October session

The October session was quite a treat! In addition to our stalwart regulars, we were delighted to welcome Brian Pickell, renowned composer of some very beautiful tunes in the Ontario fiddle tradition.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming Anna, a new fiddle player from Anne Lederman’s trad music classes. Fiddles (even a 5-string), accordion, piano, flute, a tenor and regular guitar — lovely music!

As mentioned in a previous post, we will only post the newer tunes, the handy All Tunes list being available at all times for consultation. 2012-10-21 Emilyn & Anne singing for Brian

Here are the newer tunes we played this time:

  • ???? First tune on La tondeuse (Claude Méthé)
  • Valse en 5 (Claude Méthé)
  • Le fouin
  • La mignonne (Simon Riopel)
  • King of the lofts / Trade song (2 Métis reels)
  • Cheerful James (Brian Pickell)
  • Reel André (Marcel Messervier)
  • La chaîne des dames (André Alain)

We had a great time and were very pleased at the large turnout. We also raised a record amount for the Tranzac: $39.26! A fair bit of that was contributed by our audient, who also enjoyed himself.

Thanks, all, and see you in November!


August session

This one is a bit more timely.  We are resolved to try and post the tunes-played list in the very same month as we played them!  For this month, at least. If there are no strenuous objections, in future we may only list the ones that are unusual or rarely played, since you can probably get a feel for the tunes we play regularly from the existing lists and from Rob’s great TUNE INDEX.

As always, if you can play ‘em, please do!

This month we raised $19.00 for the Tranzac Club. We will need to move the September session away from the 3rd Sunday, since both the regular hosts are out of town that day… again, unless there are strenuous objections?  You may object strenuously here: TOqueTrad@gmail.com.

At our August 19th session, we played the following tunes. Note that the linking may not work properly, but you can check it out on the All Tunes listing. The ones in bold we have not yet added to the All Tunes list.

  • La marche des géants (Brunet)
  • La fée des dents (Brunet), La marche au camp (Loyer), Le tourment (Loyer)
  • What we call Nicholas’ Breton tunes, for want of a better name…. one, and two … or maybe it was two and then one… I know they are played on the (most excellent IMHO) Heartwoodalbum.
  • 6/8 en ré (Alain), reel en ré (Alain)
  • Le saut du lapin
  • L’homme à deux femmes (2 versions). By the way, this a DANCE FIGURE, people! No scandals here.
  • Au bord de l’eau (Loyer)
  • Reel des esquimaux (croche, en sol)
  • Reel des indiens (G / E minor /C major)
  • L’ange aux patins(Méthé)
  • Valse Beaulieu (Gemme)
  • Reel minuit
  • Le releveur (Forest), reel Matawa(Foret) et ???  (A dorian reel)
  • 6/8 du petit Sarny (Favreau)
  • le set gourmand: Gâteau banane (in A) et Jos Louis (C major) (Bordeleau)
  • Le printemps(Verret????), reel St-Étienne (de Jarlis), Manitou cassé aka Lucky trapper (de Jarlis)
  • Two-step d’Armand
  • Champs de bleuets, Histoire de mon vieux coq (Mimeault), André à Toto
  • Joys of Quebec
  • La complainte du violon confesseur(Favreau)
  • Mont St-Louis (Monmarquette)
  • Set américain
  • Reel américain
  • Redbraid (Pickell) 6/8 et reel Korolenko (Loyer)

July session

A bit late, but here are the tunes we played at the July 15th session.

This session raised $26.00 for the continued operation of the Tranzac Club, without doubt one of the best places to play music in the city of Toronto! We ask for a voluntary contribution of $3.00 per person, but many people give more than that, about which we are very pleased. Venues like this don’t grow on trees!

The linking may not work properly, but you can check it out on the All Tunes listing. The ones in bold we have not yet added to the All Tunes list.

