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Meteghan, Nova Scotia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1994 | MAJOR | AFM

Meteghan, Nova Scotia, Canada | MAJOR | AFM
Established on Jan, 1994
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Jul
15
BLOU @ Festival des pêches - Pageant

Shippagan, New Brunswick, Canada

Shippagan, New Brunswick, Canada

Jun
01
BLOU @ Private function

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Feb
04
BLOU @ Columbus Communty Center

Prince george, British Columbia, Canada

Prince george, British Columbia, Canada

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Thursday, December 30, 2004 The Halifax Herald Limited

The 2004
Honour Roll
Many talented members of our arts community took giant steps forward this year. As the new year begins, here are some people we want to recognize for their stellar contribution to our entertainment scene. They're bound to make a difference in the coming years.

BLOU

Blou maintained its position as the playing-est Acadian band in the world for the fifth year in a row with 175 shows from Church Point to China in 2004.

With a multiplying fan base in Denmark and France as well as China, (and also including Italy and Germany), Blou drew huge audiences abroad this year and sold a lot of CDs.
Here at home Patrice Bouliane, Kevan Corbett, Sean Kemp and René LeBlanc played all over Atlantic Canada including 16 days straight in Nova Scotia celebrating the Congrés Mondial Acadien festival (Aug. 1-15).

It is the band's 10th anniversary in a year which also saw it win the francophone group of the year award at the 2004 ECMAs (winning it before in 1999), where it was also nominated entertainer of the year - the first such Acadian band to be thus honoured.
Earlier this month Blou was nominated 2005 ECMA folk-traditional group of the year, and in November the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia named it top francophone artist.

Adding a Parliament Hill appearance on Canada Day, which gave the band a national TV profile, Blou finished 2004 with two shows at the Newfoundland Arts and Culture Centre Dec. 9-10.

Having taken some time off for Christmas, Blou will now prepare for the recording of its fourth CD.

- Chronicle Herald


TATTLER

By ANDREA NEMETZ Entertainment Reporter
Blou’s Christmas CD golden in Canada
Nova Scotian Acadian group Blou’s Christmas mini disc Tringgle has been certified gold in Canada.
Founder Patrice Boulianne will receive his gold record in Montreal on Dec. 13, during his performance at the famed Kola Note. Blou is the first francophone artist from Nova Scotia to receive such an honour for a mini-disc, says the group’s management company À l’infini communications in a news release.
Tringgle, released in November, was produced by Toby Gendron (Éric Lapointe, Sylvain Cossette, Luce Dufault) and also includes the participation of the multi-instrumentalist Jeff Smallwood (who has toured extensively with Roch Voisine).
The two-time East Coast Music Award winning performers from Church Point (1999 and 2004 francophone album of the year) have performed in over 2,500 shows in 25 countries in the last 12 years.
Shows are scheduled in Quebec throughout December and in Ottawa in January.

- Chronicel Herald 2006


So you think that James Brown, Tina Turner and Rockin' Dopsie Jr. are hard working stage performers -- well how about Blou? What? You never heard of Blou (pronounced ~Blue). I've been waiting to here this group in person for quite some time. Blou is from Canada -- actually Nova Scotia. They have been together six or seven years playing Cajun and Zydeco covers plus French folk-rock mixing Motown and traditional Acadian tunes. In 1999 they won the coveted East Coast Music Award for "Francophone Recording of the Year" as well as the Eloize Winner of "Artist of The Year", and have traveled extensively in North America and Europe, unfortunately, with too few US performances. This year they are a 2001 East Coast Music Awards nominee for "Francophone Recording of the Year" and for "Group Roots/Traditional of the Year." During this trip to Europe they are performing in Holland, Belgium and France. Later this year all over Canada, and back to Europe two more times. Their powerful rhythms and stage presence captivated the crowd. When they finished the set -- they were cheered and were thoroughly soaked with perspiration - especially the charismatic leader -- Patrice Boulianne. . It was an extraordinary performance; one capable of headlining a large stadium event. On their Holland tour, at a jazz festival in Breda, they appeared before 50,000 appreciative fans and infecting even more with the Zydeco portion of their performance.. If you ever have the chance, this band is also a "must see group."


By Gary Hayman (Zydeco e-magazine). - Zydeco e-magazine


«BLOU, whose second album is titled RYTHM'N BLOU...As the title suggests, they perform music based on their Acadian French heritage but also influenced by American blues and rock. All the music is well played on accordion, guitars, fiddle and mandolin, with the occasional harmonica. The result is an appealing mixture of Celtic, French and Louisiana style. Traditional music fans will enjoy version of French songs «Pique la baleine» and «Passant par Paris», as well as a frenetic take on a tune they call «Reel de la Nouvelle-Écosse»...On this CD, song like «Murmures», where these guys are obviously being themselves and playing from the heart, stand out as the best of a very good bunch."


Steve Winick, Dirty Linen USA - Dirty Linen


«Although they do well with their Cajun-zydeco covers, their strength lies in their infectious French folk-rock originals, featuring well enunciated vocals, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, and testosterone-less guitar playing. Additionally, there's related Celtic material that's superbly done, indicating they're the rare breed that can do it all.»


