Territoires – REVIEWS

Undoubtedly their best work to date. They are at the pinnacle of the genre. 


The mighty Le Vent du  Nord, augmented by fiddler Andre Brunet who joins the band from  fellow Quebecois heavyweights, La Bottine Souriante, bring forth a timely exploration of unification and collective cohesion in their tenth album, Territoires. (…) Listeners are particularly  spoilt by ‘Cotillon du Capitaine’, a set of tunes that meditates on an uplifting  melody before exploding into sparkling  piano embellishments which take us to an entirely unprecedented territory.

— Sophie Parkes, ROCKNREEL/R2 

Territoires is the sort of album that sweeps you along on a wave of pleasure and it may be Le Vent du Nord’s best.

 Dai Jeffries  FOLKING 

Breezing through album ten with a new friend (…) Au Régiment is given a masterful contemporary treatment by the band, with drone-like backing vocals and splashy, jazzy piano accompagniment developing into an unstoppable anthem.
Tim Woodall ,  & Top of the world,  SONGLINES

Easily the most kinetic is the hip-shaking, beer-swilling frolic that is “La Step a Alexis,” a nod to one of the bandmember’s antic toddler.Nowhere is that more felt than on the gorgeous “Louisbourg,” a sterling vocal a capella effort featuring all five vocalists at their absolute best. From start to finish Territoires is authentic roots music delivered with purpose, poise and passion. If there’s a better non-English vocal album released so far this year, we have yet to hear it. 

— WRIR Global A Go-Go

A much-loved Quebecois phenomenon returns with a new member and a new sound.

Séamus Bellamy, Arts manager international

An early favourite for many best-of lists, this release captures the raucous fun of a live show and highlights the musicality of the various players.


It has very high production values, fabulous close harmony singing and above all, wheelbarrow-loads of passion… The whole band are stellar musicians and this CD is full of tracks that would be showstoppers anywhere else.


We’re confronted with clear-cutting, pollution, and the destruction of our heritage, but we get a second chance to do better. Behind the dark tale of Pierrot, there’s the hope of a better world.



There was a sizable contingent of Quebecers in the audience who probably understood every word. For the rest, it did not matter. While the band put down their instruments from time to time to perform beautifully harmonized a cappella songs, this was definitely a concert that was more about the music than the words.” THIRDCOAST REVIEW( Jan, 8, 2020, Chicago, USA)

“ Edinburgh music review: Le Vent du Nord & Julie Fowlis at Leith Theatre.”
— Rob Adams, THE TIMES (August 15, 2018, UK) 

“ There must be few souls alive who could resist Le Vent du Nord’s boundless joie de vivre.  And there was certainly no resistance in Finstown, as the band raised the roof with a jubilant maelstrom of prodigiously bouncy dance-tunes, also featuring hurdy-gurdy, accordion, bouzouki, piano, jaw-harp, guitar and electric bass, garlanded with lustily compelling five-part vocals, which, in one thrillingly throttled-back a cappella number, recalled the numinous, spine-tingling modalities of Gregorian chant (…) With Brunet [André] on board, their sound’s scale and intricacy are fast evolving into fresh dimensions, manifest in some sets’ looser, boldly freewheeling arrangements; in lashings of red-blooded honky-tonk brio, and in umpteen insouciant virtuoso flourishes, like one medley’s cheeky wee disco-funk intro, dashed off on fiddle, jaw-harp and fat bass licks. ”
— Sue Wilson [Orkney Festival, Scotland], Folk radio (June 2018)

” History and traditional tunes in a rousing, classy set from Quebec folk heroes”
Robin Denselow,THE GUARDIAN (August 2016, UK)

“Le Vent was a HUGE success… as magnetic to watch as to ”

“LVDN entered the stage in a crowded tent for a concert that was worth all the waiting. The audience was met with funny introductions, high speed tunes, a simple beautiful a capella arrangement, and a folk music version of Europes “The Final Countdown”. The four musicians made everything just right and showed an amazing enthusiasm that spread all over the tent so that no one could sit still”
— JYDSKEVESTYSTEN Tønder, Denmark (2014)

