ABOUT

 

Aleksi Campagne is uniquely qualified to offer a contemporary, indie-folk take on the time-honoured fiddle-singing tradition. Aleksi grew up on stage. At five years old, he began performing alongside his mother, Canadian folk icon, Connie Kaldor. At 19, Aleksi moved to Paris to study under jazz violin legend Didier Lockwood. At 21, Aleksi became the only student to have ever been accepted into the classical violin, the jazz violin and the jazz voice performance programs at McGill University. And, by 25, with only a six-song EP, Aleksi graced the lineups of some of Canada’ most beloved folk festivals over three consecutive summers (until COVID)—including the Regina Folk Festival, the Canmore Folk Festival, the Northern Lights Festival and the Live from the Rock Festival, among others. 

 

Most recently, Aleksi received both a Canada Council Grant and a FACTOR Grant to fully fund the recording and production of his highly anticipated 10-song debut album. He then received an additional CALQ grant to create a video version of the album. This new album titled For the Giving is set to launch in both audio and video formats this summer on a Canada-wide tour!

 

When playing live, Aleksi floors audiences by singing while bowing his violin and leading his four-piece band. His original music blends folk song writing with an edgy, multi-layered sound resulting from his unique combination of voice, violin and looping-effect pedals. In a full-page spread in the Montreal Gazette, Brennan Kelly described him as “not just a folksinger with a guitar!” 

 

For the past four years, Aleksi has toured across the country with a four-piece band made up of some of the finest young musicians Montreal has to offer: Stephane Krims (Bass), Aaron Dolman (drums) and Zach Bachand (guitar). Together, they have played festivals and venues across Canada.

 

Aleksi released his debut EP in Montreal on April 5th 2018, and you can read more on that and his background in The Montreal Gazette or on Forget the Box.

 

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PAST PERFORMANCES

As Aleksi Campagne:

(2019)

  • Regina Folk Festival (SK),

  • Canmore Folk Festival (AB),

  • Stewart Park Festival (ON),

  • Farm Fest Terre Ferme (SK),

  • House band for the provincial songwriters contest
    "Nouvelle Scène" in Regina (SK)

  • Opening Act, the Calgary Folk Club (AB)

  • Hired artist for the CUPE National Convention in Montreal

(2018) 

  • Northern Light Festival Boréal in Sudbury (ON),

  • Mercredis en music (Festival du Voyageur) in Winnipeg (MB)

  • Official showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City (MO)

  • Debut Album Launch at O Patro Vys, Montreal (QC)

(2017) 

  • Live From The Rock Folk Festival, Red Rock (ON) 

  • Farm Fest Terre Ferme (SK), 

  • Le Garage Café, Winnipeg (MB),

  • House band for the provincial songwriters contest "Nouvelle Scène" in Regina (SK)  

  • Musician and Singer for cross Canadian francophone Tour Tam Tidelam (over 30 shows from Nova Scotia to Whitehorse, 8 Provinces/2 Territories) in association with “La Montagne Secrète” and “Coup de Coeur Francophone”

(2014) 

  • Played Le Petit Journal Montparnasse, Paris (FR)

(2013) 

  • Headlined at the Fête Fransaskoise in Batoche Saskatchewan on the 100th anniversary of Fransaskois culture

(2012) 

  • Won second place at the National finale of the CEGEPS en Spectacle contest

Playing with Connie Kaldor:

  • (2017) Mariposa Folk Festival

  • (2015) Lunenburg Folk Festival 

  • (2011) Winnipeg Folk Festival, Live From the Rock Folk Festival (Red Rock), Hugh’s Room (Toronto)

  • (2010) Vancouver Folk Festival, Bella Coola Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Filburg Festival, Gala for Michael Jean Governor General of Canada, Shelter Valley Festival 

  • (2009) Vancouver Children’s Festival

As Backup Violinist/Singer:

  • (2011-2012) Played violin and sang in the Sunday series at the Monument Nationale Un Dimanche a La Montagne Secrete

  • (2011) Played violin and sang in Un Cadeau Pour Sophie, Festival de Marne, Paris, France

  • (2010) Played violin and sang in Un Cadeau Pour Sophie, Place Des Arts, Montréal

  • (2009-2011) Played violin and sang in Un Dimanche a la Montagne Secrete, Lion D’or, Montreal

Scores:

  • Partial Soundtrack for Losing our Religion (Zoot Capri Pictures, Winnipeg September 2017)

  • Partial Soundtrack for the award winning web series Nikola Tesla and the End of the World (2015)


CDs and Singles:

  • Self titled Debut Album, released April 2018

  • Violin for artist Heather Bishop, Three new singles (2016)

  • Singing, violin and string arrangements for "Love Sask" C Kaldor (2014 release)

  • Sang backup on Postcards from the Road C. Kaldor (2010 release)

  • Kids Music with Gilles Vigneault and La Montagne Secrète: www.lamontagnesecrete.com

  • Played violin on the following albums: J’ai un bouton sur le bout de la langue (2011) Léo et les Presqu’îles(2010) Clo-Clo-Rico,( 2009) Un Cadeau pour Sophie,(2007) released by La Montagne Secrete.

  • Sang as a child on the following internationally released albums: Duck in New York City (2003)(Juno award winner) Un canard à NewYork (2006) Poodle in Paris (2004) ( Juno award winner) Un Dimanche à Kyoto (2004) Le Chat Musicien (2003) Un Trésor dans mon Jardin,(2000)

Television:

  • TVA (2012) - Finale Nationale "Cégeps en Spectacle" ​

  • Radio Canada ( 2001) - Un Tresor dans mon jardin television special

 

 

radio interview with L'Envol 91 FM, St. Boniface