Le Vent du Nord builds connections in Thief River Falls, MN

By Ken Carlson

Many bands live only for the concert. Thank goodness Le Vent du Nord is not one of them! Each Le Vent du Nord residency with Arts Midwest World Fest is much more about personal connections. About sharing Québécois culture and music with community members through workshops and interactions of all kinds.

Le Vent du Nord’s week in Thief River Falls, MN, included many great connections in this way. Here, the ensemble provides the music for folks dancing at the Eagles Club in Thief River Falls.


Photo by Sara Olson and Mara Hanel, courtesy of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

And the guys in Le Vent du Nord enjoy jumping right in with students whenever they have a chance. Here Olivier, Le Vent du Nord’s fiddler, joins the orchestra at the high school while Rejean observes.


Photo by Sara Olson and Mara Hanel, courtesy of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

And here Nicolas talks percussion with Charlie, a Thief River Falls High School student.


Photo by Sara Olson and Mara Hanel, courtesy of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

And Rejean connects with students from Franklin Middle School after Le Vent du Nord’s workshop.


Photo by Sara Olson and Mara Hanel, courtesy of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

And the music continues well into the night. Here Olivier and Rejean, and Jeanne, Tom, and Erin keep the music going in the hotel about midnight following the public concert


Photo by Sara Olson and Mara Hanel, courtesy of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

Mara Hanel of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and Sara Olson of Thief River Falls Schools did a wonderful job arranging the week and guiding Le Vent du Nord through it. Here’s a happy moment following the public concert.


From left to right is Simon, Olivier, Mara Hanel, Rejean, Sara Olson, and Nicolas. Photo by Sara Olson and Mara Hanel, courtesy of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

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