Gaël Faure is one of those artists who leave an indelible impression. His melodies blend elements of folk, pop and soul and his lyrics inhabit wide-open spaces. His original compositions are characterised by their raw energy, freshness and sincerity.
A self-taught musician, he bought his first guitar at the age of 14 after attending a performance by Louise Attaque near his home town in Ardèche (France). As he recalls: “I loved the wood, the nylon strings. I struggled to find the chords, one by one. And I discovered that there are no set codes, that everything is possible”. Before long, he found his voice as well. He took part in a televised competition (“La Nouvelle Star”), and went on to do openings for artists like Michel Jonasz and Barcella, and shared the stage with the likes of Tété. In 2014, he released his first album “De Silences en Bascules”.
This recording is an invitation to travel, to dream, and to escape. You only have to close your eyes to be transported into a universe of strange sounds full of sensuous and enchanting mysteries.
After at least a hundred performances in France, Belgium and Canada, Gael Faure will make a special appearance at the ‘’Coup de cœur francophone sur la France” on Saturday, November 14, on the Studio 1398 stage on Granville Island.
New York-born, Joshua Minsky grew up in Vancouver. An inveterate traveller, he spent twelve years exploring Europe, guitar in hand, playing jazz, rock, soul or funk according to his mood. By the time of his return here in 1996, he had developed a wide repertoire of classic French songs perfectly suited to his deep seductive voice.
Joshua Minsky’s performance on stage is imbued with charisma and world-elegance. Vancouver’s audience enjoyed a sampling of his interpretative talents in November 2002 as part of the Coup de coeur francophone.
Since then Joshua has performed, amongst other, at the concert "T'as voulu voir Vancouver," a tribute to Jacques Brel at the Waterfront Theatre, which was broadcasted by CBC Radio Canada, and again in a tribute to Edith Piaf at the Arts Club Theatre. Winner of the Critics Award at the “Pacifique En Chanson” in 2008, he performed at Vancouver’s Diner en blanc in 2013.
Serge Gainsbourg, Charles Trenet, Georges Brassens, Edith Piaf will be part of the soundscape on Saturday, November 14th at 8 p.m., as the opening of the evening “Coup de coeur francophone sur la France”. Join us for an unforgettable evening with Joshua Minsky and his unique voice!