Beer: Acadian Groove by Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery Style: Canadian Maple Porter ABV: 10% Pairing: An Acadian inspired music playlist
About the Beer
Acadian Groove received a 98% on rate beer. I would have to completely agree. A perfect blend of maple and vanilla throughout. If you dare put it on vanilla ice-cream, I would call you a hero. If you can still find it at your local LCBO, please treat yourself to one of my favorites this year. With the sugar shack season upon us, you will not find another beer as perfect to bring along your snowshoe adventures into our Ontario maple forests.
For those of you that know me, I’m a proud Acadian. When I saw the beer on the shelf, no price point would have been able to stop me running to the cash, purchasing said beer and hugging it like a long lost Acadian family member.
Growing up in New Brunswick, I know how deeply the music roots reach down in our hard fought soil. I would marvel at my great grand uncles tap their feet as they gleefully played the violins to get everyone dancing at our family reunions.
But the thing is about roots, they usually grow out of the soil and spring up all these branches. Each branch having its own beauty. So is the musical diversity in the Acadian contemporary music scene. From Cayouche with his “of the people’ brand of folk to Les Paiens with their fusion post rock grooves that have inspired many Acadian musicians to explore all musical avenues.
This all brings me to our featured group. You couldn’t ask for a better Acadian Groove than anything that Radio Radio can produce. Radio Radio continues to have amazing success rhyming in both our official languages and will be playing at Ritual Night Club March 4th with opening act Alex Silas. A must see show!
Radio Radio “Ej Feel Zoo” and their new single “My Dance Floor”
Try not to dance… IMPOSSIBLE!
Zero Degré Celsius “Marie-Madelon”
Gab from Radio Radio used to DJ for Zero Degré Celsius.
Joseph Edgar accompagné de Radio Radio “Espionne russe”
Joseph Edgar was the lead singer for the above mentioned Zero Degré Celsius. Full circle!!
Les Païens “Le Phare”
I’ve had the pleasure to share a stage with them many times. Their ability to improvise and write amazing music have inspired many.
Wanabi Farmeur “Blowé ma cage”
Featuring current and ex Les Paiens members, Wanabi Farmeur have a worldly sound that Mathieu D’Astous and Ginette Ahier have masterfully crafted.
Mathieu D’Astous “Derniere messagere”
Before Wanabi Farmeur, Mathieu amassed a significant number of songs under his belt. This is one of my favorites.
Michel Thériault “Rose-Marie”
I personally played a few live shows with Michel as his percussionist. Lyrically, Michel is one of our best.
Lisa LeBlanc “Kraft Dinner”
Kraft Dinner and Acadian steaks (fried baloney) makes me miss home. Lisa Leblanc makes Kraft Dinner sound appetizing with her sultry voice.
Les Hay Babies “Néguac and Back”
This song reminds me of all the little road trips we would do to see the ladies of another part of New Brunswick. All those miles for different smiles.
The Divorcees “Red Haired Red Blooded Woman”
This song is about a girl I went to school with. We both shared the ginger jokes pelted our way. The bassist of the Divorcees was one of the ones making fun of us… In the most loving way of course. #WordsHurt 😉
Hert LeBlanc “Su La Ligne A Harde”
What I do miss from home the most is the vast diversity of accents from village to village. Hard press to not hear a song like this one in each town blaring out of cars doing “ups and downs”.
Cayouche “Export A”
This larger than life hippie has been making Acadians happy for over 30 years.
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On Wednesday April 1, a crowd of people gathered to witness the exceptional talents of Acadian “trash folk” artist Lisa LeBlanc at The Record Centre. I had heard a lot of good things about LeBlanc over the last few years, mainly how her French songs have resonated strongly with many Franco-Canadians since her debut in 2012, and that her fully English EP from last year is being just as well-received with Anglophones.
As Ottawa’s music scene continues to find new homes in venues like House of TARG, Pressed Café, Gabba Hey! and LIVE on Elgin, another somewhat unconventional venue has emerged in Hintonburg. The Record Centre has quickly become known as one of the best record stores in Eastern Ontario since opening in August 2012. You won’t find many places in Ottawa that offer such a selection of quality records, turntables, and accessories. If you’ve ever had the chance to go you might agree it’s easy to fall in love with it. It’s heaven for music lovers — you want to stay for hours, even days.
The wall of equipment at The Record Centre (photo: Facebook)
The Record Centre has quietly made a name for itself as a really cool spot to see live, intimate sessions. The newly renovated space has hosted a few great shows recently, including the “Hintonburg Hang” featuring Jim Bryson, Future States, and Silver Creek during the inaugural three-day MEGAPHONO Festival. One gets the sense that this is just the beginning, with each session drawing more and more people into the room.
When it comes to raw, foot-stomping folk, it’s hard to think of others who do it better than Lisa LeBlanc. She wrote her first composition when she was 15 years old, singing in both French and English (and sometimes Franglish) while blending powerful and intelligent lyrics with incredibly technical instrumentation. She played an intimate set in the afternoon before her late show at Ritual Nightclub.
It’s all fun and games with LeBlanc. As she finished up soundcheck, the atmosphere was relaxed and smiles filled the room. With the spring sun shining bright, the trio of LeBlanc and her two companions filled the store with tunes. The set was a great mix of French songs off her 2012 self-titled debut album and English songs off Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted. They kicked things off with the ferociously upbeat tracks “Gold Diggin’ Hoedown” and “Cerveau ramolli,” and LeBlanc showed off her banjo skills, making it look like the easiest instrument in the world to play. Her fast-moving fingers and raspy, explosive vocals had the crowd in awe.
I met owner John Thompson at the show with my new purchase of The Black Lips self-titled in-hand. John is unlike many jaded record store employees, not unlike those you might have seen in the movie High Fidelity. He’s a mild-mannered, genuinely nice guy who is clearly still excited about music and the live experience. When speaking to him, he was almost lost for words as dozens of us gathered between the record shelves to catch a glimpse of Leblanc. “I was hoping a few people would show up on a Wednesday afternoon, but this is amazing,” he said. Well John, you’re onto something here.
The short set also contained a few other songs including “J’pas un cowboy,” which saw the drummer put down his sticks and pick up a couple of wooden spoons. This came as a surprise to LeBlanc as she looked back at him with a huge smile. The spoons sounded like horse trots, which seemed appropriate given the song title. Things ended off with my favourite song off the new album “You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)”, which you can watch below.
The smell of your old cigarettes has stayed on my coat And even though I find it kinda gross, it somehow comforts me
The great thing about us is that we’re practically the same And you know that’s what scares me the most
My heart’s always traveled with me in my suitcase And I guess I don’t wanna see it ending up in yours
Well, you look like trouble But I guess I do too
You and I both know a gypsy’s heart can’t settle down So, if you don’t mind me asking, what do we do now?
Cuz I have to admit, even the highways don’t look the same Since you’ve been around
Well, you look like trouble But I guess I do too
Well, for some odd reason, I’d like you to be more than just another song to sing