Dominique Dupuis

Dominique Dupuis


A blend of Acadian, Celtic and Contemporary music in a modern interpretation of folk music from here and afar, seasoned with the flavour of the day, includinding electric guitar riffs intertwined with jigs


Dominique Dupuis - BiographyAt seven years old, Dominique Dupuis decides that she wants to play violin. “The violin is the instrument that is most alive; fiddlers made the people dance.” Dominique’s charm and the passion she has for the instrument that she plays with such enthusiasm and energy are very much a part of her entire personality. The talent of this 21 year old, originally from Memramcook, in South-Eastern New Brunswick, was apparent from early on, when she studied both traditional and classical violin. “I really loved classical violin and it taught me so much. With proper technique, you can produce unimaginable sounds.” Within three years of playing the violin, she was learning tunes not only by note, but by ear. By buying incredible jazz-violinist Stéphane Grappelli’s recordings, she discovered how much jazz violin shows a wide range of emotion and how she could do the same with her instrument. A venturesome go-getter, Dominique took her first steps as an artist on stage at the Pays de la Sagouine, in Bouctouche, when she was barely nine years old. At 12, she performed during the opening ceremonies of the Festival International de Louisiane, in Lafayette. In 2000, she released her first album, Le bonheur des coups d’archet, followed in 2002 by Sans relâche. It was in the summer of 2002 that Dominique made her début in Europe. She performed on stage in Switzerland at the Festival de la Cité, in Lausanne, as well as at the Expo ’02, in Yverdon-des-Bains. She ended the summer with a mini-tour in France. 2002 also marked the beginning of a long relationship between the then 15 year old and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, in Brittany. During that tour, she also performed at the Festival de la Saint-Loup et de la Danse Bretonne in Guingamp, at the Déferlantes francophones in Capbreton, as well as at the Festival Acadie en Ré in Saint-Martin de Ré. In the fall of 2003, she won the hearts of Quebeckers when she performed in Sherbrooke, Granby and Drummondville.While Acadie was celebrating its 400th birthday in 2004, this young virtuoso was at a turning point in her career. At only 17, she was hailed by the French media as the young ambassador of charm of l’Acadie. She kicked off the year with a series of 14 shows stretched on a three-week period in France and Belgium. She then gave a radiant and magnificent performance before a crowd of 55,000 at the Stade de France, during la Nuit Celtique. In August, she returned to the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, where she was named “the revelation of the 34th edition”. She then returned to the festival in 2005, 2006, 2007, and again in 2008 as the star of l’Acadie and was hailed “the Celtic Nation’s Young Fiancée”.Still in 2004, the young violinist brought her music from Acadie to Italy, in the Aosta Valley, during the festival CELTICA, as well as at the Festival VISA Francophone, in Villefranche de Rouergue in France. She also took part in the closing ceremonies of the Congrès mondial des acadiens on August 15 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in front of more than 10,000 spectators; this mega-concert was nationally broadcasted on Radio-Canada.A young career already well-rewarded  Dominique Dupuis collected many prizes as the years went by. In 2002, she received the prix Acadie-Rideau during the FrancoFête Dieppe-Moncton and therefore earned a spot to perform at the Bourse Rideau in Québec City, in 2003. That same year, her piece The Hurricane was crowned Instrumental piece of the year at the Gala des Prix Étoiles de l’ARCANB. She was also nominated as Instrumental Artist of the year at the ECMA in 2003. In 2005, her showcase at the FrancoFête Dieppe-Moncton was voted best showcase and enabled her to travel to Rimouski for ROSEQ.Her experience on stage is not only that of a solo artist: Dominique shared her talent with the musicians of Vishten in 2003. With them, she performed in France, Ottawa, Gaspésie, Magdalene Islands, Michigan, California, Massachusetts and at the Lincoln Centre in New York. Dominique was also a member of Shaïda, Clearwater (Garth Brooks Tribute Tour), Harmonie, and Image. The young virtuoso took part in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships and shared the stage with many artists, such as Rawlins Cross, Carlos Nuñez, Marie-Jo Thério, Zachary Richard, Suroît, Danny Boudreau, Bois-Joli, Les Méchants Maquereaux, Grand Dérangement, and many more. This young woman continues to leave her mark everywhere she goes, from Québec to Ontario, from the United States to Europe. Whether for community events or before huge crowds at mega-concerts, Dominique plays to see spectators’ smiling faces. “I play aggressively on stage and on top of that, I carry emotions; it has a lot to do with intimacy: when you feel the people’s warmth, you feel the emotion and it comes across, without even thinking about it.”Dominique Dupuis’ career has never ceased to blossom. After completing her second year of university, she traveled to France in June 2007 wh


Bourrasque  Sans relâcheLe bonheur des coups d'archet

Set List

Following is a typical set list.  The pieces are all fromm the latest album.  The sets are between 45 to 90 minutes depending on the showSay Old ManSet à Barbara Piper Drive     Jack Daniel’s  Le jardinier du couvent Du Lac   Graffiti  Gravelwalk   First Kiss   Village du Bois  Triskel    Bourrasque  Set à Daisy