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Story of French Canadian Legends, Harmonium

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Topic: Story of French Canadian Legends, Harmonium
Posted By: Blood Wake
Subject: Story of French Canadian Legends, Harmonium
Date Posted: December 05 2021 at 13:15
I've been listening to this incredible band for many years and recently realized there are no documentaries on their story in English, so of course I went ahead and filled that gap and I hope I paid them the respect the deserve.

While researching this video I realized there is a ton more prog rock from Quebec but it seemed Harmonium had risen to the top. Does anyone here know anything about Beau Dommage, Les Seguin, or any other French Canadian Prog that you could recommend to me? Not sure where to start next!!

My favorite album by these guys is their second, but I can imagine most proggers prefer "L'heptade," I'd love to hear your opinion and I'd really appreciate your thoughts on my video!! Thanks guys!

https://youtu.be/6hNgSxkQByY


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Posted By: enigmatic
Date Posted: December 06 2021 at 07:22
Harmonium's second album "Les Cinq Saisons" is my favorite progressive folk album from Quebec.
Few others that I would recommend that are in similar style to Harmonium:
Breche - Carapace et chair tendre (1979)
Charles Kaczynski - Lumiere de la Nuit (1978)
Conventum - A l'Affut d'un Complot (1977)
Conventum - Le Bureau Central des Utopies (1979)
L'Engoulevent - L'Ile ou Vivent Les Loups (1977)

More complex, symphonic/eclectic rock from Quebec:
Et Cetera - Et Cetera (1976)
Morse Code - Le Marche des Hommes (1975) 
Morse Code - Procreation (1976)

Couple jazz-rock/fusion albums from Quebec
Opus 5 - Contre-courant (1976)
Sloche - J'Un Oeil (1975)
Sloche - Stadacone (1976)

My favorite band from Quebec, progressive rock with neo-classical, chamber rock influences:
Maneige - Les Porches (1975)  
Maneige - Ni Vent... Ni Nouvellle (1977)


Posted By: David_D
Date Posted: December 06 2021 at 07:46
Originally posted by enigmatic enigmatic wrote:

Harmonium's second album "Les Cinq Saisons" is my favorite progressive folk album from Quebec.
Few others that I would recommend that are in similar style to Harmonium:
Breche - Carapace et chair tendre (1979)
Charles Kaczynski - Lumiere de la Nuit (1978)
Conventum - A l'Affut d'un Complot (1977)
Conventum - Le Bureau Central des Utopies (1979)
L'Engoulevent - L'Ile ou Vivent Les Loups (1977)

I'll better check these albums, as I'm very very fond of "Les Cinq Saisons".


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Posted By: Frenetic Zetetic
Date Posted: December 07 2021 at 07:33
Did you make the Reddit thread on Harmonium yesterday? So awesome to see people dig them!

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Posted By: Mirakaze
Date Posted: December 07 2021 at 11:02
Sloche and Et Cetera are great. Rouge Ciel's "Veuillez Procéder" is another prog gem from Quebec that I can recommend.


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Posted By: questionsneverknown
Date Posted: December 07 2021 at 16:18
More nods from me for Sloche and Maneige.
Also check out the lost supergroup, Maelstrom.

For anyone interested in the scene, the ProgQuebec label can hook you up with a wide array of releases 


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Posted By: enigmatic
Date Posted: December 07 2021 at 16:40
Yes, I completely forgot about Maelstrom. Top of progressive rock from Quebec. Lesser known band because their only album recorded in 1976 hasn't been released until 2016 (on ProgQuebec label).


Posted By: Prog&Math
Date Posted: December 08 2021 at 20:07
Hi, 

You should check out Octobre 

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2970

They are really well-known in Québec, but not so much outside. I rank them as high as Harmonium in terms of quality and accessible prog rock. Their lead-singer Pierre Flynn has an amazing voice. He went on to have a successful solo career in Québec after Octobre dissolved in the 1980s, although more in the pop-rock style, but still very enjoyable. 



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