Hey, Wow is Jean-Marc Lalonde’s newest musical project. Best known as the accordionist for the traditional group La Ligue du Bonheur, as well as the folk-rock band Deux Saisons, Jean-Marc has abandoned his checkered and flannel shirts for a rawer sound. There’s accordion in it, but as you’ve never heard it before; amplified, distorted, wah-wah’ed… in short, unrecognizable at times. With this rocking new sound, while still keeping a foot in traditional and roots music, Jean-Marc offers up playful songs that talk about the moments in life that stand out: the joys of falling in love, along with the chaos, break-ups and revenge that follows. He even sings about the typical arguments that every couple has at Ikea!
On stage, Hey, Wow offers up a once-in-a-lifetime experience thanks to their dynamic stage show, music that will keep people dancing into the wee hours and songs and stories that everyone can relate to… all in the same show!
Hey, Wow! A few honours!
Jean-Marc has embarked on several Canadian and International tours with La Ligue du Bonheur and Deux Saisons. He is also a recipient of the Billochet du jongleur Award from the Centre franco-ontarien du folklore for his contributions in keep oral traditions alive in Ontario’s francophone community. With La Ligue du Bonheur, he also had the opportunity to perform for Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their 2011 Royal Tour of Canada.
In 2014, Hey, Wow won the Folk Music Ontario and Stingray Music Songs From The Heart Award for Best Francophone Song for C’est toi que ça me prend. In 2015, the group received three awards at the closing gala of the 34th Contact Ontarois: the Coup de Foudre Award, the Festival du Voyageur Award and the Festival Franco-Fête de Toronto Award.
Hey, Wow! The Band!
Jean-Marc Lalonde: Vocals, Diatonic and Chromatic Accordions, Piano, Appalachian Dulcimer and Harmonica
Martin Newman: Bass and vocals
Kevin Daoust: Guitar and vocals
Ross Murray: Drums