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OCTOBER 9, 2012

Le Vent du Nord Announce New Album, Tour

Quebecois Trad Group To Release Tromper le temps In November

Canadian folk outfit Le Vent du Nord announced the release of their latest album, Tromper le temps (Fool the Times), scheduled to hit the U.S. market on November 3rd. The album marks the 10th anniversary of the Juno winning Quebecois quartet and will be the jump-off point for a full-blown U.S. tour.

The official press release is reprinted in full below, with tour dates following.

For Quebec's Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind), tricking time is more than a mere slight of hand. It's turning back the clock, to find both artistic inspiration and political insights.

It's discovering where fanciful dragons and imprisoned damsels intertwine with hockey night, where the culturally downtrodden get to answer their cynical oppressors of centuries ago, and get to talk back to devilish frackers who trample community rights. All to the spin of a hurdy-gurdy's wheel, to the nimble beat of French-Canadian foot percussion, to the perfectly tuned vocals of a well-seasoned band, celebrating ten years together this season.

Outspoken yet playful, Tromper le temps ("Fooling Time"; U.S. release: November 3, 2012) showcases the great creativity and deep past of Quebec's folk traditions, yet always with a quirky, witty twist, a fresh perspective that has made Le Vent du Nord one of the province's best-loved ensembles (and won them several Junos).

Now with a new concert program carefully developed in collaboration with revered Quebecois songwriter, composer, and performer Michel Rivard, the quartet will tour the Western U.S. to celebrate its new album and its ten years together. Fresh from touring Down Under and from a gala celebration in Montreal, the band's U.S. tour stops will include Austin, Portland, and Los Angeles, among others.

"We are part of 2012, just like everyone else. But we think we can bring historical things more into the day to day discussion, so we can talk about what happened in the past. That is why we have always been very close to historical subjects and images, because we play traditional music, music that is often connected to the separatist movement," explains hurdy-gurdy player and songwriter Nicolas Boulerice. "We aren't always talking explicitly or directly about the issues that matter to us; we always take the detour via history."

Le Vent du Nord 2012 U.S. Tour Dates:

11/03: Austin Celtic Festival @ Fiesta Gardens, Austin, TX
11/04: Austin Celtic Festival @ Fiesta Gardens, Austin, TX
11/09: Jaqua Concert Hall, Eugene, OR
11/10: Pacific University Oregon, Forest Grove, OR
11/13: Crescent Elk Auditorium, Crescent City, CA
11/15: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
11/16: Weber State University, Ogden, UT
11/17: Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, Los Angeles, CA
11/30: The Nelson Odeon, Nelson, NY
12/01: The Nelson Odeon, Nelson, NY