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Viol Events in Québec

Les Boréades
Each year, Les Boréades gives a series of concerts at Montréal's historic Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel with international guest artists, many of whom have been picked up and broadcast by the national broadcasting corporation. The group has received many grants from the Québec and Canada governments and has toured extensively in Canada and abroad, taking part in several renowned festivals.

Constantinople is a performing ensemble that draws its inspiration from the music of the Mediterranean, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and Middle-Eastern musical traditions, presenting a new form of musical expression, born of a wellspring of transformation and integration of divers traditions from the Middle Ages and today, from here and abroad.

Ensemble Arion
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The Arion Ensemble was founded in Montréal in 1981 and is comprised of Claire Guimond (baroque flute), Chantal Rémillard (baroque violin), Betsy MacMillan (viola da gamba) and Hank Knox (harpsichord), specializing in 17th and 18th-century repertoire. Beginning in 1984, it has attracted attention with concerts given throughout Canada. Their concert series in Montréal also features guest ensembles and soloists.

Ensemble Caprice
Ensemble Caprice, under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. Originally formed in Germany in 1986, the ensemble continues to give concerts in Europe. Closer to home in Canada, the ensemble has its own concert series at Redpath Hall in Montréal and participates in several Canadian chamber music festivals.

Les Idées Heureuses
S'appuyant sur des recherches musicologiques, Les Idées Heureuses présente, avec cran et brio, des "redécouvertes" qui font de ses concerts des lieux importants et vivants de la culture baroque au Québec. Les musiciens présentent le répertoire baroque sur des instruments de facture historique selon l'esthétique particulière à cette époque. Le répertoire proposé met l'accent sur le clavecin comme instrument obligé et soliste. La société s'intéresse également au répertoire XXe siècle écrit pour instruments baroques et elle a déjà interprété et commandé huit œuvres contemporaines, principalement de compositeurs canadiens.

Masques is a Montréal-based early music ensemble founded in 1998, performing vocal and instrumental music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble has become a meeting point for Canada's young musicians. Masques also collaborates regularly with up and coming European talents, thereby maintaining close ties with musicians of diverse backgrounds.

Montréal Baroque Festival
Montréal Baroque offers a unique opportunity to hear music of the 17th and 18th centuries, performed by Canadian and international celebrities, in appropriate and unusual settings. Snaking through the narrow streets of the Old City to the sound of a hundred flutes at the festival's Grand Parade, relaxing at a garden concert, catching a choral concert in a chapel or simply enjoying a street performance, this festival gives a new cultural identity to Old Montréal, attracting international tourists and local music lovers as well as novices to Early Music.

La Nef
La Nef est une compagnie de création et de production oeuvrant dans les musiques anciennes et nouvelles. La Nef produit des concerts et récitals de musique ancienne et de tradition orale, basés sur des thèmes historiques et littéraires. La Nef engage des musiciens et artistes de toutes disciplines selon les besoins de ses productions.

Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal
Serving the cultural community on the local scene, as well as being active nationally and internationally since 1974, SMAM enjoys an established reputation of excellence for its inspired interpretations of the Renaissance and Baroque vocal repertoire. Under the direction of organist and harpsichordist Christopher Jackson, the Studio's ensemble is composed of 13 to 18 singers.

Theatre of Early Music
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The Theatre of Early Music, founded in 2001 by Daniel Taylor, is a group of musicians who share a particular passion for early music. The formation of this ensemble came as an answer to the instrumentalists' and singers' search for music-making opportunities which would bring back the sacredness into their creative process.

Les Voix Humaines
Les Voix humaines, Susie Napper and Margaret Little, viols, are renowned for their spectacular arrangements of a wide variety of music for two viols and their brilliant performances of contemporary music. Their musical complicity has been compared to the skill of two trapeze artists or the telepathic communion of a pair of jazz saxophonists. They have been thrilling audiences worldwide with dashing performances since 1985.