Weather Forecast


Prominent folk band to visit Bemidji

Le Vent du Nord to visit schools, perform in Bemidji. Submitted photo

BEMIDJI — The Canadian folk quartet Le Vent du Nord will visit local schools and perform in Bemidji next week.

The band has performed more than 1,000 concerts and is considered one of the most progressive folk bands in the world. The band has won two Juno awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, as well as a Canadian Folk Music Award and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the North American Folk Alliance annual gala.

According to Janet Brademan of Headwaters School of Music and Arts, the host organization, Bemidji typically would not have the resources to host a weeklong residency from such a prominent band, according to a news release. Le Vent du Nord is visiting Bemidji through Arts Midwest, a regional arts group based in Minneapolis that partners with other sponsors to cover much of the cost of the residency. Key sponsors are The National Endowment for the Arts and 3M. Bemidji was only one of nine Midwest cities to host the 2013-15 Arts Midwest World Fest, and the only community in Minnesota.

"It’s a real honor to be part of this program," Brademan said in the release.

Other local supports of Le Vent du Nord’s visit are the Region 2 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Paul Bunyan Communications, Holiday Inn Express, Northern Community Radio (KBXE/KAXE) and the Sanford Center.

The band will visit St Philips School, Northwest Technical College, Northern Elementary, Trek North Junior and Senior High School, Horace May Elementary School, Schoolcraft Learning Community and Red Lake Elementary Schools during their stay.

A public concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sanford Center. Tickets are available at Headwaters School of Music & Arts, the Sanford Center box office, Lueken’s Village Foods and online at