Originally, Francbâtards was a group of friends studying film. They formed a band from a desire to get people on their feet. Inspired by the concept Batarsité, a term coined by poet and singer Danyèl Waro, a native of the island of Reunion, Francbâtards got its name from the diverse francophone backgrounds of its members: Montreal, Quebec, Paris, Reunion, and Mauritius. The different musical backgrounds of the group’s members led to a mixing of genres, which includes French Creole ska/reggae, rap/ragga, and hip-hop, also drawing from funk and punk—all protest music that gets people dancing! In 2013, Francbâtards competed in Emergenza, the largest international competition for amateur artists. The band came in 7th at the regional final at Montreal’s Olympia. The band is made up of Jérôme Cadet on vocals and acoustic guitar, Marc-Olivier Roy on drums, Alexandre Paquette on vocals, Olivier Labrecque on bass and chorus, Simon Montenoise on electric guitar, Julien Rose on saxophone, percussion and chorus, Félix Rheault on trumpet, and Alexandre Lavoie on trombone. A true orchestra of sounds, they know which notes will get their audience pumped, dancing, singing, and partying!