Stéphanie Lépine

Lanaudière, Quebec

A talented violinist for over 20 years, she was born and still evolves in a family of musicians. She attended college in classical music and honed her training with renowned Irish violinist Kevin Burke and ethnomusicologist and musician Lisa Ornstein.

She is a founding member of the traditional music group La Galvaude which had its heyday in the 90s. Later, she also participated in the formation of the group Norouet. The second album of this quartet titled N2 found itself among the five best records of music in the world in 2009 according to the newspaper Le Devoir.

In May 2015, Stéphanie offers her first solo album La Grande Ligne composed of traditional tunes from her family repertoire and the great fiddlers who popularized the game of Quebecois violin in the 20th century. Also in May 2015, it is alongside talented multi-instrumentalist Jean-François Branchaud (La Bottine Souriante) that Stephanie forged and recorded the album Habillés en propre bringing together songs and instrumental suites extracted from the Quebec repertoire and some overseas sea.

Always on the lookout for valuable repertoire and unparalleled work rigor, Stéphanie trained with Pierre Chartrand and Éric Favreau in 2012 to enhance her knowledge of Quebec’s dance music repertoire. Wanting to share the cultural heritage that is traditional Quebec music, it is alongside his groups La Galvaude and NorouetÉric Beaudry, and violinist André Brunet, that she founded in 2008 the Camp Violon Trad Québec in Lanaudière

Organizer and teacher since 2008 at Camp Violon Trad Québec, professor of violin staged for eight years at CRAPO, private lessons for over 20 years … These are just a few strings from the immense talent of Stéphanie who continue to charm her entourage.

Pascal Gemme

Farnham, Quebec

Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene. Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries.

From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec. Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.

Pascal is now as much in demand as a teacher as a performer. He has been teaching weekly at the Ecole des Arts de la Veillée in Montreal since 2003, as well as at music workshops and master classes around the world, including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick (Ireland), the Goderich Celtic College (Ontario - Canada), The festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend (Washington - USA), the Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp (California - USA) and recently the Quasitrad music camp (Australia).

Pascal also works as a music producer, with his CD, “L’Amant Confesseur” nominated for a Canadian Folk award, as a studio musician, and recently,  as the  artistic director of the Sutton Fiddle festival, QC.

Stéphanie Labbé

Drummondville, Quebec

Originating from Thetford Mines, Québec, Stéphanie has been playing violin since the age of three and has studied under Henri Landry. She has received degrees in Classical, popular and traditional styles of fiddling and received her BA in Music Instruction from UQAM and in 2019 a Masters degree in teaching music.

Since 1992, she has toured Europe, the U.S., Canada and Asia with such greats as Edith Butler and Patrick Normand, Claire Pelletier, Chloe Sainte-Marie. When she's not doing a tour for other performers or doing a recording session or TV show, she travel around Canada, USA and Europe to do her own traditional show.

Her experience as an instructor at fiddle camps crosses all boundaries and her presence is prized due to her dedication and ability in sharing the Traditional “Québecois Style”. She was finalist in the 2002 CGM Fiddle Championships and participated few more times after that. In 2011, she founded the school «École TRAD» dedicated to teaching traditional Quebec fiddle music. Having released 4 solo fiddle albums, Stephanie is working on a new one at this time.

David Boulanger

Saint-Hubert, Quebec

David is best known as a member of the legendary Québécois folk  big band "La Bottine Souriante", which has been touring the world for almost 40 years now.

David is a highly respected fiddler, foot-tapper, singer, composer and arranger from Montréal. He has been performing for several years with LaBottine Souriante – the epic grand trad band of Québec presenting music from Québec with a brass section, which has included releasing the much praised album, “Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée”. This album was nominated in the category “group of the year” in the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2012.

Born in Saint-Hubert, in Montérégie, David starts to play the violin at eight years old. It is during his teenage years that he finds a passion for Québec traditional music. Always increasing, this passion leads David on the big professional stages at the beginning of his 20s with La Part du Quêteux, a band with which he records two album including one that was rewarded as « Best Album – Traditional » at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  Later, he joins the epic Québec trad big band La Bottine Souriante, the two international projects Maja & David and COEFF 4 and recently, he gathers with his long time friends in De Temps Antan. David is also acknowledged for his music composition that can be heard in « Timber! » from Cirque Alfonse and for the original sound track of « Quand ferme l’Usine », a movie from the director Simon Rodrigue. Being a true passionate about Québec traditional music, and wanting to share his knowledge about it, he caries a unique repertoire that one can hear wherever David goes.