  • Reel St-Antoine
  • Cache tes fesses (aka déshabille-toi)
  • L’homme à deux femmes
  • Le tourment / Korolenko (jig) / Korolenko (reel) — Jean-Paul Loyer
  • Bord de l’eau (Loyer)
  • Quatre fers en l’air
  • Set américain (ending on the A part)
  • Set gourmand (Gâteau banane, Jos Louis) — Michel Bordeleau
  • Ruisseau français — André Brunet
  • La grande gigue simple (de Québec)
  • Mlle MacLeod’s
  • Valse pour Patrick — Lisa Orenstein
  • Jesse’s waltz(by Marcel Messervier, from the playing of Stéphane Landry)
  • La grand gigue du père Richard(Entourloupe)
  • La marche des géants / 6/8 des éclusiers/ ciel d’automne — André Brunet
  • La ronfleuse Wilfred / les noces d’argent/ la maison de glace (Réjean Brunet) / Printemps
  • Reel américain
  • Spandy(Éric Favreau)
  • une valse de Philippe Bruneau(on pense)
  • 6/8 petite Sarny (Éric Favreau) / Valcartier(Keith Corrigan)
  • Reel St-Jean / St-Étienne / la galoppe de la Malbaie
  • Reel Issoudoun
  • Reel des indiensd’Isidor Souci (in G-major)
  • la valse Beaulieu (Pascal Gemme) / la belle Catheine / Step à Ti-Phonse/ André à Toto

May session

I’m still getting the hang of Canadian holidays, so it’s no surprise that the May session occurred on the long weekend of Victoria Day, but despite that we still had 10 hardy souls neglect their gardens or cottages for one more day so they could come out and play some lively tunes.  And play we most certainly did!  Forty-some-odd tunes in 2 hours 45 minutes, not that this is some sort of competition.

Here’s the list:

Once I find sources for these, I’ll link the tune names and update the full TOQueTrad session tune list as well.

The next session will be Sunday, June 15, 2012 at the Tranzac Club from 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  J’ai hâte à te voir!

À bientôt!

April session

Sure enough, I am extremely tardy putting up the tune list for the April 2012 TOQueTrad session, but it was a good session and we got some good work done on learning a few tunes and hammered out some piano accompaniments for others.

As this session preceded the CD release party for Métis Fiddler Quartet’s new album, there was a better representation of Métis tunes this time.

As always, you can check out the comprehensive Tune List to check out the Toronto session repertoire.

March session

Thanks to everybody who came out on such a beautiful afternoon for the March session this past Sunday.  We ran a recording of the session, and will post links to clips once they are available.

…at which point the rooster alarm crew, and all was over until next month.  Next session is April 15th, 12:00 noon at the Tranzac Club (map).  After the next series of dates is confirmed, I will send an email to the list and update the calendar in the blog sidebar.

As always, the full TOQueTrad session tune list, with links, is available.

À bientôt!

February’s session

Sorry, it’s a bit late!  Voilà, the tune list for the February 19th,2012 session of TOqueTrad.



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Title Type Key Author Source


Reel André Marcel Messervier
André à Toto Reel Amix/G Trad Youtube
Hommage à André Alain AKA Chaîne de dames


La cotillon de la Baie-des-rochers AKA Déshabille-toi
La cotillon de la Baie-Ste-Catherine Reel Emin/G Trad Identitairs
La danse du barbier Gigue G Trad Identitairs
Reel des barguineux Reel Bb Trad (Famille Verret)
Reel Béatrice Reel Amin/C Trad Identitairs
Valse beaulieu Waltz G Pascal Gemme blog tradquebec
Beeswax Sheepskin Reel A mix Trad Youtube – Treacherous Orchestra; also tradquebec.over-blog.com
La belle aurore Air G André Brunet Youtube – André Brunet, Martine Billette
La belle Catherine Reel D Trad Identitairs
La bellechasse AKA Reel St-Joseph
Reel Beloeil Reel D Trad Naomi Morse on “Splendid Isolation”
Big John MacNeil Reel A Trad Youtube – Johnny Mooring
Bord de l’eau Reel G Jean-Paul Loyer CD – OJNAB, Le messager
Reel des bottes sauvages AKA Reel du semeur
Boucher de St-Ambroise 6/8 D André Brunet thesession.org
Le bûcheron Reel D Ned Landry Identitairs; also tradquebec.over-blog.com as “soupe aux pois”
Burnt River Jig 6/8 D Brian Pickell Second tune in this medley (Fresh Canadian Fiddle Tunes)


