2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival starts today with La Bottine Souriante!

The 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival kicks off today with a concert held in co-operation with the Festival de la Francophonie. La Bottine Souriante take to the stage at 7:30.  Join us at 6:30 for a pre-show concert by Ottawa’s Craig Pedersen and Bean Trio!

If you’re still hungry for more, Craig Jones will be leading the RCHA Jazz Jam from 8:30-12!

La Bottine Souriante

June 14 | 7:30pm
Regina Rosen Auditorium, Grand Theatre

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Grand Theatre Presents La Bottine Souriante, in association with Festival de la Francophonie
With a full brass section, accordions, strings and lots of foot-stomping, the frenetic energy of this legendary ensemble fuses traditional French folk music with salsa, jazz and its own salute to Québec. This show is great for audience members of all ages and is guaranteed to be a chance to celebrate the opening of the Kingston Jazz Festival with a kitchen dance party on the Grand stage.

La Bottine Souriante first appeared on the Québec music scene in 1976 and is a living legend of French North American roots music. In over twenty five years, this remarkable group has released twelve albums, four of which are certified Gold (meaning that over 50,000 copies have been sold) and three Platinum (over 100,000 sold). In 2001, they also released a musical anthology to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Altogether, they have sold over half a million albums! The group has won dozens of awards and headlined festivals around the world. La Bottine Souriante is no longer simply a Québécois/Canadian musical phenomenon. The group and their explosive sound have crossed borders the world over and left in their wake countless enchanted audiences. The group has developed a distinctive sound that successfully allies its homage to tradition with a dash of jazz, salsa and pure folk, while at the same time perfectly representing the symbol of vitality and pride of its mother culture. In addition, the music identifies strongly with the current World Music movement.

La Bottine has developed an exceptionally tight, cohesive sound, with their unique flavour of celebratory music. These two elements, music and celebration, characterised by pulsating rhythm, breathtaking sound, and exuberant spirit, have been inseparable. And it is directly into this turbulent energy that La Bottine Souriante sweeps its rapturous public. It is no wonder that the US-based Dirty Linen magazine has proclaimed La Bottine “The best band in the world”!