The group Bon Débarras was born in the Parc Lahaie in Montreal, where they have participated to many editions of the Festival “Noël dans le parc”. More than 20 years later, In this same park, the members of the group recollect their memories and offer us a unique interpretation of “Une grande gigue libre”, a piece coming from the album Repères.
This new show highlights the reference points and core values that the band has relied on for its creative process since its beginnings. Identity bearings, geographical markers, linguistic and cultural reference points – these are “repères” in French. But most of all, encounters and discoveries leading to lyrics (Joséphine Bacon, Gaston Miron, Simon Gauthier, Gilles Vigneault) and musical collaborations (Michel Faubert, Cédric Dind-Lavoie). The trio relies also on various inner hideouts, dens or “repaires”, multifaceted references forged through encounters, travels and life experiences. Their repères – milestones and markers – anchor solidly the band’s music in Quebec traditions while giving it a touch of the world around the corner. From their repaires – hideaways, havens of refuge –, they come out with a renewed energy irresistibly calling for dancing!
* You can attend the show at the Cabaret Lion d’or or see the virtual version online.
Direction: Edgar Bori
Lighting designer: Lisandre Coulombe
Sound engineer: Louis Morneau
Bon Débarras’ new album, Repères, is nominated for the ADISQ award “Album of the year – Traditionnal”. The winners will be announced on November 3 during the Premier Gala, which will be broadcasted on Télé-Québec.
Gaston Miron (1928-1996) is a well known poet in Quebec. His words, enhanced by close-ups on the musicians faces and supported by archive images of the National Film Board of Canada, plunges us in the resilience spirit of the Quiet Revolution. The rhythm of the poetry is emphasized by the folk-trad language of Bon Débarras and the slammed parts of the song. This story of anger that turns to resilience gains an incredible intensity through the eye of the producer JF Dugas and his team, Olivier Bolduc-Coutu and Louis Coutu.
* “Batèche” is a swear word that use to be frequently heard in Quebec.
During the past year, Bon Débarras has produced two web series for a brand new digital platform, Ondapart.
With “J’m’en viens chez-vous”, the trio explores the origins and particularities of Quebec’s traditional music. Those educational videos will please the youth and kids at heart!
“Bon Débarras en famille” celebrates the 15 years of existence of Bon Débarras. The former and actual members of the band are reunited around some of the signature songs of the group.
You can enjoy these web series at www.ondapart.com.
Bon Débarras is thrilled to have been selected to participate to the 34th edition of the RIDEAU event. The group will present an official showcase on April 22 at 11:00 AM.
RIDEAU is an association of performing arts professionals. They organize the most important francophone congress dedicated to performing arts in America.
It’s an honour for Bon Débarras to receive the « Beau Dommage – Complicité créatrice » award, given by the Fondation SPACQ and offered by RNC Media.
This beautiful prize comes right on time to highlight how pleasure and efforts are building Bon Débarras’ musical complicity throughout time. A special thanks to the Fondation SPACQ for this recognition, and also to all the people that are inspired by traditional music and keep it alive. This music gives roots, but also wings to our Quebec culture. It’s definitely an honour for us to receive this prize that refers to the group « Beau Dommage » because 15 years ago, we were inspired by them to find our own group name! Bon Débarras.
You can buy the CD on our website (www.bondebarras.ca/boutique). You can also listen to the album or download it on your favorite digital platform.
This album highlights the Repères – milestones and markers – that anchor solidly the band’s music in Quebec traditions while giving it a touch of the world around the corner, with a renewed energy irresistibly calling for dancing!
Don’t miss Bon Débarras’ virtual album launch on October 20 at 8 :00 PM on Facebook Live. Special guests and musical performances will make you discover ‘‘Repères’’, an album that highlights the reference points and core values that the band has relied on for its creative process since its beginnings.
The song "Nutshimit" is a meeting between Bon Débarras’ music and Joséphine Bacon’s poetry. "Nutshimit" refers to the inland in Innu-aimun; it’s also Joséphine Bacon’s favorite word.
