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Bernard Simard

, québec traditional singer

Bernard Simard was a founding member of La Bottine Souriante, and performed with the group from 1983 to 1987. He has subsequently roamed the world with, among many other groups, Les Clochards Célestes, the dance troupe Migration, the Sherbrooke-based Matante Alys, Nuked from Brittany, Manigance, Matawin, Tabarnak, Ben Embelle, Les P’tits Bûcheux, La Tuque Bleue, Les Lutins Sans Lutrins, and Gwazigan, while also exploring various folk traditions and the repertoire of traditional sailor songs with the Breton group Cabestan.

Since 2002 he has been playing with Le Vent du Nord at major folk festivals in the USA, including those of Chicago, Burlington, and several other eastern cities, and at Sebastopol in California. A cross-Canada tour brought him to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, and Ottawa, while in Quebec he has performed at several presti-gious festivals such as St-Jean-Port-Joli, Montmagny, and Les Francofolies de Montréal.

He is a popular and frequently heard performer on Radio-Canada and the CBC. Bernard Simard recently joined Michel Bordeleau, Pierre Laporte, and Normand Miron, all three of whom are well-known in the world of traditional music, as a mem-ber of the group Le Trio à Quatre. He perseveres in his work of interpreting and renew-ing the traditional music of Quebec.

Que le yable les emporte
November, 2005