Cache tes fesses AKA La danse du barbier
La Marche au camp 6/8 G (orig F) Jean-Paul Loyer Identitairs
Reel Cap Chat Reel D Trad Youtube – Pascal Gemme workshop
Reel à Célina Reel G Trad thesession.org
Chaîne des dames Reel G André Alain? thesession.org
Champs des bleuets Reel A/Amix Trad Identitairs
Cheerful James Brian Pickell
Ciel d’automne Air D André Brunet Identitairs
Les cinq jumelles Reel D/G Trad Identitairs
La complainte du folkloriste Waltz Emin Philippe Bruneau Youtube of/by author
Coq du pêcheur rep. of Daniel Roy


Dédicado à Jos Reel Bmin/D Martin Racine Identitairs
Déshabille-toi AKA La danse du barbier
The Dionne Reel AKA Les cinq jumelles


Reel des esquimaux (crooked) Reel G Trad Danse ce soir
Reel des esquimaux (straight) Reel G Trad Identitairs & Danse ce soir
Reel Eugène Reel Bmin/D Trad Identitairs


La fée des dents 6/8 G André Brunet Identitairs
Gigue du forgeron 6/8 D Trad, rep. A Allard Identitairs


Marche des géants 6/8 G Trad, rep. frères Brunet Identitairs
Hommage à Gilles Laprise Reel D Phillipe Bruneau Identitairs
La Grondeuse Gigue D Trad Identitairs
La guenille Reel G Marcel Messervier Youtube – cherzeduKbec


L’histoire de mon vieux coq Reel G Yvon Mimeault Youtube – André Brunet, Martine Billete @ Goderich; also Identitairs
L’homme à deux femmes Reel D Trad Youtube – Alexis Chartrand for gigue workshop


Reel Iroquois Reel D Trad
Reel d’Issoudun Reel A Trad Identitairs


Jeff’s Tune Reel Émile Benoit
Reel Joe Cormier Reel A mix Trad Identitairs
Valse des jouets Waltz D Michel Faubert Identitairs


Le Korolenko (jig) 6/8 G Jean-Paul Loyer Identitairs
Le Korolenko (reel) Reel G Jean-Paul Loyer thesession.org


La quadrille des Laurentides Reel D rep. of Isidore Soucy Youtube – Lisa Ornstein
Liberty AKA Reel de Ti-Jean


MacDonald’s reel AKA Reel Joe Cormier
Gigue à maede Gigue rep. of Éric Favreau
Maison de glace Air D/B min Réjean Brunet Identitairs; Youtube
Galope de la Malbaie Reel D Trad Identitairs
Reel Maisonneuve Reel G rep. of Joseph Allard Library & Archives Canada
Manitou cassé Reel D Andy Dejarlis Dent-de-lion CD “Les beaux yeux bleus” Tr. 7
Meech Lake Breakdown Reel Émile Benoit
La mignonne Simon Riopel
Reel M. Mimeault Reel D rep. of Yvon Mimeault Youtube – Simon Lepage
Mlle McLeod Reel G Trad blog: Fiddling Demystified (specifically, Acadian ver)
Mon père a 29 poules Reel ? rep. of Pascal Gemme actual tune name unknown
Reel Mont-Joli? Yvon Mimeault
Marche du Mont-St-Louis March D Alfred Montmarquette Identitairs
Montebello Richard Forest
Mouth of the Tobique Reel G Trad. Identitairs



Old French Reel A mix/D Trad Identitairs; also tradquebec.over-blog.com


Par derrière chez ma tante Song Trad
Valse pour Patrick Waltz D Lisa Ornstein Youtube – Festival Memoire et Racines, 2011
Reel du père Bruneau Reel D Lorenzo Picard Identitairs (AKA Hommage à Philippe Bruneau)
Le petit bûcheux Reel D Trad CD “Chic en swell” by La Bottine Souriante, tr 9.
Gigue du petit Sarny 6/8 G Éric Favreau Identitairs
Hommage à Philippe Bruneau Waltz D Guy Loyer Identitairs
La pluie de la St-Jean Reel G Claude Méthé
Valse des poêles Waltz A Simon Riopel blog tradquebec
Pointe-au-pic Reel C/A min Trad Identitairs
Le pôteau blanc Reel A Trad (rep. Joseph Allard) Identitairs
Le printemps Reel D/B dor André Brunet Youtube – Les frères Brunet @ Chants de vielles


