Canadian Folk ensemble, La Bottine Souriante, will be performing at the Centre for the Arts on Jan. 29
La Bottine Souriante will be performing at Brock University’s Centre for the Arts in what is a must-see show. This French-Canadian folk band has slowly developed and percolated over the years to produce a unique mix of French Canadian-folk music and other modern forms including jazz and salsa.
The band was created in 1976 by a trio of musicians in Quebec, consisting only of traditional instruments regularly pertaining to the French Canadian-folk genre such as the accordion, guitar and fiddle. Over the years, changes were made in the lineup and instruments were added to the ensemble.
Now consisting of an 11-piece ensemble, including a dancer and a four piece brass section, the evolution of the band over the years is plain to see. Despite the introduction of various other instruments, players, and genres to the band, La Bottine Souriante still maintains its traditional roots in its music. This is equally in spite of it no longer containing any of its founding members.
La Bottine Souriante’s sound has been described as having a New Orleans party feel and holds the resonating sounds of depth, substance, and creative freedom that artists strive for. This amazing mix of culture and music has no doubt evolved beyond the jigs and ballads of its early days.
Today, La Bottine Souriante is known as a legend in the French North American roots music industry. They have been presented with numerous awards such as Juno’s Best Roots/Traditional Album and numerous Felix awards to name a few, and have been nominated for other awards many times over.
Altogether they have sold over a half a million albums since their conception. They have toured internationally in the U.S. and Europe and was also featured in a song on the Fire in the Kitchen album by The Chieftains, another folk music legend.
“Along with their reels, jigs and ballads, come liberal dashes of salsa, funk, and big-band jazz, combined with world-beat flavours that stretch from the Orient to the Caribbean. Indeed, La Bottine have created a dancehall of music that no pair of boots can resist,” according to See Magazine.
The opportunity to witness a legendary band that has not only survived but thrived and evolved for decades at such an intimate venue should not be passed upon lightly.
La Bottine Souriante will be playing at Brock’s Centre for the Arts in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on Jan. 29 at 7:30. Tickets are on sale now for $49 and $20 for students. For more information visit arts.brocku.ca.