A word from the artistic director

I always dreamt about playing the blues, and now I've been doing so for over 40 years. Blues music comes right from the heart and expresses everything that rings true. With its compelling rhythms, soul-stirring melodies and rallying lyrics, blues music is nothing short of irresistible.

And now, dear students, it's your turn to tell us your stories entirely in music, by exploring this wonderful southern-rooted genre with our generous-hearted teachers.

Passion and pleasure guaranteed! May the party begin!

Vincent Beaulne


VINCENT BEAULNE | BILLY BOUFFARD |  SERGE ARSENAULT | ALAIN BERTRAND | DANIEL BONIN | SAMUEL HARRISSON | JULIE LAMONTAGNE |  DOMINIC LÉVEILLÉCHRISTIAN MALETTELAURENT TRUDEL

VINCENT BEAULNE, artistic Director

He also leads the Blues Delight band.
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Montreal-born Vincent Beaulne leads the group Blues Delight, and has loved the blues and jazz ever since childhood. A professional musician by age 16, he then went on to accompany numerous artists in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada, the United States and France. A singer, composer, musician and music teacher (he has a bachelor's degree in music theory and composition from Concordia University, and a bachelor's degree in music education from UQAM). He collaborates often with blues musician Bob Walsh and singer Nanette Workman. bluesdelight.com

BILLY BOUFFARD, saxophone

Saxophonist, arranger, composer and specialist for numerous schools and colleges throughout the province.
Billy Bouffard

Billy Bouffard holds a Master’s Degree in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz from Concordia University. As an active freelancer on the Montreal scene, he can be heard playing in a number of bands. He is currently a member of the music faculty at Cégep de Drummondville and Concordia University, as well as a member of the Band of the 438th Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Saint-Hubert. Billy is also a Yamaha Canada and Légère Reeds Artist Clinician.

SERGE ARSENAULT, trombone

Accomplished trombonist, he has played with many artists.
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Serge Arsenault completed a Master’s degree in trombone performance at Université de Montréal, and now teaches at Collège Lionel-Groulx and Université de Sherbrooke. We have seen him on stage alongside Robert Charlebois, Gino Vannelli, Nikki Yanofsky, Jean Leloup, Éric Lapointe, Bob Walsh, Gregory Charles, Stefie Shock, les Respectables, Vic Vogel and numerous others. In 2008, he played trombone in the Céline Dion sur les Plaines show, and is now taking part in Dance into the light, a tribute to Phil Collins. This accomplished musician is highly versatile, playing keyboard, accordion and percussion in the musical Les Belles-Sœurs. He is also a composer-arranger in numerous bands, most notably Funkxie Groove. His composition Trombone chance was heard at the JazzFest des jeunes du Québec 2015.

ALAIN BERTRAND, guitar

Talented guitarist who did his university studies in the streets!
Alain BertrandA genuine autodidact! The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal opened its doors to him right from the beginning. Whether for a show series with Don Alias or a three-year tour with La La La Human Steps, Alain Bertrand has demonstrated enormous versatility. The world of recording studios holds no secrets from him. As for shows, we've seen and heard him alongside the big names on the Quebec music scene, such as Isabelle Boulay, Paul Piché, Richard Séguin and Gregory Charles. He is currently accompanying Ginette Reno. Alain Bertrand is also a songwriter-composer.

DANIEL BONIN, bass guitar

Talented bass player who has performed with numerous big-name artists.
Daniel BoninA bass player who graduated from the Université de Montréal in jazz and pop performance, he also holds a music education diploma from UQAM. Since 1982, Daniel Bonin has been the bass accompanist for many artists, including Robert Charlebois, Jean Lapointe, Patsy Gallant, Édith Butler, Nicole Martin, Pierre Verville and Kashtin, Marie-France (Souveraine) and Claude McKenzie (Innu Town), with whom he has recorded discs. He has also participated in a number of TV shows such as Beau et Chaud and L'Auberge du chien noir. He is currently teaching music in elementary schools and working as an active freelance musician.

