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Willows – 26th Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver

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1551, West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, British Colombia

For the first time in its history, the Vancouver Festival d’été francophone will mark Canada’s Aboriginal Day, with the presentation of a francophone artist with Metis background.
Born in Manitoba, Geneviève Toupin arrived on the music scene like a gust of fresh air, bringing in the tones of contemporary folk music and her original songs that evoke the prairie breezes. A musician since her youngest years, she is a singer and pianist who is also passionate about songwriting. She loves to refine her compositions and share them with her rich voice, her hypnotic eyes and her soft accent.

Since the release of her first album in 2009, Geneviève has performed her songs throughout Quebec, in Europe and the United States, as well as at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. In August 2014, she released a second album in French under the pseudonym of Willows, reflecting her desire to maintain the aspect of contemporary folk music but at the same time, to get closer to her mixed roots, which blend her Franco-Manitoban, anglophone and Métis heritage.

She has received numerous accolades for her compositions, including the Western Canadian Music Award for “Francophone album of the year”, the Edith Butler Prize awarded by the Quebec’s Society of Professional Singers-Songwriters, and the “Discovery of the year” award from the Pully- Lavaux Festival (Switzerland).