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Genticorum bring traditional Québécois music to the Lyric Theatre on Nov. 23

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Twelve years ago, three young Canadian musicians discovered a shared interest in traditional Québécois and Irish music. After meeting frequently at the same parties, festivals, and live shows, the group decided to form their own band, and began sharing their love of traditional music with audiences across the country. Now, Genticorum has recorded four albums and have played close to 900 concerts over the past decade.



“We made a very good match from the beginning,” explained Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with the group. “We all enjoy each other's company, which is very important for a band. We enjoy the music that we play together, because it's our music. No one is hired to fill in just for the gig – it's our band, playing what we want, and that makes a big difference. Our music belongs to the three of us.”


Genticorum (which is Latin for 'Of The National Men') strive to share traditional  Québécois music, but also create their own new traditional sounds. Québécois music has a Celtic style, with the melodies and tunes taking roots in Irish and Scottish music. However, Québécois music features a Latin aspect, as well.

“All of this mixed over centuries gives us most of what we play,” noted de Grosbois-Garand. “It's like Latin music of the north. Since we are a Nordic nation, we have to keep warm during the long, cold winters with dancing, foot stomping, house parties, and story telling. It's good music, groovy music, and people seem to enjoy it.”


He added that it's not only Québécois audiences who appreciate the traditional style – Genticorum has developed a wide fan base across the globe. He loves seeing the great response from audiences, and loves performing onstage with the group.


“It's the best occasion for music to happen, to be there and have that communion with the audience and have the magic happen,” de Grosbois-Garand said. “People like the liveliness, the joie-de-vivre that this style of music has. Something about it really speaks to people, and they give us the same energy back.”


Although the songs are in the French tradition, the group works hard to make sure they entertain non-French speaking audiences, as well. Their shows feature a variety of high-energy songs mixed with some slower selections, as well.


“We try to create a different kind of ambiance,” explained de Grosbois-Garand. “We have only three members, but we play with a lot of instruments and make a lot of different sounds. It's kind of like a musical voyage into the universe of traditional music.”


Genticorum will be performing at the Lyric Theatre on Nov. 23 as part of the Blenders concert series. Tickets are only $30, and are available at Pharmasave or by contacting Shann at 306-778-2686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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