At the beginning of 1999 La Chicane launched its first album titled En Catimini which spearheaded its rise to fame with its great hits Calvaire and Juste pour voir le monde. During the same year, the band of the hour was rewarded with no fewer than four nominations at the Gala de l’ADISQ, band of the year and song of the year being two of them. These nominations were the culmination of a rise to stardom unprecedented in Quebec.
Summer 2000 came along. As the band was finishing up their tour throughout Quebec, they were thrilled to see their album go double platinum (200,000 copies sold) and win a Juno award for the best-selling French album. In October of the same year, they followed up their tremendous success by releasing their second album, Disparu, featuring the hits Tu m’manques and Tu peux partir. The record sold more than 150,000 copies, and the band was then invited to perform for the Canadian athletes in Sydney for the Summer Olympic Games. Still in 2000, the band won the Felix for best rock band of the year.
In 2002 Boom played the role of Josué in the mega production Les Dix Commandements aside Mario Pelchat and Martine Saint-Clair.
In 2003 La Chicane dropped Ent’nous autres and sold more than 75,000 copies of that album which posted two number one hits on the radio with Viens donc m’voir and Jusqu’à dimanche. On July 30, 2003, for the Toronto SRAS mega-concert benefiting the victims and research, the band members fulfilled a lifelong dream of theirs and opened for the Rolling Stones in front of more than 600,000 fans.
By the time 2004 came along, Boom had joined the smash reality-TV hit Star Académie as a voice coach and thrived in that role. In June of the same year Boom was investing much of his time as a spokesperson of and contributor in the effort of creating a new version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s song Give Peace a Chance, which had been written in Montréal 35 years prior. All profits from the sale of the record were given to Amnesty International.
In November 2004 Boom launched his first solo album which was self-titled. The first three songs reached #1 on the Quebec billboard chart.
In 2005 Boom’s hard work was rewarded with three nominations at the Gala de l’ADISQ and two more nominations at the Juno awards, one for Artist of the Year and another for Pop Album of the Year. During the same year Boom sold more than 150,000 copies of his album and sold out every one of his shows. On November 7, 2007, he released his CD-DVD concert Au nom de la musique which hit triple platinum DVD status, selling more than 300,000 copies.
On March 25, 2008 Boom’s fans celebrated the arrival of his long-awaited second album, On se ressemble tant, whose first track, Un peu pressé, spent 10 consecutive weeks on top of the BDS French chart.
On October 6, 2009 Boom released his Rock le Québec compilation. Accompanied by Eric Maheu (Kaïn) and phenomenal guitarist Steve Hill, only to name a few, the artist dug deep into classic Quebec sounds of the 70s, 80s and 90s, and reimagined them with a distinctly rock groove. He culminated this tour at the famous Bell Center in Montreal.
In April 2011 Boom returned to his stylistic roots and original sources of inspiration by releasing Avec le temps. This new opus paints itself as a trip back in time for the artist, a revalidation of all which makes his music special, a complete oeuvre that touches and inspires with the depth of its texts, its catchy melodies and the singer’s vulnerability.
With more than 800,000 albums sold during his career, Boom is not done surprising us and reinventing himself. His music will keep impressing us and shaping the Quebec musical landscape.