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In 1998, Dany Placard released a first, self-produced album titled L'Agent Placard. His next two albums, released under the name of Plywood 3/4, were followed with two country/rock/brass band albums, a 2002 self-titled opus, and the 2004 Beauté mécanique album. In 2005, Placard released his first solo effort, Rang de l'église, to critical and public acclaim.

In 2008, Placard produced his most accomplished album to date, Raccourci, which deals with the themes of loneliness, long-distance love and the need to escape from the city. A collective work featuring folk-like string arrangements over a rich brass background that could be the soundtrack for a road-trip movie, this album recaptures some of the chemistry that characterised Placard’s earlier Plywood 3/4 releases.

In 2009, Placard put his amplifiers away and, with musician Toots Macbeth on dobro and banjo, devised a new CD-DVD project revisiting titles from Plywood 3/4 albums, from two Dany Placard releases and from the Hudon-Placard collaboration in the rural folk style of the 1920s and 1930s. Placard-Macbeth, planned as a sonic and visual documentary on Dany Placard’s early universe, was recorded live in six Quebec venues and in an Eastern Townships studio.

In 2010, Placard surprised his fans with a more pop/rock sounding third opus, Placard, that tells the stories of ten different women. In this collection, Placard’s raw poetry depicts the adventures of likeable characters going through a difficult stretch and being torn between life and death, love and pain, misery and happiness. They include Julie the junkie, a blind woman named Annie, the fallen rock star Lisa, the ex-model Margo and the widow Henriette.

Awards and Distinctions
* Winner of the 2008 GAMIC (Quebec Indie Music) award for country/folk album of the year for Raccourci
* Nominated for the 2008 GAMIC award for songwriter of the year

* Coup de Cœur Francophone (2009, 2005, 2003)
* FrancoFolies de Montréal (2009, 2008, 2006, 2005)
* Festival d'été de Québec (2009)
* Festival International de la Chanson de Granby (2008)
* Festival de Musique Émergente (2006, 2005)
* Vues sur la Relève (2004)

Performances/news this month
Oct. 16 - Val-David, QC, Le Mouton Noir
Nov. 5 - Laval, QC, Café Art-Java
Nov. 9-10 - Montreal, L'Escogriffe
Nov. 12 – Quebec City, QC, Café Bar L'Agitée
Nov. 13 – Chicoutimi, QC, Le Bunker


Placard (2010)
Placard-Macbeth (2009)
Raccourci (2008)
Rang de l'église (2005)

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