100% made in Acadie, Beauxmont is a group that mixes traditional Acadian, Louisiana and maritime sounds, creating music for large stages and kitchen parties. Composed of seven experienced musicians, Beauxmont is not at its first rodeo. Together, this group aims to carry on the traditions of past Acadian musicians by bringing spirit and dancing to all generations.
Beauxmont is finishing the recording of their first album, which is already attracting the attention of the media and festivals in the Atlantic provinces. The group will go on tour this summer to promote the album, which will be released in late spring 2023.
Originally from Grand Barachois, New Brunswick, Félix Belliveau is a singer-songwriter living in the greater Moncton area. Acadian music has been an essential part of Felix’s upbringing as his family is well known in the industry. Although he is part of the Belliveau family (Bois-Joli and George Belliveau), Félix has been forging his own career for many years. A graduate of the École Nationale de la Chanson de Granby in 2016, Félix has more than 10 years of stage experience. Within Beauxmont, he shares the roles of lead vocalist and lyricist, and plays acoustic guitar.
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Chris Cormier comes with a Bachelor of Music (percussion) from the Université de Moncton (2019). With more than 10 years of experience, his career started with accompanying English artist, Tyler Hache. Subsequently, with the help of musician and producer Sébastien Michaud, Chris integrated into the world of French music, where he has shared the stage with artists such as Simon Daniel, Émilie Landry, Chloé Breault, Matt Boudreau, Jonathan Sonier , Christine Melanson and the Divorcees. Chris continues to secure his place as one of the choice percussionists on the music scene in the Maritimes.
From Beresford, New Brunswick, Justin Doucet discovered a passion for the violin at a young age. He made his public debut in 2009 and quickly became part of the Acadian landscape as an accompanying violinist. In 2011, Justin joined recording artist Danny Boudreau in the studio and on tour throughout Canada and Europe. With a bachelor’s degree in musical interpretation (Université de Moncton), Justin collaborates with various French Canadian artists as a musician, composer and musical director. In 2019, he joined the group Beauséjour and released his first solo album titled, Question de Perspective. Justin holds the roles of violinist, lyricist and composer in Beauxmont.
Éric Dow is an Acadian activist from Baie Sainte-Marie, Nova Scotia. He emerged onto the scene as the lead singer and lyricist of the Acadian indie-folk group, Cy. Along with the Acadian circut, Eric has experience performing in Quebec, Ontario, France and the United States. Eric has been awarded several prizes and distinctions such as, Prix Éloize, Prix Musique NB, Prix Grand-Pré , nominations at the ECMAs, Trille Or and Nova Scotia Music Awards. Within Beauxmont, he shares the roles of lead vocalist and lyricist, and plays ti-fer (the cajun triangle) and washboard.
Originally from Campbellton in Northern New Brunswick, Pat Dugas grew up listening to his parents’ large vinyl collection. Pat draws inspiration from both the emotional side and the technical side of music. He began his career as a guitarist with the group KeroZen, winner of the Accros de la Chanson competition in 2009. Winning this competition gave Pat the motivation to pursue a career as a professional musician. He then moved to Montreal, where he became the guitarist for Jean-Marc Couture, winner of the Star Académie competition. Produced by Carl Bastien, Pat co-wrote
Jean-Marc Couture’s second album, titled ”Cabanon”. Pat continues to work with Carl and others (Damien Robitaille, Alain and Genevieve, Robert Seven Crows, Stone County Players) as a freelance musician. For the first time, Pat and Carl co-produced Maxime Lefebvre’s latest album, “D’unautre Côté” and has been touring with Acadian artist Raphaël Butler since 2018. Lastly, he plays guitar and sings in the group Dugas Bros, a Soul/Blues music project with his brother Jacques Dugas.
Jess Mea of Caraquet, New Brunswick, is a veteran of Acadian music with more than 30 years as a keyboardist and accordionist. His career continues to provide opportunities to perform across North America and Europe. Jesse’s skill set as a musician, accompanist, musical director, and composer allows him to work amongst many groups and settings. He has worked for Radio-Canada (the Luc et Luc program, the Gala des Éloizes, major concerts on 15 aout), theater productions (revival of the 100% Acadian Les Belles-Sœurs as a musician, composer of Wess et Autres Stress des productions Satellite Théâtre), in the studio, and on stage. He has worked with a vast number of artists, mostly Acadian. Jesse devotes time to composing pieces for the accordion, which he shares with Justin Doucet.
Based in Moncton, Jonathan Mpunge is a young bassist and singer. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jonathan and his family came to Canada when he was six years old. He has participated in various musical projects, including the African Children’s Choir and more recently, the group Miokal. Within Beauxmont, Jonathan plays the role of bassist and backup vocalist.