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Being born into music is one thing but making it one’s life is quite another. A charming and nonchalant young man from Saint-Prime, Gab Bouchard grew up among some of Lac-Saint-Jean’s most heavy hitters, including his father, drummer Pierre Bouchard, whose name was immortalized in the title of Gros Mené’s first record and who played in a cover band with Noël Fortin (father to another famous musician from Saint-Prime who needs no introduction). He quickly turned to music, and after a few years of trial and error, released Cerveau-lent, a country-rock EP with pop leanings, in 2017. Buoyed by local success, he and his trademark mustache headed to Montreal to take things to the next level in the big city.

His first album, Triste pareil, borne of painstaking labour and heartbreak, was released just as the first lockdown took hold in 2020, and he was only able to celebrate its release with shows in Montreal and Quebec City. He didn’t lose any time building up a following, however, as his songs have since racked up over 2 million plays on streaming platforms, and the album was nominated for indie rock album of the year at the 2020 GAMIQ awards. This created demand for new material, which he devoted himself to writing over the past two years. While his music career was gathering steam, he also created the popular web series, Cool pareil, which dramatizes the making of Triste pareil. Inspired by the US version of The Office, Bouchard plays a loveable dimwit alongside Rémi-Pierre Paquin, who plays the role of producer Olivier Langevin, and David Savard, who plays recording engineer Pierre Girard. This lighthearted romp earned him a nomination for “Artist with the most buzz online” at the 2021 ADISQ awards, where he also participated in the gala’s opening sequence. That’s showbiz! Although forced to cancel his first round of shows, he was able to make it up with several festival appearances throughout the summer of 2021, and he’s already plotting a great tour for his next album.

The hotly anticipated second album Grafignes is slated for release at the end of August 2022 and promises to delve even more deeply into everything that made the first record great, mixing country, pop, 70s influences, big riffs, sing-along choruses, and a lot of piano playing that shows Gab Bouchard at his best.

Being born into music is one thing but making it one’s life is quite another. A charming and nonchalant young man from Saint-Prime, Gab Bouchard grew up among some of Lac-Saint-Jean’s most heavy hitters, including his father, drummer Pierre Bouchard, whose name was immortalized in the title of Gros Mené’s first record and who played in a cover band with Noël Fortin (father to another famous musician from Saint-Prime who needs no introduction). He quickly turned to music, and after a few years of trial and error, released Cerveau-lent, a country-rock EP with pop leanings, in 2017. Buoyed by local success, he and his trademark mustache headed to Montreal to take things to the next level in the big city.

His first album, Triste pareil, borne of painstaking labour and heartbreak, was released just as the first lockdown took hold in 2020, and he was only able to celebrate its release with shows in Montreal and Quebec City. He didn’t lose any time building up a following, however, as his songs have since racked up over 2 million plays on streaming platforms, and the album was nominated for indie rock album of the year at the 2020 GAMIQ awards. This created demand for new material, which he devoted himself to writing over the past two years. While his music career was gathering steam, he also created the popular web series, Cool pareil, which dramatizes the making of Triste pareil. Inspired by the US version of The Office, Bouchard plays a loveable dimwit alongside Rémi-Pierre Paquin, who plays the role of producer Olivier Langevin, and David Savard, who plays recording engineer Pierre Girard. This lighthearted romp earned him a nomination for “Artist with the most buzz online” at the 2021 ADISQ awards, where he also participated in the gala’s opening sequence. That’s showbiz! Although forced to cancel his first round of shows, he was able to make it up with several festival appearances throughout the summer of 2021, and he’s already plotting a great tour for his next album.

The hotly anticipated second album Grafignes is slated for release at the end of August 2022 and promises to delve even more deeply into everything that made the first record great, mixing country, pop, 70s influences, big riffs, sing-along choruses, and a lot of piano playing that shows Gab Bouchard at his best.

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