Over the past few weeks, the members of the group have felt the need to do something together, despite the distance. They have therefore taking up the challenge of mastering in an artistic way their cell phone cameras and sound recording techniques, with the good advice and the remote support of Goba Studio team and the sound engineer Louis Morneau. The result is this beautiful video that leaves us with a feeling of sweet serenity.
Bon Débarras will be back on stage for La Grande Rencontre Festival which will take place at the Cabaret Lion d’Or in Montreal.
Don’t miss their performance on Friday September 4 and their family show, Playing Hooky, on Sunday September 6.
The group Bon Débarras couldn’t wait to share with you a part of their creation work of the past months. Their brand new digital minialbum, “Repaires”, is a prelude to a full album to be released in Septembre 2020. The project will highlight the reference points, cues, landmarks, core values - which are called “repères” in French - that Bon Débarras has relied on for its creative process since its beginnings as a band. Identity bearings, geographical markers, linguistic and cultural reference points, yes – but they rely also on various inner hideouts, dens or “repaires”, multifaceted references forged through encounters, travels and life experiences. Their repères – milestones and markers – anchor solidly the band’s music in Quebec traditions while giving it a touch of the world around the corner. From their repaires – hideaways, havens of refuge –, they come out with a renewed energy irresistibly calling for dancing!
A new album is coming for Bon Débarras and here are the first occasions to ear their new songs. First, the group will present a showcase on February 18 at the Pub Murphy’s, during the Bourse Rideau OFFiciel de l’Agence Résonances. They will also participate at La grande veillée du Labo Trad at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal on February 27.
The group Bon Débarras will begin 2020 with a beautiful tour in British Colombia. The trio will also record a brand new album in the coming weeks… Stay tuned!
Now that fall is here, Bon Débarras is getting ready for the 4th season of the show Le loup de Noël. With the storyteller Stephan Côté, the group will make you live the story of Griboux an old lonesome Laurentian wolf who has nothing to eat. Hungry, he goes down to the village on Christmas Eve, where he is attracted by the church lights… A story that brings us back to those times when the midnight mass and the « réveillon » were at the heart of the Christmas holidays.
Good news : Bon Débarras is invited by Le Chaînon Manquant, one of the most prestigious presenters network in France, to present a showcase during their annual festival in September. In collaboration with the caller Yaëlle Azoulay, the group will make people dance on their music during a special night called La Veillée Québécoise. The shows presented during the festival may then be integrated into the programming of the members of the Chaînon network, which generates more then 800 shows everywhere in France every year.
In collaboration with Musicaction, supported by SODEC Québec.
On July 24, Bon Débarras will be the house band of La Grande Veillée, a mix of comedy show and Quebec’s traditions organized by Just for laughs. Come and dance with us on the Place des festivals in Montreal, with the caller Yaëlle Azoulay and many other guests.
Bon Débarras is the winner in the category "Performance – Short Form Music Video" of the 17th edition of The Independent Music Awards!
Our music video “En panne de silence” was selected by a judging panel comprised of top recording and influential press, managers and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim. Special thanks to the Goba Studio team, Rémi Giguère, l’Ensemble folklorique Les Bon Diables and La Station FM-R.
Bon Débarras was named as a Nominee in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) in the category “Performance – Short Form Music Video” for “En panne de silence”.
Nominated along with Bon Débarras is an eclectic mix of work by established artists and emerging talent from around the globe. More than 400 artists will be honored at The 17th IMA ceremony on June 22 in New York City.
Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards - produced by Music Resource Group - honor the year’s most exceptional and artistically daring music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the globe.
2019 marks a turning point for Bon Débarras: the amazing fiddler and singer Véronique Plasse is now part of the trio with Dominic Desrochers and Jean-François Dumas, the founders of the group. Her passion for Quebec’s folk music and her active work in promoting Quebec’s living heritage are definitely a source of inspiration for the group that is now working on new pieces towards a fourth album. A glimpse of this creative process will be heard this Sunday January 13 during the radio programme Excusez-la! on CIBL 101.5 .
