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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.   Dors Dans Mon Sang
  3.   Combien
  4.   Vertige
  5.   Le Solstice
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  7.   Le Coup d'État
  8.   Alaska
  9.   Les froids fonds
  10.   Red Light
  11.   Pili-pili
  12.   M'empêcher de sortir
  13.   La vague perdue
  14.   Marie, Tu Pleures
  15.   L' Épaule Froide
  16.   Moi-léger
  17.   28 Jours
  18.   L' Acouphène
  19.   Les Chemins de Verre
  20.   Le Vrai Bonheur
  21.   Le Pyromane
  22.   La Piqûre
  23.   Oublie Pas
  24.   À la Chaîne
  25.   La Façade
  26.   Le Temps Mort
  27.   Le Frimas
  28.   Échapper au Sort
  29.   Le Compteur
  30.   Le Volume du Vent
  31.   Les vapeurs
  32.   Deux Lampadaires
  33.   Les Enfants de Beyrouth
  34.   Vrai
  35.   Au-Dessus de la Tête de Lilijune
  36.   La Marche
  37.   Dormir le Jour
  38.   La fuite
  39.   Marie Tu Pleurs
  40.   Mieux Respirer

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