“If you’ve seen them before, you already know. And if you’ve never seen them, words won’t do them justice. Le Vent du Nord is one of the best bands touring today, no matter your musical taste”

“Excellent show tonight at the Gésu!!!”
 Alain Brunet, La PRESSE (Montréal 2012)

“Ordinarily, two hours of music in a language peoples doesn’t understand might be tedious, but LVDN is anything but tedious

“The audience had the heads bobbing and feet tapping from their first few powerful notes, and were in love with them all by the end.”
— THE NELSON MAIL (New Zealand, fall 2012)

Album CD Têtu


“ Le Vent du Nord must melt the snow in their native Quebec. Led by twin fiddles and hurdy-gurdy, driven by incessantly rattling foot percussion, the quintet’s unbridled energy rarely let up in this Light on the Shore concert.”

— Jim Gilchrist, THE SCOTSMAN (August 15, 2018) 

“Québécois quartet Le Vent du Nord really hit home with Tromper Le Temps in 2012, a punchy set of flying reels, hearty call-and-response singing and, most importantly, cracking tunes. Happily Têtu (Headstrong) picks up where its predecessor left off. The songs just fly past, concerning love, folklore, politics and the celebration of Francophone culture in particular, as on ‘Confédération’. What stands out about the music of this band of longstanding is its power and vitality. Québec couldn’t hope for better advocates of its folk music.”

— Tim Woodall     ‘s Top of the world selection #77, SONGLINE MAGAZINE (UK)
To read the feature on JULY 2015 issue

A true reflection of their high energy and infectious live performances. Thank goodness for the excellent booklet, as there are explanations of the meanings of the songs. There are cheery songs about death, desertion, a werewolf, orphans and more death.”

— Dave Beeby, THE LIVING TRADITION (July 2015)

Têtu is a playful and varied album that persistently demands attention and leave a positive feelgood feeling all over the body.”

(Lira Likes selection) Lars Fahlin, LIRA MAGAZINE (Sweden)

Têtu’ (Determined) is Quebecois four-piece Le Vent du Nord’s eight album, and one that sees the band play to, and develop, existing and new strengths. If you have heard the band, live or on record, you will know the sound, the instrumentation, and the often-astounding togetherness of the band. Indeed this is what they have built their legend on. If you are new to the band, as indeed I am, ‘Tetu’ is the type of record which will make you want to find out more about them (…) a group who really work together on all fronts. A delight.”

– Gideon ThomasFOLK ALLEY (USA)

The title of Quebecois group and Celtic Connections favourites Le Vent du Nord’s eighth album translates as stubborn or obstinate. To these definitions it seems reasonable to add cheerfully stoic and exultantly defiant, as the quartet present songs, all sung in French, conveying tragedy, disappointment, revenge and betrayal with a celebratory air, borne on eminently danceable tunes and generally kicked along by the clip-clop time-keeping of Olivier Demers’s foot-work. The marvellous character of their voices in their trademark call and response style may hint at darker forces but aided by arrangements of fiddle, accordion, hurdy-gurdy et al, which on Confederation become gorgeously symphonic, this is uplifting music by any standard and might even contain, dare one suggest, a radio hit in Forillon, a superbly catchy number about people being driven from their homes to create the titular national park.”

— Rob Adams, HERALD SCOTLAND (May 2015)

Commitment, consistency, and depth : There’s Le Vent’s characteristic tone, punctuated by a fluid, sophisticated swing… an album that truly follows in the footsteps of its older siblings, though the material is once again more beautiful than ever. A string quartet brings a classical touch to their sound, and some haunting drones are highlighted. The recording has more depth, the instruments being more sharply defined against the backdrop.

