The Cowboys Fringants is a Quebec folk and country band from Repentigny, Quebec. Its commitment to, among other things, Québec's independence and the environment is generating a great deal of enthusiasm in Quebec; the band has sold over 800,000 albums across the entire French-speaking world. All members of the group participate in the writing of songs, but the vast majority is written by Jean-François Pauzé.
In 2006, they launched The Cowboys Fringants Foundation, which fights to protect portions of Quebec territory.
In September 1994, Karl Tremblay and Jean-François Pauzé met for the first time following a hockey game of the Jets de Repentigny, a junior B club, in which they officiated on the same trio >>>. Around January 1995, when he learned that Pauzé was a guitarist, Tremblay informed him that he was a singer and that he was trying to set up a band. One evening in February 1995, Pauzé invited him to jam in the basement of his parents, they compose then a first song entitled The roads of happiness, followed the next day of a second, Gaétane. In total, about twenty songs will be composed during this period.
In the summer of 1996, Tremblay and Pauzé participated in an amateur songwriter contest organized by the "La Ripaille" brewery in Repentigny and finished second. For this country contest, the duo decides to register under the name "Les Cowboys Fringants" without thinking further:
"Why this name? It's really a very ordinary story. Well just like I said, we wanted to participate in an amateur contest and as it was the western song in a country bar in our region and we wondered what name to take. We hesitated between the frisky birds and the frisky cowboys, so we thought, since it's Western we're going to be called Cowboys Fringants. And it was not further than that. It lasted a minute the selection of this name>. "