In Montreal for the Coup de coeur Festival

I’m playing tonight (November 10, 2011) at the Coup de coeur francophone Festival. If you happen to be in Montreal tonight, come down to Bistro In Vivo and enjoy the show. Starts at 9 PM with Eric Bélanger, followed by my band and I.

With me on stage are Joël Lavoie (bass), Ivan Burke (drums), and a killer horn section from Montreal: Matthieu Van Vliet and David Carbonneau (trombone and trumpet).

"Le monde à voir" wins a WCMA

Western Canadian Music AwardsI’m very happy to announce that my album has won Francophone Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

I just got back from Whitehorse, Yukon, where my band an I played two showcases in the Break Out West Festival. We also participated in a memorable performance during the Awards Show gala, where I was partnered with Peter Hannan (winner in the Classical Recording category), who made a superb arrangement of my song “Je veille”. The eclectic 10-piece orchestra featured trombone, trumpet, violin, lap steel, bass clarinette and iPad (yes, iPad).

An incredible evening could have concluded on that note, but a few minutes later I was in front of the crowd again at the Yukon Performing Arts Centre, accepting the prize. I am honoured to receive this recognition by my Western Canadian peers, and I accept this award with humility.

I would like to thank Galaxie, who presented the trophy as well as the monetary prize that comes with it. Also, thanks to Benoit Morier, my producer, and everyone who contributed to my album in on way or another… I share this recognition with you.

A huge thank you to my band (Joël Lavoie, Ivan Burke, Eric Burke, Audrey Ochoa and Doug Berner) who accompanied me this weekend.

WCMA Nomination

The album Le monde à voir has just been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Francophone Recording of the Year!

Le monde à voir on iTunes

Hey friends, I’m happy to say that the album is now on iTunes! Download your copy today!

Le monde à voir - Raphaël Freynet

CD Release in Montréal



CD Release in Winnipeg and Montreal

I’m very excited to announce the CD release dates in Winnipeg and in Montreal!

Winnipeg (presented by Le Festival du Voyageur)
Wednesday February 23, 2011, 5 PM
Jean-Paul-Aubry Hall (“Relais du Voyageur”), Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain (340 Provencher blvd.)

Montreal
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 5 PM
Le Verre Bouteille (2112 Mont-Royal East)

Both events will begin in early evening, with drinks and cocktails at…

CD release and Christmas draw!

Christmas is nearly upon us, and I’d like to offer you a chance to win a gift from me… Subscribe to my Mailing List (the form on the right), before January 10, for a chance to win a copy of my new album, Le monde à voir (limited, numbered edition).

(I use the mailing list mainly to let you in on shows and other exciting events… I try to keep my updates to a minimum, and not be too spammy. :))

On that note, THANK YOU to all who attended my album launch in Edmonton…

New Website

I’m happy to announce my website redesign! Among the cool new features:

The Store

Le monde à voir can now be ordered online, right here from my website… Numbered, limited edition copies will only be available for a little while! (When they’re gone, they’re gone!) Also available are T-shirts and my own roast of whole-bean coffee (fair-trade and organic). And soon, the album will also be available for download on iTunes.

Comments

I want to know what you think! Leave me a little note at the bottom about the new website, the album… um, your Christmas holidays…

Quebec and France Tour with Le Grand 8 (Part 1)

Now that the album is launched, I finally have time to reflect on my adventure in France with Le Grand 8, which ended in late November. Here’s a quick look back on what stood out for me during this trip.

“Le monde à voir” CD release

It will have been an eventful fall for me! A few weeks finishing the production of the album in Montreal, a few shows in Edmonton and Winnipeg, a few weeks on tour with “Le Grand 8” in France and in Quebec…

And now I’m really excited to announce that my album is ready!!!

I invite you to the Edmonton pre-launch on FRIDAY DECEMBER 10th at Studio 104 (La Cité, 8627 91 Street)…

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