Waltz quadrille Waltz D rep. of Walter Flett Youtube – Ruby John @ Brethern Music Fest
Gigue à quatorze ???
La Marche du quêteux Pomerleau March G Trad Youtube – A Brunet & M Billette @ Goderich


Red Braid Jig G Brian Pickell
Red Island Reel Reel Émile Benoit
6/8 en 6/8 D André Alain tradquebec.over-blog.com
Reel en ré Reel D André Alain
Le releveur Reel Emin/G Richard Forest thesession.org
Le rencontre des dames Jig Amin/F rep. Jules Verret Danse ce soir
Reel à répondre Reel D rep. of frères Brunet Identitairs
La rêve du quêteux Tremblay Reel F rep. of André Alain Identitairs
La robe de la mariée Reel D Jean-Paul Loyer Youtube – Peter Kratoska, Princeton Trad Music Fest
Le ruisseau français Reel D André Brunet Youtube – Camp Violon Trad Québec @ Joliette
Rambler’s Hornpipe AKA Old French


Reel de Ste-Anne Reel D Trad (Joseph Allard?) Identitairs
Reel St-Antoine Reel A Trad Identitairs
Reel St-Côme 1 Brandy A/G Trad Youtube; André Brunet at Goderich
Reel St-Côme 2 Brandy G Trad Youtube; André Brunet at Goderich
Reel St-Côme 3 Reel D Trad Youtube – Camp Violon Trad Québec in Rawdon
Reel St-Côme 4 Reel A Trad Youtube – Camp Violon Trad Québec in Rawdon
Reel St-Étienne Reel D Trad Identitairs
Reel St-Jean Reel Bmin/D Trad Identitairs
Reel St-Joseph Reel D Trad Identitairs; also Virtual Gramophone of Joseph Allard; also tradquebec.overblog.com
La sauvagesse Reel A Trad Identitairs
Reel du semeur Reel D Trad Identitairs; also tradquebec.overblog.com
6/8 en sol Jig G Trad, rep. Eric Corrigan Identitairs
Reel à Sophie Reel A Édouard Richard Pandora
La soupe aux pois AKA Le bûcheron
Sourgrass & granite Walz D Brian Pickell


Le talencourt Reel D (C?) Trad Identitairs
Reel de Ti-Jean Reel D Trad Youtube – Vi Wickam
Reel Ti-Mé Reel D Marcel Messervier Youtube – Robert Boutet; also Identitairs
Reel des ti-minous Reel G Trad Identitairs
Step à Ti-Phonse Reel G Trad Youtube, Identitairs
Le tourment 6/8 G (orig C) Jean-Paul Loyer Identitairs



Valcartier AKA 6/8 en sol
Reel Valleyfield Reel D Trad Identitairs
Vieux cotillon de l’an premier Reel D Avila Leblanc blog Leger
Vieux cotillon des Iles Reel D Avila Leblanc blog Leger, also Identitairs as Cotillon d’Avila Leblanc


Ronfleuse Wilfred CD “Reel à deux” d’Éric Favreau et Mario Landry
Woodchopper’s Reel AKA Le bûcheron




Danse ce soir
La Famille Léger blog
Fiddling Demystified

Tunes to be added:

  • Quatre fers en l’air
  • La grande gigue simple (de Québec)
  • Jesse’s waltz (by Marcel Messervier, from the playing of Stéphane Landry)
  • La grand gigue du père Richard (Entourloupe)
  • 6/8 des éclusiers André Brunet
  • La ronfleuse Wilfred / les noces d’argent /
  • Reel américain
  • Spandy (Éric Favreau)
  • une valse de Philippe Bruneau (on pense)
  • 6/8 petite Sarny (Éric Favreau) / Valcartier (Keith Corrigan)
  • Reel des indiens d’Isidor Souci (in G-major)
  • Nicholas’ Breton tunes
  • Le saut du lapin
  • L’ange aux patins (Méthé)
  • Reel minuit
  • reel Matawa (Foret) et Montebello (A dorian reel) played after le releveur
  • Le printemps (Verret????),
  • Two-step d’Armand
  • Joys of Quebec
  • La complainte du violon confesseur (Favreau)
  • Set américain
  • Reel américain
  • King of the lofts (Métis)
  • Trade song (Métis)
  • Reel des éboulements
  • Valse en 5 (Claude Méthé) and the first tune on the album La tondeuse
  • Reel des copeaux de bois
  • La Terrebonne
  • Ici et maintenant (encore une fois, merci, Richard)
  • le reel du Mal de dos
  • le reel de Louis Gagnon
  • Concordia
  • les patins à Pauline
  • La ronfleuse Gobeil
  • Jos Bouchard (Thérèse Rioux)

