It’s been the coldest start to a new year in a very long time. The recent weather in Quebec inspired A Propos host Jim Corcoran to prepare a program all about songs evoking winter’s frigid air by francophone artists sensitive to the cold.

This week you’ll hear songs about winter by artists such as Daniel Bélanger, Fred Fortin, Mario Peluso, Luc De Larochellière, Jérôme Minière and Salomé Leclerc.

And if you're looking to reconcile with winter, here are a few recommended videos and translations.

First, an amazing video by Quebec band Malajube with the evocative title “Montréal – 40 C.”


You can also watch this poetic video by Luc De Larochellière, filmed in the snow. Although the song "J'ai vu" (I have seen) is not about the cold, the video is a beautiful portrait of winter.

Singer-songwriter Jérôme Minière was born in France and came to Quebec in 1995. When he moved here, he wrote the song “L’air du dehors” (The air outside.) It talks about how he fell in love with the cold winter air, and that it convinced him to move here. Below is a translation of his lyrics by Jim Corcoran.


Jim Corcoran translates Jérôme Minière's "L'air du dehors"

This week on A Propos, you'll hear more translations of songs about winter such as Daniel Bélanger's "Cruel, it's Cold, We're Freezing" as well as great francophone music inspired by the cold weather. 

A Propos airs on Sunday at 4 p.m. (4:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio 2 and Saturday at 11 p.m. (6 p.m. AT, 6:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One. 

posted by Sophie Laurent on Jan 10, 2014