LGS swings by the Mac ballroom this Friday

This show is being held in conjunction with the 51st anniversary of Centre Culturel La Ronde.

Le Groupe Swing multi-instrumentalist Jean-Philippe Goulet is seen here performing on the opening day of Stars and Thunder in Timmins in June 2018. LGS is returning to Timmins for a performance at the McIntyre Ballroom this Friday. JOHN EMMS/For The Daily Press jpg, TD

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Timmins music fans are in for a special treat when Le Groupe Swing (LGS) rocks the McIntyre Ballroom this Friday at 8 p.m.

Fans will remember when LGS tore it up on Saint-Jean Baptiste Day in Timmins during the 2018 Stars and Thunder performance.

The band’s vibe was pure and positive.

Michel Bénac, the lead singer, is the king of any stage he steps on.

He shares the stage with Jean-Philippe Goulet, an incredible multi-instrumentalist whose violin playing can steal any song at any point.

Since the beginning of 2018, the band has reinvented itself by launching the 45-lap series which is two new songs on digital and vinyl versions for the next two years.

The band released the new EP 45 tours Volume One in 2018 and another EP in 2019.

Along with previous big tracks like C Okay CB Buddy and the newer songs Thirsty and On Perd la Tête are enormous singalongs — and I don’t even speak French.

To say this band is exciting is an understatement.

Most people have no idea why LGS blow people away but if you look at their bio, they have rocked more than 1,100 performances across Canada and the world in front of over 700,000 spectators.

If you can’t dance and move when LGS is on stage with that Franco-Ontarian folk-meets-techno music, then you should go see a doctor.

In a career that spans almost 20 years, the band has been nominated at the Québec Association for the Recording, Concert and Video Industries (ADISQ) Gala in the “Traditional Album of the Year” category (2004) and at the JUNO Awards for “French Album of the Year” (2009).

Between 2001 and 2016, LGS won 13 Trille Gold awards including “Group of the Year” (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011) and “Best Performance” (2001, 2005 and 2007).

Tickets are in high demand for Friday’s concert.

This show is being held in conjunction with the 51st anniversary of Centre Culturel La Ronde. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., dinner is 6:30 p.m. and the concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $60 for La Ronde members, $70 for non-members.

Contact La Ronde for more details.

John Emms is a Timmins musician who writes about the local music scene.

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