SAMUEL HARRISSON, drums

Enthusiastic drummer for France D'Amour, Steve Hill, Dawn Tyler Watson, Paul DesLauriers and many other famous performers.
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After studying music at high school and college, Sam Harrisson made a name for himself as a Blues drummer with the Bob Harrisson Blues Band. He went on to accompany the Steve Hill Band for nearly five years, recording two discs and making endless trips across the province. After this enriching experience, Sam made the acquaintance of singer Dawn Tyler Watson, later joining her Blues Project, with whom he produces discs and performs in concert. As a freelancer, Sam has had the good fortune and pleasure of accompanying numerous artists such as Brigitte Boisjoli, France D'amour, Corneille, Nanette Workman, Ricky Paquette, Angel Forrest and Steve Strongman. For the past three years, Sam has been a full-time member of the Paul DesLauriers Band, with whom he performs across Canada.

JULIE LAMONTAGNE, piano

Pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and musical director.
Julie Lamontagne

Winner of two Jazz Interpretation Album of the Year Felix awards and winner of seven Felix awards for her collaborations on stage and recordings, nominated arranger of the year, winner of an OPUS Prize and winner of the First Prize at the prestigious Canadian Music Competition at the age of thirteen, the pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and musical director has followed a fascinating career path and gained an exceptional amount of experience along the way.

She is also well-known for her work as bandleader and keyboardist with Isabelle Boulay and Bruno Pelletier and has directed the big annual St-Jean Baptiste Day concert on many occasions.  Loyal collaborator of Monique Giroux, they also presented many concerts and recordings over the past years. She is presently the band leader of the musical show Belle et Bum on Tele-Quebec

Julie has definitely achieved lasting recognition on the Quebec arts scene. With her unconditional love of jazz and her extraordinary drive, pianist Julie Lamontagne invites us to discover the unique world she has created.

DOMINIC LÉVEILLÉ, trumpet

Dominic Leveille

Working mainly as a freelance musician, Dominic Léveillé has accompanied big names such as Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Muppet Show, Don Rickles, Forever Gentlemen, Cee Lo Green, Vic Vogel, Colin James, Jamie Cullum, Claude Dubois, Gregory Charles, Éric Lapointe, Marc Hervieux, Nadja, Ima, Susie Arioli, La Bottine Souriante, M (Matthieu Chedid), Alex Nevsky, Elvis Story, Vénus3, Pink Martini, Chris Botti, Les Gitans de Sarajevo, Bob Walsh, Dj Champion, Nikki Yanofsky, Tricot Machine, and Daniel Boucher.

He has also participated in the last 17 editions of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and appeared in the Gala des prix Gémeaux, Le grand blond avec un Show surnois,Palmarès, En route vers l’ADISQ, L’enfer, c’est nous autres, Chabada, L’Écuyer, En direct de l’univers…, La Voix, Les enfants de la télé programs, as well as numerous telethons.

CHRISTIAN MALETTE, guitar

Guitarist, composer and arranger.
Christian Malette

Christian Malette studied jazz and big band-type orchestral arrangements at Cégep de Saint-Laurent and Université de Montréal and did blues classes with Quebec bluesman Bob Walsh, accompanying him for more than ten years. His career has taken him to numerous festivals across Quebec and in France. He also accompanied singer-rocker Marjo for six years, and can be heard on the Marjo et ses hommes, vol. 1 & 2 albums. Christian has his own big-band orchestra as well, with which he performs as singer and orchestra leader. Passionate about his art, he loves sharing it with both the young and the young at heart! 

LAURENT TRUDEL, harmonica

L_TrudelLaurent was already playing flute, sax and guitar when his brother Jean suggested he take up the harmonica because a guitar was too big to carry around when hitchhiking through the Maritimes. One year later, after hearing him play, James Cotton gave him one of his harmonicas. That very evening, Laurent knew he would become a bluesman. His multi-instrumental path allows him to taste a variety of styles. And as an autodidact, he switches easily from strings to winds and is passionate about sharing the full richness of this delicate little instrument, the harmonica, which he affectionately dubs "ruine-babines" (equivalent to "lip spoiler").

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