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Le Vent du Nord performance tonight

BEMIDJI — Le Vent du Nord, a popular French Canadian progressive folk group that has captured the imagination of youngsters through adults has been in Bemidji this week as part of an ongoing world music partnership.

Bemidji was chosen as only one of nine Midwestern cities to host the 2013-15 Arts Midwest World Fest and the only Minnesota city. The Arts Midwest’s focus is on leaving a footprint on the cities with the artists conducting residencies in schools and conducting workshops about their culture, music and language. In the future, Bemidji will host groups from Israel, China and Brazil as partner in the two-year partnership with Arts Midwest.

Named Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala, Le Vent du Nord, has won two Juno awards, which are the equivalent of U.S. Grammy awards. Their repertoire includes traditional French-Canadian folk songs and original compositions. The four musicians play a variety of instruments not usually heard on the folk stages; the hurdy-gurdy (primitive organ) and the bouzouki (Greek style mandolin) in addition to the piano, guitar, violin and accordion. Their vocals compliment the polished instrumentation.

Included in this week’s residency is a public concert at 7:30 tonight at the Sanford Center. Tickets are available at the Sanford Center, Headwaters School for Music and the Arts, Leuken’s Village Foods and online at Tickets are $20 and will be available tonight at Gate 3.