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Although Karkwa only released three albums during the band's first decade together, the Canadian group garnered considerable critical acclaim during that time, eventually becoming the first francophone band to win the Polaris Music Prize. Formed in 1998 by singer/guitarist Louis-Jean Cormier, keyboardist François Lafontaine, bassist Martin Lamontagne, drummer Stephane Bergeron, and percussionist Julien Sagot, Karkwa scored a quick victory after being cherry-picked to perform at the Printemps du Quebec Festival in Paris in 1999. After taking a brief break to pursue individual pet projects, Karkwa made waves in 2001 when they made the final round of the Francouvertes musical talent competition. This led to a series of concerts and the release of a debut album, 2003's Le Pensionnat des Établis (Boarding School of the Establishment), a critically acclaimed record that climbed to the top of the college radio charts. In 2005, following a successful round of touring in support of their debut, Karkwa released album number two, Les Tremblements S'Immobilisent (The Tremors Come to a Halt). After winning the multiple Felix Awards the following year, Karkwa spent the latter part of 2007 touring Europe, eventually returning in 2008 with Le Volume du Vent (The Volume of the Wind). It was their fourth album, however -- 2010's Les Chemins de verre -- that gave Karkwa their biggest boost to date, earning a string of strong reviews and winning the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. ~ Chris True
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  2.   Dormir le Jour
  3.   Les vapeurs
  4.   Red Light
  5.   Le Coup d'État
  6.   La vague perdue
  7.   Le Solstice
  8.   Les froids fonds
  9.   Vertige
  10.   Le Volume du Vent
  11.   M'empêcher de sortir
  12.   Dors Dans Mon Sang
  13.   Le Vrai Bonheur
  14.   Pili-pili
  15.   Le Compteur
  16.   Alaska
  17.   Vrai
  18.   L' Épaule Froide
  19.   Moi-léger
  20.   Marie Tu Pleurs
  21.   28 Jours
  22.   L' Acouphène
  23.   Les Chemins de Verre
  24.   Le Pyromane
  25.   Le Bon Sens
  26.   Au-Dessus de la Tête de Lilijune
  27.   Oublie Pas
  28.   À la Chaîne
  29.   La Façade
  30.   Le Temps Mort
  31.   Échapper au Sort
  32.   Marie, Tu Pleures
  33.   La Piqûre
  34.   Mieux Respirer
  35.   La Marche
  36.   Le Frimas
  37.   La fuite
  38.   Combien
  39.   Les Enfants de Beyrouth
  40.   Deux Lampadaires
  41.   Bonus Material
  42.   Le Tour de l'Île
  43.   Changer Son Project
  44.   Dans l'Platre
  45.   Hold Up
  46.   Je Souffle
  47.   L' Opinion Publique
  48.   Melodrame
  49.   Mouche
  50.   Mutisme des Esclaves
  51.   Poisson Cru
  52.   Tableu Africain
  53.   Vegetation

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