Farthest removed from the Francophone music scene stands British Columbia, a province where its performances are scarce and its CDs have a hard time making their way into the record shops. However, there is a small and closely knit community of Francophones, Anglophones, and Allophones who love and support music of the Franco persuasion. In November, Vancouver celebrates a humble but beautiful festival called Coup de Cœur.
2014’s Coup de Cœur Francophone de Vancouver marks its 20th anniversary with performances by artists accounting for seven nominations from the upcoming Quebec Music Industry (ADISQ) Awards. Below is a roundup of the three events.
Saturday November 15th: Salomé Leclerc & David Giguère
8 pm, Jules Verne School auditorium, 5445 Baillie Street, Vancouver
Salomé Leclerc performs songs from her critically acclaimed, artistic sophomore album 27 fois l’aurore. Salomé has received nominations from SOCAN as well as ADISQ and glowing praises from around the world.
David Giguère caps off the evening performing songs from his Félix-nominated third album Casablanca.
Friday, November 21st: Les Hay Babies & Les Soeurs Boulay
8 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Les Hay Babies are three spirited female folk singers from New Brunswick who are up for multiple Félix awards this year. They will perform songs from album Mon Homesick Heart.
Les Sœurs Boulay is a duo who will perform songs from gold-certified album Le poids des confettis. Multiple Félix nominations grace the pair as well, and the album was long-listed for the Polaris this year!
Saturday November 22: Arnaud Granoux
8 pm CBC Studio 700 stage, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Arnaud Granoux is a proud Francophone British Columbian who released album Les gens qui s’aiment last year, containing songs of beautiful and heart-tugging melancholy. He is releasing new album Crescendo in October and will be presenting its songs for us.
The Coup de Cœur itself is nominated by the ADISQ for Event of the Year. Tickets will be available at the door or you can guarantee a spot by purchasing them in advance online at the links provided above. This is very, very exciting!
The biggest party of the year begins tomorrow. One of its choicest aspects involves the live performances. Don’t miss them in whichever city you reside. To mark the 145th birthday of our nation, we’ve embedded a video below from Canada Day two years ago. The location: Canada Place in Vancouver. The performer: Carly Rae Jepsen. The song: Her first hit single, “Tug of War”. Enjoy. Don’t mind the weather. Looks like it’ll be the same this year. It’s the price you pay for living on the west coast, eh.
Professional photographer Cameron Brown has posted some beautiful photos of Carly Rae Jepsen from her concert at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on the 23rd. And he claims that, aside from her musical talents, she is a a masterful baker. Any of you recording artists looking for a great photographer, Cameron’s the man. Please check out his blog and the gorgeous photos of Carly in concert HERE.