1991 Juno Award Winner

The JUNO Award winning master of the harmonica has been compared to the legends of the harmonica: Larry Adler, Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy Williamson. The sounds he creates with his myriad harmonicas is truly astonishing. His music is highly original as well, reflecting his French Canadian and Manitoba voyageur roots but incorporating the music of the world. His compositions express his past and present, the people he has met and the places he has been.
These images explode from the harmonica when he plays and tells his stories and legends in French and English.

In addition to over 60 various harmonicas, he also uses the penny whistle, Indian mouthbow, fiddle bow, jaw harp and other percussive toys to create his unique fusion of musical styles: French-Canadian, Zydeco, Cajun, boogie, African rhythms, blues and Celtic.

Gérald Laroche is a master of his instrument and will often play up to 25 different harmonicas in a concert, while he carries nearly 60 of them on tour.

 

 

Career Highlights

2010
Touring in BC
France tour: Paris, Montlucon, Lignières with Gilles Chabenat (duo)
Canada Tour with Gilles Chabenat including Halifax, Ottawa, Québec, Calgary and Winnipeg (duo)
Hommage à Louis Riel concert, Saint-Boniface, Manitoba
Touring Manitoba communities
Concept, creation, illustration of a historical comic book for Canadian Parents for French (part 2)

2009
Original music and performance for the Illustrated History of The Anishinabe: MTYP Winnipeg and Vertigo Theatre Calgary
Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France, Québec
Touring with Gilles Chabenat, France & Canada (duo)
Touring in Victoria, Maillardville & Vancouver
Showcase, Réseau Centre, Québec
Winterlude, Ottawa, Ontario
Concert, Alliance, Nebraska
Composed music for documentary, National Film Board
Concept, creation, illustration of a historical comic book for Canadian Parents for French (part 1)
International Storytelling Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Touring in Victoria, Colombie Britannique
TV show recording, Makusham, Moncton, New-Brunswick
Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg, Manitoba
School Tour, Artist in the schools program, Manitoba

2008
Touring for MASC, Ottawa
Touring in North West Territories
Opening Show for Festival du sucre d'érable, Nanaimo, Colombie Britannique
Community Tour, Manitoba
Shows for youth, Alberta and British Colombia
Festival Montcalm, Saint-Joseph, Manitoba

2007
TV Broadcasting for APTN (WeJoggin), Winnipeg
Concert for NATO, Victoria
Concert for FFCF 30th anniversary, Ottawa
Community Tour, Manitoba
CINARS, Montréal
Concert, Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface

2006
Winterlude, Ottawa
Tour, Colombie-Britannique
Septième journée du conte, Braga, Portugal
Tour, Manitoba
Tour, Canadian Parents for French, Manitoba

2005
Tour in Haïti
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg
Juno Awards Festival
Canada Summer Games, Regina, Saskatchewan
La grande rencontre, Sommet de l’harmonica, Montréal

2004
Ottawa Folk Festival
Winnipeg Children’s Festival
Mississauga Children’s Festival
South Dakota Concert Tour
Theatre Project for Pluri-elles, Winnipeg

Avant 2003
Strasbourg, France – 2003
Portugal – 2002
Festival Les Déferlantes, Cap Breton, France – August 2001
Burkina-Faso - 2001
Tour in France - November 2000
International Tour: Belgium, France, Romania, Switzerland, Québec - 2000
Coup de cœur francophone - Opening for Gilles Vigneault, Montréal - November 2000
Tour in New-Brunswick schools - oct. & nov. 2000
Tour in Saskatchewan schools - September 2000
Tour in Europe – 1984, 1994, 2000
Sommet de la Francophonie – Moncton (New-Brunswick) 1999
Winnipeg Folk Festival – 1996, 1998
Concert for the Governor General of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba - 1995
Jeux de la Francophonie – Paris 1994. Représenting Canada
Festival international de jazz de Montréal – 1986
Vancouver Expo - 1986

Recordings

  • Rubato/Stealing Time CD 1998 independent release
  • Gérald Laroche: Blues, Cajun. Zydeco, cassette 1986, independent
  • Franco-Manitoban artists compilation CD 1995
  • Saturday Night Blues: The Great Canadian Blues Project, 1991 Stony Plain Records/CBC Variety
  • Coast to Coast - CBC Montréal compilation album, 1988

Theatre

  • Manitoba Theatre For Young People, 1997, composer, "Toronto at Dreamer's Rock"
  • Toronto Children's Dance Theatre
  • Manitoba Theatre For Young People, 1990-91, performer/composer "The Red River Story"
  • In 1991, Gérald Laroche won a Juno Award for best blues/traditional album, for his participation ("Danser Le Loup") in "Saturday Night Blues: The Great Canadian Blues Project" for Stony Plain Records.

Video Recordings

Live concert at the Astrolabe, Ottawa, 1995, prod. by Amérimage for TV5 International, Bravo Canada, TV Ontario

Television program, "Auto-Stop", 1995, Radio-Canada, Winnipeg

Television Program "L'Autoroute électronique", 1987, Radio-Canada