Alexis Gardette Chartrand
Alexis Chartrand is a fiddler from Montréal who has been active in the québécois traditional music scene for several years. He is known for his energetic accompaniment of stepdancing and social dances and frequently collaborates with dancers including baroque dancer Anne-Marie Gardette, traditional dancers and callers Pierre Chartrand and Mélissandre Tremblay-Bourassa, and regularly performs in duo with guitarists such as Yann Falquet, Colin Savoie-Levac and Peter Senn. His 2017 album with multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Babineau (fiddle, guitar), Gigues à 2 faces, was nominated at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Traditional Album. His performances have brought him around Québec, Canada, New England and Europe. His research into the intersections between traditional and baroque violin styles has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. His teaching has been appreciated at CAMMAC, Sutton (Québec), Boxwood Festival (Nova Scotia) and Carleton University (Ontario), among others, where he has given workshops on fiddle, traditional repertoire and traditional music history.