Étoile Noire is a creative bilingual musical duo, including Canadian core artists Fabien Melanson and Justin Trudeau, bringing together a unique grassroots charm, and southern twist. Influenced by groups such as: Gordon Lightfoot, Steve Earle and The Strokes, their compositions reflect the root-based styles and techniques that produces the organic feel they strive to achieve.
A tasty mix of southern groove, chicken pickin' licks, alt folk storytelling, and organic beats. Uniquely written in both official Canadian languages, melodies are full of tension and passionate notes.
"It all happened by hanging out and talking about life", says Trudeau of the organic growth of the project. This bilingual Folk, Indie, Country entity was excited for the release of their full length self-titled album, Étoile Noire (Black Star) .
In Nov. 2017, Étoile Noire released their debut album and promoted it in Ottawa as well as 11 cities across the east-coast of Canada. They gained coverage on radio, such as: CHOIX FM in Moncton, NB, and PHANTOM FM in Bathurst, NB. In the same year, Étoile Noire shares the bill with Juno-Award winner Julian Taylor Band, then Jeff Martin of the Tea Party, and later performing at two venues for Marvest/CityFolk Festival. Local radio stations continue to spin their songs, and they are reviewed by many organizations, such as Apt613, Ottawa Life Magazine, Musicoin, etc.
In 2018, they continue to promote and write. A return to the east-coast, festivals across Canada, with a aspirations to tour in Europe.
Justin, formerly of ilvekyo (4 years), performs with Julie Corrigan, Allysa Munaretto, studio work at JohnnyHall Productions Will be representing Etoile Noire, with "The Long War" at LanaLou's in Vancouver.
(From Bathurst, NB)
Singer/songwriter for most of his waking life, notepad at hand, Fabien captures the abundant poetry in the world that moves around him. "There is beauty in the variety of perceptions in each event. There are many ways to look at things. That, is freedom to me". Armed with his acoustic guitar, Fabien records those moments in time; through music, he marks this plane with rhythm and melody.