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O SOM DO FADO: VOYAGE TO THE HEART OF PORTUGAL

Le Balcon invites you to experience the beating heart of Portugal – the poignant sound of fado.

Fado – “fate” – is the quintessential music of Portugal. With heartrending melancholy, it expresses saudade, the sense of bittersweet nostalgia for something lost, or desired but never possessed. Born in Lisbon’s working-class bars and cafés in the early 19th century, this musical genre features deeply emotional singing accompanied by guitar and mandolin. It established itself as the national music of Portugal during the Salazar dictatorship, and it is now recognized as part of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage.

Le Balcon invites you to discover the exquisitely heartbreaking sound of fado, with Portuguese artist Cathy Pimentel and her talented band. Described by the media as “fado’s ambassador to Canada,” Pimentel’s voice overflows with emotions, delivering a unique blend of international sounds steeped in the dark beauty of fado. Her original style and superb performances have earned Pimentel appearances on stages around the world, to the delight of many thousands of people. 

Don’t miss this enchanting evening of music, singing and poetry at Le Balcon. An intense, poignant experience. 

Quartier des Spectacles - Montreal