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10 Artists to Add to Your Playlist

10 Artists to Add to Your Playlist

Quebec is full of exceptional singers and musicians. Here in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, we’re blessed with some of the most talented among them. Whatever your preferred musical style, you’ll definitely find something you like in the great repertoire of music in this area.  We wanted to introduce—or reintroduce—a few of the region’s artists. The list could have been a lot longer, but, for starters, here are 10 musical artists from Abitibi-Témiscamingue to add to your playlist.

Zach Zoya

Zach Zoya comes from Rouyn-Noranda and is now an established rapper in Montréal. At the tender young age of 21, he’d already earned the moniker ‘Quebec’s Drake’. Perhaps you saw him performing in Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda last year at the FRIMAT and FME music festivals? Increasingly making a name for himself in the province, this young artist now has quite a few songs to his credit, including a mini-album with rapper High Klassified. His tunes have hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube.

Tip: Check out Who Dat

Lubik

Alexandre Picard, Jean-Sébastien Trudel, Christian Frenette, and Michael Neault formed the musical group Lubik in 2010. The rock band has made frequent appearances these past few years, at the Osisko en Lumières (2016) and FRIMAT (2017) music festivals to name a couple. Lubik’s made a name for themselves in Quebec. They were featured on Belle et Bum (Quebec TV show) and received three awards at the Dédé Fortin festival in 2014. Originally from La Sarre, the four band members flaunt their Abitibi pride, as evidenced in their piece Abitibi Power.

Tip: Have a listen to Laisse-toé aller

Vertige

Vertige is a four-member reggae-pop-alternative-type band. Originally from Rouyn-Noranda, Marc-Olivier Gratton, Guillaume Laroche, Olivier Migneault and Shawnee Jacques-Godard came together as a group about five years ago. They’re known for their punchy stage performances and love getting audiences up and moving. They performed at FRIMAT in 2017 and their latest album, Renaître, came out in March 2019.

Tip: Check out Jeunes et cons

Saratoga

Founded in 2015, the Saratoga duo is made up of Val d’Or native Chantal Archambault and her partner Michel-Olivier Gasse. Chantal is a songwriter, composer and performer who started a solo career a few years before Saratoga was formed. In 2011, she was nominated for an ADISQ award. Now, her full-time commitment is to Saratoga, a folk music duo that has produced an EP as well as a full-length album.

Tip : Have a listen to On est pas du monde

Nanochrome

Big winners at FRIMAT in 2014, Nanochrome is an Indie rock group made up of five members, Alex Poirier-Lemoine, Gabriel Poirier-Lemoine, François Lachapelle, Fred Plante and Michaël Neault. Their album L’exutoire came out in 2015 and, since then, the Val-d’Or natives have performed often at festivals in the area, such as Osisko en Lumières in 2016. They even performed in Montréal for the first time in 2017.

Tip: Check out Entre-temps

Phil Moreau

Phil Moreau is a songwriter, composer and performer from Rouyn Noranda. His career began around 2010, with the recording of his first demo. He subsequently performed in a number of festivals, including FRIMAT, where he won the Télé-Québec award for his lyrics in 2011 and where he also performed in 2018. In 2017, he put out the mini album Gros temps, with five folk-rock songs.

Tip: Have a listen to La mauvaise herbe ne meurt jamais

Laurence Doire

Only 20 years old, Laurence Doire is a country singer from Beaucanton. Based out of Montréal, this young woman produced her first album Soirée du Nord in October 2018, which included six songs in French. Since 2015, she’s been lead singer with the five-piece Laurence Doire country band. She now performs at a lot of parties and events.

Tip: Check out Ek’ mon skidoo

Cleõphüzz

Originally from Ville-Marie in Témiscamingue, Cleõphüzz is a psychedelic rock band whose work is infused with desert themes. Alex Sabourin, Joseph Grenier, Joé Poitras, Xavier Nadeau Ouellet and Caroline Rondeau make up the group. They performed last year at FRIMAT, and put out an EP called Wizard of Phuzz in 2018. On March 20 this year, their new piece, Desperados, was picked up by Spotify.

Tip: Have a listen to Sandstorm

Adam Brousseau

Adam Brousseau is a young musician from La Sarre, now living in Drummondville. Although he’s just 18 years old, he put out his first album called Paradox in 2018. He opened for the Dead Obies last year at FRIMAT and all indications are that a bright musical future lies ahead.  Brousseau is a singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist; his music style can best be described as progressive, psychedelic rock.

Tip: Check out Incognito

Louis-Philippe Gingras

Originally from Rouyn-Noranda, Louis-Philippe Gingras is now based out of Montréal, and has performed throughout the province of Quebec. After studying jazz at university, he put out two full-length albums in 2013 and 2016, as well as numerous other singles. While being poetic, his songs are melodious, lively, and humorous.