Dan Willging, Dirty Linen Magazin - Dirty Linen


«Ten years, a long list of accolades and fond fan memories later BLOU shows no signs of slowing down. So, why don't you speed up and discover Acadico. I mean, you and I may not have thought mixing Motown and traditional Acadian tunes together would sound so sweet. But fortunately someone did. Thank you BLOU!»


Russ LeBlanc, MTT MediaPipe - MTT MediaPipe


Discography

Acadico: 1998
Rythm'N BLOU: 2000
BLOU, BLANC, ROUGE: 2003
Pied-a-terre: 2006
Tringgle - 2006 - GOLD CERTIFIED IN CANADA
Nol Blou - 2008

Radio Airplay tunes:
- Come away cafe
- La mer
- Je suis Acadie
- Gigue d'automne
- En plein milieu de nulle part
- Two step en Acadie
- Rasin Bran
- Bloody creek
- La voix du large
- UJ Stomp
- Tu m'as fait brailler
- Louis
- La Folie
- Histoire D'antan
- Le pre nol c'est un acadien
- Nol Blou
- Dans le silence de la nuit

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Awards and honors
ECMA 2012 Award winner for "Entertainer of the year - fans choice".
ECMA 2010 Award winner for francophone recording of the year ,
ECMA 2009 Award winner for francophone recording of the year ,
ECMA 2007 Award winner for francophone recording of the year ,
Canadian Gold record for the album TRINGGLE,
2006 Nova Scotia Music Award winner for francophone artist of the year ,
PUBLIC AWARD 2005 award winner at the Shanghai Music Festival, China,
2004 Nova Scotia Music Award winner for francophone artist of the year ,,
ECMA 2004 Award winner for francophone recording of the year ,
2003 Nova Scotia Music Award winner for francophone artist of the year ,,,
Grand Pr price 2003 Award Winner,
ZOF-PassepArt-TV5 2003 Award winner for "Francophone Canadian artist work on the international market".
loize 2002 Award Winner Artist most recognized outside Acadie ,
loize 1999 Award Winner Artist of the year ,
ECMA 1999 Award winner for francophone recording of the year ,
1994 Awards Winner in categories; best song "La folie", auteur-compositeur-interprte and public award at Gala provincial de la chanson de la Nouvelle-cosse,
1994 Award Winner for the best song"La mlodie" at the Gala de la chanson du festival de Caraquet, Nouveau-Brunswick.

From Marc Escarbot Theatre in Church Point, Nova Scotia to the International Festival of Shanghai, BLOU does not cease sowing its unique style of music. We had to invent a word to describe it - ACADICO. As a hurricane, BLOU was born in Nova Scotia in 1994. The Acadian people fell in love with the sound right away. The origin of the name BLOU comes from an aboriginal man who lived at the end of the street where BLOU resides, "L'Alle des Blou".

BLOU's history started in 1994 with LE GALA DE LA CHANSON DE LA NOUVELLE-COSSE where BLOU won three prizes; Chanson prime pour LA FOLIE (Best Song), singer-songwriter award and the peoples choice award. The first challenge for BLOU was a show designed for the acadian young people. The show was called 'VOYAGE THRU ACADIE' and was applauded by more than 12 000 students of the Atlantic provinces.

The show for young public continued and gradually were added cultural centres, festivals, special events, cabarets, bars and other cultural places in Acadie.

In 1998 BLOU self-produced its first opus and selected the title - ACADICO. The disc was published under independent label and is still a great success in the Atlantic provinces to this day.

In 1999 BLOU's career took another turn. BLOU collects a horde of prizes for its first recording: winning an ECMA Award for "FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR" and the loizes prize for "ARTIST OF THE YEAR".

It was also during this same year that BLOU decided to forces with the young but ambtious managment team " l'infini communications" from Trois-Rivire Qubec. With the coming of the new millenium, BLOU's first album is distibuted by the European distribution company 'L'autre distribution' who worked hard on the making the CD available across FRANCE, BELGIUM, SWITZERLAND and SPAIN. This allowed BLOU to become the first Acadian artist from Nova Scotia to have a European distribution.

In 2000, BLOU evolved. More energetic than ever, the second disc, RYTHM' N BLOU, explored various topics from love to a Saturday night dance. Collecting several prizes such as loizes for "ARTIST MOST RECOGNIZED OUTSIDE ACADIE" and recieving several nominations from the TOILE AWARDS for "ALBUM OF THE YEAR", "GROUP/ARTIST OF THE YEAR" and for "FOLK ARTIST OF THE YEAR". BLOU also received nominations at the Music Industry of Nova Scotia for "GROUP/ARTIST OF THE YEAR" and was among the finalists for BEST ACADIAN SONG OF THE YEAR on the French network of CBC Atlantic Radio-Canada.

BLOU is still indisputably on the road towards bigger success. Taking part in several international events. Recognized in the French-speaking communities as well as the a

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