In January, Bon Débarras will also be on the road again in the United-States and in Quebec with En panne de silence. Shows, performances for young audiences, evening dance partys, the year beautifully begins in movement for Bon Débarras!
An amazing long shot, no editing, no special effect, no GMO, no pesticide, here is the new music video of the group Bon Débarras.
Produced with the fantastic team of L’hibou, www.lhibou.com this journey in a still subway wagon, imagined from the theme song of the last album of the groupe, En panne de silence, gathers human beings in search of happiness through festive movement
In October, Bon Débarras will be touring in the United Kingdom to present their show “En panne de silence”. Everybody looks forward to it, since their last passage there was in 2014! The autumn also marks the return of Bon Débarras to the United States: between October 30 and November 4, the group will stop in various places in Maine and Vermont. For the young ones, several representations of the show “L’école buisonnière” are scheduled, as well as evening dance partys at the Domaine Forget and in Baie-Comeau. In brief, a busy autumn is coming for Bon Débarras!
Bon Débarras will travel to the east of the province of Quebec to present “En panne de silence” as well as their performance for young audiences.
United States, British Columbia, Québec, Bon Débarras will be on the road again this summer to present “En panne de silence”.
Bon Débarras will present it's show “En panne de silence” in France from 10 to 16 May !
Bon Débarras will present it's show “En panne de silence” on February 17 at Folk Alliance Festival in Kansas City !
Bon Débarras celebrates fall with a brand new music video that will bring you in a surprising kitchen party, right in the middle of the Champ des Possibles in Montreal!
The song Déclunaison is from the album "En panne de silence" and the video was produced by the wonderful team of L'Hibou.
The nominees of the Gala de l'ADISQ are now known! Good news, Bon Débarras is in the list with it's new album “En panne de silence” in the category “Album of the year - Traditional”, along with Galant tu perds ton temps, Maz, La famille Soucy and the Yves Lambert Trio. The winner will be known on October 26. Good luck to all the nominees!
This fall, Bon Débarras will be at the Festival La Grande Rencontre and at the Celtic Colors International Festival. The show “En panne de silence” will also be presented in Paspébiac, Saint-Georges, Shawinigan and Lévis.
In August, Bon Débarras will be in many different music festivals to present “En panne de silence”: Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France in Quebec city, Festival des traditions du monde in Sherbrooke, Summerfolk Music and Craft Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario... All the details in the Peformances section.
To celebrate Bon Débarras' passage to the Festival Mémoire et Racines, you can listen all the album “En panne de silence” on ICI Musique between July 26 and August 2. Enjoy!
Bon Débarras will travel in many music festivals all over the country this summer! Only in June and July, the group will be at the Rubber Boots Festival in Ontario, at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, at the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée and at Mémoire et Racines Festival in Quebec.
Between May 25 and May 27, Bon Débarras will present “En panne de silence” in Ontario. The group will perform at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and at the TD-Sunfest in London. They will also be the special guests of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston for a grand concert at the Sydenham Street United Church.
Bon Débarras was in France from March 22 to April 1 for a serie of shows in Paris, Normandy, Brittany and in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. It was the group's first official tour with their new album, “En panne de silence”. For the Semaine de la Francophonie, a special representation was also given at the Maison de l’UNESCO in Paris to delegates coming from different French-speaking countries. In the coming months, Bon Débarras will present “En panne de silence” in Quebec, in Ontario, in Manitoba and in Newfoundland! Follow the calendar and in the meanwhile, here's a short video of the best moments of the live album launch in Montreal.
Bon Débarras’ live album launch took place at the Cabaret Lion d’Or on February 23. The group entertained a very enthousiastic sell-out crowd with all the pieces of En panne de silence. The presence of Luzio Altobelli’s accordion and that of the Quatuor Trad have created some memorable moments. And what about the performances of Joséphine Bacon and Yaëlle Azoulay, who spontaneously came on the stage to dance during the show? Simply magical. This set of new songs definitely burns with a contagious energy, extending an invitation never to surrender to silence!
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