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Les Soeurs Boulay

 

Les soeurs Boulay grew up in the Gaspé, riding in pickup trucks and ski-doo sleighs and listening to vinyl records. To understand why they are the way they are, we must turn to their father, who turned the record player into an alarm clock, and, armed with his VHS camera, always indulgent, posed as their first audience. We must turn to Michèle Lee Richard, who at some point knocked at the Boulays’ door and taught the youngest how to sing; that same year, little Mélanie performed in front of a (real) audience – and at six hundred people at that – for the first time in her life, wearing her mother’s high-heeled shoes (which were way too big, but that’s how the six-year-old wanted it). We must also turn to a choir whose average age is in the forties, Clé de Sol, who let the 10 and 13-year-old rascals sing with them. We must finally turn to their mother, who always supported them, even in ordinary times. We must finally turn to the established artists, who, with blind trust, accepted to lend them their stage.

After a few years of wandering, performing as background singers or solo artists, the two sisters, by chance and for fun (as well as for comfort, after all, they were hung over), decided to become a duet. From that moment, everything happened very quickly: from producing their first EP (produced by Éric Goulet and released in February 2012) to winning the Francouvertes's first prize; singing at the FrancoFolies de Montréal, Festival d’été of Quebec, Osheaga, Printemps de Bourges and at the Francofolies of Larochelle, FrancoFolies de Spa.

In 2013, following their first album’s release, Le poids des confettis, Les sœurs Boulay won 2 ADISQ Félix awards for Folk album of the year and Best New Artist, as well as 2 GAMIQ awards for Folk Album of the Year and Artist of the Year. Le poids des confettis, a collaboration with Philippe B, consists of poignant, frank pieces wrapped in mixed colours, sometimes pastels, sometimes dark hues. It offers words of nostalgia. Words of assumed madness. Words of parties and gloomy morning-afters. Words of love, or something like it. Words of two sisters lost in a city looking for a tree, for a guy willing to swim in cold water, and for true friendships – the ones that can be found in empty liquor bottles, in deflated balloons, and in old yellowed pictures.

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