At first, in 1974, Guy Bélanger definitely seemed to be heading towards a career centered on traditional blues. Armed with his harmonicas in his belt, he met Bob Walsh, also from Quebec City, who introduced him to the basics of the blues by sharing the various stages of the Old Capital.
Later, he joined the ranks of the Delta Blues Band with which he played for more than 4 years. The group presents more than 200 shows a year in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes with a repertoire made up of the great classics of the blues. It is with the DBB that he will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with big names such as Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton and Dutch Mason. These different experiences contribute greatly to broaden his musical horizons.
In 1987, he joined bluesman Bob Walsh’s band. They will participate in 15 editions of the Montreal International Jazz Festival together. In 1995, Les Colocs invited him to participate in the recording of their 2nd album Atrocetomique. Will follow a succession of collaborations with more than 60 Quebec and French artists including Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil.
In 2003, the meeting with the guitarist Claude Fradette gave birth to the soundtrack of the film Gaz Bar Blues which won the Jutra prize for the best film music and the Lys Blues for the best album in 2003. Their collaboration is still alive and they sign the music for the film The Timekeeper (2009) and Vivre à 100 Milles l’heure (2019) by Louis Bélanger as well as the music for the television series Les Boys (SRC) by Louis Saïa between 2009 and 2012 and Séquelles in 2016 He also signed that year as the sole composer of the soundtrack for the film Les Mauvaises Herbes, nominated for the 2017 Iris Prize.
The first solo album of compositions and collaborations, the eponymous Guy Bélanger will finally be released in February 2008 and will attract rave reviews from both the public and the press (4 Lys Blues in 2009 for album of the year, male blues artist, songwriter and breakthrough band).
Crossroads was released in September 2010 and also earned many accolades. In 2011, he composed, in collaboration with Benoit Charest, the music for the film Route 132, which was awarded the Jutra prize for the best original music.
The Dusty Trails album was released in October 2012 and the Canadian tour began a few weeks later. The back-to-basics album titled Blues Turn was released in 2014. It was recorded in Chicago, Toronto and Montreal and received a nomination as Independent Recording of the Year at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015. Guy will also win this year- there the prize for the best harmonicist in Canada and will tour his show in the country and in France.
In 2016, the ace harmonicist composed the soundtrack for the film Les Mauvaises Herbes by his brother Louis and participated as a special guest in Celine Dion’s Quebec tour during the summer. In the fall, he received the 2016 André Gagnon prize from the SPACQ (Professional Society of Authors and Composers of Quebec). Recognized for his sensitivity, his generosity and his talent, Guy is admired for his ability to preserve sincerity in virtuosity.
Accumulating prizes and distinctions, he launched his 7th career album: Traces & Scars, which was nominated as Instrumental Album of the Year 2017 at ADISQ. This album celebrates Guy’s songwriting talent. Created when the artist was celebrating great personal victories but also experiencing deep mourning, it contains ten instrumental pieces that navigate between folk and blues as well as two superb songs, one of which is performed by Luce Dufault. This inspired, luminous recording, dedicated to friend Bob Walsh (1947-2016) presents the best of the gentleman harmonica player and composer, whose pleasure in playing is evident, intact more than 45 years after his debut.
Guy Bélanger launches the album Eldorado on October 25, 2019, continuing on this long road paved with musical adventures. He is accompanied by his shock team composed of Rob MacDonald (guitars), Marc-André Drouin (bass) and Michel Dufour (drums). In addition, distinguished musicians encountered during his travels and tours have joined him. Cellist Eric Longsworth, Franco-German singer-guitarist Mathis Haug and Paul Picard (Céline Dion’s percussionist) are among them.