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Bernard Adamus


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The least one can say about Bernard Adamus, who came to Montreal at the age of three from Poland, is that he definitely embraced his adopted city. Montreal's working-class neighbourhoods of Hochelaga, Centre-Sud and Rosemont have provided him with the urban material and folk heroes so central to his songwriting. Strongly influenced by jazz, Adamus first performed covers of that brand of true-to-life music before starting to write his own original true-to-life lyrics in French.

After performing under the name of Le Révérend for awhile, Adamus went back to his real name with the 2009 release of Brun, a moving and entertaining debut album that presented him as the missing link between such beloved Quebec voices as Plume Latraverse, Lucien Francoeur (from the Aut’Chose period) and Gatineau’s Séba. Celebrated as an instant public and critical success for his songs’ poetic contents and country-blues moods, Adamus garnered six of the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée’s 10 awards in the summer of 2009 and, in October of the same year, received SOCAN’s emerging Francophone songwriter award, the Prix Écho de la chanson, for his song “La question à 100 piasses” ("The Hundred-Dollar Question").

Adamus has recently been nominated, for the second year in a row, for Quebec’s premier songwriting award, the Prix Félix-Leclerc de la chanson, whose winner is unveiled June 16, 2011, as part of the FrancoFolies de Montréal festival.

Performances/news this month
July 14-16 - Yellowknife, NWT, Folk on the Rocks Festival


Brun (2009)
Rue Ontario (extrait, 2009)

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