TRI-CONTINENTAL IS a collaborative evolution.

There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues / folk / world music mélange. Formed in 1999, Tri-Continental builds on artistic respect and a deep passion for and knowledge of the blues.

Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is soulful and present, intense and atmospheric. Well-recognized and respected artists with successful solo careers, they are indeed major players in the Canadian roots, folk, blues and world music scene.

Individually and collectively Tri-Continental has received 4 Juno awards and 10 nominations. Their debut album, Tri-Continental won the 2001 Juno for Best Roots & Traditional album by a group. Between 1999 and 2019, Tri-Continental released 5 albums and completed several tours in Canada and Europe. Following a 7 year hiatus, the band returned to the concert stage in 2016 with 14 shows in communities across southern British Columbia, Canada.

In 2018, jazz drummer, percussionist and vocalist Michael “Bearfoot” Treadway joined the band and completed three tours in Alberta, recorded Dust Dance, and followed this with successful tours in British Columbia and Europe. Tri-Continental was nominated for Roots Group / Duo of the Year at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards and their newest recording Dust Dance was Album of the Year Nominee at the 2019 International Folk Music Awards. 

Dust Dance reached #1 on national and international !Earshot charts, remained in the Top 10 for 17 weeks and is available on digital platforms, live performances, and at My Label Store through Independent Distribution and Licensing Agency in Waterdown Ontario, Canada.

Together as Tri-Continental, something very special and magical happens with Bourne - the grand improvisor, Quitzau - kidnapper of the blues taking it to new dimensions, and Madagascar Slim - his fascination with tradition and evolution found him on the leading edge as promoter of a new sound - the Malagasy blues.

This is clearly evident in the music they create, where sharing and curiosity leads them on fascinating musical explorations resulting in their infectious sound where global roots inspired by Celtic, Latin, flamenco, folk, roots, world, blues and African rhythms fuse into one.

Photography by Bri Vos