Tip: Have a listen to Parc à chiens

Cover

Le groupe Nanochrome au FRIMAT en 2014, photo de Marie-Claude Robert

 

Sources

Spotify

La fabrique culturelle

Bandcamp

FRIMAT

FME

Laurence Doire Country Band (site officiel)

Saratoga (site officiel)

Louis-Philippe Gingras (site officiel)

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No me moleste mosquito – Dodging the mozzies!

No me moleste mosquito – Dodging the mozzies!

Summer is synonymous with warm weather, swimming in the lake, camping, kicking back on the patio, ice cream…and those blasted mosquitoes! To support peaceful cohabitation with these tiny creatures while fully enjoying your time in the outdoors, we’ve a few suggestions for all you potential blood donors: some tips for keeping them at bay and a relief plan if you aren’t successful.

How do mosquitoes select their victims?

There has been a lot of research done to determine what exactly attracts mosquitoes when they’re out looking for blood and whether some folks are more likely to get bitten than others. Although it’s a complex subject, there are some certainties to share.

Mosquitoes are primarily attracted to carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas we exhale in the process of breathing. Once mozzies have zeroed in on their blood donor, guided by their CO2 emissions, they then proceed to the next level of selection based on a number of factors.

First of all, mozzies love heat. The more heat you give off, the more they love you. Which is why it is recommended that you wear light-coloured clothing to ward off mosquitoes. Dark colours retain heat more easily so people wearing dark clothing will produce more heat and be more attractive to the mozzies. They also enjoy people who are physically active or just hotter by nature.

Smell is also very important in how mozzies choose their blood donors. Their sense of smell is actually so powerful that they can pick up about 150 different odours that emanate from the body – not all detectable by humans. The components of perspiration, skin bacteria and other smells the body gives off are all factors in how attractive an odour is to mozzies. In fact, certain perfumes and cholesterol (!) even feature among their preferences.

Another thing mozzies really love, over which you have no control, is your blood type. Japanese researchers have shown that mosquitoes have a penchant for blood type O because it’s high-protein.

A study of the correlation between drinks consumed and the frequency of mosquito bites showed that people who drink alcohol, particularly, beer, have a greater chance of being bitten than those who drink water.

How to avoid mosquitoes

Pick your times for heading outdoors.

Since mosquitoes are more plentiful in the spring (especially when it’s a wet one), at dawn, dusk and after it rains, it’s best to remain indoors then. Being on or in the water and out in the wind are good ways to escape from mozzies.

Wear light rather than dark or coloured clothing.

Dark colours absorb the heat (remember, mosquitoes are drawn to heat) and bright colours are easily picked up by mosquitoes’ photosensitive eyes.

Avoid perfumes, soaps, fragrant creams and aftershave.

As mentioned earlier, mosquitoes decide whether a blood donor is tasty or not based on their body odour.

Stay zen!

The more agitated you are, the more heat you give off and the more appealing you are to the mozzies.

Apply insect repellent, preferably on your clothes.

Commercially available insect repellents sold in stores often contain DEET, a chemical that scares off mosquitoes. The concentrations of DEET depend on the repellent. The concentration won’t affect the effectiveness of the repellent, but the duration. An insect repellent containing 30% DEET will last six (6) hours while a concentration of 10%, will last about three (3) hours. Insect repellent containing DEET is not recommended for children under a year old.

There are also natural and homemade insect repellents. Once again, it’s a matter of how long it lasts. Citronella, lemon eucalyptus oil and rose geranium are three essential oils that mozzies really don’t care for. They can be mixed with vegetable oil and applied to the body or put in a diffuser to keep mozzies away. Again, essential oil should not be applied directly on children’s skin.

How to find relief from mosquito bites

Despite all these helpful tips, a few mozzies may try to draw out some of your blood, because there’s one thing that attracts them that you’re better off not doing anything about: breathing!

So, if you get bitten and the itch is unbearable, here are a few ways of finding some relief:

  • Apply ice to the bite. The cold will contract your blood vessels which in turn helps to reduce the swelling and numb the skin, thereby decreasing your discomfort.
  • Apply a cotton pad soaked in vinegar to the bite for 30 minutes. Vinegar is a natural antiseptic with anti-itch properties.
  • Apply aloe gel on the bites. Aloe works real magic when it comes to healing skin! It also has a cooling, soothing effect that helps you to resist scratching your itch.
  • Apply essential oil of spike lavender or real lavender (lavanda angustifolia) on your bites. This essential oil is also found in many natural mosquito repellent recipes.

Still looking for more tips to keep mozzies away or relieve their bites? Visit our Camping page on Pinterest [French only]: https://www.pinterest.ca/tourismevaldor6562/camping/

I hope you’ve found this helpful. Now, you might feel that you are better equipped to fight off mozzies effectively, instead of just madly waving your hands around in the air with annoyance. My intention is for this information to have the best possible experience in the fresh air and the great outdoors this summer!

 

Cover picture | Manlake Gabriel

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