Road Stories Blog

Minneapolis charmed by Baladino

Baladino kicked off their spring tour last week with stops across the Twin Cities. From visits to a local radio station, Arts Midwest offices, and the local headquarters of the program’s primary sponsor, to a stellar performance at The Dakota Jazz Club, the five-member ensemble charmed Minneapolis, making fast friends with our staff, our donors, and local arts patrons.

Le Vent Du Nord in DeKalb, IL

By Emily Anderson, Photos by Eric Young Smith

Le Vent Du Nord is back on tour with Arts Midwest World Fest! The first stop was DeKalb, Illinois, where the band led local language and music students in workshops on Québecois folk music. Throughout their time with Arts Midwest World Fest, the band has conducted some incredible workshops, and this residency was no exception.

Baladino to perform at the Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis


This February, Baladino’s Arts Midwest World Fest tour will include a special stop at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis for a public concert on Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 pm.

Le Vent du Nord in Orange City, IA

By Emily Anderson

Le Vent du Nord’s last stop on their Arts Midwest World Fest tour was a weeklong residency in Orange City, Iowa. In addition to many workshops at schools in the community, the Juno-award-winning band played at several local coffee shops, giving the community the unique opportunity to experience their music in an intimate, casual setting. Many thanks to Le Vent du Nord for sharing their music throughout the Midwest this fall!

Le Vent du Nord in Sisseton, SD

By Emily Anderson

Le Vent du Nord was warmly welcomed at the brand new Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters for the start of their week-long residency in Sisseton, South Dakota. Guests enjoyed traditional Native American dance and drumming, music from Le Vent du Nord, and wonderfully prepared meal of contemporary and traditional Native American foods.

Le Vent Du Nord in Rice Lake, WI

Staff pose for a photo

By Emily Anderson, Photos by Stephen Manuszak

Le Vent Du Nord resumed their tour in Rice Lake, WI after a couple of weeks back with their families in Quebec. The group charmed the community and made some new fans in Wisconsin. Big thanks to Samantha Heathman at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County for putting together an amazing residency and warmly welcoming Le Vent Du Nord into the community.

Learning about our neighbors to the north

Flag of Québec

By Julia Barlow, Development Assistant, Arts Midwest

Spending time with the members of Le Vent du Nord last week really showed me just how little I knew about our neighbors to the north. I have never lived more than a few hours from Canada, but I hadn’t really explored the diverse cultures that compose the nation.

My first time in Canada at all was only a month or so ago, when I visited Montreal. I was surprised to find out just how French Québec was! They greet you with bonjour, they have cobblestone streets, and they even do the bise.

Baladino in Midland, MI

Outdoor group photo

By Eric Young Smith

Baladino and Arts Midwest World Fest would like to thank Debbie Anderson and Mara Simanskey for their incredible work in paving the way for a great week in Michigan with Midland Center for the Arts. Below are some photos of the residency.

Baladino tour gets rave reviews

Yonnie plays a wind instrument for children in the library.

Baladino recently wrapped up their week in Medina, Ohio, where they made an enormous impression on the community. Emails about their visit are pouring in to Program Director Ken Carlson’s inbox, and we wanted to share some of the most memorable moments from this residency.

Baladino in Medina, OH

By Eric Young Smith

Baladino arrived in Medina, Ohio on Sunday, October 6, 2013 and were greeted with a warm reception hosted by Ohio Regional Music, Arts, Cultural Outreach (ORMACO). Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell was so impressed by the group that he announced the public concert at the City Hall meeting!