Keith Kouna

Keith Kouna is the stage name of Sylvain Côté, a Canadian rock singer and songwriter from Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec.[1] He is most noted for winning the SOCAN Songwriting Prize in the French division for his song "Batiscan" in 2013.[2]

Keith Kouna
Background information
Birth nameSylvain Côté
OriginSaint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec
Genresindie rock, punk rock
Years active2001-present
Associated actsLes Goules

Kouna was first active in music as the lead vocalist for the punk rock band Les Goules.[3] He released his solo debut album Les Années monsieur in 2008,[1] and followed up with Du plaisir et des bombes in 2012.[4] Following his award win for "Batiscan", he released Le voyage d’hiver, an album which reimagined and reinterpreted Franz Schubert's Winterreise.[5]

Les Goules reunited for a new album in 2016.[3] Kouna then released his most recent solo album, Bonsoir shérif, in 2017.[6]


  1. "Keith Kouna's Le Voyage d'hiver makes over Schubert". Montreal Gazette, December 10, 2013.
  2. "Batiscan songwriter wins SOCAN prize". Montreal Gazette, July 11, 2013.
  3. "Les Goules: sourire et sacrer en même temps". Le Devoir, November 4, 2016
  4. "Keith Kouna: Le voyage sans fin". Voir, February 3, 2015.
  5. "La marche vers la mort de Keith Kouna". Le Devoir, December 7, 2013.
  6. "Keith Kouna: faire sortir le méchant". La Presse, November 2, 2017.
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