Come join us on June 21st at 7pm on the Esplanade des Invalides
for a musical journey across Canada’s new soundscapes.
Nuit Boréale is the 3rd largest event of the Fête de la musique in Paris.
Don’t miss it!
Paris- May 10th, 2016 – For its 5th edition, come and discover Canada’s diversity in the heart of Paris at Nuit Boréale.
This major event has become Canada’s cultural reference for the Fête de la musique in Paris, inviting everyone to
discover Canada’s emerging bands, from British Columbia and New Brunswick to Ontario and Québec!
This year, six Canadian artists will be joining the party:
HALF MOON RUN / BUSTY AND THE BASS / PHILÉMON CIMON
WESLI / LES HÔTESSES D’HILAIRE / PRINCESS CENTURY
TV and radio journalist Catherine Pogonat will be our MC, and Olivier Dufour (Dufour, Maison de creation) will join
us as stage and artistic director for the 4th time in a row.
This project has been made possible in part thanks to the Governments of Canada, Québec, Ontario and New
Brunswick, and to FACTOR, Musicaction, and la SODEC. We would also like to highlight the participation of the
Association Québécoise de l’Industrie du Disque, du Spectacle et de la Vidéo (ADISQ).
We would like to thank the National Bank of Canada, which stands, with its subsidiaries, as one of Canada’s
largest integrated financial groups. The National Bank also partners with major cultural institutions, including the
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the OSM. The Bank is proud to partner with Nuit Boréale 2016.
The Embassy of Canada to France is launching the Canadian Week – a week of business and mobility
activities. To register: www.amb-canada.fr/CaWeek
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THIS YEAR’S ARTISTS
HALF MOON RUN
Quebec / Independent Folk – Rock Music
Honesty is the foundation of all their interpersonal
relations. It is the absolute light which dissipates the
veil of darkness behind which they hide. For Half
Moon Run, every stride they took was decisively
soaked. They never worked thinking they would
become successful and start touring.
Nevertheless, from their creation in Montreal in 2009,
the multi-instrumentists, Devons Portielje, Conner
Molander and Dylan Philipps, native of British Columbia and Ontario, dropped all of their plans B. It was
simply out of the question to let go of such a rare chemistry. Being only allowed steer by their instinct and faith,
they succeeded in creating an accomplished first album, Dark Eyes.
Their second album, Sun Leads Me On, reflects a process of awarness in this quest towards beauty and honesty.
For the three founding members as well as for multi-instrumentalist Isaac Symonds who joined the group at the
beginning of the tour Dark Eyes- the sequel materialized after months of artistic frustation.
Sun Leads Me On separates itself from the folk-alternative melancholy of Dark Eyes for the benfit of a journey leading to self-discovery. Dark Eyes asserted itself as a highly poetic alt-folk album, sometimes as dark as Harvest from
Neil Young and sometimes as cheerful as Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water.
By contrast, Sun Leads Me On is whimsical, strange, more personal but conversely more relatable. It’s a pop album,
but one that is fed by the esoteric musical literacy of its creators. On Sun Leads Me On they’ve found what they’re
looking for: liberation of ideas as they delve deeper into music as a source of lucidity.
Half Moon Run don’t feel pressured by anyone else’s standards of them, only their own.
BUSTY AND THE BASS
Quebec / Electro-Soul - Hip-Hop
Busty and the Bass is an irresistible electro-soul
collective that draws on the talent of nine young
musicians. Sharing a passion for good times and
great music, the group formed during their first week
at McGill University, playing around Montreal house
parties and building up to some major venues across
Now, with their newest EP, GLAM, their sound has
taken on a more mature timber, signaling some
serious ambitions as they hit the road again.
In October 2014, Busty and the Bass competed against hundreds of other bands to win the Rock Your Campus
competition, the search for Canada’s top university band, sponsored by CBC Music and TD Bank. The group won a
$10,000 cash prize, and opened for the Arkells in a sold-out performance in Montreal.
Quebec / Francophone Pop Music
in September 2015, Philémon Cimon, singer-songwriter from Montreal, presented his third album
- Les femmes comme des montagnes -recorded in
Havana with a phenomenal band of Montrealers, joined by wild Cubans on the last humid night, foiling
the throbbing tracks to copper perfection.
This new record follows L’été, a collection of ’60s pop
melancholy, and Les Sessions Cubaines, a journal of
shattered romanticism. On stage, Philémon’s mesmerizing voice and obsessive melodies transport us to
uncharted territories of the heart.
Quebec / Reggae - Afrobeat
Multi-instrument singer -songwriter and troubadour
Wesli was born in Haiti and has been living in Montreal since 2001. Wesli was described as «the most
amazing world creature Montreal has to offer to the
world » by La Presse. His powerful lyrics focus on the
never-ending poverty in emerging countries.
His festive musical universe seduces the crowd,
smitten by his groovy sound which blends dancehall
music, reggae, afrobeat, rara, konpa, funk, merengue,
jazz and with a small dose of Rogodon. Thanks to
his four albums, Kouraj (2009), Freedom in the Black (2012), Ayiti Etoile Nouvelle (2015) and Immigrant (2015), this
independent artist performs on the greatest stages in Canada and in the world.
LES HÔTESSES D’HILAIRE
New-Brunswick / Francophone Rock
From their surprising performance at the East Coast
Music Awards show in Charlottetown, to an outside
show under the midnight sun in the Northwest
Territories, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire have gathered fans
all over Canada and in Europe with 3 tours in the old
With almost 200 shows under their belt, this Francophone rock band from New Brunswick knows how to
give a real performance and how to lead an excellent
party. Party de ruisseau (May 2014) is their second
album as a follow-up to Hilaire à boire (May 2013). Their 3rd album Touche-moi pas là was released in November 2015.
Ontario / DJ
Maya Postepski never stops. An active member of the
Toronto music scene, she has been making music for
over 10 years, currently as part of electronic group
Austra (Domino). She is a prolific remix artist, DJ and
she co-wrote and produced TRST with Robert Alfons
as Trust (Arts & Crafts).
Progress is her latest album, to be released under her
solo moniker Princess Century.
This project is the outlet for her genre-crossing experiments that take us on a journey through minimalist
cosmic disco psychedelia, crossing through glacial
poly-rhythmic territories soaked in dark dripping goo. Close your eyes and allow the warm synthesizer liquid to
seep through your veins and take you into a far away galaxy of love, lust and passion.