After fronting one of the most successful fiddle acts in the world, Lynae and Denis Dufresne toured the country with some of the biggest names in Canadian music. In 2005, they took time off the road to settle in Calgary, AB. They quickly became antsy and formed PEAR.
With Lynae as the songstress and Denis as the musical backbone, PEAR quickly developed a grassroots following in both Canada and the US. Having thrilled festival goers around the world, PEAR has played the stages of The Wolftrap Music Festival (USA), Cropedy Festival (UK), in Canada; Country Music Week, Big Valley Jamboree, PNE Festival, Merritt Mountain Music Fest, Filberg Festival and in Denmark; Skagen Festival, Horsens Festival, Midtfyns Festival, Tonder Festival.
PEAR and Chronograph Records are thrilled to announce the much anticipated release of their first, full length, studio album: Sweet N Gritty. This debut features collaborations with a few musical heroes and a number of good friends and was produced on Nashville’s famed Music Row by Noah Gordon. "It's our personalities, our attitude, our sound. Nothing describes us better than this!" says Denis.
As Lynae and Denis Dufresne are indeed a couple it seemed like every time they attempted to write a song with someone it was assumed it would be a love song. Tiring of this theme the duo decided to rebel by writing "This Ain't A Love Song," the current single at Canadian radio ...and of course it turned out to be just that. This energetic inspiring song which, featuring Lynae's powerhouse vocals, strikes a chord with anyone in istening audiences who has ever fallen in love. It was this song that received a standing ovation at the CCMA's Music Industry Brunch at Country Music Week 2011. The song has since won the 2012 International Songwriting Competition for the country genre. The 13 infectious tracks stand testament to the duo's love and passion for great music.
With the release of their second album and an extensive live performance tour (including upcoming dates in Canada, the US and Europe) just around the corner, PEAR is prime for the picking... now take a bite!
In 1997, Lynae and Denis Dufresne began their professional touring career as members in the cast of the most successful fiddle show in the world, Barrage. Although based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada they called a tour bus "home" for the better part of 5 years. Their production of 'Barrage: The World on Stage' was aired by every PBS station in the United States and the CD by the same title rose to the Top 5 on Billboard World Music chart. They helped build the show that the Disney Corporation dubbed "the hottest fiddle show in the world", performing shows in Canada, USA, Scandinavia, England, Scotland and China and giving command performances for his Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, the Saudi Royal Family and the Prime Minister of Canada.
After finishing with Barrage in 2003, they began lending their fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and vocal abilities to a host of top country, folk, and rock music acts, quickly becoming two of the most sought after live and session players in Canada. Denis has received multiple nominations and 2 wins from the Canadian Country Music Association in the category of Fiddle Player of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year, while both Denis and Lynae have been nominated twice for a Canadian Gemini Award.
Then in 2006, after being apart and playing with virtually every major act in Canada, Lynae and Denis once again joined forces to form PEAR.
In 2006, PEAR was awarded a New Artist Showcase at the Canadian Country Music Awards. The duo’s performance so impressed CMT Canada that they asked PEAR to be a part of ‘Plucked’, a documentary style television show that aired on the network.
In 2009, PEAR saw their debut album beginning to take shape on Nashville's famed Music Row.
PEAR kicked off 2010 with headlining a tour of China. They crisscrossed the southern half of the country with concert stops in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Kunming and Dongguan.
500 industry members witnessed PEAR perform at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Association industry brunch, where they earned a rousing standing ovation. They also showcased at the SOCAN Songwriters workshop.
In 2011, their first single release, Take Me With You, hit #43 on the Canadian country charts.
Denis Dufresne won the 2012 CCMA Award for Fiddle Player of the Year, and the 2011 Awards for Fiddle and Special Instrument (mandolin) Player of the Year. 2012 marked a historical year, with both Denis and Lynae nominated for Fiddle Player -- the first time husband and wife were nominated against each other!
The band's third single, This Ain't a Love Song, won the 2012 International Songwriting Competition for the country genre.
PEAR was named the 2013 & 2012 Group of the Year by the Association of Country Music in Alberta.
Denis and Lynae have opened for a truly diverse group of performers including Johnny Reid, Alanis Morrisette, Alan Jackson, Moby, Barenaked Ladies, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Tammy Wynette, Paul Brandt and Counting Crows.