Rau Ze wins the 26th edition of the Francouvertes

Rau Ze wins the 26th edition of the Francouvertes

Rau Ze

Unsurprisingly, the soul jazz group Rau Ze, who dominated the entire competition, won the 26th edition of the showcase competition of the Francouvertes, surpassing the two other finalist artists, Hôte and Émile Bourgault.

Before a won-over audience, which split the vote with online viewers and an industry jury, Rau Ze took home top honors Monday night at club soda.

After two years of pandemic, the Francouvertes final was back in person for an emotional evening that made the walls of this legendary performance hall vibrate.

Rau Ze, composed for the evening of Rose Perron (vocals), Félix Paul (keyboards), Henri Bouchard (bass), Juan Espitia (drums) and Jeremy Leon (saxophone), offered a show that lived up to expectations.

The formation, which does not yet have a track available on streaming platforms, dominated throughout the competition, remaining at the top of the charts after their first performance last March.

Winning the showcase competition, she notably won a $10,000 SiriusXM grant to support a new artistic project. In addition, there are more than ten prizes already won by Rau Ze on the last night of the semi-finals, including a performance at the Francofolies de Montréal this summer.

Diverse styles in the final

Diverse musical styles rubbed shoulders during this grand finale. To the soul jazz of Rau Ze were added the pop rock of Émile Bourgault and the electrorock of Hôte for this final evening. These last two finalists also took the stage on Monday evening to sing some of their compositions.

The evening opened with brief performances by the two spokespersons for this edition, Lydia Képinski and Les Louanges, both of which were discovered through Francouvertes in 2017.

For the first time, the showcase competition opened the door to artists who sing in an Indigenous language. The singer-songwriter from the community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, on the North Shore, Dan-Georges Mckenzie and the folk rock group NINAN, originally from the Innu nation of the community of Matimekush-Lac John, were selected from over 200 entries, of which a total of four were submitted by Indigenous singers.

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