Thursday, June 15 - 8 pm
At Studio 16
(1551 W. 7th avenue)
Membre 10 $, non-membre 15 $
Born in Manitoba, Melonai Brisdon was trained as a classical pianist and singer, before going on stage in various festivals and competitions in her home province and in British Columbia. Her many performances in various places have helped her refine her technique and have broadened her horizons.
Accompanied by flautist and musical director Davidian Chorley, a percussionist and a guitarist, Melonai brings us jazz classics and traditional French-Canadian songs, enlivened with her own brand of funk and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Her lyrics, in French and English, reflect our bilingual nation.
Today Melonai Brisdon lives in Vancouver. Her performances never fail to charm her audiences. She is a three-time winner of the B.C. Gala provincial de la chanson (Provincial Francophone Music Festival). In addition, the fans’ prize that she won in 1997 is a testimony to the great respect she has earned from the Francophone and Francophile audiences of Vancouver.
Melonai is working on a new release, called “L’Afroditez”, a modern blend of various folklores, and in particular Francophone folklore from across Canada. At the Summer Festival, Melonai will bring us a show composed of various musical styles and rhythms. Join the party!
Les Trois Accords
Saturday, June 17- 7 pm
On the outdoor stage
on West 7th avenue
before June 17: Membre 20 $, non-membre 25 $
at the door : Members $25, non members $30
This band from Drummondville Quebec has, in no time flat, become a force to be reckoned with! Their wacky lyrics blend irony with a touch of the absurd, and are set to catchy tunes inspired by rock, punk and country genres. This out of the ordinary band brings us a festive and convivial style of music and an original alternative to the current rock music scene.
The band came together between 1997 and 2002. Initially a duo composed of Simon Proulx (guitarist and singer) and Olivier Benoît (singer), they were soon joined by Alexandre Parr (guitarist), Charles Dubreuil (drummer), ands Pierre-Luc Boisvert (on bass).
Their hit song “Hawaïenne” was picked up enthusiastically by TV and radio, and became the hit of the summer of 2004. The group played to a full house at the Pigeonnier during the Quebec Summer Festival. They also played at the Francofolies in Montreal and at the 18th anniversary of Musique Plus at the Bell Centre, to an audience of more than 10 000 people for each of these two shows.
In just a few short years, Les Trois Accords have become the most popular group in Quebec, as the prizes they have carried off at the 2005 ADISQ competition go to show: Group of the Year, as well as Best Album, Best Sales for their Gros Mammouth Album, and a nomination in the category Show of the Year, for singer/songwriter/composer.
In between their two concert series in France in May and in July, Les Trois Accords will be in Vancouver for the Francophone Summer Festival. The release of their second album is scheduled for the month of August, to be followed by a new tour in Quebec in the fall. A full roster!
Saturday, June 17- 9 pm
On the outdoor stage
on West 7th avenue
Before June 17: Members $20, non members $25
At the door : Members $25, non members $30
Robert Charlebois has made his mark as a kingpin not only in the Quebec music scene, but throughout the Francophone world.
His career began in 1965 and really took off in 1967, after a trip to California, where he was influenced by the American counterculture. It was at that point that his music became electrifying. In 1968, his participation at the Osstidcho was triumphant, especially with young anti-conformist audiences who were avid for the kinds of changes for which his songs became the porte-parole. Charlebois brought about a new beginning in music. His audacious manner and his provocative sense of humour became his trademarks, coming through especially at big shows like the Superfrancofête in 1974 and the 1976 Saint Jean Baptiste Day concert on Mount Royal in Montreal.
Throughout his career he has been awarded many prizes both at home and abroad. Among other prizes, he received the ADISQ Félix Hommage in 1993, which is a testimony to the importance of his work in the Francophone music world as well as in the cultural evolution of Quebec in the 60s and 70s.
In 2005, a compilation of his most famous songs came out on an album Tout écartillé, with a show on tour under the same name. Charlebois’ performance at the Festival takes us back to the roots of Francophone rock music that will draw generations of fans together. The Francophone Summer Festival is honoured to welcome him this year in Vancouver, which will be the only Western Canadian city where Charlebois will be giving a performance. It will be a unique opportunity to discover and rediscover the repertoire of this Quebecois legend !
Suzana Da Camara
Wednesday, June 21 - 8 pm
(1551 West 7th avenue)
Members $10, non membre $15
During Portuguese Heritage Month, Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver, the Alliance Française and the Portuguese Benevolent Society will join forces to celebrate the music festival and present a singer with Portuguese roots.
Canadian born singer Suzana Da Camara sings in French, Portuguese and English. With her family roots in the Azores, she has been profoundly influenced by Portuguese culture and music. She sings of love and life, her lyrics set to the seductive rhythms of bossa nova and jazzy melodies accompanied on piano and the soft notes of an accoustic guitar.
In 2005, Suzana released her third album, which she composed with guitarist Mike Dell under the direction of producer Jack Richardson. The album brought Suzana recognition at the Music and Film in Motion awards, with two nominations for both best album and best song for Searching Deep Down. The album also was selected as one of the 10 best recordings of 2005 by the programme Fresh Air on CBC / Radio-Canada.
Her talent travels well beyond our national boundaries. In November 2005, the Portuguese radio station Radio Club de Angra chose her as artist of the month and in August 2005, the Japanese jazz radio station Yellow Beat named Suzana artist of the month and her cut Cha Cha song of the month. Since January 2006, her album has been distributed in several countries in Asia including Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.