Last Thursday, The City of Gatineau launched its 2012-2013 seasonal programming at the Salle Jean-Desprez with an evening that offered us a taste of what’s to come in music in the year ahead from Stefie Shock and Ingrid St-Pierre to Dumas.
The Traveler’s Series includes H’SAO, the Montreal afro-pop a capella group originally from Chad, 2-time Juno Award winner Alex Cuba, and Habana Cafe, the Cuban group back for a second time that will make you dance to the sounds of salsa, cumbia and merengue.
There are several new musical discoveries from across the country that are worth checking out like Ariane Moffatt’s protege David Giguere, folk rock new-comer Colin Moore, and Kellylee Evans who hails from the latest generation of Canadian jazz singers.
This year again, the City will offer a series of free concerts which include but are not limited to New-Brunswicker Lisa Leblanc and the weird-but-funny Benoit Paradis Trio, Clement Jacques and Francis Faubert and several more.
On the occasion of Halloween, a party is planned with funky eclectic and versatile artist SoCalled. The excentric Josh Dolgin aka SoCalled will be performing songs from his fourth solo album as well as some of his numerous collaborations on October 27.
Personal favorites throughout the new season are Andrea Lyndsay who will be performing with Luc Delarochelliere temporarily together to work on an album, the both electronic and acoustic Monogrenade and Toronto-based Jazz artist Alejandra Ribera whom I discovered on the night of the launch and who’s hauntingly charming voice caught my attention like one rarely does.
The city decided to renew its partnership with the Museum of Civilization for a second year in a row to present shows by singer Patrick Watson who will perform songs off of his latest album Adventures in Your Own Backyard, artist Elisapie Isaac who blends English and Inuktitut to electro-pop folk sounds, and the talented Adam Cohen, son of the legendary Leonard Cohen.
This is just a summary of the music acts that have been scheduled for and by Gatineau for the next few months. Congrats to the city for scheduling such a wide variety of talents from all parts of the province and country and for offering a long list of interesting and inspiring shows to choose from! You can obtain the full program for 2012-2013 on the city’s website here. Enjoy!