by Andru McCracken
Jean Frederic stopped in Valemount one Friday in front of IGA to share his music. The 22-year-old busker is from a small town north of Montreal called Laurentides (pop. 45,000).
He powers his piano with a solar panel and small battery pack and uses the money to travel. He’s been in BC since the end of June and came to Valemount last Friday.
“It’s my work. I do my travel like that,” he explained.
Jean Frederic said he doesn’t play concerts and he prefers to busk.
“I have an accordian. I have a guitar too,” he said. “But for busking, piano is best.”
Jean Frederic might not fit the stereotype of wandering minstrel. Back in Quebec he is a forklift driver and plans to start operating heavy equipment next fall.
“In Montreal I don’t do music in the street,” he said. “I can, but I don’t. I prefer to play for myself.”
The more that people appreciate his music the quicker he leaves the town.
“When I have $100, I go,” he said.
A number of people stopped to listen.
When asked how the music made him feel one man said, “Peace.”