success in multiple singing contests. In 2014, he released album Toutte est temporaire.

Les Cowboys Fringants

Although not achieving huge album sales, the band from the Montreal suburbs, has achieved tremendous critical reception and attracted large underground cult followings in Europe. Six of their songs have garnered Felix song of the year nominations, one of which, “Les Étoiles filantes“, won the award at the gala in 2005. The other nominees were “Toune d’automne”, “Mon chum Rémi”, “Plus rien”, “8 secondes”, and “La tête haute”. They were named Best Group two years in a row. Their album Break Syndical received a Juno nomination. They are best-known for performing modernized Quebec folk music with a rock flavour, known as the néo-trad movement. Album Octobre appeared in 2015.

Natasha St-Pier

The powerful Francophone singer from New Brunswick has released seven studio albums. De L’amour le mieux was nominated for a Juno. Her exquisite piece “Je n’ai que mon âme“, which she performed at the Eurovision contest, was named song of the year at the Felix gala in 2002. She also delivered the Felix-nominated “Laisser l’été avoir 15 ans” with Claude Dubois. St Pier has, unlike many French Canadian singers, become popular in francophone Europe, as well as in Poland and Russia. 2015 album Mon Acadie paid tribute in musical style to Natasha’s Acadian roots.

Sum 41

They never scored any big hit singles until 2011’s “Baby, You Don’t Wanna Know” (#10) but the punk rock band from Ajax, Ontario has sold many records, their most successful being their triple-platinum debut All Killer, No Filler, released in 2001. “Fat Lip” from the album topped the Billboard so-called “Modern Rock Tracks” charts. The band is led by Deryck Whibley who enjoyed a marriage to Avril Lavigne. The band has received nine Juno nominations, one of which it won: Group of the Year in 2003.

The Tea Party

The brand of music performed by this Windsor, Ontario band was labelled “Moroccan roll” by the media. Before disbanding in 2005, the group released eight studio albums, three of which were certified double-platinum. Eight of their singles made the Top 40, the most successful of which were “Lullaby” and “Soulbreaking” both reaching #3 in 2001. “Heaven Coming Down“, however, remains the band’s signature song. Led by Jeff Martin, the band achieved an amazing 13 Juno nominations, winning none. The band reformed and released album Ocean at the End in 2014.