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I solve problems through music
William Lamoureux stands out for his remarkable stage presence, his charisma and his excellent technique on the violin. Whether he's playing in a classical orchestra, in a rock or a country band, in a world music or jazz ensemble, William leaves no one indifferent:
”When William Lamoureux starts playing his violin, there's an instant alertness in the audience, a focus on him on the stage. Perhaps it's the fluidity and energy of his playing, or the way he can switch effortlessly between percussive bowing and bittersweet melodies, or how his violin can sing so expressively." - Alayne McGregor, "Ottawa Jazz Scene".
William is involved in a number of high profile projects including the Playground Project (playgroundproject.ca), a one-man-band act where he interprets well-known pop tunes arranged live on stage with vocals, violin, percussion and effects pedals. He is the founder of the exciting Québec rock group, Billy Love Band (billyloveband.com). He is also a member of singer-songwriter Kalyna Rakel’s band (kalynarakel.com), the manouche jazz quartet Gypsy Muse, Steve Koven’s Project Rex and the world music quartet So Long Seven (solongseven.com) who were nominated as instrumental group of the year at the Folk Music Awards 2019, and completed their first European tour in November 2018. In the Fall of 2018, he was on stage with Jasper Gahunia playing their original music live with the RUBBERBANDance Group in its latest creation, Ever So Slightly, at Place des Arts in Montreal and the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, among other venues. In addition, he is a featured artist at ONQ Live Entertainment (onq-live.com), Tip Top Entertainement and Bongo and B Entertainment (www.bongoandb.com) in Toronto.
William studied classical violin for nine years at the Québec Music Conservatory under Christian Vachon and Alexandre Da Costa, before entering Humber College. He perfected his approach to many styles of popular music, specifically jazz, under Drew Jurecka (violin), Alastair Kay, Ted Quinlan, Kirk MacDonald & Pat LaBarbara (improvisation) and Denzal Sinclaire & Elaine Overholt (voice). He has opened for or shared the stage with artists such as Christian McBride, Shawn Philips, Harry Manx, New Cities, Les Colocs, Loco Locas, Roch Voisine, Roddy Ellias, The New York Voices and Larry Goldings, among others.
William is in high demand as a producer and studio musician, as an arranger, as a sideman and as a sideman in numerous projects across Canada. He is also a singer, guitarist, mandolinist, ukulelist and keyboardist.
Some selected accolades
Winner of the Public Choice Award at Les Francouvertes 2018
Participation in Québec's Les Francouvertes 2018.
Gordon & Anne Wragg Music Scholarship 2016 and 2017
Humber Board of Governors Award 2016
Yamaha Music Canada Scholarship - for outstanding achievement 2015
MusicFest Scholarship 2014
Winner Most popular Song Contest, Granby Festival 2014
Semi-finalist, Granby International Singer-Songwriter Festival
Desjardins Award 2013
Winner of Much Music’s School of Rock contest 2013