Yves Bernard, LE DEVOIR (April 2015, Quebec)

Tromper le temps – REVIEWS

” Le Vent du Nord are still going from strength to strength (…)  Impeccable musicianship, vocals and arrangements throughout, coupled with faultless production.”
— Jim Byrne, The Living Tradition (Issue 95, UK)

” Mention must be made of the vocal arrangements, which are full and rich throughout, whether on the call and response of ‘Le Diable et Le Fermier’, the cracking unison singing of ‘Le Vigneron’, or the blending of the two on ‘Le Dragon de Chimay’, one of the disc’s fiery highlights.  Possibly their best album to date, Tromper le Temps amply demonstrates what the fuss is about.”
— ★ ★ ★ ★ Oz Hardwick, R2 MAGAZINE (UK, 2013)

“Le Vent du Nord are among Quebec’s premier exporters of exquisite music and fine showmanship, the live energy of which can be tricky to encapsulate on a CD, but TLT comes as close as anything probably could. It’s most definitely the strongest CD they’ve yet released with their current lineup and is a contender for their best yet with any lineup (thankfully, no one’s forcing me to choose a favorite).”
— Megan Romer, WORLDMUSIC.about.com (USA)

” Le Vent du Nord are clearly not short of inspiration. The Québec quartet’s infectious take on French-Canadian roots music has brought them worldwide attention and TLT finds them riding the crest of a wave.”
— Tim Woodall, SONGLINES MAGAZINE (#87’s  Top of the World choice 2012, UK)

“Le Vent du Nord have become “the leading exponents of Quebec’s culture.…the extraordinary TLT contains a wide range of musical influences echoing Le Vent du Nord’s love for traditional Quebecois and Celtic music.”

” I’m very excited, we have one of my favorite band in the world as my guest tonight: Le Vent du Nord.”
— Bruce Macgregor, BBC Radio Scotland (2012)

“Along the way there are plenty of tunes and songs from that deep well of Québécois memory, impeccably played and recorded, with unmistakeable soul and spirit.”

” Just between us, may we say that Le Vent du Nord is THE best traditional Francophone band in this country? “
— Pierre Therrien, RADIO-CANADA – Espace Musique (spring 2012)

” This album is another achievement from a high-quality traditional quartet (…) a cohesive playing style, a powerful groove, an almost rock attitude, the clarity of the voices, the accuracy of the instruments, the strength of the proposals, the realization of form. “
— Alain Brunet, LA PRESSE

“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 ”

“You’re forgiven if you start lacing up your Doc Martens upon hearing the penultimate track on Tromper le Temps, the latest album by Canadian folk outfit Le Vent du Nord. Before a chord is struck or a verse sung, the listener is treated to the always ominous sound of jackboots hitting terra firma, immediately calling to mind the iconic volley of fascist marching that kicks off the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks. But here, the hup-hup of feet pounding in lockstep is not followed by Johnny Rotten sneering “God Save the Queen”; it ain’t that kind of party. On the a capella “Le Diable et le Fermier” (The Devil and the Farmer), the Québécois quartet sounds like it’s storming the Bastille with a traditional political song (sung, of course, en Français) that envisions the devil as a greedy landowner. Needless to say, Le Vent du Nord are custom-made for Eugene audiences, who are as equally conversant with metal and hip hop as they are with the mighty wind of Irish neo-folk: These four young men, versed in such unplugged instruments as the hurdy gurdy, bouzouki and something called a diatonic button accordion, have taken Celtic music filtered through the Québécois tradition and hopped it up with vitality and innovation.”

“After the symphonic album, the quartet returns with an intimate conclusion to a decade of consistency and cohesion (…) Over the last three years, the guys at Vent have become more incisive and, for this seventh album, have taken it one step further, in a grittier and wilder, but also more sophisticated, direction. They dance between verses, take on Cajun airs, set free marvelous strings in a lament and end in a lullaby. In its contrasts, this album beautifully embodies the classic traditional music of the 2010s.”
— Yves Bernard, LE DEVOIR

“Do all your songs have such fascinating stories? “
— Catherine Perrin, Première Chaîne RADIO-CANADA

“A forceful wind (…) a piece of work infused with the serenity, symbiosis and friendship that now exists within this seasoned quartet. “
— Ralph Boncy, ESPACE.MU


* translated from French by Marie Mello & François Couture