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Singer-songwriter Émile Bilodeau is preparing to release his third studio album. His debut opus, Rites de passage, led to extensive touring for nearly three years. At age 23, the Longueuil native has already built a solid reputation, thanks in part to a socially engaged worldview that transcends and unites generations. Up until now, Émile has sold 25,000 copies of his debut album, reached the number one spot of the BDS pop rock charts with his single “J’en ai plein mon cass,” generated 11 million online streams, won the ADISQ award for Revelation of the Year, and taken part in countless projects combining music and social commitment. And now, he is ready for more, as evidenced by this exciting new album. Once again, Émile’s fiery spirit and charisma find a comfortable balance thanks to the artful work of Philippe B. Among other things, the producer helped him construct extended metaphors that truly support his beliefs and allegiances. In 2019, Émile Bilodeau has chosen to take some distance from his own experiences to address topics of concern in Quebec: eco-anxiety, the harsh reality of entering the labour market, as well as language and sovereignty issues.

He put out Grandeur mature in the fall of 2019. As its title suggests, this second album demonstrated an evolution, a refinement of his sense of restlessness and of his work on the language that he holds dear. Grandeur mature received extensive radio play with tracks “Candy,” “Robin des bois” and “Échec et mat,” and a pickup truck tour across Quebec in the summer of 2020 helped him win a Félix for Male Performer of the Year at the 2020 ADISQ awards.

He wouldn’t leave us alone for too long, though. That’s why, less than two years later, he’s preparing his return, with a third album slated for released this fall on Bravo musique. It will feature the distinct artistry that Quebec has come to know him for, and with which he now identifies.

True to form, Émile Bilodeau is here for us. With a generous and open heart that’s in the right place, a gaze that’s as sharp as one of Robin Hood’s arrows, and a unifying camaraderie, the twentysomething singer-songwriter born in Longueuil has quickly positioned himself as an inclusive voice for all generations of Quebeckers. His hits have filled airwaves and big venues, and his rousing folk-rock anthems have all of Quebec breaking into song with him.

He began playing music as a teenager and released his first album, Rites de passage, in 2016. More than 40,000 copies were sold, with tens of millions of streams. The album's first single, “J’en ai plein mon cass,” reached No. 1 in the BDS pop rock charts and led to a three-year tour that was certified silver (25,000 tickets sold in over 350 concerts in Quebec and 50 in France and Belgium) and culminated with a performance on the main stage at the Francos de Montréal, where many people discovered a brilliant, honest, and unifying artist. His efforts awarded him a Félix for Revelation of the Year at the ADISQ awards in 2017, and also provided him the opportunity to take part in major tribute projects for Richard Desjardins, Paul Piché and Félix Leclerc, whose works he reveres.

Immediately after this run, he put out Grandeur mature in the fall of 2019. As its title suggests, this second album demonstrated an evolution, a refinement of his sense of restlessness and of his work on the language that he holds dear. Grandeur mature received extensive radio play with tracks “Candy,” “Robin des bois” and “Échec et mat,” and a pickup truck tour across Quebec in the summer of 2020 helped him win a Félix for Male Performer of the Year at the 2020 ADISQ awards. Through all of this, Émile Bilodeau has remained prolific and altruistic, both through his work with Pour 3 Points, an organization for underprivileged youth, and by giving youth workshops at École Carignan.

He wouldn’t leave us alone for too long, though. That’s why, less than two years later, he’s preparing his return, with a third album slated for released this fall on Bravo musique. It will feature the distinct artistry that Quebec has come to know him for, and with which he now identifies.

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