Aleksi Campagne is the 2023 Penguin Eggs/Roots Music Canada Critics’ New Discovery of the Year.
Aleksi released his debut album, For The Giving/Sans Rien Donner this summer, but he already had people buzzing last year after his standout showcase at the Folk Alliance International conference, his debut at the Mariposa Folk Festival, and his performance in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition, where he was a finalist.
Aleksi has one of the best pedigrees a Canadian folk artist could ask for. His mother is Canadian folk icon Connie Kaldor, and his dad is Hart Rouge founder Paul Campagne. He began touring with his mom at age five and moved to France for two years at age 19 to study jazz violin with Didier Lockwood. When he returned, he became the only student to ever be accepted into the classical violin, the jazz violin and the jazz voice performance programs at McGill University.
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For The Giving/Sans Rien Donner is a two-disc set of 10 songs, sung in English on one disc and then in French on the second disc. It is a tribute to his bilingual heritage, his mom being Anglophone and his father being Francophone.
Aleksi has been living the classic folk troubadour life since releasing the album, carrying out a massive tour that took him across western Canada this past fall and will take him to prestigious venues like the Ark in Ann Arbour, MI and Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles this year.
Four artists tied for second place for New Discovery of the Year. They are:
- Mary Beth Carty
- Black Feathers
- Sammy Volkov
- Maddy Storvold