Some helpful resources

Anne LedermanSome tunes…

Our own Anne Lederman has created some folders in the cloud with recordings of some classic Metis and Québécois tunes.  These folders are by invite only, so send Anne an email if you’d like access to these tunes.

A list…

There is a Québécois Trad Session in San Francisco, California, and they maintain a Yahoo Group where they post set lists (with per-song links to resources) for their sessions.  This list averages about 5 messages per month and is also invitation only.  To join, visit the QueTradSF Yahoo Group.

La Famille LégerA blog…

La Famille Léger are a band in Seattle Washington (US) that play the dance music of Québec and New Brunswick.  On their blog, you will find a wealth of recordings, videos and transcriptions of quite a few wonderful tunes.

For anybody looking to do a bit of exploring, it’s hard to go wrong here.  Check them out, and bring a musical snack to share next session.

À bientôt!

Québécois tune database – Identitairs Québécois

In the first session, I mentioned several resources where one may go to learn tunes.  I should probably mention that different methods of learning tunes will result in varying level of benefit to you.

Hierarchy of tune acquisition:

  • Brain transplant from professional Québécois musician or ethnomusicologist
    Pros: encyclopaedic knowledge of tunes, incredible and authentic playing technique, knowledge of idiomatic French language
    Cons: technically unfeasible (currently), no longer able to easily get favorite beers, complete loss of awareness of your actual family/life/career, hostility from Québécois music community for stealing brain of favorite musician
  • Be raised by actual Québécois musician
    Pros: raised in the idiom, constant access to tune lists and technique of parent and their musician friends
    Cons: lack of sleep due to kitchen parties
  • Lessons/sessions from/with accomplished Québécois musician
    Pros: access to tune lists/technique of skilled musician
    Cons: lessons will cost, not the same level of immersion as is available with own live-in musician
  • Concerts/dances by performing Québécois musicians
    Pros: Hear tunes played at the highest level of artistry
    Cons: Cost, ephemeral/transient/fleeting experience
  • Recordings
    Pros: ability to repeatedly listen to a tune, ability to slow down music to find out WTHDTJDT (What The Heck Did They Just Do There?) using tools like The Amazing Slow Downer
    Cons: limited ability to learn the art of variation
  • Sheet music/ABC’s
    Pros: A portable, archival representation of the sense of a particular tune, a guide from where a tune may start
    Cons: The skeleton of a tune as represented in notation lacks most/all of the stylistic elements that make a tune quintessentially Québécois.

Identitairs home pageIdentitairs Québécois bills itself as “A Web site dedicated to french-canadian traditional music” and does a fine job providing history, tune transcriptions and performance/recording excerpts of a variety of French-Canadian tunes so that you may discover and start learning some tunes in a way that works best for you.

On the right side of each page are an icon for English versions of the site, a contact email address and a search utility, allowing you to search for tunes, performers, and composers.  Left side navigation gives you link to some helpful historical information and linked lists of instruments, performers old and new, and other interesting links and references.  There is also a handy New Stuff / Nouveaux ajouts link that will list new additions to the site.

L'histoire de mon vieux coq (English)Once you follow links into a tune, you will find links to sheet music/transcriptions, midi files, performance excerpt, and other tunes associated with the composer/performer.

The sheet music transcriptions are of varying quality, and as with any folk music tradition, provide only the barest of skeletons upon which you are encouraged to take the broadest of liberties.  The performance excerpts at the bottom of the page are usually quite good and are drawn from hotshot young performers as well as archive recordings by the grand old names of the tradition.

I find Identitairs Québécois to be worth a look, if you are trying to find tunes to go with a name, or other tunes in the repertoire of a performer you particularly like, or just want to do a little hunting for new gems to bring to the session.  Have fun!